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

Nirvana? More like

Just behind Hotel California for best of all time.

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.

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2 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

This one is good - ElSherlock

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

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3 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

Wonderwall is an amazing song and absolutely is one of the best songs from the 90s! I love that you included this!

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4 Enter Sandman - Metallica

This song is so boss. GO Metallica!

Best song. No competition

Just <3 it
EXIT light
Enter night!

5 Basket Case - Green Day

Probably one of my favorite songs by Green Day. - Misfire

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

Should be in top 5 - Disturbedpotato

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

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7 California Love - 2Pac

Great song

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

best song

Very Catchy

8 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

Should be 1 you can only understand two lyrics. Call it a song no.

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 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

One of my top favorites. Should be on top,

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

I love she's song

The Newcomers

? Rape Me - Nirvana
? High and Dry - Radiohead

The Contenders

11 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

Best Queen Song

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12 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!

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 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

Shouls be higher

Should be in top 10!

The best song ever

Too low on the list

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15 Creep - Radiohead

The greatest song for the 90s a hell of a lot better than any rap song

This song is amazing and got me through some tough times of my life.

Classic radiohead- hypnotic and filled with action all at once

AWESOME song and it should be in the top ten!

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16 Self Esteem - The Offspring

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

17 Angels - Robbie Williams

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

Top 10. Beautiful song

18 Say It Ain't So - Weezer

best song - s0ramble

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

19 The Unforgiven - Metallica
20 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
21 Lightning Crashes - Live

I voted this because my opinion matters.

One of the most underrated songs of the 90s

Such a beautiful song. - Dorito

22 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.

23 Jeremy - Pearl Jam

Listen to this song unplugged to get a treat...Eddie Vedder is a God

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.

24 All Star - Smash Mouth



25 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

240? I though this could be somewhere on top 50 but this low? - Disturbedpotato

No way at 60 should be higher

HA? why is this song not in the top 10?

RHCP's best song!

26 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Mesmerizing and simply creative


My anthem

27 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!

28 Freak On a Leash - Korn
29 Lithium - Nirvana

I know you think I'm crazy for putting this at the best Nirvana song, but just listen to it again.

30 Alive - Pearl Jam
31 Loser - Beck

Who wouldn't like this song? Its amazing and definitely deserves the top ten

32 Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead

Why is there no Radiohead in the top tens?

I love this song so much. - Singer4Freedom

33 Come as You Are - Nirvana

I love it more than Smells Like Teen Spirit to be honest. - Misfire

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

34 Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis

Just as good as Wonderwall therefore deserves to be in the top ten

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.

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35 I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

This song is an ANTHEM! Aerosmith didn't write it, but it's still awesome. - galaxyfox

36 One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey
37 Wind of Change - Scorpions
38 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! ♡

39 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Definitely top 10 stuff, how is this not even on top 100! - Disturbedpotato

Why so low, people?!?!? HOW DARE YOU!

What...its one of the best songs of 90s...and its solos have so much emotions

Arguably rhcp best song

40 Blaise Bailey Finnegan III - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
41 No Rain - Blind Melon
42 Sabotage - Beastie Boys
43 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?

44 Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer
45 N.Y. State of Mind - Nas
46 Mama I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
47 Fly Like an Eagle - Seal
48 C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan
49 Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G
50 All Lined Up - Swans
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1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. Lightning Crashes - Live
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2. Darkside of Aquarius - Bruce Dickinson
3. Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
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