Christina Aguilera Wants You to Rub Her the Right Way
One song that we can hardly believe turned 15 this year was Christina Aguilera’s sexual innuendo, “Genie in a Bottle.” The song was easily one of the biggest of the year and became a massive thanks to the power of TRL. She followed up the hit with “What A Girl Wants” and quickly made it clear that she was more than a one hit wonder and firmly established her place among the Britneys and Jessicas of the pop princesses.
Mariah Carey Tops The Beatles
With the success of “Heartbreaker” (featuring Jay Z and the hyphen), Mariah Carey chipped away at several records that were only held by Elvis Presley and The Beatles. It became her 14th single (at the time) to reach number one, putting her third behind Presley (17) and The Beatles (20). It also helped her reach 60 weeks atop of the charts surpassing The Beatles as the artist with the with the most weeks at number one. It should also be noted that the video introduced belt loop-less jeans and reminded us Jerry O’Connell still existed.
Puffy Daddy Is Arrested
1999 was a rough year for the rapper. In April, Puffy Daddy was charged with assault for an altercation with Nas’ manager, Steve Stoute, over the video for “Hate Me Now.” In December of that year, Puffy and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were at a New York club when gunfire broke out. The two fled the incident and Puffy was later charged arrested for weapons violation. The rapper was accused of bribing his driver to claim ownership of his gun found following the shooting. Shyne was also arrested and eventually convicted on gun charges. He was sentenced to ten years in prison. Puffy was cleared of all charges but lost Lopez due to the scandal.
“Kiss Me” Becomes the Soundtrack of Teen Romance
Sixpence None The Richer had a big year thanks to the success of “Kiss Me.” The song became a massive hit when it was featured on Dawson’s Creek and, later, in She’s All That‘s most iconic scene: When Laney Boggs makes her way downstairs, revealing her busted-to-beauty makeover. From there, it was heard at every prom, party and teen-themed romantic moment throughout the year.
Ladies of R&B Put Men in Their Place
One of the biggest music trends in 1999 was women putting the smack down on men. There was no time for late-night partying (Whitney Houston, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”) scrubs (TLC, “No Scrubs”) who couldn’t pay their bills (Destiny’s Child, “Bills, Bills, Bills”) and were just straight bugging (Destiny’s Child, “Bug A Boo”). In fact, a good (Total, “Trippin”), no cheating man (Chante Moore, “Chante’s Got a Man”) was so hard to find that these ladies had to fend off others (702, “Where My Girls At?”). It was just a matter of time before these men realized what they did wrong (R. Kelly, “When a Woman’s Fed Up”).