1. “Umbrella” – Rihanna
Back in 2007, you couldn’t go anywhere in the world without hearing Rih Rih’s Barbadian vocals singing, “Under my umbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh.” The song, written by The Dream, scored Rihanna her first ever Grammy win and catapulted her into super stardom.
2. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” – Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy was smart enough to invest in the Internet at a time when people didn’t realize the power it had. The then 17-year-old producer capitalized off the new genre of music that encouraged kids to start dancing again. Thus, the Crank That was born, breaking all kinds of records. It has been called “the biggest dance fad since the1990’s Macarena” and became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies.
3. “Rehab” – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse had been building a buzz in the states for many years, but “Rehab” became the singer’s breakout hit in the U.S. The catchy track is now known as Amy’s signature song and has won numerous awards, including Record of the year at the 2008 Grammy Awards. “Rehab” has been deemed “instantly memorable” and ranked number 194 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
4. “Walk It Out” – DJ Unk
Adding to the theme of dance songs of that year, DJ Unk had everyone two-stepping and walking out. The song was so popular that even legends like André 3000 decided to hop on the remix. It was one of many tracks at the time to keep Atlanta on the map. If it wasn’t for tracks like “Walk It Out,” we probably wouldn’t appreciate the Migos as much.