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1995: Oasis leads a Brit-pop movement. In Europe, people care that Oasis feuds with Blur, but in the States a less silly battle, the East Coast/West Coast rap feuds begins. www.youtube.com
1996: Foo Fighters, featuring Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Pat Smear are the biggest band in America. www.youtube.com
1997: Radiohead release “OK Computer,” which is a good thing, but Creed release “My Own Prison,” which is a bad thing. www.youtube.com
2001: The Strokes release their debut, “Is This It?” It is it, apparently and leather-clad NYC bands become the new Millennium’s version of flannel-clad bands from Seattle. www.youtube.com
1999: Woodstock ’99 is dominated by bands continuing in an angrier version of the grunge tradition, but raised on “Licensed to Ill,” like Limp Bizkit and Rage Against the Machine. It’s a huge, violent mess. www.youtube.com
2000: Metallica files a suit against Napster, Eminem releases “The Marshall Matthers LP” and boy bands are the dominant force in pop music. www.youtube.com Music video by Eminem performing The Real Slim Shady. (C) 2000 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
2002: The iPod arrived in late 2001, but this was before people lined up outside of Apple stores to buy new wares from the computer company. By 2002, most music lovers with $300 to spare had invested in one. www.youtube.com
2003: Beyonce arrives, with her first solo effort, “Dangerously in Love.”That same year, Jay Z releases “The Black Album.” jay-z and beyonce do Bonnie and Clyde www.youtube.com
2004: Janet Jackson shows the world her nipple at the Super Bowl and Kanye West arrives with his debut album, “The College Dropout.” www.youtube.com
2005: Deadmau5 releases his debut album and DJ culture begins to become a global force to be reckoned with. www.youtube.com
2006: The mashup goes mainstream, with Danger Mouse having released “The Grey Album” two years previously, he paves the way for Girl Talk, who releases his genre-defining work, “Night Ripper.” www.youtube.com
2007: The world falls in love with Amy Winehouse. www.youtube.com
2008: Lady Gaga releases her debut, “The Fame.” www.youtube.com
2009: Michael Jackson dies. www.youtube.com
2010: Taylor Swift arrives. www.youtube.com
2011: Arcade Fire win Album of the Year Grammy, which is a good thing, but Amy Winehouse dies, which is a bad thing. www.youtube.com
2012: The surviving members of Nirvana reunite for a one-off with Paul McCartney, whose songs Kurt Cobain had once called “embarrassing.” www.youtube.com
2013: Miley Cyrus grows up, sticks her tongue out way too much and the world learns what it means to twerk. Cyrus, by the way, was born in November of 1992, just as Nirvana were wrapping up their tour for their breakthrough album, “Nevermind.”Cyrus has also been known to cover Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” live. This same year, “Teen Spirit” gets a workout in Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Holy Grail” single. www.youtube.com
1998: Britney Spears releases her “…Baby One More Time” single, opening the doors for her former “Mickey Mouse Club” cast mates like Christina Aguilera and JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync. www.youtube.com