90s

We Finally Know What Happened To The Four Mambos Before Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5"

Most of us had no idea what a "mambo" (honestly, many still don't know) was before German singer Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5 ( A Little Bit Of...)" hit the airwaves in 1999. The catchy song was played on every radio station, and at every middle school dance and wedding you attended at the time. If you were named Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary, or Jessica, you loved the song even more than everyone else because your name was a part of the lyrics. When the music video for the single finally came out, it was made clear that the

90s

We May Finally Know Who Alanis Morissette Wrote "You Oughta Know" About

More than 20 years after it first hit the airwaves, Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" is still one of our favorite songs from the '90s.Not only is it a staple of our "breakup song" playlists to this day, the hit also marked a major turning point in the singer's career. "You Oughta Know," like the rest of the album Jagged Little Pill, transitioned Morissette from pop music to alternative rock.Morissette in 1995.USA TodayBut the real lasting legacy of the tune is the mystery surrounding it. There's no denying that the song is an angry ode to an

90s

"Spice Up Your Life" Isn't About What You Think It Is, And You'll Never Listen The Same Way Again

It's been over two decades since the Spice Girls made their debut, but almost every 90s kid still has at least one of the group's tracks on their playlist. Even if you don't, you can't help but belt out "Tell me what you want, what you really really want" every single time "Wannabe" comes on. Kiss FMThe iconic British girl group embodied everything that the decade was about, and released songs that were quintessential 90s. Their success and charm a.k.a Spice Mania saw no limit, with critics even comparing them to The Beatles. Following the success of their

90s

How The Hampsterdance Took Over The Internet, And Then The World

When historians sit down to write the strange tale of the 21st century, the internet will probably give them a lot of trouble.The original Hampsterdance website featured just four gifs repeated in rows.Take "The Hampsterdance" for instance: almost 20 years after this strange internet phenomenon got its start we all know the song by heart. And if you're old enough to remember the website, those dancing hamsters are burned into your brain. But why did we become obsessed with these adorable rodents? The answer is pretty surprising.It all started with Deirdre Lacarte, an art student who was

90s

The Truth Behind "The Macarena" Will Leave Your Jaw On The Floor

Growing up, there were many not-so-innocent movie plots and song lyrics that went over our naive heads. I mean, we even happily sang some of them out loud in public without even knowing what they meant. Now that we're older, we've come to the realization that the world isn't as squeaky clean as we believed it to be while we were growing up in the 90s.At some point, we have all experienced that "Aha!" moment when we learn that something we enjoyed while young isn't as innocent as we thought it to be. For a lot of 90s kids,

90s

The Strange Story Behind The Tetris Theme Song - Including Its Original Lyrics

If you grew up in the '80s or '90s, you can probably still see the iconic Tetris blocks falling when you close your eyes.Abandonware DosThe classic puzzle game of matching blocks and disappearing lines has a long and strange history that stretches throughout the final years of the Cold War. Tetris was originally created by Alexey Pajitnov, an artificial intelligence researcher at Moscow's Soviet Academy of Sciences.Pajitnov and his son.Pajitnov was working at the Academy's Computer Center in 1984, and would test the new hardware's strength by designing simple games. His creations were shared between departments, and

Retro

Which 80s Song Are You? Find Out With This Quiz

Did you grow up listening to the classic songs of the 80s? It was a time when huge artists like Queen, Michael Jackson, and Madonna were still in their prime.If the music of this decade defined your life, then there must be one song that perfectly fits you. You don't need to remember any album titles or lyrics for this quiz, it's just a fun way to see which hit 80s song fits your personality best.I got Take On Me, by A-ha, remember them? Take this quiz yourself to see which song fits you best, and don't forget

Retro

15 Friendly Facts About Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

Mr. Rogers told a famous story about why he wanted to work in television: he never watched much TV, and one day when he did all he saw was people yelling at each other and clowns throwing pies.He decided to make TV nicer, to create the kinds of programs he would like to watch, and of course the rest is history. Odds are no matter how old you are, you've spent a lot of time watching Mr. Rogers. His show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood ran from 1966 to 2001, so some people even watched him as a kid, then grew