Here are the Billboard Charts top 10 songs of Dec. 31, 1999:
1."Believe" — Cher
2 "No Scrubs" — TLC
3 "Angel of Mine" — Monica
4 "Heartbreak Hotel" — Whitney Houston featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
5 "...Baby One More Time" — Britney Spears
6 "Kiss Me" — Sixpence None the Richer
7 "Genie in a Bottle" — Christina Aguilera
8 "Every Morning" — Sugar Ray
9 "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" — Deborah Cox
10 "Livin' la Vida Loca" — Ricky Martin
And here are the must sung about elements in all 10 songs
When we did this analysis for Billboard's top 10 country songs of 2014, there was 10/10 mentions of "girls", 8/10 mentions of "alcohol" and 7/10 mentions of "sex." Surprisingly, 1999 wasn't quite as homogenized as today's corn-fed hits, as "love" is one of three biggest reoccurring themes, coming in with just 5/10 mentions.
Tying with love, time is also a major theme in the hits of the pre-millenium track list. "It takes time to believe," sings Cher in "Believe". "I don't want none of your time," TLC belts in "Scrubs", and Monica's "Angel of Mine," professes: "I'm checkin' for ya, boy you're right on time." Hear that? Time is truly of the essence.
Perhaps one of the most uttered terms of endearment in song history, "baby" in reference to a significant other is uttered in half the songs on this list. And of course the most notable example comes in the form of Britney Spears' schoolgirl-clad anthem, "Hit me Baby (One More Time)".
Usually in reference to love, as in "Now I know why they say the best things are free," or Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle": "Baby there's a price to pay..." monetary themes were valued in 1999.
Tying with money, sex is also a hot topic in turn-of-the-century jams. But just like our country hits analysis, it's usually hinted at, but not said explicitly. Monica's "Angel of Mine" sings: "Last night the way you moved is still on my mind..." On the dance floor? In the kitchen chopping onions? Hell no, this is hanky-panky talk, for sure.
Singers in 1999 were feeling lonely, and taking to their emotional ballads to emulate such. "You're going to be the lonely one," Cher threatens in "Believe", "My loneliness is killing me," Britney Spears iconically wails, and Christina Aguilera also references a multitude of lonely nights: "For a century of lonely nights..."
It's important! Maybe we all need a little reminder sometimes to keep that oxygenation flowing!
Surely a pure coincidence (or is it?) but 1999 boasts two songs (#9 and #10) on their top list that reference black animals. Deborah Cox's "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" mentions a black butterfly, and Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca" mentions a black cat. Meow.