Thinking back, 2005 was a good pretty good year for me. During that year I spent a lot of time listening to music and expressing myself in more artistic ways. One of those ways was writing. Inspired by a high school teacher to dig deep and release my thoughts into a notebook since it was more difficult to open up and share vocally. During those days before writing in a journal/diary entry, most people wrote some unique subheadings. These subheadings often contained songs, weather, mood, etc. after the name of the entry. In flipping through some old notes and entries, I decided to share some of them from that year. This will be a different kind of deep dive into the music that I love. Here’s a look at some of the hot tracks that I loved from 2005.
T-Pain – “I’m Sprung”
“I’m Sprung“ was released on August 9, 2005, as T-Pain’s first single off his debut album Rappa Ternt Sanga. This song was actually the first song I played in my first car back in 2005. I had a 1991 Nissan Maxima with the leather interior and Bose system. The song’s bass-heavy production and catchy hook that sucked me into being obsessed with it. To this day this is probably my favorite T-Pain song he’s ever made.
Mario – “Let Me Love You”
This song was actually the number two song on the Billboard charts for the year. The song topped the Billboards for nine consecutive weeks and ended up 8th on Billboard Magazine’s end of decade Hot 100 songs list. “Let Me Love You“ is Mario’s biggest hit to date and his second album Turning Point is one of my personal favorites in the genre. ‘Let Me Love You’ is probably one of the greatest songs of my lifetime.
Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”
‘We Belong Together‘ was released on March 29, 2005. At this time my class was winding down our school year and getting ready to graduate. The song was a single off of the only Mariah Carey album I’ve ever listened to or brought, The Emancipation of Mimi. Honestly, I never was a Carey fan, but this album was the only one that caught my attention. This single was a favorite for me because it captured the spirit of my graduating class. Between the time of its release and graduation day, we have lost classmates and went through a lot as a class. Some classmates even got locked away for murder. So for those of us that survived high school and that year we felt that we belonged together. The events of our senior year created a bond that we will always have.
T.I. – “U Don’t Know Me”
This cut came from TI’s Urban Legend album in which came during the height of his beef with Houston rapper Lil Flip. ‘U Don’t Know Me‘ was his second single. The track also appeared on his mixtape Down With The King. As a teenager, all we did was try and mirror the swag that we saw that he had. This was one of the songs where he was going at Lil Flip during the beef they had over who was the king of the south.