Let’s be honest: you would still rock out to “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” if you heard it today. And “Steal My Sunshine” is still your summer jam and you know it! Pop bands of the early 2000s like had an energy that can’t be touched, and catchy hooks that can’t be beaten. That’s why the names soulDecision, S Club 7, and Steps will NEVER leave us.
Who cares that these bands willingly sang ridiculously cheesy lyrics like: “New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick.” In 2000s pop, as long as lines rhymed, everything else was simply void. These bands helped our middle and high school selves come into our own. While some like B2K and LFO were more well known, there were one-hit wonders like Nine Days and Evan and Jaron who did the same amount of damage to our pubescent souls. Prepare yourselves for a throwback unlike any other with these amazingly corny, slow-motion singing, synchronized dancing pop groups that made the 2000s the age of pop music glory.
Before American Idol, there was Popstars. Before Josh Henderson was the hunky Dallas star he is today, he had frosted tips in the six-membered pop group. What do you get when you fuse the two together? Scene 23. They taught our teenage selves valuable love lessons like: not everything has to be a “love thing” and some relationships aren’t worth dealing with all the “he said, she said,” you know? Oh, the memories.
Ain’t nobody gonna interrupt soulDecision’s game on our teenage selves. Seriously, have you actually listened to their lyrics? The fact that we were jamming out to “Faded” with the lyrics “Wondering why you and I haven’t hit it” in middle and high school is kind of disturbing. Although we will say this: if lead singer Trevor Guthrie made those moves on us now, we can’t say we wouldn’t be into it.