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    19 Facts About No. 1 Hits From The 2000s That Will Make You Question The Entire Decade

    Kids who were born the last time Madonna had a Hot 100 No. 1 hit will became legal adults this year!

    1. Leona Lewis’ breakthrough hit “Bleeding Love” was co-written by Jesse McCartney (and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder) — who intended to put it on his own album, but instead gave it to Lewis.

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    2. The success of Nelly and Kelly Rowland's "Dilemma," delayed the release of Beyoncé’s debut solo album.

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    3. André 3000 wrote "Ms. Jackson" as a way to apologize to his ex Erykah Badu's mother about their relationship falling apart without having to apologize to her in person.

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    FTR, Erykah's mother's surname is Wright, not Jackson.

    4. When Beyoncé and Jay-Z got married their first dance was to "Crazy in Love."

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    5. In 2008, "Womanizer" became Britney Spears' first No. 1 hit since "…Baby One More Time," which had topped the charts almost a decade earlier.

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    6. Billboard named Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" the biggest and most played song of the '00s.

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    It spent an impressive 14 weeks at No. 1.

    7. Gwen Stefani wrote “Hollaback Girl” as a diss track aimed at Courtney Love.

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    8. Kanye West originally wrote "Gold Digger" for rapper Shawnna's debut album Worth Tha Wait, but she passed on the song.

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    9. Madonna's "Music" (which was released in 2000) is currently her last No. 1 single — which is crazy.

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    10. According to Jermaine Dupri he inspired Usher's "Burn," saying, "[Usher's] relationship with [TLC singer] Chilli was going into flame-out, and I told him to...'let it burn.' Hence the song."

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    11. Contrary to rumors, "Umbrella" was not turned down by Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears before being offered to Rihanna. The writers of the song, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, offered it to all of them at the same time.

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    FTR, RiRi was not happy about that, she told The Guardian newspaper in 2008: "No one wants to be teased. How can you bring a record to me when you took it to a million people at the same time? I thought Mary J Blige was going to get it for sure. But at the back of my mind I was thinking, No wait, I'm never giving this up. I went up to the guy [Nash] at the Grammys and I was like, '"Umbrella" is my.' And he just kind of giggled. And I really held his face...like, 'No you're not hearing me, "Umbrella" is my record.'"

    12. When Coldplay went No. 1 with "Viva La Vida" in 2008, it marked the first time that a British group reached the top of the Hot 100 since 1997, when the Spice Girls reached it with "Wannabe."

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    13. Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around... Comes Around" isn't about Britney Spears, it's about Elisha Cuthbert.

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    Justin's best friend, Trace Ayala, dated Elisha (they were even engaged), but she left him for Sean Avery.

    14. Eminem did not have a Hot 100 No. 1 until 2002, with "Lose Yourself."

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    Eminem would only have one more Hot 100 No. 1 that decade, with 2009's "Crack A Bottle."

    15. Nelly Furtado regrets that she, Timbaland, and Justin Timberlake released their diss track "Give It to Me."

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    The rumored targets of the song are Fergie, Prince, Scott Storch, and Janet Jackson. In 2010, Nelly told the Metro UK that she regretted participating in the song, saying: "I’ve had good instincts when it comes to my music. Maybe I wish Justin, Timbaland and I hadn’t put out that dis song 'Give It To Me.' It was like the first ever pop dis song – a genre usually reserved for rap. We put a lot of negative energy out into the world."

    16. Shaggy did not write "It Wasn't Me" about himself, he was actually inspired by Eddie Murphy's classic 1987 stand-up special, Raw.

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    In the special Eddie does a bit about a guy getting caught cheating and saying, "It wasn't me."

    17. In 2007, with "Big Girls Don't Cry," Fergie became the first woman since Christina Aguilera (in 2000) to have three No. 1 songs from the same album.

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    18. Janet Jackson's "All For You" was the longest-running No. 1 song of 2001. It spent an impressive seven consecutive weeks at the top of the charts, but it's not her longest-running No. 1 song.

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    "That's the Way Love Goes" is Janet's longest-running No. 1 song, spending eight consecutive weeks at the top in 1993.

    19. "Empire State of Mind" was Jay-Z's first Hot 100 No. 1 song that featured him as a lead artist.

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    The song was also the last Hot 100 No. 1 of the '00s.

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