Usher - "U Remind Me"
Reached No. 1: July 7, 2001 Weeks at No. 1: Four
“U Remind Me” is Usher at his smooth, slinky best. The song's narrative starts with Usher in a conversational croon, telling his current lovers about his ex-girlfriend and the betrayals and heartbreak he endured—but in a incredibly upbeat and danceable way.
It's an enduring example of narrative songwriting, a great story with a solid video to go with it. How many movies stole the scene of Usher dancing in the rainy streets? Too many to count, though most imitators left out the sideways baseball cap. Bonus trivia: don't miss Chilli of TLC fame posing as his girl at the end of the video.