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Catching up on the Retro Pop Music Trend

By Rachael Lovette

If you grew up in the 1990s the phrase “if it doesn’t feel like 90s R&B, I don’t want it,” probably resonates with you. The 90s was a whole different vibe and atmosphere from music today and it’s crazy (and painful) to think that it’s been nearly three decades since that crazy, epic ride. And if I am being honest, there is nothing better than that pre-digital age of music.

From giant robots fighting in the city to the lightroom that looked like the inside of a cheese grater, no story or aesthetic was seemingly off-limits for musicians. Instead of hopping on YouTube to see the latest music video, we rushed home after school to see our favorite group debut their latest music video on MTV’s TRL with Carson Daly. We were obsessed with shows like “Making the Video” and flocked to Time Square to get a glimpse of Justin or Britney doing a live interview.

Thanks to the COVID19 pandemic musicians across the globe are turning back the clock to a time before 2020. Now in this time of uncertainty, a new retro music trend has emerged and my 90s heart is here for it.

Here are some of the best songs of 2020 with that retro vibe.

BTS – Dynamite

The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar

BLACKPINK featuring Selena Gomez – Ice Cream

Dua Lipa – Physical

Refund Sisters – Don’t Touch Me

NCT U – 90s Love

SAINt JHN – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Mamamoo – Dingga

Ariana Grande – 34+35


Lady Gaga – Stupid Love

Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J. Rey Soul - MAMACITA

Miley Cyrus featuring Dua Lipa – Prisoner

Moonbin&Sanha – Bad Idea

TXT – We Lost the Summer

Rachael Lovette is the Digital Director at Flower Bomb Media with a passion for everything K-Pop, fashion, model advocacy, and pop culture. Follow her on Instagram @kindofvoguish.

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