Best Songs of the '90s

Smells Like Teen Spirit wasn't the only song from the 90's. In fact it may not even be the best. Voice your choice.

The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This should be number one next to Killing in the Name Of and California Love.

An iconic song that changed the decade and how music is made, viewed, and listened to. I thank this trio of geniuses for birthing such an inspiration.

It's too far down you say? There are many more good songs than this, and the one's in front of it right now are better than it, too.


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2 Wonderwall - Oasis

Wonderwall should be number 1 best song of the 90s not 3rd and Live Forever should be in the top 10 as well Live Forever not even in the top 76 who made this list

Heartfelt and catchy at the same time.

god song mellow but good and souled be 1 ON THIS LIST

Nirvana huh? Good but overrated.

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3 Enter Sandman - Metallica

This song is so boss. GO Metallica!

Best song. No competition

Just <3 it
EXIT light
Enter night!

4 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Shoud be in the top 10, I mean come on number 13. Thats a great song and Slash and Axl preform at thier best!

Right now I'm crying because of November Rain, it's just the best

This song should be #1 - Singer4Freedom

Should be number 1 - drunksanta

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5 Basket Case - Green Day

Best punk rock song ever... On 29? Please vote ya. But I can't understand what you like in smells like teen spirit and wonderwall these songs are good but not so much good. I can take wonderwall anyways but smells like teen spirit, what it really means and what is great in it I can't understand. Just normal music, normal vocal and stupid lyrics. And this song is rated in top 3? I takes Somwhere I belong a song by Linkin Park just a good hit by Linkin Park. Really its far away better than smell... It have better lyrics, vocal and music. Green Day and Linkin Park have almost more 50 songs each which are good then smells like... If don't trust try it

What the hell? This should be in the top ten! One of the best songs ever! Please vote, people! - georgielikesgreenday

Do you have the time?
To listen to me whine?
About everything and nothing
All at once?
I am one of those
Melodramatic fools
Neurotic to the bone no doubt about it

Seriously, this is the best Green Day song. Definitely one of the best of the 90s

6 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

This song is one of the best songs of all time! How this isn't number one surprises me! It was one of most important songs ever created! - FireNinja606

This song should be #1 in my opinion. So much meaning and absolutely beautiful.

Great song I mean who is picking Metallica in front of this. This should be at least top 5

Should be in top 5 - Disturbedpotato

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7 East of the Sun - a-ha

This is not only the best Song of the 90's it is also one of the best Songs ever made by the best Band of the last 25 years. Morten proves in this Song with his deep voice his qualities as a baritone although he used to sing often falsetto. This Song is like a fairy tale, like to plunge into a fantasy world, this is a song which remainds of the ballads from Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings).

Full of melancholy, what else could be expected from this wonderful band who is recognized for this? The music is perfect and Morten's vocals are different but magnificent all the same. No one can argue that while grunge was at its peak East of the Sun was the best and most underrated

Best Song, best singer, best band... there is nothing more to say

After "Take On Me", there's East of the Sun.

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8 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

Are you kidding me? I voted for this to get it up higher. I don't think its the best but it is at least worthy of a top 5 spot. This song is kickass and launched RATM into the mainstream to continue blowing peoples minds. Nu-Metal was made by these guys. Long live RATM

9 Nuthin' but a G Thang - Dr. Dre

This is the song that started it all...

The greatest rap song ever. Also the catchiest! Everything about it is perfect!



10 Everlong - Foo Fighters

Everlong is an amazing song, but judging by the rest of their output I guess this was just blind luck.

This song is amazing! Dave Grohl's voice just rocks it and deserve to be on the top ten!

Two words: Dave Grohl!

The Newcomers

? Your Woman - White Town
? Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth with Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods

The Contenders

11 California Love - 2Pac

The best rap song of the 90's- possibly of all time.

Very Catchy

best song

12 Self Esteem - The Offspring

Better than November rain, enter sandman and smells like teen spirit

13 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

This was easily the best song of the 90s. Sure better than any that Madonna and Backstreet Boys put out. Also, Creep is higher than Paranoid Android on this list? Hell no. Creep is easily the most overrated Radiohead song in existence.

Here's why Radiohead's the best band of the 90s. Ed O'Brien's rhythm guitar skills are flawless. Jonny Greenwood's guitar solos are orgasms to the ears. Thom Yorke's eccentric yet deep vocals leave you in tears. Colin Greenwood's MASSIVE bass lines are simply amazing.

