I was born in the early nineties and was exposed to Heart 106.2 during car journeys to school and their er… “vibrant” choice of rock and pop music to offer parents some respite before completely losing it over a tense school run. Over the years I found myself falling head over heels with the songs I used to hear on a daily basis, harking for the nineties popstars of yester-year. It is a cheesey handful of tracks, but I guarantee you’ll have forgotten about at least one of these nineties popstars, and it’ll send you straight back to the good ol’ days. So let’s begin.
1. The Corrs[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzerbXFwGCE]
Breathless is one of my favourite songs, released in 2000. The Corrs (still) are a brilliant Irish folk-influenced band that brought you such magical tracks such as What Can I Do and Runaway. Also, it’s absolutely worth checking out their live performance on MTV from 1999, as it features an orchestra and gives a great twist on their well-known pop songs.
2. Shania Twain[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJL4UGSbeFg]
Man I Feel Like a Woman is my ultimate guilty pleasure. It’s got such a nice subtle groove to it, has a guitar line that is very influenced by country music, plus has there ever been such a catchy chorus? Also, I am in full admiration for this song as it came on the radio recently at 3am whilst I was doing an airport pick-up. Not even the most freshly roasted Italian coffee could’ve woken me up more than that. Man, sometimes I feel like a woman too Shania. I got you.
3. Gabrielle[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgw9tiIQS-8]
Gabrielle is one of those artists that seemed to release so many songs that you know but didn’t realise that they were all her. Rise, Sunshine and Dreams are upbeat enough for you to shake what your mama gave you, but also chilled out enough that you could sit at home and read a book to her in the background.
4. LeAnn Rimes[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx3s99FNXzI]
Full of pretty predictable, tenuous rhymes (lolz) but also jam packed with hooks, nobody from the nineties should forget about this song and its strangely overenthusiastic music video of people having water poured on them for three and a half minutes.
5. Alanis Morissette[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jne9t8sHpUc]
Ironic is that song that I never recognise the first 30 seconds of. Then suddenly the chorus comes out of nowhere and I go “Ohhhh yeeeeaaaahhhhh!” A landmark in pop music, Ironic is a well written song with vocals that are full of character, performed excellently from Alanis. Sometimes I find her style out of the box and unconventional, which is what more artists should aspire to be like.
What nineties popstars have I missed? Tell us your favourites!
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