21 Songs Every ’90s Girl Still Knows By Heart

Brace yourself for ~extreme middle school flashbacks~.

1. Meredith Brooks, “Bitch”

Most important lyric: “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child, I’m a mother”
Remember when: you were kind of nervous about singing the b-word out loud?

2. No Doubt, “Don’t Speak”

Most important lyric: “DON’T TELL ME ‘CAUSE IT HURTS”
Remember when: your high school crush was what we would now refer to as a fuckboy?

3. Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn”

Most memorable part: Those two earnest guitar strums at the very beginning.
Remember when: “Lying naked on the floor” made everyone giggle?

4. Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”

Most memorable lyric: “You are my fiiiiiire / my one desiiiiiire”
Remember when: you found people with soul patches attractive?

5. TLC, “No Scrubs”

Most memorable lyric: “Hangin’ out the passenger side of your best friend’s ride.”
Remember when: you hadn’t even had a boyfriend yet, but you were like, “Yeah, fuck scrubs!!!!”

6. Jennifer Paige, “Crush”

Most memorable lyric: “It’s not like I faint every time we tooooouch.”
Remember when: you really did almost faint when that guy from geometry touched your shoulder by accident, though.

7. Britney Spears, “(You Drive Me) Crazy”

Most memorable lyric: “Tell me, you’re so into me / That I’m the only one you will see”
Remember when: all we cared about was whether Britney’s boobs were real?

8. Brandy and Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”

Most memorable lyric: “I’m sorry that youuuu / Seem to be confused”
Remember when: you and your friend duetted this one and always slayed it?

9. Des’ree, “You Gotta Be”

Most memorable lyric: “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser”
Remember when: this song got you through a REALLY tough year of fourth grade?

10. K-Ci & JoJo, “All My Life”

Most memorable lyric: “Girl you are *gets into rhythm* close to me you’re like my mother, Close to me you’re like my father,
Close to me you’re like my sister,
Close to me you’re like my brother”
Remember when: you slow danced to this one at several homecomings?

11. Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me”

Most memorable lyric: “Dreams last so long / even after you’re gone”
Remember when: people took weird joy in making fun of Jewel’s teeth?

12. Monica, “Angel of Mine”

Most memorable lyric: “Gonna love you, boy, you are so fine”
Remember when: it didn’t seem weird to refer to love interests as actual celestial beings?

13. Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”

Most memorable lyric: “Men’s shirts, short skirts / OH-UH-AH-OHHHH”
Remember when: Shania could do no wrong? NO WRONG?

14. Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day”

Most memorable lyric: “Yoooooou will always listen / as I PRAAAAAAY”
Remember when: you watched VH1 for hours at a time hoping to see the video again?

15. Aqua, “Barbie Girl”

Most memorable lyric: “You can brush my hair / Undress me everywhere”
Remember when: you chanted “come on, Barbie, let’s go party” in the deepest voice you could with your friends?

16. Eve ft. Gwen Stefani, “Let Me Blow Ya Mind”

Most memorable lyric: “It took a while to get me in / And I’m gonna take my time / Don’t fight that good shit in your ear”
Remember when: Eve had the coolest pawprint boob tattoos?

17. Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”

Most memorable lyric: “Goodbye (growl) EARL!”
Remember when: yeah, fuck you, Earl!

18. Faith Hill, “This Kiss”

Most memorable lyric: “This kiss / (higher pitched) THIS KISS / Unstoppable”
Remember when: this song actually used the phrase “centrifugal motion” in a pop song?

19. Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”

Most memorable lyric: “I am part of you indefinitely”
Remember when: you dreamed of going to summer camp and kissing a boy in the lake, too?

20. Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”

Most memorable part: *that key change*
Remember when: you saw this movie four times in the theater, because that’s what we did for some reason?

21. *NSYNC, “Bye Bye Bye”

Most memorable lyric: “Bye bye bye (bye bye)!”
Remember when: you did the dance move from the chorus (you know the one) over and over again?

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