Skip To Content

    30 Songs By Major Early 2000s Artists You'll Be Surprised You Completely Forgot About

    Justice for Celine Dion's "minivan mom pop" era.

    by ,

    1. "Drowning" by the Backstreet Boys

    Jive

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it was the only single released from their greatest hits album, so it never got the full single treatment/love it deserved.

    2. "A Little Bit" by Jessica Simpson

    Columbia

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because every Jessica Simpson song sounded like it wanted to be a Britney Spears song.

    3. "Most Girls" by Pink

    LaFace

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because I just always forget this Pink era even existed.

    4. "Girlfriend" by NSYNC

    Jive

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it was basically a Justin Timberlake solo track anyway.

    5. "I Drove All Night" by Celine Dion

    Sony BMG

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because Celine's early 2000s "minivan mom pop" doesn't get the credit it rightfully deserves.

    6. "Crush" by Mandy Moore

    Epic

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because Mandy Moore's "minivan mom pop" phase ALSO doesn't get the love it deserves.

    7. "Car Wash" by Christina Aguilera feat. Missy Elliott

    BMI

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because I think we all tried to forget Shark Tale happened, and that includes this song from it.

    8. "American Pie" by Madonna

    Maverick

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because Madonna probably wants you to forget she covered this.

    9. "Boy (I Need You)" by Mariah Carey

    The Island Def Jam

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because Mariah's discography is so deep it's easy to forget some gems.

    10. "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Britney Spears

    Jive

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it technically wasn't released in the US.

    11. "Rhythm Divine" by Enrique Iglesias

    Interscope

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because "Be With You" and "Escape" were bigger hits.

    12. "Work It Out" by Beyoncé

    Epic

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it was technically her pre-solo debut single (so it wasn't promoted like one) and this felt more like a Foxxy Cleopatra song than a Beyoncé one.

    13. "Someone to Call My Lover" by Janet Jackson

    Island Def Jam

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because "All For You" and "Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)" were the two biggest songs everyone remembers from this Janet era.

    14. "Emotion" by Destiny's Child

    Sony Urban

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because everyone always forgets this gorgeous DC3 ballad.

    15. "...On the Radio" by Nelly Furtado

    Geffen

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it's the cute cousin of "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light," and we know: Gorgeous always devours cute.

    16. "Still on Your Side" by BBMak

    Telstar

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because people forget BBMak had more than one song!

    17. "We Fit Together" by O-Town

    Ariola

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because you still only listen to "Liquid Dreams."

    18. "What About Us?" by Brandy

    Urban Atlantic

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because the Full Moon album doesn't get the love it deserves.

    19. "Song for the Lonely" by Cher

    Warner Music UK

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it's basically another "Believe," and I say that in the nicest way possible.

    20. "Holler" by the Spice Girls

    Virgin Records

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because this was a post-Ginger Spice Girl lineup and we weren't having it.

    21. "Wake Up" by Hilary Duff

    Hollywood Records

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because we were all still singing "Come Clean."

    22. "I'm Glad" by Jennifer Lopez

    Epic

    Why you probably forgot about it: First off, I just want to say: the video for it is brilliant. Now that I have gotten that statement out of the way, this song was a little more on the slower side and the video wasn't flashy, which is the opposite of everything we remember about Bennifer-era J.Lo — which is why we've all sort of forgotten about it.

    23. "Low" by Kelly Clarkson

    RCA

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because the world wasn't ready for her chunky highlights.

    24. "Over" by Lindsay Lohan

    Casablanca Records

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because gay people only talk about "Rumours."

    25. "Are You Happy Now?" by Michelle Branch

    Warner

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because your Hot Topic phase only lasted like a year.

    26. "Love at First Sight" by Kylie Minogue

    WMG

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because straight people still think of Kylie as only the singer of "Can't Get You Out of My Head." When the pop history books are written, there will be an entire chapter titled "How the United States had no taste and did Kylie's music dirty."

    27. "Every Other Time" by LFO

    J Records

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because of that awkward "I'm gay" lyric.

    28. "Bathwater" by No Doubt

    Interscope

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because everyone just wanted to cry along to the poppy "Simple Kind of Life" and this song sounded like "old No Doubt." Which is a shame, 'cause ska No Doubt is still the best No Doubt.

    29. "The One" by Shakira

    Sony

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because it's no "Underneath Your Clothes."

    30. "Dear Lie" by TLC

    LaFace

    Why you probably forgot about it: Because whenever I bring up this song, everyone is always like, "I've never heard it."

    Reacquaint yourself with these forgotten bops here:

    embed.spotify.com

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form