As ‘Barbie Girl’ turns 25, is life still so plastic and fantastic?

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“Barbie Girl”, the earworm to end all earworms and perhaps Europe’s most hated and loved dancefloor popsong of the 1990s, is now 25 years old. The bubblegum anthem from Danish-Norwegian music group Aqua took the World by storm in April of 1997, making it to the top of the charts around Europe by November, when the song was performed on Top of the Pops. A number one hit in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK, the europop anthem also charted in the US and Australia with its perky and catchy hook: “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” In the vocal part and corresponding video, singer Lene Ny…

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