Pop music is almost always a pretty driving force in the music industry, and sometimes it's so widespread that we remember the words to songs we haven't heard in years (and maybe don't even like).
Seriously, if I never hear this song again it'll be too soon.
The 90s in particular gave the music world some of its biggest acts, with the boy band craze of groups like Backstreet Boys and *Nsync existing comfortably alongside pop starlets like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The hooks were catchy and the productions were huge, and that's well before we get to the music videos.
The thing is, we sometimes forget that for a solid chunk of the decade, the 90s' biggest hits weren't pop music at all. The early 90s saw massive success for two drastically different genres of music; grunge, a new form of rock music popularized by bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, and gangsta rap, a leaner, more aggressive form of hip-hop popularized by artists like N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan and 2pac.
Pop music was going to need an overhaul if it was going to start topping the charts again. We all know that it got one, but did you know that it was largely thanks to one guy?
That's right, the catchiest and most iconic pop music of the 90s came about thanks to a Swedish songwriter named Karl Martin Sandberg, better known as Max Martin.