Rewind to Oct. 1, 1997.

The Carolina Hurricanes, formerly the Hartford Whalers, lost their inaugural game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. American Home Products withdrew the anti-obesity medication Fen-phen from the market at the FDA’s request over problems identified with valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension.

“The Peacemaker,” “In & Out” and “Soul Food” opened that week in theaters. The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” was released; Mariah Carey’s “Honey” was in its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, and LeAnn Rimes’ “You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs” debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart.

Oh, and Pauseandplay.com was born. Yes, today is our 19th birthday!

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, you can see how we looked back then. Yikes!

We’ve come a long way, baby …

Pauseandplay started out as a place for artist interviews, then grew into the big ol’ home for album release dates (and more) that it is today.

To celebrate our big birthday (wait till we turn 20 next year!), we’ve picked out some of our favorite songs and albums from the first five years of our existence.

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

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