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My city recently got an all-’90s, all the time radio station, and I have been in my glory. I graduated high school in 2001, so ’90s jams are *my* jams. My radio dial has been tuned little else for the last two months, and I’ve had a few new thoughts for the old music:

  • It is fun to sing along, loudly, with Britney Spears. Maybe you knew this back in high school. I did not.
  • New Kids On the Block: I’m sorry, I just can’t get on board with you. When the band was at the height of its popularity, I was probably in second grade. I wasn’t much of a music lover at 8, and it is NOT a group you can get into as an adult. (No, it’s not. Don’t argue.)
  • But then, even the groups that came out while I was in high school — Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, N’Sync — never really did it for me. Except “Gone.” That shit’s great.
  • C&C Music Factory is just as awesome as I thought when I was a kid. Oh, I listened to the crap out of that cassette, baby, and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm” is still awesome. (Jac’s other favorite childhood cassettes: Janet Jackson’s “Janet,” Toni Braxton’s eponymous first album, Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous,” Mom’s Huey Lewis and the News cassette.) (One of these things is not like the other …)
  • I love that Pink is putting out some of my favorite music of today — and has some great tunes from the ’90s, too. Totally forgot about “You Make Me Sick.”
  • I still have every word to “Hey, Lover” memorized.
  • Remember Otown? No? I didn’t, either. But then I heard, for the first time in about 15 years:

“I dream about a girl who’s a mix of Destiny’s Child, just a little touch Madonna’s wild style with Janet Jackson’s smile. Throw in a body like Jennifer’s. You’ve got the star of my liquid dream.” (Yes … that’s a song about a wet dream. Seriously, listen to it, and look at the comments. They’re hilarious.)

I seriously love to hear what holds up 15 years later. Aside from the aforementioned “Gone” (seriously, it sounds like Justin Timberlake released it yesterday) and Pink, I’m giving some love to Melissa Etheridge (“Yes I Am” was my very first CD, along with Boyz II Men’s “II,” for Christmas in sixth grade) and Lauryn Hill. Pipes like that never age.

Aaaand … that’s it. Nothing else sounds remotely modern to me. Yes, the radio station is wildly dated — and I love every synthesized minute of it.

What are your ’90s jams?

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