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29 Songs That Went Hard Over A Decade Ago And Still Go Just As Hard Today

We forgot about the bops of Owl City too soon.

Maybe this is a zillennial thing to say, but personally, I think the peak of music occurred when we were growing up. The years 2007–2011 were an unparalleled time in pop music.

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^Me at age 12.

But because it's not quite long enough ago to be considered old, I feel like there is so much music from that time that's forgotten. So I've decided to compile a list of all the songs we were absolutely obsessed with a decade ago that have totally slipped our minds today.

1. "Don't Trust Me" by 3OH!3:

3OH!3 dancing in a ballroom
Photo Finish Records

Released: June 1, 2008

What you remember it for: The iconic lyric, "Tell your boyfriend, if he says he's got beef / That I'm a vegetarian and I ain't fucking scared of him." Legendary.

2. "My First Kiss" by 3OH!3 feat. Kesha:

Kesha with sunglasses singing
Photo Finish Records

Released: May 4, 2010

What you remember it for: Passionately singing and kissing the air during bar mitzvah/middle school dance season — despite not having had your first kiss yet.

3. "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester:

Leighton singing next to Cobra Starship
WMG (on behalf of Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic)

Released: May 11, 2009

What you remember it for: Featuring Leighton Meester/Blair from Gossip Girl in a very un-Blair-like role.

4. "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls:

The dolls walking on the street
UMG, WMG (on behalf of Ultra Records)

Released: May 27, 2008

What you remember it for: Thinking it said, "When I grow up, I wanna have boobies" instead of "groupies," and feeling very scandalous when listening to it.

5. "Can't Be Tamed" by Miley Cyrus:

Miley walking through a zoo
UMG (on behalf of Hollywood Records)

Released: June 18, 2010

What you remember it for: The shock and outrage over Hannah Montana dancing in a cage (though you thought it was awesome).

6. "Love You Like a Love Song" by Selena Gomez:

Selena Gomez with long hair, pink lips, and dangly pink earrings
UMG (on behalf of Hollywood Records)

Released: June 17, 2011

What you remember it for: Being the reason you bought purple eyeshadow and bright-pink lipstick.

7. "If You Seek Amy" by Britney Spears:

Britney singing in a hotel room
SME (on behalf of Jive)

Released: March 10, 2009

What you remember it for: The controversy surrounding the title...and Britney iconically spoofing Megyn Kelly and her Fox News segment on how inappropriate the song was in the intro/closing for the music video.

8. "I'm on a Boat" by the Lonely Island feat. T-Pain:

T-Pain and the Lonely Island singing in tuxes on a boat
Universal Republic

Released: Feb. 3, 2009

What you remember it for: Thinking it was the absolute peak of comedy and posting your YouTube link on your friends' Facebook walls.

9. "Your Love Is My Drug" by Kesha:

Kesha singing in the desert
União Brasileira de Editoras de Música — UBEM

Released: April 20, 2010

What you remember it for: a) Scream-singing the bridge and b) the "I like your beard" at the end.

10. "She Wolf" by Shakira:

Shakira dancing naked in a cage
SME (on behalf of Epic)

Released: Oct. 9, 2009

What you remember it for: Being the sexiest werewolf Halloween song since "Thriller."

11. "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)" by A.R. Rahman and the Pussycat Dolls:

Nicole singing with a bindi
UMG (on behalf of Pussycat Dolls LP2/Timbaland)

Released: Feb. 23, 2009

What you remember it for: Being a remix of that iconic ending scene of Slumdog Millionaire.

12. "Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne:

Lil Wayne in sunglasses and a hat pointing up
Cash Money Records

Released: July 29, 2008

What you remember it for: Being a pop song about rock.

13. "Fireflies" by Owl City:

Owl City playing piano in a bedroom
Universal Republic Records

Released: July 14, 2009

What you remember it for: The super-auto-tuned synth sound that felt like peak artistry.

