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Britney's K-Mart Costume and 14 Other Facts You Didn't Know About The Biggest Hits Of The '90s

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There are tons of songs that we've heard about a million times back in the 90s, but a lot of them have interesting stories behind them that usually don't go public until years later. Here are just a few examples.

Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

The title of the song came from Bikini Kill member Kathleen Hanna, who wrote "Kurt smells like teen spirit" on the singer's apartment wall while completely drunk. She was referring to a brand of deodorant that he had never heard of.

Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Baby Got Back"

Ever wonder how rap videos get all of their booty-shaking dancers? In this case, the video's director took pictures of each dancer's butt and sent them to Mix-A-Lot himself, who got final approval. Some people demand pictures of Spiderman, but he demanded pictures of butts.

Garbage - "#1 Crush"

The female moans you hear in the background are actually Madonna's. They're sampled from her song "Bedtime Story."

Right Said Fred - "I'm Too Sexy"

Turns out the band didn't think they were actually that sexy; the whole song was a parody of people they would see while at the gym.

Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On"

Arguably the singer's biggest hit of all time thanks to the immense popularity of Titanic. Turns out she had no interest in the song whatsoever and had to be coaxed into it by producer Tommy Mottola. She nailed it in a single take.

Sinéad O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U"

The song was actually written and recorded by Prince for a side project. Somehow we're less than surprised.

Green Day - "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)"

One of the most overplayed songs of all time thanks to people interpreting it as nostalgic, turns out it was actually about Billie Joe Armstrong's bitterness over his girlfriend breaking up with him and moving to Ecuador.

These next couple are pretty surprising...

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