97 Words: “Get on the Bus” by Destiny’s Child

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Before they were dismissing a “Bug a Boo” for not paying the “Bills, Bills, Bills,” declaring their independence, or quoting Biggie to dish out reminders that “UPS is hiring,” Destiny’s Child made it clear they did not have the time for mess junk. On “Get on the Bus,” the budding divas slide atop a slinky Timbaland-produced, Missy Elliot-penned track that foreshadowed the best that was yet to come. With Beyoncé and Kelly taking turns to deliver some sass-filled verses, Timbaland’s whiny boyfriend character never stood a chance. Here, it became very clear: somebody could send your luggage.

Watch the “Get on the Bus” video, stream it, or get a coveted vinyl single.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.