The year 2000 marked plenty of monumental events across the world, including the infamous presidential ballot recount in Florida, the merger of America Online and Time Warner, and the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But all of those happenings pale in comparison to the September release of Shaggy’s masterpiece track, “It Wasn’t Me.” To this day, “It Wasn’t Me” remains the greatest song of all time, and here’s why.
The Premise is Completely Illogical
First of all, let’s look beyond this song’s impossibly catchy tune to the lyrics themselves. Never before has the premise of any song been so amazingly flawed. From the beginning exchange between Shaggy and his friend, it’s made abundantly clear that his girlfriend caught him in the act of cheating—apparently on multiple occasions. Yet, despite the evidence against him (including video evidence), Shaggy’s buddy advises him to deny everything and proclaim innocence with the phrase, “it wasn’t me.” And he supposedly thinks this is a logical way to handle the situation.
She caught you on the counter? Saw you banging on the sofa? You even had her in the shower? It still wasn’t you.
Shaggy’s Rapping is Pretty Epic
If there was ever any doubt about Shaggy’s rapping abilities, the release of “It Wasn’t Me” shut up those naysayers pretty quickly. Who else would think to rhyme “prefix” and “giggolo flex,” after all? But the best part about Shaggy’s rapping in ths song is that most of us don’t actually know any of the lyrics outside of the chorus. Yet we pretend to, babbling on through each verse like we have any idea what the hell we’re saying.
It’s Consistently Rated One of the Worst Songs Ever
Despite hitting #1 on the charts across the United States, Australia, and the UK, Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” still manages to be ranked a respectable #17 on VH1’s list of 40 Awesomely Bad Songs. All the more reason to love it.
As a Jukebox Selection, It Never Disappoints
Finally, you just can’t go wrong with playing “It Wasn’t Me” in a public setting. Don’t just take our word for it, though; the next time you’re in a crowded bar, take your hard-earned money over to the jukebox and play this song. Then, casually walk (or run) away and enjoy the next three minutes and forty-seven seconds of pure entertainment. You’ll witness people dancing and singing along while a select few (probably including the bar owner) make a beeline to the jukebox in an effort to override your song choice. Nope. This is happening now. The entire bar is listening to the best song of all time.
We also recommend trying this at your favorite local bar with Lou Bega’s “Mambo Number Five.”
There are endless reasons as to why we categorize Shaggy’s It Wasn’t Me best song ever recorded, but we’ve outlined a few of the most compelling reasons here. Now, go dust of that copy of Hot Shot and enjoy this track for yourself. And while you’re at it, contemplate this: whatever happened to Shaggy, anyway?