Taking it Back To 1996 With ZUUS

Takin' it back to our born year right quick.

MTV may have abandoned the music video, but the form is far from dead. Videos rack up hits on YouTube and Vevo by the million, breaking records in mere weeks. And now, in a Pandora-like vein, a platform has emerged to discover videos based on genre, mood, or curator.

ZUUS media has the most extensive music video catalogue available, dating all the way back to the 1970s. The brain child of former Sony, Viacom, and MTV execs, ZUUS allows you to tap into video playlists catered around relevance (Best of 2013), mood (Unwind), or artist (If you like . . . Pharrell). And as of today, you can time travel back to the past with the Mass Appeal: Est. 1996 playlist. In remembrance of our founding year, we assembled the 25 most important and memorable videos from 1996, with an emphasis on diversity. You’ll see such hip hop legends as Nas and OutKast, and rock heavyweights like Rage Against The Machine and The Smashing Pumpkins. Most prominent though is The Fugees, whose second and final studio album The Score dominated ’96.

A lot has changed since then, both in music and in media, and we’re psyched to bring you our trip down memory lane. Now press play, grab some lo mein, and reminisce. Oh, and you can peep the list, in alphabetical order, below.

112 “Only You”
Bad Religion “Streets of America”
Blackstreet “No Diggity”
Descendents “When I Get Old”
DJ Kool “Let Me Clear My Throat”
George Clinton “If Anybody Gets Funked Up”
Jamiroquai “Virtual Insanity”
Jeff Buckley “Grace”
Korn “A.D.I.D.A.S.”
Madball “Pride”
Marcys Playground “Sex and Candy”
Mark Morrison “Return of the Mack”
Michael Jackson “They Don’t Care About Us”
Nas “If I Ruled the World”
Nas “Street Dreams”
OutKast “Elevators”
R. Kelly “I Believe I Can Fly”
Rage Against the Machine “Bulls on Parade”
Smashing Pumpkins “Zero”
The Fugees “Ready or Not”
The Fugees “Cowboys”
The Fugees “Fu-Gee-La”
Too $hort “Gettin It”
Tracy Chapman “Give Me One Reason”
Warzone “The Sound of Revolution”

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