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Throwback: Pop Music from the 90's/2000's I Loved As a Kid!

Do you ever feel like things were much more simple when you were a child? The world wasn’t so harsh, it wasn’t so complicated, you didn’t have to adult like you do now. You could just play outside, or with one of your many toys (if you were still into toys then. I mean, if you were a tween, you stuffed your Beanie Babies, Barbies, and stuffed animals in the closet and tried to act as cool as a teenager as you could around your friends), fight with your sibling over who got to go online (you know, if your mom or dad didn’t have to use the phone), or play some music on your ultra cool state of the art fun colored cd player in your room as you drink a Fruitopia (do you remember Fruitopia? I miss those drinks so much! Especially the green one! Bring it back!) and eat some bagel bites. And you know what kind of music ruled the world in the late 90’s, early 2000’s? No, not punk or rock: POP. Pop ruled the world. Or, at least my world.

So I present to you, some pop music from the 90’s/2000’s that I loved and obviously shaped me into the wonderful, strong, beautiful, and socially awkward woman I am today! So blame them for the mess I am, not me.

And yes, I will be listening to these musician’s/artist’s songs while I write their little blurbs. You know, just to get in the nostalgic mood of my youth. Not because I still like them or anything. They’re guilty pleasures, not my actual taste in music. (You’re seeing right through my lie, aren’t you? Dang it!)

Backstreet Boys

“Backstreet’s back, all right!” Dun dun nun nun nun dun dun dun dun… (You know you were doing that with me in your head!) Ugh, these five boys. The flashy, baggy clothes and the questionable facial hair. They were just the bad boys of the boy bands. They had no qualms with being a little nasty and adult (but kept it roughly PG for obvious radio play). I had their first album self-titled album, and let me tell you, I played it on REPEAT (and it was an enhanced CD. Do you remember those? If you put it in your disc drive on your computer you could play little special features. Mine was just a clip of a music video so it was pretty disappointing). And then when their second album “Millennium” came out (so perfectly titled, because in 1999 we were ALL obsessed with the 2000’s and what the future and Y2K would bring!), WHOA. My friends and I were just amazed. That album brought us the beauty that is “I Want it That Way” (“you are….my fiiiiirrreeee….”), “Larger than Life,” “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” (SO heartbreaking and moving). To me, they peaked there, but I think it’s nice that they’ve reunited (“Oh my god, we’re back again!” Sorry. I had to) and are having a good time making music together. It makes my little millennial heart happy. Oh, and like all boy band fans, my friend and all had our favorites. Mine was Nick. That blonde hair, parted right down the middle. Mmm. 90’s perfection.


N’Sync. They were pretty much Backstreet Boys’ little brother. Slammin’ and iconic songs though, and actually my favorite of all the boy bands. In fact, they were the first concert I ever went to. It was a magical night in the nosebleeds, where I could barely see them through my mom’s friend’s binoculars. So magical. My very favorite album of theirs was the “No Strings Attached” album, which I must have played a billion times (though their first album was still really good. “Tearing Up My Heart” is still so catchy and “I Want You Back” still gets me singing along to it!). “Bye Bye Bye,” “It’s Gonna Be Me,” “Just Got Paid” (which I still think of everytime I get paid), and “Digital Getdown” (remember how dirty we thought that song was?? I mean, it was, but looking back now, I’m just thinking about how unsexy dial up internet really was). But let’s try to forget that oddness and awkwardness that was their third album “Pop.” My friend even got me one of the marionette dolls of Justin Timberlake (I wanted Lance, but my friend couldn’t find a Lance one. So sad. My favorite and ultimate crush was Lance for so, so long. I know, I know. But we didn’t know back then, now did we???), that they sold around the time “No String Attached” was released. I should have treasured it and kept it in the box, but I was too tempted to play with it and check if it was actually wearing underwear (it was. Black boxers). I wish N'Sync would be like the Backstreet Boys and reunite, but that Timberlake fellow seems adamant not to. C’mon, Justin, do it for the fans! (And for the rest of the band, I don’t think they’re quite as busy as you at the moment.)


