10 worst popstars of the 90s
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Remember the 1990s? The Halcyon days of childhood? We've been feeling nostalgic, so we thought we'd remind you of the wonderful music that the decade provided. You're welcome. 1. Aqua. Eurodance and bubblegum pop was the speciality of Aqua, with a firmly tongue-in-cheek edge. You would have to have been living under a rock for the past 15 years if you don’t know the lyrics to ‘Barbie Girl’. Holding the dubious title of Denmark’s most successful musical export, the group had three UK number ones between 1997 and 1998; obviously ‘Barbie Girl’, follow up ‘Doctor Jones’ and the slower paced ballad ‘Turn Back Time’. Despite success fading out in the UK, they are still active in Europe and their status as a disco staple ensures the legacy of ‘Barbie Girl lives’ on. 2. Vengaboys. Another European pop group, the Vengaboys were famed for both their high energy dance tracks and their interesting stage costumes (ranging from a half-naked cowboy to a sailor). Songs like ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’, ‘We’re Going To Ibiza’ and ‘We Like To Party’ were surefire party starters in the late 90s, despite the somewhat questionable lyrics. Being a Vengaboy looked like fun – who wouldn’t want to jump on the Vengabus? Like Aqua, they too made a comeback in Europe and can often be found performing at a student union near you. 3. Lolly. Just about fitting into the 90s, Lolly was as sickly sweet as her stage name suggests. She released five moderately successful singles throughout 1999, all of which fit into the bubblegum pop template. Rarely seen in anything that wasn’t a primary colour, Lolly was also another perfect example of the horrors of 90s fashion. Not content with releasing three whole albums, she also murdered pop classics ‘Hey Mickey’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ before disappearing and remerging as a children’s TV presenter, a popular career path for many failed singers. 4. Five. Specialising in ridiculously baggy trousers and cringeworthy raps, Five (or ‘5ive’ if you enjoy spelling with numbers) were seen as an antidote to the clean-cut boy bands of the 90s. Their bad boy image won them millions of fans, despite embarrassing hip hop-lite songs such as ‘Slam Dunk Da Funk’ and ‘Everybody Get Up’. The nadir of the band’s career was surely their cover of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, which shockingly got to number one. A reunion in 2007 failed to take off, which was probably for the best; minus one member, ‘Four’ didn’t sound like such a catchy band name. 5. B*Witched. Most girls of a certain age probably impersonated B*Witched at some point. Their double denim outfits may be unforgivable now, but they were the height of fashion in 1997. The quartet were the first Irish group to have their first four singles top the charts in the UK, the most well-known being ‘C’est La Vie’, a song that only served to contribute to the unwelcome revival of Irish dancing in the late 90s. Sugar sweet pop tunes weren’t the only thing B*Witched could do though – they also released heart wrenching ballads like 'Blame It On The Weatherman'.
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