Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2003 #FBF

Kelis Captures Her First and Only Top 3 Hit
Published: Friday 22nd Dec 2017 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’ll shake things up with ‘Milkshake,’ the first single from Grammy-nominated Urban alternative artist Kelis‘ tertiary album, ‘Tasty.’  Written and produced by The Neptunes (Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams), the tune was originally pitched to pop superstar Britney Spears but was passed on by her team in favor of other cuts that lined the ‘In the Zone’ album (click here to read our ode to that project). Landing right in the lap of singer/songwriter Kelis – who was still reeling from the commercial failure of her sophomore set, ‘Wanderland’ – her recording of ‘Milkshake’ looked to be just what the doctor ordered for her career.  Going on to become her signature song for its tongue-in-cheek lyrics and delectable instrumentation, late 2003 saw the tune quickly make its way up the Hot 100 ladder and eventually peaking at #3 this week that year.

To date ‘Milkshake’ remains her best-selling single and only release to reach the top 10 on the tally (let alone the top 5).  Join us as we travel back 14 years ago to a time when Kelis brought all the boys to the yard with this infectious bop:


Hot 100 This Week in 2003

Hot 100 This Week



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  1. JOHNVIDAL December 22, 2017

    I´m not impressed by neither of these two lists. As usual, the charts from the 00s are already clearly worse than the 80s and 90s.

    • Casual-T December 22, 2017

      I totally agree. Both charts suck.

  2. Beystansince1997 December 22, 2017

    2003 was a EPIC YEAR! Espicslly for R&B/HIP HOP!

    Kelis, Beyoncé, OutKast, Usher, Britney, Christina, Kelly Clarkston and so many more were slaying!

    • SMH December 22, 2017

      It really was though. I remember it seemed like literally every song that was released that summer was a banger. The last really good year of music. All downhill from there.

    • JOHNVIDAL December 24, 2017

      It wasn´t epic. Just because Byonce made her debut that year it wasn´t epic. It had started to be less diverse already and more tune driven instead of real talent shining. Little by little it had already started.

  3. iamdiego December 22, 2017

    lol beyonce has 2 top 20 singles on both charts #queen

    • ??? December 22, 2017

      lol the last time the roach ever saw the top 20 lmfaooooo

      • Alex December 22, 2017

        @??? Can yo dumbass not read??? She has 2 top 20 hits now and in 2003! Damn you should have just been a nut stain on the sheets!

      • Caleb December 22, 2017

        That doesn’t make sense. She’s in the top 20 at #1 on the current list.

  4. Meme December 22, 2017

    God I feel old. I remember walking in the store and purchasing this album over the holiday break. I was so excited! During that time Outkast hey ya was every where.

    • Meme December 22, 2017

      Haha just saw the list and hey ya is #1. I had good memory

  5. TAMMAH December 23, 2017

    I Never Paid Attention To The Billboard Charts Until 2015. It’s Crazy To See How The Singles Did In The 90s, & Early 2000s. Get Low Used To Be My S***!! I Would’ve Thought That Song Would Be In The Top 5 Or At Least The Top 10. I’m Shocked @ “What The Hook Gon’ Be” Was In The Top 20!! That Song Is Forgettable, But It Was Also A Great Song. Lookin’ @ This Playlist Is Givin’ Me Flashbacks!! I Missed Those Days When I Didn’t Have To Be An Adult 🙁

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