21 2000s Songs That Remind Me Of The Time Before I Had Responsibilities

21 2000s Songs That Remind Me Of The Time Before I Had Responsibilities

Forever wishing I could go back to when things were simpler.


Remember back in elementary/middle school when the worst stress you had came from speed multiplication table tests? Here is a list of songs that might remind you of an easier time.

1. Kelis, "Milkshake"

The GIF probably describes what all of our parents were thinking when we'd sing along to this song. We clearly had no idea what she was talking about and that's what makes songs like this so funny and memorable. Kids thought she meant the drink, adults knew she meant her goods.

2. Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl"

Okay, be honest, this song taught you how to spell bananas, and you probably still get really excited to scream the lyrics when this song plays.

3. Usher ft. Lil Jon & Ludacris, "Yeah 3x"

This song was pretty popular, in the club talking about taking 'shawty' home. BUT, at 6 years old, how am I supposed to know that? All I knew was Ludacris had a freak in the bed and Usher and Lil Jon were like 'YEAH!'

4. Beyonce, "Irreplaceable"

Let's be real, back then we had no idea what Beyonce was singing about, and the name of the song was not 'Irreplaceable' back then. It was 'To the Left, To the Left.'

5. Fountains of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom"

Back then hanging around the pool with Stacy and her mom sounded pretty fun, but today everyone wants to be Stacy's Mom. Who doesn't aspire to be the hot mom?

6. The All American Rejects, "Gives You Hell"

"I HOPE IT GIVES YOU H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS!" Because back then "hell" wasn't an appropriate word to say. And why the hell does this guy wake up in the evening?

7. Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx, "Gold Digger"

Kanye is never afraid to call people out, as he's a man of no filter, but did you really pick up on all of his references in this song? It just sounded like maybe someone was robbing Kanye, but now that we are older, we can say it's a bit different than that.

8. T-Pain, "Low"

Everyone wanted a pair of apple bottom jeans and boots with tha fur after this song. But why are we getting low? I remember when T-Pain got to the part where he repeats 'low' eight times, and I would run out of breath trying to sing along.

9. Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown, "No Air"

Someone get these people an inhaler! I really thought they were suffocating, but really, they were just being dramatic. They can't live without each other and that makes so much sense now.

10. Beyonce, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)"

I remember my friends and I memorized the dance to this and performed it at our school's talent show, when we were like, 10. OF COURSE WE WERE SINGLE LADIES!!

11. Rihanna ft. Jay-Z, "Umbrella"

Rihanna had her UMBRELLA-ELLA-ELLA, so you better get your umbrella. Another song we probably didn't know the meaning behind, but we sure did love it when they played it on the radio.

12. Soulja Boy Tellem, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"

At every school dance, this was the song. The entire school would bust out into dance. The 'crank that' part usually got out of hand, and people would tumble over each other. Good times right?

13. Nelly Furtado, "Promiscuous"

Okay, honestly did you even know what promiscuous meant when this came out?

14. Huey, "Pop, Lock and Drop It"

Pop, lock, and drop what? Who knows, but 5 year olds were definitely doing this dance in the basement with their cousins. Your cousins really aren't your cousins unless you had a dance party with songs like this.

15. Jesse McCartney, "Beautiful Soul"

Jesse, I have a beautiful soul and I am wondering where you have disappeared to. (Side note: apparently he has some tour dates in 2019, WHAT?)

16. Nelly, "Hot in Here"

When summer arrives we all still run to this song as a joke, but I don't think anyone is really taking their clothes off.

17. Plain White T's, "Hey There Delilah"

Who the heck is Delilah and why the heck is she so far away from this man? It made no sense, just like the rest of the love songs of the 2000s. Of course, I get it now. They are in a long distance relationship before social media really took off. I wonder if he and Delilah are doing okay now?

18. Outkast, "Ms. Jackson"

Who is Ms. Jackson and why are we saying sorry? Who knows, but 'I AM FOR REAAAAL!'

19. Shaggy, "It Wasn't Me"

I didn't know why he was on the counter and naked back then, but now I realize this guy was caught red handed.

20. Vanessa Carlton, "A Thousand Miles"

First of all, this song was in "White Chicks," and it is hilarious. Second of all, I know you can still jam to this song!

21. Jazmine Sullivan, "Bust Your Windows"

Is it just me or did a lot of women get cheated on and feel the need to destroy their ex's car? Anyway, we got some great songs out of it. This was a good shower song, even though I really had no idea what I was singing about.

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21 Signs You're A Catholic School Kid

You can't imagine how stressful it was for me to pick a different outfit out every day.

As someone who went to Catholic school from pre-K to twelfth grade, going to a non-religious college was like entering a foreign country. Here are the 20 tell-tale signs that you are hands-down a Catholic School Kid.

1. You knew the same 30-60 people for the majority of your childhood.

When a new kid transferred into class it was equivalent to the wonder and awe of Christmas morning. Finally, a new kid who doesn't know how weird I am and might want to be my friend!

2. You knew summer was over when your mom dragged you to Flynn and O'Hara's for a new uniform because you grew another inch and didn't fit into your old one.

It was probably more painful for the younger siblings who were going to receive "hand-me-downs" anyway and had to just sit there in boring agony.

