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Party Like Its 1999

Via Lemieux and Roxanne a thrilling new meme. Head over here, punch the year you graduated from high school into the search box, and find the top 100 songs of your graduation year. Ergo, the Top 100 of 1999:

1. Believe, Cher
2. No Scrubs, TLC
3. Angel Of Mine, Monica
4. Heartbreak Hotel, Whitney Houston
5. ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears
6. Kiss Me, Sixpence None The Richer
7. Genie In A Bottle, Christina Aguilera
8. Every Morning, Sugar Ray
9. Nobody's Supposed To Be Here, Deborah Cox
10. Livin' La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin
11. Where My Girls At?, 702
12. If You Had My Love, Jennifer Lopez
13. Slide, Goo Goo Dolls
14. Have You Ever?, Brandy
15. I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys
16. I'm Your Angel, R. Kelly and Celine Dion
17. All Star, Smash Mouth
18. Angel, Sarah McLachlan
19. Smooth, Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
20. Unpretty, TLC
21. Bills, Bills, Bills, Destiny's Child
22. Save Tonight, Eagle-Eye Cherry
23. Last Kiss, Pearl Jam
24. Fortunate, Maxwell
25. All I Have To Give, Backstreet Boys
26. Bailamos, Enrique Iglesias
27. What's It Gonna Be?!, Busta Rhymes Featuring Janet
28. What It's Like, Everlast
29. Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz
30. Someday, Sugar Ray
31. Lately, Divine
32. That Don't Impress Me Much, Shania Twain
33. Wild Wild West, Will Smith Featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee
34. Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers
35. Heartbreaker, Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z
36. I Still Believe, Mariah Carey
37. The Hardest Thing, 98 Degrees
38. Summer Girls, LFO
39. Can I Get A..., Jay-Z Featuring Amil (Of Major Coinz) and Ja
40. Jumper, Third Eye Blind
41. Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill
42. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...), Lou Bega
43. Sweet Lady, Tyrese
44. It's Not Right But It's Okay, Whitney Houston
45. (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You, 'N Sync
46. Lullaby, Shawn Mullins
47. Anywhere, 112 Featuring Lil'Z
48. Tell Me It's Real, K-Ci and JoJo
49. Back 2 Good, Matchbox 20
50. 808, Blaque
51. She's So High, Tal Bachman
52. She's All I Ever Had, Ricky Martin
53. Miami, Will Smith
54. Hands, Jewel
55. Who Dat, JT Money Featuring Sole
56. Please Remember Me, Tim McGraw
57. From This Moment On, Shania Twain
58. Love Like This, Faith Evans
59. You, Jesse Powell
60. Trippin', Total Featuring Missy Elliott
61. If You (Lovin' Me), Silk
62. Ex-Factor, Lauryn Hill
63. Give It To You, Jordan Knight
64. Black Balloon, Goo Goo Dolls
65. Spend My Life With You, Eric Benet Featuring Tamia
66. These Are The Times, Dru Hill
67. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, Mark Chesnutt
68. I Do (Cherish You), 98 Degrees
69. Because Of You, 98 Degrees
70. I Will Remember You (Live), Sarah McLachlan
71. Chante's Got A Man, Chante Moore
72. Happily Ever After, Case
73. My Love Is Your Love, Whitney Houston
74. All Night Long, Faith Evans Featuring Puff Daddy
75. Back That Thang Up, Juvenile Featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil' Wayne
76. Almost Doesn't Count, Brandy
77. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!, Shania Twain
78. Steal My Sunshine, Len
79. I Need To Know, Marc Anthony
80. So Anxious, Ginuwine
81. Faded Pictures, Case and Joe
82. Back At One, Brian McKnight
83. When A Woman's Fed Up, R. Kelly
84. How Forever Feels, Kenny Chesney
85. Amazed, Lonestar
86. Sometimes, Britney Spears
87. Ghetto Cowboy, Mo Thugs Family Featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
88. Out Of My Head, Fastball
89. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), Jay-Z
90. Jamboree, Naughty By Nature Featuring Zhane
91. Take Me There, BLACKstreet and Mya Featuring Mase and Blinky Blink
92. Stay The Same, Joey McIntyre
93. Lesson In Leavin', Jo Dee Messina
94. Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
95. Satisfy You, Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly
96. Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out), Citizen King
97. Music Of My Heart, 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan
98. Write This Down, George Strait
99. When You Believe, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
100. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You, Alabama Featuring 'N Sync

