In 2003, American troops invaded Iraq, action star Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of Kahleefawnia, and two former American Idol contestants released soon-to-be hit records in the same week. (Has it really been a decade since we first heard the name Clay Aiken?) If it seems like these 10 songs – among the most popular in 2003 – are still new, you might be stuck in a time warp. Or maybe you just stopped caring after grunge died.
"Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake
When we first heard Justin Timberlake was going to release a solo album, many of us knew that he'd been in a boy band. We didn't necessarily know which one – it could have been 98 Degrees, the Backstreet Boys or Menudo, for that matter – we just knew that 12-year-old girls had posters of him, and that was reason enough to believe his solo album would suck. So when the 'N Sync member released this solo disco tune, co-written with the Neptunes, even the most ardent haters gritted their teeth and conceded that it was actually quite catchy. The song purposefully channeled Michael Jackson, and Timberlake performed it when MJ's sister Janet had her infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
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