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21 Songs That Are 21 Years Old: Mariah, Green Day, Nas & More

Green Day, Seal, Brandy, the Offspring, Mariah Carey, Nine Inch Nails—tons of legendary acts gave us timeless hits in '94, as did a slew of artists we'd never hear from again (but thanks for the memories!)

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Ah, 1994. President Bill Clinton's second year in office. The year Friends, All That, Ellen, Sister, Sister and The Cosby Mysteries came to our televisions, and the quadruple-header of The Lion King, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump blockbustered our theaters. Schindler's List won the Oscar; Jim Carrey starred in The Mask, Dumb and Dumber AND Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Little lord Justin Bieber began his time upon this earth, as did these 21 amazing, timeless tracks that you're about to groove to, sing to, cry to and potentially feel very old to. Happy 21st birthday, all you songs on this list.

1 / 21

"Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex

Release date: August 12, 1994
Album: '95's Sex & Violins 
YouTube views: 17.9 million

2 / 21

"Juicy" by the Notorious B.I.G.

Release date: August 9, 1994
Biggie's age at the time: 22
Album: Ready to Die
YouTube views: 45.8 million

3 / 21

"Zombie" by the Cranberries

Release date: September 19, 1994
Frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan's age at the time: 22
Album: No Need to Argue
YouTube views: 290.85 million

4 / 21

"Undone - The Sweater Song" by Weezer

Release date: May 10, 1994
Frontman Rivers Cuomo's age at the time: 23
Album: Weezer/The Blue Album
YouTube views: 11.5 million

5 / 21

"Tootsee Roll" by 69 Boyz

Release date: May 27, 1994
Album: 199Quad
YouTube views: 14.4 million

6 / 21

"Blind" by Korn

Release date: August 1, 1994
Frontman Jonathan Davis' age at the time: 23
Album: Korn
YouTube views: 12.1 million

7 / 21

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

Release date: November 1, 1994
Mariah's age at the time: 24
Album: Merry Christmas
YouTube views: 120.65 million

8 / 21

"Basket Case" by Green Day

Release date: February 1, 1994
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's age at the time: 21
Album: Dookie
YouTube views: 59.9 million

9 / 21

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John

Release date: May 12, 1994
Elton John's age at the time: 47
Album: The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
YouTube views: 4.2 million

10 / 21

"I Swear" by All-4-One

Release date: April 12, 1994
Album: All-4-One
YouTube views: 1.4 million

11 / 21

"Shoop" by Salt-N-Pepa

Release date: September 21, 1994
Album: Very Necessary
YouTube views: 13.3 million

12 / 21

"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails

Release date: March 8, 1994
Frontman Trent Reznor's age at the time: 29
Album: The Downward Spiral
YouTube views: 9.15 million

13 / 21

"Life's a Bitch" by Nas feat. AZ

Release date: April 19, 1994
Nas' age at the time: 20
Album: Illmatic 
Spotify streams: 7.75 million

14 / 21

"Turn the Beat Around" by Gloria Estefan

Release date: September 23, 1994
Gloria Estefan's age at the time: 37
Albums: Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me and The Specialist: Music From the Motion Picture
YouTube views: 1.3 million

15 / 21

"Kiss from a Rose" by Seal

Release date: May 23, 1994
Seal's age at the time: 31
Album: Seal and '95's Batman Forever: Music From The Motion Picture
YouTube views: 23.1 million

16 / 21

"I Wanna Be Down" by Brandy

Release date: September 6, 1994
Brandy's age at the time: 15
Album: Brandy
YouTube views: 3.86 million

17 / 21

"Better Man" by Pearl Jam

Release date: November 22, 1994
Frontman Eddie Vedder's age at the time: 29
Album: Vitalogy

18 / 21

"Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys

Release date: January 28, 1994
Album: Ill Communication
YouTube views: 28 million

19 / 21

"Self Esteem" by the Offspring

Release date: April 8, 1994
Frontman Dexter Holland's age at the time: 28
Album: Smash
YouTube views: 3.8 million

20 / 21

"Secret" by Madonna

Release date: September 27, 1994
Madonna's age at the time: 36
Album: Bedtime Stories
YouTube views: 8.1 million

21 / 21

"Machinehead" by Bush

Release date: December 6, 1994
Frontman Gavin Rossdale's age at the time: 29
Album: Sixteen Stone
YouTube views: 600,000

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