Last week I found myself strolling through the music videos of the 90’s on YouTube. A wave of nostalgia hit me so in this post I’m going to share 20 of my all time favorite songs from the good ol’ late 90’s to early 00’s. Enjoy!
(In no particular order.)
- Let Me Know (At Your Best) – Aaliyah (1994)
Tell me what it is (Tell me what it is) There’s no need to make believe
Look beyond your own (Look beyond your own)
Try and find another place for me
Cause. . .
MOOD: When I listen to this song I’m completely chill. Her high voice complimented by the bass and what I think are harp notes make me calm down and just enjoy. I simply love the 90’s RnB vibes.
- Fallin’ – Alicia Keys (2001)
Oh, oh, I never felt this way
How do you give me so much pleasure
And cause me so much pain
Just when I think
I’ve taken more than would a fool
I start fallin’ back in love with you
MOOD: There is no Alicia without a piano. When I listen to this song I feel like I’m walking the streets of the Bronx, while bobbing my head. The harmonies are simply perfect with the choir at the end that rounds all up.
- My All – Mariah Carey (1997)
‘Cause I’ve drowned in you
And I won’t pull through
Without you by my side
MOOD: Since I’ve seen the music video I always imagine myself laying in place of Mariah with my hair open acting all sensual like I’m the one singing the song, the beautiful guitar notes make it even worse (well they heavily add to the feeling). The soft rhythm in the background puts me in trance and for a second I’m Mariah Carey.
- Sumthin’ Sumthin’ – Maxwell (1996)
Even though she pays me no attention
All I wanna show is my affection
Lose myself inside her ebony
But she ain’t even checkin’ me so
MOOD: The drums at the beginning are a nice introduction followed by the smooth voice of Maxwell. This song has this typical chill 90’s Rnb vibe, which I love. Another chill song for the evening. I imagine a loft somewhere in a big city at night with some candles lit and this song playing in the back on a record player with me expressively dancing in the living room.
- I’m Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman – Britney Spears (2001)
I’m not a girl
Not yet a woman
All I need is time
A moment that is mine
While I’m in between
I’m not a girl
MOOD: I feel l a lot of young teen girls can relate to this song. Britney was going through a stage mostly all teen girls go through at one point of their life that is also why I love it so much. I imagine myself as Britney in the music video for this song. Standing at the edge of the cliff fearlessly, wondering what life brings next.
- Don’t Speak – No Doubt (1996)
This could be the end
It looks as though you’re letting go
And if it’s real
Well I don’t want to know
MOOD: I tend to listen to sad music when I’m sad and frustrated myself. Parting with someone you love and admire is hard.
- Everywhere – Michelle Branch (2001)
I recognize the way you make me feel
It’s hard to think that
You might not be real
I sense it now, the water’s getting deep
I try to wash the pain away from me
MOOD: The electronic guitar gives off a slight aggressive vibe. Michelle makes me feel like I’m heavily crushing on a random guy in a band but I don’t know if he is crushing on me too.
- Goodbye To You – Michelle Branch (2000)
And when the stars fall
I will lie awake
You’re my shooting star
MOOD: In this scenario, a boy broke my heart and I feel like I lost a huge part my life and now I have to learn to let go, because there is no way we both can go on pretending like this is working, he keeps on lying so I have to let him go, even though it hurts because I love him.
- Miss Independent – Kelly Clarkson (2003)
Miss keep your distance
Miss out of my way
MOOD: I’ve always been a quite independent girl. I feel this song perfectly describes a huge part of my personality and that’s why I love it so much, not to mention the super hype chorus that makes me jump around my room. Kelly Clarkson has the perfect voice for this song.
