It’s hard to believe that the year 1998 was 20 years ago, and that a lot of great songs that were produced in that year that we still listen to today. Recently, I was going through a list and it made me realize just how many songs celebrated their 20th birthday this year.
You may not remember the name of the song or the artist who even performed it, but you’ll definitely remember the words and the melody the second they start. And just a warning: these songs will make you feel old.
I Want You Back – *NSYNC
This song was all I ever needed and I really want *NSYNC back. Sadly I don’t think it will ever happen, but a girl can dream.
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
That’s right, the song from Titanic is 20 years old, which means crushing on that young, hot Leonardo DiCaprio who played Jack Dawson in the film was a phase from 20 years ago. Ouch.
Get Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
I bet you probably forgot Will Smith was even a musician until you saw this come up.
I Don’t Wanna Wait – Paula Cole
We all know this song as the Dawson’s Creek theme song, but it was also a big hit on the radio.
This Kiss – Faith Hill
Remember when our mom’s all went through a mini pop/country phase where they loved listening to artists like Shania Twain and Faith Hill? This song was a huge part of the movement.
No, No, No – Destiny’s Child
This throwback track is a song I’ll always say “yes, yes, yes” to. Any day.
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
You always hear this song being played on easy listening music playlists and sounds like the music video would take place on a romantic cliff. I was disappointed to see who actually sings it and realize it wasn’t even a boyband.
How Do I Live – Leann Rimes
Does anyone else think of walking through a mall as a young child when you hear this song? Because I do.
Still The One – Shania Twain
I saw the one and only Queen of country music this past summer and she stopped the crowd, who was full of millennials, and asked how old we were when this song came out. Turns out most of us were under the age of 5 and she was shocked we all went to see her perform (although I wasn’t surprised). This song is iconic.
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys
Hold the phone. How is it that one of the greatest songs to dance to in the history of throwback songs and classic wedding tunes is 20 years old!? It feels like more of a 2002 type of sound, but I won’t complain. BSB til I die!
If you don’t feel a little old from reminiscing of all the glory days from our youth where we faintly remember hearing these songs played, you’re clearly too young to understand just how influential this music was. Its popularity may be over, but we still hear these rotated regularly on the radio nowadays, proving these songs were the best of 1998.
Featured Image via Titanic Screengrab