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18 Songs That Defined The Summer Of 1996

Spoiler alert: It was the summer EVERYONE danced the "Macarena."

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1. "Only You (Remix)" by 112 ft. The Notorious B.I.G. & Mase

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: Seeing people grinding to it on MTV's Beach House.

2. "Twisted" by Keith Sweat

WMG

Memories you probably have about this song: Listening to it on the Keith Sweet CD you got from Columbia House (which you may have not paid for).

3. "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: Carefree summer days spent thinking about your summer crush and how you'd be together FOREVER (or at least till the new school year started).

4. "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette

WMG

Memories you probably have about this song: How it gave you so much hope about being an adult who would LEARN from all their past mistakes.

5. "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman

WMG
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Memories you probably have about this song: Feeling bluesy and jilted whenever you heard this playing on the top 40 radio station.

6. "Change the World" by Eric Clapton

WMG

Memories you probably have about this song: The movie Phenomenon. And also, it playing constantly on the adult contemporary station.

7. "Who Will Save Your Soul" by Jewel

WMG

Memories you probably have about this song: How everyone made a big deal that she had been discovered while living in a van.

8. "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: The song's trippy cool music video that played non-stop on MTV.

9. "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" by R. Kelly

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: How the song spoke to your broken heart — even if you had never actually broken up with anyone.

10. "Because You Loved Me" by Céline Dion

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: Your mom singing along to it in the car 'cause it was "the song from that movie with that Robert Redford in it."

11. "Nobody Knows" by The Tony Rich Project

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: Listening to it on the mixtape of "cool music" your BFF made for you.

12. "I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis

WMG
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Memories you probably have about this song: How annoying you thought this song was, and not being able escape it since it was being played everywhere, 24/7.

13. "You're Makin' Me High" by Toni Braxton

Sony Music
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Memories you probably have about this song: All of sudden realizing how racy the lyrics were and that you probably shouldn't be singing them around your parents or siblings.

14. "Tha Crossroads" by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Ruthless Records

Memories you probably have about this song: Loving how the song managed to be both sad and uplifting.

15. "Loungin (Who Da Ya Luv Remix)" by LL Cool J feat. Total

UMG

Memories you probably have about this song: The song blasting out of a Sony boombox at a pool party.

16. "How Do U Want It" 2Pac feat. K-Ci and JoJo

UMG

Memories you probably have about this song: Playing (on high volume) at your friend's whose parents were out of town house party.

17. "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's

Quadrasound/Big Beat

Memories you probably have about this song: Dancing to it alone in your room in front of the mirror.

18. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)" by Los del Río

Sony Music

Memories you probably have about this song: Seeing your mom, dad, aunts, uncles, nana, cousins, and everyone else dance along to this at every wedding, quinceañera, bar/bat mitzvah, birthday, and backyard party you went to that summer.

Relive (OK, not really) the entire summer of '96:

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