Like any Top 100 list there's obviously a heavy bias toward commercial crap here, but in retrospect I think it's largely defensible commercial crap except for the 98 Degrees stuff. I had no idea, however, that "Kiss Me" was more popular than "Every Morning," "Livin' La Vida Loca," and "Genie in a Bottle" which I recalled as the truly inescapable songs of the era.

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Comments

It's hard to believe, but I think your list here is worse than mine. But like you, I didn't listen to much of the pop music of my time and therefore bear no responsibility.

Posted by: Roxanne | Aug 30, 2005 12:04:11 PM

Tal Bachman got airplay in the United States? Wow.

Posted by: Scott Lemieux | Aug 30, 2005 1:25:09 PM

I thought the meme was that you were supposed to bold the songs you liked and strike out the ones you hate?

Posted by: Becks | Aug 30, 2005 1:45:27 PM

It really seems to me that these lists overstate R&B and understate Rock. For instance, there's no way that Smells Like Teen Spirit was the 32nd biggest song of 1992, or that Pearl Jam had nothing that made the list between 1992 and 1995, until I Got Id/ Long Road from Vitology (?!), or that neither Korn nor Limp Bizkit had anything in the top 100 between 1998 and 2001. On the flip side, I'm not the biggest R&B afficionado, but some of the acts on the top 100 strike me as decidedly second rate.

The age 13 version is fun too. Find the year you turned 13, and highlight the songs you actually liked then. 1992 is a pretty good year; 1993, not so much; and if you're a young member of the class of '99/'03, I pity you, beacuse the number 1 song of 1994 was Ace of Base's "The Sign". In fact, they have three songs in the top 10. Wow.

Posted by: Nick Beaudrot | Aug 30, 2005 2:52:43 PM

I think you meant 1979, Matt (which is when I graduated). Nobody could possibly be young enough to have graduated in 1999.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Aug 30, 2005 2:56:06 PM

Amazingly, my 1998 list is an order of magnitude worse than yours. "Make Em Say Uhhhhh" is arguably the best song, which is some comment.

Posted by: Spencer | Aug 30, 2005 4:38:16 PM

I am in the process of picking up a lot of recent and current music, and that list just looks horrific. Been living at All Music Guide following links and associations and similar bands etc; basically studying the history of college and indie rock and the only group on that page that remotely interested me was the Goo Goo Dolls. And on review I didn't get them.
....PS
So I googled best albums 1999 and yeah, have picked up flaming lips,beck,beta band, and you will know us by the trail,super furry animals, nine inch nails,black heart procession, sigur ros,ani difranco,low

Death Cab for Cutie:Something About Airplanes

Fuck pop

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Aug 30, 2005 5:03:38 PM

I think you meant 1979, Matt (which is when I graduated). Nobody could possibly be young enough to have graduated in 1999.

heh. 2002. been 21 for a week. and the weird thing is, I'm already starting to feel old.

Posted by: Matt F | Aug 30, 2005 5:44:45 PM

if you're a young member of the class of '99/'03, I pity you, beacuse the number 1 song of 1994 was Ace of Base's "The Sign". In fact, they have three songs in the top 10. Wow.

I graduated high school in 1994, and even though I didn't actually listen to any of this crap (thus, not my fault), I find this a source of great shame.

Posted by: cwk | Aug 30, 2005 5:58:16 PM

heh. 2002. been 21 for a week. and the weird thing is, I'm already starting to feel old.

