Most Iconic 90s Songs

When you think of 90s music, which songs speak most to that era in music? Feel free to add your own choices, there's definitely a lot of others I could've mentioned (I refuse to include any Celine Dion myself).

The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

A song that will live on forever. Great for parties or for doing nothing at all. We all miss you Kurt. - SexGod

Greatest song of all time

Kurt Cobain sounded a lot more better when he sings live with a deep booming voice.

One of the best songs in history.

2 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.

Beautiful song - Yoshiandaglover

Sure, Whitney sang this beautifully, but this is DOLLY PARTON's song! I believe Parton sang it better, but even if you disagree, Dolly wrote this song BY HERSELF, and would not be in existence without her. A cover should not be the song that defines the 90s. - Grandiloquence

I get where you're coming from, but I'd counter that being a cover should not preclude a song from defining an era. With a Little Help From My Friends tops my 60s list, and is not only a cover, but a superior version (and the greatest song of all-time in my humble opinion). This song was huge in the 90s, the soundtrack was wildly successful. And...I prefer it to Dolly's version personally (And I do like Dolly, don't get me wrong). - truckturner

At least it's way better than every single Taylor Swift song I can't stand. I didn't know Whitney Houston made a cover of that Dolly Parton song.

3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica

YES! METALLICA! I knew this song was going to be near the top. I know that people don't like this song because it is too overrated. But just because something is overrated doesn't mean that it is not good. This song is my jam and definitely on my personal top ten favourite song of all time. And Lars' drumming here is so badass. And I know that TRUE METALLICA fans would agree with me. Stop hating on Lars!

I hate Lars but love Metallica and this song. I do prefer others on the album, but this is obviously their most iconic 90s song. - truckturner


Thrash metal going mainstream. Not my favourite song on the album, but undeniably iconic and a big part of the 90s for me personally. - truckturner


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4 I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys

At least THIS is the actual Backstreet Boys and not a ripoff like One Direction!


Put on my phone and listen to it

Hands down the best Pop song of the 90's.

5 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

And somewhere high up on the list, and repeatedly. No band personifies the 90s more than REM. Not to mention that this is a GREAT song.

They're definitely an iconic band, slightly overrated for me. I like some of their songs though. - truckturner

R.E.M. had to be on the list somewhere. - truckturner

6 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

My favourite song of all time, and yes, my favourite genre is heavy metal. - unknown-soldier

A six minute song with four sections and no chorus reaching no. 3 on the British Singles Chart? That's quite an accomplishment. Creep may be more popular, but this is more deserving of "sacred cow" status. - Gg2000

Karma police was better - Weirdest-thing

Come on man. Super creative song, some wacky time signatures, too. - Fuziion

7 Self Esteem - The Offspring

The lyrics to me definitely evoke a lot of the feelings my generation had during the 90s (I was a teen at the time). - truckturner

8 Thunderstruck - AC/DC

Awesome performance by AC/DC - This song never loses its punch or grows old in time.

The only real way to play this on guitar is to play it only using hammer ons with one hand and playing smoke on the water while tapping on the other...

My favorite AC/DC song - Metal_Treasure

AC DC the best

9 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Awesome song! My favourite from them. Can't get it out of my head. Rest in peace Chris Cornell. 'no one sings like you anymore.'

Mmm yes good music

Might be kinda overrated, but a great song. - Userguy44

I'd say they're both well-respected and equally deserving of their reputation. - truckturner

10 Black or White - Michael Jackson

This should be ranked higher.. I mean come on it's Michael!

Right I love Michael

It should be waay higher. I mean, come on it's Michael Jackson, the King of Pop!

The Newcomers

? Remember the Time - Michael Jackson

The Contenders

11 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
12 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

Had this song 3 times on a cassette tape.

So iconic, it was featured in the Sonic movie trailer. Sure it was bad but still.

