While the ’90s saw the emergence of popular boy bands, like the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, it was the decade’s girl groups who came to heat – or spice, rather – things up. The Spice Girls were not just the biggest British singing group to conquer the world since The Beatles, they soon ranked among the best-selling girl groups of all time. With their salsa-inspired hit, “Spice Up Your Life,” these five ladies gave us the absolute perfect anthem for a summertime fiesta. Feeling “sad and low” these days? Well, the Spice Girls have just the cure for that.
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.