14. "Gives You Hell" by the All-American Rejects:

All-American Rejects playing in a basement
UMG (on behalf of Interscope)

Released: Sept. 30, 2008

What you remember it for: The iconic switch-up of "Truth be told, I miss you / Truth be told, I'm lyin'."

15. "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo:

Jason sitting with a woman on the couch
WMG (on behalf of Warner Records Label)

Released: May 5, 2009

What you remember it for: Two things — that iconic Gossip Girl Thanksgiving scene, and sampling the iconic "Hide and Seek," which was a huge meme (and Saturday Night Live skit) after it played at an inappropriate moment in The O.C.

16. "Airplanes" by B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams:

B.o.B. rapping
WMG (on behalf of Atlantic Black Music)

Released: April 13, 2010

What you remember it for: Learning to rap all three verses.

17. "Telephone" by Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé:

Beyonce eating a sandwich as she picks up Lady Gaga
UMG (on behalf of Interscope)

Released: Jan. 26, 2010

What you remember it for: Being an iconic collaboration of the two queens of pop and featuring an amazing Thelma and Louise–inspired music video where they danced in front of a bunch of dead bodies.

18. "Fly" by Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna:

Rihanna and Nicki walking through wreckage
UMG (on behalf of Nicki Minaj/Cash Money)

Released: Nov. 22, 2010

What you remember it for: Being another iconic team-up with killer fashion in the music video.

19. "Young Wild and Free" by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars:

Snoop and Wiz on a car's hood with popcorn
WMG (on behalf of Atlantic Records)

Released: Oct. 11, 2011

What you remember it for: Passionately singing along to a song about weed and alcohol when you hadn't had either.

20. "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston:

Sean singing
WMG, SME, Believe Music (on behalf of Stick Music/La Gagneraie)

Released: May 26, 2007

What you remember it for: Having an upbeat chorus that casually used the word "suicidal."

21. "No Air" by Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown:

Jordin singing
SME, LatinAutor — SonyATV

Released: Feb. 11, 2008

What you remember it for: Perfectly encapsulating how it felt to have a massive crush on Jake from social studies.

22. "LoveGame" by Lady Gaga:

Lady Gaga naked in glitter between two men
Interscope Records

Released: Aug. 19, 2008

What you remember it for: Scream-singing the line, "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" at middle school dances.

23. "Second Chance" by Shinedown:

Brent Smith looking up at the sky by the beach
WMG (on behalf of Atlantic Records)

Released: Sept. 9, 2008

What you remember it for: Making you want to dramatically run away from home and sing about your teen angst in a field.

24. "Disturbia" by Rihanna:

Rihanna with creepy contacts growling out of a cage
UMG (on behalf of Def Jam Recordings)

Released: June 17, 2008

What you remember it for: Being very confused when you discovered it wasn't connected to the movie Disturbia.

25. "Peacock" by Katy Perry:

Katy in a straightjacket
UMG (on behalf of EMI)

Released: Aug. 24, 2010

What you remember it for: Your parents getting mad at you for listening to a song that just repeated "cock" as the chorus.

26. "What the Hell" by Avril Lavigne:

Avril driving and singing
RCA Records

Released: Jan. 10, 2011

What you remember it for: Making you want to get pink streaks and steal a taxi.

27. "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz:

Taio walking down the street and singing
UMG (on behalf of Universal–Island Records)

Released: May 30, 2010

What you remember it for: Being the ultimate summer dance song.

28. "So What" by Pink:

Pink sawing down a tree
SME, BMI — Broadcast Music

Released: Aug. 11, 2008

What you remember it for: Being a badass anthem that you sang when you got a C on your math test to make yourself feel better.

29. And finally, "We Made You" by Eminem feat. Jessica Simpson:

Eminem singing with flames behind him
Shady Records / Aftermath Records / Interscope Records

Released: April 7, 2009

What you remember it for: Getting you all excited about a potential Jessica Simpson comeback that never came to fruition.

If you'd like to hop in a time machine, you can listen to these 29 hits here:

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