When I stopped listening to just my parents’ “oldies” music and got into the pop that all my friends liked. That was 1997. That was :
Backstreet Boys ; Third Eye Blind ; Spice Girls ; Janet Jackson ; Sugar Ray ; Usher ; Notorious B.I.G ; Mark Morrison ; R. Kelly ; Monica ; LeAnn Rimes ; Savage Garden ; Elton John ; Robyn ; Aqua ; Paula Cole ; Celine Dion ; Sheryl Crow ; Chumbawamba ; Seal
I’m sure I’m vaguely knew contemporary music before, but this was the year that I committed to it. The year that I cared. This was the year that produced most of songs from NOW (That’s what I call music) Volume 1.
That was TWENTY years ago. Damn. I’m old. But I don’t even care. The late 90s are producing nothing but auditory ecstasy and endorphins.