Are those back-to-school blues getting to you? Gearing up for a new school year is always tough whether you’re a parent, educator, or student. Let’s give your last weeks of summer with some less famous girl groups of the late 90s and early 00s because everything old is new again.
Dream – “He Loves You Not”
You can thank P. Diddy and Bad Boy records for this. I’m not being facetious, I could honestly listen to this all day.
Sample YouTube comment: “This was the first song I downloaded on Napster.”
t.A.T.u. – “Not Gonna Get Us”
Remember this less famous t.A.T.u. song? Sometimes in the middle of the night, I get it stuck in my head and imagine that I’m in an early 00s heist movie with a heavy pop-electronic soundtrack. That’s how I know I’m sleep deprived.
Sample YouTube comment i.e. where the Cold War is still alive and well: “america is the must fucked up country there music is getting worse year by year russian music is so much better there people so talented i’am not russian i see that russian music to different and not disapointing like the american music industry”
Eden’s Crush – “Get Over Yourself”
Any video that introduces the individual singers is solid, but like the reality show they formed on, we quickly moved on. So did Nicole.
Sample YouTube comment: “You know they all hated Nicole lol”
All Saints – “Never Ever”
This song starts with an accented monologue. Sometimes I miss 1997, and then I remember it was because I was 10 and had 0 responsibilities besides learning that whole spoken part and perfecting my accent when I said “A to Zed” which was the coolest to someone raised on Long Island.
Sample YouTube comment: “This song was number 1 on the charts when I was born.”
B*witched – “C’est La Vie”
More spoken lines, because it’s the 90s. See also: those outfits and the deceptively dirty lyrics with sugary sweet delivery.
Sample YouTube comment: “this is exactly what ireland is like. all the time.”
702 – “Where My Girls’ At”
I recorded this on a cassette tape off the radio. You’re welcome for that information.
Sample YouTube comment: “the stylist who put the dancers in red chicken suits is my hero”
Blaque – “Bring it All to Me”
If you don’t remember Blaque and all they’ve contributed to pop culture in the early 00s then go rent Bring it On immediately and we can discuss this later.
Sample YouTube comment: “To me TLC was coca-cola and blaque was pepsi.”
Cleopatra – “Cleopatra’s Theme”
Another “high-concept” video with mom telling these girls to chill out while they’re just being teenage girls. Thank god for that.
Sample YouTube comment: “My memory brought Me here…… Now I wish it didn’t LOL!”
3LW – “Playas Gon’ Play”
This song featured Naturi Naughton’s vocals because she was clearly the best and that’s why she’s was on Mad Men and is still around.
Sample YouTube comment: “TAYLOR SWIFT EXPLAIN THIS”
Cheetah Girls – “Girl Power”
Two (lesser) members of 3LW, Raven-Symoné, and that other girl. Thank you Disney.
Sample YouTube comment: “I remember back in the day when we would all choose which cheetah we wanted to be and being told they you were Dorinda was the biggest insult ever”
Close out your summer (or winter, if it’s cold in your part of the world) right, with an office dance party with all the sugar-coated girl power.