These were the days.
It's no secret that dancehall has become en vogue outside of the Caribbean. The current #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 is Drake's "One Dance." Not long ago, it was Justin Bieber's "Sorry." As dancehall riddims creep further into the core of the global pop zeitgeist, one cannot help but recall the previous wave of crossover dancehall hits that took the world by storm in the early to mid '00s.
In this spirit, HNHH has compiled a list of the five biggest dancehall crossover hits of the '00s. This list will surely anger a few dancehall purists who insist that these songs are not truly dancehall, but rather some combination of soca, reggae, and R&B. Remember that fusion is the essence of pop.