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15 Songs That Remind Us Of Our Childhood

Christianna Wiggins |
November 20, 2014 | 6:29 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

While everyone loves jamming to the latest Drake or T-Swift, 90s babies will always dream of a fonder time: the early 2000s. A time when music was good and…that's it. Music was better.

So as new artists continue to stir up controversy with bizarre lyric videos, butt injections and more, let's remember a happier time in music history.

Let's throw it back to some of the best club-banging, chart-topping hits of the 90s and early 2000s that will undoubtedly take you back to childhood. 


1. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls (1996)

The Spice Girls kick off the list with this female anthem. The British girl group broke onto the scene in the 90s with vibrant personalities, stunning looks and surprisingly strong vocals. 

When "Wannabe" came out it topped the U.K. music charts in a matter of weeks and the girls reached international fame shortly thereafter. 

2. "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys (1999)

Nothing in the late 90s made teenage girls go crazy like the Backstreet Boys (well, maybe 'N Sync). This boy band dominated the pop music world at the turn of the century and when they came out with this ballad, they solidified their superstar status.

Even 15 years after the song's release, collegiate ladies still "want it that way." 

3. "Oops I Did It Again" - Britney Spears (2000)

No one has ever made a mistake look as glamorous as teenage Britney. This pop classic wasn't just a chart-topping hit but it was also the turning point for the singer, transforming her from an innocent youth into a mature woman. 

"Oops I Did It Again" is a phrase that automatically incites karaoke renditions of this groovy tune.

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4. "Bye Bye Bye" - 'N Sync (2000)

Insert the Backstreet Boys number one rival, 'N Sync. This boy band came out in the late 90s and have been making guys jealous and girls swoon ever since. Justin Timberlake, the band's most famous member, still makes award-winning songs today.

Any millennial with a proper childhood can still recite the lyrics and perform the infamous "bye bye" hand-waving dance moves at the drop of a dime.

5. "Miss Independent" - Kelly Clarkson (2003) 

After winning "American Idol" in 2002, Clarkson spewed out Grammy award-winning albums less than a year later. One of the most popular songs on her debut album was this heavy hitter. 

"Miss Independent" quickly put Clarkson on the map and left millions of women feeling more empowered than ever. 

6. "She Will Be Loved" - Maroon 5 (2002)

This song propelled Maroon 5 to stardom in 2002. Their debut album, "Songs About Jane," sold close to five million copies with the single "She Will Be Loved" remaining a Billboard 100 contender two years after its release.

7. "Hey Ya" - OutKast (2003)

Big Boi and Andre 3000 broke barriers with this song. The rapper-singer duo created a pop song that quickly became one of the most unforgettable tunes of the decade.

Awkward eighth grade dances weren't complete if you didn't "shake it like a polaroid picture" at least once. In fact, you're probably still shaking it at college parties. 

8. "Milkshake" - Kelis (2003) 

Kelis reached instant stardom when she released this scandalous song. "Milkshake" embodied the sexiness that female singers were desperately trying to reclaim in the early 2000s. Whereas songs like "I'm A Slave For You"  and "My Neck, My Back" took it too far, Kelis' song had just the right balance of innuendoes to catch on. 

And even if we wanted to forget, the song forever lives on in "Mean Girls," so it obviously isn't going anywhere.

9. "My Humps" - Black Eyed Peas (2005)

The Black Eyed Peas straddled the line between being really annoying and really catchy throughout the 2000s, but there's no denying that this song was a hit. 

Even though you probably weren't supposed to, every kid knew the lyrics to this song by seventh grade. Because whether it was boys wanting to buy you all these ices, or meeting girls down at the disco, guys and girls alike could relate. 


1. "All Star" - Smash Mouth (1999)

This song made waves in the late 90s for its memorable tune, inspiring lyrics and stellar video cast. A music video couldn't have Ben Stiller, Kel Mitchell, Dane Cook and Hank Azaria if it wasn't amazing.

Like "Milkshake," this song lives on in the animated comedy classic "Shrek." 

2. "All The Small Things" - Blink 182 (1999)

An infectious beat and fun lyrics skyrocketed this song to fame in 1999. People quickly caught onto the words, and even 15 years later, no one can resist singing along to "All The Small Things."

3. "Stacy's Mom" - Fountain of Wayne (2003)

Fountain of Wayne channeled every adolescent boy with this song. "Stacy's Mom" was the ultimate confession of love and the true source of the MILF trend. 

We'll never stop making a play for Stacy's mom. Never. 

4. "I Don't Wanna Be" - Gavin DeGraw (2003)

Gavin Degrw put himself on the map with this iconic tune. "I Don't Wanna Be" was a Billboard 100 staple for weeks back in 2003 and even found a permanent home on "One Tree Hill" as the theme song.

DeGraw's sweet voice and sincere lyrics had everyone feeling this song. 


1. "Hot In Here" - Nelly (2002)

On a steamy summer night, nothing gets the club jumping like "Hot In Here." The song's funky beat and matter-of-fact tone compels everyone to jam along as Nelly literally, but somehow not uncomfortably, describes stripping due to the heat. 

2. "Get Low" - Lil Jon ft. East Side Boyz (2002) 

This hip-hop collaboration was a match made in heaven. What the song lacked in depth -and meaningful lyrics- it made up for it with a beat so memorable that it's had ladies getting low for over a decade. 

3. "In Da Club" - 50 Cent (2003) 

50 burst onto the scene with his group, G-Unit, in 2002 and soared to fame with his first album, "Get Rich Or Die Trying." Soon thereafter, his song "In Da Club" topped the Billboard 100 chart and became a certified club banger.

Even though 90s babies were either blasting this in their parents cars or watching the video on "TRL" at the time of its release, as soon as we were old enough to be in "da club," there were severe throwbacks to this 50 Cent classic. 

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