Ah, '90s kids. The last hurrah of people to remember what life was like without the internet, smart phones and apps. There's a huge feeling of solidarity among those born between and , with people being quick to remind kids of the fact that that their childhood was infinitely better. There were GameBoys instead of iPads. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were our heroes. And, of course, Hot Wheels were the dog's bollocks. While we were playing with all of these glorious, nostalgia-inducing toys, there was also an incredible soundtrack to our lives. If you so dare, think back 20 years to , when we witnessed what will forever go down as one of the greatest ever years for pop music. Just after , a year that witnessed the Battle of Britpop and current England manager Gareth Southgate leaving the people in a state of despair after missing his crucial penalty in the European Championship semi-final vs Germany, everything suddenly became fine. Robbie Williams released 'Angels', which went on to be voted the best song of the past 25 years at the Brit Awards.
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All of the above? Well, we're right there with you. Ease yourself into this revelation by indulging your airwaves with some of the biggest hits that '97 so kindly gifted us Isaac was 16, Taylor was 13 and Zac was only 11! Fun fact: Aqua - originally named Joyspeed - came under fire from Mattel, the makers of Barbie, upon releasing the catchy pop tune.
In case you haven't heard, VICE is turning 20 today. We're throwing a massive party tonight to celebrate—with performances from Lil Wayne, Jarvis Cocker, Jonah Hill, and yeah holy shit we know just go look at the lineup. So as we look back at the storied history of our parent publication, we began to wonder, what was music like in ? Some of you probably weren't even born, and the rest of you had probably just pooped your pants. So, for knowledge, here is a big list of what the fuck music was like 20 years ago. Don't worry: it was still dope. More importantly the Tarantino-curated blockbuster soundtrack was as important to the movie as the one-liners we still quote today.
Perhaps because everyone believed the world was going to end with Y2K, the universe decided to bless us at the end of the millennium with artists like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and Blink, who produced some of their best work in Twenty years later, the songs—and their accompanying videos, released during Peak Music Video Season—are still incredible, and a crazy reminder of how much the artists and the world have changed since. Try not to feel old while you listen to these 20 songs, ahead, that are turning 20 this year. When the nostalgia hits, download our "20 Songs Turning 20 in " Spotify playlist here. Can we all just take a moment to recognize how far Xtina has come since her "Genie in a Bottle" days? She was only 19 years old here! This summer, the former Voice judge dropped her eighth studio album—and first in six years — Liberation , which felt like a full-circle moment for one of the best vocalists of all time. Who knew Ricky Martin was describing my life in ?