Top Ten Most Decade Defining Songs of the 1990s


The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This song is the first one that comes to mind when you think grunge. And grunge is the first thing I think of when I think 90s. I wish I could have lived through this! Bands like nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, smashing pumpkins, Alice in chains, and the Melvins defined 90s music, not to mention they killed an abomination known as hair Metal - ryanrimmel

Although Nirvana has better songs I really believe that this song defined this decade. This song rocketed Nirvana into the mainstream, as well as making other genres more popular. - DarthPhasey

The reason Nirvana has topped this chart is because they have invented grunge with the song Smells Like AWESOMENESS FROM NIRVANA! - RackumFrackum

Without Nirvana grunge wouldn't exist. And this song is the best song of the 90s, hands down.

2 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
3 Enter Sandman - Metallica
4 Don't Speak - No Doubt
5 I Want It That Way - The Backstreet Boys
6 Du Hast - Rammstein
7 California Love - Tupac
8 Wonderwall - Oasis
9 The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
10 One Sweet Day - Boyz II Men

The Contenders

11 Nuthin' But a ‘G’ Thang - Dr. Dre
12 Killing In the Name - Rage Against the Machine
13 No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
14 U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
15 Say It Ain't So - Weezer
16 Basket Case - Green Day
17 Creep - Radiohead

The song that made me discover Radiohead, made me buy their cd (yes we used to buy cds at the time) and the others after because they're awesome - Lotuscandy

18 Karma Police - Radiohead
19 Hypnotize - The Notorious Big
20 Wannabe - Spice Girls
21 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite RHCP song, brings back memories... - Lotuscandy

22 Common People - Pulp

This is still a brillant song - Lotuscandy

23 Loser - Beck
24 Jeremy - Pearl Jam
25 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
26 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
27 Dammit - Blink 182
28 Sonic Boom - Sonic CD
29 Live and Learn - Sonic Adventure 2
30 Who Shot Ya? - The Notorious B.I.G

This song was realesed less than 2 weeks before 2pac was supposedly shot by one of Biggie's gang members, sparking the West Coast V.S. East Coast brawl, and eventually Biggie's death from a 2pac gang member drive by. Two of Rap's best and most inspiring artists of all time had killed in a month. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

31 Hello Time Bomb - Matthew Good Band
32 Midlife Crisis - Faith No More
33 Fastlove - George Michael
34 Grace - Jeff Buckley

Pure genius, his voice was phenomenal - Lotuscandy

35 Stay - Shakespear's Sister

I always loved Siobhan Fahey's part in this (at about 1:55) - Lotuscandy

36 Two Princes - Spin Doctors
37 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
38 Vogue - Madonna
39 That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
40 Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
41 Black or White - Michael Jackson
42 Steal My Sunshine - Len
43 Get Ready for This - 2 Unlimited
44 C'est La Vie - B*Witched
45 Believe - Cher
46 Always - Bon Jovi
47 I Swear - All-4-one
48 Whatta Man - En Vogue & Salt-N-Pepa
49 Walk - Pantera
50 Cemetary Gates - Pantera
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
3. Du Hast - Rammstein
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. I Want It That Way - The Backstreet Boys
3. ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
1. Enter Sandman - Metallica
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
3. ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

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