90s Icon
World Events

Music Poster Books

Check out ChuckyG's reviews of books about concert posters and other music picture books.

Top Ten Songs of the 90s

90s Icon
70s Top Songs
80s Icon
80s Top Songs

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

    By: bad man brad 2001
    • 10. american hi-fi by flavours of da week
    • 9. blur by song 2
    • 8. ride wid me by nelly
    • 7. remy on da floor by oxide and neutrino
    • 6. O.P.M. by heaven is a halfpipe
    • 5. limp bizkit by rollin'
    • 4. devils nightmare by oxide and neutrino
    • 3. smells like teen spirit by nirvana
    • 2. no good 4 me by oxide and neutrino
    • 1. 21 seconds by so solid crew
      It is da best garage tune

    By: Danielle
    • 10. Nobody Wants to be Lonely by Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera
      I don't have any words except they were the HIT duet
    • 9. Will Smith by Willenium
      This helped all the hype about Y2K
    • 8. Dream by He Loves You Not
      This was the first well-known girl GROUP
    • 7. Mariah Carey by Hero
      This song shows courage and strength
    • 6. *Nsync by I Drive Myself Crazy
      This was basically the song that made them really known
    • 5. Christina Aguilera by Genie in a Bottle
      She was the one after Britney to take the reign of Pop Princess
    • 4. Britney Spears by Baby One More Time
      She is the original Pop Princess
    • 3. Backstreet Boys by Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
      This song deeply touched a lot of people
    • 2. Hanson by MMMBop
      This was the first pop song of the 90s that started the whole pop scene
    • 1. Not Too Young by Aaron Carter
      Aaron is hot and the adults need to know that the kids and teens of the 90s are "not too young and not too old!"

    By: John Schwerdt
    • 10. Until I Fall Away by Gin Blossoms
      Ok, ok, ok. I know. 2 Gin Blossoms songs? From the same album no less? Until I Fall Away is such a sad song and if you catch the lyrics you'll be obsessed. Not everyone LOVES this band like I do, but punkers, progressive heads, hard rockers and hip hop peepz alike all have a great deal of respect for the band and at least can understand why they're on the scene.
    • 9. Time Won't Let Me by The Smithereens
      This is just one of those songs where you don't know the band (BUT YOU DAMN WELL SHOULD) and the first verse doesn't grab you right away (BUT YOU KNOW YOU'VE HEARD THIS BEFORE), then the chorus hits and BAM you're caught. Pat DiNizio and the boys' prime is truly in the 80s, but they had a very good early 90s run and their last album was spectacular (God Save The Smithereens). This is the top cover of the decade and it was for the TimeCop soundtrack. Pat DiNizio is another truly talented songwriter whom I anxiously wait new stuff from
    • 8. You Wanted More by Tonic
      Tonic is collectively one of the 5 best bands of the 90s. Emerson Hart is a truly talented songwriter with his own themes and a great range of sound. You Wanted More was the staple song in the original American Pie movie as it was derived from the best album of 1999, Sugar. Pick this up if you like ANY of the other bands listed here
    • 7. Betterman by Pearl Jam
      You really can't have a 90s countdown without a Pearl Jam song. Betterman was the best story to tell in that Eddie Vedder miraculously gets real deep into the female psyche. The song touches with that unfortunate female urge not to leave a situation that harms her.
    • 6. Slide by Goo Goo Dolls
      I was expecting this song to be on alot of people's lists and I was disappointed in its absence. Sure, in its prime it was played out incessantly, but you can't deny Rzeznik's romanticism as his band breaks new ground with each album
    • 5. No Son Of Mine by Genesis
      Phil Collins' ballad on a broken home and an abusive father is a beautifully woven mixture of an uncharacteristically alternative guitar riff and his classic drum expertise. Collins is another underrated influence. He invented the sound that we today call a sellout. He's also one of the few perfectionist musicians left: A guy who can play and sing and write just about anything.
    • 4. Push by Matchbox Twenty
      Ah, the boys haven't quite been the same. Too bad, since their new album is one of the 2 or 3 best in 2000, yet the singles that the management decided to PUSH (pun?) were the worst songs on the album BY FAR. Push is a true understanding of love in that it involves a comfort zone. You'll always know that you're good enough if you can do what you feel.
    • 3. Shimmer by Fuel
      Fuel's Shimmer topped off a huge year of power pop in 1998. However, Fuel showed that it had a multidimensional sound, blaring songs like Bittersweet and Jesus Or A Gun while softly letting Hideaway end their debut album.
    • 2. All Over You by Live
      Yet another totally underrated influence, but that's okay. These guys won't be labeled to a decade the way they're headed. All Over You is just a fanstatic friggin' song painting imagery and throwing symbolism around like it was water.
    • 1. Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
      The most underrated influence of the 90s. The Gin Blossoms took the alternative sound to the masses, yet retained its sullen theme. Hey Jealousy is just their staple song.

