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Best Songs From the 90s - Top Hit From the 1990s

Updated on January 30, 2016

Listen to "Whatta Man"

# 25 Whatta Man

Artist: Salt-n-Peppa and En Vogue


Released in 1993


"Whatta Man" reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and reached number seven on the U.K. Singles Chart.

Listen to "Smooth"

# 24 Smooth

Arist: Rob Thomas and Santana


Released in 1999


"Smooth" won three Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and spent twelve weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "I Want It That Way"

# 23 I Want It That Way

Artist: The Backstreet Boys


Released in 1999


"I Want It That Way" helped jump start the boy band craze. The song peaked at number one in more that fifteen countries.

Listen to "Gangsta's Paradise"

# 22 Gangsta's Paradise

Artist: Coolio


Released in 1995


"Gangsta's Paradise" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

Listen to "End of the Road"

# 21 End of The Road

Artist: Boys II Men


Released in 1992


"End of the Road" won Grammy Awards for Best R&B performance by a Duo or a Group and Best R&B Song. The single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Waterfalls"

# 20 Waterfalls

Artist: TLC


Released in 1995


"Waterfalls" spent seven weeks at the top of the charts and became TLC's most recognizable songs of all time.

Listen to "Fantasy"

# 19 Fantasy

Artist: Mariah Carey


Released in 1995


"Fantasy" topped the charts for eight weeks and topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium, and France.

Listen to "Baby One More Time"

# 18 Baby One More Time

Artist: Britney Spears


Released in 1998



"Baby One More Time" was the first single ever released from Britney Spears. The single sold over 18 million copies and peaked at number one in over 25 countries worldwide!

Listen to "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong"

# 17 Little Miss Can't Be Wrong

Artist: Spin Doctors


Released in 1991


"Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and is said to be about the lead singers step-mother.

Listen to "Wonderwall"

# 16 Wonderwall

Artist: Oasis


Released in 1995


"Wonderwall" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and brought America's attention to this talented British band.

Listen to "Crash Into Me"

# 15 Crash Into Me

Artist: Dave Matthews Band


Released in 1996


"Crash Into Me" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Listen to "I'll Stand By You"

# 14 I'll Stand By You

Artist: The Pretenders


Released in 1994


"I'll Stand By You" reached number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and number ten on the U.K. singles chart.

Listen to "Come To My Window"

# 13 Come To My Window

Artist: Melissa Etheridge


Released in 1994


This Grammy Award song reached number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Something to Talk About"

# 12 Something To Talk About

Artist: Bonnie Raitt


Released in 1991


"Something To Talk About" crossed over a variety of charts from the Billboard Hot 100 to the Adult Contemporary charts. Raitt won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Something to Talk About."

Listen to "Dreams"

# 11 Dreams

Artist: The Cranberries


Released in 1992


"Dreams" was the first single released by The Cranberries. The breakout single reached the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. "Dreams" catapulted The Cranberries worldwide.

Listen to "Black or White"

# 10 Black or White

Artist: Michael Jackson


Released in 1991


"Black or White" went on to top the charts in over twenty countries including the United States and the U.K. The single was certified platinum in the USA.

Listen to "Losing My Religion"

# 9 Losing My Religion

Artist: R.E.M.


Released in 1991


"Losing My Religion" was R.E.M.'s greatest hit and brought them into the mainstream. The song reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Nothing Compares 2 U"

# 8 Nothing Compare 2 U

Artist: Sinead O'Connor


Released in 1990


"Nothing Compares 2 U" became a worldwide hit topping the charts in thirteen countries including the United States.

Listen to "Baby Got Back"

# 7 Baby Got Back

Artist: Sir-Mix-A-Lot


Released in 1992


This hip hop song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and held the second highest sells for a single in 1992.

Listen to "Under the Bridge"

# 6 Under the Bridge

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers


Released in 1991


"Under the Bridge" was the first single to bring the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the mainstream. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and the world would forever know the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Listen to "Vogue"

# 5 Vogue

Artist: Madonna


Released in 1990


This dance pop single peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and started a new dance craze. "Vogue" went platinum twice.

Listen to "I Will Always Love You"

# 4 I Will Always Love You

Artist: Whitney Houston


Released in 1992


Houston remade this love ballad for her movie "The Bodyguard" and soon her version was much bigger than the original. Houston's version spent fourteen weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

# 3 Smells Like Teen Spirit

Artist: Nirvana


Released in 1991


This alternative rock single reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and became an unexpected hit for Nirvana. The single went platinum in the USA.

Listen to "Enter Sandman"

# 2 Enter Sandman

Artist: Metallica


Released in 1991


This heavy metal ballad went platinum and sold over 30 million copies. "Enter Sandman" is one of the most played songs of all time!

Listen to "You Oughta Know"

# 1 You Oughta Know

Artist: Alanis Morissette


Released in 1995


"You Oughta Know" became the anthem of the broken hearted. Morissette's angry break up ballad was the first single off of her highly successful album "Jagged Little Pill."

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