Everyone has that song that defines them. It can be profound, meaningful, or make you nostalgic. For me, that song is any song produced between the years 1995-2003. Now, these may seem like arbitrary years to most of you, but to me, they are the most profound years of my little Ariel life.
1995-2003 were the years that I discovered that there was indeed music beyond what was being sung on Barney and Sesame Street.
As any of my roommates can attest, I still adore any song released in the late 90s through early 2000s.
Destiny’s Child taught me how to be fierce(I still want to be Beyonce when I grow up).
The Spice Girls were my first concert and taught me all about girl power (I went when I was in grade 2, with my best friend and our 2 dads. My dad went to the bathroom before the show started and they came on when he was still gone. I cried. I didn’t think it was fair that my dad had to miss the best thing that would ever happen to me).
My first love was Lance Bass (yeah, I know…).
The Vengaboys taught me about party islands in the Mediterranean (although I used to sing the song “we’re going to eat pizza” not Ibiza. My bad).
And I learned 98% of my current dance moves from the Hey Ya! music video.
These are all things that you don’t forget easily.
All of these things still influence most of my choices as a full-functioning (marginally sane) 20-year old girl. A lot of my wardrobe is more than slightly reminiscent of the 90s. I have a variation of the Rachel haircut (just a bit shorter). And the majority of things I say/do, I think WWBD (what would Beyonce do).
Don’t get me wrong, I do know that there was some serious tackiness associated with the 90s and early 2000s (Lou Bega, anyone? Anyone?) but for me, they are the years where I learned all I would REALLY need to know for the rest of my life (or at least up until now).
ANYWAY. I hope that I have not just severely embarrassed myself on the Internet proclaiming that my first love was Lance Bass and I cried at a Spice Girls concert when I was 7.
here’s a little something to remind everyone just how awesome late 90s-early 2000s really were. Enjoy!