The 90s decade gave birth to many trends and fads that were never really flattering in any way. Yet, what some people don’t know about this period is the plethora of amazing romantic songs. Such songs captured listeners’ hearts with their melodies, lyrics, and rhythms.
This list brings together 10 of the most romantic 90s songs. With experimentations and change for love songs, artists tried to find new ways to express romance. Whether you’re looking for something nostalgic or upbeat, these are sure-fire winners.
Boyz II Men – “I’ll Make Love To You”
The song “I’ll Make Love to You” is a stunning showcase for vocalist Wayná Morris. It was written and produced by ’90s R&B savant Babyface who has been credited with creating slow jams in the past. The tune reached No 1 on the Hot 100 chart making it one of Boyz II Men’s most popular romantic songs from the 90s.
Sinéad O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
The ’90s were an excellent decade for music. Sinéad O’Connor’s vocals on “Nothing Compares 2 U” are some of the most haunting, beautiful, and raw that you’ll ever hear in a breakup song. When it came out more than 30 years ago, this track felt as fresh then as it does now.
Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
Whitney Houston’s iconic voice is the perfect instrument to gracefully sing one of Dolly Parton’s most memorable romantic songs from the 90s. The song “I Will Always Love You” has sold upwards of 20 million copies worldwide and remains popular today in 2021. Houston has belted out her signature high note on the chorus, creating something truly magical.
The Cardigans – “Lovefool”
The Cardigans’ “Lovefool” is surprisingly dark, but the message comes across with a surprising level of restraint and wit. The drums on this song are fun while still providing an underlying tone that’s anything but happy. Nina Persson delivers some incredibly witty lyrics about desperate love. She asks her partner to convincingly pretend they’re in love when really, he’s dumping her for someone else.
Seal – “Kiss from a Rose”
“Kiss From a Rose” was originally meant to be used in the love scene of Batman Forever. The song, however, ended up being placed at the end credits. It went on to win Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of The Year in 1996.
The Roots ft. Erykah Badu & Eve – “You Got Me”
You’ll get your dancing shoes on when you hear this track from The Roots, “You Got Me.” It expertly depicts relationship insecurities that come with distance and different lifestyles. Yet the Grammy-winning song ultimately has a positive outlook: “If you were worried ’bout where / I been or who I saw or what club we went to last night,” Erykah Badu memorably sings on the hook. The song has stayed relevant for over two decades since its release.
Elton John – “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is a piano-powered ballad about love that can tame even the most restless hearts. Just imagine after pondering over these lines: “And can you feel the love tonight? / How it’s laid to rest / It seems enough for kings and vagabonds/ To believe in very best.”
Meat Loaf – “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”
The power ballad “I Would Do Anything For Love,” written by rock icon Jim Steinman, was a proto-meme. We’re never sure what this song says at first listen. Meat Loaf won himself some Grammys for his performance on the track in 1994. Since then, he has become known as one of the best vocalists ever existed.
K-Ci & JoJo – “All My Life”
K-Ci & JoJo’s “All My Life” is one of their classic R&B ballads. It showcases the brothers’ talent for singing a beautiful harmony that can fill you with joy and love no matter what the mood is. The duo came close to giving this song away. Later they realized how much people would enjoy hearing them sing together again. They were happy to hold onto it to share their gift with us all over again.
Céline Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
“My Heart Will Go On” has been played so many times that it is undoubtedly the most overplayed song of all time. This love-filled ballad will never be forgotten if people have ears and hearts. It complements a playlist full of romance and love for the significant other.
Which of these 90s romantic songs is your favorite? Would you like to dedicate one to your partner? Let us know in the comments section below.