Greatest '90s Rock Songs


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The Top Ten

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
This is the greatest song of all time, changed the decade, ruled the generation, and never will be forgotten.
Thank you Nirvana for creating this song. Personally, I go through different musical cravings. At first it was pop punk (Green Day, Sum 41, Social Distortion), then gothic (My Chem. Romance, Evanescence, Black Veil Brides), and then classic (Pink Floyd mostly, also Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who), but now I can lose myself in music like this. Songs like this are so hard and thrashy on the outside, but the lyrics incorporated are so incredibly emotional. Other songs that fit into this category: One by Metallica, Chop Suey by System Of A Down, Come As You Are by Nirvana, In Bloom by Nirvana, and Back In Black by AC/DC.
It's the most honest song written and sung by a rock artist. That's all.
[Newest]This song is ma favorite

2November Rain - Guns N' Roses
Common man, this is the 6th best Guitar Solo of all time, Best from 90's, Song is so mesmerising that even if it is about 9 minutes, it cannot get out of your head even once during whole time of its playing, with the best rock voice of Axl & best guitar Soloist Slash in the world this is absolutely a perfect beauty, please vote it!
Dude Such a great quality melody this has n has mesmerized me in every way especially Slash's touch of Awesomeness mixed with the Orchestral Mix of Smartness This Song Rocked in every possible way... This is it Just hear the full song once and... !
Everything is just perfect on this song, Slash's mind blowing two solos, Axl's haunting yet calming vocals, Duff's and Matt's fills sprinkled in their makes it perfect. Everything about it is perfect
[Newest]Papa of all songs

3Enter Sandman - Metallica
This is a great Metal song. People like to say this is where Metallica went downhill, I strongly disagree! By the way, what the hell is Bon Jovi doing on this list?


Best Metallica song ever. The real meaning is "there's nothing to fear but fear itself"


The best metal song ever
[Newest]Best song ever should be higher but oh well hetfield and Metallica for number 1

4Everlong - Foo Fighters
This song should be at the top. Best song in the world, great guitar, great drumming, great singing and that was all done by dave grohl
I can say without a question in my mind, that this is THE best song I have ever heard. This song is sheer harmony, the vocals, the drums, the unforgettable guitar riff; it is all perfect together. If you have never heard this song you need to listen to it. Dave Grohl's best piece.
FOO FIGHTERS most famous hit

5Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi
I love this band. The songs are amazing just can't stop humming it. Time and again I listen to the songs it feels like I'm hearing it for the first time. This band rocks. I have kept my faith on this band.
great song, it always kicks ass..


It's one of the best songs of bon jovi! Amazing guitar solo, amazing rock and amzing backing solos! Lord, We gonna Keep the Faith!

6Man In The Box - Alice In Chains
Still hearing this song on the radio in 2012. Obviously as good today as it was in the 90's. Can't help but crank the volume whenever I hear it.
One of my very favorite Alice songs, great guitar riffs and what can you say about Layne's in your face vocals on this song - everything about this song rocks. LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.
One of the best songs every.
[Newest]How can Alice in Chains take the fourth spot. Unbelievable. They are by far the best band both vocally and lyrically.

7Black - Pearl Jam
This is the best song ever. So emotional and powerful. All of the other songs are classics in their own right but Black is incredible.
One of the most emotional songs of all time. Incredible hook to tie it all together. This band could rock!
Pearl Jam sure knows how to plant their emotion into a song. Both sadness and anger just basically mixed into this song. Gotta tell you all, this song is a masterpiece.
[Newest]Alive is the best song on this album. PERIOD.

8Basket Case - Green Day
Wait. What this song is doing down here? Let's vote this awesome song up!


Fresh new sound defined the 90's and inspired the future of music
Love this song. It's hilarious and upbeat! One of Green Day's best songs in my opinion! (Plus Billie's sexy)
[Newest]JAR is Green Days best song

9Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Wow this song has one of the trippiest videos ive ever seen, and has one of the most unique sounds ever. LOVE IT
The only songs that make sense here is black, black hole sun and november rain..nirvana and metallica is so overrated vote this up to number 3 enter sandman sucks
nothing else sounds like this song. I can't help but love it
[Newest]I just simply love this song. Soundgarden all the way!

10The Show Must Go On - Queen
This is a masterpiece!
This powerful music, this anthem of a man who dies, but does not give up...
The best song ever is so powerful you feel and understand the suffering he have but then he try to calm you but is hard to lose someone so talented.
R.I.P. freddie the show will have to go on but it would never be the same WITHOUT YOU
Best song of the 90s. ANTHEM OF THE CENTURY.

