The Love List: 100% Pure Love (and Other 90s Jams)
[Welcome to my Weekly Love List, a list on all things I love. Because if I love them, well, obviously you should love them too. As the Backstreet Boys song says (and yes, I am actually quoting them) “My Love is All I Have To Give.” So with that throwback, here are this week’s list-worthy things…]
Sure we all remember our jams from 8th grade. Baby One More Time made pigtails cool; we were singing about Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems, even though our $5/ hour babysitting fee was our only income source; and the Backstreet Boys got us doing the Everybody dance at bar mitzvahs around the nation.
We all reminisce about those regularly (…or is that just me?), but what I fail to remember on a more regular – wow I was soo awkward – basis are the earlier 90s jams, and the jams that were from the random bands/artists (Vitamin C, anyone?). But when you listen to them now, you are taken back to that time in 3rd grade when you stopped playing pogs to bust a move to one of these…
Surely these were on the very first editions of the Now That’s What I Call Music! CDs.
So this is my Now That’s What I Call Music! Love List Throwback.
1. If You Could Read My Mind – Starz on 54- This was played non-stop on the radio growing up. In fact, I am pretty sure I have it recorded on 12 different casette tapes straight from the radio stations. (Remember when you would sit around waiting for your favorite song to come on just so you could record it?!) I JUST remembered this song the other day and have been listening on auto repeat ever since. Yeah I’m just that cool. Be jealous.
2. 100% Pure Love – Crystal Waters This. Was. My. JAM. I am immeditely taken back to flowered leotards and dance class warm ups
3. Another Night- The Real McCoy. This was a bar mitzvah favorite, so much so that I feel bad for kids in the throes of bar mitzvah mania now. Womanizer, Forever and Disturbia have nothing on this dance classic.
4.Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here -Deboary Cox. (The dance mix – DUH) – Loved it then and I may love it even more now. Only the greatest workout jam ever!
5. Rhythm of the Night- Corona. Sure, when we hear Corona now, we think, lime, beer, spring break, holler!! But in 1995, Corona meant hair in a side scruniche at your BFF’s sleepover party while dancing in your gym shoes that had blinkling lights on them (LA Lights?!). LOVE.