11 summer music videos that could’ve only come out 10 years ago

As this year’s fierce Song Of The Summer debate rages on, it’s worth remembering how a decade ago, we were fighting over the same thing. Except the songs were different. And we hardly ever listened to them online (because we had our sweet first-gen iPod Minis, duh).

Music videos during the ’05 summer were different too, mainly in their ridiculously bright, lucid, almost comic-bookish color schemes. Seriously, every video was like an American Eagle commercial or an impromptu pool party. It was all pretty great, even if it looks a bit dated now.

Still, we get a twinge of nostalgia whenever we see these delicious time capsules of the mid-2000s. Which one was your go-to visual indulgence alllll the way back 10 years ago?


1. Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”

Faux trucker hats, taxidermy bears, clever T-shirts — OK, this might actually be an American Eagle commercial.


2. The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes – “Don’t Cha”

Even Busta got the bright colors memo.


3. Rihanna – “Pon De Replay”

When hip-huggers = chic and high-waisted = bleak.


4. The All-American Rejects – “Dirty Little Secret”

Because NOTHING screams 2005 more loudly than PostSecret.


5. Ciara ft. Ludacris – “Oh”

A be-grilled mouth speaking into a brick-sized cell phone. Yup.


6. Green Day – “Holiday”

Angsty mall-punk would never climb higher…


7. My Chemical Romance – “Helena”

…until MCR hooked the theater kids.


8. Ludacris ft. Bobby V – “Pimpin’ All Over The World”

Luda’s braids are a dead ’05 giveaway.


9. Chris Brown ft. Juelz Santana – “Run It!”

He was a legit baby here.


10. Weezer – “Beverly Hills”

E!’s “The Girls Next Door” premiered on August 7, 2005, right around the time this tune was creeping ’round the Billboard charts.


11. Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together”

Starring “Prison Break“’s Wentworth Miller? Case closed, dude.