    Hopefully this will persuade you to pick up any of these guys' albums. You won't be disappointed
    By: Joe
    • 10. Dumb by Nirvana
      Best song from "In Utero"
    • 9. God Called In Sick Today by AFI
      AFI's best song from "Black Sails In The Sunset"
    • 8. Basket Case by Green Day
      Green Day's most catchy tune
    • 7. Self Esteem by The Offspring
      From their best album, "Smash"
    • 6. November Rain by Guns N Roses
      One of their most memorable songs, a work of genius
    • 5. Enter Sandman by Metallica
      My favourite Metallica song, shows them at their peak
    • 4. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
      a moving and different song from Green Day
    • 3. Lithium by Nirvana
      One of the best from "Nevermind"
    • 2. Estranged by Guns N Roses
      a masterpiece; great lyrics and fantastic guitar work from Slash
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      The ultimate grunge song

    By: jaybone
    • 10. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      Kurt Cobain had written this song about the teenage generation of that era but couldn't come up with a title for it. His then girlfriend walked into his house one day and said,"Smells like 'Teen Spirit' which was a popular girls deodorant at that time. Kurt liked the way it sounded and so that modern-day classic was named. I'm not a huge of Nirvana. Truth be told, they wouldn't be as big as they had Kurt not taken his own life. Howver, I would be ignorant to deny that this song was reason meaningful music written and played by musicians came back into the mainstream.
    • 9. Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
      The song has an addictive beat and melody that doesn't leave your head or the song hardly. It's a happy song that describes the hustle and bustle routines of societal life. No matter how albums Dave Mattews comes out with, this song will be the standard by which he's measured.("Crash Into Me" is a great song. It remind's me of The Police's, "Every Breath You Take" in that it's often mistaken for a love song when it's actually about a stalker longing to be with the woman of his attraction.However, it not as catchy and recognizable as "Ants Marching")
    • 8. What's My Age Again? by Blink 182
      I couldn't have a list without these guys because they, like this song, remind us not to take life so seriously all the time. This song is about finding the immaturity in all of us, and bringing it out once in a while. In a world where life gets more serious as we get older, these guys and this song, remind us that it's okay and even necessary to forget our age sometimes.
    • 7. She Talks To Angels by Black Crowes
      The guitar strumming in this song is probably more recognizable than the singing. The song has great lyrics and tells a story about a girl trying to figure out the meaning of life and who she is. The singer's in love with her so he's is trying to do the same thing. That's what makes this song so powerful.
    • 6. Lightning Crashes by Live
      This song was a rare occasion in modern music of a song with a great melody and even better lyrics. The song tells a very sad but true story of what happens in hospitals everyday, life and death. Live has not topped this effort since and it will be nearly impossible to do it again.
    • 5. Everbody Hurts by R.E.M.
      The best anti-suicide song of the 90's (just beats out Pearl Jam's,"Alive".) This song has a great message and the song follows the listener from despair to hope. It starts off slow and sad,"When the day is long..." but it ends with a hopeful uprising of music and Micheal Stipe urging the hurting listener to "Hold on." "Losing My Religion" is also a great song but this one tops them all.
    • 4. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) by Green Day
      I had given up on Green Day after their follow up to "Dookie","Insomniac", didn't do so well and really wasn't that great of an album.So when "Nimrod" came out, I didn't bother buying it. Although I hate when bands sell out to sell more records, if Green Day didn't do it, we would've been deprived of a great song. It's timeless, has a great melody, and will be played at many high school graduations for years to come. Oh, and I ended buying "Nimrod" by the way.
    • 3. One by U2
      Great lyrics.I also love the way the music keeps rising until the glorious finish. I read in a music magazine that seven acoustic guitars are strumming at the end of the song. The first time Axl Rose and Noel Gallagher heard it, they cried. An emotional song, U2's best.
    • 2. Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis
      Undoubtedly, the best sing-along song of the 90's. In high school, I can remember when it used to come on the radio and even today at Oasis concerts everyone always sings,"Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo sally can wait..." And the end of the song when Noel softly says,"But don't look back in anger,I heard you say...at least not today." It's beautiful and touching,yet if you read the words out loud they make no sense."Gonna start a revolution from my bed, cause you said the brains I had went to my head" is an obscure John Lennon quote and "Stand up beside the fireplace, take that look from off your face" is what Mother Gallagher used to say to her boys before taking a picture of them to be sent to all the relatives at Christmas time. But the melody and catchy hooks of the song is so good and well-written, the listener(or sing-a-longer in this case) doesn't care. And in response to the Noel's self-imposed line, "Please don't put your life in the hands of a rock n roll band, who'll throw it all away,..." Sorry Noel, we can't help it.
    • 1. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
      This song has it all in my opinion. Great melody, wide range of tempo, great lyrics, and every time I hear it, I want to go to that champagne supernova in the sky. This song is poignant, sad, relective, triumphant, and,in my opinion, Oasis' best. Oasis has been dragged through the mud by many people including the press, and there is no denying that they brought most of it on themselves. But to deny their greatness as a band and the talent of the Gallagher brothers would be juvenile and ignorant. Love 'em or hate 'em they are a great band. No British rock n roll artist has sold more albums in America since Led Zeppelin.And despite England's hype, no band has done it since.

