TBT: 2003, When Outkast Said “Hey Ya!” to Number One

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 2003, Outkast said “Hey Ya!” to number one, and their song didn’t go from ice cold to cool until a staggering nine weeks later.

Outkast didn’t mind losing their number one spot, though, since they lost it to themselves! “The Way You Move” ended up bumping “Hey Ya!” out of the number one spot during the week of Valentine’s Day in 2004.

We know you remember the resurgence of Polaroids after the song came out, but did you know these throwback tidbits about the song?

1. The music video is based on the Beatles’ first Ed Sullivan Show performance.

Releasing the song was a last minute decision, so André 3000 had no time to choreograph his parts in the music video. Therefore, all of his dancing was improvised.

2. André tried singing through a Vocoder while recording the song.

“We [recorded] a lot of vocals and lived with them and trashed them,” audio engineer Pete Novak told MTV. “There were so many different versions of that song. If I had the files, I could let you hear 20 different versions of that song. There were lots of ideas that were interesting, but I’m happy with the way it turned it out. We had one of the verses with him singing through a Vocoder. It was cool at the time, but it didn’t really work.”

3. “Hey Ya!” revitalized the Polaroid corporation.

The song also ruined a lot of pictures, because unlike the original Polaroid photos, which could be shaken in order to dry quicker, new Polaroid photos can get distorted in the process.

4. Ryan Phillippe is in the music video.

Click play on the video above to see his part. Another version of the music video was shot with Ryan acting more energetic.

5. The “ladies” yelling “Yeah!” was actually just one woman.

She was an assistant to the studio engineer, and she is the only over voice on the track besides André 3000. Hear her part above!

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 2003 hit, “Hey Ya!” Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!

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