Only eight albums managed to sell more than 10 million copies during the Aughts. Two were made by Eminem. Norah Jones had one. So did Nsync and Britney Spears. But only one black artist managed to go diamond during that time: Usher Raymond IV. The album was Confessions. Featuring production by Lil Jon, Just Blaze, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and, most importantly, Jermaine Dupri, Usher's fourth solo album was hailed as his best work yet. It was seen not only as musical feat, but a marketing one, as well. The theme of the album, tailored for Usher by Jermaine Dupri, was of a man confessing wrongs he's committed while in a committed relationship. Seeing as how Mr. Raymond was in a two-year relationship with Ms. Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas from TLC, the buying public thought this was art imitating life.
Gossip aside, the real reason Confessions blew up was the stellar song selection. Out of the first seven tracks, four were top 10 singles. The album was so stacked, some songs that didn't even make the album, like "My Boo" with Alicia Keys, were number one hits.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of Confessions, some COMPLEX staffers picked their favorite of those songs and wrote about what made them so dope.