“I Wanna Love You” is a song written and recorded by Akon featuring Snoop Dogg. It was released in September 2006 as the second single from his second album, Konvicted. It is also featured on Snoop Dogg’s eighth album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. This song is Akon’s first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and is also Snoop’s second #1 on the same chart. The song also reached a peak of #3 on the UK singles chart. In the edited clean version of the song, the word “fuck” is replaced with “love”, “pole” replaced with “floor”, and a line in the chorus is rewritten. “Pussy” and “nigga” are played backwards, and “dick” and “titties” are blanked out. However, despite the self-censorship, a Parental Advisory sticker was still printed on the cover. The song was originally made by Plies, an up-and-coming rapper from Fort Myers, Florida, but his verse was replaced by Snoop’s for reasons explained below. Even his name has been left out from the writers’ credits. This song was #88 on MTV Asia’s list of Top 100 Hits of 2007. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award given to the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in the 50th Grammy Awards of 2008.
“My Love” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was released on October 24, 2006, by Jive Records as the second single from the album. The song features American rapper T.I. and was co-written by Timberlake, Timbaland, Nate “Danja” Hills, and T.I., and produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja.
Timberlake revealed that the song’s creating process took time to image and execute. He also stated that “My Love” was less about marriage and a more humble approach to love. The song features synthesizer chords with a slow beat and includes a beatboxing, percussion, and staccato sounds. Timberlake described the track as “a rock-techno ballad”. “My Love” was well received by music critics, although some criticized Timberlake for some of the lyrics and sounds.
The track entered the top ten on most charts, topping several of Billboard magazine’s component charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot Dance Airplay, and Hot Digital Songs charts. “My Love” also became Timberlake’s second consecutive number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Internationally, the single peaked in the number two position, becoming Timberlake’s fourth single to reach number two. In New Zealand, the track peaked at number one for five non-consecutive weeks, to become Timberlake’s second number one single.
Pitchfork Media named “My Love” as their number one song of 2006. Many have cited that the song is similar to Timberlake’s 2002 song “Cry Me a River”. The track won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2007 Grammy Awards. “My Love” also won Timberlake the Male Artist of the Year and Best Choreography in a Video at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Money Maker” is the first single from Ludacris’s fifth album Release Therapy. The song was released to the radio on July 17, 2006. The song is Ludacris’ take on the 1961 Elmore James blues song Shake Your Moneymaker. It was produced by The Neptunes and features Pharrell. The song was written by Chris Bridges (Ludacris), and Pharrell Williams. The video was released on August 17, 2006. The video premiered on MTV’s Making the Video. The single reached number 1 on various charts. It has peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 1 on Hot Rap Tracks in the United States. It also became the number 1 single on radio in the United States on October 19, 2006[specify]. The music video managed to enter BET’s 106 & Park and peak at number 1, where it remained for several days. The single has strong airplay on BET and MTV. It also has airplay on Canada’s Muchmusic. The single had a major promotional campaign and huge airplay on radio around the U.S., Canada and other countries around the globe. The song was performed on the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. This is Ludacris’s third #1 hit single.
American R&B singer, Amerie, recorded an answer back (remix) to the single. The song was included on her first Mixtape, Because I Love It Volume 1 (the mixtape that was released to accompany her third studio Because I Love It). The song however did not appear on the final album. “Because I Love It” was released to international markets only.
The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2007. It shot to prominence again after its use in the 2015 film The Big Short.
“SexyBack” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It was released on July 18, 2006, to US mainstream and rhythmic radio stations by Jive Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Nate Hills, Tim Mosley, and Timberlake himself. Discussing “SexyBack”, Timberlake revealed that he went “left”, singing the song in a rock style, not an R&B style. He described the song as musicians David Bowie and David Byrne “covering” James Brown’s 1970 song “Sex Machine”. The track features Timbaland on backing vocals, while Timberlake’s voice is distorted. The instrumentation used in the song includes a pounding bass beat, electronic chords, and drum machine sounds.
