Between the iPhone making its debut into the world and Miley Cyrus hitting the road as her alter ego, Hannah Montana, pop culture completely peaked in 2007. Can you actually believe it has been a whole decade since Fergie first taught us how to spell the word glamorous? Or, since Avril convinced us that just because a boy has a girlfriend, doesn’t mean he is off limits? Iconic.
1. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
The American Idol alum had huge crossover success with this breakup smash, which is our personal go-to karaoke jam. “Before He Cheats” won Underwood the Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and is her biggest-selling single to date, certified five times platinum by the RIAA.
2. “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” by T-Pain featuring Yung Joc
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh. “Buy U A Drank” became T-Pain and Yung Joc’s first (and only) single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. You can’t help but love the track’s catchy references to other popular rap tunes– from Lil Jon’s “Snap Yo Fingers,” to Lil Scrappy’s “Money in the Bank.”
3. “Glamorous” by Fergie featuring Ludacris
You’re pretty much lying if you say “G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S” wasn’t stuck on loop in your head. We sure know it is right now! People worldwide jammed to the Black Eyed Peas songstress’ autobiographical bop. The song peaked in the top ten of several countries and definitely had everyone wanting to hit the Taco Bell drive-thru.
4. “Face Down” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Even those who didn’t necessarily have an “emo phase” had a soft spot for this bop, which was the band’s very first single and and most successful one to date. “Face Down” tied the record for longest-running song on the Modern Rock Tracks chart at 52 weeks and popular enough to have four (yes, four) different versions released.
5. “Teardrops On My Guitar” by Taylor Swift
Nothing screams innocence quite like 17-year-old Taylor Swift. This was the pop sensation’s breakthrough single, inspired by a high school friend/secret love interest. “Teardrops On My Guitar” earned Swift triple platinum status by the RIAA and became her first track to debut on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts.
6. “Home” by Daughtry
“Home” began climbing the charts even before it was released as Daughtry’s second single off their self-titled debut album. The resonant track won the band the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Rock Song and received a Grammy nod for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group. If you were an avid Idol watcher like us, you probably best know “Home” as the farewell song from season six.
7. “Don’t Matter” by Akon
Certified three times platinum, this reggae-fusion R&B hit held the #31 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Best Songs from 2007. “Don’t Matter,” which centers on the persistence of maintaining to keep a relationship alive, became Akon’s first number one in the United States as a solo artist and second overall.
8. “Cupid’s Chokehold” by Gym Class Heroes featuring Patrick Stump
Probably the catchiest track on the list, “Cupid’s Chokehold” is a hip-hop remix of Supertramp’s “Breakfast in America” and skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 radio chart. Can we also acknowledge the fact Katy Perry (then-girlfriend of GCH lead singer Travis McCoy) makes a cameo in the music video?
9. “Umbrella” by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
Eyyy, eyyy, eyyy. Entertainment Weekly ranked Rihanna’s Grammy award-winning smash number one on their Top 10 Singles of 2007. The song can also be found on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, making RiRi the youngest artist to grace the list. To this day, we’re still singing “Umbrella’s” infectious chorus and pop hook in the rain.
10.” Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne
Last but not least, this Canadian punk princess absolutely dominated with her all-too-relatable hit “Girlfriend.” Not only was it among the top songs of 2007 with over 7.3 million sales worldwide, the track’s accompanying visual was the very first video on YouTube to reach a milestone of 100 million views.
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