“Stand Up” is a song by Ludacris, released as the second official single in 2003, and taken from his fourth album Chicken-n-Beer. It was his first number-one single, with production by Kanye West and co-production by Ludacris himself.
The chorus consists of three repetitions of Ludacris rapping, “When I move you move” and Shawnna responding, “Just like that.” After three repetitions, Ludacris says, “Hell yeah, hey, DJ, bring that back.” Then Shawnna says, “When I move you move” and Ludacris says “Just like that” and they trade parts of the chorus.
It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of December 6, 2003, and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart for four weeks, making it the rapper’s first #1 on both charts respectively. Ludacris went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. This song was also featured on the 2004 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 15.
“Baby Boy” is a song by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé, featuring singer Sean Paul. It was written and composed by Beyoncé, Sean Paul, Scott Storch, Robert Waller, and Jay-Z for Beyoncé’s 2003 debut solo studio album, Dangerously in Love. It was also on Sean Paul’s own Grammy Award-winning album Dutty Rock, which was re-released in 2003. Containing a lyrical interpolation of “No Fear” by hip hop group O.G.C, “Baby Boy” is an R&B and dancehall song with reggae and Arabic music influences; its lyrics detail a woman’s fantasies.
Columbia Records released “Baby Boy” as the second single from Dangerously in Love to United States radios on August 3, 2003. “Baby Boy” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, and was Beyoncé’s longest-running solo number-one single until 2007. It reached the top ten in many countries, and was certified platinum in Australia and the US.
The song’s music video was directed by Jake Nava and mostly shows Beyoncé dancing in various locations. “Baby Boy” has remained a staple of Beyoncé’s concert set list. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as one of the most performed songs of 2005. During the same year, US singer-songwriter Jennifer Armour filed a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming that Beyoncé had used the primary musical hook from her song “Got a Little Bit of Love for You”. The suit was dismissed.
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” is a song recorded by American rappers Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee. It was released in 2003 from the Bad Boys II Soundtrack. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, giving Nelly his third number one on the chart, P. Diddy’s fourth, and Lee’s first. The song was also included on Lee’s debut album, Murphy’s Law. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
“Crazy in Love” is the debut single from American singer Beyoncé Knowles’s 2003 debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. Beyoncé wrote and composed the song in collaboration with Rich Harrison, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, and Eugene Record, and produced it with Harrison. “Crazy in Love” is an R&B and pop love song that incorporates elements of hip hop, soul, and 1970s-style funk music. Its lyrics describe a romantic obsession that causes the protagonist to act out of character. Jay Z contributes a rapped verse to the song, and he is also credited as a featured performer. The French horn-based hook samples “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So),” a 1970 song by the Chi-Lites.
Columbia Records released “Crazy in Love” on May 18, 2003, as the lead single from Dangerously in Love. It was a number-one hit in the United States and United Kingdom, and achieved top-ten peaks on several other countries’s record charts. With global sales of over 8.5 million, including 2 million from the U.S., it is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Music critics praised “Crazy in Love’s” hook, Jay Z’s contribution, and Beyoncé’s assertive delivery of the lyrics. VH1 declared it the greatest song of the 2000s decade, while Rolling Stone ranked it as the 118th best song of all time in 2010. At the 46th Grammy Awards, “Crazy in Love” won Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The song’s accompanying music video features Beyoncé in various dance sequences. It won three awards at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, and its director, Jake Nava, won the Music Video Production Association award for Best R&B Video in 2004. Since 2003, “Crazy in Love” has been a staple in Beyoncé’s live performances and concert tours. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized “Crazy in Love” as one of the most performed songs of 2004. Artists including David Byrne have covered the song, and it has been used in various television shows and other media.
“This Is the Night”, released on June 3, 2003 on the RCA label, was American Idol contestant Clay Aiken’s debut CD single and was written by Chris Braide, Aldo Nova and Gary Burr.
It was released simultaneously with “Flying Without Wings” by rival contestant Ruben Studdard, and immediately reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, restricting “Flying Without Wings” to the number-two position.