“SexyBack” became Timberlake’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, staying seven weeks at the top spot. It also topped several of Billboard magazine’s other charts, including the Billboard Pop 100, Hot Dance Airplay, and Hot Digital Songs charts, and entered the top ten on most singles charts. Internationally, it became Timberlake’s first single to reach number one in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the track was Timberlake’s second number-one single, spending two consecutive weeks at the top. “SexyBack” was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and three-times platinum by Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). “SexyBack” is one of the best selling singles of all time.
The track won Best Dance Recording at the 2007 Grammy Awards. In addition, the song won Timberlake the People’s Choice Award for Favorite R&B song and the Male Artist of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. The music video was filmed in June 2006; Timberlake decided to work with director Michael Haussman based on the latter’s work on Madonna’s 1994 music video “Take a Bow”.
“London Bridge” is a song recorded by American singer and rapper Fergie for her debut studio album, The Dutchess (2006). It was written by Fergie, Mike Hartnett, Sean Garrett, and producer Polow da Don. It was released as the lead single from the album and serviced to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio stations in the United States on July 18, 2006. “London Bridge” is a hip hop song with dance influences. It contains compositional samples of “Down to The Nightclub” as performed by Tower of Power.
Music critics gave “London Bridge” generally mixed reviews, with some of them criticizing the song’s sexually suggestive lyrics and comparing the song to Gwen Stefani’s single “Hollaback Girl” (2005). “London Bridge” was a commercial success and reached the top ten in thirteen countries. In the United States, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number four on the US Pop Songs chart. “London Bridge” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold more than two million digital copies, becoming the singer’s second best selling song in the country. An accompanying music video for the single was directed by Marc Webb and features Fergie playing around with men in England. The song was featured in the film Neighbors and appears on the film’s soundtrack.
“Promiscuous” is a song by Canadian singer Nelly Furtado from her third studio album Loose (2006), featuring Timbaland. The song was written by Anthony Motz, along with Tim “Timbaland” Mosley, Furtado and Nate “Danja” Hills. The song’s lyrics, which were penned by Furtado and Clayton, feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other promiscuous. The overtly-sexual song was released as the lead single from the album in North America in early 2006, and as the second single elsewhere in mid-2006 except in Latin America, where the single was released as the third single in late 2006.
The song was well received by music critics, with some critics calling it the highlight of the album. “Promiscuous” was an international success and it had become Furtado’s first number-one single in the US. It is the first number one by a Canadian female artist since 1998’s “I’m Your Angel” by R. Kelly and Céline Dion on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also topped the chart in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten on many charts across Europe.
The accompanying music video was directed by Little X, and features scenes of Furtado and Timbaland, in what Furtado describes as a “verbal Ping-Pong game”. Cameo appearances are made by Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake, and Bria Myles.
The song won the “Best Pop Single of the Year” at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards and received a nomination for the “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” at the 49th Grammy Awards, losing to Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life”.
“Do I Make You Proud” is a soul-pop song written for American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks by Tracy Ackerman, Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson of the Absolute production team, and co-produced by Dave Way. The song was released as a single on June 13, 2006 from the Arista record label.
Hicks first performed the song on the finale of American Idol’s fifth season, to which he received outstanding comments from all three judges. Simon Cowell correctly predicted that Hicks would win that year’s American Idol with the performance.
Along with “Do I Make You Proud”, it includes, as a B-side track, his cover of The Doobie Brothers’s “Takin’ It to the Streets”. The American Idol judges loved his rendition of “Takin’ It to the Streets” – Randy Jackson said it was not his favorite song from Hicks, but he was trying to comprehend his dance moves onstage. Paula Abdul said that the song was great and loved the energy and dancing. Simon Cowell “loved the song” and said that “that’s what it’s all about — having fun and being memorable.” Cowell also said it was the best performance of the night.
Hicks’ rendition of “Takin’ It to the Streets” would become his first song to chart, peaking at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100, due to moderate sales of digital downloads only. The song was not released as Hicks’s single, since “Do I Make You Proud” was to become his first single after he won the American Idol competition.
