I'm about to admit something major. *Takes deep breath.* OK, here goes nothing: I cannot travel through time. I don’t have access to a time machine, I don’t know how to find a wormhole, I do not have a DeLorean, and I do not have a Time-Turner. Super lame, right? Well, do you know what is not super lame? The playlist of early 2000s pop and R&B songs I curated this afternoon. This collection of early Noughties tracks takes my ears back to the first five years of the New Millennium and is probably as close to a time-traveling phone booth as I'll ever get. Hey, I'll take it!
Whether it's been a day or a decade since you last listened to any/all of the tunes below,* I sincerely believe it would behoove you to listen to the playlist from start to finish. All of the tunes are too perfect, too day-brightening, and too delightfully '00s to skip. Like, I may go so far as to say these tunes should be listened to on a daily basis. They're just that good.
*OK, if you really did listen to all of these songs yesterday, consider me freaked out. Are we linked at the brain or something? I mean, how else would we pick all of the same songs? Don't try to tell me it's nothing more than an odd coincidence. I want answers.
“Gotta Tell You” By Samantha Mumba
This song and this music video are more early aughts than a Razor scooter.
“It’s Over Now” By 112
“With You” By Jessica Simpson
Not only is this song a treat, but the music video is chock-full o' references to Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, aka one of the best reality shows that ever drew breath.
“My Love Is Like… Wo” By Mýa
This song is like... wo.
“Love At First Sight” By Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue is EV. ERY. THING.
“What About Us?” By Brandy
Fun fact: This Darkchild-produced track is one of the most played songs in my iTunes library.
“Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” By Christina Aguilera & Ricky Martin
If you don't get goosebumps every time you hear Xtina and Ricky harmonize, then your goosebumps gland must be broken.
“Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” By JC Chasez
"Die Another Day" By Madonna
"1, 2 Step" By Ciara Feat. Missy Elliott
Ciara and Missy Elliott are goddesses. Bow in reverence. We are not worthy.
“Gots Ta Be” By B2K
Somehow, I forgot about the amazing turn this amazing video takes at the 3:38 mark.
“Holler” By The Spice Girls
Geri Halliwell's departure from the group stung, but jams like "Holler" eased the pain.
"Floorfiller" By The A*Teens
This song fills my heart with so much joy.
“1 Thing” By Amerie
I lose my mind every time I listen to this song/watch this video.
“Playas Gon’ Play” By 3LW
BRB, going to go try to re-learn the choreo from the video.
“Rock DJ” By Robbie Williams
If you have not seen this music video before, be warned: things get gory.
"Ain't It Funny” By Jennifer Lopez Feat. Ja Rule & Caddillac Tah
"Doesn't Really Matter" By Janet Jackson
I still want to live in this music video.
“Days Go By” By Dirty Vegas
This song was stuck in my head from 2002 to 2004. Not mad at it.
“Thank God I Found You” By Mariah Carey Feat. Joe & 98 Degrees
WHO WANTS TO SLOW DANCE?
“Still On Your Side” By BBMak
Just a boy band classic, NBD NBD.
“Never Be The Same Again” By Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm Feat. Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Sporty Spice + Left Eye = the stuff of dreams.
“A New Day Has Come” By Céline Dion
Let the song come down and wash away your tears. Let the song fill your soul and drown your fears. Let the song shatter the walls for a new sun. "A New Days Has Come."