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For those of us in our early 20s, I’m sure we all miss those cheesy 90s songs that we all grew up listening to on our walkmans and cassette tapes. While we may be hesitant to admit it, these songs are still just as good and maybe even more fun to listen to now. Growing up, listening to Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and BBMak was the cool thing to do, and I think it still is. Next time you make a playlist, put some of your favorite 90s songs on there along with your new Katy Perry pop or dub-step tune and rock out to the 90s. Whether we like it or not, these songs are catchy and awesome, so we’ll probably be belting out these songs with our friends for the rest of our lives.
10. 3LW-“No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)”
I'm not sure how many people remember this song, but when it comes up randomly on my iTunes shuffle, I somehow start singing along. If it’s still not ringing a bell, you may recognize two of the three singers as the Cheetah Girls stars, Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams. With this first single, the R&B girls group sold over a million copies and toured along with Jessica Simpson, Dream, Nelly and Destiny’s Child.
9. Dream Street-“It Happens Every Time”
I remember buying this CD and having a crush on every single member of the group, especially little known star Jesse McCartney. I was eight years old and they were “mature” 14-year-olds. The group disbanded after only three years together, but they still gave us this “timeless” piece of music. Watching this music video now, I do question my judgment at the time. How cheesier could it get? Somehow, it’s still catchy and it brings back a lot of good memories. It’s a great song to blast on your car stereo and sing at the top of your lungs with on a long road trip.
8. Dream-“He Loves You Not”
This hit single rose to #3 on U.S. Billboard’s Hot 100 and was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. If you are having a hard time remembering any other Dream song, it’s because this was one of the only two songs they ever produced. Does anyone remember “This is Me?" The “No More” music video, showcasing the three girls in pink outfits in a rotating white room and the “Curlz” font logo explain their short-lived success. Where are these girls today? I’m not sure. I still remember watching this music video in my fourth grade class with friends, and I’ll probably remember it’s catchy tune for a long while.
7. BBMack-“Back Here”
I remember first hearing this song on my Radio Disney Soundtrack CD. Yes, feel free to make fun. This group of three guys was in their 20s when the single was released. They must have seemed like old men when I looked at them at age 8, but now, they’re not half bad. Plus, they’re British! They avoided the really embarrassing trends of 90s bands, and their voices were mature when they sang, unlike our Dream Street friends. Maybe that’s why they still hold a soft spot in every 90s girl’s heart.
6. LFO-“Summer Girls”
This is the best summer song on the list by far. Their other song, “Wish Upon A Star” is also a favorite of mine. The lyrics in this song (listen now if you haven’t heard) are strange, random and hilarious. “Chinese food makes me sick” or “you look like a girl from Abercrombie and Fitch.” These are not exciting lyrics by any means, but I love to sing along every single time. The simple beat in the beginning is so catchy and has a “beachy” vibe that makes it perfect to listen to on a sunny summer day.
5. Britney Spears- “Lucky”
Anyone remember watching this music video on the Disney Channel? I feel this song is a forgotten favorite, lost in the shadows of “Oops I Did it Again” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” You can’t help but feel bad for Britney, pining over the life of her twin “Lucky.” Again, it’s just one of those songs that stays in your head forever.
4. NSYNC-“Bye Bye Bye”
I don’t need to say much about this song. It is obviously more famous than my previous choices. This song is simply a classic for our generation. I’m sure most of us have at some time copied the dance moves with friends and performed it for our parents. No, just me? I have a hard time picking between NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but disregarding the boy band rivalry, this song is always welcome on any playlist of mine.
3. Backstreet Boys-“I Want It That Way”
This is my personal favorite Backstreet Boys song. “Larger Than Life” and “The Call” also come close. When Millennium came out, I played it on repeat. “I Want it That Way” was nominated for three Grammys and was rightfully recognized as having a significant musical impact on my generation. It is still catchy with that perfect pop boy-band melody. It's not quite the skill-level of NSYNC, but that doesn’t matter. It’s boy band perfection.
2. Christina Aguilera-“Come On Over”
Christina Aguilera was and still is one of the best vocal singers of our time. No one sings like Christina. While “Genie in a Bottle” was her most famed single, I personally prefer the sound of “Come on Over” much more. The music video features those similar multi-colored outfits, dancing in white (and multi-colored) rooms. This song is great for blasting in the car. Whether it’s the uplifting beat or Christina’s insane belts that are just too fun to imitate, this song is a 90s classic.
1. Spice Girls-“Spice Up Your Life”
Hands down, this is the best song to blast and sing along with in the car. Just don’t “slam it to the left” or “shake it to the right” to hard while driving. Trust me, I’ve done it. My favorite group growing up and my first concert ever, The Spice Girls will be remembered for a long time. Every girl wanted to be friends with these quirky British singers. How many other 90s bands can credit having their own awesome, guilty-pleasure movie? From “la la la” harmonies to “yellow man in Timbuktu” lyrics, this song has everything to make it the best 90s song ever. “Hi ci ja hold tight!”