Throwing Music Back A Decade


Gillian Marton

This year includes the ten year anniversary of many people’s favorite childhood songs. These include “Hips Don’t Lie,” “How to Save a Life,” “Gold Digger,” “Candy Shop” and “Pon de Replay.”

“Hips Don’t Lie,” by Colombian sing-songwriter Shakira, was written in 2005 and features rapper Wyclef Jean. The upbeat salsa and reggaeton song got many up and dancing during its time of popularity. The enticing song received the MTV Music Video Award for best choreography and the People’s Choice Award for favorite pop song.

“How to Save a Life,” was written by the American pop rock band The Fray. The touching song was proven successful as it is the band’s most popular song. The lead singer, Isaac Slade, had worked in a camp for troubled youth and used one of the kid’s as inspiration while writing the song.

“Here I was, a protected suburbanite, and he was just 17 and had all these problems,” lead singer Isaac Slade said. “ And no one could write a manual on how to save him.”

The song was ranked number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than 4.7 million downloads. It was also nominated at the Grammy’s for Best Rock Performance by a Duo Group with Vocal in 2007.

“Gold Digger,” by Kanye West was released in 2005. In the lighthearted song, Kanye raps about relationships with women with only one intention- obtaining wealth. The song received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, BET Award for Video of the Year, BET Award for Best Collaboration, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

“Even though the song came out when I was only five years old, it remains as one of my ultimate favorites,” sophomore Katarina Pincever said. “I can’t help but sing along when it comes on; I know all of the lyrics.”

“Candy Shop,” by rapper 50 Cent was released in 2005 as the second single in his album The Massacre. The lively rhythm and appealing tempo makes the song perfect for any party or occasion. The song received the Billboard Music Aware for Ringtone of the Year.

In 2005, Rihanna released her debut single “Pon de Replay,” in her album Music of the Sun. The lyrics of the pop and reggae song depict a party scene in which Rihanna asks the DJ to raise the volume of her favorite songs. The song received positive reviews from critics and went from number ninety-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart to number nine in five days.

“Sometimes I find myself listening to older music more than I listening to recent music,” junior Alyssa Ramasarran said. “Older songs are so much easier to dance to, and I feel as if they convey a clearer message than the more current songs.”

Although released ten years ago, the popular music of 2005 will never go out of style.