Gwen Stefani, Rihanna Songs From Summer 2005: 5 Tracks You Can't Forget

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Gwen Stefani "Hollaback Girl"

Back in 2005, Live 8 Concerts were being held across the world and Microsoft had just released the Xbox 360. We were all following the split of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, which led to the minting of “Brangelina.”

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2005 was also the year that Youtube was founded, meaning we could all watch our favorite music videos without having to scroll through the music channels on TV for an entire weekend just to find the song we wanted. Here are the most memorable songs from the summer of that year (and we can still remember ALL of the words…)

“Hollaback Girl” - Gwen Stefani

Stefani, who had recently launched her solo career following a hiatus from No Doubt, wrote “Hollaback Girl” using 1980s hip-hop music as inspiration. It spent four weeks at No.1 and the music video won an MTV award for Best Choreography.

“Pon De Replay” - Rihanna

Barbadian singer Rihanna brought out her debut single in 2005 titled “Pon De Replay,” meaning “play it again” in one of the two languages spoken in Barbados. Rihanna was and still is known for reinventing her image and fashion style. At the time of this music video, she sported the baggy-jeans-with-a-revealing-belly-top look.

“We Belong Together” - Mariah Carey

From Carey’s 10th studio album “We Belong Together” was a big hit in 2005. The wedding dress Carey wore in the music video was an original Vera Wang dress that Mariah previously wore while tying the knot to Tommy Mottola in 1993.


“Don’t Cha” - Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls were an American girl group with Nicole Scherzinger leading the vocals. Taken from their debut album, “Don’t Cha” is a catchy R&B song that reached the top of the charts in fifteen countries across the world and featured the rapping of Busta Rhymes. During the music video, Scherzinger wears the recognized “Don’t Cha” hoodie while sampling some of the chorus lyrics on the hood.

“Don’t Phunk With My Heart” - Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas, notably fronted by will.i.am and singer Fergie, released “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” from their fourth studio album. As a chart-topper of summer 2005, it was just impossible to get this song out of our heads. The music video presents a parody of 1970s game shows and features a selfie on a flip phone ... before selfies were a thing.

In 2005, we also witnessed Destiny Child’s split and Carrie Underwood winning season four of ‘American Idol.’ We watched while Hurricane Katrina swept over North America, and everyone tried their impression of the ever-popular Crazy Frog “Axel F” remix, which has been viewed more than 600 million times.