Pop-stars crossing the pond, male-bashing anthems, pop girls uniting in the name of girl power… is the 1990s or the 2020s? Make no mistake, it’s the era of TikTok-friendly 2-minute songs with lax choreography and verses that are somehow infectious as hell. Without ever raising their voices, English pop singer PinkPantheress and Bronx-born rapper Ice Spice manage to inspire girls to twerk and boys to be big mad on “Boy’s a liar, Pt. 2.” Peaking at #3 on the Hot 100, this fun fusion of Pantheress’ bubblegum pop with Spice’s gruff rap raised both artists’ profiles in a big way.
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.