1996 was the year when NOT owning butterfly hair clips, a pair of Kickers, a stack of Pogs and a Tamagotchi was considered a cardinal playground sin. So was not getting your hair braided on your package holiday to Corfu but that’s another story.
1996 was also the year which saw a certain British girl band known as the Spice Girls crush the charts. Along came ‘Girl Power’, which took the world by storm and pushed British pre-teens like myself to tear down our Boyzoneposters to make room for Baby Spice. Meanwhile next door, in his lego bombarded bedroom, my 9-year-old brother pranced around in velour corduroys to Oasis (at least one of us had less questionable music tastes). Yep 1996 was a good year for brats like us and pop music —‘Wannabe’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ topped the charts and defined an era and generation. So much so that today these quintessential tracks make up two of the top five songs from the 1996 charts streamed in the past year.
Because here at Deezer we love the ’90s and because most of us survived teenage acne, backne, shrill voices and broken hearts thanks to cheesy ’90s music, we decided to track streaming figures from the past 12 months for the top selling tracks of 1996. The results are everything a person in Britain who owned a NOW That’s What I Call Music! album in 1996 could hope for. The figures show that ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ is the most streamed song from 20 years ago (even besting its original chart ranking) with Mark Morrison’s unforgettable ‘Return Of the Mack’ coming in 3rd. And that’s not all! Remember the one hit wonders Babylon Zooand Deep Blue Something? They are streamed more in 2016 than other big nineties hits from Michael Jackson and teenage heartthrobs Take That. It turns out that one hit wonders are not wonders for nothing. Being one of the biggest names of the ‘90s era doesn’t necessarily guarantee the most streams today.
But let’s talk serious business; what about the unparalleled king of frozen peas and Monoï oil Peter Andre? His ‘Mysterious Girl’ continues to outperform classic tracks ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Breathe’ from the Prodigy. For those of you who don’t know Peter Andre outside of his outstanding performances in Iceland adverts, feast your eyes on his music video: 3 delectable minutes of greasy curtain hair, baggy dad jeans, pecs that flex, hip thrusting and other Chip’n’dalesque moves. If you grew up in the UK during the ’90s, you will know that a disco wasn’t the real deal without Shaggy’s ‘Boombastic’ and Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’ to let your teenage hormones run wild and your brace constricted mouth salivate. Even today Peter and his phosphorescent pecs are still going strong on Deezer.
So here is our list of top 20 streamed tracks in the UK from 1996. Enjoy the blast from the past, and don’t hesitate to crank up the speakers and ‘Oh Ah’ it to Gina G.
Don’t Look Back In Anger
Ready Or Not
Return Of The Mack
Peter Andre (feat. Bubbler Ranx)
Killing Me Softly
Un-Break My Heart
Deep Blue Something
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit
Say You’ll Be There
How Deep Is Your Love
Los Del Rio
Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds
On a global scale. Alanis Morissette takes the top spot with her ‘Ironic’ as the most streamed song from 20 years ago, (a little bit ironic don’t you think? Especially considering her track only came in no. 13 in 1996)