“Run It” is the debut single recorded by American recording artist Chris Brown. It was written and produced by Scott Storch and Sean Garrett for his debut studio album, Chris Brown (2005). It features rap verses from American rapper Juelz Santana. The song was released as a single on June 30, 2005. The R&B single has been described as a de-crunked version of Usher’s 2004 single “Yeah!”. The remix features rappers Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri and was performed at The 2006 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards by Bow Wow and Chris Brown. The radio version of the song was featured on the 2006 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 21
“Run It!” was generally well received by music critics; many praised Brown’s vocals and Scott Storch’s production. Commercially, the song was successful, peaking inside the top ten in six countries and the top twenty in four. The song also managed to top the charts in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The music video earned nominations at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best New Artist” and “Viewer’s Choice”.
“Gold Digger” is a song recorded by American rapper Kanye West featuring guest vocals by Jamie Foxx. Released as the second single from West’s second album, Late Registration (2005), “Gold Digger” peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 2005, becoming West’s and Foxx’s second number one single. Co-produced with Jon Brion, the song contains samples of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”.
The single broke a record for the most digital downloads in a week, selling over 80,000, and was also the fastest-selling digital download of all time; both records have since been broken. It was 2005’s second-longest running number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at ten weeks, behind “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, “Gold Digger” was nominated for Record of the Year and won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song lists at number 60 on Billboard magazine’s All Time Top 100 and at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. “Gold Digger” was voted number 20 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. As of January 2011, the song has sold over 3,000,000 copies in the United States.
“Inside Your Heaven” is a song written by Andreas Carlsson, Pelle Nylén, Savan Kotecha and produced by Desmond Child. Two versions of the song were released as singles in 2005: one by American Idol winner Carrie Underwood, and another by Idol runner-up Bo Bice.
Underwood’s recording of the song, released on June 14, 2005 in the U.S., debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian Singles Chart, where it remained for one and seven weeks, consecutively, atop the charts. It was the longest running single of 2005 in Canada. Although Underwood’s recording was not released to country, the song charted at number fifty-two on Hot Country Songs. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and two times platinum by the CRIA, and it was later included on her debut album, Some Hearts. The B-side is a cover of the Martina McBride song “Independence Day”.
The following week, Bo Bice released a cover version of the song. Bice’s version was released on June 21, 2005 and peaked at number two on the Hot 100. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and Platinum by the CRIA. The B-side is a cover of the song “Vehicle” by The Ides of March.
The song won Underwood the Billboard Music Awards for “Top-Selling Country Single of the Year” and “Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year” (Bice’s version was also nominated in this category). It also helped Underwood win the award for “Country Single Sales Artist of the Year”. Carrie Underwood’s version sold 880,000 copies, while Bo Bice’s version sold 401,000.
We Belong Together” is a song by American singer Mariah Carey from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The song was released on March 29, 2005, through Island Records, as the second single from the album. “We Belong Together” was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former three. As the song samples lyrics from Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” (1981) and the Deele’s “Two Occasions” (1987), several other songwriters are credited. “We Belong Together” is built on a simple piano arrangement with an understated backbeat. The lyrics chronicle a woman’s desperation for her former lover to return.
Following her decline in popularity between 2001 and 2005, critics dubbed the song her musical comeback, as many had considered her career over. “We Belong Together” earned her several music industry awards and nominations throughout 2005–06. The song broke chart records in the United States and became Carey’s sixteenth topper on the US Billboard Hot 100. After staying at number one for fourteen non-consecutive weeks, it was placed as the second longest running number one song in US chart history, behind Carey’s own “One Sweet Day,” collaboration with Boyz II Men (1995). Billboard listed it as the “song of the decade” and the ninth most popular song of all time. Additionally, it broke several airplay records, gathering both the largest one-day and one-week audiences in history. “We Belong Together” also topped the charts in Australia and reached the top two in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
The song’s music video was filmed as a two-part story with “It’s Like That”, which featured Carey at her bachelorette party. The video for “We Belong Together” is a continuation focusing on Carey’s wedding to an older and powerful man and ends with the singer eloping with her ex-lover. Rumors arose of the video’s connection to her 1993 marriage to Tommy Mottola. Carey performed the song on several award shows and television appearances around the world, namely 2005 MTV Movie Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Macy’s Fourth of July Parade, The Oprah Winfrey Show and the 48th Grammy Awards. In Europe the song was performed at the Live 8 charity concert, the Fashion Rocks in Monaco, and the German Bambi Awards. Carey performed the song on both her Adventures of Mimi and Angels Advocate Tours.
“Hollaback Girl” is a song recorded by American singer Gwen Stefani for her debut studio album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004). As part of Stefani’s vision of creating “a silly dance record”, “Hollaback Girl” is a hip hop song that draws influence from 1980s hip hop and dance music. The song was written by Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, as a response to Courtney Love’s statement that Stefani was a “cheerleader” in an interview with Seventeen magazine. The song was released as the album’s third single on March 15, 2005, and was one of the year’s most popular songs, peaking inside the top 10 on the majority of the charts it entered. It reached number one in Australia and the United States, where it became the first digital download to sell one million copies.
“Hollaback Girl” received several award nominations, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year at the 48th Grammy Awards, but lost in both categories. The single divided pop music critics, with some praising its minimalistic production and others declaring it embarrassing; men’s magazine Maxim called it the “Most Annoying Song Ever”. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and was ranked at number two on the Year-End Hot 100. The recording topped the charts in Australia and reached the top ten in several other countries, including Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It has since been certified platinum in United States by the RIAA, and in Australia by ARIA.
A music video representing Stefani as a cheerleader at a California high school was released on March 21, 2005, and was directed by Paul Hunter. The visual received four nominations at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, and ultimately won for Best Choreography. The singer has performed “Hollaback Girl” on numerous occasions, including on all three of her concert tours, and on several televised appearances.
“Candy Shop” is the second single by rapper 50 Cent from his second commercial album, The Massacre (2005). It features Olivia, and was written by 50 Cent.
“Candy Shop” peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming 50 Cent’s third number one single and fifth top-ten single. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it a retread of 50 Cent’s collaboration with Lil’ Kim on “Magic Stick” (2003). At the 2006 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Rap Song, and at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, the music video was nominated for Best Male Video.
“Let Me Love You” is an R&B song by American recording artist Mario, from his second studio album, Turning Point (2004). It was written by Ne-Yo, and produced by Scott Storch. The remix of the song, also produced by Storch, contains rapped verses from Jadakiss and T.I.. The song was an instant hit, garnering Mario a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2006.
In 2008, it was ranked at number 45 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 50 years of the chart. It was the eighth most successful single of the decade according to the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade chart released in December 2009. In 2013, it was ranked at #53 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 55 years of the chart.