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

    By: Sara
    • 10. End Of Road by Boyz To Men
      I love all of boyz to men..
    • 9. Ex- Factor by Lauryn Hill
      Technically this whole album is tight... this is the womens bible.. I would have never gotten over my ex, without this song...
    • 8. I'm Just A Girl by No Doubt
      THE womens anthem...
    • 7. Whoomp There It Is by 95 South
      heck, Im from miami.. how can that not be a great song...:)
    • 6. More Than Words by Extreme
    • 5. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
      Only so high up, becuase of its effect on me... plus my crush on vanilla :)
    • 4. Crazy by Aerosmith
      Not only was this a rockin song.. but the video was hott..
    • 3. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Again a great and infuential song
    • 2. I Get Around by Tupac
      I love 2pac... enuff said...
    • 1. I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd
      The quintessential "can I --- you" of the early 90's :)

    this may not be in order but its hard to cover a whole decade.. some of these songs were just more influential to me.. but ALL good.. go listen!!!!
    By: Nate Luksa
    • 10. What Its Like by Everlast
    • 9. No Rain by Blind Melon
    • 8. Loser by Beck
    • 7. Rooster by Allice In Chains
    • 6. 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 5. The Freshmen by The Vevre
    • 4. Basket Case by Green Day
    • 3. Mr Jones by Counting Crows
    • 2. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

    anyone who dosnt ahve smells like teen spirit in there list is a liar
    By: Darren
    • 10. Go To Sleep by Roxette
      Sad and beautiful...awesome ballad
    • 9. Perfect Day by Duran Duran
      Better than the original.So sweet...
    • 8. Rain by Madonna
      Madonna`s best song
    • 7. Who`s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses by U2
      Best song on ACHTUNG BABY...best song of U2...
    • 6. Crash And Burn by Savage Garden
    • 5. Sweet 16 by Feeder
    • 4. Yuko nd Hiro by Blur
      strange and beautiful...bad memories comes back though
    • 3. Ordinary World by Duran Duran
    • 2. Kung Av Sand by Gyllene Tider
      Swedish rock....amazing song...
    • 1. She Doesn`t Live Here Anymore by Roxette
      Soft rock mastery....90`s THE BEST

    By: Paul Torchia
    • 10. The Unforgiven 1 by Metallica
      hard to choose their best song, but you cant put a list of the best 90's songs without at least one. others i would have liked to include were - nothing else matters, enter sandman, and the unforgiven 2.
    • 9. One Headlight by The Wallflowers
    • 8. Gin Blossoms by Allison Road
    • 7. Long December by Counting Crows
    • 6. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
      awesome lyrics, the only song i really like by them though.
    • 5. Right Now by Van Halen
      One song that definitly inspired me musically
    • 4. Fields Of Gold by Sting
      great lyrics, the song that made me pick a pen and attempt to write myself
    • 3. Everybody Hurts by Rem
      awesome inspiring song, loved the video. i still cant get stuck in a traffic jam without remembering this song. first song i learned on guitar. the most beautiful thing about this song is it's simplicity
    • 2. Bed Of Roses by Bon Jovi
    • 1. November Rain by Guns N Roses
      great song, awesome lyrics and instrumentation. slashes guiatr solo is definitly one of the best of the nineties

    By: Crazzzzy K.
    • 10. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    • 9. Black Balloon by Goo Goo Dolls
    • 8. All I Want by Toad the Wet Sprocket
    • 7. Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik
    • 6. Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground
    • 5. Talk Show Host by Radiohead
    • 4. Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry
      Probably their only good song...but its one of the best ever.
    • 3. Glycerine by Bush
    • 2. I'm Money by Zebrahead
      Little known band with great songs.
    • 1. Wonderwall by Oasis
      I can listen to this song over and over.

    Nivana is an awesome band, people should use their imagination when putting lists together. Smells Like Teen Spirit will live on forever, but think outside the box next time.
    By: Adam
    • 10. Space Boy by Smashing Pumpkins
      I have been a big fan of them since their first album. They are truly musical geniuses. This song is an emotional song that I will forever remember.
    • 9. Creep by Stone Temple Pilots
      Stone Temple Pilots is the only band to get on here twice. Im not 100% sure if they wrote this song or not, but This song is great. They deffinitly perform it well. This is my personal favorites of the band. Just wish they could get a tour going without running into "problems".
    • 8. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
      Im not a big fan of them....but its a well written song, and they are native from my area (Buffalo NY). This song is powerful. It deserves to be on the list.
    • 7. November Rain by Guns N Roses
      Great song, but was missing something......Im not quite sure what though...lol. They probably deserved better, but this list was hard to make......
    • 6. Loosing My Religion by Rem
      Im not the biggest fan of theirs, but they deserve a lot of credit for this song. Its outstanding.
    • 5. Face Of Melinda by Opeth
      Not to many people have heard of Opeth, but if you ever have a chance, go pick up one their CDs at the local media play. I think if I had to make a list of the greatest bands ever, they would be somewere between #1-4. They are an intersting metal sort of band. Listen to them.
    • 4. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
      Im astonished that no one put this song on the list! this song in my mind is one of the greatest songs ever written. Ever. It is a song my band loves to play.
    • 3. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      Pearl jam is quite an outstanding band. Eddie Vedder is one of the greatest vocalists to this date (April 5, 2004 There is no question in my mind that this song deserves the spot of #3.
    • 2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      Im astonished that no one put this song on the list! this song in my mind is one of the greatest songs ever written. Ever. It is a song my band loves to play.I agree......It was a great song.....but its not the greatest song of the 90's. My band is based upon grunge, and Nirvana certainly inspired us.
    • 1. Unforgiven by Metallica
      Ok, some people will hate me for this but, Unforgiven is truly THE greatest song of the 90's. Metallica has written some outstandingstuff over the years. I didnt like much of their stuff that was written after 1990, but this song is great. It has all the elements that make such a great song. By far my favorite song to play on my guitar.

