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Playlist: The ’90s

It’s been years but we still can’t shake off the earworms

By Sonam Savlani  April 2nd, 2014

The ’90s are pretty hot right now. Aside from the fashion revival, we’ve seen Furbies resurface and Tamagotchi return. But really, we’ll take any excuse to revisit the earworms of the decade.

‘Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer (1990) Two words: “Hammer time”. That is all. 

‘Paree Hoon Main’ by Suneeta Rao (1991) You wore what you thought was your best outfit and walked, chin up, into that fancy dress party playing this song. Nothing is more cringeworthy now than photos of that blasted evening.  

‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain (1992) A mayhem-unleashing house party essential you still can’t ignore.

‘What Is Love’ by Haddaway (1993) Posed a question we continue to grapple with.

‘I’ll Be There For You’ by The Rembrandts (1994) You had to time the clap just so. 

‘Be My Lover’ by La Bouche (1995) If you knew the song by its rip off ‘Has Has Laiyan Yaariyan’ you need to lock yourself in a room and not emerge until you’ve found a way to relive your childhood.

‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis (1995) Sang it by the bonfire surrounded by your friends, didn’t you? No? We didn’t either.

‘Wannabe’ by Spice Girls (1996) Tell me what you want, what you really really want’ they asked. Victoria Beckham’s life is what.  

‘Miss India’ by Mehnaz Hoosein (1996) ’Fess up, she echoed your little self’s burning ambition when she sang “banoongi main Miss India”.  

‘How Bizarre’ by OMC (1996) “How bizarre, how bizarre, how bizarre.” Damn this song sticks.

‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio (1996) Your left-footed self didn’t miss a chance to bust out these moves did it?

‘Made in India’ by Alisha Chinoi (1996) You discovered exactly what it means to be jealous when you first saw Chinoi in Milind Soman’s arms. Burn.

‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua (1997) Was the first to teach you that life in plastic is fantastic.

‘MMMBop’ by Hanson (1997) It came from their debut EP Middle of Nowhere and that’s where they went, we thought. Until they recently returned with Mmmhops their beer company. No kidding.

‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba (1997) Your forever-anthem for when you get knocked down, best paired with a “whisky drink”, a “vodka drink” and a “lager drink” to take the edge off.

‘Truly Madly Deeply’ by Savage garden (1997) You have at least on one occasion used the lyrics of this cheese-fest in a card you made.

‘Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ by Baz Luhrmann (1998) He gave us a manifesto for life. So good, even The Great Gatsby couldn’t ruin it.

‘Mambo No 5’ by Lou Bega (1999) The jaunty precursor to Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary and Jessica from school could never live it down.

‘We’re Going to Ibiza’ by Vengaboys (1999) This was your introduction to Ibiza in 2D.

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