Not to mention Philip Selway is easily the most musically skilled drummer of the 90s. His absolute precision and ability to pull off the odd times that Radiohead's songs have, is incredible. No other drummer of the 90s could pull off such excellent drum lines, not even Travis Barker.

Seriously, Radiohead's music is so much more original than the rest of the 90s, and Paranoid Android epitomizes this fact. Just give it a listen, you'll see why.

This is better than backstreet boys! Way better! This should be up with smells like teen spirit! I love everyone who voted for this by the way. Also whoever voted for creep is one! - KidA

Truly an epic. Only beaten by Street Spirit. I couldn't find Street Spirit so I voted for this. Truly one of the best songs ever.

I may be paranoid, but I’m no android...

Insane lyrics, so innovative, breaks the status quo more than Nirvana can dream of. 1

14 The Show Must Go On - Queen

Rock on, Queen! Love you guys, The Show Must Go On is amazing, *my soul is painted like the wings of butterflies... *, love it.

Awesome and should be higher. Queens finest

Simply The Best

So Good

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15 Angels - Robbie Williams

His iconic song but he has done so many more that I like better

Top 10. Beautiful song

16 Say It Ain't So - Weezer

I'm glad this songs towards the front and above the good life for once.

best song - s0ramble

17 Lightning Crashes - Live

I voted this because my opinion matters.

One of the most underrated songs of the 90s

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18 Creep - Radiohead

Classic radiohead- hypnotic and filled with action all at once

AWESOME song and it should be in the top ten!

Not Radiohead's best but a standout song from the 90s

This should be in top 10 for sure. - Singer4Freedom

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19 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

How this is not number 1... No clue. This is honestly one of the best songs of all time! That is coming from a die hard metalhead and someone who usually doesn't listen to this stuff.

No better song in the world. That's all I have to say.

Screw evorybody who didn't vote pearl jam as number on, Jeremy is not my favorite songs but its still the song that made the 90, s happen.come on people. Pearl jam should be number one, next to nirvana.

20 Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine

This song should be at least in the TOP 10! Come on it's R.A.T.M an awesome band!

21 The Unforgiven - Metallica
22 Come as You Are - Nirvana

This is an amazing song, why isn't it in the top 30 at least?!

23 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead

Why is there no Radiohead in the top tens?

I love this song so much. - Singer4Freedom

24 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Pretty sure this song is way better than where it is currently ranked. Also sure that you still hear this song on the radio, can't recall hearing any Backstreet Boys or SG on the radio lately.

25 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Too low on the list

The best song ever

Should be in top 10!

Shouls be higher

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26 Black or White - Michael Jackson

michael should be no. 1!
when I think of the 90's this is the one song I remember!

27 Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
28 One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey
29 Blaise Bailey Finnegan III - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
30 Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis

Although nobody can top the Beatles, Oasis gave them a run for their money, yeah?

"But don't look back in anger, I heard you say"

I love this song. It's one of my all time favorites, and I am a HUGE 90's music fan. It doesn't get much better than this.

a very underrated song that is very catchy to listen to.

This song is the opitome of the 90s!

31 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

One of the best song of Britney... Should be on top 5...

I love she's song

32 One - U2

The best song of the 90s from one of the best albums of the 90s from one of the best bands ever. A classic to be remembered

Come on guise! Really? Backstreet boys at #2? That is inexcusable. I VOTE 4 U2!

This is the best song of the 90s

Loved this song! ♡

33 N.Y. State of Mind - Nas
34 Mama I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
35 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

Such an excellent piece of music, with the simple string melody repeating on the background

Possibly the greatest song of all time

So epic and catchy. mixes so well.

The only song I'll give 10/10

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36 Sabotage - Beastie Boys
37 Candle In the Wind 1997 - Elton John
38 No Rain - Blind Melon
39 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
40 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

Whitney is one of the best singers of all time. The song is an enduring legacy of the great singer that was Whitney Houston.

... I'm a little scared now. Why is this not in the top ten? Are the roptenners... Ok?

41 Alive - Pearl Jam
42 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan
43 All Lined Up - Swans
44 Right Now - Van Halen
45 Everything I Do I Do for You - Bryan Adams

Classic. bEautiful. needs to be much hifger. at least in top 20. - Singer4Freedom

46 Showbiz - Muse
47 Macarena - Los del Rio
48 Waterfalls - TLC
49 Ordinary World - Duran Duran

It's a good song but COME UNDONE by Duran Duran is afr better than this. where is that? - Singer4Freedom

50 Good Morning, Captain - Slint
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1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
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