Every Nod to the '90s in Charli XCX & Troye Sivan's '1999' Music Video

By Taylor Fields

October 12, 2018

Charli XCX and Troye Sivan are taking us all back to one of the greatest decades of all time: the '90s. Specifically, 1999.

It was an exciting time! There were some great movies made (*cough cough, Titanic, cough cough*), it was THE time for boy bands (you still listen to BSB and *NSYNC and you know it), and it was also a time of fantastic fashion trends. And in Charli and Troye's "1999" visual, we get to relive it all and party like it's 1999. 

"1999" is full of '99 references in the lyrics alone. Like in the chorus when they sing, "I just wanna go back, sing 'Hit me baby, one more time'," a nod to Britney Spears' breakout hit. And in the first verse when Charli says, "Drive 'round listening to Shady like, oh," remembering all of Eminem's iconic songs from that era. And in the music video, they've stepped it up with even more '90s nostalgia.

The "1999" music video, directed by Ryan Staake, remembers all of the biggest pop culture references from that year, including all of the most popular movies, pop stars, fashion trends, tech and so much more. Take a look:

1. Steve Jobs and the colorful iMac computer ad campaign ... with AOL Instant Messenger (AKA AIM)

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

2. The Spice Girls "Say You'll Be There" music video

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

3. Titanic

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

4. TLC's "Waterfalls" music video

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

5. The Sims

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

6. Baby G Watches

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

7. The OG viral video: The Dancing Baby

Also known as "Baby Cha-Cha"

Charli XCX "1999" Music Video

8. Marilyn Manson & Rose McGowan at the VMAs

The original naked dress

"Baby Cha-Cha,"

9. American Beauty

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

10. The Nokia cell phone that everyone had

And also played Snake on

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

11. Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" music video

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

12. Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" music video

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

13. *NYSNC's "Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)" music video

Also, Justin Timberlake's SPAGHETTI HAIR!

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

14. THE kicks of '99: Sketchers

Not to mention a nod to the New Radicals

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

15. The Matrix

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

16. Coca Cola's rival to Pepsi's Mountain Dew: Surge

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

17. The Blair Witch Project

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

18. This '90s Hanes ad

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

19. And a subtle shoutout to TY beanie babies, Nickelodeon, eBay, Bubble Tape gum, and Netscape:

Charli XCX & Troye Sivan "1999" Music Video

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