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Ten years ago, top singles were both annoying and addicting

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Written by Carlius Williams, Staff Writer

We take a look back at the music that topped the Billboard Music Charts 10 years ago this week.

Bad Day – Daniel Powter

“Bad Day” was initially recorded in 2002 but due to finding a label situation was put it on hold. “Bad Day” was a pop single featured on Daniel Powter’s debut album. Most fans of American Idol remember it as being the “elimination song.” The song was even parodied by SNL, Weird Al Yankovic and even Alvin and the Chipmunks. This song was about an inspiring yet struggling musician. “Bad Day” was the cheesiest yet catchiest song of 2006.

Temperature- Sean Paul

This was Sean Paul’s biggest record in the US. It spent 17 weeks in the top 100 Billboard. The song is still popular nowadays in the club. Temperature had the longest run in the top ten for a single in 2006. It also became Sean Paul’s first single to sell more than 1 million digital downloads and earned platinum certification. There were originally two versions of the song.


So Sick- Ne-Yo

The most popular love song about hating love songs. This song was the go to break up song in 2006 and would instantaneously make you miss an ex. This is the perfect example of a Pre-Drake love song. It makes you love/hate at the same time.  The song features lyrics like “why can’t I turn off the radio.” Seems like Ne-Yo wanted to enjoy the heartbreak.


You’re Beautiful- James Blunt

It still remains as James Blunt’s only hit in America. It was most likely top three of the most annoying songs of 2006. It was played almost everywhere and anytime. It even annoyed the singer on it who said it was “force fed to the public.”


Be Without You- Mary J. Blidge

One of Auntie Mary’s million love songs about getting let down by a lover. It went double platinum. Also broke a record by spending 15 weeks at number one in Billboard. The song was so famous it got moved to a recurrent R&B station. Typical “love gives me hope” song of 2006.


Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It- Dem Franchise Boyz Feat. Lil Peanut & Charlay

One of Georgia’s trendsetting dances that broke onto Billboard. The song was everyone’s favorite dance in 2006. This was the time when everyone wore tall tees and Girbaurd jeans. Still played in most clubs to this day.


Yo (Excuse Me Miss) – Chris Brown

When Chris Brown was innocent and everyone imitated his dance moves. It peeked at number seven. It appeared ln a dancing game. This song made every girl love Chris Brown and every guy want to be him.

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