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Grown Up: Music

Boy bands like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys have been replaced with the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. While both artists have appeal, the music industry, as a whole, has lost its taste for high quality music.

In 1994, the greatest love song was released. “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery has become the song many newly married couples share a dance to on their wedding night.

People across the nation began to dance the “Macarena” in 1995 while TLC released “Waterfalls” and gave female R&B stars a new image.

The following year, the Spice Girls made everyone “Wannabe” a part of their first album as it became an anthem for young girls in 1996.

Both country and pop seemed to prosper in 1997, as songs like “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes and “Quit Playing Games with my Heart” by Backsteet Boys graced the airwaves

For the best music though, we must examine 1998, which produced several songs that have found their way to my iPod list more than a decade after. Songs like “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” by Aerosmith, “Good Riddance” by Greenday, “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain, “Tearin up my Heart,” by *NSYNC, “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo, “This Kiss” by Faith Hill and, of course, my favorite, “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain will always be known to me as the greatest songs ever released.

Not only did artists capture a tune that will always be remembered but many can relate to the lyrics of such songs.

1998 seemed to be the pinnacle of music as 1999 ushered in mediocre songs that has continued to decline over the years. The relatable lyrics have now become lyrics about sex, drugs and alcohol.

As a new millennium began, it has been evident that pop culture and music as a whole can not compare to the way it was when we were growing up.

Today, music is either made for the very young and thus unrelatable to teens or the stereotyped teen that wants to listen to music about drugs, alcohol and sex.

There is no in between area that provides music that is both clean and relatable .

Both situations add up to one thing; the music industry needs to gain it’s old taste back and return to a time with all around good quality.

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