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

Published: Friday 25th May 2018 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 want to replay ‘I Know What You Want’ – the 2003 duet from Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey.  The second single from Rhymes’ 2002 project, ‘It Ain’t Safe No More,’ the tune – released in March 2003 – was a much-needed hit for the rapper and the then-ailing songstress as it peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week that year).  For Busta, the song helped revive interest in its parent album as ‘I Know What You Want’s single predecessor, ‘Make It Clap,’ failed to make much noise on the Hot 100 (peaking at #46).  For Carey, the sales and radio performance of ‘Want’ came as a return to form after a particularly low period in her career following the commercial failures of albums ‘Glitter’ and ‘Charmbracelet’ respectively.  

The ‘Butterfly’ singer would later soar back even higher heights on the charts in the years that followed, but Rhymes couldn’t exactly sing the same tune.  Though he scored two top 10 hits betwen 2005-2012 thanks to his co-starring role on the Pussycat Dolls’ signature hit, ‘Don’tcha,’ and Chris Brown‘s comeback ‘Look at Me Now’ respectively, ‘Want’ became Busta’s last Hot 100 top 10 entry as a leading act to date.

Look inside to relive the Rick Rock-produced cut and see who joined them in the top 25 this week 15 years ago:

Hot 100 This Week in 2003


Hot 100 This Week

Click here to see this week’s Hot 100 “chart check” in full.

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  1. taustin13 May 26, 2018

    That 2003 list was L!!T ???

  2. Keira ♥ May 26, 2018

    This was the first sign that she was coming hard with emancipation of mimi.

  3. Suicide Blonde May 26, 2018

    Even though the 2000’s charts were s*** compared to the 90’s, this chart was still 100 times better than today’s Hot 100.

    • JOHNVIDAL May 26, 2018


  4. Seth May 26, 2018

    This song is still a perfect summer bop

  5. Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) May 26, 2018

    I like how the king of r&b R. Kelly had two songs on the charts at the same time and 50 Cents must of been in his prime because he had 3 songs on the charts.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine??‍♀️??‍♀️ May 26, 2018

      Just so you know TROLLmine, Sam David and myself will be doing lunch this weekend during Washington DC black gay pride and we will be having an open panel discussion about trolling and further troll prevention methods. Your repeated troll exposures have sparked concern with TGJ staff and they want to address the matter.

  6. Theman May 26, 2018

    She’s so successful that a platinum plus selling album was seen as a not so successful album lol..

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