The Story of Pop: 2000 (Chapter 17)


It’s midday on Thursday, and time to take another look back at the big UK chart hits from the turn of the millennium with The Story of Pop: 2000. This week: a US R&B diva makes her final UK top 10 entry with an absolute classic banger…


Before the spring of 2000, husky voiced US R&B/soul chanteuse Toni Braxton was perhaps best known for her string of weepy classics like her massive 90s smashes ‘Unbreak My Heart’ and ‘Breathe Again’.

But after a couple of years away, she was about to prove there was more to her than a totes emosh ballad, with the killer first single off her third studio album, ‘The Heat’.

Produced by a man we’ll be meeting a lot in the rest of this series – one Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins – ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’ was her sassy riposte to the new girlfriend of a wrongdoing ex-husband. It was quite literally the 00s musical equivalent of the ‘Sipping the tea’ meme.

It gave Toni a stonking return to the charts upon release 20 years ago, peaking at #5 here and #2 over on the Billboard chart in the States. It sadly remains her final UK top 10 hit to date, but this week we remember what a banger ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’ was. A fine way to bow out of a UK hit making career indeed.

Don’t forget to follow our brand new playlist on Spotify – updated weekly so you never miss a song from the story of pop in 2000. And you can leave your memories of the songs below in the comments or Tweet us, using the hashtag #StoryofPop2000.

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