The very lovely Kelly was reminiscing on her blog the other day about the songs she remembered from high school, and it got me thinking. I was such a music fan when I was little – all my pocket money went on tapes and vinyl, then CDs, and copies of Smash Hits magazine. We didn’t have cable, and for much of the decade I had no access to the internet, and I lived way out of the loop (hello, Forres!) so live music was out for the most part.
I loved music. I listened to the radio and tapes and CDs, I obsessed over bands and lyrics, I developed wild crushes of pop stars, and I made OH SO MANY mixtapes. If you’ve seen High Fidelity, think of the main character, and *that’s* how much I loved to make mixes. and back in the day, that stuff took time. Do you remember the double tape deck players? Trying to make the pause sound as quiet as possible? Never knowing if it was all going to fit, or if you’d run out of space on the tape….
As much as I still love mix-making, I miss the old school, painstaking, what-shall-I-doodle-for-my-cover-art days too.
Anyhoo, inspired by Kelly’s post, I decided to compile a list of my favourite 90s songs. It got to 71 (eek!), and still I’m sure I missed some. So over the course of seven posts this summer, I’ll be sharing them all with you. I’m sure I’ll forget some, but it should still be a fun ride.
So throw a Hawaiian pizza in the oven, unwrap your Ring Pop, put your Power Rangers slippers up on the table and let’s get started, shall we?
1. Baby…One More Time – Britney Spears
Britney, Britney, Britney.
The word iconic is used a little too much, I think….but this video is iconic. It was an utter splash, and this song reminds me of dancing like a loon in the Mosset with the girls, and latterly a summer spent waiting tables, and a fun student show where I finally learnt how to do the one-and-two-and dance move. Which comes in handy to this day.
2. Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Such a great song.
Made even greater by memories of every Wednesday morning, freshman year, when my crush (who lived in the room below me), would play the riff. Sigh.
3. Common People – Pulp
This would fill a floor *so* quickly at university. I think especially for my friends and I, all on students loans, working and studying, sticking it to the man (!!!!111!!). This song was an anthem. Little did I know that a few years later I would be counting my blessings as fees and loans just kept on rising, and rising, and rising.
I’ll pay my loan off one day, right?
Last time I did the sums, in 2034.
4. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) – Bryan Adams
Love it, like it, or loathe it, this song was everywhere in the 1990s.
For what it’s worth, I’m in the middle camp.
And heaven knows, after its 16 weeks at the top of the charts, I could still probably write the lyrics out verbatim. So I can’t recite the periodic table, but I’ll get at least a ‘C’ in popballadology!
5. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans
This song can still make me cry. I am a 1990s child (born in the 1980s, made in the 1990s…).
6. Angels – Robbie Williams
Nowadays, probably more well known as the song that guy (you know, That Guy) always insists on singing at karaoke (and always not….quite….hitting the high notes). Back in the day, this was Robbie’s fierce comeback, the song that silenced the naysayers. And it remains a tune.
7. Buddy Holly – Weezer
Just in case you were worried it was wall to wall pop!
Love the song, love the band, love the video. Awesomesauce.
8. 5,6,7,8 – Steps
Sublime to ridiculous, anyone?
Brace yourself, people. Steps sold 15 million records during their career. 15 million.
Despite this song making me cringe, along with flares, grungey cardigans and things woven in my hair, it’s pure 90s and very much part of my musical journey. Heh.
9. The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring
Ah, that’s better.
Seriously weird video though…which of course I hadn’t seen before today. Lord bless the 90s!
10. Loser – Beck
Still the ideal song to do the hipster nod to.
So that’s part the first. What songs would make your list?