3. Dress down day was equivalent to New York Fashion Week.

Once a month (but a week when you got to high school) you were blessed with a dress down day. This meant that you needed to donate a dollar and whip out your cutest Delilah's or Kohl's graphic T-shirt, blue jeans, and Uggs. It was also one of the few days you could paint your nails and not get in an obscene amount of trouble for it.

4. The best days were on Holy Days of Obligation.

When you had school on Ash Wednesday, All Saints Day, or May Crowning, you had to go to mass with the entire school. This meant you spent half the day in church and the other half eating lunch and reading a book because your teacher didn't feel like teaching for an hour.

5. Getting to play Mary or Joseph in the nativity skit was the biggest battle/honor of your Catholic School career.

Everyone wanted to play Mary or Joseph. Basically, if you weren't the teacher's pet or your mom didn't e-mail the teacher ahead of time begging her to let you be the star, you were stuck being a shepherd or an angel (or in my little sister's case, the sheep).

6. You knew you were the popular kid when you were asked to read at mass or bring the gifts up during communion.

7. You genuinely had no idea that religion class wasn't offered at public schools until you stopped going to Catholic school.

It honestly never clicked in my brain until I met my friends who went to public school that this was a thing.

8. From 7-8th grade, your friends had birthday parties that were like the school dances, but you didn't need to leave room for the Holy Spirit.

9. You only shaved your knee caps because your knee highs covered all of your legs anyway.

This became super convenient in high school.

10. When you got to high school and there were more relaxed rules about wearing makeup and nail polish.

Admit it, you felt like a total rebel/ beauty queen.

11. You probably went to some lake resort in Pennsylvania for your eighth-grade dance/field trip and thought it was cooler than prom.

12. Your school was either called St. [enter a saint's name], Our Lady of [enter adjective that has something to do with Mary], or Bishop [enter Bishops name you've never heard of until you actually went to the school].

13. When your teacher made you sit in boy-girl order at mass you would nearly pass out because it meant you could possibly be blessed to hold your crush's hand during the "Our Father."

14. The American flag and the cross would be hung up next to each other in each classroom because after morning announcements you would pray and then say the Pledge of Allegiance.

15. Catholic Schools Week was the sh*t.

For one whole week you would get to watch the most athletic kids in your class battle it out in scooter hockey, the smartest kids play Jeopardy against each other, and then eat pizza and ice cream on Friday to celebrate. But the most coveted event of all was watching the 7th vs. 8th-grade basketball game which was more important than the Super Bowl and the Olympics combined.

16. Drama got around really quickly.

I literally watched a rumor be whispered around the classroom like a game of telephone once. You can only trust your ultimate BFF with a secret. If you told anyone else, your news would be spread to your entire grade by recess.

17. Your most accomplished year was the second grade when you learned how to write in cursive, went to confession, and received your first holy communion.

18. You learned never to leave valuables in your desk over the weekend because the CCD kids will 100% take it.

19. You became overwhelmed when you got to college because it wasn't socially acceptable to wear the same outfit every day.

You can't imagine how stressful it was for me to pick a different outfit out every day.

20. The kids on your block thought your family was super rich because you went to private school, but you actually weren't because Catholic school tuition is super expensive.

21. You're still best friends with the kids you went to Catholic School with.

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8 Things From Middle School Dances That You — And Everyone In Your Myspace Top 8 — Still Remember

Brb, gotta give my crush a note and play "Fall For You" by Secondhand Serenade on my iPod.


Ah, middle school. Everyone has been through it and everyone usually has not-so-fond memories of it. A huge staple of middle school is the dances. We will never forget!

1. There was rarely actual dancing.

We usually tended to just awkwardly shuffle our feet as we stood around with our friends, snacking on pizza, chips, and soda.

2. Group dances were the best.

When people did dance, it tended to be to songs such as the "Cha-Cha Slide" or "Gangnam Style." Oh boy.

3. Having a date mattered way more than it should've.

We were literally 12 years old. Why did it seem so important? Almost all of us were so desperate to find a person to ask to the dance, knowing but not admitting that we'd probably never talk to them again afterwards.

4. Dresses and suits, who?

Unless it was a formal or semi-formal dance, everyone showed up in a somewhat-nicer-than-usual shirt and jeans. Maybe dressy shoes and jewelry/accessories.

5. High schoolers weren't allowed, until they were.

Most of the time, you were only allowed to bring other middle-schoolers. Eventually, though, the rules changed. With a parent-and-principal-signed permission slip, of course!

6. Big Brother is watching you.

And by Big Brother, I mean the chaperones. Most of them were teachers and/or parents. Is that why everyone was so awkward?

7. Either slow-dancing a foot apart or grinding. No in between.

I never went to any middle school dances with a "romantic" date, and looking back, I'm very glad. Couples would either leave too much room for Jesus, or not enough. Meanwhile, I was so shy that I felt awkward even during the aforementioned group dances, so asking a girl to slow-dance was out of the question for me.

8. Boyfriend/girlfriend drama!

Another thing I'm glad to have avoided. Many people would get into arguments and fight over who could take who to the dance. Friendships would "end" over this, usually until the couple broke up. Again, we were all like 12 years old!

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