Back in the day, CD players, Youtube and Spotify didn’t exist, so cassettes became our most prized possessions. Getting your pencil out to rewind your favorite Hanson or Toni Braxton album was a daily occurrence, and you just couldn’t beat the white noise that came out of it after each track. If you were a true music lover, you probably had your big box of Cassettes under your bed, ready to be unleashed for when you next wanted to perform your bedroom concert. (Come on, we all did it). All of this talk about cassettes is making us feel older, but what makes us feel even worse is the fact that these songs turn 20 in 2017. Trust us, though, they’re so worth blowing the dust off your cassette player for.
Mmmbop – Hanson
For a song that didn’t have that many words – but rather was a song full of onomatopoeia and noises, this song has since gone on to become Hanson’s most famous and most popular songs. But can you believe it’s 20 years old already? We remember dancing around our rooms to Hanson like it was yesterday. We also had the tough decision of deciding which brother we had the biggest crush on.
How Do I Live – LeAnn Rimes
If you didn’t grab your hairbrush and sing into your makeshift microphone when listening to this song…you weren’t listening right. How Do I Live peaked at number two in the US charts for five consecutive weeks and it seems everyone was getting pretty emotional with this one. It was a definite air-grabber.
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Because Titanic was also released 20 years ago (we feel so old), Celine Dion’s soundtrack to the movie was also a huge hit. And you can’t listen to the song without visualizing Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, arms out, at the front of the boat. Iconic.
Men In Black – Will Smith
Like with My Heart Will Go On, Men In Black also accompanied a movie – this one of the same name (you know which one we mean; there are aliens and men in black). These galaxy defenders even had some cool dance moves to go with it. You can guarantee your middle-aged uncle will get up and dance to this one at a wedding…he won’t do it well, but he’ll do it nonetheless.
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
Apparently nothing is fine with Natalie Imbruglia, and apparently, she’s torn. We wonder if she’s okay 20 years on? Natalie Imbruglia’s hit song was number one in the Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and Spain’s Singles Charts, and reached number two in the UK, Italian and Swiss charts. So you could say it was kind of a big deal…
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Backstreet’s back, alright! Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) was the first single from the Backstreet Boys’ second album and remains one of their (many) most popular songs. You probably remember their music video, which parodied a horror film. We’d like to say it was scary…but it’s the Backstreet Boys, so we can’t.