I found an article on a wonderful site I frequent called Brobible. 20 Songs from 1999 that still hold up. The author Ryan O’Connell does a really good job bringing you back to what was the feeling of each of these 20 songs when they came out. When these songs came out I was an impressionable 8th grader, so a lot of these hold a special place in my heart. Some I just wasn’t into, but you couldn’t avoid them on the radio. As with any sort of nostalgia topics even the ones I’m ‘meh’ on make you feel some sort of way.
The first song I completely agree with is at #18 Juvenile’s Back That Azz Up. Ryan points out that it was our introduction to Lil Wayne and may have given us the term, “drop it like it’s hot.” I love that song, and to this day when someone asks my wife what she walked down the aisle to I say Back That Azz Up. I chuckle each time too. Just a complete banger that 8th grade Steve loved and would agree with our writer.
#16 & #15 – Dr. Dre ft. Snoop: Still D.R.E. and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Californication. The piano part that starts the song and stays for the entirety of Still D.R.E. is the one thing I’d like to be able to master on the piano. After that I have no need for any more piano knowledge. Californication was everywhere in ’99, you couldn’t get way from it, including when you’re best friend would be sending you an instant message from the screen name RHCPkid.
#13 Limp Bizkit – Nookie. I have done everything in my power to forget that I was a fan of Limp Bizkit growing up. I believe the first parental advisory CD I got my hands on was Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other album. There was a period of time when randomly Nookie would be in my head and it drove me nuts. I do not want to or need to hear this song ever again. Hard disagree.
#11 Rage Against the Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire. In 8th grade I didn’t know anything about Rage’s political stances. Not. A. Clue. I just liked the loudness and tempo of the song. Still do. Just listened to the whole thing. Tom Morello is still amazing.
#10 Santana Ft. Rob Thomas – Smooth. Former co-host Dave Gibson and I would routinely tell DeBella this was the best song in our MGK library. Still is. Obviously still holds up all these years later.
#9 Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5. – I initially wanted to so absolutely not. Then I watched video Ryan has posted, and I’m now worried I’m going to have this stuck in my head because I listened all the way through and bopped along.
#8 Jay Z – Big Pimpin. The only thing that doesn’t hold up is Jay’s bucket hat and shirt combo.
#3 Len – Steal My Sunshine. I’m not sure if this song holds up or it’s just that I hear it so rarely that when I do I’m like holy crap I love this song. O’Connell calls it what it is, “possibly the best summer jam of all time.”
#1 Blink 182 – All the Small things. Ryan O’Connell totally nails number one on this list. I was a huge Blink 182 fan growing up thanks to the Enema of the State album. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since I heard All the Small Things my brain is able to pull open the filing cabinet and find every lyric. And if you’re with a group when you hear it, they also know all the lyrics.
Check out the whole list here. Enjoy the videos and the trip back to high school or grade school for some of us.