The Contenders

11Far Behind - Candlebox
love this song! whatever happened to them.
The best ever cry every time I hear it

12Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The first song I learnt on guitar and still my favourite to play. I started singing it at lunch time at my school and my friends heard it. They asked me what song it was and I told them, they went home and looked it up. The hole of year 7 loved it. My band is still trying to learn it even though I learnt it in grade 6, everyone thinks I'm a genius because I can play it. My favourite song, My favourite band Forever!
This is how you win revolutionary funk-rock album with very honest and beautiful ballad. 90's got owned.
If you could wear a cd out, I would have with this one. Simply a classic 90's song that is both unique and powerful. As much as I like many of the other songs on this list, this one is for me the best.
[Newest]Not their best song.

13Alive - Pearl Jam
McCready's solo is the best of the 90's.
Amazing song. How is black by pearl jam in top ten but not this...
Unique intro, iconic sound, best solo of the 90s.

14Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses
Greatest song I've ever heard at all times, fantastic.
It should be on every list of greatest songs of all time. Not just 90's.
Should be top 10. up Guns N' Roses

15Would? - Alice in Chains
One of alice in chains best songs and its a tribute to Andrew Wood one of the best frontmen of the 90s who died before he could get the fame Nirvana would get later on. RIP Layne, Andrew, and Kurt the best frontmen of the 90s!
One of my favorite bass lines of all time..the band showed incredible chemistry in this song, with Layne and Jerry's vocal harmonies being the cherry on top that makes this the greatest hard rock song of the 90's.
Incredible song, should be number one. So much emotion in lyrics especially at the end, and an amazing voice

16Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine
How would rage NOT be a top 10 band of the 90's?
If this songs isn't in the top 10 and Bon Jovi is, we're not talking about Rock Anthems here...
They should be higher, they were probably the most influential rock group EVER

17Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
Love this song even though it has been majorly overplayed throughout the years. RIP Kurt <3 & absolutely love Dave & Krist! Nirvana forever!
How is this not up here?

18Wonderwall - Oasis
Amazing. This song is from time when songs had depth and the lyrics had meaning behind them. Gone are those days, with artists like Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Katy Perry poisoning the airwaves.
this song is has a touch of nostalgia in the lyrics and blends way good with the music.i listened to this on a sunny day in the middle know what ...i just forgot the blazin sun..rather i enjoyed it.
Best song ever.
"I don't believe that anybody feels the way I do about you now"


19High Hopes - Pink Floyd
Although Pink Floyd's greatest albums were from the 70's, Pink Floyd have come out with the one of the most beautiful things (things, not songs in particular) that came across my life. Ever wondered what Heaven looks like? Listen to that slide guitar solo at the end.
High Hopes is amazing. High Hopes is a classic!
Pure brilliance! It should be much higher on this list

20Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
My fav GD song. I've been trying to cover it, but the bass solo is hard. Its just too cool, and very meaningful lyrics too! Two thumbs up!
their best song ever, and I'm giving big ups to master of all puppets since it was made in the 80s


Awesome song and that bass solo kicks ass


21Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Gets me pumped up every time.. Just listen to that crowd roar when they start playing it.. I think its a lot more popular than scar tissue red hot chili peppers wise
Awesome song... just the flow of it makes you want to dance wherever you are. There isn't anyway this song is down the list... it deserves a top ten listing at the very least.

22The Unforgiven - Metallica
The unforgiven at 31 is travesty...
I love all 3 parts of this song more and more. sadly the unforgiven iii doesn't get as much attention as it should.


23Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Awesome song...that's all there is to say.
It's just getting you into out space. Clearly one of the best alternative songs of 90's and 00's too!
John Fru killing it on this track; Complimented with Anthony's chill vocals and flea's laidback bass. Drums are quite fine as well. Not to mention those beautiful guitar solos, DAMN they got some emotion

24Jeremy - Pearl Jam

25Nutshell - Alice In Chains
Layne's voice is uncomparable & amazing. every time I hear Nutshell, I literally get the chills. So raw & emotional. "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead" RIP Layne

26Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Oh yeah, this song rocks. Why do I love it so much? Because it's good. That's music for you: unexplainable. I couldn't tell you why I love this song so much, but I do.

