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11 songs that'll take you right back to the Irish summer of 1995

1995 was a great year for excellent summer tunes.

AH, THE SUMMER OF 1995 – the warmest summer on record. How could you not remember it? Or the exceptional tunes that soundtracked it?

Yes. These songs are all 20 years old. *dies*

1. So Good – Boyzone

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In July of 1995, five Irish lads called Keith, Mikey, Shane, Ronan and Stephen (RIP) were just about to cross over into superstardom.

This was their first upbeat single, one of only four upbeat songs they would release in the band’s lifetime. Really.

2. Country House – Blur

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Is “He lives in a house, a very big house in the counTRAYYYY…” not the catchiest hook of all time?

Country House was number one in Ireland for five weeks in 1995, fending off stiff competition from…

3. Roll With It – Oasis

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They say Blur’s record label purposely moved forward the release of Country House to clash with Roll With It, thus beginning one of the biggest rivalries the music world has ever seen.

People are still fighting over which was the better song, 20 years on. (It’s Country House, soz Oasis fans.)

4. Boom Boom Boom – The Outhere Brothers

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Boom BOOMBOOM, lemmehearyousaywayo – WAYO!

It was stuck in your head then, and it’ll be stuck in your head now.

5. Never Forget – Take That

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As Boyzone entered the pop world in 1995, Take That were just about to leave it.

After Robbie Williams left, the band released Never Forget as a four-piece – and broke up less than a year later to mass hysteria. Boo.

6. Kiss From A Rose – Seal

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Kiss From A Rose soundtracked Batman Forever – a blockbuster of a song fit for a blockbuster of a movie.

It’s still a right belter. Go on, sing along.

7. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

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You might have heard of a little TV show called Friends? No? Anyway, the growing popularity of the sitcom catapulted its theme tune to the top of the charts.

Let’s be honest, it’s still one of the best theme songs going.

8. A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins

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This sounded like pretty much nothing else on the radio in 1995, and stormed the charts all over the world.

Its inclusion on the Empire Records soundtrack pretty much sealed the deal.

9. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - U2

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U2′s contribution to the Batman Forever soundtrack was also a massive deal in the summer of 1995.

We could have done without ever hearing Bono’s weird moaning at the end. Thanks all the same.

10. Alright – Supergrass

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The lyrics of Alright perfectly captured how it felt to be a teen in the summer of ’95 - who could resist proclaiming they had “teeth, nice and clean”?

It’s still in heavy rotation on the radio today, and rightly so.

11. Waterfalls – TLC

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Written by Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (RIP), Waterfalls became an instant R’N'B classic in 1995.

People still believe that they’re saying “Don’t go, Jason Waterfalls” in the chorus. Seriously.

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