The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99
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In 1999, record executives suddenly discovered that sexualized teen girls sold records. Blame the Spice Girls, I guess. The most irresistible specimen of all was Britney Spears, who tantalized shamelessly without ever acknowledging her electrified sex appeal. The nice 'n naughty ('n blonde) routine would quickly be replicated to varying degrees of hotness by Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson and a slew of others that nobody wants to remember.
If that paragraph came off a little creepy, you're beginning to get the picture. The teeny-poppers were icons to little girls and lonely men alike. Both, as it turned out, have a lot of disposable income.
Zenith of Popularity: Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time", released January 12, 1999, sold 17.4 million copies that year, making it the biggest-selling debut of all time for a female artist.
Where Are They Now: Reality TV. Britney Spears judges The X-Factor; Christina Aguilera does The Voice. Jessica Simpson found greater fame playing a ditz on cable than she ever did as a Britney wannabe. Mandy Moore landed a few Hollywood roles and transformed herself from sultry jailbait to America's sweetheart.