I’ve noticed more and more articles popping up recently about music and movies of my childhood celebrating important anniversaries. While my first reaction is usually disbelief (there’s no way time flies that fast!) I then immediately have to go and re-experience the song or movie for nostalgia’s sake.
And while Saving Private Ryan and Lady Gaga’s The Fame will get wide-spread birthday celebrations, I wanted to make my own list for songs that meant a lot to me in 1998 and 2008.
Songs turning 10
Kanye West – Flashing Lights ft. Dwele
Flashing Lights is one of Kanye’s greatest songs and one of the most well-known because seemed to be in every advertisement in the late 2000s. It’s hardly surprising then that I have a vivid memory of sitting in the movie theater watching trailers every time I hear this song.
Rihanna – Disturbia
I’ve written about my love of this song before, but I had to bring it back to wish it a happy 10th birthday. This was my favorite song to blast in my car back in my hometown, and I’m sure my neighbors were sick of hearing it by the time I moved out.
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Like Flashing Lights, this song was heard almost every time I went to the theater in 2008 thanks to Pineapple Express and Slumdog Millionaire. I remember thinking it sounded very fresh and it still does today.
Songs turning 20
Brandy and Monica – The Boy Is Mine
Name a more iconic duo of 1998. I’ll wait. But seriously, I sung my lungs out to this back in elementary school and love when I have the chance to sing it as a duet at karaoke these days.
Shania Twain – You’re Still The One
If you don’t go “Awww” every time you hear the opening notes of this song, are you even capable of emotions? It’s one of the greatest love songs of the last 50 years.
Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
I’m not exaggerating when I say this song and its video are legendary and shaped a generation. While I can’t believe it is turning 20, it’s hard to remember pop culture before Britney hit the scene.
This is the first in a series of anniversary stories, so check back for movies and TV shows that are turning 10 and 20 later this month!