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It was the 90’s. We were young, we were confused, and, when it came to love and sex, we were starved for good information. With nowhere else to turn, we learned what we could from the songs we traded on mixtapes and awkwardly swayed to at school dances. But what did we learn?

Spice Girls

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If you want to be someone’s lover, you have take the time to get to know their friends. (Turns out, that’s actually pretty good advice.)

Boyz 2 Men

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Sometimes, you need to set aside the whole night for epic love-making.

TLC

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Scrubs: don’t date one, don’t be one.

En Vogue

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When you lock it, you lose it.

Salt N Pepa

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Talk. About. Sex.

Ace of Bass

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You shouldn’t keep dating someone just because you think they’re going to drag you up into the light where you belong. No one’s going to do that for you.

Backstreet Boys

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If you want it that way, you need to be clear about which way you mean or things get real confusing.

‘N Sync

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When you’ve had enough, even if it sounds crazy, it’s time to say bye bye. Bye.

Christina Aguilera

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Something about how to get a genie off? Not sure.

Britney Spears

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Nobody’s that innocent.

Avril Lavigne

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Act like yourself. You make things very complicated when you don’t.

Alanis Morissette

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It’s not fair to deny someone of the cross they bear, if you’re the one who gave them that cross.

Foo Fighters

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You can talk about it and carry on, but you really don’t know who you’re gonna fall for. Or… into.

No Doubt

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When you’re breaking up with someone, you maybe don’t need list all the reasons.

Counting Crows

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The right circumstances, like, say… a flamenco guitar and a few drinks, can make anyone suddenly beautiful.

Pulp

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Even when sex is just sex, it’s not just sex.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Love is free. Say hell yes to it.

Tom Waits

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You don’t meet nice girls in coffee shops.

Belle and Sebastian

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“Seeing other people” is usually kind of a joke.

They Might Be Giants

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Smart, funny, and nice can go a pretty long way.

Liz Phair

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It’s harder to be friends than lovers, and you shouldn’t try to mix the two.

Green Day

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You can’t go forcing something if it’s just not right.

Blink 182

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If you’re making out with someone and they take off your pants, don’t go turning on the TV. It’s kind of immature.

Gin Blossoms

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The past is lost, but something might be found to take it’s place.

Pearl Jam

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Love will turn you into a twitching, howling, bug-eyed maniac.

The Magnetic Fields

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They pretty much covered everything.