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood included a parody of “Do I Make You Proud”, called “Do I Creep You Out”. It is Yankovic’s first parody of a singer from the Idol television series.
“Hips Don’t Lie” is a song by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira, featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean for the reissue of Shakira’s seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. It was released on February 28, 2006, by Epic Records as the second single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira, Jean, Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis and LaTavia Parker. “Hips Don’t Lie” is a salsa and worldbeat song, which heavily incorporates samples from Jean’s earlier single “Dance Like This” and “Amores Como el Nuestro” written by Omar Alfanno.
Upon its release, “Hips Don’t Lie” received generally favorable reviews from music critics. It received several accolades, including a People’s Choice Award, an MTV Latin America Video Music Award, and an MTV Video Music Award. “Hips Don’t Lie” reached the number one spot on charts in at least 55 countries including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first number one single in the country. It also broke the record for the most radio plays in a single week and the fastest selling digital download song in the United States. The song was eventually certified Triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where it has sold over 3 million copies. It also topped the charts in Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. Having sold over 16 million pure sales (10 million digital downloads and 6 million physical copies) by the turn of the decade and 18 millions units with combined sales and track-equivalent streams, the track became one of the best-selling singles of the 21st century in physical singles and digital downloads combined. It is widely recognized as one of Shakira’s signature songs.
“Ridin'” is a song by American rapper Chamillionaire, released as the lead single from his debut studio album The Sound of Revenge (2005). The song, produced by Play-N-Skillz, features a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Krayzie Bone, of Bone Thugs n Harmony. Its title is often incorrectly assumed to be “Ridin’ Dirty”, due to the chorus. The lyrics concern racial profiling and police brutality, as well as the stereotyping of African-Americans driving a vehicle with drugs or other contraband on the inside (“Riding dirty”).
“SOS” is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, E. Kidd Bogart and Ed Cobb, with production was handled by Rotem, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. It was released on February 14, 2006, as the lead single from the album. “SOS” is a dance song which samples Soft Cell’s 1981 recording of “[Tainted Love]]”, a song written by Cobb in 1965. Critical reception of “SOS” was generally positive, with the majority of music critics praising the inclusion of the “Tainted Love” sample. Some critics compared “SOS” to Rihanna’s debut single, “Pon de Replay” (Music of the Sun, 2005).
“SOS” became a commercial success. In the United States, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, becoming Rihanna’s first number one single on the chart. “SOS” peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and Mainstream Top 40 chart. “SOS” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 1,000,000 copies. The song was also successful in Europe as well as Australia, where it spent eight consecutive weeks at number one.
Three music videos were shot for “SOS”; aside from the official music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, promotional campaign videos were shot for lingerie brand Agent Provocateur and Nike. “SOS” was performed live at the 2006 MTV EMA awards in Copenhagen, Denmark. “SOS” was included on the set list of the Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007–09) and the Last Girl on Earth (2010–11), which saw Rihanna perform a rock-inspired version of the song. The Chipettes covered the song for the 2011 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and its soundtrack.
“Bad Day” is a pop song from Canadian singer Daniel Powter’s self-titled debut studio album (2005). It was written by Powter and produced by Jeff Dawson and Mitchell Froom. Powter and Dawson recorded the song in 2002 but could not find a record label to release it at first. The song was first used in a French Coca-Cola television advertisement in Christmas 2004 before its official release. Tom Whalley, Warner Bros. Records’ chairman and CEO, offered Powter a contract after hearing a demo tape of it. This track ended up being released as the lead single in Europe in early 2005.[a]
Although “Bad Day” received mixed critical reviews, with some music critics finding a “universal appeal” and others claiming a lack of depth in its lyrics, it was a commercial success. In 2005, the single charted in the top five in more than ten countries worldwide, and became the most played song on European radio. After its European success, it was released in the United States where it topped Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, Adult Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts. In 2006, it became the first song ever to sell two million digital copies in the United States. After another million were sold, it was certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2009. It was certified platinum in Australia and Canada, gold in Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom, and also received a certification in France and Japan.
