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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #5 Flo Rida “Low”Posted by Nathan S. on 12/16/09 | Filed under Features, Best of the 2000s, Flo Rida
More than any other decade in modern music industry history, the 2000s were a time of change. Over the last decade hip-hop moved almost completely into the digital age, and, for better or worse, no song captured that brave new world like Flo Rida and T-Pain's "Low". Coming off Flo Rida's "Mail on Sunday" album, "Low" was the number one song in the country for an astounding ten straight weeks, staying in the top ten for a full 23 weeks and becoming the most downloaded song in music history in the process (to date's it's sold 5 million units, and those are just the copies that were downloaded legally). In short, it was the most popular song of the decade. Period.
I know the serious hip-hop heads are gasping at this one, and to a certain extent I can't blame them, but while popularity doesn't count for everything, but it certainly counts for something, and Flo-Rida has what, by modern standards, is the most popular song of all-time. Not the most popular hip-hop song, the most popular song period. I don't think anyone saw that coming, including Flo-Rida himself, but there's simply no denying what an incredible accomplishment that is.
What's more, even though there's probably not a human being alive who hasn't heard "Low" at least one hundred times, if you can think back to the first time you heard it, there's no denying how damn enjoyable the song is. T-Pain's hook, the infectious beat, Flo-Rida's verses, I don't care how hard you think you are, "Low" makes you want to dance. Like "YMCA" or We Are Family" before it, "Low" is the song that will get played at weddings for years to come, a song that's guaranteed to get everyone from the young kids to the grandmas out on the dance floor and having a good time, and if you've made a track with that kind of universal appeal, you've done something I simply can't hate on. So welcome to the number 5 slot Flo Rida, you truly earned it.
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