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Ray | 10:24
2010 is an exciting year for LetsSingIt, because LetsSingIt celebrates its 10 year anniversary! Time to look back to the early days, when only a few of us had internet access at home, Google didn't exist, Boy Band mania was at its peak and Britney Spears initiated the revival of teen pop.


The beginning

It all started back in 1997 when Ray, a 20 year old astronomy student opened his first lyrics website. Often looking for lyrics himself, he noticed there weren't a lot of good quality websites providing lyrics. Ray started 'Ray's Music site' and published some lyrics that he collected himself. To his own surprise, the website was soon receiving hundreds of daily visitors and Ray started receiving lyrics by email. The archive was expanding quickly and with 15.000 daily visitors in 1999, it was time to make some substantial changes. That's when Ray's Music Site changed to LetsSingIt in the year 2000.


From lyrics site to music site

Step by step, LetsSingIt grew and was expanded with new features. It started with the daily poll, forum and the chatroom, followed by artist biographies, pictures and news. And more recent, the music player. LetsSingIt's powerful search technology allows users to easily navigate through the site. LetsSingIt went from a plain lyrics website to a real music community where today visitors from all over the world shared their interest in music with each other.


Member community

One of LetsSingIt key strengths has always been the level of user interaction. LetsSingIt has a huge member community, reaching almost 900,000 registered members. Membership is 100% free and allows you to personalize LetsSingIt. Members can post in the forum, bookmark and comment artists, songs or albums, create their own playlists, send messages to each other, and even moderate their favorite artists.
Without these members, LetsSingIt would not be what it is now, because it has been built out of visitors' ideas and feedback.


Faces of LetsSingIt

This is what LetsSingIt looked like during the years:

1997-2000
The precursor of LetsSingIt, Ray's Music Site, which Ray started in 1997.

2000-2001
This is what LSI looked like from its start in 2000, until early 2001.

2001-2003
This was the second design for LSI, noticed the logo is still the same! This served from 2001 until early 2003.

2003-2006
No more teal, only yellow and grey. This was how the site looked like between 2003 and summer 2006.

2006-2008
In the summer of 2006 we worked on a major layout change, which is the predecessor of the current layout.

2008-today
The current website which is running since summer 2008. The logo has been refreshed and the site has been widened to current standards.


Ten years may not seem like a long time, but in internet years it is an eternity. We're proud of what we've build and it has been fun. We're thankful for all the people who helped us build it. We hope LetsSingIt will also be your number one music resource on the internet for the next 10 years!

Ray
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MAXMAN1
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MAXMAN1 | 19:40
Congratulations to us all. We make Letssing it what it is today. We will keep doing what we're doing to improve it.
Happy 10th Anniversary to all users!
jsmith1234
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jsmith1234 | 19:53
wow thats along time cant wait for the next ten years and c whats new!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
shimshi2003
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shimshi2003 | 20:13
im with this site as long i can remeber myself serching for lyric's
thank you so much, amazing work
stupot
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stupot | 20:21
been a member for 8 of those 10 years myself.. i used to waste hours of my life on here back in the day. good times.. keep up the good work Ray and heres to 10 more
Juliet86
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Juliet86 | 20:52
10 years really is a lot in internet years. To many more .

Close to 7 years for me. Good times.
I barely remember the yellow. The people here have always been more important to me than the layout.
grounded_angel
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Congrats LSI!

I've been here for 6 years I think (?).. I miss the yellow though! hehe
SomeCallMeMaxx
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SomeCallMeMaxx | 22:17
I was here in 2003. Spent a lot of days at work on the website. =)
Bucephalus
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Bucephalus | 22:27
Loco, stupot, maxx, ice white tiger, skribble.... lot of old names i remember

nostalgia is heavy with this thread
hemberg
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hemberg | 22:51
Pretty good, congrats!!!!!! the first ten years of a lot of much,,,
ice_white_tiger
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Nostalgia all around... I was a complete loser in secondary school, I'd spend more time talking to these guys then I would to about 80% of my year...

But Matt's (Loco's) right... I never found this forum the same when all the main people left and the layout changed... all us guys that used to rule the Hall of Fame d:
JuiceBoxJoe
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JuiceBoxJoe | 00:32
Man I miss the yellow layout
Dj_Sirius
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Dj_Sirius | 00:49
holly crap!!! I've been a member for almost 6 years now!... though i haven't logged in for a while... I'll try to do it more often!

LETS GO MEXICO!!!! (in the starting game of the World Cup, obviously, lol)
Meid
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Meid | 01:24
Congratulations LSI!My grandmother is congratulating too!
JDolla
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JDolla | 02:04
yeah, not bragging or anything but i've been here 14 years...

congrats on running a website this long without getting bored and shutting it down
Pippin247
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Pippin247 | 04:19
Congrats LSI! Oh the 03-06 gives me such a nostalgic feeling I understand the new designs and expansions are good things, but ah...yellow. How I miss you so.
LiQuiD_FuSioN
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Much respect to you Ray! Congrats.
Dekar
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Dekar | 05:11
Another 8-year man here. This site pretty much defined my bachelor's at University.
missulikecrazy
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4 years for me. Congrats Ray =)
blokker
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blokker | 07:45
happy birthday letssingit! you made my day several times ......... checking site out for our choir regularly!
TheMellowRiot
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Stop spamming his thread

F**kin Trolls
Pandora
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Pandora | 10:13
haha =).... I wish Ray would have figured out the karaoke button, I don't think it ever worked. It's been 8 years for me on this name.. and 9 for me on the site in general... long live LSI =) seems like you can't escape it.

rockon
tabitha
chopsuey
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chopsuey | 10:29
oh my gosh! 10 years? 10years??!!!
I'm a new one, a really new one, compared to the history of this site.
I've been here since the start of 2009, and got used to this site quite fast. Checking letssingit is just like a daily habit, and I guess it'll always be.
Congratulations!!!
Oh my gosh!!!
letssingit forever!
Jez
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Jez | 12:04
I needed to come back just to say 'Congratulations on Letssingit.com' as well as the man himself, Ray.
ice_white_tiger
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omg, Jez?! It's been forever! How are you, man?
jsimms52
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jsimms52 | 12:54
Congrats Ray!
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