The accompanying music video for “Bad Day” was directed by Marc Webb and reached 9.8 million views in 2006. The video depicts two downcast people sharing a similar routine until they meet each other at the end of the video. The song was used for advertisements and television programs, most prominently as American Idol’s elimination song. Different shows and artists covered and parodied “Bad Day”, including Saturday Night Live and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Powter has also performed the song on television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and during his concert tours in North America and Europe. The song’s success made it Powter’s “anthem” and would be included on his later compilation albums B-Sides (2007) and Best of Me (2010).
“Temperature” is the third worldwide and the second American single from Jamaican DJ Sean Paul’s album The Trinity (2005). The song was produced by Rohan “Snowcone” Fuller and received a positive reception from music critics. The song was released as the second U.S. single in the first quarter of 2006 and reached number one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Paul’s third number one hit single. It reached the top ten in Canada and France and the top twenty in the United Kingdom, peaking at #11 there. In Australia, “Temperature” debuted at number nineteen but quickly found its way to number five the following weeks. ” Temperature ” won Dance Song Of The Year at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007.
“Temperature” became Sean Paul’s biggest hit single in the US. In Australia it became a hit, with Sean Paul making interview appearances on the Paul Celoni Radio Show, and shows alike. Even though it only spent one week at #1, as opposed to “Get Busy” and its three weeks on top, “Temperature” showed extreme longevity on The Billboard Hot 100 spending 17 weeks in the top 10. Until Nelly Furtado and Timbaland’s “Promiscuous”, this was the longest run in the top ten for a single in 2006. On top of that it became Sean Paul’s first single to sell an excess of one million digital downloads, earning platinum certification.
The song uses the dancehall riddim “Applause”. It was also used in the game Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2. It can be heard in the 2007 film, Norbit. This song was also used in the game Dance Central as DLC.
Officially, there are two versions of the song. Only the use of the rhythm makes both versions different.
In 2008, the media reported a story regarding Stacey Gayle of New York City who experienced seizures as a result of hearing the song.
“So Sick” is a song by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. The track was produced by Norwegian production team Stargate for Ne-Yo’s debut studio album In My Own Words (2006). The song was released as the second single from the album.
“So Sick” was successful on charts worldwide, reaching number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. It’s also Ne-Yo’s biggest hit so far although the single also battled through controversy. It won the race to the UK number-one spot, scoring Ne-Yo his first UK number one and beating “Nature’s Law” by Embrace which only reached number two due to a large count of legal download sales of “Nature’s Law” which didn’t register in the official charts. The song was featured in the video game Saints Row 2.
“You’re Beautiful” is a song co-written by British singer James Blunt, Sacha Skarbek, and Amanda Ghost for Blunt’s debut album, Back to Bedlam (2004). It was released as the third single from the album in 2005.
In the United Kingdom and Australia, the song reached number one and number two respectively. When released as the debut single from Back to Bedlam in Canada and the United States, it reached number one on both charts and received widespread airplay. In 2006, the song won an Ivor Novello Award for airplay. The song has sold 625,000 copies in the United Kingdom as stated by the Official Charts Company, and by October 2012 over 3 million in the United States. It remains Blunt’s biggest hit single in the United States to date, and his only one to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, a new version of the single was issued in Japan. The Q;indivi+ Remix, featuring Japanese performer Keri, was issued on 28 March 2012.
“Check on It” is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé, featuring American rappers Bun B and Slim Thug. It was composed by Beyoncé, Swizz Beatz, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé and Slim Thug. Initially recorded by Beyoncé only, the song was supposed to be featured on the soundtrack album for 2006 film The Pink Panther, in which she co-stars. As it was ultimately not included on its soundtrack album, the song with additional vocals from Slim Thug was placed on the 2005 Destiny’s Child’s greatest hits album #1’s. Columbia Records released “Check on It” in the United States on December 13, 2005. The official single version of the song includes vocals from American rapper Bun B.
