Before the likes of Cardi B and Drake took over our Spotify playlist, fellow 90s kids were jamming out to iconic singles from Backstreet Boys, Westlife and S Club 7 on our humble walkman player. Fast forward to now, we’re celebrating the 19th birthday of these throwback gems from the golden year of 2000. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and hit rewind on nostalgic tracks that turn 19 this in 2019.
#1 ‘BEAUTIFUL DAY’ – U2
Before they became known as the artistes of the annoying album in your iTunes list, U2 had produced the infectious rock tune ‘Beautiful Day’ which won them a Grammy for best song of the year.
#2 ‘BYE BYE BYE’ – N’SYNC
Nothing can get more pop than ‘Bye Bye Bye’ from the boys of N’Sync. This song not only catapulted them to the top of the charts but also showcased their creative moves, which ultimately won them three awards at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Choreography.
#3 ‘CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT’ – LEANN RIMES
If you’re not familiar with the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, then perhaps its unforgettable theme song might jog your memory. Since becoming a worldwide phenomenon back then, LeAnn had recently reimagined the pop ballad as part of her EP that was released in June last year.
#4 ‘GRADUATION (FRIENDS FOREVER)’ – VITAMIN C
We’ve all had this song played at our graduation at least once. Combining the use of classical music and meaningful lyrics, this heart-tugging track never fails to remind us of our fondest school memories.
#5 ‘IF YOU’RE GONE’ – MATCHBOX TWENTY
With heartfelt lyrics inspired by his wife, frontman Rob Thomas didn’t have any intention to include this pop-rock number on their second studio album. But he’s probably glad that he did, as the positive reviews made it an instant chart-topper upon its release.
#6 ‘IN THE END’ – LINKIN PARK
As one of Linkin Park’s signature tracks and every angsty teenager’s go-to emo song, ‘In The End’ has received countless accolades which includes coming in second as Billboard’s most played rock song of the decade. We repeat, DECADE.
#7 ‘I’M LIKE A BIRD’ – NELLY FURTADO
Filled with empowering lyrics that easily made it one of the most critically acclaimed songs, this first single off her debut album undeniably cemented Nelly Furtado’s legacy in the music industry, with a Grammy for best female pop vocal performance to boot.
#8 ‘IT’S MY LIFE’ – BON JOVI
Predicted by Bon Jovi himself to be a hit, this relatable rock anthem had been packaged with a touch of their signature 80s glam metal in an effort to introduce the band to a younger audience, while retaining their legion of already-loyal fans.
#9 ‘MY LOVE’ – WESTLIFE
Another boy band that had conquered the top of the pops in 2000, ‘My Love’ was Westlife’s second single off their second studio album that resurfaced recently as a cover by Korean-American singer Eric Nam on Immortal Songs 2.
#10 ‘NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE’ – S CLUB 7
Officially chosen as the BBC Children in Need song in 2000, this pop ballad had not only peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart but was also the ninth best-selling single in Britain in the same year.
#11 ‘OOPS!…I DID IT AGAIN’ – BRITNEY SPEARS
As one of the pop diva’s most iconic bops, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ consistently remained at the top of the charts and has since spawned numerous remixes, features and covers through the years.
#12 ‘ROCK DJ’ – ROBBIE WILLIAMS
In spite of the controversial music video that was deemed gory, this award-winning dance-pop single was still a commercial success – making it Robbie’s third number-one hit since leaving his former band, Take That. Take that, critics!
#13 ‘SHAPE OF MY HEART’ – BACKSTREET BOYS
Released as the lead single off their fourth studio album, ‘Shape of My Heart’ went on to debut at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and broke the boys’ previous music video record on MTV’s TRL for longest running number-one song.
#14 ‘SHE BANGS’ – RICKY MARTIN
Before the world remembered this song as the one William Hung infamously sung at American Idol, ‘She Bangs’ was the track that reaffirmed Ricky Martin’s success as a bilingual musician. Not only did the English version skyrocket to number one, his Spanish rendition also landed him a Latin Grammy Award!
#15 ‘STRONGER’ – BRITNEY SPEARS
Described as musically and lyrically innovative, this empowering dance-pop track was lauded by critics for good reason. Oh, and did you know that the director for her music video back then is the same as the one Taylor Swift has worked with recently?
#16 ‘THE REAL SLIM SHADY’ – EMINEM
Listed as NME’s 500 greatest songs of all time, this was probably the first song that garnered widespread attention as a diss track towards celebrities. Following its release in 2000, the popularity of ‘The Real Slim Shady’ has led to several covers and parody songs all over the world.
#17 ‘TRY AGAIN’ – AALIYAH
Having landed her first movie role opposite Jet Li in Romeo Must Die, Aaliyah also lent her voice for the soundtrack in ‘Try Again’. Combining her sultry vocals and the futuristic beat, the smash hit went on to secure her legacy before her unfortunate fatal accident in 2001.
#18 ‘WHO LET THE DOGS OUT’ – BAHA MEN
Though it’s been identified as one of the most irksome songs with its repetitive lyrics, this familiar tune was still able to become a global sensation after appearing in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
#19 ‘YELLOW’ – COLDPLAY
This melancholic-upbeat ballad was responsible for thrusting Coldplay into the spotlight since its release 19 years ago. Apart from consistently nabbing the number one spot on music charts, it has been covered by various artistes including a recent version in Mandarin for Crazy Rich Asians.
How many of these songs can you remember? Tell us your favourite tracks in the comments below!