Love for the Duff

Hilary Duff Music from Hollywood Records Disney Company, celebrating 10 years since Metamorphosis was released

Can you believe this week marks 10 years since Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis album came out?

I know, I know… one of those important life milestones.

Back in the spring of 2003, I was working in the Disney Store near my hometown. We had one of those huge projection screens in the back that would always play movie previews and music videos. You know the one? During that time, there were a ton of previews for Finding Nemo, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Piglet’s Big Movie, as well as music videos for Carly Simon’s A Few Good Friends and Hilary Duff’s So Yesterday and Why Not.

I was dead set against liking Hilary Duff’s music. I loved Lizzie McGuire and watched it all the time, but seriously, why did Hilary have to become a musician too?

I was so over it before it began.

A few weeks later, I felt like I was totally undercover at a Best Buy far far away buying a copy of her Metamorphosis album.

I had fallen into the trap and I was VERY happy about it. There’s nothing like rocking out to Hilary Duff in your car with the windows down and wearing Disney t-shirts (that are super cute because they are a kids size and look fitted). How cool was I?

My love of Hilary Duff continued through college. I put up every picture I could find of her on my wall. (My boyfriend at the time was a little worried about this obsession. I called it “affection.”) One of my childhood friends and I even went to her concert, and I totally fretted about what to wear in front of all the 10-year old girls and their moms. (It was a red tank top and rainbow striped skirt. Yes I remember.) It was a total blast. I also wore the Hilary Duff perfume.

Fast forward 10 years: Hilary Duff got married and had a baby before I did. She hasn’t released an album since 2008 but she finally announced she is working on something new. She’s written a trilogy of young adult books. (I’ve read them and they are books to be borrowed from the library.) She’s been in countless indie films and guest-starred on a ton of television. She is still adorable and has the best hair.

Clearly my love for her has not waivered. Despite a scary eating disorder and questionable boy choices (Joel Madden, really?), I think she’s done an impressive job of being herself and not going off the deep end. (Miley, I love you but I’m tired of having to stand up for you all the time.) She still seems like the girl next door, and that’s the reason I’ve always wanted to be best friends with her, er, remained a life long fan.

My brain seems sort of stuck on the 10-year anniversary thing. How is it possible that time has flown that quickly? I still feel the same! Even though I’m married and graduated from college, and Hilary has a cute baby boy that is walking. Maybe what’s even crazier is that I still listen to those early songs and it’s like no time has passed at all.

Believe it or not, this whole article was inspired by a Buzzfeed post that shared Hilary’s 18 greatest songs. I wasn’t too impressed with the list at all (too many from her first album and too little from her last, which is her best, I think). So I did what any other blogger / Hilary enthusiast would do, I made my own list:

1. The Getaway from Hilary Duff

2. With Love from Dignity

3. Why Not from The Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack

4. So Yesterday from Metamorphosis

5. What Dreams Are Made Of from The Lizzie McGuire soundtrack

6. Anywhere but Here from Metamorphosis 

7. Come Clean from Metamorphosis (a.k.a. Laguna Beach‘s theme song)

8. I Am from Hilary Duff

9. Playing with Fire from Dignity

10. Santa Claus Lane from Santa Claus Lane (also in Santa Clause 2)

Honorable Mentions: “Between You and Me” and “Dreamer” from Dignity; “Beat of My Heart” from Most Wanted compilation

If I were to rate her albums (not including the holiday one), it would look like this:

1. Dignity; 2. Metamorphosis; 3. Most Wanted; 4. Hilary Duff

Trust me on that one, I listened to all of her albums straight through while writing this. That’s how dedicated I am!

I don’t live in that much of a fantasy world. I do know that Hilary Duff isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s okay. But I do think she should be recognized as the person who helped to jumpstart Hollywood Records into popularity (she sold 5 million copies of Metamorphosis) after a rough start, and, most importantly, she’s one of those Disney Channel stars that seems to have survived that crazy time pretty much unscathed.

As far as teenage fame goes, that’s definitely another reason to celebrate.

So here’s to more childhood nostalgia and more upbeat tunes from the Duff in the future!

5 thoughts on “Love for the Duff

  1. WHAT?! No “Gypsy Woman”? No “Stranger? No “Wake Up”????? I also LOOOOVED “Reach Out”. We were just talking at work about how she seems so normal, like the kind of girl you’d be friends with. I also love her sister and that she’s so into cooking. They are just adorable!

  2. Why not? is still one of my favorite Hilary Duff songs! And I can’t believe you actually remember what you wore to that concert!!!! That was a fun one! How is it that she started out 10 years ago? Where did the time go?

  3. WHAT?! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! That’s crazy. I still have that album on my iTunes, haha.

    BAHAHA, she dated Joel Madden? I didn’t remember (or know?) that! Everyone knows Benji was the way to go. 😉 My BFF at the time was obsessed with him.

    Huh. I also didn’t know about the 2008 album! I will have to see if it’s on Spotify.

    I LOVE your list! So many of my favorites are on there!

    She continues to be adorable and have fabulous hair, I agree! Totally envious. 😀 I’m so excited to hear she’s working on something new! I’ll be on the lookout for that.

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