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As Charli XCX and Troye Sivan scale the charts with a song that sings the praises ofit looks as though '90s nostalgia is here to stay. But while you probably don't want to revisit dial-up internet or MiniDisc players anytime soon, the music from the era remain energising and exciting. Once you've treated your ears to an hour or two of retro-pop perfection, why not get even more nostalgic by checking out our favourite teen movies?
Fox hunting? Tristan Parker. One of MC's sweetest pop confections, 'Fantasy' takes the musical skeleton from Tom Tom Club's cult 80s hit 'Genius of Love' and beefs it up into a slick 90s summer jam. Early in her career, Carey was known for her grandstanding diva vocals, but 'Fantasy' proves she can be just as compelling when she plays it a little more restrained.
Whack on 'Fantasy' next time your bus is stuck in a traffic jam and for a second, you might just think you're cruising down a California highway with the top down. Nick Levine. I was expecting a torrent of terrifying electro, but then this came out of the speakers and entranced me.
If this was raving, then I wanted more. The legendary opening sample — taken from flick, 'The Wild Angels' — kickstarted countless nights out and spoke for an entire generation. Josh Jones. Britney's debut single was a game-changer when it came out 20 years ago, helping to usher in a new generation of brilliantly bombastic teen-pop, often crafted by Swedish songwriting genius Max Martin. The video featuring La Spears in school uniform is iconic, obviously, but let's not overlook the fact that the song itself remains pure pop perfection.
Even if its key lyric, 'hit me baby one more time', doesn't completely make sense. Last year, ificant chunks of the internet had a freakout when they discovered that Imbruglia's ature hit is - gasp! It was actually 90s hook up songs by several artists including alt-rock band Ednaswap before the 'Neighbours' alum turned it into a global smash in No matter, though, because Imbruglia's version remains strangely ingratiating 20 years later: the melodramatic lyrics are karaoke gold, and its cheesy slide guitar solo still hits the spot.
It was catchy, we all wanted to be one of them 90s hook up songs we all learnt that catsuits should only be worn by Victoria Beckham. Madonna teamed up with Shoreditch-born electro producer William Orbit for her album 'Ray of Light', and the were forward-thinking pop perfection. The title track remains one of very best dance songs and also shows off the expanded vocal range she'd honed while working on movie-musical 'Evita' a couple of years early. Michael Curle. James Manning. Ever licked a window? Richard D James aka mind-fucking electronica genius Aphex Twin clearly has, as this demonically twisted slo-mo banger demonstrated.
Cunning bastard. A US chart-topper inHill's seamless fusion of classic doo-wop and modern hip-hop still sounds fresh today. It's a dazzling testament to everything the former Fugee can do: she sings, she raps, she packs in hook after hook, and she shows her empathy by urging both men and women not to let themselves be exploited for sex. And when she rhymes 'hair weaves like Europeans' with 'fake nails done by Koreans', it's actual genius. The crossover song that gave the titans the keys to the stadium. Elastica's eponymous debut album became a chart-topping phenomenon inand 'Connection' is the jewel in 90s hook up songs crown.
Songwriting frontwoman Justine Frischmann may have pinched the opening riff from Wire's 'Three Girl Rhumba' which later got the punk band a songwriting creditbut there's no quibbling with the way she reworks it into a sexy and kinetic Britpop gem. Oh, and let's not forget 'Connection' always sounded great soundtracking Dom Joly's turn-of-the-millennium comedy show 'Trigger Happy TV'.
This jaunty slice of indie pop hides an X-rated secret. Bandleader Stuart Murdoch protests his innocence, claiming the song was just a shout-out to fellow indie Scots and Belle tourmates Arab Strap. Nothing compares to who now? Which, for ambient hip hop, is really saying something. Back inwhen Kanye West was just a geeky year-old messing about with his first sampler in suburban Chicago, Beck Hansen had already had a failed folk career and retreated to LA to live in a shed full of rats.
Then the song became a huge sleeper hit and an anthem for the slacker generation, and Beck moved out of the shed and established himself as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation — which sounds like a win to us.
