The Nineties and the Noughties: Celebrating the Best of Childhood Music

Inspired by the fantastic news that S Club 7 have reunited for Children in Need, I decided to put together a collection of the best late 90s and early 2000s tunes to get any party started (or to get you in the mood for a night at Ocean or the cheese room in Oceana, of course).

S Club Party – There ain’t no party like an S Club party, so stick this on and get your dancing shoes on.


Sk8er Boi – You know you know all the words, sing along and rock out like old school Avril.


I Want It That Way – You can’t have a 90s playlist without at least one boyband, and Backstreet Boys are one of the best.


5,6,7,8 – If you don’t know the moves, shame on you. Get someone to teach you, because that’s just embarrassing.


Whenever, Wherever – Shake those hips to the Columbian queen Shakira.


Lose Yourself – If you don’t know the words, pretend you do. You’re a superstar rapper as soon as you hear this tune.


Crazy in Love – Shake ya booty like Beyonce to this absolute classic.


Hey Ya – Outkast had to make an appearance on this list.


Hollaback Girl – Badass Gwen says it how it is, and teachers us how to spell at the same time. This shit IS bananas, get your sass on ladies.


Keep on Movin’ – Another boyband appearance, flying the flag for the Brits this time for 5ive.


Wannabe – I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I WANT, WHAT I REALLY REALLY WANT: a bit of Spice Girls on this playlist please.


Genie in a Bottle – Baby Christina singing her little heart out, pure classic.


Oops! I Did it Again – Of course the princess of pop was going to make an appearance.


Leave (Get Out) – Another girl power classic, JoJo taking no crap from any boy.


Cry Me a River – Oh JT, ultimate heart throb of many a 90s girl’s childhood.


All The Small Things – Blink 182, the godfathers of pop punk and the epitome of the genre in the 90s.


Hero – What a sing-a-long tune, get emotional over the idea of Enrique being your hero.


All Star – It might remind you of Shrek more than anything, but either way it’s a fantastic song, get your game on, go play!


Barbie Girl – Life in plastic is fantastic, haven’t you heard? (I know you have)


C’est La Vie – A bit of Irish dancing anyone?


I wouldn’t recommend this as a revision or work playlist; the urge to get up, dance, and sing all the words is too much to resist. For a party though I hope I’ve given you some inspiration! Get people to get dressed up in the, er, wonderfully interesting fashion of the fabulous 90s and get properly immersed in the nostalgia for an even better experience.


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Edited by Amelia Bauer-Madden