I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
Before ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’, Aerosmith has been serenading rock fans with hits like ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Dream On’ for decades. But other than the song being the official soundtrack for Bruce Willis’ Armageddon, there’s always something special about ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’. Ultimately, it’s almost everyone’s favorite karaoke jamban track, and with this one, at least you’ll know that post-karaoke makan will be a quiet one, since everyone’s voice is out.
Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Goo Goo Dolls may not be a one-hit wonder act, but for many Malaysians, this might be the only track they can recognize (unless if you’re a true fan, or you’ve watched Disney Channel’s Treasure Planet). Written for the movie City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage, the movie didn’t fair as well as the song. However, ‘Iris’ is still being considered as one of the last few relevant rock kapak ballad to come out of the states, before the invasion of American emo.
…Baby One More Time by Britney Spears
‘Oh baby baby!’ was the most mumbled catchphrase then, all thanks to Britney Spears. This was the track that ascended Britney to Pop heaven – and shaped a whole generation of high school girls into wanting to be cheerleaders. What most people don’t know, is that this song was originally written for Backstreet Boys by producer Max Martin but was rejected for reasons unknown. The song turns out to be one of the most successful single in the history of music and ended up remodeling the pop industry as we know it. We wonder what would happen if Backstreet Boys didn’t reject the song?
All My Life by K-Ci & Jojo
‘All My Life’ was on daily rotation once upon a time. In the era of pretty boy bands, you can say that K-Ci & Jojo has set a standard for the others to follow. Groups like K-Ci & Jojo may have influenced many Malaysian musicians to follow their style, notably groups like Innuendo and VE, but was sadly buried together with other forgettable love ballads that sounded similar to this one. Funnily enough, Bruno Mars’ ‘Versace On The Floor’ went back to this era and style. Wonder what’s really brewing now eh?
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) by Backstreet Boys
To mark their return to the scene for their second album, Backstreet Boys pulled the most 90s thing to date: a music video of them at a haunted house hosting some sort of a dance off. Though no abrupt changes happened in between the 1st and 2nd record, the return felt like a long time coming. They didn’t pull an AC/DC, but it’s good enough to keep your Alien Workshop-wearing past selves bop to its beat.
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
This timeless piece played a major role in making the Titanic movie a grandeur masterpiece. The song helped cement Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet)’s love story as a memorable one in cinema history, all thanks to Celine Dion’s intense vocal performance. 20 years passed, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ is often used as a meme track for dramatic last minute goals by gigantic English football teams.
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
For a pop punk band, Green Day sure wrote a lot of slow melancholic songs. Other than ‘21 Guns’ and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, the punk otais will be remembered for ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) as the soundtrack of 1998. I mean, in the alternative punk sphere, it was the biggest song from a punk band then, and will always be remembered as an iconic Green Day track by old and new fans alike.
The Way by Fastball
Fastball is no Oasis, or Goo Goo Dolls, but their song ‘The Way’ left a big mark in 1998. Other than its obvious catchy hook suitable for post-drinking singalongs at the dodgy alley parking lot, ‘The Way’ was a hit because of its eerie backstory. Fastball’s Tony Scalzo admitted that the song was inspired by the death of an elderly couple who left home to attend Pioneer Day Festival, just to wind up dead at the bottom of a ravine in Arkansas. Up to this day, no one really knows what happened, but the single remains a classic hit.
Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
Natalie Imbruglia’s award-winning version of ‘Torn’ was the heartbroken track of that summer. No many knew who Natalie Imbruglia was before, but ‘Torn’ blew up unexpectedly, giving then-teenage girls a shoulder to cry on. If Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ was their rollout song sequence, ‘Torn’ was their crying-to-sleep anthem after being ditched by a Brad, or a Justin.
Thubthumping by Chumbawamba
For most Malaysians, this is the song is familiar but because of the band’s weird-sounding name and song title, most of us would just pass it as ‘that’ song that the TV always played. For FIFA fans, ‘Thubthumping’ brings back so many memories of the early console days. Sadly, Chumbawamba will always be remembered for ‘Thubthumping’ after a short lived effort to stardom.