This decade is, by far, one of the most diverse there's ever been, musicwise. It started off with rising trends in grunge and hip-hop before moving into the new millennium with full-on bubblegum pop. There really was something for everyone this era—whether you wanted to dance, sulk, or sulk while you danced. Nineties music is an eternal mood. Get into it.
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But still, there were obvi boy bands. Grab your metaphorical Walkman and leggo. This song title can also be used as a line to describe the stench of an Axe-filled boys locker room, but I digress. This is not a Blink song. V easy to sing loudly in the comfort of a car. Also good for when you have a regret hangover. Further proof Gwen Stefani is a Vampiress who does not age. Like, are you kidding me?? Put your iPhone video cam on the ground and start singing at it. That is all of us.
1. “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind (1997)
The Nineties music boom was a gold rush for singles — everywhere you went on the radio, you heard a high-speed collision of different beats. Every style of music out there was booming, from grunge to gangsta rap, from dancehall to disco, from riot-grrrl punk to TRL midriff mall-pop, with a thousand different electronica schools and nearly as many Wu-Tang solo records. Whatever kind of noise was ringing your bells, the Nineties held more of it than any fan could absorb. But these 50 crucial songs capture glorious moments from all over the Nineties music explosion — hits, obscurities, cult classics, dance-floor jams, guitar ragers, karaoke standards. Here we are now.