27 Reasons 2003 Was The Most Game-Changing Year In '00s Music
Now usually I don't do this but, uh... 2003 was the best.
1. Jan. 22: The world receives the gift of "Ignition (Remix)," a song so simple, carefree, and hypnotizing that 10 years later, an official petition will call for it to become the national anthem.
2. Jan. 26: No Doubt, Sting, and Shania Twain rock the Super Bowl halftime show.
3. Feb. 3: The documentary Living With Michael Jackson premieres in the U.K. Afterward, interviewer Martin Bashir is criticized for manipulating and exploiting the troubled star.
4. Feb. 6: The world meets 50 Cent, "the rapper who got shot nine times," and he sells 872,000 copies in four days.
5. Feb. 23: Nickelback is nominated for Record of the Year at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards for "How You Remind Me."
6. And Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger's future wife, Avril Lavigne, is nominated for three Grammys, including Song of the Year for "Complicated."
Which is maybe the grandmother of summer songs from this decade, like "Call Me Maybe" and "Shower."
7. And Norah Jones drops one of her FIVE Grammys that she won that night.
8. March 4: Evanescence releases their debut album, Fallen, spawning a new generation of goth-y pop rock fans.
9. March 7: The White Stripes release a song that will forever be drunkenly sung and chanted in soccer stadiums across Europe.
10. March 10: On the eve of the Iraq War, the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines says two sentences that change the group’s career forever.
11. March 11: Wordplay-loving Jason Mraz puts out "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)," inspired by his friend who had cancer.
12. April 7: Justin Timberlake releases the disco-tastic "Rock Your Body," and becomes a legit sexpot.
13. April 28: Apple launches the iTunes Music Store, effectively killing off MP3 services like Napster, and changing the music industry forever.
14. May 6: Jewel shocks us all when she ditches the guitar and jeans for stilettos and sex on "Intuition."
15. May 20: Beyoncé releases "Crazy in Love," proves that horns make everything 100 times better.
16. May 21: Ruben Studdard wins the second season of American Idol, and then we basically never hear from him again.
17. June 4: Justin Timberlake and Xtina celebrate their post-teenybopper independence, kicking off their joint Justified and Stripped Tour.
18. July 1: Ashanti debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her sophomore album, Chapter II.
Thereby blessing the universe with "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)."
She also RIDES AN ELEPHANT in the video.