The year was 2007. People used BlackBerrys as a form of communication, Kim Kardashian was Paris Hilton's assistant, chunky belts were worn by tweens all over the world, and music had its last great year.
Let's take a minute to remember the last time when music was actually good...
From a stool with her little Fergie fedora, the woman formerly known as Stacy Ferguson sang, WITHOUT A DOUBT, one of the best mid-tempo ballads of the 2000s: "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)."
Not only did we get "Big Girls Don't Cry" that year, but we also got the perennial classic and workout anthem "Fergalicious."
And holy shit, I almost forgot! "Glamorous" came out in 2007 as well! We were seriously not worthy.
In 2007, we squeezed the last bit out of T-Pain. "Bartender" was big that year.
Your mom probably loved "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder.
And Beyoncé released her most underrated song, "Irreplaceable." Gwen Stefani also released her most underrated song, "Sweet Escape." And fuck me running, P!nk released her most underrated song, "U + Ur Hand." What an underrated fucking year for our girls.
In 2007, Justin Timberlake had yet to be exposed as a known problematic person. Even he had a few bops like "What Goes Around, "My Love," and "Summer Love."
The last great year in music, 2007, gave us Avril Lavigne's last great song, "Girlfriend." RIP.
Kanye West released "Stronger."
And who doesn't love a good country crossover?! "Before He Cheats" made Louisville sluggers relevant again for the first time in years.
If you were more into crying, then 2007 had you covered. The Fray's "How To Save A Life," the Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," AND "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol all came out in 2007.
The last great year in music also gave us some of rap's most timeless songs like "A Bay Bay," "Make It Rain," and the legendary "Throw Some D's."
All of you emos out there were living your truth in 2007. Fall Out Boy classics "Th nks fr th Mmrs" and "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" came out that year. My Chemical Romance's "Welcome To The Black" was out then too.
And where would the world be without Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls"? Probably nowhere if it was never released in 2007. Amen.
In 2007, Akon revolutionized middle school dances with his trifecta of grind-worthy songs: "Smack That," "I Wanna Love You," and "Don't Matter."
Nelly Furtado was still kind of a thing that year. She was featured on Timbaland's "Say It Right." And speaking of Timbaland, in 2007, he and Keri Hilson also released the iconic "The Way I Are."
Remember the Gym Class Heroes? Probably not, but you do probably remember the start of "Cupid's Chokehold": "Ba ba da da."
Speaking of forgotten anthems, "This Is Why I'm Hot" and "Crank That" by Soulja Boy were big in 2007.
Britney released her timeless classic "Gimme More" then.
And last but not least, Rihanna fucked you up with all her "ellas" and "ehs."
"Umbrella" was the biggest song that year.
So next time you're feeling sad, just hit up 2007. Cherish the memories, remember the good times, and go to Taco Bell drive-thru (raw as hell).
Correction: Keri Hilson sang on the "The Way I Are" not Nelly Furtado. I was thinking of "Give It To Me." Oops lol.