Most Iconic 90s SongsWhen 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).
At first I too was stupid enough to think that this was an overrated song, and then my dad made me listen to it and I was completely blown away... If there's a song that doesn't have flaws at all... It's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ...a masterpiece by Nirvana ( RIP Kurt Cobain ... Miss you so much)... I'm so unlucky that I never got to see Nirvana live ...
Come on. This isn't my favorite song in the list by a country mile, but it is easily the most iconic song of the 90s. When I think of 90s music, Smells Like Teen Spirit is always the first song to come to mind. I think Cobain didn't want to be thought of as the voice of a generation, but he did write the anthem of the decade...and Weird Al couldn't have made it clearer
"well we don't sound
here we are now
Yes. I used to be mainstream, but then I had a revelation and realized these bands are cool. So now I'm really into Queen and My Chemical Romance and I'm still getting into Nirvana but I am loving it! My friend hates the song endless nameless but I like it to be honest.
And people say grunge is awful. I beg to disagree. This song introduced me to that world (not the main genre I listen to, but I still love it).
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!
Thrash metal going mainstream. Not my favourite song on the album, but undeniably iconic and a big part of the 90s for me personally.
This song has persisted for so long that its just become how we introduce guitarists to distortion.
I don't know how to explain. This song just gives me the chills. Love it
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.
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.
A massive smash hit, and in my view one of the best vocal performances of all-time. And yet it comes from a fairly forgettable film...
Definitely the most iconic '90s song and one of the most iconic songs of all time. Whitney absolutely nailed it.
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.
Beautiful song by one of my favorite bands, a bit overrated tho...
Incredible lyrics with a deep meaning
Remember when pop was good?
Glad someone added this, I listened to this album a LOT when it came out.
One of Green Day's greatest songs. This album was all the rage back then.
Awesome song and a big hit in the 90s from a great band
One of those songs that everyone has heard.
Easily the best song of the 90s, Chris was easily the best singer of the ninties I mean come on the dude would leave a trail of broken mics at any studio just because he sang so loud.
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.'
A song that gave me back the belief that unique good quality songs can still make it
Might be kinda overrated, but a great song.
Greatest band at that time, still the greatest band but deserves more recognition
As john mulaney says " hey november rains over! No its not theres more" best dip in a song ever
A beautiful song. Whenever I think 90s, I think of this song.
I think this song should be second...it is well knowed as Nirvana's Spirit
Undoubtedly the best boy band song in the whole universe and is my favourite hit of 90's
I really never liked this song but it has been on so much lately that I like it know
At least THIS is the actual Backstreet Boys and not a ripoff like One Direction!
I love so much Backstreet Boys
This is the best Boy Band of all time
This song is very bbeautiful
Dude. Best. Song. Ever. No. Question. About. It. Everyone knows this song. As far as I know, everyone LIKES this song. Everyone knows AC/DC because of this and Back in Black. If they are two of the most iconic songs of all time, I'm pretty sure one of them (this one!) has to be at the top of the list.
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...
Awesome performance by AC/DC - This song never loses its punch or grows old in time.
Terrific album, this kept the band relevant during the 90s.
Nope. I hated the Sonic movie, and I hated this. It's my opinion, but I don't like Sonic, and never have.
So iconic, it was featured in the Sonic movie trailer. Sure it was bad but still.
Rap's not really my bag, but it'd be wrong to leave this off the list. Hell, even I like it.
I prefer "Amish Paradise", thank you very much.
If getting punched in the balls had a soundtrack it would be this.
wow I'm surprised this didn't make the top, such a good and iconic song
Anger on a Cd
Not only that, but the whistle at the beginning has to be one of the most iconic opening notes ever.
Best song by the Scorpions.
It's so iconic!
In my opinion one of the best songs of the decade. A six minute journey into multi sections, hell yeah! Still sounds like it could have came out in like 2030.
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.
My favourite song of all time, and yes, my favourite genre is heavy metal.
Come on man. Super creative song, some wacky time signatures, too.
I love the lyrics and the music. One of my favourite parts of this song is the riff before the chorus (if that makes any sense). Beautiful song overall.
Dude, Michael Jackson SUCKED! His only good song eas Billy Jean, and that's because it's closer to ROCK than POP! I used to like pop before Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars came along and made it stupid, but I NEVER loked Michael Jackson. Overplayed. Overrated. He sucks. Nothing else to say after that except for "GET A LIFE!"
This should be ranked higher.. I mean come on it's Michael!
It should be waay higher. I mean, come on it's Michael Jackson, the King of Pop!
God of music that's all
The only reason anybody in the 2000's know the lyrics to this song is because of Shrek
Not #1? Really, I thought everyone knew this song
Become one with the shrek
Somebody once told me
The lyrics to me definitely evoke a lot of the feelings my generation had during the 90s (I was a teen at the time).
Sounds like SLTS by Nirvana hence became popular
This song is honestly the real most Iconic song of the 90s. It's probably not even close.
Eddie Vedder is the only one of the big four grunge frontmen that isn't dead. Thanks to that this song is a meme because the chorus goes "I'm still alive yeah"
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.
OH YEAH I'm STILLL ALIVE! Great song love the riff
Not my favorite song of all time, but objectively one of the greatest songs of all time.
The best song of all time.
Again very iconic
They got their profits taken by the Rolling Stone's parent company, just because of a sample. Besides this, the instrumental to the song is feels quite emotional, and the lyrics are pretty deep.
I don't care that the sample is on loop throughout this song This song's lyrics are lovely and blend well with the music.
I don't know how someone could hear those violins and not instantly recognize this song.
This song is much more aired than all songs above it. It is a synonym of show business.
How can it be 21? It is 100 times better than Smells
Greatest song of 90. Much better than Smell.
Anything Queen did was beautiful!