Spotlight: Summer 1997

ALL the hits from many genres, all from twenty years ago this summer.


What’s in this playlist?

Every top 40 hit that peaked in that season of that year, plus other songs that missed the top 40 but that have gone down as classics, or as influential, or as memorable novelties.

Are any songs missing?

Only the ones that aren’t available on Spotify. A list of these songs is shown in the playlist description.

How are the songs arranged?

Some of the biggest hits show up at the very top. After that the songs are arranged sonically, with like genres grouped together. At the bottom of the list are the “dregs”: songs that qualify for the list, but which turned out not to be all that memorable or important. If you know the songs at the bottom, you’re probably a connoisseur of this specific slice of the pop music timeline.