Song: “Hot In Herre” by Nelly
Reached #1: June 29, 2002 (his first, 7 weeks)
Sometimes, songs have deep meanings. Sometimes, songs make political statements.
And sometimes, songs are exactly what they appear to be. I’m sure that variations on the “hot in here” line have been used as bad pickup lines for generations… so why not do a song about it?
Admittedly, it’s hard to tell whether he’s being serious or mocking the idea. After all, “it’s hot in herre, so take off all your clothes” is kind of… forward? Unlikely? Both?
Then again, you have to figure there are couples who had fun with this… play-acting the song could be fun, I suppose.
The song was Nelly’s first #1 pop single, and was the follow-up to “#1”, which didn’t go to #1. It remains his only solo #1 (collaborations with Kelly Rowland and with Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp are his others).
Ironically, I’m writing this on the hottest day of 2012 in many parts of the country. I guess it is getting hot in here. I’m staying clothed, though. I’m old-school.
Tomorrow, we go back to the disco era.
Other songs that reached #1 on June 29:
1974 – “Sundown” by Gordon Lightfoot (his first, 1 week)