    By: Noble
    • 10. No Rain by Blind Melon
      Yeah, I liked a whole lot of alt-rock granola shit in my youth, like Spin Doctors, Blues Traveller, Dave Matthews Band, etc. This is the one I feel the least guilty about. It's so SAD! Poor bumblebee girl.
    • 9. I Want it That Way by Backstreet Boys
      Oh, sure, why not.
    • 8. 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
      Ah. Yes. Fresh air. Mmm.
    • 7. Lucky by Radiohead
      (Sensing a pattern here in titles?) Not as world-altering as "Teen Spirit", but maybe the finest pure alt-hard-rock song of the decade? Beats me. Could be. "Fake Plastic Trees" is also sound.
    • 6. Lucky Love by Ace of Base
      Oh, shut up. SHUT up. It's a sweet song, with a lovely little guitar strum and a lovely line about "teenage heaven". I loved Ace of Base. A lot.
    • 5. Race for the Prize by Flaming Lips
      Because "The Soft Bulletin" is one damn-fine album. Right? Yes.
    • 4. Found Out About You by Gin Blossoms
      What a heartbreaking opening riff, huh? I've been obsessed with this song pretty much since its release.
    • 3. Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette
      You know, she really pissed my mom off for some reason. Good memories of listening to this album on rainy days to and from Drama Camp in the summer of '95 or '96. And this song makes me want to be extra-nice to girls so maybe they'll write a song like this about me.
    • 2. REM by Losing My Religion
      When I was a pre-pubescent Top 40 addict, this song scared the hell out of me. Still does. I love it.
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      I know, I know... it's hardly original, but you are on crack if you pick ANYTHING else.

    Um... New Radicals' "You Get What You Give" stopped me from committing suicide, oddly enough. I don't really like it anymore, though. Tomorrow I will weep upon the realisation that I have left so many awesome songs off this list.
    By: Anthony
    • 10. David Duchovny by Bree Sharp
      I had to put this on here because I am a huge fan of the X-Files (best TV show ever) and the song is just funny.
    • 9. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
      This is a really beautiful song and goes great as a theme for Titanic.
    • 8. Dreams by Cranberries
      Another Irish group with another great song.
    • 7. The Saga Begins by Weird Al Yankovic
      This song is way better than American Pie, the tune it is sung to. It's hilarious and it's Star Wars!
    • 6. How Do You Like Me Now? by Toby Keith
      Toby sang the song that everyone would have loved to have sung to all the people in the past that didn't believe you'd make it anywhere.
    • 5. Complete by Lila McCann
      Lila is the best singer of all time in all genres of music. She's a country singer with the voice of an angel and this song is absolutely beautiful.
    • 4. Breathless by The Corrs
      Great song with a great beat. Added bonus that the Corrs are Irish!
    • 3. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
      The song that started it all for Garth.
    • 2. The Dance by Garth Brooks
      This song has a lot of meaning to it and the video is amazing.
    • 1. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) by Bryan Adams
      Love song to Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves and the best love song ever. Dancing with the girl you love to this song is amazing.

