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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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Ponyboy9
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Ponyboy9 | 06:24
..thanks for having the forsight to start your site....as a vocalist you've been a godsend to me
talk to you again in another 10~~(-: ..peace
~pony
katenova
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katenova | 01:42
love your site! great work!
found every lyrics that i've been searching at your place.
way to go!
xoxo
RockGirl93
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RockGirl93 | 22:23
Wow 10 years agooo i was like 6 haha
funkyseaweed
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funkyseaweed | 22:07
2003-2006 made me feel all nostalgic. I joined in June 2003, over 7 years ago! Wow. Congratulations Ray.
Deadly_Rose
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Deadly_Rose | 22:18
I can't believe I've been here five years, through three site layouts, even if I seem to hide in the shadowy corners of the forums now, it's just...amazing.
Carla
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Carla | 12:14
Ray,

fantastisch!

Iets om trots op te zijn.

court_lew_0216
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wow 10 years already, eh??? man i've been here for 6 of them.... i used to never leave this site O.o congrats!
Quisah
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Quisah | 00:25
Haha. I soooo remember 2003-2006. That was the LetsSingIt I remember.
Missy65
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Missy65 | 16:40
Congratulations!!! Love the name too.....
RudyRox
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RudyRox | 16:20
WOOOOOOW, i cant believe it, its the 10th anneversary, well . . . i am not an old member but i am surprised cuz i have never ever thought it was that old, the creators of the website must be very happy that this website is a hit, and very very very very amazing dude ]:
Captain_Keeta
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You have went over the limits of smileys. Only 3. You put 22. I'm giving you a warning because if one of the Moderators sees this, you'll be carded.
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