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

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, it truly encapsulates the energy that the '90s, 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 and bipolar tempo was the sound of a generation.

2 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

The top 2 are correct - November Rain and Smells Like Teen Spirit. Both songs were released in 1991. GNR were the biggest band rounding out the '80s, and Nirvana took over in the early '90s. 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?

3 East of the Sun - a-ha

One of the best songs ever, so deep and blue. It deserves 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 Adventure Tale," "Lifelines," "Summer Moved On," "Cold River"... listen to all their songs and see how genius they are.

This is not only the best song of the '90s, but 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 in falsetto. This song is like a fairy tale, like plunging into a fantasy world. This is a song that reminds one 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.

4 Enter Sandman - Metallica

This song is so boss. Go Metallica!

This is the best song. There's no competition.

5 Wonderwall - Oasis

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.

6 Basket Case - Green Day

Best punk rock song ever... On 29? Please vote, yeah. But I can't understand what you like in Smells Like Teen Spirit and Wonderwall. These songs are good but not so much. I can take Wonderwall anyway, 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 think Somewhere I Belong, a song by Linkin Park, is just a good hit by Linkin Park. Really, it's far better than Smells Like... It has better lyrics, vocal, and music. Green Day and Linkin Park have almost more than 50 songs each which are better than Smells Like... If you 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!

7 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 the 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!

8 California Love - 2Pac

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

9 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

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 people's minds. Nu-Metal was made by these guys. Long live RATM.

10 ... Baby One More Time - Britney Spears

One of the best songs of Britney... Should be in the top 5...

This is one of my top favorites. It should be on top.

I love her song.

The Contenders
11 Nuthin' but a G Thang - Dr. Dre

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

This is the song that started it all.

12 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

I love this song. I didn't like the movie. It was way too long, but this song is amazing.

13 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. Queen's finest.

14 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 deserves to be in the top ten!

15 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

This was easily the best song of the '90s, surely better than any that Madonna and the 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 like 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.

16 Losing My Religion - R.E.M.

This is too low on the list.

This is the best song ever.

This should be in the top 10!

17 Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve

A masterpiece, with an amazing background melody and an amazing performance from vocalist Richard Ashcroft, this song must be in the top 10.

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

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

18 Creep - Radiohead

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 the top 10 for sure.

19 I Want It that Way - Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys are one of the best boy bands of all time! I love them, and I'm very happy when I listen to 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 '90s. This song is amazing, incredible, and unforgettable!

All-time favorite.

20 Self Esteem - The Offspring

Better than November Rain, Enter Sandman, and Smells Like Teen Spirit.

21 Say It Ain't So - Weezer

I'm glad this song's towards the front and above The Good Life for once.

22 The Unforgiven - Metallica
23 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.

24 Lightning Crashes - Live

I voted this because my opinion matters.

This is such a beautiful song.

25 Angels - Robbie Williams

This is a beautiful song. It should be in the top 10.

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