Hey Ya! - OutKast (2003)
This is the song that finally made hip hop cool for your parents. How could it not, with that infectious tune, sixties beat and deep lyrics that most of us have never analyzed. It just goes to show how insanely brilliant Andre 3000's side of Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below is, and although Big Boi is only featured in the video, it gave the group its biggest hit. Taking nothing away from the power of songs off of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Atliens, Aquemini, Stankonia and Idlewild, this kills off any sterotype left about hip-hop's relevance and power. It is truly the people's music, and it is a people with no color, creed or national origin. It is what George Clinton always hoped for, "One Nation Under a Groove".
Britpop, punk, country, and slowcore ... Told you it was universal!