6. FROM THE WINDOWS TO THE WALLS, LIL JON GETS BOOTIES POPPING EVERYWHERE WITH “GET LOW”
WHEN: February 2003
Twerking may have originated in New Orleans, but by 2003, it had expanded to the West (Houston) and the East (Atlanta) one strip club at a time. Lil Jon repped the ATL, and for this 2003 superduper smash hit —it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of the most popular songs of the 2000s— he recruited twerking pioneeers the Yin Yang Twins for this glorious ode to the ladies who work the pole. At the time, it received more negative attention for introducing the word “skeet” to the ears of white suburban teenagers than for its inclusion of the word twerking, but at the time, it was the highest charting song that mentioned the popular dance craze. And it maybe, just maybe, might have been twerking’s first appearance on TRL!