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Flashback Friday — 1999, Love Songs of the 90s

Today we are excited to introduce to you a new segment: Flashback Friday. Every Friday, we’re going to hop in our DeLorean and go a blazing 88 miles per hour to a year when tops were cropped, locks were permed, and denim was king. Every week we will explore a new year and some of the songs that sat at the top of the charts, what made them special, and how they have been used in songs proceeding. It will be a flash of nostalgia filled with gak and Patrick Swayze’s biceps.


To kick off this segment, we’re going to honor valentine’s day and the hottest love songs of 1999. We’re going to lean the car seat back and drive you to your awkward no good acne riddled horny high school days. Hurried moments spent after school in the back of your Geo Metro trying to get lucky with the latest R Kelly record. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this flashback Friday.

It's 1999, former wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota, Bill Clinton is impeached though he "did not have sexual relations with that woman," Fat Boy Slim scores a win for electronic music with their hit "Praise You," and Michael Jordan upset sports fan worldwide with his retirement announcement. 

As far as music, love ballads are king and TLC is in their prime. Let's take a look at some of the songs that got us in the mood (or got us out of love) and rose up the Billboard charts like our exploding libidos. 

  1. Céline Dion ft. R Kelly - I'm Your Angel

    On the charts: January 16th - January 23rd
    Steamiest Lyric: You have everything and you're still lonely / It don't have to be this way, let me show you a better day

  2. Brandy - Have You Ever 

    On the charts: January 16th - January 23rd
    Steamiest Lyric: Have you ever had someone steal your heart away / You'd give anything to make them feel the same

  3. Monica - Angel of Mine 

    On the charts: Feb 13th - Mar 6th
    Steamiest Lyric: I look at you looking at me / Now I know why they say the best things are free / Gonna love you boy you are so fine. / Angel of mine

  4. Cher - Believe 

    On the charts: Mar 13th - April 3rd
    Steamiest Lyric: I need time to move on / I need love to feel strong / 'Cause I've had time to think it through. / And maybe I'm too good for you

    Ultrasound - Believe remix

  5. TLC - No Scrubs

    On the charts: April 10th - May 1st 
    Steamiest Lyric: 'Cause I'm lookin' like class and he's lookin' like trash / Can't get with a dead-beat ass
    Best Samples: XXYYXX - Good Enough

    Ta-Ku - BrokeAs

    Tory Lanez - T.L.C.

    The Dealer - No Dubs

    Honey Cocaine - No Scrubs

  6.  Ricky Martin - Livin La Vida Loca

    On the charts: May 8th - June 5th
    Steamiest Lyric: She'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain / 
    She'll make you live her crazy life but she'll take away your pain
    Who Sampled It: DOCO - Livin La Vida Loca remix

    Julez Santana ft. Lil Wayne - Black Out 

    Wyclef Jean ft. The Rock, Melky & Sedek - It Doesn't Matter

  7.  Destiny’s Child - Bills, Bills, Bills

    On the charts: July 17th
    Steamiest Lyric: A baller, when times get hard /  I need someone to help me out / Instead of a scrub like you, who don't know what a man's about
    Who Sampled It:  Harmonimix (James Blake) - Bills, Bills, Bills

    Genius - Bills, Bills, Bills 

    Mr. Mtich - Bills, Bills, Bills

  8.  Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love

    On the charts: June 12th - July 10th
    Steamiest Lyric: You said that we could possibly spend eternity / See, that's what you told me, that's what you said / But if you want me you'll have to be fulfilling all my dreams / If you really want me baby
    Who Sampled It:  Dark Child - If You Had My Love Remix

  9. Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle

    On the charts: July 31st - August 28th
    Steamiest Lyric: Hormones racing at the speed of light / But that don't mean it's gotta be tonight
    Who Sampled It:  Viadrina - Jeannie 

    Fennec - Waiting For Someone

    Christian Martin - Waiting 


    T.I. - Tell ‘Em I Said That

  10. Bailamos - Enrique Iglesias

    On the charts: September 4th - September 11th
    Steamiest Lyric: Tonight I'm yours / We can make it happen I'm so sure / Now I'm letting go
    Who Sampled It: Sean Paul - Tiger Bone 

  11. Unpretty - TLC - Unpretty 

    On the charts: September 18th - October 2nd
    Steamiest Lyric: Why do I look to all these things / To keep you happy /  Maybe get rid of you and then I'll get back to me
    Who Sampled It:  Don't Look Any Further - Unpretty Remix 

    Mark Vagan - Unpretty Remix 

  12. Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z - Heartbreaker 

    On the charts: October 9th - October 16th
    Steamiest Lyric: You're the right kind of sinner / To release my inner fantasy / The invincible winner / And you know that you were born to be
    Who Sampled It:  Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Da Brat - Heartbreaker (Remix)

    Junior Heartbreaker Club Mix - Heartbreaker / If You Should Ever Be Lonely 

  13. Santana ft. Rob Thomas - Smooth

    On the charts: October 23rd - December 25th
    Steamiest Lyric: My muñequita / My Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa /You're my reason for reason / The step in my groove, yeah
    Who Sampled It:  Neil Cicierega - Mouth Sounds

    Okay, we're not really sure wtf the last "remix" was but hey, the 90s were a weird ass time. Thanks for taking a ride with Marty McFly and Doc Soundcloud. See you next Friday in 1998. 


90's · Dance · Electronic · Feature · Hip-Hop · Lists · Pop · Weekly


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