My middle school years marked the first time in my life when I actively curated my musical interests. Before then, I had very little knowledge of artists, aside from the Spice Girls and whoever the latest weekly musical guests on All That were (although, that is the show that first introduced me to the Backstreet Boys!) But around sixth and seventh grade, I started to really pay attention, beyond the catchy hits on the radio and soundtracks to my favorite cartoons. I sought out new bands, decided which Top 40 hits I actually enjoyed, and listened to Blink-182 for the first time because this boy Anthony who sat in front of me in history class wore one of their patches on the back of his jacket, and I got curious. I even began watching music videos, as it was around this time the original TRL hit its peak.
Those middle school memories just so happened to cover the year 2002, which is the subject of Anne-Marie‘s latest music video, “2002.” The track, fresh off her debut album Speak Your Mind, combines a little bit of Britney Spears with a little *NSYNC and a touch of Nelly for a nostalgia-filled look back in time. The music video ups the throwback moments even further, by mixing early Britney “Baby One More Time” schoolgirl imagery with “Bye Bye Bye” dance moves and precise nods to the musical era.
I just so happen to be Anne-Marie’s exact age, so this work hit me hard. The little blonde girl with the butterfly clips in her hair? IT ME, GUYS.
If these songs meant a lot to you in 2002 (and beyond), you may just find yourself tearing up at Anne-Marie’s brilliant homage and memorable scene recreation. If you’re not the specific age she’s talking about though, you’ll still be able to relate the lyrics back to your own schoolyard days, and the sounds you associate with growing up. And maybe this track itself just may become part of those memories.
Check out Anne-Marie’s “2002” music video above, and make sure to leave us your own reactions below.