    People need to realize these are the greatest songs, not a list of the most popular songs. Music has been my life, so I thought I would share to you all my thoughts on the greatest songs of the 90's.
    By: Courteny
    • 10. Plowed by Sponge
      Everyone seems to forget them...maybe not the best song ever, and whatever happened to the band, but it ROCKED!!
    • 9. Bullet With Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
      Twisted, creepy, absolutely addictive
    • 8. Don't Speak by No Doubt
      This song got me though more breakups....
    • 7. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Breakthrough song of the moneymaking powerhouse that is Anthony Kiedis and Company.
    • 6. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrisette
      Clarion call to angry women everywhere.
    • 5. Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio
      Whoohoo! Just whoohoo!
    • 4. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
      One of the greats. A true classic
    • 3. Possum Kingdom by Toadies
      Why has everyone forgotten this band? They're brilliant!
    • 2. Milk It by Nirvana
      My depression/rage/I hate the world song when I was in high school.
    • 1. Would? by Alice in Chains
      This song is a religious experience for me, that's all there is to it.

    In case you can't tell, I'm longing for the early 90's. I've forgotten so many songs they used to play on the radio. Runners up: Beck, "Loser", most of the Toadies songs, PJ Harvey's "Big fish, Little fish" song, "How Soon is Now" by the Cure, a lot of Pearl Jam, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms, Weezer (DEFINITELY Weezer),you get the idea. I do like the later 90's but it just doesn't seem to compare.
    By: Jenifer
    • 10. Zombie by The Cranberries
      starts wif a beautiful guitar strumming and then continue wif a meessage of peace and love.
    • 9. 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
      talk groovy and gothic, this song is just grunge la. classic rock tune.
    • 8. What's This Song For by Creed
      one word. funky.
    • 7. Blind by Korn
      talk metal? listen to this song man
    • 6. Lithium by Nirvana
      Apart from smeels like teen spirit, this song have loads of emotion and brings kurt's message of self-discovery to all.
    • 5. Say It Aint So by Weezer
      lovely guitar riff and a soft rock tune
    • 4. Nice Guy Finish Last by Green Day
      love the lyrics. medium drum bangs and nice sway in the song
    • 3. Boys And Girls by Blur
      makes you go all "girls and boys and boys and girls and girls and boys" throughout the whole day.
    • 2. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
      A little bit emotional and a great singalong tune.
    • 1. About A Girl by Nirvana
      Have a catchy guitar riff and have perfect lyrics.

    By: David
    • 10. Santa Monica by Everclear
      they had tons of hits, but i rarely hear anyone talk about them
    • 9. Can I Get A... by Jay Z
      helped made rap main stream
    • 8. Undone by Weezer
      under rated
    • 7. My Name Is by Eminem
      he is a MUST on here, but i again, i didnt know what song to use...he is responisble for rap turning to pop because he broke the racial barrier.
    • 6. What I Got by Sublime
      they need to be on the top 10. i didnt know what song to use, so i just picked one.
    • 5. Creep by Radio Head
      strait up awesome
    • 4. Basket Case by Green Day
      put punk on the map
    • 3. Califonia Love by 2pac & Dr Dre
      2pac felt so sorry for himself that it made me sick, but it was the first gangsta rap song for lots of kids, and very influential
    • 2. Dont Speak by No Doubt
      it seems like this song is a little high on the list, but it was insanely popular.
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      everyone knows this is the best song of the 90's

    i didnt want to put anyone on more than once, so there are some bands on here that probably dont have there best songs under their name. i jsut couldnt think of their best songs. everyone on here deserves to be though.
    By: Mario
    • 10. Knockin The Boots by H-town
      Anoter great love makin song.
    • 9. Bump N Grind by R. Kelly
      this the best love makin song.
    • 8. Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
      its a cool song.
    • 7. Crazy by Aerosmith
      its crazy.
    • 6. Cryin by Aerosmith
      this is a nice song n video
    • 5. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      this song is bad.
    • 4. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
      i know everyone bopped thier heads to this one at one point.
    • 3. I Got 5 On It by Luniz
      This is a Bay Area classic rap song. everybody relates to this one if u dont then ur BSing.
    • 2. Whats My Name by Snoop Dogg
      This the best song Snoop has ever made, wit the help of Dr. Dre and the music video of this song is a classic.
    • 1. California Love by Tupac And Dr. Dre
      This the best rap classic with the # 1 rap producer and the best rapper to express himself with his music all in 1.RIP 2PAC

    since im a rap fanatic, my top 4 r rap songs.

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