The 1990s Called, They Want Their Music Back

No one has just one guilty pleasure, much like Abbie showed in her post about three of her guilty (or not so guilty) pleasures. I have many: Broadway musicals, animal crackers, chick lit, girly movies, Disney movies, all things British, Jane Austen…the list goes on and on. And, believe me, I could devote an entire post to my love of Jane Austen alone. But this post is not about her. I also, like Sarah, have a love of staying home and just “coexisting” with my books and my music.

It’s not too surprising, then, that music is at the core of my guiltiest pleasure.

I’m going to cut to the chase. I love boy band (some girl band too) music from the late 1990s and early 2000s, and I still listen to it all the time.

My guilty pleasure has only been aided and abetted by the wonderful inventions of iTunes and Spotify which have allowed me to find all the awesome songs I used to listen to in grade school. I will admit, in addition to this, that I did at one point, several years ago, import a bunch of old CDs onto iTunes and onto my iPod.

Here’s some of the artists/bands you may catch me listening to:

Backstreet Boys/NSYNC – I listened to a lot of both of these bands as a kid, and although I still listen to them occasionally, I liked Backstreet more and still do. Here’s a classic Backstreet song:

Spice Girls – Yeah, I admit it. I do still listen to some of their songs. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about listening to some of the songs again and being horrified by the thought that we, as 11 year olds used to sing those lyrics. Out loud. In front of our parents. =0

BBMak – I’ve always had a soft spot for BBMak. I’m not sure why, but for as much that I was enthralled with Backstreet and Nsync as a teen, I like BBMak more now and listen to them frequently. Sadly, they didn’t last very long as a band. Lol.

Westlife – Did you listen to Westlife? I definitely did and they actually have been cranking out albums until very recently. One of Ireland’s best boy bands, they had Backstreet/Nsync-esque qualities in the late 90s but never really took off in the US. I don’t remember how I started listening to them. Their newer stuff, although mostly consisting of covers, is good too. This is one of their earliest songs, and I think one of the only ones that got played in the US.

So what do you think of my guilty pleasure? Do you remember some of these artists/bands/songs?

Do you ever indulge in 1990s music?


*Note* Ha, my bad, ladies. Big difference between 14 and 15 years. I probably should have double-checked that. Maybe I’ll do a real 15 year post some other time. Updates have been made to this post.

This past weekend, I’m sure that a lot of people were talking about where they were that Tuesday morning when terrorists carried out the largest attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. I know I certainly do. I was sitting in my 8th grade English class when the school librarian came around to all the classrooms and told the teachers to not turn on the televisions. Only when my mom picked me up from the bus stop did I find out what had happened. Personally, I believe my school when about all this the wrong way, but that’s another post for another day.

I want to go a little further back. Let’s go back 14 years. It was the prime of my childhood. I had just turned 9, and I had just started the 3rd grade. This was one of the the top songs for that year:

They have guys named Soren and Claus in the band. Seriously. I’m pretty sure a very young Katy Perry took some inspiration from that for California Dreams.

But that song wasn’t the only one that would stick around. Here are a few others that have stood the test of time:

  • Mmmbop – Hanson
  • Candle in the Wind ’97 – Elton John (to commemorate the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Don’t Speak – No Doubt
  • As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1, and Wannabe – Spice Girls
  • Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  • Bitch – Meredith Brooks
  • 3 AM – Matchbox Twenty
  • You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

I remember a lot of these as absolute classics. I distinctly remember singing and dancing to Spice Girls songs with my friends in a back corner of the playground and not really knowing what the lyrics meant. I can still recall Celine Dion’s chest pounding when she performed at the Grammy Awards. There are a few that I didn’t get into until I was older. I remember being an emo 14 year-old and listening to Jewel and No Doubt on a sad song mix cd after the latest heartbreak. As soon as I got my license, I made a bunch of mix cds of great driving songs, including Bitch, Semi-Charmed Life, and 3 AM. Then there was Good Riddance. Guh…

1997 was a banner year for movies, as well. To go along with that killer ballad of Ms. Dion’s, James Cameron made a little flick called Titanic. Sure, that was big. The first (and undisputed better) Men In Black movie came out. Tomorrow Never Dies, the first James Bond movie I ever saw made its way to theaters. (Is it possible that Pierce Brosnan was the worst Bond? Discuss amongst yourselves. Either way, Sean Connery is the only Bond that matters.) I’m sure our parents enjoyed Air Force One, while we giggled at commercials for The Full Monty. And how weird was The Fifth Element? No. The best movie, in my opinion, to come out in 1997 was My Best Friend’s Wedding.

This movie got me through a lot of bad nights during my undergraduate career, and it holds a special place on my movie shelf, next to An Affair to Remember, the only other chick flick I readily admit to loving.

1997, you weren’t such a bad year. At least for entertainment, you weren’t. I don’t think I want to revisit my fashion choices from that era. I feel that if I was old enough to dress myself, then those were legitimate, independent fashion choices I made, and of those, I am not proud.

Enjoy the rest of your day. Revisit some of this nostalgia. Can you believe some of that was 14 years ago?