To all the 90s kids out there, do you remember when there were only a few English songs we had heard and we had it on our DVDs? Marshmallow and Jay- Z didn’t even exist then and we were in love with Akon’s style. Though we couldn’t grasp the lyrics, still we used to sing incorrect but with full confidence. Kids nowadays can never understand how cool it was then if you had heard these English songs and cooler if you knew the lyrics or at least do the lip-sync.
Well, here are the 10 most loved English songs by the 90s Indian kids and which introduced them to the western music:
1. To Brazil – Vengaboys
As a 90s kid myself, for a very long time, I thought that the song is just music with the word “Brazil” put here and there. And like most of us, I just shouted the only word every time it came in the song.
2. Ketchup Song (Spanglish Version)
Though the song is still incomprehensible to me, the dance step of the song impressed me and all the other kids like me. Kids those days loved to dance on this song because the steps were cool.
3. Barbie Girl – Aqua
It was every 90s girls’ favorite song. Whether one had a Barbie or not, every little used to dance with her doll on “I’m a Barbie girl…”
4. Who let the dogs out – Baha Men
The dog song, no matter how weird it was, it was a sensation for the kids back then. Everybody was a big fan of the song and the dogs.
5. Whenever Wherever – Shakira
The first song which made us fall in love with Shakira, or rather introduced us to Shakira. The song, the visuals and the music, everything about this song was mind-blowing.
6. Waka Waka – Shakira
“This time for Africa”, very few of us knew that it was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Very later in our life, we realized this, but we were head over heels in love with this song.
7. Smack That – Akon
Akon’s song which made us all his big fan. Kids who had heard that song made it a point to let others know, how cool they were.
8. Right Now (Na Na Na)- Akon
Another Akon song which made us fall in love with him. While everyone had their own version of words in the song, we all settled, for one thing, this was the first love or heartbroken English song for 90s Indian kids.
9. Tonight I’m Loving You – Enrique Iglesias
Enrique made his way into our hearts through this song. While the visuals were inappropriate for us we were way too young, but still, we managed to watch it somehow and tell other kids proudly.
10. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
The first love English song of our generation. This song from Titanic made us cry after watching the film and we came to know that English songs are not all meaningless shouting, some as deep.