5 Tracks That'll Take You Back To Summer 2009
This is when we all started talking about something called "Facebook"—it was kind of a big deal in 2009. In fact, about 500 million people signed up per day. Then came Farmville, the phrase "Facebook official," and the recognition of "unfriend" as an actual word in the dictionary.
Times were good—until the first month of summer. On June 25, the world lost Michael Jackson and radio stations turned into a constant reminder of the loss.
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These were the songs that got us through our summer of mourning. (The full year's Billboard Hot 100 No.1s are here.)
1."I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
Clearly, we all loved the feeling that The Black Eyed Peas conjured since "I Gotta Feeling" spent 14 consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot 100. It had a little something for the young and less-young alike: Did you know that the "woo hoo" was sampled from The Police's song "Every Breath You Take?" Since raving was the coolest way to party back then, the video featured glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark face paint, and will.i.am’s side-facing baseball cap.
2. "Best I Ever Had" – Drake
This was the year that Drake made his major career pivot from Degrassi: Next Generation star to rapper. “Best I Ever Had” was part of his first EP, So Far Gone, and we can’t deny we were all a bit skeptical about his street credibility. That was until Kanye West directed his music video and recruited Trey Songz and Fabolous to make cameos. Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz also offered up their star power to the remix for the Nicki Minaj mixtape, “Beam Me Up Scotty.”
3. "You Belong With Me" - Taylor Swift
It was a bittersweet summer for Taylor Swift and her Swifties. She released this sweet tune as a part of her sophomore studio album, Fearless. While she was already 19, she portrayed herself a touch younger—with both the cover art and the music video set at a high school—that made the country pop star extra relatable to her teen superfans. Later that summer, the video’s win at the MTV Music Awards also prompted Kanye West’s now-infamous lines, "Imma let you finish."
4. "Lovegame" - Lady Gaga
The masses were so tantalized by Lady Gaga’s suggestive lyrics (um, "disco stick") that the then-newcomer achieved her third consecutive No. 1 and went double-platinum with "Lovegame." Gaga paid homage to the man on everyone’s mind, Michael Jackson, by making a video reminiscent of his New York subway scene in "Bad." Her influence extended into the fashion world, where numerous runways featured bleached hair and flaunted pantslessness.
5. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - Pitbull
The lone dancing woman in the "I Know You Want Me" video was a perfect representation of that year’s summer style—equipped with a spray tan, bejeweled belly button, a flouncy short skirt and a graphic polo tee. And the video’s star wasn't the only one swaying her hips while listening to the summer hit. It was so danceable that it was featured in video games like Dance Central, Dance Dance Revolution and Singstar Dance.
Little did we know…
It gets hot in Russia too? Because that summer was when Russian President Vladimir Putin showed the world he was a manly Old Spice kind of man. Well before he became a major player in U.S. politics, he made headlines for a slew of photos from his Siberian holiday including that totally meme-worthy snap of a shirtless Putin riding a horse.