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Throwback Song Reviews: Hanson, Natalie Imbruglia, Savage Garden

Hanson- Mmmbop

The Hanson brothers have had independent releases and this song actually written years back before its mainstream release. It was 1997’s one of memorable (and now timeless) song as it unexpectedly went to the apex of music charts worldwide. It’s been a mystery for many about “mmmbop” means. Some even gave a negative meaning, when back at the time, new words existed (remember zigazig-ah from the Spice Girls in 1996). But I think it’s message and positive and imagine how these then-teenagers (the youngest was13) could be this talented. They write songs, they created it and came out with such wonderful and catchy melody and was loved by many, young or adults.

Rating: 8.5 of 10


Natalie Imbruglia-Torn

This song may sound originally from her however, this song was first recorded by a European artist (non-English) then recorded in English by Ednaswap. Nevertheless, this song became prominent more with Natalie’s version. Her version perfectly fits her voice and style. She was adorn by many and influenced other artists including Britney Spears, which she was supposed to follow Natalie’s kind of music instead of bubblegum pop. The song eventually became a huge hit in 1998 and was one of the most remembered pop tunes during 1990.

Rating: 8.5 of 10


Savage Garden-Truly, Madly, Deeply

Savage Garden already had hits before this song (actually, their third single) but effectively did slower love songs. The same formula was followed with their second album’s carrier release “I Knew I Loved You”. The words of the song expresses the man’s sincere love for the woman evidently with the title. But it was proven more with the entire lyrics as he promised to do anything for the girl. The song fits romantic people. The melody and the way Darren did his vocals was perfect. It was released late 1997 but break the charts in 1998 which it became a sleeper hit.

Rating: 8.5 of 10


Some facts from Wikipedia

Throwback Song Reviews: Paula Cole and Sublime

There are so many great songs from decades ago. Some were unnoticed while others became big hits. Many people today even preferred old songs as they reasoned that gone are the days when real good music were heard over the radio. I have been a music fan since the mid-1990s and I can compare and see the big differences of today’s music from the past. I am still a music fan but people today looks for something new and the evidence were the new artists who are getting their songs hit the top 10. While more established artists fails the top 10, unless it was Taylor Swift or Rihanna.


Meanwhile, let’s check some of these old songs as I make song reviews of them which I call “Throwback Song Reviews”.


Paula Cole- I Don’t Wanna Wait

This artist generated this hit which was used for the hit TV series “Dawson’s Creek”. It may not reached the top 10 but it’s longevity contributed to the song’s success. Her previous song, “Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?” was a big hit too hitting the Billboard’s Hot 100. But Paula remained a humbled artist. She haven’t had a hit since then. “I Don’t Wanna Wait” is a soft rock song. When I first heard the song at its beginning, I expected it will be a good song and it proved me right. Paula’s voice is also excellent as it is soft but with power. It is one of the songs that I remember when I hear about second half of the 1990s.

Rating: 9 of 10


Sublime- Santeria

I first heard this song on MTV when it was requested by a letter sender. I am not familiar of the band then, but when the song was played, it was catchy but never sounds cheesy. It was a reggae rock song with a friendly sound but strong lyrics. It may not entered the official US charts but was their signature song.

Rating: 8 of 10

Credit: some facts from Wikipedia