A Look Back: The Songs That Made Them Famous

Watching artists like Lady Gaga, Drake and more perform live on New Year’s Eve left us in a state of reflection of years past. Which lead us to You Tube frantically looking up old tunes, giving us a great reminder of where it all started for many of our Top Artists.

It’s crazy to think of how many have found HUGE success in such a short of time, and leaving us proud of those who have been around for quite a long time. So hang with us as we take a look back at the singles that helped break some of your favorite artists, many songs you already know and some you may have forgotten.

Katy Perry

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“I Kissed A Girl” was the lead single off of Katy Perry’s album, “One Of The Boys” which was released in 2008. While some hardcore fans already knew of this girl with the booming voice, this song was what shot her straight to the top of the pop charts and made her a name that everyone was talking about.

It was nominated in the 51st Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance of the year and topped the charts in more than 20 countries world wide.

Eminem

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“My Name Is” released in 1999, was the first major label debut single for this Detroit born superstar. He broke onto the scene that year, with the help of another well known rapper Dr.Dre.

Ironically enough, Eminem was the first hip hop artist to have a #1 video on a little show you may have heard of, Total Request Live on MTV, which at the time was hosted by none other than our very own, Carson Daly!

Lady Gaga

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It’s crazy to think that it was only 3 years ago, in 2008 when Lady Gaga released “Just Dance,” her single that launched a career that would change the world of pop music in the 21st century. Some New Yorkers already knew of this wild songstress, but it wasn’t until Akon discovered her and signed her to Interscope that the rest of us were lucky enough to hear her music.

This song came to us off of her debut studio album, The Fame, which took a couple of years to find it’s fame per say, and eventually went triple platinum in 2010.

Lil Wayne

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A lot of you may have never heard this song that featured Lil Wayne when he was in fact little. “Tha Block Is Hot” debuted in 1999 as the title track off of the album with the same name.

At the time, Wayne was only  17 years old, and the youngest member of the now VERY well known label, Cash Money Records. The album sold over 1 million copies in the U.S alone.

Rihanna

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“Pon De Replay” hit us in 2005 off of Rihanna’s debut studio album, Music Of The Sun. This club jam introduced the world to a young girl from Barbados with an island sound that people could shake their booty to.

The success of this song allowed her to release her second album less than a year later, and it’s been nothing but success for this AMP Radio favorite since then.

Pitbull

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Only the hard core Pitbull fans will remember Mr.305 from the days when sporting a Cuban flag basketball jersey was his main source of fashion. While Pitbull was already on the scene earlier in his career, working with people like Lil John, it wasn’t until his debut album, M.I.A.M.I was released that the rest of the world took notice.

The lead single off of this album was “Culo,” and it received a lot of radio air-play that year.

LMFAO

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If you are a fan of LMFAO, then you 100% know and LOVE the song “I’m In Miami, Trick” which was released in 2008. Until that point, no one really knew of this crazy Party Rock Band with their leopard print leggings and crazy hair, but it seemed like they were loved right away.

Their songs became a staple at every club, house party and radio station and in only 3 years their popularity has reached massive proportions.

Drake

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A lot of people first found out about Drake through watching him on the hit show “Degrassi” but the rest of us learned of him after hearing his hit song “Best I Ever Had” in 2009 off of his mix tape “So Far Gone.” The crazy part about his success is that he found most of it before  he signed with Cash Money Records.

With two singles off of So Far Gone reaching commercial success, he decided to release it as an EP, featuring 5 songs off the mix tape plus one additional new song as well.

Flo-Rida

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Flo-Rida hit the scene in  2008, releasing to the world his debut album called “Mail On Sunday.” Lucky for us, and him, the lead single “Low” was a smash hit and stayed #1 on the charts in the U.S for ten weeks straight.

fThe song, featuring T-Pain was also on the soundtrack for the movie “Step Up 2: The Streets.” Three other singles from his debut EP also topped the charts with songs featuring Timbaland, will.i.am, and Sean Kingston.

Maroon 5

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“Harder To Breathe” was one of three singles off of Maroon 5’s debut album “Songs About Jane” which was released in 2002. While it took a couple of years for it to gain massive popularity, the album did reach the Top Ten on the Billboard 200 list in 2004.

We love us some Maroon 5, and are thrilled that they have found more success in 2011, and look forward to what will come in 2012.

Kanye West

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The name Kanye West was well known in the music biz as one of the top producers in the industry well before any of us knew who he was. Producing for Roca-A-Fella records, he worked with everyone from Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Janet Jackson.

However it wasn’t until the release of “Through The Wire” in 2002 that the mainstream took notice. He recorded the single literally through the wires that were keeping his jaw in place after a very serious car accident that nearly took his life.

Chris Brown

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At only 16 years old, Chris Brown hit the scene in 2005 with his self titled album, Chris Brown. The lead single “Run It” topped the Billboard Hot 100, making a name for the young singer early in his career. The album went double platinum with sales of over 2 million copies in the U.S alone.

Britney Spears

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While some of the songs on our list may be new to you, “Baby One More Time” is a household track that even the non-Spears fans know by heart. Released in 1999, two years after being signed by Jive Records, her album (also named Baby One More Time) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum.

Her debut album sealed the deal making Britney Spears the Princess of Pop Music, a title her fans still hold dear today. The video is also incredibly popular and left a great first impression to start what continues to be a long successful career for the singer.

Usher

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As the lead single off of his second album “My Way” released in 1997, “You Make Me Wanna” was the ultimate R&B jam of the year. It was his first track to reach platinum status, and won Best Male R&B/Soul single at the 1999 Soul Train Music Awards show.

  • Well that ends our look back on the singles that made them famous. What are some of the tracks we missed from your favorite artists?
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