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1996 and Music: The Beginning of the End

I think we can all agree that the 90’s was not the best era for music. Not by a long shot. The 90’s style in the music industry represents a time of confusion. The decade is, in essence, a metaphorical 13 year old pre-pubescent girl, wired braces, blue eyeshadow, toilet paper filled sports bra and not really knowing who she is yet.

What may be the most notably tragic fact is that the Spice Girl’s debut single “Wannabe” was one of the more permanent chart toppers of the year. Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” won song of the year at the Grammy’s. Alanis Morissette won Grammy’s best album award (Jagged Little Pill) and her single “Ironic” was also on the charts, a statement which is much like the song’s title, seeing as most of the songs sung from the 90’s are done with the permanent scorn of ironic mockery. Another chart topper, Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, can only blame its somewhat continued success in its resurfacing on Pitch Perfect. Celine Dion’s tear-jerking ballad “Because You Loved Me” hit the charts and, upon interrogation, was revealed to be my mother’s favourite song while she was pregnant with yours truly.

The one thing worse than the songs themselves is the music videos for the songs themselves. They represent an abysmal concoction of clichés mixed with irrelevant randomness verging on the laughably absurd. These combinations are a pretty accurate representation of the time period itself, waiting for the last four years of the century to pass, unable to quite figure out where the 90’s fit in.

The only pride I can muster up for 1996 and the decade in which my life began is through the line from Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care”, in which they loudly proclaim ‘You’re from the 70’s but I’m a 90’s b*tch.” As much as the 90’s era of music was a bit of a dud, it did make way for the coming century and the infinite potential for good music which it still holds.


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