Ah, 1996, my high school freshman year. I remember telling myself now that I was in high school, things were going to be different. I was going to have a new group of friends (never happened). I was going to listen to more rock/alternative music so I didn't come off so gay. It was either that or rap, and I just could not get into rap no matter how hard I tried. So every day after school I would go home and blast KROQ while doing my homework. I really got into the Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Cake, Oasis, and 311 out of it at least. I figured as long as I knew the words to songs from those bands, I should be pretty safe. Tangent: my friend Lauren was in the "1979" music video. I felt so cool not only having a friend in a music video but that I really did like that song.

Back then it was all about being a skater too. I never owned a skateboard but I sure posed as one with my two-sizes-too-large Quicksilver shirt and navy blue Vans. Most of my friends were the "Asian nerds" of our class and everyone just assumed I was one too. I guess what I learned that year was that it was better to just blend in. Here's to you, 1996. Thanks for letting me get through the year!

Flashback Fridays - The Class of 1996 - Part 1 - from kennygenius on 8tracks.

Complete tracklist include:

2pac ft. Dr. Dre - California Love
311 - All Mixed Up
Alanis Morissette - Ironic
Amber - This Is Your Night
Az Yet - Last Night
Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Penn - No Diggity
BoDeans - Closer To Free
Bush - Machinehead
Cake - The Distance
Celine Dion - It's All Coming Back to Me Now
Coolio - 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's
Dishwalla - Counting Blue Cars (Acoustic)
Donna Lewis - I Love You Always Forever
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Ginuwine - Pony
Los Del Rio - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
Mariah Carey ft. O.D.B. - Fantasy
Natalie Merchant - Wonder
No Doubt - Don't Speak
No Mercy - Where Do You Go
Oasis - Wonderwall
Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
Savage Garden - I Want You
Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
Sublime - Caress Me Down
The Wallflowers - 6th Avenue Heartache
The Wonders - That Thing You Do!
TLC - Diggin' On You
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason

Memorable music moments from 1996

  • January 25 – Madonna receives death threats from Argentine conservatives who are enraged and insulted that she is playing Eva Peron in Evita.[citation needed] After she arrives in Argentina, over 50 walls throughout the city have been spray-painted with the words: ¡Viva Evita! ¡Fuera Madonna! (Long Live Evita! Get Out, Madonna!)
  • February 13 - Tupac Shakur releases the first ever rap double album, All Eyez on Me, one of the most influential albums in hip hop history.
  • March 16 – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's 16th consecutive week stay at No. 1 in the American charts with "One Sweet Day" ends when Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" reaches #1. "One Sweet Day" enjoyed the longest consecutive stay at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100's history.

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