Every Single Pop Culture Reference In Charli XCX & Troye Sivan's Nostalgia-Filled "1999" Video
Where are the Tamagochis though?
So Charli XCX and Troye Sivan recently collaborated to produce the single "1999", and the Charli XCX 1999 music video is something else. It's basically what you get when you take all those "Only 90s kids know..." listicles and cram as much of them into a three-minute video, and we ain't mad.
However, when you take into account how old Charli and Sivan are, some of the lyrics and references in the video are a little sideye-inducing. Charli was born in 1992 and Sivan was born in 1995, which means she was 7 and he was 4 in 1999. And while being nostalgic for an era that you didn't really experience isn't entirely new, when they sing about driving around the neighborhood in an old Mercedes, listening to Eminem while "feelin' cool in my youth", it feels a tad disingenuous.
But that aside, it's a fun concept and the video is chock-full of nostalgia. Here's what they referenced in the video.
1. TLC's "Waterfalls" music video (1994)
(Sivan wasn't even born when this came out! ...Okay, that's the last you're going to hear about this.)
2. Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" video (2000)
During a field trip, our bus driver totally lost it after a group of boys started bouncing on the back of the bus to this song. Good times.
3. Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" video (1999)
This was peak 90s boy band.
4. Spice Girls' "Say You'll Be There" video (1996)
Before "Say You'll Be There", the Spice Girls were mostly seen as a girl group aimed at kids, and while that's true, "Say You'll Be There" showed the world that they actually had sex appeal.
5. Justin Timberlake from *NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" video (2000)
This video did the rest of NSYNC dirty.
6. Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan at the 1998 VMAs
While that dress would still raise eyebrows today, it probably won't scandalise people as much as it did 20 (OMG 20?!) years ago.
Because before streaming services like Netflix, we had to sit through all the TV commercials to get to the good stuff.
7. Surge / Sunny D
The drink in Charli's fridge is clearly the short-lived citrus-flavoured soft drink Surge, but the ad is a reference to an iconic Sunny D ad. (We'll never know what the "purple stuff" in the original commercial is.)
8. Hanes Her Way underwear
Remember when you didn't have to deal with thongs and lacy underthings? Those really were the days.
9. Baby G
All the cool kids had one.
These were actually really comfy.
11. Nokia (and a dog tag)
Real talk: Snake was dope.
Movies in the Troye Sivan x Charli XCX 1999 video
12. The Matrix (1999)
90s kids fell in two camps when it came to The Matrix: those who got completely obsessed with the movie and experienced their first existentialist crisis; those who just didn't get the movie at all.
13. Titanic (1998)
There was a time when that flute intro from "My Heart Will Go On" was enough to make most girls (and guys, let's be honest) teary-eyed.
14. American Beauty (1999)
Remember when we thought Kevin Spacey only played sexual predators in movies, and wasn't actually one in real life?
15. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Sure, this found footage movie didn't exactly age well, but you've got to admit that you found this terrifying when you thought it was real.
Random 90s things
16. The creepy dancing baby gif
Remember when the internet was a shiny new thing with nothing on it except Neopets and this dancing baby?
17. The Sims
Let's see a show of hands from everyone who spent their entire summer breaks playing this thing.
18. Steve Jobs with a jelly bean iMac
And AOL Instant Messenger!
19-23. 90s logos
Here we have: the original Google logo, Nickelodeon, Bubbalicious, TY (Beanie Babies), and Netscape.
Watch the Troye Sivan x Charli XCX 1999 music video here:
Which were your favourite references in the Troye Sivan and Charli XCX 1999 video?