Oh, B*Witched. These ladies were my GIRLS! I loved them so, so much! From the first moment I heard “C’est La Vie” I was hooked. “Rollercoaster” was also amazing, and “Blame It On the Weatherman” was so sad and beautiful to my 9 year old self. I also loved that they were Irish, with their cool accent, that they wore all jean outfits (SO cool!), and each had their own emblems (cat, shamrock, a B, and a star, I think?). I had the official B*Witched book, written by the girls (I think I may still have it somewhere!), and was one of the first to buy their second album “Awake and Breathe” (not as good as the first, but still had some good songs on there. “Jessie Hold On” is a fun Irish-Western diddy) at the store the day it was released. I was so happy a few years ago when I learned that they had had a reunion, released a CD, and went on tour! I didn’t know it at the time, of course, but I loved listening to their new music and watching all the stuff they had Youtube, like the British TV reunion documentary they put out (so much drama! Me-OW!). B*Witched will always have a special place in my heart and I still listen to their music when I’m feeling nostalgic and happy.

Aaron Carter

I guess I had a thing for blue-eyed, blonde, singing brothers, okay?? If you thought I loved Nick Carter and Lance Bass, then you had NO idea how I felt for Aaron Carter. I was literally in love with him. I had his albums, posters, everything. I was convinced I was going to marry him (sad, but true). When I listened to his songs, I pictured me as his love interest and believed it. Sigh. I remember watching that Lizzie Maguire episode where he kissed Hilary Duff and feeling that knife of betrayal in my heart. That first heartbreak...I’ll remember it always. (Do you guys remember that Aaron Carter/Hilary Duff/Lindsay Lohan love triangle that happened? So stupid but so riveting at the time!) His music wasn’t the greatest (he pretty much sounded like he was talk singing- I do NOT want to call it rapping- on his first albums) but you have to admit, his version of “I Want Candy,” “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It),” “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” and honestly, so many more were really fun to listen to then., not so much. But it was fun when it was happening! And that’s all that really matters, right? (I’m cringing really hard right now thinking about the fact that I liked his music. It must have been pubescent hormones or something)

Spice Girls

B*Witched may have been my favorite girl group ever, but the Spice Girls were my first experience with girl groups and they. Were. EVERYTHING. Everyone loved the Spice Girls and they dominated the world. Not only was their music incredible, from crazy fun bops about female empowerment but their outfits were iconic (who else could bring platform shoes back? No one but the Girls!) and their personalities were just SO fun and spunky. And nothing was cooler than having a British accent in my youth. So fancy. So exotic! And of course you had to have a favorite Spice Girl. Were you a Baby? Ginger? Sporty? Scary? Posh? I never had one I truly identified with (I loved them all) but I was always Posh or Sporty, probably because I was a brunette and my friends always picked their favorites before me. But it’s amazing how one simple song (remember how we used to giggle at “2 Become 1”? Heehee, it was about DOING IT. Teehee) can take you back. I was in the pharmacy the other day and “Spice Up Your Life” came on and I literally remembered every single world and wanted to start “slam it to the left” cause I was having a good time remembering how much fun it was to feel so young and free and just filled with joy and hope and girl power. And then I picked up my birth control and got back to adulthood. Sigh.

And the Spice Girls movie, Spice World? Don’t even get me started. I think it’s a masterpiece of satire and surrealism, so don’t come after it saying it’s a bad movie. I will come for you.

Destiny's Child

Are you even a real Destiny’s Child fan if you don’t even remember that they originally had FOUR members in the group? Ugh, you call yourself a fan! (I’m kidding!) But the trio of Beyonce, Michelle, and Kelly were so cool, in their matching-but-not-matching outfits, their super cool dance moves, and such catchy songs like the female empowering “Survivor” (with the awesome music video set on a jungle island where they literally had to SURVIVE), “Say My Name” (such a bop!), and of course, they gave the world the song and the phrase “Bootylicious.” Looking back, it’s weird that we didn’t see Beyonce for the star she was going to be, because obviously she got the most lines in the songs and all the runs and it seemed like Michelle and Kelly were just providing backing vocals, but hey, what did we know then? But honestly, when Beyonce played the Super Bowl and Kelly and Michelle came popping out of the stage during “Bootylicious,” I popped out of my seat and rejoiced at the reunion. The girl were back! If only for part of one song. But it was enough to appease my childhood self.

