21 Reasons Summer 1999 Was The Most Magical Time For Music

RIP Enrique’s mole.

1. May 18: Backstreet Boys’ album Millennium shatters records (and hearts) by selling 1,134,000 copies in the first week.

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Howie and Kevin don’t seem particularly impressed with their own success.

2. “I Want It That Way” sets a record for most weeks at No. 1 on the singles chart.

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4. Actress Jennifer Lopez decides she wants to be a singer, and the world is forever changed for the better.

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6. Napster is launched, making thieves of us all.

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7. June 1: Blink 182 releases Enema of the State. “What’s My Age Again?” sends the band’s popularity through the roof, and the music video makes your mom uneasy.

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9. …luckily she has Santana’s “Smooth” featuring Rob Thomas to listen to in the minivan while she drives you to school every morning.

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11. June 8: Red Hot Chili Peppers return to form with Californication.

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13. S Club 7 debut at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with their first single “Bring It All Back.” Everyone wonders why there’s so many people in the band.

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15. June 15: Sugar Ray worms their way into your brain with “Someday,” and now the entire song is playing in your head. Sorry.

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17. Enrique still has his mole.

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19. June 22: Limp Bizkit is unleashed on the masses, selling 643,874 copies of Significant Other. Your mom asks you what a “limp biscuit” is and what “nookie” means.

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21. June 28: Britney Spears embarks on her first tour.

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22. June 29: LFO’s “Summer Girls” is released, and the lyrics are complete and utter nonsense.

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24. July 22: Len’s perfect summer jam “Steal My Sunshine” teaches us how to spell L-A-T-E-R.

26. July 27: Destiny’s Child releases The Writing’s on the Wall, which you blast at top volume while driving around in your automobile.

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28. August 10: TLC teaches us to love ourselves, even when we feel unpretty. Left Eye also teaches us a tiny bit of sign language.

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30. August 24: Christina Aguilera challenges Britney for the pop throne with her self-titled debut.

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31. Genie in a Bottle is officially the biggest song of summer.

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33. Sept. 9: Britney and NSYNC bring the house down at the MTV Video Music Awards.

34. Sept. 17: Eminem’s mom sues him for $10 million, but settles for $1,600.

35. Sept. 21: On the eve of the Autumn equinox, Brian McKnight releases “Back at One” to close out a phenomenal summer.

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Here’s a full playlist of Summer ‘99. Rejoice.

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