Top 10 Greatest '90s Rock Songs

The Top Ten
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Cover Art

If someone says this song is "overrated", well maybe it is. But the intention of this song wasn't to become a legendary change in the music world. This song was written to be heard. But it became a revolution. It was a 90's head-turner, it brought the grunge scene to the world, which opened up incredible opportunities for other bands. Not only do I love this song, but I truly believe it deserves the spot it's in.

Normally I wouldn't vote for Nirvana as they are the most overrated band of the 90s beside Metallica, but this song IS the anthem of the 1990s, there is no doubt about it. Nirvana had a much greater influence than Bon Jovi.

This is the greatest song of all time, changed the decade, ruled the generation, and never will be forgotten.

I'm surprised song 2 isn't on here. If not the only song people know blur for in the USA, the 'who hoo' chorus and guitar riff would get anyone hooked. that's why its used in many sports events.

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

Common man, this is the 6th best Guitar Solo of all time, Best from 90's, Song is so mesmerising that even if it is about 9 minutes, it cannot get out of your head even once during whole time of its playing, with the best rock voice of Axl & best guitar Soloist Slash in the world this is absolutely a perfect beauty, please vote it!

Everything is just perfect on this song, Slash's mind blowing two solos, Axl's haunting yet calming vocals, Duff's and Matt's fills sprinkled in their makes it perfect. Everything about it is perfect

Smells Like Teen Spirit may be good but best song ever, far from it. Guns and Roses defined an age and paved the way for stars like Cobain. Not to mention most Nirvana fans are just bandwagoners.

Dude Such a great quality melody this has n has mesmerized me in every way especially Slash's touch of Awesomeness mixed with the Orchestral Mix of Smartness This Song Rocked in every possible way... This is it Just hear the full song once and...!

3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica Cover Art

This is a great Metal song. People like to say this is where Metallica went downhill, I strongly disagree! By the way, what the hell is Bon Jovi doing on this list?

This is the best known Metallica Song, off their best selling album. Hammett's Solo is another work of art. It is still played at every sporting event to this day.

This might technically be metal, but it has more similarities to rock, and this was when Metallica was becoming rock.

I would definitely call this heavy metal not rock, but still, this song is very iconic and deserves to be #1.

4 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Cover Art

Why is this forth. I know Smells Like Teen Spirit is the best 90's song, but it is not. Cultural it was more important. But as a song the melodies and emotion drawn from Black Hole Sun beat any cultural effects a song has. As a purely musical standpoint, it is the best 90's song.

The only songs that make sense here is black, black hole sun and november rain..nirvana and metallica is so overrated vote this up to number 3 enter sandman sucks

Wow this song has one of the trippiest videos I've ever seen, and has one of the most unique sounds ever. LOVE IT

Love this song, my favourite Soundgarden song in my opinion. Deserved at least a higher rank!

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

This is a masterpiece!
This powerful music, this anthem of a man who dies, but does not give up...
The best song ever is so powerful you feel and understand the suffering he have but then he try to calm you but is hard to lose someone so talented.

Are you kidding me this should be number 1. I get that we all love Nirvana but no one will ever be remembered like Queen will. And this song Is so powerful and was their last song.

One of the most powerful and emotional songs ever writen. And vocals are outstanding again though Freddie was dying when recorded it. R.I.P.

This needs to be top ten. This was Freddy Mercury's final gift to the world before his unfortunate death.

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

Probably one of those songs that has nothing really great individually, but is just a ripping song when put together - precise drum beats, lively bass and probably the one of the most hilarious (albeit nonsensical) lyrics.

Green Day will always be one of the greatest bands of all time, up there with my chemical romance and queen. Number one song of the 90's for sure.

I love this song! It's one of my favorite Green Day songs, better yet, it might actually be my favorite!

Wait. What this song is doing down here? Let's vote this awesome song up!

7 Everlong - Foo Fighters Everlong - Foo Fighters Cover Art

I can say without a question in my mind, that this is THE best song I have ever heard. This song is sheer harmony, the vocals, the drums, the unforgettable guitar riff; it is all perfect together. If you have never heard this song you need to listen to it. Dave Grohl's best piece.

Everlong is the best song I've ever heard. It's is probably the best song ever recorded. And this is a hip hop head from the projects in Brooklyn. Pure genius.

This song is simply brilliant. It's offbeat rhythm is a fresh drink of water. It's one of those songs that makes you ask "how did they know to do that?! "

This song should be at the top. Best song in the world, great guitar, great drumming, great singing and that was all done by dave grohl

8 High Hopes - Pink Floyd High Hopes - Pink Floyd Cover Art

Although Pink Floyd's greatest albums were from the 70's, Pink Floyd have come out with the one of the most beautiful things (things, not songs in particular) that came across my life. Ever wondered what Heaven looks like? Listen to that slide guitar solo at the end.
High Hopes is amazing. High Hopes is a classic!

This is a beautiful end to the division bell and what we at the time saw as the final Pink Floyd album. It calls back to the old days of Cambridge and speaks of abright future. This great composition should at least be in the top 10.

I never heard any other song near that quality in the 90's.

It's not acctualy an 90's song... Becouse I'ts not meant to mark some epoch in time... It's timeless... Like the band itself

9 Would? - Alice in Chains Would? - Alice in Chains Cover Art

One of my favorite bass lines of all time..the band showed incredible chemistry in this song, with Layne and Jerry's vocal harmonies being the cherry on top that makes this the greatest hard rock song of the 90's.

This song is just truly amazing. This was the first Alice in Chains song I ever heard and still love it. This songs kills the new songs! No music made today will beat Alice in Chains! Ever!

