Songs from the '90s had a lot of subtle sexual lyrics, or maybe I was just super naive when I was a kid.
I've been listening to these songs for two decades now, and it was probably only a few years ago that I actually noticed just how "dirty" some of these songs are. Let me know if you agree!
1. "Genie in a Bottle" - Christina Aguilera
Not only did I sound like a dying animal while singing this song, but I was also belting out lyrics that had strong sexual connotations. Lyrics like "you gotta rub me the right way," and "I feel like I've been locked up tight, for a century of lonely nights, waiting for someone to release me" were definitely not meant to be sung by a kid.
2. "You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morrisette
I probably shouldn't have sung this song out loud in front of my parents. They were probably so annoyed by often how I repeated the lyrics "And I'm here, to remind you" from the chorus that they didn't even bother to tell me to stop saying "Is she perverted like me" and "to be wide open." Looking back, it really wasn't right.
3. "2 Become 1" - Spice Girls
Did you even grow up in the 90s if you didn't listen to the Spice Girls? We had the girl group's poster all over our walls and we bought every single one of their CDs. Their hit song "2 Become 1" was all over the radio, so every girl was singing "I need some love like I never needed love before (wanna make love to ya baby)." It wasn't right, but the past is past.
4. "Back That Azz Up" - Juvenile
We knew this song wasn't completely appropriate, but it was okay to dance and mouth to it because it was cool at the time. I just imagine kids nowadays singing to this song and it makes me cringe. No wonder my mom scolded me for listening to this.
5. "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" - TLC
If you had an ounce of coolness, you were probably listening to TLC like it was your religion. Back then kids didn't have much of a dirty mind. When I heard this song, I didn't think of it to be sexual. I thought she didn't want to beg to be in a relationship. Clearly, it was more than that. Lyrics like "better get it while it's hot" and "unmistaken' urge to be sexin'" definitely didn't register into memory.