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18 Songs From 2009 That Will Make Any Millennial Say, "Nothing But Respect For My National Anthem!"

These are some GOOD songs.

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

Why it matters: Because the last extended "BAAAAAAAAD" Leighton sings added five years to my life. Iconic.
Columbia

Why it matters: Because the last extended "BAAAAAAAAD" Leighton sings added five years to my life. Iconic.

2. "Waking Up in Vegas" by Katy Perry

Why it matters: Listen, I know some of y'all like to shit on her but there are NO arguments here: Vintage Katy Perry has aged like fine wine!
Capitol

Why it matters: Listen, I know some of y'all like to shit on her but there are NO arguments here: Vintage Katy Perry has aged like fine wine!

3. "3" by Britney Spears

Why it matters: An underrated Britney classic. Also, who doesn't love a good three-way anthem?
RCA

Why it matters: An underrated Britney classic. Also, who doesn't love a good three-way anthem?

4. "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas

Why it matters: Kind of annoying, but we all kind of still bopped to it. I don't make the rules!
Interscope

Why it matters: Kind of annoying, but we all kind of still bopped to it. I don't make the rules!

5. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

Why it matters: Remember when we were all like, "Who is this Lady Gaga chick and why is she so weird but also OMG I just want to dance my ass off to her music"? Yeah, those were the days.
Interscope

Why it matters: Remember when we were all like, "Who is this Lady Gaga chick and why is she so weird but also OMG I just want to dance my ass off to her music"? Yeah, those were the days.

6. "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson

Why it matters: Because no one does a "SCREAM ALONG WITH THE LYRICS AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS" anthem like Kellegend.
RCA

Why it matters: Because no one does a "SCREAM ALONG WITH THE LYRICS AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS" anthem like Kellegend.

7. "Starstrukk" by 3OH!3 feat. Katy Perry

Why it matters: Because 3OH!3 is like the original unproblematic Chainsmokers and this song still bops.
Capitol

Why it matters: Because 3OH!3 is like the original unproblematic Chainsmokers and this song still bops.

8. "Right Round" by Flo Rida

Why it matters: Not only did this song give KESHA her first mainstream exposure...but also Flo Rida low-key has BOPS.
Atlantic

Why it matters: Not only did this song give KESHA her first mainstream exposure...but also Flo Rida low-key has BOPS.

9. "Down" by Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

Why it matters: This song is very 2009.
Universal Republic

Why it matters: This song is very 2009.

10. "Fireflies" by Owl City

Why it matters: What even IS Owl City? Whatever, it doesn't matter: YOU COULDN'T ESCAPE THIS SONG IN 2009.
Universal Republic

Why it matters: What even IS Owl City? Whatever, it doesn't matter: YOU COULDN'T ESCAPE THIS SONG IN 2009.

11. "Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo

Why it matters: Because ~JaSoN dErUlO~.
Warner Bros.

Why it matters: Because ~JaSoN dErUlO~.

12. "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas

Why it matters: I can't believe I put two Black Eyed Peas songs on this list. Whatever, this song is still a staple at every wedding you go to and the presence of Fergie legitimizes everything.
Interscope

Why it matters: I can't believe I put two Black Eyed Peas songs on this list. Whatever, this song is still a staple at every wedding you go to and the presence of Fergie legitimizes everything.

13. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull

Why it matters: We love a good Pitbull bop.
Ultra

Why it matters: We love a good Pitbull bop.

14. "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston

Why it matters: I totally forgot about how Sean Kingston was a thing, but this song was absolutely a prom/middle school dance staple.
Epic

Why it matters: I totally forgot about how Sean Kingston was a thing, but this song was absolutely a prom/middle school dance staple.

15. "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Why it matters: Listen, we get it, the Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now 'cause she's dead. But every once in a while it's worth revisiting OG Taylor — country-pop Taylor. She's pretty damn good.
Big Machine

Why it matters: Listen, we get it, the Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now 'cause she's dead. But every once in a while it's worth revisiting OG Taylor — country-pop Taylor. She's pretty damn good.

16. "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey

Why it matters: THE MUSIC VIDEO. "EXTRA" WITH A CAPITAL "E."
Island

Why it matters: THE MUSIC VIDEO. "EXTRA" WITH A CAPITAL "E."

17. "Don't Stop Believin'" by the Glee cast

Why it matters: Remember when Glee was a thing? Ah, the good ol' days.
Fox

Why it matters: Remember when Glee was a thing? Ah, the good ol' days.

18. "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Why it matters: *Kisses fingers like an Italian chef* It is quite possible we will not hear a more perfect pop song in our lifetimes...and I'm OK with that.
Interscope

Why it matters: *Kisses fingers like an Italian chef* It is quite possible we will not hear a more perfect pop song in our lifetimes...and I'm OK with that.

And here's the Spotify playlist:

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