Published on October 1st, 2017 | by Gerry Galipault


Happy Birthday to Us! Turns 20 Today

Where were you 20 years ago, on Oct. 1, 1997?

Mariah Carey had the No. 1 song that week with “Honey.” The top-selling album was LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs.” In theaters, the George Clooney/Nicole Kidman action-political thriller “The Peacemaker” was No. 1 at the box office, and Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” stood atop the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Meanwhile, in a quaint little house in St. Petersburg, Fla., a website called was born that day. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, here’s how our little site looked back then … yep, we’ve come a long way, baby.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, we have handpicked 20 songs from exactly 20 years ago … songs we were listening to then. Join along with our Spotify playlist.’s Fall Music Preview 2017 »

[easyazon_link identifier=”B000TDSPN2″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Bitter Sweet Symphony[/easyazon_link], The Verve

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00GQ0Z7KG” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Keep Hope Alive[/easyazon_link], The Crystal Method

[easyazon_link identifier=”B003A9C7UY” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Brimful of Asha[/easyazon_link], Cornershop

[easyazon_link identifier=”B01LYD39G7″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Chan Chan[/easyazon_link], Buena Vista Social Club

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[easyazon_link identifier=”B000VWU4F8″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Something About the Way You Look Tonight[/easyazon_link], Elton John

[easyazon_link identifier=”B000005B08″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Tubthumping[/easyazon_link], Chumbawamba

[easyazon_link identifier=”B003CJ6ABE” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]2 Become 1[/easyazon_link], Spice Girls

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00000DSPB” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Legend of a Cowgirl[/easyazon_link], Imani Coppola

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[easyazon_link identifier=”B00137GDD2″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)[/easyazon_link], Backstreet Boys

[easyazon_link identifier=”B000W0YU8G” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Walkin’ on the Sun[/easyazon_link], Smash Mouth

[easyazon_link identifier=”B0040GWGYI” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Building a Mystery[/easyazon_link], Sarah McLachlan

[easyazon_link identifier=”B001NZN4GS” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Alma Matters[/easyazon_link], Morrissey

[easyazon_link identifier=”B01IUT15PG” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]D’You Know What I Mean?[/easyazon_link], Oasis

[easyazon_link identifier=”B01E0ZPE9M” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Du hast[/easyazon_link], Rammstein

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00136NS7C” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Honey[/easyazon_link], Mariah Carey

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00137TDES” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Come on Eileen[/easyazon_link], Save Ferris

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00137URKW” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Not Dark Yet[/easyazon_link], Bob Dylan – Pause & Play: Saving the Music Business, One Click at a Time »

[easyazon_link identifier=”B001387920″ locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]It’s Yourz[/easyazon_link], Wu-Tang Clan

[easyazon_link identifier=”B002WBB9WI” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can’t Help Falling in Love)[/easyazon_link], Spiritualized

[easyazon_link identifier=”B004LD66WS” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Do You Know (What It Takes)[/easyazon_link], Robyn

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00E0W1G9I” locale=”US” tag=”pauplathemuss-20″]Zoot Suit Riot[/easyazon_link], Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

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