Mandy Moore

Okay, I’m not slamming Mandy Moore, but honestly, she kind of only has one good song, in my opinion, and that’s Candy. My friend had Mandy’s first CD and we would replay Candy over and over and over again. Remember me talking about those enhanced CDs? Well, Mandy’s first one was enhanced too and included the music video to Candy which is ICONIC and something my friend and I watched over and over again, like the song. But seriously, starting out the video in that lime green Volkswagen bug (sooo trendy and cool at the time!), those tank tops with the thin straps, the hair up in spiky sections, wearing her portable CD player like a crossbody bag??? Mandy was the epitome of 2000’s chic. And that song! So addicting, in a sickeningly sweet way that just makes you want to sing along in your room with your friends at a sleepover, hairbrushes in hand like microphones. If that song doesn’t take you back, I don’t know what will.

"Barbie Girl"

Guys, this song. This song when it hit the airwaves and my school, was THE song. We didn’t know why this random band we had never heard of decided to write a song about being a Barbie Girl but it was catchy and we LOVED it. It was also slightly naughty with lyrics like “you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere,” which is exactly what we did with Barbies, but to an actual Barbie girl?? Scandalous! And the music video was so odd and the bald guy playing Ken was so creepy yet we watched it on repeat. Recesses were filled with the voices of girls singing “life in plastic, it’s fantastic!” on the playground equipment. Random one hit wonders like this always seem to make a certain time feel so special, as if it just stops a moment in time to make you really remember it. And thanks to this song, I distinctly remember bonding with my girl classmates over this inane, strange, and odd song by a band I never heard from again. Now come on, Barbie, let’s go party! (Ah ah ah yeah!)

Britney Spears 

And at last we have the princess of pop. Britney Spears was just so cool. Was her voice the greatest? Not at all. But were her songs, her dance moves, and her outfits on point in every possible way? Hell yes. From “...Baby One More Time” to “Lucky” to “Toxic” (and one of my personal favorites “Born to Make You Happy”) and so many more, Britney was everywhere, grabbing attention good and bad (remember when our parents thought she was so provocative and racy? Times were so much more innocent then when you look at today’s music. Like a school girl outfit could ever compete with whatever pop or rap diva is wearing nowadays. No one even bats an eye now!), and making waves while she did it. Every girl wanted to be her and every guy wanted to...umm...well, you know. (And remember when she and Justin Timberlake dated?? They were such a power couple! Dressing in matching all denim?? Talk about couple goals, guys. Celebs try these days with their significant others, but they truly can’t compare to the originals) But through all of her struggles and her not so great choice in men (coughkevinfederlinecough), she came out stronger (“than yesterday! Now it’s nothing but my way! My loneliness ain’t killing me no more… I, I’m stroooonger!” Sorry, I had to. It’s such a good song!) than ever. Even if you weren’t her biggest fan (I love her, but I’m not super into her), her music probably shaped your childhood and tweenage years without you even knowing it. And we will always love her for it. Keep on keeping on, Britney you queen!

And those were some of the groups and singers in the 90’s/2000’s that I loved as kid! Or tween. Whatever you want to call me at an awkward elementary/middle school age. Because trust me, I was awkward. I had such a fun time strolling down memory lane while listening to these songs, so I’m sorry if I rambled but the memories kept tumbling out! Who was your favorite pop group or singer you listened to as a kid? Do you still listen to their music or does it make you cringe now? (Like Aaron Carter now does for me. Eek) Let me know!

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24 comments on "Throwback: Pop Music from the 90's/2000's I Loved As a Kid!"
  1. So much nostalgia! My favourite era of music is actually the 80's! Which was before I was born. But you can't beat The Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys (who I still have on my iTunes haha!)


    1. Hi Jenny! Ooh the 80's were good too! So true though! I have to admit, their songs are still in my music library too. ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!! <3

  2. That was definitely a trip down memory lane! Confession: My girlfriends and I each had our favourite Spice Girl and I was totally a Geri fan ;) lol

    1. Haha thanks Britt! It was a trip down memory lane for me too! Especially since I listened to their music as I wrote about each group or singer. I hadn't heard some of their songs in so long!! Geri was so cool! I was devastated when she left the group. :( :( :(

      Thank you for reading and commenting! It really means a lot to me <3

  3. Not going to lie alot of these are my guilty pleasure! You can find me jamming out to Backstreet Boys at the top of my lungs during almost every car trip!

