It’s interesting to go back and see what songs were popular 20 years ago. There are bands that have continued to make new music and bands that have fallen away and left behind only one song.
I was in my Junior/ Senior year of high school when these songs were released and I feel like Limp Bizkit’s Nookie was the theme song for the year of ’99. Love it or hate it, Nookie was the first single from the album Significant Other and helped earn the band a slew of accolades:
- Significant Other was certified 7× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). That’s 7 million copies by the way.
- Nookie went to number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 31, 1999 and was on the chart for 11 weeks.
- Nookie was number 6 on the Mainstream Rock chart
- Number 3 on the Alternative Songs chart
- During the summer of 1999, Nookie went to number 1 on MTV’s Total Request Live multiple times.
- Earned the band their 1st Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance (lost to Metallica’s Whiskey In The Jar)
Below are just a few songs that turn 20 this year!
Lit – My Own Worst Enemy
Released in March of 1999 as the lead single from the band’s album A Place In the Sun. The song’s success helped the album become certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in October of 1999 for sales of 1.3 million copies in the US.
Incubus – Pardon Me
Released as the first single from the 1999 album Make Yourself, Pardon Me helped the album reach double platinum status by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA) for sales of over 2 million.
Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Learn to Fly came as the first single off the band’s 3rd album There Is Nothing Left to Lose and earned a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, directed by Jesse Peretz.
Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Released on the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles, “Guerrilla Radio” earned Rage a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The track was also featured on the video games Tony Hawk’s Pr Skater 2, Madden NFL 10, and Guitar Hero Live.