    Runners up: Will the Real Slim Shady Please Shut Up...I hate Eminem, he's one of the worst singers ever and this song makes fun of him, so it deserves recognition. Complicated (by Carolyn Dawn Johnson)...this song defines my relationship with so many female friends. Walk On By (by Britney Spears...unrelased)...I love this song, it describes everytime I've been in love.
    By: Jon S.
    • 10. Burning Down The House by Tom Jones feat. Cardigans
    • 9. I Like Big Butts by Sir MixAlot
    • 8. Snoop Dogg by Snoop Dogg
    • 7. Smooth by Santana feat. Rob Thomas
    • 6. American Psycho by Treble Charger
      Nobody knows of this but it's awesome
    • 5. Basket Case by Green Day
    • 4. Around The World by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • 3. Why Don't You Get A Job? by Offspring
    • 2. California Love by 2pac & Dre
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

    I have downloaded just about every song you can dream of, and these are my picks, you should download them too!
    By: munaza
    • 10. Radiohead by My Iron Lung
    • 9. Nirvana by tourette's
    • 8. Blur by Song 2
    • 7. Good Riddance by Greenday
    • 6. I Miss You When Youre Gone by The Cranberries
    • 5. Killing in the name of by Rage Against The Machine
    • 4. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
      And another, i'll stop commenting now, these are all good songs.
    • 3. Everybody Hurts by REM
      And another.
    • 2. All Apologies by Nirvana
      Another great song.
    • 1. Exit Music (for a film) by Radiohead
      Great song.

    this is the crappest list ive ever made. slayer suck.
    By: Jason
    • 10. Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
      Dave's breakout hit with an irrestible tempo.
    • 9. What's My Age Again? by Blink 182
      More talented than they lead on, Blink's music reminds us not to take life so seriously all time. It's OK once in a while to let go and be a kid again.
    • 8. Everybody Hurts by REM
      Perhaps the lyrics are what's so special about this anti-suicide classic. Relative to anyone, this song is an inspirational and comforting one which reminds us that in our loneliest of times, we never really are.
    • 7. She talks To angels by The Black Crowes
      Instantly recognizable from the acoustic opening, this is a touching song that tells of a drug addict through the eyes of someone that loves her. Very sobering. The Black Crowes haven't topped it since.
    • 6. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      Opened doors. Changed the musical landscape and allowed music to become meaningful again. Defined a generation and the decade.
    • 5. Lightning Crashes by Live
      Lyrically superb. Great storytelling in a simple way about the cycle of life.
    • 4. One by U2
      U2's best song. A beautiful song which depicts emotion dealing with the strain of love and the hardest part - knowing when to let go. Best break-up song ever produced.
    • 3. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
      The opening infectious acoustic lick will forever be etched in the memories of those who have heard it. The reflective lyrics make it a song for many occasions. A 90's masterpiece and Green Day's ticket to immortality.
    • 2. Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis
      Quite simply the most melodic song of the 90's. The only song to send chills down my spine upon first listen. From the opening piano of John Lennon's "Imagine" to the unforgettable chorus to the sensitive ending,this piece of music is a definite classic and one of the best sing-along songs ever written.
    • 1. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
      Originally written as an acoustic ballad, Noel Gallagher transformed this epic song into the "Stairway..." of the 90's. Starting with the soothing vocals from brother Liam, this song gradually rises euphorically into a classic rock n' roll creation. One of the best marriages of lyrics and music this decade witnessed. In time, a song that will be remembered as one that helped people forget or one that people will have forgotten helped them remember.

    Previous List or Next List

    This page currently edited by: ChuckyG. Past editor: CeramicsFanatic

We also have pages on this topic devoted to the 80s and 90s

Would You Like To Add Something We Missed?

Please use the submission page to submit information to be used on this page.

The Official amIright
Misheard Lyrics Book

Hold Me Closer Tony Danza and other Misheard Lyrics

Email Siteowner, Privacy Statement

Copyright 2000-2012, by Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.