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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 02:00

1997 Behind The Music | 90s Music For Your Wedding Playlist

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The Backstreet Boys release "Everybody" in the summer of 1997, and it's still just as hot 20 years later at Charleston weddings. The Backstreet Boys release "Everybody" in the summer of 1997, and it's still just as hot 20 years later at Charleston weddings. L. Busacca

The music of the 90s has been seeing a tremendous nostalgia period in recent years, much like the 80s sort of saw about 10 years ago. When I sit down with my brides and grooms these days, I am seeing more and more 90s music put into their playlists, with some 80s tunes sprinkled throughout.  If you really analyze the music of the 90s, it spans all genres. You've got a lot of pop, some R&B, rap, hip-hop, alternative grunge, rock and more. This blog post focuses on the year 1997. Depending on your age, you might begin to feel a little old (like I did) as I began the research for this blog.  It's hard to believe that all of the songs listed on this post are turning TWENTY this year. And I might add that a lot of these songs that are going to be showcased in this post have grown into classics and floorfillers and heard at so many Charleston weddings. As a professional wedding DJ, it's a passion of mine to study music and collect it that I can feel can be used for my weddings. I find myself visiting record stores all the time trying to locate hard-to-find gems. All in all, the 90s were an awesome decade "musically", so I hope you enjoy this first instlalment. Trust me, I think you'll be adding some of these classic from 1997 to your very own wedding playlist. Crank them up as you browse and we celebrate their 20th birthday.

Before I get into the music, let's take a brief history lesson about some of the events of 1997. Princess Diana is tragically killed in a car accident, Biggie smalls was murdered after leaving an event shortly before his 25th birthday, the Titanic broke records at the box office and Pokemon is introduced for the very first time. Now, for a time warp back to the year 1997.

1. "Wanna-Be" | Spice Girls
The break-out debut single of this all-girl British group. It's been known to have been thrown on for a bride and her bridesmaids.

2. "Hypnotize" | Notorious B.I.G
Released on March 1, 1997, just 8 days before Biggie would be gunned down in a drive-by shooting, this track still fills the floor, and should be added into your 90s category on your wedding playlist.

3. "MMMBop" | Hanson
The debut track from their album "Middle Of Nowhere", this song was being sung in many cars and offices when it was released in the spring of 1997. Go ahead, add it onto your wedding playlist over at the Historic Rice Mill.


4. "Return Of The Mack" | Mark Morrison
An instant platinum seller, this track was released in Great Britain in March 1996, but it wasn't until the summer of 1997, it hit Number 2 on Hot 100 in the United States. You won't be sorry by adding this 90s classic.

5. "No Diggity" | Blackstreet
Featuring Dr Dre and Queen Pen, Blackstreet  reached number 1 down under in New Zealand, and thankfully knocked the Macarena off a 14 week stand at number 1 on the Hot 100. <sigh>

6. "Da Dip" | Freak Nasty
One of the finest hip hop songs of 1997. Certified gold in April of 1997. Listen below, and then add it into your own wedding playlist.

7. "Tubthumping" | Chumbawamba
The biggest one-hit wonder of 1997 by far.  Have you DJ play it at your own risk. I have seen lots of people get "knocked down" when it gets mixed in.

8. "It's Your Love | Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Perfect for a slow dance. This country couple knocked it out of the park with a beautiful country song in 1997. Take a listen below and find out why it hit number 1 after five weeks on the chart.

9. "Pony" | Ginuwine
A true gem from 1997 that could be thrown shortly before the night ends.

10. "Let Me Clear My Throat" | DJ Kool
Another mighty fine hip-hop tune from the mid 90s that still gets people up and on the dance floor.

11. "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" | Paula Cole
Paula Cole. Now there is a name that was HUGE in 1997 and nominated for the best female video at the MTV Awards.

12. "All For You" | Sister Hazel
Reaching #11 on the Us Billboard Hot 100 charts, this song has the perfect vibe for your cocktail hour. 

13. "Where Do You Go" | No Mercy
Eurodance and dance-op hit the airwaves in the mid 90s with this cover of the LaBouche hit from 1994.

14. "I Love YoU Always Forever" | Donna Lewis
This would be a perfect song for your dinner hour, and if you are really into Donna Lewis, I invite you to check out her duet with 80s heart-throb Richard Marx.


15. "Desperately Wanting" | Better Than Ezra
If you are looking to add a great alterative twist into your wedding playlist, throw this on during your cocktail hour. It'd be perfect, I promise. :)

16. "Walking On The Sun" | Smashmouth
Another great choice for a 90s cocktail hour playlist. It reached #1 in 1997.

17. "Secret Garden" | Bruce Springsteen
"You had me at hello". Come on. Jerry Maguire was only one of the most romantic movies of the 90s. ;)

18. "Everybody" | Backstreet Boys
Released June 30, 1997, I still cannot believe that this song is now 20 years old. It might be just ONE year away from the legal drinking age, but it still gets people out on the dance floor. 

19. "Love Rollercoaster" | Red Hot Chili Peppers
This might be one of the best cover songs from 1997. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did an excellent job on this 1975 classic by the Ohio Players.

20. "Candle In The Wind / Something About The Way You Look Tonight" | Elton John
The late summer of 1997 saw incredible tragedy as Princess Diana was killed in a car accident. Elton John reworked "Candle In The Wind" for Diana and shortly after in the fall of 1997, "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" was released.

And there you have it, I hope you enjoyed this brief time warp back to the year 1997. The timewarp mobile has safely landed and you have arrived back to 2017. Check back to the blog for more of these Behind The Musics for certain years. If you are ready to begin scultping the perfect playlist for your Charleston wedding, you should read over my blog thoroughly, as well as my Frequently Asked Questions, and click HERE so we can talk.

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