Most iconic song from the 90s.(my opinion)

I only know it from the sonic trailer. - myusernameisthis

13 All Star - Smash Mouth

The only reason anybody in the 2000's know the lyrics to this song is because of Shrek

This song has layers

Become one with the shrek

Shrek ma boi!

14 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
15 Creep - Radiohead
16 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

So iconic

Anger on a Cd

17 Wind of Change - Scorpions

It's so iconic!

yes, yes! - Metal_Treasure

18 Wonderwall - Oasis

I said mabeyyy

Anyway, here’s Wonderwall

19 Basket Case - Green Day

The song that ousted grunge

Glad someone added this, I listened to this album a LOT when it came out. - truckturner

YES! - JoMama163

20 Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
21 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

This song is honestly the real most Iconic song of the 90s. It's probably not even close. - RobertWisdom

22 You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette

Of all the female rock/indie singers of the 90s, Alanis probably cut through the most with this anthem. What did you do, Uncle Joey? - truckturner

23 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Easily one of the best of the 90s

I think this song should be is well knowed as Nirvana's Spirit - RW700

How is this song so far down? - GeneraIkenobi

Really, I find Guns N‘ Roses quite underhated, to be honest. Slash’s voice is so whiny and annoying, and when he lengthens the words when he’s singing, it makes me want to slam my head against a tree. Freddie Mercury sounds WAYYY better that this idiot! - IceFoxPlayz

Idiot? Well, for starters the singer from Guns 'n' Roses is Axl Rose. Slash is the guitarist... - truckturner

24 I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly

U sound like, I believe I can fly! I believe I can touch this guy! STUPID!

{Isn't this a meme? }



25 Alive - Pearl Jam

Looking back, I think we can safely say Pearl Jam aren't/weren't a grunge band, but they were a huge part of making 90s music what it was/is. - truckturner

26 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Not the most iconic grunge band, but this is without a doubt my favourite AIC song. Heck even better than “Would”. - Userguy44

27 Them Bones - Alice in Chains


28 The Show Must Go On - Queen


29 Nuthin' but a G thang - Dr. Dre

Defines the 90's

love it - 2pacstillaridah

30 I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men
31 ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

Please put on my phone and listen for it


Deserves to be in top 5

This is how u do pop music! This song and the video alone invented pop girls. U can see christina, jessica simpson, & mandy moore used that kind of bubblegum music.

32 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Not even the most iconic from the album. - ParasN2000

33 Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane

Why didn't that country band leave this song alone?

Only because of Cars!

34 Wannabe - Spice Girls
35 All the Small Things - Blink-182
36 Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
37 Mr. Jones - Counting Crows

I personally dislike the song, but whenever I hear it I'm transported back to 1993, and I can't just include grunge and metal songs. - truckturner

38 Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) - Lou Bega

Just monika

A little bit of MONIKA in my life. I LITTLE BIT OF MONIKA BY MY SIDE

39 Closing Time - Semisonic
40 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Backstreet Boys
41 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

One of the only rap songs I can tolerate. - GehennaTheSecond

Silly song but I liked the 90s you didn't have social media to slur on anything for existing.

He almost DIED for this song,if you loved God more you would vote him firST!

NO. I refuse to call this iconic, no matter how popular it is. - Misfire

Stealing and not crediting a Queen sample aside, this is really catchy. Iconic? Maybe not, though anyone my age certainly remembers it, fondly in some cases. - truckturner

42 Live Forever - Oasis

This song will live forever

43 Ironic - Alanis Morissette
44 My Name Is - Eminem

I know what your name is... SLIM SHADY


45 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf
46 Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
47 Livin' on the Edge - Aerosmith

Aerosmith at its best! This song really motive you.

48 No Limit - 2 Unlimited

So amazing!

49 Candle In the Wind - Elton John

Thanks, I had this single on a cassette

Yes, iconic - Metal_Treasure

50 Kiss from a Rose - Seal
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1. Self Esteem - The Offspring
2. Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
3. I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
3. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
1. Creep - Radiohead
2. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
3. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

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