MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016|
Posted by: Susmita Paruchuri
Hanson hit number one for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 with "MMMBop" on this date in 1997, but the fact is, that "Ba du bop, ba duba dop" hasn't left anyone's head for the last 19 years. And speaking of "MMMBop's" ability to live in the back of your mind for nearly two decades, a lot of music from the 90's had a comparable smash hit, "it" factor quality. Here are 15 songs thatll give you flashbacks to rewinding your Titanic VHS tape for the thousandth time and talking to your girlfriends about the new Spice World movie while trying not to get tangled up in the cord of your landline.
BRITNEY SPEARS - "BABY ONE MORE TIME" (1998)
That iconic schoolgirl outfit and blonde braids with pink ribbons are practically synonymous with the 90's at this point. Britney turned what could have been an angsty teen pop song into a dance hit, and no matter what other shenanigans she pulls in the new millennium, she'll always be a 90's sensation.
BACKSTREET BOYS - "I WANT IT THAT WAY" (1999)
Just barely making it into the 90's, this pop ballad off their album Millennium is the boy band's signature song. "I Want It That Way" has been covered and parodied a million times since 1999, making it a permanent fixture in 90's music.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA - "GENIE IN A BOTTLE" (1999)
Another Mickey Mouse Club alumna, this song was Christinas grown-up debut, with not-so-subtly suggestive lyrics.
BRANDY AND MONICA - "THE BOY IS MINE" (1998)
This R&B song about two women fighting over a man was an answer song to Michael Jackson and Paul McCartneys song "The Girl is Mine" from the previous decade. It was the best-selling song of 1998 in the US and spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the summer.
NIRVANA - "SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT" (1991)
The 90's were a time for a lot of great pop hits, but no list of 90's music would be complete without any grunge. The lead single from Nevermind spent 20 weeks as a Billboard hit, peaking at number six.
MARCY PLAYGROUND - "SEX AND CANDY" (1997)
Marcy Playground frontman, John Wozniak graced us with this spectacular track in 1997, where it spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Modern Rock charts. When a song is this addictive, you're willing to overlook some of the more latent parallels between sex, candy, cherry pies and playgrounds.
ALANIS MORISETTE - "IRONIC" (1996)
Whether the lyrics are grammatically correct or not, this pop rock song was iconic. Despite the song being parodied and the lyrics disputed over, it earned a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year in 1997.
JEWEL - "FOOLISH GAMES" (1994)
This slow song about unrequited love held a Guinness World Record at the time for its longest chart run of 65 weeks. It also earned Jewel a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
WHITNEY HOUSTON - "I WILL ALWASY LOVE YOU" (1992)
Is is possible to listen to this song without trying and failing to hit that high note? Even though this song was originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1974, Whitney Houston's cover was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks.
SPICE GIRLS - "WANNABE" (1997)
"If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends"-- not just lyrics from a great song, but great advice. This English pop groups song is the definition of "girl power", becoming the top-selling single by an all-female group and topping charts in 22 countries.
TLC - "NO SCRUBS" (1999)
Another hit by a girl group, this R&B single earned TLC a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year. This song was a success internationally, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, the Australian Singles Chart for four weeks and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
ACE OF BASE - "THE SIGN" (1993)
If you don't remember this song on its own, then you have to at least remember when Stephanie Tanner messed this song up on Full House. According to Billboard magazines year-end charts, it was the number one song of 1994, and received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo in the 1995 Grammys.
NO DOUBT - "DON'T SPEAK" (1996)
This song Gwen Stefani wrote after her breakup with bandmate Tony Kanal was nominated for two Grammys in 1998, and charted internationally.
MEREDITH BROOKS - "BITCH" (1997)
This is the perfect driving-while-angry song, as shown by its use in every TV show scene with a female character who needs to blow off some steam. Another international hit, this rock song peaked at number two on the Billboard charts.
MADONNA - "VOGUE" (1990)
Kicking off the 90s, this song hit Billboards number one in its sixth week. Despite its release date, Vogue has a 70s-inspired sound, with a 20s-inspired music video, and has been covered and used on soundtracks into the 2000sthe definition of a timeless hit.