2. Usher "Confessions Pt. II" (2004)
Better Than Original?: Yes
Before his diamond-selling Confessions LP dropped, the title track had a few people talking; Usher was already having relationship troubles with Chilli from TLC, and the song detailed an apologetic Usher (or a character he was playing, at any rate) apologizing about cheating on his girl. "Part II" got the gossip mags freaking out even more: it chronicles the accidental impregnation of "Usher'"s mistress (according to him, fictional, but based on events that occurred with people he knew). It also utilized more hook-driven production, based around a two-note guitar figure courtesy beatmakers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox. The song leapt to number one on the charts, the third single from Confessions to do so.