Happy Birthday ‘Hey Ya’: 10 Things That Didn’t Age as Well as OutKast’s Most Enduring Hit

Ten years ago today OutKast released “Hey Ya.” The song became a cultural phenomenon, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks. And guess what? It’s still great today! But not everything is built to last, here are some things that haven’t aged as well.

Polaroid Corporation

Even in 2003, Polaroid cameras were somewhat of a relic. Digital cameras were everywhere and a relatively new technology called a camera phone was threatening to take over. Even a creative partnership with Lady Gaga couldn’t save the instant film camera and in 2008, Polaroid announced it planned to cease production. The Polaroid may be dead, but the line “shake it like a Polaroid picture” will live forever, in our hearts.


The original portmanteau-ed celebrity couple, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, were on the cover of every single magazine in 2003. In fact! Their much-anticipated wedding was scheduled for Sept. 2003. But alas, some things are simply not meant to be and the couple called it quits forever in 2004. Ben Affleck eventually found himself another Jennifer and Lopez found, well, American Idol. Fortunately we’ll always have “Dear Ben,” the “Jenny from the Block” music video and Gigli.

“What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Ice Cold!”

Seriously, we’ve got to do something about climate change. The phrase ice cold just doesn’t mean what it used to.

Ryan Phillippe’s Career

In 2003, when he played the TV presenter in the music video for “Hey Ya,” Ryan Phillippe was a star. He was married to Reese Witherspoon and things were looking great. Cut to 2013. In the past two years, Phillippe’s only credits are Straight A’s and a role in the final season of Damages. What happened, Ryan?


Only a month old at the time, MySpace became the most popular social networking site in the world by 2006. However, that wouldn’t last; Facebook overtook MySpace in 2008 and the rest is history.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

On Sept. 9, 2013, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl had been out for two full months. It was also the number one film at the box office. It was, in a word, unstoppable. That is, until Jerry Bruckheimer decided to drag the thing out for three exhausting sequels with a fifth one on the way.

“Shake Ya Tailfeather”

When “Hey Ya” was released, it was Nelly, Diddy and Murphy Lee’s Bad Boys II theme song, “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” that held the top of the charts. Now tell me, which song would you rather listen to today? Exactly.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Politician

California’s gubernatorial recall was a huge story in 2003. Out of 135 candidates, Californians saw fit to elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as their governor, a job he would hold until 2011. Whether or not Schwarzenegger had higher political aspirations, shortly after leaving the governor’s mansion, it was revealed that he’d fourteen years prior fathered an illegitimate son with his maid. Now he’s returned to his rightful place, preparing for a fifth Terminator movie.

Anyone From Friends Who Isn’t Jennifer Aniston

Okay, that’s not entirely fair. And they’re bazillionaires anyway so who needs to work? But, really, what happened to David Schwimmer?

OutKast Itself

Even Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, the double album that featured “Hey Ya” signaled a shift for OutKast. It was, essentially, two solo albums sold together under the moniker of OutKast. André 3000 and Big Boi were moving in different directions, artistically. The two released one further album, Idlewild, then shifted their focus to solo careers.