Posted On July 17, 2014 By In Music, Music Musings

Best Forgotten Girl Jams of the Early 2000s


A girl power playlist of all these great songs you totally forgot about. Ladies night karaoke anyone?

Nasty Girl – Destiny’s Child (2002)

This Destiny’s Child jam was overshadowed by the singles “Survivor” and “Bootylicious” off of their third studio album, also titled “Survivor.” It’s a fun, sassy song with catty lyrics like “Shakin’ that thang on that man / Lookin’ all stank and nasty / Swore you look cute girl in them dukes / Booty all out lookin’ trashy.” Damn. This song might not fly if released today considering it’s totally slut shaming, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed as a throwback.


He Loves You Not – Dream (2000)

It’s really a shame that Dream didn’t have a longer career. They had the color-coordinated outfits, the synchronized dance moves, and an awesome hit single. “He Loves You Not” was a perfectly poppy pop anthem for girls who were secure in their relationships. It’s been fourteen years since this song came out, and while Dream fell apart, this song holds up.



No More (Baby I’ma Do Right) – 3LW (2000)

3LW has a tragic story. They came out with this gem of a song in 2000, then went on to make horrible awful terrible decisions. Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams went on to star in Disney’s Cheetah Girl franchise. Then things took a turn for the worse. Adrienne Bailon dated Rob Kardashian. Kiely Williams did this (which we can’t even get into right now). 3LW deserves to be remembered for the good. The good being this song.


Case Of The Ex (Whatcha Gonna Do) – Mya (2000)

Mya’s name has popped up again recently due to some gossip blogger deciding that she’s having an affair with Jay Z. Whatever. Let’s not let it distract from her music career, you know, the one that mysteriously faded sometime after “Lady Marmalade.” Mya was the whole package. She could sing, dance, and rock a nose piercing. Her most famous solo effort was the super sexy “My Love is Like…Wo” but “Case of the Ex” is another great song not to be forgotten.


More to Life – Stacie Orrico (2003)

“More to Life” is one of those fantastic pop songs that has the perfect combination of thoughtful lyrics, soulful vocals, and a catchy hook. The song was the peak of Stacie Orrico’s popularity. It’s no surprise her TRL days were numbered. Her more modest image was outshined by flashy pop divas like Britney and Christina.


Oops (Oh My) – Tweet (2002)

This song sounds like it was produced by Timbaland because it was. This was around the same time Timbaland collaborated with this other artist, um, what’s his name…oh yeah. Justin Timberlake. It was a good year for Timbaland. This track, co-written by Missy Elliot, was super swanky and risqué. Unfortunately for Tweet, this ode to masturbation was her only hit.


It’s About Time – Lillix (2003)

Lillix rode the Avril Lavinge wave onto the scene back in 2003. This pop rocking lady quartet had a hot streak back in the day when they released this song and did a cover of The Romantic’s “What I Like About You” for the movie Freaky Friday. They haven’t had a hit since Lindsay Lohan was sober, which is a shame. But alas, they live on in their music.


Dip it Low – Christina Milian (2004)

After she was the annoying correspondent on the Disney Channel but before she was the annoying correspondent on The Voice, Christina Milian dropped this song along with a super scandalous video. Not only is it a good song but it actually offers some very helpful relationship advice. If your relationship is feeling stale simply spice it up with some hot kinky sex. Thanks Christina Milian!


Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) – Blu Cantrell (2001)

Though Blu Cantrell never rose to super stardom, her revenge anthem “Hit ‘Em Up Style” was a big enough hit to make her a household name. She popped up again a few years ago saying something snarky about her ex Jay Z naming his daughter Blue. As Kanye once said “I don’t give a damn if you used to talk to Jay Z, he ain’t with you, he with Beyonce, you need to stop acting lazy.”


Take It Off – The Donnas (2002)

Saved the best for last. This is a crazy good true rock song from a true rock band. If you’ve somehow forgotten about this song it’s now time to gleefully download it and rock out. Though The Donnas were (and still are) tragically underappreciated, this song got them some well-deserved recognition.

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Rachel Harrison is a freelance writer who lives in Brooklyn. She graduated from Emerson College with her Bachelor's in Writing for Film & Television. She enjoys stories, melted cheese, and embracing her inner nerd. She tweets @rachfacelogic.