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The 10 Best Songs Of the 90s That We Still Can’t Get Over

Girl answering phone from 90s music video.

The 90s were a kaleidoscope of cultural moments, but perhaps none so enduring as its music. Whether you were jamming out to your Walkman or belting lyrics in your bedroom, these songs provided the ultimate soundtrack to your life.

So let’s take a stroll down memory lane, and relive the catchy choruses and powerful vocals that made this era unforgettable.

1. “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys (1999)

Boy bands dominated the late ’90s, and this song is a testament to their reign. The tune that has every karaoke bar erupting in chorus, and nobody really knows why.

2. “Believe” by Cher (1998)

You better believe Cher turned back time with this electronic bop. A disco ball for your soul, this song had everyone second-guessing breakups.

3. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (1992)

We dare you to not belt out the chorus. Whitney Houston’s vocals were so powerful, they became a measuring stick for every singing competition henceforth.

4. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (1991)

This angsty teen anthem that needs no introduction. This grunge classic made flannel shirts and moppy hair a thing.

5. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinéad O’Connor (1990)

She tore up a picture of the Pope, but hey, this song is a stunner. A ballad that made us all a bit more emotional.

6. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verge (1997)

Stuck in your head forever, and you don’t mind. The Verve turned existential musings into a radio hit, and we’re still pondering life.

7. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (1997)

Never let go, Jack. Or this song. Celine Dion’s ballad still has us crying over fictional characters two decades later.

8. “Barbie Girl” by Aqua (1997)

Cringe, but in the best way possible. Bubblegum pop at its finest — or most notorious. Either way, you’re singing along.

9. “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. (1991)

The mandolin strums alone are legendary. This R.E.M classic made being brooding seem almost fun.

 10. “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim (1999)

Your mom probably didn’t understand this song, but you did. It’s the beat that carried us right into the 2000s.

The 90s had it all — from love ballads and grunge anthems to techno beats that could get a whole room dancing. So what’s your ’90s anthem? It’s a question that might just leave you scratching your head, hitting play, and maybe — just maybe — digging out that old pair of flared jeans.

Don’t let the good times stop here. Share this list with your fellow ’90s fans and keep the nostalgia alive.

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