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What are your top ten favorite songs from the 90s?

    By: Mike T.
    • 10. Leaving on a jetplane by Chantel Kreviazuk
    • 9. Evan and Jaron by Crazy for this girl
    • 8. Thank You by Dido
    • 7. Cryin' by Aerosmith
    • 6. E.I. by Nelly
    • 5. Daughter by Pearl Jam
    • 4. We can do it by Naughty by nature
    • 3. Shine by Collective Soul
    • 2. All for you (acoustic) by Sister Hazel
    • 1. Shimmer by Fuel

    Runners up: U2-with or without you; oasis-don't look back in anger; creed-hihger; metallica-the unforgiven; Dr. Dre-the next episode; Nate Dogg and Warren G-Regulate; Live-Lightening Crashes
    By: Josh
    • 10. Unbelievable by Notorious BIG
      Premier, Biggy... It makes the list!
    • 9. Quiet Storm by Mobb Deep
    • 8. Protect Ya Neak (36 Chambers) by Wu Tang
    • 7. You Know My Steez by Gang Starr
    • 6. Respiration by Black Star
    • 5. Smile by Scarface
    • 4. Hit 'em Up by Tupac
    • 3. Me and My Bitch by Notorious BIG
    • 2. Paparazzi by Xzibit
    • 1. Renee by Lost Boyz
      The best song ever... enough said

    By: amanda
    • 10. The Sign by Ace of Base
    • 9. Hero by Mariah Carey
    • 8. End of the Road by Boyz to Men
    • 7. Waterfall by T.L.C
    • 6. Can't Touch This by M.C Hammer
    • 5. Ironic by Alanis Morisett
    • 4. Scream by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
    • 3. Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
    • 2. I will always love you by Whitney Houston
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

    By: Meghan
    • 10. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
      This is band is one of the best guilty pleasures of the 90s...not the greatest most memorable band in the world, but they sing great catchy songs. This one brings back great memories for me!
    • 9. Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
      It would be impossible to discuss the music of the 90s without mentioning Dave Matthews Band. They are among the only true musicians out there today, and this song just makes you feel great!
    • 8. Macarena by Los Del Rio
      Had to put it on here somewhere!
    • 7. Wonderwall by Oasis
      They may be rude and obnoxious, but as much as you hate them, you can't help but love their music! This is probably their most famous hit.
    • 6. Tonight Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins
      This song tore up the MTV Awards in 1996. This band is continually putting out great songs, and this is one of the best.
    • 5. Glycerine and Don't Speak by Bush and No Doubt
      These are two wonderful songs, and since I couldnt cut my list down to 10, i decided to include these both here.
    • 4. Time of Your Life by Green Day
      A very simple song, with only 3 chords, but it something about it just really touches you.
    • 3. Candle in the Wind 1997 by Elton John
      Probably one of the biggest hits of that year. It wouldnt be right to leave it off this list, and besides, I just cant get enough of it!
    • 2. November Rain by Guns n Roses
      Do I even need to explain this?
    • 1. Come as You Are by Nirvana
      Indisputably, THE best band of the 1990s, and this song just sums it all up. Kurt Cobain was an absolute genius.

    Wow...this is really really hard!! Im going to have to include some honorable mentions, because you just cant talk about the 90s without mentioning: Alanis Morisette- anything off Jagged Little Pill Celine Dion- Its all Coming Back to me Now, My Heart Will Go on, and Because you Loved Me Hanson- MMMBop Fastball- The Way anything by Beck The Wallflowers- One Headlight, 6th Avenue Heartache The Verve Pipe- Freshmen Garth Brooks- THe Dance Shania Twain- Any Man of Mine Coolio- Gangstas Paradise and most importantly, anything by Madonna, Boyz II Men, and Mariah Carey
    By: Andie
    • 10. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
      Yeah, okay, so the song pretty much sucked...but it changed rap forever, so i'd say it deserves a spot.
    • 9. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
    • 8. Glycerine by Bush
    • 7. Faith by Limp Bizkit
      This was a great remake!!
    • 6. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
    • 5. Dammit by Blink 182
      This song is incredibly accurate on describing what it's like to grow up.
    • 4. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
      Very very good song...
    • 3. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      yeah, grunge rock...blah blah...changed everything...blah blah.
    • 2. What's This Life For by Creed
      This song means a lot to me...it was a great song...
    • 1. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      This was a really good song, and it has a lot of meaning behind it...the emotion that went into this song makes it incredible.

