‘Overprotected’ marked Britney Spears’ first true emancipation from her girl-next-door persona as she rejected many of the values she’d previously embodied.
With ‘Falling’, Boom! sought to put a slightly cooler spin on the Steps / S Club 7 formula before either group had the chance to do it themselves.
With ‘I Promise’, Stacie Orrico boldly sacrificed commercial success in order to satisfy fans of gloopy pop ballads everywhere (except America).
‘One Step At A Time’ was the third single from Jordin Sparks’ debut album and a textbook example of a good song that was elevated by a great singer.
‘Say You’ll Be Mine’ is a significant – yet oft-overlooked – curio from Steps, as their first single to feature every member of the group on lead vocals.
Holly Valance wasn’t afraid to shock. But the biggest surprise with ‘Naughty Girl’ is that it is so much more than a titillating piece of pop fluff.
‘I Am Blessed’ is – quite simply – one of the best songs Eternal released, delivering a performance easily as good as any by their American counterparts.
But few would have anticipated that Lolly’s festive single ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’ would transpire to be one of the most chillingly haunting songs of the ‘90s.
They might have been pop’s biggest rebels in the late ’90s, but even Five didn’t defy convention as they released a slushy ballad just in time for Christmas.
‘Everytime’ set the stage nicely for a1’s debut album, showcasing some credible musicianship behind the boyband fodder façade.