2002 by Anne-Marie

The first time I heard “2002” by Anne-Marie from the album Speak Your Mind was on tik tok. I remember it being the background to a montage of someones happier moments. Although it was only a 60 second clip, there was just something about the song that felt so familiar. After listening to the full song I realized what it was. She had taken popular songs from her (and my childhood) and combined the lyrics in a really cool stanza.

Songs with all our childhood friends
And it went like this, say

Oops, I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye
Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me
Better hit me, baby, one more time, uh

I really liked that last stanza because it incorporates 3 iconic songs from my childhood so smoothly. I had to listen to the song a few times before I even realized they way she had woven those lyrics in. In addition she uses a simile that is quite easy to imagine and understand.

The day you kissed my lips
Light as a feather

The overall theme of the song is nostalgia to her happier days. I think her lyrics embody it perfectly for anyone who grew up in late nineties and mid 2000’s. The poem uses rhyme and imagery as well to make the song catchy. The use of these devices within the song puts you in the memories of Anne-Marie’s childhood and where she is sourcing this story from.

Dancing on the hood in the middle of the woods
On an old Mustang, where we sang

I think this song is a great example of poetry because it uses many different poetic devices so fluidly and its also just a great upbeat song. In addition the purpose of this song is to remind you of childhood and somewhat transport you back, even for 3:08 seconds to times before real life hit. She sings in past tense because this song is a reflection for her. A reflection of all the time that has elapsed between being 11 years old (which she mentions in the song) and her adult self now.

3 thoughts on “2002 by Anne-Marie

  1. I completely forgot about this song until now but it took me way back. I am no realizing why it is so nostalgic: is has two levels of nostalgia! That is really interesting how she wove lines from songs everyone knows together until they are only recognizable when you’re looking for them or when you’ve read it a few times.


  2. Elijah M

    Wow, I’ve always loved this song but I’ve never been able to appreciate its meaning with the nostalgia of all these other songs. I love how you’re able to tie that into the overall poetic meaning of the song being a portal to the past.


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