1. Rob Thomas and Santana, “Smooth”
An unlikely duo came together and basically owned the airwaves in the summer of ‘99. You know how it goes. GIVE ME YOUR HEART MAKE IT REAL OR ELSE FUGGEDABOUTIT!
2. The Baha Men, “Who Let The Dogs Out”
Although they never did say who let the dogs out, it seems like it might have meant everybody in the world, and “letting the dogs out” was a metaphor for partying. Thoughts? Has anyone ever thought about this?
3. Crazy Town, “Butterfly”
Considered by some rap-rock scholars to be the progenitor of the success of the genre in the early aughts, “Butterfly” combined two previously unrelated genres: metal, and hip-hop.*
*Totally made up assumption
4. OMC, “How Bizarre”
Doesn’t this still automatically play in everyone in the world’s head who was alive in 1995 when something weird happens? Anyone?
5. Lou Bega, “Mambo No. 5”
If you don’t remember this Bar Mitzvah classic, you must have skipped directly from Electric Slide to Cha Cha Slide, or something.
6. LeeAnn Rimes, “How Do I Live”
You’ve definitely heard this a few times. It was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 69 weeks, a record it held for over 11 years.*
8. Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On”
Is there anyone in the world who can’t recall Dion’s “Near … far…. wherever you are” in their head? It’s like The Beatles of song lyrics.
9. Vitamin C, “Graduation”
Bet you thought you’d forgotten this one forever, anyone who graduated anything around the year 2000. We’re taking you right back.
10. Ricky Martin, “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Who could possibly forget this painfully catchy refrain? But this song is historically significant beyond its insane popularity — it was the first number one hit song to be recorded on a hard disk, using Pro-Tools software. As you probably know, this is now pretty standard. So respect your historical elders.
11. Sarah McLachlan, “Angel”
Especially if it’s emotionally attached to your first hand-holding breakup in fifth grade :(
12. Smashmouth, “All Star”
Of course, this would mean you could never watch Mystery Men, Shrek, Digimon: The Movie, Rat Race, or play Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS or Rock Band or watch that episode of Ally McBeal or Tom Goes To The Mayor and the list goes on and on and on. These guys made a killing on licensing!
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