So 90s countdown

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Entertainment
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By Sanelisiwe Maliza

There are certain songs that evoke memories when you hear them play.  These songs make you remember exactly what you were doing and what was going on in your life when you first heard them. Début magazine counts down the most memorable artists and songs of the 90s.  These are the artists and albums that define our childhood memories, the songs we used to cry to and partied to. This is the music we used to create dances to and these are the artists we mimicked in the mirror.

10. Eminem – My Name Is

Eminem came onto the music scene during the time of boy bands and pop princesses. When he came out, he changed the game – going against everything the music industry stood for at the time. As a white rapper, he was not only entertaining but also actually able to rap.  Eminem came out with music that was insolent, satirical and very catchy. My Name Is was the first single released from the album The Real Slim Shady in 1999. The album went on to win a Grammy, was highly acclaimed  and even went on to be listed in the Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

9. Cher – Believe

Believe is one of the highlights in Cher’s musical career. This became one of the first songs to use auto-tune, thus people knew it as the “Cher effect”. Believe became the ultimate dance song.  It made history as one of the best selling singles of all time by selling over 10 million copies. This song was also able to rake in a Grammy and several other awards.

8. Korn – Freak on a Leash

Freak on a Leash is a song by the American nu metal band Korn, featured on the group’s 1998 studio album Follow the Leader. Prior to the album’s release, Korn had an instrumental section of the song, described as a “noisy guitar break.” The section was taken out of the song after their fans requested it be taken out. After Follow the Leader‘s release, the song was released as a single on May 25, 1999, and since then, it has been re-released several times. The distortions and dissonance used on the song create the trademark aggression from Korn.

7. Oasis – Wonderwall

This song, written by Noel Gallagher, was released in October 1995. The love song, which was voted best British song of all time, beat the likes of the Beatles’ Imagine and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody for the top position.

6. Mandoza – Nkalakatha

There are few songs that can unite a country. Nkalakatha is one of those songs. In a country that is diverse, having a song that is loved by all races and creeds is rare. Nkalakatha is a South African cultural artefact, the song that was played at every sports game, disco and braai. The song is one of the few songs that was a hit for several years.

5. MC Hammer – Can’t Touch This

Can’t Touch This is MC Hammer’s signature hit, released in 1990 from the album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em.  Selling over 10 million copies, the song has stood the test of time.  Remade into television adverts and featuring in several movies, the song is the ultimate feel-good, dance-along tune.

4. Elton John – Candle in the Wind

The death of Princess Diana shook the world. When Elton John sang Candle in the Wind during her funeral service, the song was both touching and unforgettable, bringing tears to the eyes of people that were in attendance. The album went on to become the best selling single of all time.

3. Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On

My Heart Will Go On is the theme song to the blockbuster movie Titanic. This song went on to be number one all over the world. As the best selling single in 1997, it took over the airwaves, and débuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

2. Britney Spears  – Hit Me Baby One More Time

Britney Spears broke out in 1998 with the single Hit Me Baby One More Time. The song elevated Britney to super-stardom, sparking a revolution as a teen sensation. As a pop princess, she was the girl that young boys had a crush on. Hit Me Baby One More Time was the song that every young girl sang in front of the mirror. Britney was loved by many and seen as the girl-next-door who just happened to sing and be very famous. 

1. Spice Girls – Wannabe

This all-girl sensation took over the world in 1996 with this single. Wannabe was the debut song to the album Spice. The Spice Girls were the commercial breakthrough for pop music. With a movie, shoes, bubblegum and several other items, the Spice girls were more than just artists, but became a brand. With the message of “girl power”, the Spice Girls were the biggest cultural icon of the 90s.

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