Were you a kid/tween/teen in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s? Did you love pop music as much as Helga G. Pataki loved Arnold? Did you commute to school? Did you listen to music on the way to and from school? Did you ever listen to CDs on the way to and from school? If your answered all five Qs with a "Totally for sure," then this is the list for you!
(If you answered any of the Qs with an "As if," I ask you this: Do you like awesome jams? Of course you do. So you might as well stick around for this list, because it is a bonafide jamfest.)
I've rounded up some of the most important late '90s/early '00s pop CDs that made the walk to school/the drive to school/the bus ride to school/the bike ride to school/the skateboard ride to school/the rollerblade ride to school/the Razor scooter ride to school better that we ever thought possible. CDs that took the school commute to the next level. Whether you crushed tunes on a Discman or on a single-disc car stereo, these pop CDs were always ready to bring the pre- and post-school music fire.
1. Space Jam OST
This CD—especially the Quad City DJ track—could turn any I-don't-want-to-go-to-school-today frown upside down.
2. Christina Aguilera's Christina Aguilera
Raise your hand if you've ever accidentally started singing along with “I Turn To You” on a crowded school bus. Come on, don't be embarrassed. Put that hand up. We've all been there!
3. Hanson's Middle of Nowhere
No CD collection is complete without it.
4. Usher's My Way
*Dances all the way home from the bus stop.*
5. No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom
Just like Cher and Dionne!
6. Coyote Ugly OST
Whether or not you were allowed to see the PG-13 movie, you definitely owned a copy of the soundtrack.
7. Now That’s What I Call Music!
In a pre-iPod Shuffle world, this compilation of hits was a gift from the music gods.
8. Aqua's Aquarium
Who hasn’t choreographed a car dance routine to “Dr. Jones," am I right?
9. The Lion King OST
“Hakuna Matata” was always an outstanding choice for math test days.
10. Mariah Carey's Daydream
*Closes eyes* *Pretends school bus is roller coaster* *Lip syncs along with "Fantasy*
11. Selena's Dreaming of You
Welp, I’m weeping.
12. All That: The Album
An essential purchase for any Nickelodeon fan.
13. Weird Al Yankovic's Bad Hair Day
A carpool classic.
14. Britney Spears's …Baby One More Time
15. Smash Mouth's Astro Lounge
Anyone who tells you "All Star" isn't a solid pick-me-up after a long day of taking standardized exams is lying to you.
16. Monica's The Boy is Mine
Monica’s cover of “Angel of Mine": Not just for school dances!
17. TLC’s CrazySexyCool
On the bus ride home from school, you'd share your headphones with your seatmate and laugh out loud at track number 12.
18. Jewel's Pieces of You
*Plays “Foolish Games” on repeat.*
19. *NSYNCs' *NSYNC
20. Spice Girls' Spice
Duh, part two.
21. Backstreet Boys' Backstreet’s Back
Duh, part three.
22. Destiny’s Child's The Writing’s On the Wall
Duh, part four.
*~WoWzErS~* The only thing this late '90s pop playlist is missing is a tube of Art Stuff roll-on body glitter.