Top 10 Best Songs of the 1990s

Smells Like Teen Spirit wasn't the only song from the 90s. In fact you may not even think it was the best. Vote for your choice of the best songs of the decade.
The Top Ten
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

This song is so much more than a song. It started a cultural shift, or revolution. With the powerful and iconic opening riff, amazingly structured melody, and powerful screams by Kurt Cobain, truly encapsulates the energy that the 90's, and teen angst is all about. Not to mention how iconic the opening drum part is, and the very tight bassline that Krist has going. Nothing more can be said, that hasn't already, about how this song will stand the test of time

Deservedly the number 1 song of the 90's. I personally think "Under the Bridge" by RHCP is the best song of the 90's, but Smells Like Teen Spirit was the pinnacle of "Nevermind" and was just so influential. It threw grunge into the mainstream and secured Nirvana's place in music history.

This song is the quintessential grunge rock ballad of the 90's. It exemplifies every aspect of the genre that it helped to create. Melancholy grit & bipolar tempo was the sound of a generation.

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.

2 East of the Sun - a-ha East of the Sun - a-ha Cover Art

One of the best songs ever, so deep and blue. It deserves the first place. A-HA is the best band ever and so much underrated. Just listen to the Songs "Out of blue comes green", "Lamb to the slaughter", "Slander Frame", "I call your name", "Sycamore leaves", "There's never a forever thing", "Scoundrel days", "Living a boy's Advanture tale", "Lifelines", "Summer moved on", "Cold river"... listen to all their songs and see how genial they are.

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

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

3 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

The top 2 are correct - November Rain and Smells like teen spirit. Both songs released in 1991. GNR were the biggest band rounding out the 80's and nirvana took over in the early 90's. Both amazing songs and bands. november rain gets my vote though. it was epic and Axl is the best frontman ever

Should be third behind Wonderwall and Under the Bridge. it's one of the greatest songs of all time

Um...the best rock song ever need to say more?

This song should be #1

4 Wonderwall - Oasis Wonderwall - Oasis Cover Art

By far and I mean by far the number one song of the 90s! The song is catchy with raw and emotional vocals. Surprisingly tender song from a group known to be among the baddest boys of rock.

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

Best song of the 90s by far. Smells like teen spirit is the most overrated song ever.

This is one of the top 10 best songs ever! It should be a crime to put this any lower than #1 on this list

5 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

This song is so boss. GO Metallica!

Best song. No competition

6 Basket Case - Green Day Basket Case - Green Day Cover Art

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

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

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

Probably one of my favorite songs by Green Day.

7 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

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!

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

Second behind Wonderwall. Such a meaningful and beautiful song!

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

8 California Love - 2Pac California Love - 2Pac Cover Art

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

9 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine Cover Art

Are you kidding me? I voted for this to get it up higher. I don't think it's 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

10 Nuthin' but a G Thang - Dr. Dre Nuthin' but a G Thang - Dr. Dre Cover Art

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

This is the song that started it all...

The Contenders
11 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears Cover Art

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

One of my top favorites. Should be on top,

I love she's song

12 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen Cover Art

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

13 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve Cover Art

AIs just a masterpiece, with an amazing background melody and an amazing performance from vocalist Richard Ashcroft, this song must be at the top 10...

Why is this so low? It's a masterpiece.

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

14 Everlong - Foo Fighters Everlong - Foo Fighters Cover Art

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!

15 Paranoid Android - Radiohead Paranoid Android - Radiohead Cover Art

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!

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

16 Losing My Religion - R.E.M. Losing My Religion - R.E.M. Cover Art

Too low on the list

The best song ever

Should be in top 10!

17 I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys Cover Art

Backstreet Boys are one of The Best Boy Bands of all time! I Love them and I'm very happy when I listen their songs. They helped me a lot with their music! "I Want It That Way" is a worldwide hit single and became the most successful single from a boy band! This song broke the record for most radio station adds, and it's number one in the charts in many countries. "I Want It That Way" is one of The Greatest Songs of the 90's! This song is amazing, incredible and unforgettable!

No they are not a disgrace to music, you just can't stand entertainment made for females. We can't like what we want because you will attack us because you think we only like them for their good looks oh yeah we only listen to their faces and good looks are EVERYWHERE not just in boy bands solo singers, actors, male models, sports men and even a celebrity gossip magazine a few years ago attractive male people in the British government for an unusual change.

I was a nsinc fan but now that was just because I had a crush on Justin Timberlake. but now I think the backstreet boy's are better.

All time favorite

18 Creep - Radiohead Creep - Radiohead Cover Art

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

AWESOME song and it should be in the top ten!

This should be in top 10 for sure.

Classic radiohead- hypnotic and filled with action all at once

19 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion Cover Art

I love this song I didn't like the movie it was way to long but this song is amazing

20 Self Esteem - The Offspring Self Esteem - The Offspring Cover Art

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

21 Angels - Robbie Williams Angels - Robbie Williams Cover Art

Top 10. Beautiful song

22 Say It Ain't So - Weezer Say It Ain't So - Weezer Cover Art

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

23 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art
24 Lightning Crashes - Live Lightning Crashes - Live Cover Art

I voted this because my opinion matters.

Such a beautiful song.

25 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Cover Art

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.

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