What music did you listen to growing up?

Musically, I was a child of the 90s. You can tell this for sure because:

  • I remember where I was when Kurt Cobain died.
  • I used to record the Top 40 off the radio onto cassette.
  • I had the early Lemonheads albums.
  • We danced to Love Shack at school discos. (Yes, I know this is late 80s, but that’s the point of school discos – they are a bit behind.)
  • I’ve sung Wonderwall at Karaoke.

I have tried to educate Belle, but I’m not sure she really grasps the significance of grunge. Nor can she quite get her head around the idea of putting little bits of tape over those corners on shop bought cassettes so that you could record over them. ‘Why couldn’t you just search it up and download it?’

Ah. Kids today.

top 40 cassette music 90s

The 90s though was where it was at for music wasn’t it? Not only did you have the likes of Blur, Oasis, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, but you had the whole 1990s girl power movement – The Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child, and this little beauty:

If you want to give your kids a taste of your favourite musical decade, or just want to spend twenty minutes indulging in a bit of melodic nostalgia, do pop over and have a look at the SunLife Jukebox. Just choose your decade, and it will come up with a playlist of five classic songs.

Don’t forget to leave me a comment too, telling me what music formed the soundtrack to your teenage years!

SunLife Jukebox music decades

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  1. Lu Cochrane
    7 June, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Sorry the 1980s is where the music is at! The invention of electro pop – Spandau Ballet, Soft Cell, Duran Duran and Gary Numan, music heaven!

  2. 8 June, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Oh mate, I could bore you silly on this topic. I’ll sum it up with four things: 1) I smile every time I hear N-Trance’s Only Love Will Set You Free, wise in the knowledge that I will probably never hit the highs I was hitting at that point, in more ways than one!. 2) my friend’s first boyfriend gave her a zippo with the words ‘if a double decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side, such a heavenly way to die’. We all thought it was the most romantic thing EVER. 3) when James’ Sit Down played, you just did, and it wasn’t cheesy, it was immense 4) Sharing an ear-bud of a walkman with a mate, standing outside the exam room for our French GCSE, dancing to On a Ragga Tip by SL2,

    I’m trying to work here, Jo. Can you stop giving me such fun things to reminisce about?

    • Jo Middleton
      8 June, 2016 / 11:46 am

      Haha! Sorry about that :-)

  3. Nikki Hayes
    8 June, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    I was in my tweens/teens in the 80s and in my 20s in the 90s so I have two great decades that I remember really well. I still listen to chart music to keep up with what is current – 21st century faves including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran. I love music of all kinds (except jazz) from pop to heavy metal and I can’t see that ever changing. I’ll still be a raver/headbanger, ooh at least until my 60s I think :D

  4. 9 June, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Oh Lovesick, yes! I also listened to lots of REM, The Cure, The Smiths etc in my day but I also remember stuff like Kula Shaker, Martika, Soul II Soul, 808 state – yikes!

  5. 9 June, 2016 / 11:20 am

    Ha ha that was meant to say Love Shack!

  6. 9 June, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    I was definitely an 80’s pop girl! Oh yes and also a bit of 80’s hiphop. My OH hates it though lol x

  7. 14 June, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I must have been a bit more of a moody girl because mine is always Tainted Love. Though I have to say Club Tropicana is in there too. What does that say about me?!

  8. 14 June, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    90’s girl – I listened to Nirvana, Hole, Levellers… and lots of obscure grunge/riot grrl!!

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