    1. I don't blame you at all! They're such good guilty pleasure music to have! We could all really have worse taste than this, hahaha. I feel like "I Want It That Way" can fit almost any situation, but especially blaring it on a car trip and singing along sounds perfect to me! But really any Backstreet Boys song would do ;)

      Thank you so much for reading my post and commenting!! <3

  4. I am so so SO glad to see Backstreet Boys is at the top of the list! I love them so much and still do. In fact we have one of their songs playing during our wedding ceremony. :) Thank you so much for this blast from the past. Awesome post! :) x

    1. I looooved the Backstreet Boys too! Did you really?? Which song?? Ugh, how romantic AND nostalgic! Awww, I'm so glad you liked it! It really was so fun to write! I want to do more throwbacks like this. They just make me so happy :)

  5. Loved all the nostalgia in this! I still listen to most of this music now and if anything I love it more because it reminds me of my childhood :)

    Amy |

    1. Hi Amy! Thank you! I do the same thing! It's such a fun throwback to simpler times!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!! :)

  6. Emily this post gave me all the feel good vibes I needed!!! I still listen to N'SYNC & BSB!! I have all of N'SYNC albums on CD and BSB greatest hits on CD too. I'm still mesmerized by JC Chasez's voice❤️😍 I have Britney's greatest hits on CD and Mandy Moore's self-titled album, the one with the song Crush & Cry. O my do I remember Fruitopia, I used to have it with my school lunches!! Aww the 90s & early 2000s were the best for us millennials👏🏾 I enjoyed this post, thanks for the great memories!!!

    Natonya |

    1. Hi Natonya! Thank you so much for reading!!! Yay, I'm so glad it did! I loved going back through all of these songs and groups that I loved. And I have to admit, JC was such an underrated band member. JT got all the credit, but JC had (and has) SUCH a good voice! I'm happy I'm not the only one who remembers Fruitopia! Apparently it's still available in some Asian countries, but I wish it would come back! Totally, I love remembering my childhood/tween/teenhood in the 90's/2000's too <3

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

  7. Oh the memories. The late 90's & early 2000's were filled with iconic music. I remember coming home from school and turning the television on to watch MTV and buying the CD's at the store. I used to love NSYNC, Britney Spears, BSB, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avril Lavigne, Destiny's Child... I still listen to them to be honest!

    Thanks for sharing this throwback.

    Faërie Lifestyle |

    1. You were so lucky that you had MTV! My family never had cable, so I was always missing out on fun things on MTV. But I do remember buying CDs at music shops. Oh, Avril! She was so awesome! And such a style icon too! Those I still listen to them too, so I think we're in good company ;)

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! It was so much fun to write this post!

  8. Wow, such a trip down memory lane here! I listened to most of these bands and artists. My favourites were B*Witched, Spice Girls and Britney! I'd also add Boyzone to this list.

    1. Hi Kim! It was such a nostalgia trip to write this post! B*Witched, Britney, and the Spice Girls were such iconic girls! Can you imagine them doing a collab way back when? That would have blown my mind! I never really listened to Boyzone. I'm not sure if they ever really made it here in the US, but wasn't the B*Witched twins' brother in the band??

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Kim! <3

  9. Woah, that was a trip down the memories lane,the 90s & early 2000s definitely were the best and Blackstreet Boys were my favorite.
    I enjoyed this post, thanks for the great memories!!!

    1. Hi! Yay, I'm so glad you liked my post! I miss the music of the 90's/2000's music too! I still listen to them, especially when I'm feeling nostalgic. Oh, I loved the Backstreet Boys too! I'm so sad I never got to see them live back in the day. But I'd still see them live now!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting!!

  10. 'Blame It On The Weatherman' was constantly replayed in my household as a youngster. Love this post!

    1. That song was so good! Actually, it's still such a good song! Thanks for reading and commenting on my post! <3

  11. This gave me so many flashbacks to the late 90s and 2000s. Baby One More Time, Everytime We Touch by Cascada, and a Sharkia song I can't remember the name of were my favourites at the time

    Ash |

    1. Hi Ash! Yay, I'm so glad you liked the post! Shakira was sooo cool! I remember how impressed I was that she belly danced. I have never seen a pop star do something that different before!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! xoxoxo

  12. Such a fun era of music! I have a playlist on my phone of songs from this era that I love to return to...Run Around by Blues Traveler, Two Princes by Spin Doctors, All for You by Sister Hazel, Roll to Me by Del Amitri, and then plenty by Matchbox 20, Shania Twain, and Sugar Ray!

  13. Hi there! I know, right?? It brings back so many memories for me! Oh, those are all such goodies! I used to LOVE Sugar Ray, and I've actually been listening to Shania Twain again recently. She's so amazing!

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting!! xoxo


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