- Kiss Me – Sixpence Non The Richer (1997)
Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
Lead me out on the moonlit floor
Lift your open hand
Strike up the band and make the fireflies dance
Silver moon’s sparkling
So kiss me
MOOD: A concept, it’s my birthday evening and the boy I crush on covered my eyes to lead me into a hidden garden where my friends and family are waiting. He uncovers my eyes and I see a giant tree decorated with thousands of lights my friends shout happy birthday and there is a long table full of snack and a small birthday cake. We are all laughing and at the end I’m dancing with my crush to finally kissing him at the end of this song.
- There She Goes – Sixpence Non The Richer (1997)
There she goes
There she goes again
She calls my name,
Pulls my train
No one else could heal my pain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains
MOOD: I imagine a party and everyone around me is popping pills. I’m tempted but don’t dare touch any. I ask myself does it really help with the pain?
- Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy (2007)
Your fingertips across my skin
The palm trees swaying in the wind
You sang me Spanish lullabies
The sweetest sadness in your eyes
MOOD: This song makes me feel like I’m deeply hurt by an Argentinian boy. I’m sitting in my room on my bed, the morning light breaks perfectly through the huge window in front me. The atmosphere is comfortably cold. I look at my room through a vintage filter. I reminisce…
- Torn – Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
I’m all out of faith
This is how I feel
I’m cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor
MOOD: When I listen to this song I act like I was in a never meant to be relationship. It makes me feel a little angry. I believed in something that was never there. I tried everything to save us, but the illusion never changed. I counted on a man that didn’t even know himself so now I’m quite frankly TORN.
- Ironic – Alanis Morissette (1995)
Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well, isn’t this nice.”
And isn’t it ironic, l don’t you think
MOOD: Like the song suggests, it makes me laugh about the irony of life. Taking chances when they come and not waiting for the perfect time because there is no perfect time and tomorrow is not promised. With my brush in my hand I sing and jump along to the catchy chorus.
- White Houses – Vanessa Carlton (2004)
My first time hard to explain
Rush of blood and a little bit of pain On a cloudy day it’s more common than you think
He’s my first mistake
MOOD: Every time I listen to this song I just imagine the music video while dancing around my apartment. The songs a typical coming off age song, with a upbeat tempo, a lot of metaphors and hidden messages.
- I’m With You– Avril Lavigne (2002)
I’m standin’ on the bridge
I’m waitin’ in the dark
I thought that you’d be here by now
There’s nothing but the rain
No footsteps on the ground
I’m listening but there’s no sound
MOOD: Probably like a lot of other teens I too had an Avril Lavigne fan period. This teen song is for the rainy days when one feels lonely. Imagine it’s night, only a few street lights are still flickering, it’s cold raining outside and you are theatrically looking out of your rooms window. That’s the vibe I get from this song.
- You’re Still The One – Shania Twain (1997)
I’m so glad we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby
MOOD: The music video to this song perfectly describes the mood.
- Ka-Ching! – Shania Twain (2002)
We live in a greedy little world,
That teaches every little boy and girl
To earn as much as they can possibly,
Then turn around and
Spend it foolishly
MOOD: The lyrics to this song are perfect. Covered under a catchy instrumental, Shania enlightens us about the capitalistic mentality we all tend to adopt. I imagine performing the song on a huge stage. At the beginning, all the dancers and performers are dressed in office wear with an old telephone in front of them and they’re acting like there are taking calls. Then I start to sing and they jump up to dance; fake dollar notes raining unto the stage. I’m wearing an expensive looking red dress and my hair is styled into a beehive. Nearly at the end my performers are dancing a waltz and when the music stops everything goes back to the starting point.
- Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson (2004)
Trying hard to reach out
But when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I pray
I could breakaway
MOOD: This must be one of my favorite song by Kelly Clarkson. Every time I listen to it I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. I want to dare, chase my dreams and BREAKAWAY.
- Creep – TLC (1996)
If he knew the things I did, he couldn’t handle me.
And I choose to keep him protected, oh.
So I creep, yeah, just creepin’ on,
MOOD: This song is not really empowering but it has a nice chill vibe to it.
Of course these aren’t the only ones I’m listening to, but enough to give you a little taste.
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