18 Songs From 2009 That Will Make Any Millennial Say, "Nothing But Respect For My National Anthem!"

Get the Full StoryThese are some GOOD songs.

"Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship feat. Leighton Meester

Why it matters: Because the last extended "BAAAAAAAAD" Leighton sings added five years to my life. Iconic.


"Waking Up In Vegas" by Katy Perry

Why it matters: Listen, I know some of y'all like to shit on her but there are NO arguments here: vintage Katy Perry has aged like fine wine!


"3" by Britney Spears

Why it matters: An underrated Britney classic. Also, who doesn't love a good three-way anthem?


"Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas

Why it matters: Kind of annoying, but we all kind of still bopped to it. I don't make the rules!


"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga

Why it matters: Remember when we were all like, "Who is this Lady Gaga chick and why is she so weird but also OMG I just want to dance my ass off to her music?" Yeah, those were the days.


"My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson

Why it matters: Because no one does a "SCREAM ALONG THE LYRICS AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS" anthem like Kellegend.


"Starstrukk" by 3OH!3 feat. Katy Perry

Why it matters: Because 3OH!3 is like the original unproblematic Chainsmokers and this song still bops.


"Right Round" by Flo Rida

Why it matters: Because not only did this song give KESHA her first mainstream exposure...but also because Flo Rida low key has BOPS.


"Down" by Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

Why it matters: This song is very 2009.

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"Fireflies" by Owl City

Why it matters: What even IS Owl City? Whatever, it doesn't matter: YOU COULDN'T ESCAPE THIS SONG IN 2009.

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"Whatcha Say" by Jason Derulo

Why it matters: Because JaSoN dErUlO .

Warner Bros.

"I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas

Why it matters: I can't believe I put two Black Eyed Peas songs on this list. Whatever, this song is still a staple at every wedding you go to and the presence of Fergie legitimizes everything.


"I Know You Want Me Calle Ocho " by Pitbull

Why it matters: We love a good Pitbull bop.


"Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston

Why it matters: I totally forgot about how Sean Kingston was a thing, but this song was absolutely a prom middle school dance staple.


"You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Why it matters: Listen, we get it, the Old Taylor can't come to the phone right now 'cause she's dead. But every once in a while it's worth revisiting OG Taylor country-pop Taylor. She's pretty damn good.

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"Obsessed" by Mariah Carey



"Don't Stop Believin'" by the GLEE cast

Why it matters: Remember when GLEE was a thing? Ah, the good ol' days.


"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga

Why it matters: Kisses fingers like an Italian chef It is quite possible we will not hear a more perfect pop song in our lifetimes...and I'm OK with that.


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