The world was all up in arms over the Y2K bug that was sure to end the world as we knew it, and Bill Gates was, like, the most famous person ever. Everyone had a huge crush on Jennifer Love Hewitt or David Beckham, and certified hottie Justin Timberlake still had his signature ramen-esque blonde curls.
But when we weren’t watching The Sixth Sense, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, or Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, we were tuning into MTV’s TRL. I remember watching the countdown of videos literally every single day — mostly so I could make sure my boys in *NSYNC were still on top.
Music videos used to be such a huge deal, and we had to tune in to see them. YouTube didn’t exist yet!
Back in ’99, TRL released the top 99 of 1999. I won’t make you endure the whole list (because Creed should probably stay in 1999), but let’s take a walk down memory lane.
Here are the top 30 music videos of 1999, according to MTV’s TRL.