It's Time To Recognize That 1997 Is The Most Underrated Year In Music History

Underrated is an UNDERstatement.

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We've talked about 1999, 2004, and even 2007...but those years pale in comparison to the GREAT YEAR of 1997.

We don't talk about this enough: 1997 is the most underrated year in music HISTORY.

Before that basic-ass "Happy" song by Pharrell, Sheryl Crow had the ORIGINAL song about happiness, "If It Makes You Happy."

And you haven't lived until you've totally fucked up your voice screaming the lyrics to Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," which ALSO came out in 1997.

Backstreet Boys had their low-key best song (besides "I Want It That Way), "Quit Playing Games With My Heart."

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And if that wasn't more your speed...their eerie video for "Everybody" came out in 1997, too.

On a sad note, 1997 brought out some real tears. "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John, "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112, and "Change the World" by Eric Clapton came out that year.

One of the most cryptic songs of all time, "Building a Mystery," by Sarah McLachlan, came out in '97.


"You wear sandals in the snow

And a smile that won't wash away

Can you look out the window

Without your shadow getting in the way?"


1997 was one of the last great years of '90s dance music, with No Mercy's "Where Do You Go?," Gina G's "Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit," Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack"...

Speaking of one-hit wonders, 1997 had some of the most iconic of all time!!!

There was also...

"Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik

"The Freshman" by the Verve Pipe

"Da Dip" by Freak Nasty

"All for You" by Sister Hazel

"Your Woman" by White Town


"Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin

It was also the year everyone was into the whole ska/swing revival thing. Remember singing along to "The Impression That I Get" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Sunday Morning" by No Doubt, and "Hell" by the Squirrel Nut Zippers?


While Lil' Kim delivered a BANGER with her "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)," which featured Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez, Da Brat, and Left Eye!!!

LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live?" was the perfect breakup song to lip-synch/cry along to in our rooms.


After two weeks of dating, he dumped you, and you needed a song that understood your pain.

And there you have it — 1997 is the most underrated year in music.

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