Sorry, Phil Daniels. Other bands tagged as such — RideSlowdive, Lush, Chapterhouse, The Telescopes — all did some wonderful things with noise and melody. Whatever you want to call it, it still sounds impossibly wonderful.
Does it devalue this scathing Britpop anthem that its subject — the girl from Greece with a thirst for knowledge — allegedly went on to marry Marxist economist and maverick finance minister Yanis Varoufakis? Not in the slightest. Read our Jarvis Cocker interview. Some of Take That's OG '90s hits haven't aged as well as Gary Barlow, but 'Never Forget' — their penultimate single before splitting in — still sounds tremendous.
Co-produced by Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman, and featuring a relatively rare lead vocal from Howard Donald, it's a bombastic yet poignant pop anthem featuring uncommonly self-aware lyrics. Combining heavy hip hop beats and throbbing basslines with jazz and soul samples, the music was good, but the vocals of tortured songstress Beth Gibbons were outstanding. Jonathan Cook. It referenced generations of dance music that created it the winding, acid synths, the stomping drums punchy enough to floor Godzillabut also had something fresh and incredible coursing through it — it had da funk. They took a Macca ballad from about the dangerous sport of waterfall-jumping and totally transformed it into a heartrending urban drama with a killer chorus.
And God, obvs.
All the cool kids are lying. A generation of disaffected youth had found an anthem like no other. His lo-fi, sepia-saturated take on a school concert that descends into madness — complete with slo-mo cheerleaders, smashed up guitars and smoke and fire in a sports hall full of sweaty headbanging teens — was as disturbing and anarchic as the song itself. Everyone watched it. Everyone knew they would never forget it. Tim Arthur. Support Time Out directly today and help us champion the people and places which make the city tick. Time Out London. Support us Subscribe.
Get us in your inbox up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from your city and beyond. We already have this. Try another? My My Profile out. My. A trip hop tune that your Nan can whistle. This one-hit wonder from one-man-band White Town aka Jyoti Mishra topped the UK charts inbewitching listeners with little more than some squelching pop beats and a dusty old trumpet sample from a s Al Bowlly 90s hook up songs.
Only the first ever pop star! Take that, Frank Black! This was the song that set The Fugees on their path to world domination: a hip hop hit built for chart supremacy. By the time it had finished its chart run, Wyclef, Lauryn and Pras were part of the furniture. Hayley Joyes.
Equipped with extra feelgood sax, this empowered tune briefly gave Monie a lead role in the conscious pro-women hip hop movement alongside Queen Latifah. How long can you talk about sex without mentioning anything explicitly filthy? Without the riot grrrl movement, our culture would look very different.
In other words: kickass.
Who cares? It was big, not-at-all clever and lo of fun. For a moment in the s jungle really was massive, and no one epitomised that most uniquely British of movements better than Goldie. Not bad for a gold-toothed graffiti artist from Wolverhampton. Fuck you. It also coolly demonstrated how three cocky but loveable suburban music nerds from New York had arrived at a stage where they were not just accepted but actively embraced by various super-cliquey music scenes: punks, grunge kids, the hip hop community.
And who could blame the scenesters?
Who knew that a pounding techno track about getting out of your tree — made famous by a film about heroin addiction — could reach Two in the UK charts? The ambient intro soon comes up hard into pulsing techno, with Karl Hyde ranting trippily over the top like that bloke in a club who corners you on the dancefloor, talks at you for half an hour and then hugs you. After changing the face of music with riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna ended up swapping spray-paint slogans and guitar thrash for girl-group chants and day-glo synths as frontwoman for Le Tigre.
All over the TV, all over the radio, all over the school yard. Legions of mad-fer-it teenage boys swaggered under crap sun hats. How did it happen? Oasis were always at their best when dreaming: of money, of drugs, of… well, living forever. Close your eyes and listen to that soaring melody, that soaring voice Liam never sounded better and try to forget what a dreadful load of shit they eventually became.
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