Pop music has been sort of my bread and butter. It’s pretty much what I grew up on, between my dad listening to ABBA and the Bee Gees; my sister listening to New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Madonna, George Michael; and the modern Vietnamese music I gravitated towards – pop music was in me from the get-go. Once I hit the all important tween years (before it was really even called that) in the late 90s, the pop music scene was reaching a whole new level. MTV was still playing music videos and the prevalence of TRL certainly helped elevate the status of pop stars (and other artists) to what we remember. The songs were infectious and well-crafted, which also applies to the R&B music of the time. Maybe it’s a sense of nostalgia when I hear them, but 10-15 years later, I feel like a lot of the songs held up incredibly well; there was something about the music in the late 90s/early 00s that had such an appeal. So with that being said, I give you a rather comprehensive playlist of some of my favourites from back in the day.
Last week, there was mention of the fact that Britney Spears’ song “Oops! I Did It Again” was released 15 years ago. The week before that, it was the 15th anniversary of *NSYNC’s record-breaking “No Strings Attached” album. Obviously, the news of these anniversaries made me feel old. After the news of the former, I had joked on Twitter that someone should just do an all-encompassing 15th anniversary post of (almost) all the things I had apparently loved as a kid and which now makes me feel old. LIGHTBULB! I might as well do it for the blog! So without further ado, here are some notable releases at the turn of the new millennium and turns 15 years old this year.
[Disclaimer: This obviously isn’t a fully comprehensive list of EVERYTHING that was released or debuted in 2000. It’s strictly the stuff I watched and listened to in the year 2000.]
- NSYNC – No Strings Attached (Mar. 21)
- Pink’s debut – Can’t Take Me Home (Apr. 4)
- Britney Spears – Oops! I Did It Again (May 3)
- Nelly – Country Grammar (Jun. 27)
- Coldplay’s debut – Parachutes (Jul. 10, Nov. 7)
- Nelly Furtado’s debut – Whoa Nelly! (Oct. 24)
- U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Oct. 30)
- Backstreet Boys – Black and Blue (Nov. 21)
*Besides any of those included in the above albums, because, obviously*
- Center Stage
- Whatever It Takes
- Where the Heart Is
- Gone in 60 Seconds
- Mission: Impossible II
- Boys and Girls
- What Lies Beneath
- Coyote Ugly
- Bring It On
- Remember the Titans
- Meet the Parents
- Charlie’s Angels
- Dude, Where’s My Car?
- Miss Congeniality
- Even Stevens
- Big Brother
- Dark Angel
- Gilmore Girls
- Boston Public
- Boy Meets World (Finale)
- Beverly Hills 90210 (Finale)
- The 10th Kingdom (Miniseries)
Here’s something to make you feel old if you’re around the same age as me: Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” was released 16 years ago today. 16 YEARS. Meaning it is the same age Britney was when she released the song in 1998. I was 10.
Honestly, I didn’t even realize it until I saw this article from Billboard wherein they include 5 great performances of the song. Naturally, it got me thinking: for a total “POP” song, the one that catapulted Britney’s career and really is one of the defining pop songs of the late 90s, it has been done/redone/remixed so many ways by Britney herself (as evidenced by the Billboard article), but has also been covered a lot by other artists, some in very unexpected ways.
So to supplement the Billboard article (check out the videos they have there!), I present you with some more versions of “Baby One More Time,” by Britney and others. Two things of note: 1) Watching the early Britney performances makes you realize that she tried to sing live at times; 2) It’s interesting that most of the covers of this song are all by male artists.