Every Single '90s Reference In Charli XCX & Troye Sivan's '1999' Video

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Originally published on October 11, 2018 3:11 pm

Wow, so I knew every single reference in Charli XCX and Troye Sivan's club-ready, '90s-packed "1999" video. It's a pop cultural knowledge deeply embedded in my soul, and it's with a mixture of pride and embarrassment that I present to you, for journalism, every Spice Girl, Backstreet Boy and chat window from memory.

  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • Charli as Steve Jobs and turtleneck posing with an iMac G3
  • Charli as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in TLC's "Waterfalls" video
  • Charli as Rose, Troye as Jack in Titanic
  • Charli as all five Spice Girls in the "Say You'll Be There" video
  • Charli as New Radicals' Gregg Alexander, complete with Skechers and bucket hat
  • Troye as all of the Backstreet Boys in the "I Want It That Way" video
  • Troye as Eminem in "The Real Slim Shady" video
  • Charli covered in rose petals, a la Angela Hayes in American Beauty
  • Charli as Rose McGowan, Troye as Marylin Manson at the 1998 VMAs
  • Charli and Troye as Sims characters
  • Charli in Aqua's "Barbie Girl" video
  • The Ooga Chaka Baby on a Geocities-style homepage
  • Charli as Trinity, Troye as Neo in The Matrix
  • Troye as frosted, Ramen-curls Justin Timberlake circa N*SYNC
  • Charli in The Blair Witch Project
  • Hanes Her Way
  • Water-proof wrist watches
  • Nokia cell phones
  • Surge soda
  • eBay, Nickelodeon, Bubbalicious gum, Beanie Babies, Netscape logos
  • AOL's "goodbye" sign-off

Thank you for coming to my TED Talk, or whatever the late '90s version of a TED Talk would have been.

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