Also: good for the person who put DT on here! I have no clue why they are so high, as I don't actually know any "real live" DT fans besides me, but whatever, cause they're good. But Metropolis doesn't beat Plush, I've got to say.
It's 2013 and this song still is awesome Scott Weiland vocally amazing! STP amazing

27Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
- I absolutley love this song (: its an amazing song the meaning the music I love everything about it it's a true master peice in my opinion

28Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Thunderstruck one of the greatest AC/DC songs
This should be number 1
Amazing riff


29Come As You Are - Nirvana
How come this is ranked at 50? This should of been in the top 20 at least.
WHY IS THIS SO LOW?!? Such a great song. Surprised Nirvana songs haven't been higher on this list! All Apologies, Come as you Are, Heart-shaped Box, Lithium... Helllooo they should all be listed at least up in the top 20s/30s! Nirvana lives on forever

30Civil War - Guns N' Roses
Such a great antiwar song. Listen to words, then think about present time. What has changed?

31Rage - Heart

32Rooster - Alice in Chains
I love this song it is the greatest alice in chains song
Why this song is not in the top ten is beyond me. I could get lost in this song.

33Karma Police - Radiohead
Overall really calming and fun to play on a piano. Gotta love this song.
How is this left off the list?! One of the best Radiohead songs, with a driving acoustic piano melody.
"This is what you get, when you mess with us! "

34Made In Heaven - Queen
I've said it so many times, but I'll say it again if you don't vote for this your heart is broken.


absolutely amazing song from a kick ass band! Love it!

35Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
I loved this song when it first came out and it still makes me smile to this day. Although I love Bon Jovi this has got to be better than "Keep the Faith" right?

36Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins
An alarmingly touching song, drenched with emotion, sung with Billy Corgan's distinctive voice. Songs don't get much better.

37Painkiller - Judas Priest
I've lost faith in humanity seeing painkiller so low
Even though Judas Priest is 100% plus metal I'll still vote for this song


Should be much higher

38Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

39Today - Smashing Pumpkins
This song may seem as simple as they come, but it has a heart-wrenching meaning that is very relatable for some people. In the song, Billy expresses how all he ever wanted was to be loved by someone. Anyone. This song means the world to me, and I hope it touches others too.
This song is beautiful and the video is too.

40Creep - Radiohead
The mixture of emotions this song invokes from me is incredible. It feels almost tranquil at first, yet I'm uneasy. Before long I am rocking out to the chorus and the ending becomes soft and eloquent. It is so perfect.
How the hell is this song not in the top 5?!?!? Deepest lyrics you'll ever hear
Too good a song... the pitch goes up and comes down so good... very very rock... to the core... One of the greatest rock song...

41Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
A brilliant song centered around iconic and eargasming riffs. Insightful and aggressive lyrical content involving well constructed metaphors about war and politics make this a must listen. Come to think of it, this song is more of a storm than a song. A storm of consistent and experience enhancing bass, powerful drums, and fantastastic guitar (especially the solo)
One of the best riffs of the 90's. Tom Morello absolutely innovated the solo scene with his killswitch scratching solo.

42Closer - Nine Inch Nails
NIN is a classic to me, so they do deserve to be on this list. Closer is one of their best songs too.


Every thing about this song is amazing read the lyrics take in the true meaning

43Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins

44Cemetery Gates - Pantera
How is this so low. Pantera is by far my favorite band and I am for sure not alone. This song was an instant classic. Maybe the reason it is so low is because I THINK it was from 1989 since it was off of the Cowboys From Hell album. I also haven't seen ANY of the songs off of Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven. Not sure about you guys but I am gonna say this is the ultimate 90s song, and DEFINITELY beats ALL if the Nirvana stuff on here (I do like Nirvana, but Pantera, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, and Tool should all have their songs MUCH higher than 34)
Riff + vocals + class = eligible for number 1


Great song, great music, fantastic

45The Good Life - Weezer

46Over Now - Alice in Chains
This is the best Alice In chains song


47Rock 'n' Roll Star - Oasis

48Longview - Green Day
With out a doubt the best bass in a song in history. Very great song song by the best band of all time.
The bass line in Longview is amazing

49Niji - L'Arc~en~Ciel
the instrumental solo is awesome! very catchy


most emotional sad song of the band


A monumental song with nazi-influenced european PV. Plus the transition from one drummer to another. Perfect fit for a historic move.

50Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
This song is the best song to use in graduations and farewells. :-)

51Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper - Dream Theater
Dream Theater was one of the best Rock bands of the 90's... This is a nice song... But try Funeral for a Friend or the Spirit Carries On... Both top ten quality.
Sex to your ears

52La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) - Manic Street Preachers

53Holy Wars...The Punishment Due - Megadeth
Seeing this at no.46 is a disgrace


54Pink Spider - hide
Wicked song by an incredible musician. Died before his time, RIP

55Until It Sleeps - Metallica

56Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers

57Dry County - Bon Jovi

58In the Shadows - The Rasmus
This should be higher up in the rank

59The Cut Runs Deep - Deep Purple

60Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
One of the greatest hymns of 90s, and with one a hell of music video. Really deserves a higher position on this list.

61Breakdown - Guns N' Roses

62Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses

63Live and Let Die - Guns N' Roses

64I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

65Bed Of Roses - Bon Jovi

66Closing Time - Semisonic

67Even Flow - Pearl Jam

68Live Forever - Oasis
This song is a true example of the way rock can tear people from their lives and throw them into a storm of musical genius.

The riff is one of legend and proves that oasis really are the best band of the 1990's.

a hugely overlooked song, go listen to it, live forever will remain in the shadows of other big names, but will always be a key piece of music in the history of rock
I agree that this is a legendary riff. It also just happens to be one of my favorite guitar solos of all time. Hugely underrated song.
This was the best single from Oasis until 1997

One of their best overall

It also doesn't exactly like the Beatles

69Bleeding Me - Metallica

70The Divine Wings of Tragedy - Symphony X

71Hard As a Rock - AC/DC

72Grace - Jeff Buckley
I dare anyone to find a rock song like this. Haunting, yet melodic, almost painful to listen to, yet you'll never get tired of hearing it over and over.

73When I Come Around - Green Day
Awesome song, has a great meaning behind it! GREAT BASS MIKE! And I love the music video how one person looks at another and it gies in a chain and each person looks as thiugh they think to themselves "Hey, I have a great llife, I'm gonna live it! ) Plus this song's addicting. (And Billie's sexy) And Tre's hair's a beast in the video!.
Alright this song deserves to be much higher ranked than 67! The way everything comes together perfectly is just breathtaking.

74Man Machine - Robbie Williams
He did some of the best rock songs ever

75The Way - Fastball
This is the greatest song by far of ANY year, decade, millenium, etc. It has the complete package--lyrics, vocals, instrumentation, wow!
this is such an awesome song. I love it.


76I Just Want You - Ozzy Osbourne
Keep on rocking ozzy!

77Gone Away - The Offspring

78Epic - Faith No More

79Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
An absolute masterpiece from the chili's. Amazing, Sad vocals, Guitar, Bass, and drums. The lyrics are amazing and are about Slovak. Awesome
How Can You Not Love This Song!


Best. Song. Ever. Crafted.

80Aenima - Tool
Way to good of a song
Tool is my fave progressive metal band
Maynard James Keenan is my fave vocalist
That's all

81Send Me An Angel - Scorpions
This is good song..
Scorpions Rock...


82Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
Ozz' best sad song.....ozzy is ggggooooooooooddddd!

83Always - Bon Jovi

84All Mixed Up - 311
One of the first songs to combine rap and rock with a reggae feel to it
This should not be number 85 because they rap and rock!

85Nookie - Limp Bizkit

86Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
This song is beautiful. Filled with awesome lyrics and makes you want to cry all day.
One of the greatest songs of all time
My favorite song... EVER!

87Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

88In Bloom - Nirvana
Hey It's the one, that's percent is only one, that is should be the number one that likes to sing along,
And you don't know what you miss
And I say

VOTE FOR IN BLOOM! I love this song!
WHY IS THIS SO LOW TOO?!? Come on guys... This should be MUCH higher... Smh. Dave Grohl's drumming on this track is great & this is definitely one of their most upbeat songs... Love listening to In Bloom

89I Believe - Bon Jovi

90Wait and Bleed - Slipknot
Seriously guys! 49!? This song is the definitely the best metal song of the 90's and metal is the best. Not the old crap like Mettalica and Slayer, but bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, KoRn, Disturbed, and these guys. I would never expect it to be #1 but at least in the top 10!
This has to be one of the most defining metal songs of the 90s! How is Limp Bizkit ahead of this metal masterpiece!

91Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

92Thunder Kiss '65 - White Zombie

93I Alone - Live

94Crazy - Aerosmith

95The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
It is titled "the Beautiful People" and it is and will always be a classic. Marilyn Manson's defining song of the decade.
Come on now the riff to this song is classic.
Marilyn manson is not one of them.

96Wind of Change - Scorpions
How can you forget it?! This song became a world song.

97Can't Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams

98Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

99Strung Out - Andy McCoy

100Cigarettes & Alcohol - Oasis

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