“A Moment Like This” is the debut single by American singer Kelly Clarkson, the winner of the first season of American Idol. It was released as a double-A side with “Before Your Love” and topped the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later included on her debut album, Thankful (2003). It is her coronation song from American Idol.
In 2006, the song was recorded and released by British singer Leona Lewis, the winner of the third series of The X Factor. Her version gained the Christmas number one, outselling the rest of the top 40 combined. Lewis’ version has sold 914,000 copies as of 2015.
“Dilemma” is a song by American rapper Nelly, featuring American R&B singer Kelly Rowland. It was released on June 25, 2002 as the third single from the Nelly’s second studio album Nellyville (2002), and the lead single from Rowland’s debut solo album Simply Deep (2002). It was number one in ten countries, including the UK, the US and Australia, selling over 7.6 million copies worldwide. The song depicts the declaration of forbidden love by a female lover in a committed relationship, and the predicament the male protagonist must face.
In the 55th Anniversary of the Hot 100 issue of Billboard magazine, the song was ranked at number 75 on the all-time Hot 100 songs while at the end of 2009 was named the 11th most successful song from 2000 to 2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 45th Grammy Awards. “Dilemma” was accredited internationally with 16 certifications. The song is also featured in the film About Time.
The song is also known as an Internet meme in Hong Kong after it was parodied online.
“Hot in Herre” is a song by American rapper Nelly from his second studio album Nellyville (2002). The song features additional vocals by former labelmate Dani Stevenson. It was released on April 16, 2002, by Universal Records as the second single from the project. The song was produced by The Neptunes and serves as the opening track of the 2002 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 11.
“Hot in Herre” incorporates the hook from go-go performer Chuck Brown’s 1979 single “Bustin’ Loose”, and opens with samples from Neil Young’s “There’s a World” and Nancy Sinatra’s cover of “As Tears Go By”.
“Foolish” is the debut single by American R&B singer Ashanti from her debut album. It was written by Ashanti, 7 Aurelius, Mark DeBarge and producer Irv Gotti. It uses a sample of DeBarge’s “Stay with Me” and features elements from the remix of “One More Chance ” by The Notorious B.I.G. and “M.V.P” by Big L.
The song was released as the album’s lead single on January 29, 2002. It spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. The song became Ashanti’s second number one and third top ten on both charts. The song was in the top ten in United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Japan.
In 2009, it was named the 19th most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. As of June 2012, it is the second best selling physical single of the 21st century, having sold over 8.4 million copies to date.
“Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez. The song, a remix of “Ain’t It Funny”, features additional vocals from Ja Rule (Jeffery Atkins), Cadillac Tah, and Ashanti. It was written by Lopez, Atkins, Tah, Cory Rooney, Irving Lorenzo, and Ashanti. Over a reworking of the beat to Craig Mack’s “Flava in Ya Ear” (produced by Easy Mo Bee), Lopez sings about “dropping a boyfriend who keeps messing up”.
“Always on Time” is a song by American rapper Ja Rule, featuring Ashanti, and produced by Irv Gotti. The music was written by 7 Aurelius, Ja Rule and Irving Lorenzo. The song became a worldwide hit and was Ashanti’s first Hot 100 number one single and Ja Rule’s second.
The song spent 2 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 from February 23, 2002. It was followed by another Ja Rule duet, “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix)” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule.
In 2009, it was named the 33rd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Songs of the Decade Chart.
“U Got It Bad” is a song by American recording artist Usher, released through Arista as the second single from his third studio album, 8701 (2001). It was written by Usher, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, and produced by the former and co-produced by the latter. It was released as a CD Single in the US on September 4, 2001. “U Got It Bad” is an R&B ballad that, according to MTV, incorporates “digi-coustic” guitars, a “slow-burning bass line” and “sex funk” drums. The lyrics notably contain some quick direct allusions to other soul music ballads, mainly Maxwell’s “Fortunate”, and Prince’s “Adore”.
“U Got It Bad” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week before being replaced for four weeks by Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me”. “U Got It Bad” then returned to number one, going on to stay atop for five consecutive weeks. With the song and previous single “U Remind Me”, Usher was the only solo male act of 2001 to have a number 1 hit on the Hot 100. The song’s music video features TLC’s Chilli as Usher’s love interest. Due the success of the song, it was featured on the 2001 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 8
“How You Remind Me” is a song by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It was released on August 21, 2001 as the lead single from their third studio album Silver Side Up (2001). A “Gold Mix” was made for latter editions of the single with the heavier guitars edited out of the chorus. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had a dysfunctional relationship. He refers to this song as the song that put Nickelback on the map when played at their concert in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is often considered to be their signature song.
“How You Remind Me” was named the No. 1 most played song on U.S. radio of the 2000s decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001 to the end of 2009. The song was named 4th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and 75th in the UK decade-end chart. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. “How You Remind Me” was also rated the No. 1 rock song and No. 4 alternative song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard. The song was featured in the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.