As this year's fierce Song Of The Summer debate rages on, it's worth remembering how a decade ago, we were fighting over the same thing. Except the songs were different. And we hardly ever listened to them online (because we had our sweet first-gen iPod Minis, duh).
Music videos during the '05 summer were different too, mainly in their ridiculously bright, lucid, almost comic-bookish color schemes. Seriously, every video was like an American Eagle commercial or an impromptu pool party. It was all pretty great, even if it looks a bit dated now.
Still, we get a twinge of nostalgia whenever we see these delicious time capsules of the mid-2000s. Which one was your go-to visual indulgence alllll the way back 10 years ago?
Fall Out Boy - "Sugar, We're Goin Down"
Faux trucker hats, taxidermy bears, clever T-shirts -- OK, this might actually be an American Eagle commercial.
The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes - "Don't Cha"
Even Busta got the bright colors memo.
Rihanna - "Pon De Replay"
When hip-huggers = chic and high-waisted = bleak.
The All-American Rejects - "Dirty Little Secret"
Because NOTHING screams 2005 more loudly than PostSecret.
Ciara ft. Ludacris - "Oh"
A be-grilled mouth speaking into a brick-sized cell phone. Yup.
Green Day - "Holiday"
Angsty mall-punk would never climb higher...
My Chemical Romance - "Helena"
...until MCR hooked the theater kids.
Ludacris ft. Bobby V - "Pimpin' All Over The World"
Luda's braids are a dead '05 giveaway.
Chris Brown ft. Juelz Santana - "Run It!"
He was a legit baby here.
Weezer - "Beverly Hills"
E!'s "The Girls Next Door" premiered on August 7, 2005, right around the time this tune was creeping 'round the Billboard charts.
Mariah Carey - "We Belong Together"
Starring "Prison Break"'s Wentworth Miller? Case closed, dude.