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Why 1999 Was The Greatest Year In Music History

If you disagree you're wrong. Fight me.

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In 1999 (well, technically the end of '98), "... Baby One More Time" literally and figuratively changed music and music video history (as well as the way we look at schoolgirl uniforms) for the rest of time.

The equally iconic "Sometimes" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy" came out this year as well, both of which are masterpieces that stand on their own. The boob part and "Sometimes" vagina itch are unforgettable music history gems.


Carlos Santana's "Smooth," Third Eye Blind's "Jumper," and Pearl Jam's "Last Kiss" (oh where oh where can my baby be?!?!) were big in 1999 as well.


Lenny Kravitz released his biggest hits in 1999: "Fly Away" and "American Woman."

The one-hit wonders in 1999 were on point (and obviously iconic):

"Save Tonight" by (that one guy?) Eagle-Eye Cherry

"Steal My Sunshine" by LEN

"She's So High" by Tal Bachmann

"Better Days" by Citizen King

"We Like to Party" by the Vengaboys

"What It's Like" by Everlast

"Take a Picture" by Filter

"Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen" by Baz Luhrmann

Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)," Lou Bega's "Mambo #5," AND New Radicals' "You Get What You Give" happened in 1999.


Two Destiny's Child classics came out in 1999. I'm talking about "Bills Bills Bills" and "Bug a Boo."

BTW, I just learned that she doesn't "break my knees so I can't move." It's "break my lease so I can't move." Game changer.

Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy," Jewel's "Hands," Will Smith's "Wild Wild West," and Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything" were popular this year too.


Middle school slow-dance staple "Amazed" by Lonestar was No. 1 for eight weeks during the summer of '99 (on the country charts).

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Another middle school slow-dance staple, "Back at One," came out in '99 as well.


In 1999, Madonna released "Nothing Really Matters" and "Beautiful Stranger." The Offspring released "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" and "Why Don't You Get a Job." Kid Rock released "Bawataba" and "Cowboy." RIP Joe C.


Sarah McLachlan released the guilt-trip anthem "Angel" in 1999. "I Will Remember You" came out the same year too.

The Goo Goo Dolls had two hits in 1999: "Slide" and "Black Balloon." 1999 was also the year that you learned all the words to Smash Mouth's "All Star."


And now, before this becomes TOO exhaustive, here's a list of other songs that were big in 1999.

"Candy" by Mandy Moore

"Bad Touch" by The Bloodhound Gang

"Praise You" by Fatboy Slim

"Maria" by Blondie

"Meet Virginia" by Train

"Learn to Fly" by the Foo Fighters

"I Wanna Love You Forever" by Jessica Simpson

"Nookie" and "Faith" by Limp Bizkit

"Give It to You" by Jordan Knight

"Stay the Same" by Joey McIntyre

"Millennium" by Robbie Williams

"Scar Tissue" and "Around the World" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Out of My Head" by Fastball

"Heartbreak Hotel" by Whitney Houston

"Blue Monday" by Orgy

"Every Morning" AND "Someday" by Sugar Ray

"Holla Holla" by Ja Rule

"Goodbye" by the Spice Girls

"Still D.R.E." by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

"Larger Than Life" by the Backstreet Boys

"What a Girl Wants" by Christina Aguilera

"Freak on a Leash" by Korn (lol)

"No Sex in the Champagne Room" by Chris Rock

"The Bum Bum Song" by Tom Green

"Get It on Tonite" Montel Jordan

"Caught Out There" by Kelis

"Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" by Deborah Cox

"That's the Way It Is" by Celine Dion

"What's It Gonna Be" by Busta Rimes and Janet Jackson

Lastly, our beloved silver-headed tinted-sunglasses-wearing queen, Sisqó, released "Thong Song" on Dec. 31, 1999, therefore cementing 1999 as the greatest year in music history.


Note: Some of these songs came out in 1998, but let's be real, they were more popular in 1999.