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It's equally fun and sad whenever one of those "kids from the '90s will remember" listicles or memes pops up on social media. Fun because of the inevitable nostalgia trip, but sad because it makes you realize that 1999 was nearly two decades ago. Yup, you're not actually a kid anymore if you grew up in the '90s. Let that sink in.

Okay, finished crying? Don't worry. All isn't lost just because you're on the older end of the millennial age group. The decade gave birth to some of the catchiest and fondest songs ever, most of which now populate throwback playlists on the radio. This list is our own selection of '90s hits for the perfect road trip. Each song on this playlist is ideal for common scenarios you'll come across on your drive.

Enjoy the nostalgia trip, and don't forget to pack your roller blades and tamagotchi.

 

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1) When you're with the squad. Back when baggy pants were in, everyone tuned in each week to watch the heartbreaks and hijinks of Ross, Rachel, and the gang on Friends. As kids, we all wished we would turn out as fun and charming when we hit our mid-20s. 

* Alternative: "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

 

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2) When you feel the need for speed. Most of you will remember this catchy song, but not its lyrics. When you feel the need to put the pedal down on the highway, this song's fast pace will pick up right alongside your speedometer. Along the way, you can even try and figure out just what the hell they're singing in the verses. 

* Alternative: "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys

 

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3) When you're with that special someone. This Dutch band is one of those Western acts that, for whatever reason, were bigger hits in Asia compared to the rest of the world. Maybe it was because of their simple yet soulful lyrics. Fun fact: Our very own Renz Verano actually covered this song in Tagalog. 

* Alternative: "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie & the Blowfish

 

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4) When you feel the need for some car-aoke. If you ever want a group of 20- to 30-somethings to spontaneously break out into song, few will get the job done better than this rock classic. Sing it with us now: "Today is gonna be the day..."

* Alternative: "Kisapmata" by Rivermaya

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5) When you get philosphical and want to feel young again. Yeah, growing old sucks, so it's nice to feel young again even if it's only through your car's radio. Since this list is about driving, why not reminisce about the days when you were yearning to get behind the wheel for the first time?

* Alternative: "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

 

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6) When you're driving late at night. When the sun sets and you're still on the road, you might want some music that's as melancholy as your surroundings. Just make sure you're ready for a sudden onset of feels. 

* Alternative: "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve

 

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7) When you need to jolt yourself awake. You need to be alert at all times when you're driving. If you ever feel like you're about to doze off , simply turn up the bass and crank the volume on this meme-worthy hit. 

* Alternative: "Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim

 

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8) When you get lost. Try as you might, things don't always go your way, especially with land travel and its confusing detours. This song perfectly captures that feeling of isolation when you get lost, however temporary it may be. 

 

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9) When you're with your family. That feeling of getting old only amplifies when you have children. Still, a long road trip is the perfect time to share your favorite songs with the next generation. The more upbeat, the better. 

 

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10) When you're with your childhood friends. If you really want to relive the decade on a road trip, then you best do it with the people who experienced it with you. And there's nothing more '90s than a boy band song. 

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Jason Tulio
Online Staff Writer
Like most guys, Jason inherited his love for cars from watching his dad talk about and tinker with them while he was growing up. Since then, he has leveled up into the roles of motoring journalist/wannabe mechanic/concerned motorist.
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