By Angeline Cheng
Long before we let Lady Gaga take us on the edge of glory, made Katy Perry our teenage dream, and wrote Taylor Swift on the blank space in our hearts, every '90s baby (including us!) has gone super cray-cray on some of these iconic female singers that surely made up most of our childhood #GirlPower playlist.
And while we don’t see some of these idols as much in the limelight anymore, we can’t deny the fact that they once shed a blinding light in the music industry, and that surely made up our double 0’s really unforgettable.
Let’s take a trip down to memory lane and reminisce the times that got us super obsessed with these pop icons, shall we?
1. Britney Spears
Who didn’t worship the Princess of Pop? Britney Jean Spears has made millions of school girls groove to her fun, sexy, and dance-worthy songs. Hey, we won’t judge you if you’re still madly in love with Britney after all these years (because we sure are!) Okay, enough worshipping our forever girl crush, Britney. Oops, we did it again!
2. Avril Lavigne
No one unleashed our inner emo side better than Avril Lavigne’s tracks. Nobody's Home? You’re heartless if you didn’t even shed a tear. Also, who didn’t steal their father’s necktie to cop Avril’s signature necktie-on-a-sleeveless-shirt style? We’re kinda guilty.
3. Christina Aguilera
Singer impressions aren’t complete without Christina Aguilera on the list. This diva made sure her name is forever imprinted in our minds as far as vocal prowess is concerned. Power belter who?
4. Mariah Carey
When you say whistle, Mariah will give you that darn whistle without even breaking a sweat. And the music videos? Iconic. She really has every right to ask “Why you so obsessed with me?”
After deciding to split up from her original group, Destiny’s Child, Queen Beyonce struck everyone’s hearts with her tear-jerking and groove-inducing songs as well as her powerful voice. We’re so crazy in love with her that we really can’t blame you if that “To the left, to the left” has got you on LSS for days. Or even years.
6. The Pussycat Dolls
No one dare contest when we say that The Pussycat Dolls craze got everyone wild. From their sultry Buttons up to the forever iconic Jai Ho which has taken the world by storm, Nicole Scherzinger and her pack surely made us swear that when we grow up, we wanna be famous, we wanna be a star… Well, you know the rest.
7. Michelle Branch
Pop rock songs are a major thing of the 2000s era, and Michelle Branch truly nailed the genre. With the right amount of grudge and angst to her songs, she truly is everywhere to us (especially in our playlists.)
8. Kelly Clarkson
If you didn’t sing your hearts and lungs out to Because of You, then girl, are you even on Earth? Our very first American Idol Kelly Clarkson made us cry over her songs that we put on repeat after a heartbreak that we thought was true love (insert eye roll here.)
9.) Hilary Duff
Hilary’s songs may already seem so yesterday (pun intended,) but no one can mess with the fact that this idol has been one of our dream girls! A Cinderella Story? The Lizzie McGuire Movie? Okay, don’t get us started on enumerating the movies that made us love her even more.
10. Mandy Moore
Who could forget this angel who made us swoon with her sweet and soothing vocals? Well, that of course, is only secondary to how she made us fell in love with her character in the crowd favorite romantic drama movie, A Walk to Remember. Did you know that she also dubbed Rapunzel in the Disney movie, Tangled? This girl will always be our only hope.
The sweet, angelic voices of Marion and Marit (hence, M2M) make us feel in love and heartbroken at the same time! Puppy love theme songs? We definitely heard you, M2M!
12. Spice Girls
Victoria Beckham, Mel B., Melanie C, Geri Halliwell, and Emma Bunton, A.K.A. the Spice Girls, made every '90s gal living the #UltimateGirlGroup dream with their young and carefree music. And yes, if their Wannabe track didn’t make it into your gal pal pajama party playlist, then we can’t relate.
The music realm is ever-changing and ever-evolving, and while we are now completely on a whole new era of music genres, we’ll be forever happy knowing that these female singers gave life and meaning to being a '90s baby! Cheers to the stellar ‘00s era of music!
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