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- A lot of popular songs were released in 1999.
- Songs like the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” and Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning” were released 20 years ago as of 2019.
- Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez’s “Waiting For Tonight” and Britney Spears’ “(You Drive Me) Crazy” also turn 20 this year.
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It doesn’t seem like a stretch to say that 1999 was a pretty great year for music.
The last year of the ’90s gifted us all with mega hits from artists like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Blink-182, and TLC. 1999 also helped introduce listeners to now-iconic artists like Eminem and one-hit wonders like LFO.
When you hear these songs, it’s hard to believe that you’ve probably been listening to them for 20 years as of 2019.
Here are some popular songs that have been around since 1999.
“No Scrubs” – TLC
Arguably TLC’s most popular hit, “No Scrubs” is a ’90s feminist anthem that is still worth listening to. In fact, other bands are still covering it, even 20 years later.
“Unpretty” – TLC
TLC had a great year in 1999. In addition to releasing “No Scrubs,” the band released this hit song.
“Heartbreaker” – Mariah Carey
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How could you forget this catchy Mariah Carey song? From the lyrics you can’t help but sing along to to the music video filled with some of the best ’90s fashions, this song is quite a classic.
“I Want It That Way” – Backstreet Boys
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By 1999, the Backstreet Boys were already an established boyband with tons of fans and this song only made the group even more popular.
“Waiting For Tonight” – Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez
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“Waiting For Tonight” is one of the songs off of her debut album, “On the 6.”
“If You Had My Love” – Jennifer Lopez
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Another popular J-Lo song from 1999 is “If You Had My Love,” a tune that’s just as catchy and fun as “Waiting For Tonight.”
“Genie in a Bottle” – Christina Aguilera
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It’s a bit wild to think that we’ve been listening to “Genie in a Bottle” for 20 years now. This is one of Christina Aguilera’s first big hits and it was released on her debut album.
“All Star” – Smash Mouth
“Every Morning” – Sugar Ray
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One of the biggest alternative-rock songs of the year, “Every Morning” was a nice contrast to all of the pop music blaring on the radio in 1999. The song was released on Sugar Ray’s album “14:59.”
“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” – Whitney Houston
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The late Whitney Houston’s popular single off of her fourth studio album was one that many people felt (and still feel) they could relate to.
“Summer Girls” – LFO
It’s hard to remember anything LFO did after their smash hit “Summer Girls.” And it’s also hard to forget the song’s fun lyrics like, “New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick.”
“What’s My Age Again?” – Blink-182
This single is easily one of the most recognizable Blink-182 songs out there and it is part of the band’s album “Enema of the State.”
It’s hard to say what is more memorable – the actual song or the video for it, which featured the band running around while wearing only socks and sneakers.
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
In 1999, Ricky Martin began making a huge splash in the music industry with his single “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” a song that has proven to be a total classic.
“Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child
Before Beyoncé was a solo artist, she was part of Destiny’s Child. This chart-topping single is a perfect example of the group’s music: feisty, fun, and empowering.
“(You Drive Me) Crazy” – Britney Spears
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From “Toxic” to “Circus,” Britney Spears has had a lot of popular songs over the years and this one is hard to forget. This is the third single from her debut album, “…Baby One More Time.”
“My Name Is” – Eminem
Easily one of the biggest songs of 1999, “My Name Is” made fun of mainstream media and all of the other big singers of the ’90s. It is still a quintessential Eminem song and it is on his second debut album, “The Slim Shady LP.”
“Mambo No. 5” – Lou Bega
It’s still almost impossible to go to a wedding or any other kind of party in the US and not hear Lou Bega’s 1999 hit “Mambo No. 5.”
“S Club Party” – S Club 7
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The British pop group S Club 7 was super popular back in 1999 and so was this song, which is part of their debut album, “S Club.”
“Big Pimpin’” – Jay-Z ft. UGK
While Beyoncé was working on putting out hit after hit with Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z was releasing songs like “Big Pimpin’.” And although many music fans like to re-listen to the song and sing along to its lyrics, Jay-Z himself might not.
“Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not ‘Big Pimpin.’ That’s the exception,” he told the Wall Street Journal in 2010. “It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh.”
“Tell Me It’s Real” – K-Ci and JoJo
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If you were craving some R&B in 1999, this single by K-Ci and JoJo really hit the spot. The song was released as part of the duo’s second studio album, “It’s Real.”
“She’s So High” – Tal Bachman
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Tal Bachman’s biggest hit “She’s So High” was popular in 1999 and it still holds up today. It’s nearly impossible not to sing along with this Canadian singer-songwriter’s hit.
“I Try” – Macy Gray
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Macy Gray’s hit song was first released in 1999. Debuting on her first studio album “On How Life Is,” the song is still popular today.
“Wild Wild West” – Will Smith
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Although he is well-known for his acting career, Will Smith had some notable singles throughout the ’90s and 2000s.
“Wild Wild West” is a hip-hop-filled reminder of Smith’s music career. And, in 1999, Smith starred in the movie of the same name.
“My Own Worst Enemy” – Lit
Another big rock song, “My Own Worst Enemy” is easily one of Lit’s most popular singles. It touched on angst in a very ’90s way and was released on the band’s album “A Place in the Sun.”
“Learn to Fly” – Foo Fighters
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This single has a silly music video that is almost as iconic as the song itself.
Of course, Foo Fighters were big before “Learn To Fly” came out, but this track only helped to establish their place in music history. The song is on the band’s third studio album, “There Is Nothing Left to Lose.”
“Where My Girls At?” – 702
In 1999, the vocal group 702 was busy releasing one of their biggest singles of all time, “Where My Girls At?”
The song is part of their second studio album, “702.”
“Scar Tissue” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
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“Scar Tissue” is from Red Hot Chili Pepper’s seventh album, “Californication,” and it is one of their most popular songs to date. Even 20 years later, you’ll probably still hear this song being played on the radio pretty regularly.
“Nookie” – Limp Bizkit
Released on Limp Bizkit’s second studio album, “Nookie” became extremely popular when it debuted in 1999. This single is probably one of the rap-rock band’s biggest hits and it’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since it’s been released.
“Here With Me” – Dido
Released as part of the English singer-songwriter Dido’s debut album, “Here With Me” is a hauntingly beautiful pop song that debuted in 1999.