One of alice in chains best songs and it's a tribute to Andrew Wood one of the best frontmen of the 90s who died before he could get the fame Nirvana would get later on. RIP Layne, Andrew, and Kurt the best frontmen of the 90s!

Incredible song, should be number one. So much emotion in lyrics especially at the end, and an amazing voice

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

The first song I learnt on guitar and still my favourite to play. I started singing it at lunch time at my school and my friends heard it. They asked me what song it was and I told them, they went home and looked it up. The hole of year 7 loved it. My band is still trying to learn it even though I learnt it in grade 6, everyone thinks I'm a genius because I can play it. My favourite song, My favourite band Forever!

If you could wear a cd out, I would have with this one. Simply a classic 90's song that is both unique and powerful. As much as I like many of the other songs on this list, this one is for me the best.

How could this not be in the top ten? Everything about this song is absolutely amazing. The vocals, guitar, bass drums, this song is a classic.

One of the most iconic and classic songs from the 90s. Had a major influence in 90s rock, should be number 1.

The Contenders
11 Black - Pearl Jam Black - Pearl Jam Cover Art

The lyrics are amazing, and the slightly weird guitar solo goes along perfectly with it.

"And now my bitter hands
Cradle broken glass
Of what was everything
All the pictures had
All been washed in black
Tattooed everything
All the love gone bad
Turned my world to black"

Pearl Jam sure knows how to plant their emotion into a song. Both sadness and anger just basically mixed into this song. Gotta tell you all, this song is a masterpiece.

If Pearl Jam could be as famuos as nirvana or eddie vedder could be as douch as kurt cobain this song would be the best song of 90s. Still love it. My all time favorite song. Pearl Jam, never got the attention they deserve.

This is the best song ever. So emotional and powerful. All of the other songs are classics in their own right but Black is incredible.

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

Still hearing this song on the radio in 2012. Obviously as good today as it was in the 90's. Can't help but crank the volume whenever I hear it.

Most underrated rock band in the 90s! Overshadowed by other Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana causing them to not share the same spotlight

How can Alice in Chains take the fourth spot. Unbelievable. They are by far the best band both vocally and lyrically.

Brilliant vocals, sound and a weird strange atmosphere when listening to it. And lane's powerhouse of a voice

13 Far Behind - Candlebox Far Behind - Candlebox Cover Art

My all time favorite!

14 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Cover Art

Grunge tried to kill the Metal, but then Uncle Rob made this badass album

Should be much higher

Even though Judas Priest is 100% plus metal I'll still vote for this song

15 Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

One of the best songs of all time. I love all the guitar parts and Axl sung it with so much soul. This should be in top five!
"There's a heaven above you baby don't you cry tonight..."

It should be on every list of greatest songs of all time. Not just 90's.

Greatest song I've ever heard at all times, fantastic.

Should be top 10. up Guns N' Roses

16 Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi Cover Art

I love this band. The songs are amazing just can't stop humming it. Time and again I listen to the songs it feels like I'm hearing it for the first time. This band rocks. I have kept my faith on this band.

This is a great song - Bon Jovi registered their most mature rock performance with this number! Never mind the fancy haircut JBJ had! This song is an absolute vocal delight and a great rock song!

It's one of the best songs of bon jovi! Amazing guitar solo, amazing rock and amzing backing solos! Lord, We gonna Keep the Faith!

Idol I love this band

17 Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins Cover Art

An alarmingly touching song, drenched with emotion, sung with Billy Corgan's distinctive voice. Songs don't get much better.

18 Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana Cover Art

For me no band can compare to Nirvana, Kurt was the spokesperson of my generation, for the bullied,the misfits, the teens that felt like they didn't belong, R.I.P my friend, thank you for the music.

Great song. A bit depressing but depressing seamed to work for nirvana ha ha.

This is a great song, even better than smells like teen spirit to me.

Love this song even though it has been majorly overplayed throughout the years. RIP Kurt <3 & absolutely love Dave & Krist! Nirvana forever!

19 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica Cover Art

One of the the best by the heavy metal god-Metallica.

The unforgiven at 31 is travesty...

20 Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

John Fru killing it on this track; Complimented with Anthony's chill vocals and flea's laidback bass. Drums are quite fine as well. Not to mention those beautiful guitar solos, DAMN they got some emotion

It's just getting you into out space. Clearly one of the best alternative songs of 90's and 00's too!

21 Nutshell - Alice in Chains Nutshell - Alice in Chains Cover Art

Layne's voice is uncomparable & amazing. every time I hear Nutshell, I literally get the chills. So raw & emotional. "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead" RIP Layne

Best Alice in Chains song! "We chase misprinted lies, we face the path of time! "

Amazing song! Can listen to it over and over again

One of my all time favorites!

22 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC Cover Art

It's not first? Are you kidding me?

What! Should be in the top 5

Thunderstruck one of the greatest AC/DC songs
This should be number 1
Amazing riff

23 Rooster - Alice in Chains Rooster - Alice in Chains Cover Art

How is this song not in the top 5? I'm a disabled army veteran who did 5 tours of duty between Iraq and Afghanistan. I know this was about Vietnam but even now when I hear this song after being retired for almost 6 years I still get chills when I hear it come on!

Why this song is not in the top ten is beyond me. I could get lost in this song.

How is this on 21? it should be on 2

24 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth Cover Art

Great metal band in the 90s. Today, not so much, but right up there with the others at the time. Go litsen.

25 Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art

This song meant a lot to me in my teenage years growing up. I think it definitely belongs in the top 10!

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