I'm sorry, but I don't believe you. That's just not possible. Next you'll be telling me that people who graduated in the '90s are old enough to vote.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Aug 30, 2005 6:12:51 PM

I don't know if it's possible to be a curmudgeon about such a new word, but I don't consider this a "meme"; it's a fad, or a game, like "Which horribly nerdly character are you in some horribly nerdly work of fiction". Now, the use of "meme" to describe it -- that strikes me as a meme.

Posted by: DonBoy | Aug 30, 2005 7:58:49 PM

Interesting...if you go back to 1970 or 1968, the lists are actually pretty good. Even the poppy crowd-pleasers aren't particularly grating.

But you start getting more recent...and it turns to crap.

Posted by: Patrick | Aug 30, 2005 8:17:46 PM

1982 rules. I like about 40 songs from the top 100 of 1982.


2. Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
3. I Love Rock N' Roll, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
5. Centerfold, J. Geils Band
6. Don't You Want M, Human League
7. Jack And Diane, John Cougar
8. Hurts So Good, John Cougar
9. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band
11. Tainted Love, Soft Cell
15. I Can't Go For That, Daryl Hall and John Oates
16. 867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
22. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson
23. Shake It Up, Cars
24. Let It Whip, Dazz Band
25. We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
33. Let's Groove, Earth, Wind and Fire
40. Heat Of The Moment, Asia
43. That Girl, Stevie Wonder
44. Private Eyes, Daryl Hall and John Oates
46. Making Love, Roberta Flack
48. Young Turks, Rod Stewart
49. Freeze-frame, J. Geils Band
63. Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go's
66. Did It In A Minute, Daryl Hall and John Oates
67. I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
73. Don't Stop Bellevin', Journey
78. Crimson And Clover, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
79. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police
81. I Keep Forgettin', Michael Mcdonald
82. Get Down On It, Kool and The Gang
87. Vacation, Go-Go's
88. (Oh) Pretty Woman, Van Halen
89. Should I Do It, Pointer Sisters
91. Kids In America, Kim Wilde
94. Waiting On A Friend, Rolling Stones
95. Do I Do, Stevie Wonder
96. Working For The Weekend, Loverboy

Posted by: Joe O | Aug 30, 2005 9:50:55 PM

The first age shock I had was when I realized teenagers didn't have to be born in the 80's anymore. Crazy.

Posted by: Matt F | Aug 30, 2005 9:53:45 PM

Doesn't work for old people (e.g., "Earth Angel" era). :(

Posted by: Jerry | Aug 31, 2005 2:35:23 PM

Doesn't work for 1953. Is there an age discrimintion issue here?

Posted by: Buce | Aug 31, 2005 2:51:20 PM

The first age shock I had was when I realized teenagers didn't have to be born in the 80's anymore. Crazy.

I had that same feeling once the Playboy Playmates had birthdates after I graduated high school.

Posted by: Tom F | Aug 31, 2005 4:28:46 PM

I had that same feeling once the Playboy Playmates had birthdates after I graduated high school.

For me it was when Nixon babies became old enough to vote.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Aug 31, 2005 4:51:18 PM

I see the reality based community is firmly based in reality...not a word about Katrina, not a link to donations. Nice...rock on!

Posted by: David | Aug 31, 2005 9:10:23 PM

And, why aren't pop musicians helping out.

Posted by: Joe O | Sep 1, 2005 8:31:17 PM

Very defensible crap? Bwahahahahahahaha. You young people have no idea what good music is.

Posted by: The Fool | Sep 2, 2005 5:57:43 PM

I suspect Kiss me is higher on the list because Six Pence none the Richer is a Christian group who should have plenty of air-play on red-state, christian radio.

Posted by: Nick Kaufman | Sep 3, 2005 4:29:44 AM

Disco flashbacks... Augh!

Still, in a list of 100, a few pleasant reminders.

Posted by: The Dad | Sep 4, 2005 3:17:11 AM

1989 was a hunk of monkey excrement, in retrospect.

Posted by: have clue -- will travel | Sep 7, 2005 4:36:24 PM

I may be 40 years old, but at least my year's list (1983) actually has on it the song "1999" that inspired the title of this post.

Posted by: Colorado Luis | Sep 15, 2005 2:58:29 PM

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