It’s 5:00 on a Friday afternoon. Outside there is a grayish hue overshadowing the direct vicinity and as far as the eye can see. There is a tinge of sunlight peeking through the clouds that seem to reflect the feelings of the moment. The looming weekend is the one glimmer of light after a long and difficult week.
A man makes his way to his car like a bolt of lightning. It is time to make the long-awaited journey, away from the people, the demands, the pressures and the “noise.” The destination is not as important as the hum of the engine and the silence of the open road.
The man eagerly removes the keys from his pocket, puts them in the ignition and off he goes. Behind him in the pocket of the seat is a book of CD’s, the perfect item for a trip of this nature.The connection to the music is much more real this way–plastic, shiny round discs that amuse the senses. The man keeps one hand on the wheel while thumbing through each sleeve until he finds the one he wants. He takes it out, puts it in the player and is immediately transported to the nostalgic past of his childhood.
There is a saying that the music you grew up with is always the best. If you’re a child of the millenial generation, the music of the 90’s was the soundtrack of your life and the heart of life’s most memorable moments. Here’s a look back at some musical memories from this trend-setting decade:
No discussion of the 90s can begin without first mentioning the class of ’89, a group of country artists who emerged on the scene and forever changed the public’s perception of country music from “hick” to “hip.” That group included Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Travis Tritt.
Clint Black started it all with his song “Killin’ Time,” which went all the way to #1. Garth Brooks was a trend-setter in both the country and pop genres and soon, being a cowboy was part of the mainstream consciousness. Tight pants were fashionable, complete with the 10-gallon hat, the boots, and the belt-buckle hub caps.
Speaking of pop, the music scene was full of mainstream pop bands that included Sugar Ray, Green Day, Third Eye Blind and so many more.
While most of us would agree that the Boy Band craze got a little tiresome by the late 90’s, it’s an unforgettable part of the decade: synchronized dancing that usually involved a lot of arm and leg movements, a legion of pre-pubescent female fans, and thousands more teenage guys who wished they had the moves to win the girls’ hearts.
While the girls were rocking out with the Backstreet Boys, the male demographic was enjoying music with a more manly edge to it. This is music most appropriately classified as “Pop Rock” or “Grunge Rock” as it’s more popularly known. This is the category for groups like Smashmouth and Eve 6.
And of course, we can’t forget the solo acts consisting of Ricky Martin for the girls (before we learned he was gay!), and Enrique Iglesias.
As for the boys, it was Harvey Danger or Lou Bega with his “Mambo No. 5.”