Anyone who grew up in the 90s can relate to that overwhelming rush of nostalgia that happens whenever a Britney Spears or TLC song comes on. Somehow, all of the lyrics are still imprinted in our brains like it’s 1999 and we’re trading slap bracelets while reading Seventeen magazine—what a magical time.
Fast forward and 2019 is only a few weeks away, which means all of our favorite hit songs from the 90s are turning 20. Yes, 20! As if we needed another reason to feel old. But there’s nothing better than a throwback jam sesh to make you forget about how crappy the world has been lately. So, plug in and enjoy with us.
1. Blink 182 – “All The Small Things”
Fun Fact: The video for “All the Small Things” was filmed on the exact same beach as the video for One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Coincidence? Probably.
2. Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Fun Fact: Lead singer Marc Costanzo wrote most of “Steal My Sunshine” on his leg while sitting outside of an electronic music festival.
3. Limp Bizkit – “Nookie”
Fun Fact: Limp Bizkit got their start covering George Michael tunes.
4. The Offspring – “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)”
Fun Fact: The Offspring’s original band name was Manic Subsidal, but it was later changed because it was too hard for fans to remember and they often misspelled it as Maniac Suicidal.
5. LFO – “Summer Girls”
Fun Fact: Lead singer Rich Cronin said the song “Summer Girls” was made strictly for a demo tape, but found its success when it was leaked to WWZZ, a top 40 radio station in Washington, D.C.
6. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”
Fun Fact: Twelve years after the song’s release, “I Want It That Way” was banned in China.
7. Third Eye Blind – “Jumper”
Fun Fact: Lead singer Stephan Jenkins graduated from U.C. Berkley with a B.A. in English Literature before starting Third Eye Blind.
8. Lou Bega – “Mambo No. 5”
Fun Fact: “Mambo No. 5″ was originally recorded and composed by Cuban musician Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949.
9. S Club 7 – “Bring It All Back”
Fun Fact: S Club 7 stands for ‘Simon Club 7’ and was apparently named by the original Spice Girls’ manager Simon Fuller.
10. Vengaboys – “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom”
Fun Fact: These Rotterdam natives were also the artists behind the popular Six Flags theme song “We like to Party!”.