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17 Reasons Why 2001 Was the Wildest Summer for Music Ever

From Napster to Mariah's "meltdown" to a new era of boy bands, your summer soundtrack was insane 15 years ago

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May 15: Gwen Stefani Goes Gangsta With Eve

It was a huge sonic shift for the No Doubt diva...and it won a Grammy!

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June 2: Beyoncé & Mark Hoppus at the MTV Movie Awards

Beyonce Knowles & Mark Hoppus during 2001 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United
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The sighting sparked loads of dating rumors. Okay, not really. Just what a time to be alive.

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June 2: "Lady Marmalade" Starts Five-Week Run at No. 1

Who would have thought Mya, Pink, Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera would record a LaBelle song and it'd become a huge hit?

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June 19: Gorillaz Release Their Debut Album

Forever changing what could be considered a "legitimate" band.

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July 2: Napster Gets Shut Down

LONDON - OCTOBRER 78:  An Internet site appears on a computer screen as a user downloads music onto a minidisc player  Octobe
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A court injunction said it was liable for trading of copyrighted file. The music industry was still never the same.

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July 9: AJ McLean Enters Rehab

A.J. McLean of Backstreet Boys (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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The Backstreet Boys' Black & Blue summer tour was put on hold and BSB fans lost any semblance of innocence. 

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July 10: Dream Street Releases Debut Album

Signifying the start of a new era of boy bands.

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July 19: Mariah Carey's Infamous 'TRL' Meltdown Moment

Six days later the singer checked into a hospital for what a spokesperson deemed "extreme exhaustion."

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July 24: *NSYNC Releases 'Celebrity'

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It wasn't supposed to be their final album, but it was their final album.

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July 28: O-Town's "All or Nothing" Peaks at No. 3 on the Hot 100

Further solidifying it wasn't just about BSB and *NSYNC anymore.

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August 3: Whitney Houston Signs for $100 Million

LAS VEGAS - MAY 22: Singer Whitney Houston performs at the VH1 Divas Duets, a concert to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Found
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Arista Records signed the legend for six albums in the largest contract in music history—likely the biggest the world will ever see.

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August 4: Willa Ford Becomes a Thing When "I Wanna Be Bad" Peaks on the Hot 100

Don't remember this jam? Hit play and you will.

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August 1: MTV Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn and JJ Jackson (Photo by Mark Weiss/WireImage)
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They aired a 12-hour retrospective called MTV20: Buggles to Bizkit. What a title.

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August 12: Moulin Huge Made Their Debut at the Teen Choice Awards

Justin Timberlake and Pamela Anderson all loved it.

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September 3: Usher's "U Remind Me" Is the Official Song of Summer 2001

Which is great and everything...

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September 3: But It Was All About Blu

But let's be honest: It was really all about "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)," which was the fourth biggest song of the summer, according to Billboard.

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September 6: Britney and Snake Take on the VMAs

Britney Spears at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, 9
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PETA hated it and it was the perfect moment to end what would go down as the wildest summer in pop-music history ever.

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