    By: adam s.
    • 10. isreal's son by silverchair
      grunge is never gonna die!!
    • 9. self esteem by the offspring
      a catchy punk tune, this song serves as a small aspect of teenage life.
    • 8. closer by nine inch nails
      n.i.n.'s first break through song in the nineties. a great follow up from pretty hate machine.
    • 7. heart-shaped box by nirvana
      perhaps a little overshadowed by their earlier album, heart-shaped box embodied of the nineties' greatest albums (in utero)
    • 6. disarm by smashing pumpkins
      one of the best ballads ever written!
    • 5. jeremy by pearl jam
      the best song by one of the nineties' biggest bands.
    • 4. enter sandman by metallica
      beautifully constructed and organized. that dark, heavy, mysterious beat has an awesome effect.
    • 3. give it away by red hot chili peppers
      leader of the funk-punk revolution.
    • 2. smells like teen spirit by nirvana
      a classic!! grunge summed up the nineties in five minutes and one second.
    • 1. under the bridge by red hot chili peppers
      perfect!! the epitomy of the beauty of rock 'n roll

    • 10. shine by collective soul
      a great alternative-love song!!!
    • 9. the perfect drug by nine inch nails
      hallucinating song! and if you've watched the video, you'll understand why this song is such a great song.
    • 8. no rain by blind melon
      oh this is a pure mellow rock ballad. but it's so cool!
    • 7. epic by faith no more
      there wouldn't be KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, or KID ROCK without this song. The first mix between hard rock and hip-hop ever made.
    • 6. black hole sun by soundgarden
      amazing song! it freaks me out everytime I hear it... The video is maybe the best of the 90's
    • 5. smells like teen spirit by Nirvana
      the 1st. grunge song. When I hear it, I feel something special, the same feeling that was present since it was released... can't explain it!
    • 4. basket case by Green Day
      wow!! the best GREEN DAY song, it's so cool!!! and so 90's!!
    • 3. plush by stone temple pilots
      like, the best alternative rock song of the 90's? I think so!!!
    • 2. interstate love song by stone temple pilots
      I love this song, it makes me feel ... good the best STP song!
    • 1. the unforgiven 2 by metallica
      my favorite song of all time! It talks about love! and it's a rock song! the best song of the 90's...uhm I think so.

    What do you think??! I'd be glad to receive comments!
    By: Will
    • 10. As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins
      Ever since I first heard this song, I have been in love with it.
    • 9. Van Halen by Right Now
      This song is about the opposite of the music of its time. Most other songs are depressing while this one tells you to do something positive about it.
    • 8. Red Red Wine by UB40
      This song is great because it is very different from the other music that released at the same time. It is a mix of reggae and pop that forms together quite well.
    • 7. Killing Me Softly by The Fugees
      A great remake. The soul of this song enters into a listener everytime.
    • 6. Sheep Go To Heaven by Cake
      This song is absolutely great. Not only do the lyrics make no sense, but the chorus and title come from the Bible. What an odd mixture of sources to create a wonderful song. Cake deserves more respect.
    • 5. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
      Same note as #4. It gets stuck in your head - but in a good way.
    • 4. Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis
      Something about this song can always cheer me up. The song just sounds beautiful.
    • 3. Losing My Religion by REM
      Great simple song. Not much else to say about it.
    • 2. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
      Just indulge me with this one, I love this song. There is something about her voice. Plus, when she does that dance in the video I just melt.
    • 1. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
      Listening to this song makes you think that music will never be that same again. It's that good!

    I tried to list the ten songs that should mean the most to the average listener. I tried to blend in a variety of styles and not emphasis the style I like most.
    By: Allan
    • 10. Break And Enter by The Prodigy
      Absolutely brilliant breakbeat thumper featuring a spine-tingling vocal riff.
    • 9. Emotions by Mariah Carey
      I was a Mariah fanatic in the early to mid 90s and this will always be my fave.
    • 8. Beautiful by Matt Darey's Mash Up
      This song is actually from this year but it HAS to be in here
    • 7. Saltwater by Chicane
      It grabs you tight and wont let go.
    • 6. White Treble Black Bass by Seargent Slick
      This is seriously the funkiest song i have ever heard
    • 5. Gouryella by Gouryella
      What can I say? More perfection from Ferry Corsten.
    • 4. Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos
      I have never heard a more breathtaking piano sequence. Tori is incredible.
    • 3. Follow Me by Green Court
      The adrenaline rush created by this awe-inspiring pounder send shivers down my spine.
    • 2. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack
      This song seriously makes me want to cry. Undoutedly Massive Attack's finest.
    • 1. Barber's Adagio For Strings - Ferry Corsten Mix by William Orbit
      This is amazing. The defining moment of trance for the entire century. Ferry Corsten is sheer genius.

    This list is a testament to my overwhelming love of dance music.
    By: adam s.
    • 10. walk this way by aerosmith
    • 9. stayin alive by the bee-gees
    • 8. bohemian rhapsody by queen
    • 7. piano man by billy joel
    • 6. let it be by the beatles
    • 5. iron man by black sabbath
    • 4. dream on by aerosmith
    • 3. we will rock you by queen
    • 2. we are the champions by queen
    • 1. stairway to heaven by led zepplin

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