The ’90s were a great time to be alive. It’s not because of the frosted tips, Super Nintendo, and sure-fire pop songs, but also for some serious music. Although there are so many memorable tunes from this decade, it’s near impossible to pick out which is everyone’s favorite. So, the next time you’re off to karaoke, use these 10 songs as your playlist. We promise that the lyrics of these songs will have you feeling like a 90’s pop star in no time.
Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” (1997)
Let a college fraternity guy low E string, and he’ll give you an energetic rendition of this song. “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” is etched in the brains of ’90s kids for its simplicity. It has been played behind every high school homecoming reel since 1997. The song is just so darn catchy that it beats out any other tune on the radio when stuck at 3 am driving back from your friend’s house.
Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time” (1999)
It’s time to turn back the clock and reminisce on our favorite Britney Spears songs from the 90s. The Economist regarded baby One More Time for its greatest debt in pop music history. The song went platinum in the US, double-platinum in the UK, and triple-platinum in Australia. It picked up a Grammy nomination for the best pop album – surprising because it was her debut. We all remember “…Baby One More Time” most of all for giving us something special: middle school dances.
Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
The Bodyguard is a classic. The song “I Will Always Love You” was written by Dolly Parton way back in 1973 before being made famous by Whitney Houston. It’s one of the most influential romantic movies, and Whitney Houston put her own spin on it when she starred in it as Rachel Marron. Houston made the song iconic with a 14 week stay at number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 charts during 1993-1994.
Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (2000)
It’s not too difficult to remember the lyrics of “Who Let the Dogs Out?” The song was a major hit for children born between 1992 and 2002. The documentary about this song debuted at the South by Southwest Festival in 2019. However, it has since been met with rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (100% as of now).
Ricky Martin – “Livin’ La Vida Loca” (1999)
As Ricky Martin celebrated his 40th birthday, he reminisced about that fateful day when “Livin’ La Vida Loca” was released. He had just been a regular old child star trying to make it big, and that’s when the song changed everything for him. It scored four Grammy nominations. Moreover, it earned the valuable distinction of getting played at literally every middle schooler’s birthday party for ten years.
Spice Girls – “Wannabe” (1996)
It’s the 90s, and we all know that word: “Wannabe.” That is what you think when you see this song title. Released in 1996 by a new group called Spice Girls, “If You Wanna Be My Lover” introduced us to an era of pop music.
TLC – “No Scrubs” (1999)
We bet you know the song “No Scrubs” by TLC. It’s been a favorite of 90s kids for their whole life and is still popular today. If you haven’t heard this one before, then there’s something wrong with you because it was all over mainstream radio back in 1999. In fact, to this day, we can’t swipe through our dating apps without seeing someone who says they’re looking for no scrubs. Or they might be telling others not to be too picky about how they look like on Tinder (the app launched right around when No Scrubs came out).
R.E.M – “Losing My Religion” (1991)
“Losing My Religion” is the song that took R.E.M to stratospheric fame levels. They were eventually led into the prestigious Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in their first year. Released back in 1991, “Losing My Religion” spent 21 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart at its heyday. It also received two Grammys for Best Short Form Music Video and Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The song truly is an honorable feat that might never be accomplished again.
Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn” (1997)
We’re sure everyone knows the words “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. However, most don’t know that this catchy song was actually an Old Danish folk tune before becoming a popular American rock band’s cover. It went through multiple transformations before finally being released as one of the many versions sung in different languages.
Smash Mouth – “All-Star” (1999)
It’s hard to believe that you can watch a movie and not just see the character but hear their voice as well. The dulcet 90s songs of Shrek or Donkey are imprinted in our minds for eternity with Smash Mouth’s “All-Star.” The track was used as the movie’s soundtrack released on April 22nd, 2001 – 20 years ago.
In the comment section below, let us know about which of these top 90s songs you were crazy about in your childhood days.