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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.

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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.

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.

13. April 28: Apple launches the iTunes Music Store, effectively killing off MP3 services like Napster, and changing the music industry forever.

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The store launches with 200,000 songs available for download, at 99 cents each, and more than 1 million songs are sold in its first week.

Later that year, Apple finally makes iTunes available to Windows users.

16. May 21: Ruben Studdard wins the second season of American Idol, and then we basically never hear from him again.

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While his debut album, Soulful, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his later work doesn't perform as well. He does go on to release six albums — some of which are well-received by critics — but none of them really make an impact in the mainstream pop scene.

20. Aug. 28: Madonna shocks your parents and makes history at the MTV VMAs when she locks lips with Britney Spears.

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Thanks to a cutaway reaction shot of Justin Timberlake, we don't get to see that she kissed Christina too.

21. Sept. 8: Everyone indulges their emo side with Linkin Park's "Numb," which spends 12 weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

23. Sept. 30: The world meets a Louis Vuitton backpack rapper named Kanye West, who releases his debut single "Through the Wire." We all wonder just HOW someone raps with their mouth wired shut.

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