The song’s development was motivated by the phrase ‘Check on It’ which Beyoncé and her management jokingly used before they decided to turn it into a song. “Check on It” is an R&B and hip hop song, which is instrumentally complete with a heavy bassline, strings, and wind instrument. Lyrically, it takes place in a club, where Beyoncé is letting the male patrons know that they are welcome to come and look at her sexually attractive body when she is dancing. The song consists of two verse-raps by Slim Thug. “Check on It” was well received by contemporary music critics, who universally complimented Beyoncé’s vocals, and the assertiveness with which she sings her lines.
“Check on It” was not originally lined up for a release as a single from the album #1’s. However, it received heavy rotation on US radio stations, following the release of the first single, “Stand Up for Love” (2005), which performed poorly on the charts. Eventually, “Check on It” debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2005, before its official release date. The single peaked at number one for five consecutive weeks, becoming one of the two longest-running number-one single in 2006, and Beyoncé’s third US number-one single as a solo artist. “Check on It” reached number one in New Zealand and the top ten on various singles chart in mainland Europe.
The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams, and premiered on December 16, 2005 on MTV. The version of “Check on It” used in the clip features a remix of “The Pink Panther Theme” and a verse-rap from American rapper Bun B. Incorporating 1950s influences, the video was shot in pink to brand the relationship with The Pink Panther. It won the Best R&B Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2006 BET Awards. Although Beyoncé did not perform “Check on It” in any televised appearances, it was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience (2007) and the I Am… Tour (2009–10).
“Grillz” is a song by American rapper Nelly from his compilation album Sweatsuit. The song features Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp. Brandi Williams also does back-up vocals on the song, but is not officially credited as a featured artist (but does appear in the video). The song was produced by Jermaine Dupri. The song is about grills, the cosmetic dental apparatuses. It samples the 2004 hit “Soldier” by Destiny’s Child. Rappers Big Boi and Iamsu! makes a cameo appearance in the music video.
“Laffy Taffy” is a song by Atlanta-based hip hop group D4L which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006. The song’s success on the charts was largely due to its enormous online sales. Produced by Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith and “K-Rab”. The song samples and interpolates elements of “Candy Girl” by New Edition.
The official remix features rapper Busta Rhymes and new verses by group members Stoney and Shawty Lo with Mook B’s verse and Fabo’s verse and chorus from the original. There is another version of the remix that has an additional verse by rapper Twista.
On February 4, 2008 “The Boondocks” TV Series, which were produced by Aaron McGruder, aired the episode “The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2”. In that episode, the song “Laffy Taffy” has been remixed and renamed to “Homies Over Hoes/Do The Homie”, by the fictional gay rapper “Gangstalicious”.
“Don’t Forget About Us” is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. It was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johntá Austin, and released as the fifth single on December 12, 2005, for the re-issue of her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). Co-produced by the former three, the song is influenced by R&B and hip hop soul music genres, and lyrically chronicles the emotions felt by the protagonist after the loss of their relationship. Carey explained that the true meaning of the song is to be interpreted by the listener, therefore not disclosing its entire meaning publicly.
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many heavily comparing it to Carey’s previous single “We Belong Together”. Several reviewers felt the song’s similarity marked Carey’s lack of creativity with it, while others embraced its radio-friendly formula. “Don’t Forget About Us” became Carey’s seventeenth chart topping single on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying the record for most number-one singles by a solo artist set by Elvis Presley 36 years before. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Belgium and Finland, and reached the top-ten in Hungary and the Netherlands.
Carey performed the song at the 33rd annual American Music Awards, and during the half-time of the Thanksgiving game between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons. Additionally, the song was included on the set-lists of Carey’s The Adventures of Mimi and Angels Advocate Tours. The song’s music video chronicles the two time frames, Carey in the present, as well as the past memories she shared with her ex-lover that continue to haunt her. At the 49th annual Grammy Awards, “Don’t Forget About Us” was nominated for two awards during the ceremony held on February 11, 2007.