The best musical type in the entire universe is that which was released in the 90s and belonged to the pop gesture. Fact.
As an avid bubblegum pop fan you believe that this genre has it all. Snazzy lyrics, feel good beats, sound effects, and let’s not underestimate the importance of a good accompanying dance routine.
Your collection was varied, and your love intense. You were obsessed with everything from Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, A1, LFO, S Club 7 and even Aaron Carter made it on to your cassette collection.
1. It was a golden age
Any music you listened to sitting on your inflatable chair, guzzling Sunny D in your crop top, jeans and jelly shoes is automatically amazing.
2. So much choice
When it came to what you splurged your pocket money on in Woolies every Saturday morning you only had one requirement – that it belonged to the pop genre.
As a result you spent weekends shimmying away to your cassettes of Spice Girls, Britney, 5ive, 911 and Aqua.
Barbie Girl was officially YOUR anthem.
3. You slayed every dancefloor
Every dancefloor was a prime opportunity to strut your stuff.
You knew all of the moves to Tragedy by Steps and quite frankly that’s all that mattered.
As this was the time before YouTube it meant that you had to record the video off Saturday morning kids’ tv and re-watch it in order to pick up all the steps.
4. British or American?
You loved how versatile bubblegum pop was, and that both sides of the Atlantic served up a whole heap of musical delights.
5ive or Backstreet Boys? S Club 7 or N*Sync? Britney or Geri?
It didn’t matter what you opted for, because it was all just bloody amazing.
5. Boy Bands = THE BEST
Forget about these new acts like One Direction and The Wanted, because they had nothing on the likes of New Kids On The Block, A1 and, of course, Hanson.
6. Girl Power
Arguably the biggest gem in the whole of the bubblegum genre was Spice Girls, and basically the real reason to be proud to be British.
You knew all the songs, full names, and pet peeves of all five girls.
You’ll even forgive the movie, because it was the 90s, and the 90s could do no wrong.
7. Britney or Christina?
Forget about the intense rivalry between Oasis and Blur fans, because for you the only thing that mattered was if someone was a Britney fan or a Christina fan.
This was the biggest deciding factor on whether or not you would become friends with someone.
You were, of course, a Britney fan all the way!!
8. TOTP was amazing
Friday nights were all about watching TOTP with the subtitles on so that you could learn all the lyrics.
You always dreamed of being an audience member, but your parents were having none of it.
9. Other music couldn’t compare
Nirvana who? R.E.M what? Erm Greenday?
If it wasn’t bubblegum pop it wouldn’t even register on your radar. End of.
10. So much memorabilia
T-shirts, chocolate bars, frisbees, socks, even lollipops.
Whatever had a 90s pop star’s face on it, you simply had to have it.
If only you actually looked after it, you probably could have made yourself a small fortune by flogging it on eBay now.
11. Nothing compares to it
Even new acts like Little Mix and Fifth Harmony have NOTHING on the greatness of acts like B*Witched.
Can Jesse from Little Mix inspire you to learn an Irish jig? No, no she can not.
12. Guilty mixtapes
Even now 90s bubblegum pop is your go to music of choice during any journey, house party and karaoke selection.
You don’t care if people remark that you are cheesy, because as far as you’re concerned they are just jealous.
Sure, you never got all the sexual innuendos, and you never realised the true meaning of BOOM BOOM BOOM as a wee young ‘un, but all you knew that your one goal in life was to join them on stage one day.
14. Magazine collection = strong
Before the internet you existed you relied solely on actual printed stuff to get news and info.
This led to you amassing a small mountain of Smash Hits magazine so that you could get the latest gossip on your pop heroes.
You felt like Christmas had come early whenever the free item was printed song lyrics.
15. Concerts were magical
There were flashing headbands, neon whistles, feather boas, platform shoes and then a VHS would come out 6 months later so you could relive the entire experience.