Beyoncé, Ashanti, and More—Tracks That Take You Back To Summer of 2003

Jay Z and Beyonce 2003
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Jay Z and Beyonce perform onstage during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 28, 2003 in New York City. 

2003 was the official launch of MySpace and the year we all began wasting our weekends deciding who was worthy of being in the top 10 of our friends' section. It was also the year that everyone owned a Nokia 3200 with a partially transparent case, and 'Finding Nemo' could be seen on cinema screens across the world.

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While we enjoyed our MySpace days, these were the memorable songs of our summer.

"Crazy In Love" - Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

Queen Bey’s 2003 album “Dangerously In Love” featured the impossibly catchy “Crazy In Love.” With rap sections from Jay-Z, who we now know as Beyonce’s husband, this R&B/pop song spent weeks at number one in the US and UK charts. In the music video, Miss Knowles effortlessly shook her thang in an orange dress, showing off her long legs and large hooped earrings. 

"Bring Me To Life" - Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy

“Bring Me To Life” was a massive hit for rock band Evanescence, which was fronted by singer Amy Lee. The rap-rock song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2003 film ‘Daredevil,’ and as a result, was certified platinum in the US. While watching the music video on MTV during the summer, we were all on tenterhooks as Amy Lee dangled off the edge of a building as she sang. 

"Get Busy" - Sean Paul

Reggae-dancehall artist and bandana-wearing Sean Paul released party song “Get Busy,” which topped the Billboard charts in May of that year. Paul performed it on ‘Saturday Night Live’ that same month and it played in clubs across the world.

"Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" - Ashanti

R&B singer Ashanti started off well in her early career when she won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)” was a single that came from her second studio album and eventually peaked at number two in the summer of 2003. The official video presents Ashanti sporting a revealing bikini and hair in loose beach waves, in addition to a water-soaked dress for the just-got-out-the-sea look. So 2003!

"Magic Stick" - Lil Kim feat. 50 Cent

“Magic Stick” sampled Joe Simon song “It Be’s That Way Sometimes” and was originally written for 50 Cent’s album. Hip-hop recording artist Lil Kim was then given the chance to feature on the song, and it became a collaboration between the two artists. Reaching number two in the charts, and staying put in the Hot 100 for weeks, “Magic Stick” was a major commercial success, despite not having a music video.

We all remember the Nintendo Gamecube, right? In 2003, heaps of Mario games were released for the Gamecube, as well as ‘Tony Hawk’s Underground.’ You may also remember that Hilary Duff left Disney in 2003 too, breaking from her show ‘Lizzie McGuire’ and focusing on her singing career.

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