“21 Questions” is a song performed by American rapper 50 Cent and Nate Dogg. The song was written by 50 Cent, K. Risto, J. Cameron, and V. Cameron for 50 Cent’s commercial debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003). Released in 2003 as the album’s second single, it became his second number one song in the United States, after “In Da Club”. It reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart while “In Da Club” was at No. 23, giving him the rare feat of having two singles in the Top 30 at the same time. The track was produced by Chris styles and samples elements from Barry White’s “It’s Only Love Doing Its Thing”. This was the only single from the album to not have the Parental Advisory sticker on its cover since the only profanity was the word “nigga” in the first verse. The song was mixed by Dr. Dre.
“Get Busy” is a 2003 dancehall song by Jamaican dancehall reggae toaster Sean Paul, from his album Dutty Rock. The song was one of the many hits from the jumpy handclap riddim known as the Diwali Riddim, produced by then-newcomer Steven “Lenky” Marsden, and was the only song that never made the “Diwali” rhythm album on Greensleeves Records as it was more than likely a late entry.
Paul described it as “…mainly a party song. It’s not all about smoking weed.” “Get Busy” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from 10 May 2003, preceded by “In Da Club” by 50 Cent and replaced by “21 Questions” by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg. It was performed live on Saturday Night Live in May 2003.
“In da Club” is a hip hop song performed by American rapper 50 Cent from his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003). The song was written by 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo and produced by Dr. Dre with co-production credit from Elizondo. The track was released in January 2003 as the album’s lead single and was praised by music critics.
“In da Club” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming 50 Cent’s first number one single on that chart. At the 46th Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song. The song’s music video won Best Rap Video and Best New Artist at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2009, the single was listed at number 24 in Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. It was listed at number 13 in Rolling Stone’s “Best Songs of the Decade”. In 2010, it was ranked 448th in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
“All I Have” is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez, featuring American rapper LL Cool J. Written by Lopez, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, and Ron G and produced by Cory Rooney, Ron G, and Dave McPherson, it was released on December 14, 2002 as the second single from Lopez’s third studio album, This Is Me… Then (2002).
“All I Have” samples “Very Special” by Debra Laws, who later filed a lawsuit in 2003 against Sony Music Entertainment for “misappropriating her voice” in the song and her name in the credits. The song is a midtempo R&B and hip-hop ballad, about moving on after a breakup. It received favorable reviews from music critics who applauded the chemistry between Lopez and LL Cool J.
The song was a huge success on the charts, reaching number one in the United States (remaining at the top for four weeks) and New Zealand, and entered the top five and the top ten in several countries. After the success of “All I Have” with LL Cool J, the track was included on the re-issue of his album 10. The song was ranked as the 15th most successful song on the Billboard Hot 100 of 2003. Lopez named her 2016 Las Vegas Residency Show, All I Have, after the song.
“Bump, Bump, Bump” is a 2002 song by American boy band B2K, featuring P. Diddy, and taken from B2K’s album Pandemonium!. It was written by R. Kelly and Varick Smith and produced by R. Kelly. It became B2K’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and reached number one for one week starting on February 1, 2003. The video was released in December 2002 and features the band and P. Diddy in colorful rooms with dancers.
The song is referenced in the 2005 film Guess Who.
“Lose Yourself” is a song by American rapper Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. The song was written by Eminem and produced by Eminem along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto. It was released in October 28, 2002, as the lead single from the soundtrack.
“Lose Yourself” received acclaim from music critics, with many critics praising the song’s aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem’s best work to date. Eminem’s rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised as well. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem’s finest, as well as one of the best hip hop songs of all time. “Lose Yourself” was a commercial success, peaking atop of the charts in eighteen countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. In the United States, “Lose Yourself” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first of five Eminem singles to top the Hot 100.
“Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003, making it the first ever rap song to have received this accolade, and also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance in 2004. In 2004, it was one of only three hip hop songs from the 21st century to have been included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”, and was also the highest ranking, at number 166. Rolling Stone also ranked it one of the top 50 hip hop songs of all time. The song was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and as of October 2015, it has 6.7 million downloads in the United States alone. It was ranked number 93 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs list. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 57 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.