Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature – Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.
In honor of her 39th birthday, this week we’re revisiting ‘Baby Boy’ – the second single from Beyoncé‘s debut solo album, ‘Dangerously In Love.’
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In summer 2003, Hurricane Beyoncé swept the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 respectively thanks to her debut solo album, ‘Dangerously in Love,’ and its thunderous lead single, ‘Crazy in Love’ (featuring Jay-Z).
Blocking competitors from the top of the latter chart for eight consecutive weeks, the very week it was toppled by the Diddy, Nelly, and Murphy Lee smash ‘Shake Ya Tailfeather’ (found aboard the soundtrack of the Will Smith & Martin Lawrence film ‘Bad Boys 2’), Bey’s island-soaked ‘Crazy’ follow-up – ‘Baby Boy’ – blasted into the top 10.
Capitalizing off the year’s dancehall craze, Bey tapped the movement’s leader – Sean Paul – to assist on the Scott Storch-produced cut. Together, the trio carried the song to #9 this week in 2003 – marking the third trip to the chart region of her solo career (following the Jay-Z duets ’03 Bonne & Clyde’ and ‘Crazy in Love’).
[Note: As of September 4, 2020, Bey boasts 19 solo Hot 100 top 10 hits to her credit – 7 of which topped the chart.]
A month later, Bey’s ‘Baby’ bumped Nelly and co. from the top spot and began a reign atop the chart that lasted 9 consecutive weeks (the second-longest rule of her career to date). When the dust settled, the tune – a fan favorite from Bey’s prized discography – was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and helped its parent album, ‘Dangerously,’ push past the 4x Platinum mark in the United States.
Look below to see who joined Bey and Sean in the top 25 this week 17 years ago:
Hot 100 This Week in 2003
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to see this week’s full TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100 edition.