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10 songs that you'll be surprised to learn are turning 10 this year

It’s 10 years since we sent Dustin to Eurovision.

THE YEAR IS 2008. Bertie Ahern is somehow still in power, Giovanni Trappatoni is the manager of the national football team and Dustin the Turkey was somehow our entry for the 2008 Eurovision.

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It truly was a mad time to be alive.

Take yourself back to the music scene of that time. Leon Jackson had just won X Factor, Madonna was making a comeback and Chris Brown was still relevant.

Here are some of the best songs that are turning 10 this year.

1. Now You’re Gone – Basshunter

The song that so many of us had on our Nokia 3320s being pumped out consistently in our free time in the Gaeltacht. It was particularly fun following the rocky love story of the two main characters in his other music videos like ‘All I Ever Wanted’. Basshunter is still around having headlined UCD Fresher’s Ball in 2013 and apparently is massive gamer.

2. Chasing Pavements – Adele

The song all our mothers absolutely adored. Adele was 19 when she burst onto the British music scene making everyone feel incredibly inadequate about themselves. What a talent she was and still is. It’s no Skyfall though.

3. Take A Bow – Rihanna

Coming off the incredible success that was ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, ‘Take A Bow’ was released as part of her 2008 ‘Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded’ album. It stayed at the top of the Irish charts for 4 weeks and was the ultimate power anthem for any 14 year old who needed to get back at someone who wronged you.

4. The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

It’s hard to believe that all the band members are closer to 40 than 30 now. This song only ever reached No.2 here in Ireland but was all over the radio in 2008. Although the premise of it sounds romantic, the reality can be a lot creepier as shown by the man in Bristol who started playing piano until his ex came back to him. Thankfully, she didn’t.

5. Hot N’ Cold – Katy Perry

This song was annoyingly catchy but the video was a lot of fun. The dramatic wedding, the zebra, the guy in the hot dog outfit, the Nokia phone where the screen slid up. This song had it all to be honest.

6. Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon

A song that scared any Irish mother when it came on the radio. You could not get away from this song in 2008. You also could not get away from people trying to work out what ‘sex on fire’ actually meant. Did he have an STI? Was the riding just that good? We may never know.

7. American Boy – Estelle 

Reaching number 1 in the Irish charts in March 2008, Estelle’s ‘American Boy’ permeated the airwaves for 11 whole weeks. It also had one of Kanye’s more niche lines where he does a casual shout out to Ribena; ‘He crazy, I know what you thinking
Ribena, I know what you’re drinking’.  Alright Kanye.

8. Decode – Paramore 

2008 was peak Twilight and peak Paramore. Misery Business had been released in 2007 so who better the sing the main song for a movie about vampires aimed at 14-17 year olds? Well maybe apart from Evanescence. 

9. So What – P!nk

Written around the time of her 2nd break up with long time partner Carey Hart, So What was a particularly good tune to put on when you were feeling a bit down. The video also inspired a life goal of mine to drive a lawnmower down the M50.

10. Trust Me I’m A Doctor – The Blizzards

Ah would you look at Baby Bressie (ok he’s 27 here but anyway). The lead song off their pretty successful album ‘Domino Effect’, this song had us all bopping around school in autumn of 2008.

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