JLo’s “Waiting for Tonight” is stuck in My Head! - Why 1999 is one of the greatest years in music
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Post By: Jesse A Draeger
There I was in the shower doing my usual routine: shampooing and conditioning, then conditioning and shampooing. Then I thought about my night ahead. It involved a little time behind the drums, some time in the kitchen and a lot of time behind the bar.
It sounded relaxing and comforting; I was excited. So the words “I’m waiting for tonight” rang through my head. It's amazing how a song crawls into your head and sticks there. Quickly, the melody picked up behind those words on repeat. “Waiting for tonight…Ooo-oh-ooo!”
Suddenly, while massaging the conditioner in my cranium, I was thrusted back into 1999 and memories of Jennifer Lopez’s break-through album On the 6; a guilty pleasure of mine.
At least a few tracks are hot off this album: “Waiting for Tonight,” “If You Had My Love,” “No Me Ames,” “Should’ve Never,” and “Let’s Get Loud.” These tracks were absolute gems in 1999.
In fact, 1999 was loaded with amazing songs. With Y2K around the corner, Bill Clinton was getting blow jobs in the White House, the end was nigh! Everyone was writing their hearts out. Tracks like:
Back at One - Brian McNight
Baby One More Time - Brittney Spears
No Scrubs - TLC
Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
Livin’ La Vida Loca - Ricky “I’m not gay” Martin
Mambo No. 5 - Lou Bega
Wild, Wild, West - Will Smith
Those are just the first seven I could sing off the top of my head. Then when I put real thought into it, I remember one of my favorite albums at the time: Sugar Ray’s 14:59. With songs like “Every Morning,” “Someday,” and “Falls Apart” they sound and just feel fresh to this day, while “Aim to Me” and “Burning Dog” raises the bar from their earlier incarnation of a heavier rock band.
Speaking of rock, look at the hot rock releases of 1999:
Smooth - Santana (ft. Rob Thomas)
Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
Nookie - Limp Bizkit
Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
What’s My Age Again - Blink 182
All-Star - Smash Mouth
Cowboy - Kid Rock
What a series of jams! And there’s more, the new age of rock ushered in the Goo Goo Dolls “Iris,” Black Balloon,” and “Slide.” That's not even close to it all. Look at the Hip-Hop and Rap hits of 1999:
Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre and Snoop
Say My Name - Destiny’s Child
Where My Girls At? - 702
Heartbreaker - Mariah Carey
I Try - Macy Gray
And those are a few perfect examples. You can't deny that 1999 belonged to anyone else but the great Detroit Dominator, Eminem. Think about how great The Slim Shady LP is with its depth and master production with Dr. Dre. “My Name Is,” “97 Bonnie & Clyde,” and “Guilty Conscience” are amazing bridges from 90’s hip-hop leading into the 2000’s hip-hop scene.
Then think about the country scene with 1999’s Queen, Shania Twain. Hits like “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “From This Moment,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Don’t Be Stupid” are the mega-highlights of her commercial breakthrough Come on Over! which was still cookin’ from 1997.
Then listen in to Fly! from the Dixie Chicks. They crushed the country world with “Goodbye Earl,” “Ready to Run,” and “Cowboy Take Me Away.” Country music was finally making a strong cross-stream dive and succeeding.
Lastly, we look at the pop scene. The boy bands and solo female singers were all the rage by then. There was so much cross-over pop that the pop scene truly exploded in ’99.
Praise You - Fatboy Slim
I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
Steal My Sunshine - LEN
(You Drive Me) Crazy - Britney Spears
Blue - Eifel 65
Beautiful Stranger - Madonna
That’s the Way It Is - Celine Dion
How much more can I go on? Lots more. If you don’t think 1999 was a great year in music, then you truly don’t “Believe” like Cher did that year. You could be “Colorblind” like the Counting Crows.
But I must say, the song of 1999 that has my heart, my soul and my mind, the song that still brings me back to glory days of summer time joy before ninth grade in 1999 is Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High.” His voice, the melody, the way the guitar chugs along and yet sounds sincere. The excitement of the chorus is amazing and explosive. I will stand behind this song till the end of time.
1999 is one of the greatest musical years of my lifetime. It’s not my opinion that makes that true; it’s the music.