I was born November 29, 1991, which makes me two things: a Sagittarius and most importantly… a ’90s girl.
There are countless social media pages dedicated to this amazing stretch of time and why it was the best decade — refer to my favorite for some relatable struggles and “oh my gosh, yes!” moments here. Honestly though, if it were a life-or-death situation and I had to choose just one thing that I missed most about growing up in the ’90s? Next to my ribbon dancer and Polly Pocket, it would have to be the music. And I am sure of this every day, as I constantly catch myself mumbling that they don’t make music like they used to, when my younger coworkers try desperately to convince me just how amazing Justin Beiber and One Direction are.
So in honor of Throwback Thursday and the ’90s in general, I thought I’d make a playlist, allowing us all to rewind back to 10 plus years and a whole other world. These are the 15 songs that ruled my life in the ’90s… the ones I saved up a week’s worth of allowance to buy the CD. The ones I would try to learn the music video dance moves to on MTV. And the ones that I would listen to while hanging out with my friends on my bad ass Walkman (may it rest in peace!).
1. Wannabe by Spice Girls
In a day and age where pop music girl bands are extinct, I would like to make this my number one. The concept of a group of girls singing about having each other’s backs, and only allowing a guy to come into their life with the approval of her besties, might be an outrage today. On a side note, the Spice Girls also doubled as hilarious actors in their movie Spice World, and made for great Barbie dolls.
2. Bye Bye Bye by *NYSNC
I was blessed enough to see *NYSNC in concert, and when this song came on, the audience of adolescent and young adult girls alike melted. Bye Bye Bye is just one of their many songs that had an upbeat and catchy vibe , which masked their true, hopeless romantic selves. The ’90s was also prime for boy bands, so the group thrived in their natural habitat – the frosted and spiky hair, the killer hip hop dance moves and the at times cringe-worthy, campy music videos made them all the more loveable.