What the Songs From 1995 Said To You

We The Pvblic

Yes. It has been 20 years. #nostalgia + #cassettetapes = ?

1Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio ft LV

Listed no. 69 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time and the number one biggest selling single of 1995 on U.S.Billboard. The song has sold 5.7 million worldwide and was included in the original soundtrack of the movie “Dangerous Minds”

Why this song spoke to you? 

Remember anxiety issues and puberty rage? Treating highschool as a one big ghetto hood of homies wearing loose pants, loose shirt, loose everything? Well, this was it. Don’t forget the yellow tim boots.

2Waterfalls – TLC

The song was written by band member Lisa “Left Eye Lopez” (RIP) with Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noise for TLC’s second Album Crazy Sexy Cool. The song spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 100, giving the group their second U.S. number one.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because this song has some kind of fifty shades of black magic into it. By the time you press play, there’s no turning back. L.S.S. is TLC’s curse. Singing and slow grinding to this song makes you chill.

3On Bended Knee – Boys II Men

This song was the number one hit single from this year under the Motown label.  The song reached number one on the Hot 100 Airplay and number two on the Hot Single Sales. It stayed at number one for a total of six weeks.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because you wrote this song’s lyrics with a scented pen. #pandaballpen

4This is How we do it – Montell Jordan

This song made it to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-hop Singles & Tracks and number one on the Rythmic Top 40.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because you grinded to this in front of your teachers on all school parties. It was also the official soundtrack of all the English Week, Reading Week, P.E. Week Interlevel dance contests. Second to “Get Down” by the Backstreet Boys.

5You Gotta be – Des’ree

This song was featured in the films The Next Karate Kid and The Object of My Affection. It was also used in a special promo for PBS Kids shown every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day between 1999 to 2004. The song was used in one of Good Morning America’s Ad Campaign, Ford Focus Advert (year 2000) and in a Breil TVC (1996).

Why this song spoke to you?

SONG LYRICS: “you gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be…”

Because when you’re friend tried to light you a cigarette, asked you to cut class and get drunk back then, there was Des’ree telling you something else.

6Colors of the Wind – Vanessa Williams

The song was written for Walt Disney Pictures‘ 33rd animated feature film Pocahontas. The film’s theme song, “Colors of the Wind” was originally recorded by American singer and actress Judy Kuhn in her role as the singing voice of Pocahontas. American recording artist Vanessa Williams‘ cover of the song was released as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack on March 23, 1995.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because up to this moment you still don’t know the answers to these questions. “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned? Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?” And how come rainstorm and the rivers were her brothers anyway?

I Could Fall In Love – SelenaSelena

This song is from her fifth studio album, Dreaming of You released posthumously by EMI Latin on June 26, 1995. “I Could Fall in Love” and “Tú Sólo Tú” were the album’s lead promotional recordings, showcasing her musical transition from Spanish- to English-language songs.

Why this song spoke to you?

Remember adolescence? When you’re staring at your bedroom window looking at the raindrops crawling on the pane pretending to be sad. This was it.

7Til I hear it From You – Gin Blossoms

This track was released as the lead single from the soundtrack to the film Empire Records in August 1995. In January 1996 the track was re-released as a double-A side single with the track “Follow You Down“. Billboard magazine described “Til I Hear It from You” as “the closest thing to a perfect pop song to hit radio in recent memory” lauding its “breezy and wonderfully infectious melody, the boy-needs-girl lyrics, and the earnest execution.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because you still have that one highschool crush you are still searching on Facebook. #gotcha

8You Oughta Know – Alanis Morisette

This song was released as the lead single on July 7, 1995 from her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill. Alanis and Ballard co-wrote the song with the latter producing it, whilst musicians Flea and Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers played bass and guitar on the track.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because you were listening to this on your walkman when you mixed few gins in the juice bowl of your highschool prom. Hashtag cool.

9I believe – Blessed Union of Souls

This song was the reason of success of the band’s first studio Album “Home”. The song popularized the band with local-area DJs and became one of their greatest hits.

Why this song spoke to you?

Because this was the soundtrack of your life when your brother accidentally flushed your pet goldfish in the toilet. #RIP

10You are not alone – Michael Jackson

This song holds a Guinness World Record as the first song in the 37-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one; it was later certified platinum by the RIAA. The song peaked highly in all major markets. “You Are Not Alone” was Michael Jackson’s 13th and last number one hit song in the United States during his lifetime. The track is co-written and produced by R. Kelly.

Why this song spoke to you?

Remember those moments when the campus guard doesn’t want to let you in because you arrived late on a Monday and the flag ceremony just started? This was it, when M.J. was your only friend.