15 songs you won’t believe are a decade old

No way were these tunes released in 2009...

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by William Marriott |
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It's nearly the end of the decade, which means here at heat, it's time to look back at the songs that were released in 2009. And there were some bangers.

But first let's just set the scene - you're in da club with your friends, Flo Rida is at his peak and Cheryl's fame is evergrowing.

Kesha has just released Tik Tok and Lady Gaga's outfits are getting more extravagant by the minute.

Lady Gaga and Eminem
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The X Factor has millions of people watching it, Strictly Come Dancing is relatively unheard of and Holly Willoughby has just joined This Morning.

Things were just easier back in the day. But what was everyone listening to?

CHECK OUT: Songs released in 2009 that will make you feel nostalgic (and old)


Songs that turned 10 in 2019

Dizzie Rascal - Bonkers1 of 15
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Dizzie Rascal - Bonkers

This song was literally Bonkers. The lyrics are so random, yet they work so well. We definitely remember bopping to this in the club.

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Rihanna - Russian Roulette

Rhianna made her musical comeback in December 2009, with her number two single Russian Roulette literally running up the charts. She made her first UK TV appearance on The X Factor singing her latest single, after she took time out following the breakdown of her relationship with Chris Brown.

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Chipmonk - Look For Me

This tune gives us full on nostalgia. It reminds us of when times were good, we had nothing to worry about and when the word "Brexit" hadn't even been coined yet... Where has Chipmonk gone?!

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JLS - Beat Again

JLS came second on The X Factor but it didn't stop them from releasing music, as they unveiled Beat Again in 2009. Oh how we remember the iconic dance moves and Marvin's grey scarf.

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Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

This song was an absolute banger. Iconic Lady Gaga vibes. Entering the UK Top 40 on 14th November 2009, it stayed in the top 10 for 11 weeks and peaked at number one, gaining Gaga a legion of new fans.

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Cheryl featuring Will.i.am - 3 words

Cheryl became a fan favourite when she was announced as the latest singer to be joining The X Factor judging panel. The show boosted her career and profile massively, with her two singles Fight For This Love and 3 Words being released in 2009, and coming number one and three respectively. How are Chezza's early singles already 10 years old? We feel soooooo old.

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Kesha - Tik Tok

Who can forget Kesha's most iconic song to date? Everytime we woke up, the first thing we said was, "Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy." It peaked at number four in the UK charts and stayed in the top 10 for nine weeks. Kesha went on to release Timber, which was a Oktoberfest vibe.

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Black Eyed Peas - Meet Me Halfway

Hitting the Top 40 on 7th November 2009, this track stormed it's way to the number one spot, staying in the top 10 for 11 weeks. It was one of The Black Eyed Peas last songs before Fergie went solo and released some of her female-empowered songs.

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Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name

Who remembers when this song became part of music's most competitive duel, against none other than X Factor's Joe McElderry's winners single The Climb? It sold just 50,000 more copies, meaning it became 2009's Christmas number one.

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Jordin Sparks - Battlefield

Singing what we all thought about our love lives at the time (even still at the moment), Jordin Sparks released this powerful and moving song, which reminded us finding love was never going be easy... but she did it in an uplifting way, obs.

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3OH!3 featuring Katy Perry - "Starstrukk

3OH!3 seem to have disappeared since this track was released, but it certainly was a banger, especially when Katy Perry was revealed as the band's latest collaboration. The chorus, the verses and the rap - musical heaven.

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Alexandra Burke - Bad Boys

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke shocked the nation with her Beyoncé-esque voice and won the 2008 series of the show. And in 2009 she came back to prove why she was crowned the winner, releasing Bad Boys, featuring Flor Rida. She even went on to perform the song with JLS.

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Justin Bieber - One Time

Justin released his first ever single in 2009, with his angelic voice and baby face charming thousands of teenagers across the globe. In the past 10 years, Justin has gone on have huge success, and is one of the most successful male solo artists of our time.

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Jay Sean - Down

What a banger. We still put this on every so often. It's just a classic.

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Alicia Keys - Doesn't Meaning Anything

Can you believe this power ballad was released over 10 years ago. It only seems like yesterday we were miming along to Alicia's voice, looking out of our car window like we were starring in our own music video.

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These songs are absolute throwbacks. But how has the music industry changed in 10 years?

Well Cheryl recently told The Mirror that she may never release an album again, as "no one buys them."

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She said, "No one is buying an album.

"I'm making myself sound old now, but you'd go to HMV and buy album of the month and cherish it and play it over and over and over.

"But now you can play any song any time on your Spotify playlist, and I love that - but I miss the old: 'let's buy the album'.

"I don't stop writing, I can still continue and release - that's the beauty of what's happening in the music industry, you can release what you want when you want."

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