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20 Immediately Recognizable Songs That You Won't See On Any Of Those "Songs Turning 20" Lists

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It's the start of a new year, which means it's time to be reminded about how old we're getting by looking at all the iconic songs and movies we loved that will be turning 20 years old in 2018. And yes, I 100% ugly cried while reading both those lists.

Live footage of me, at work, realizing just how old I am.CBS

But memory's a funny thing, and we tend to only remember the best of the best (or the worst of the worst), so plenty of things that we loved still end up getting forgotten. Luckily, you've got us here to remind you of the songs that other "X Things Turning 20" lists won't have. You're welcome.

1. "Ray Of Light" - Madonna

Funnily enough, this song was actually Madonna's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 (at #5), but it still gets overshadowed by, well, basically everything else that came out that year, including one of her other singles, "Frozen."

2. "When The Lights Go Out" - Five

As far as '90s boy bands go, Five tends to get the short end of the stick. Sure we all remember *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys, but we always forget about Five, even though they gave us bangers like "Slam Dunk Da Funk" and this:

3. "Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz

To be fair, considering he also released his iconic cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman" that same year, it's not that surprising this song ended up slipping our minds.

4. "Better Best Forgotten" - Steps

While some things are better best forgotten, this song isn't one of them. Also if you ever needed to define the '90s in a single music video, you've got a perfect example right here.

5. "Crush" - Jennifer Paige

This isn't the first time I've tried to remind the world about this criminally underrated song, but apparently my work is never done since there are still way too many people who don't remember this song existed.

6. "When You're Gone" - Bryan Adams feat. Mel C

They gave us the '90s music mashup we never knew we needed, then we paid them back by forgetting it ever happened.

7. "Are You Jimmy Ray" - Jimmy Ray

Jimmy Ray asked "who wants to know about me" and the answer apparently was "no one," because that's who remembers this song.

8. "The Mummer's Dance" - Loreena McKennitt

When it comes to '90s Celtic singers, most people are only going to remember Enya, but Loreena McKennitt's "The Mummer's Dance" was one of Billboard's picks for 1998's "Year-End Hot 100" so at least she's got that going for her.

9. "Millennium" - Robbie Williams

While it technically came out two years early for the millennium itself, every single New Year's party on December 31, 1999 played this song at least once to help usher in the year 2000.

10. "Shimmer" - Fuel

Honestly, the '90s were the best time to be a teenager, because nothing has ever expressed angst as well as the rock bands of that decade did. I practically get goosebumps hearing this song again, because all those feels just come right back.

But there was more to '90s music than just angsty rock...

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