Virtual Insanity Part 5: Epilogue

Virtual Insanity: The Introduction

Virtual Insanity: The Administrative Hoo-Ha

Virtual Insanity Part 1: The Run-Around On Bended Knee That You Oughta Know (1994-1995)

Virtual Insanity Part 2: The Lovefool is Doin’ It With The Beautiful People in 1979 (1996)

Virtual Insanity Part 3: My Heart Will Go On to Tubthump at 3am (1997)

Virtual Insanity Part 4: Jumpin Jumpin Summer Girls Livin La Vida Loca and Tearin’ Up My Heart (1998-1999)


At 87 songs, this playlist goes on for a total of 5.9 hours.  That should be enough to send even the most well-adjusted stalwart into a soggy heap of preteen angst.  I had a lot of fun doing this, even if there were a few songs that I simply couldn’t find to download and thus did not include: “I Know” by Dionne Farris and “Legend Of A Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola come to mind.

Probably the best moment of the whole thing was going over Thursday’s post with my friend Ann and hearing her boyfriend ask “What the fuck is wrong with you?!” after I revealed the existence of Jordan Knight’s “Give It To You.”  If I’m making you recoil from the screen in horror, I feel like my job is done, and I didn’t even have to include Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” to achieve this.

But as a travel playlist?  You know, I think this works.  There’s sing-a-long material: “Chicka-chicka-cherry-COLA!”  There’s conversation pieces: “You went to Titanic HOW MANY times?!”  There’s moments of teenage PTSD angst popping through: “Ever had a “The Boy Is Mine” faceoff?”  And it’s long, enough for the bulk of a cross-continent flight over North America.

The playlist from start to finish is below.  And I think this is the most fun I’ve ever had putting such a list together.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to repack my Caboodle pencil case and my Five-Star zip binder and head out for another day among the Sun-Ripened Raspberry masses.

  1. “The Sign” by Ace of Base
  2. “I Swear” by All 4 One
  3. “Run-Around” by Blues Traveler
  4. “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men
  5. “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band
  6. “When I Come Around” by Green Day
  7. “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders
  8. “Another Night” by Real McCoy
  9. “Creep” by TLC
  10. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morrisette
  11. “Good” by Better Than Ezra
  12. “I Believe” by Blessid Union of Souls
  13. “Closer to Free” by BoDeans
  14. “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio
  15. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
  16. “Santa Monica” by Everclear
  17. “Til I Hear It From You” by Gin Blossoms
  18. “Insensitive” by Jann Arden
  19. “You Were Meant For Me” by Jewel
  20. “I Kissed A Girl” by Jill Sobule
  21. “Lightning Crashes” by Live
  22. “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
  23. “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt
  24. “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Oasis
  25. “Angry Johnny” by Poe
  26. “Kissed by a Rose” by Seal
  27. “Strong Enough” by Sheryl Crow
  28. “I Wish” by Skee-lo
  29. “As I Lay Me Down” by Sophie B. Hawkins
  30. “No Diggity” by Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre
  31. “The Distance” by Cake
  32. “Lovefool” by The Cardigans
  33. “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis
  34. “Stupid Girl” by Garbage
  35. “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai
  36. “Doin’ It” by LL Cool J
  37. “Naked Eye” by Luscious Jackson
  38. “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson
  39. “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” by Paula Cole
  40. “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America
  41. “If I Run” by Semisonic
  42. “Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin
  43. “1979” by Smashing Pumpkins
  44. “What I Got” by Sublime
  45. “Mother Mother” by Tracy Bonham
  46. “California Love” by 2pac feat. Dr. Dre
  47. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
  48. “Zoot Suit Riot” by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
  49. “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba
  50. “MMMBop” by Hanson
  51. “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo
  52. “I Do” by Lisa Loeb
  53. “Mo Money Mo Problems” by Mase, Puff Daddy, and Notorious B.I.G.
  54. “3 A.M.” by Matchbox 20
  55. “Building a Mystery” by Sarah McLachlan
  56. “I Want You” by Savage Garden
  57. “All For You” by Sister Hazel
  58. “Walking On The Sun” by Smash Mouth
  59. “Fly” by Sugar Ray
  60. “How’s It Gonna Be” by Third Eye Blind
  61. “If You Could Only See’ by Tonic
  62. “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers
  63. “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica
  64. “Lately” by Divine
  65. “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry
  66. “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain
  67. “Inside Out” by Eve 6
  68. “When The Lights Go Out” by Five
  69. “Can I Get A…” by Jay-Z
  70. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia
  71. “You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals
  72. “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N*SYNC
  73. “Lullaby” by Shawn Mullins
  74. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer
  75. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
  76. “What’s My Age Again?” by Blink-182
  77. “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
  78. “Jumpin’ Jumpin” by Destiny’s Child
  79. “Slide” by Goo Goo Dolls
  80. “Give It To You” by Jordan Knight
  81. “Summer Girls” by LFO
  82. “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit
  83. “Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega
  84. “Heartbreaker” by Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z
  85. “Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)” by The Offspring
  86. “Guerilla Radio” by Rage Against The Machine
  87. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

5 thoughts on “Virtual Insanity Part 5: Epilogue

  1. And I just found a song that encompasses many of your mix picks. As I said before, you truly are a unique individual, and I look forward to the next time you torture me with bad music. 🙂

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  3. HAD to comment on your mix lists.. OMGG i just relived SOOO many memories reading your songs… i will say though, that ‘i want you back’ is by FAR *nsync’s better song. although, tearin’ up my heart isn’t bad. 🙂

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