When you think about the best decade of music, you might immediately think the 60s or 70s. Some may argue it was the 80s or 90s. I was pretty sure the best decade of music was the 2000s, but now I’m convinced it was the 1990s.
This started as a top 10 list of 90s music, which was really hard because of all the different sounds during this era. Expanding the list to a top 100 was poised to be my most ambitious list yet. Turns out, my love for music and making lists made this a simple task. In the end, I decided to rank them using an online ranking generator allowing me to compare songs 2 by 2. I input my list of 110 songs into the ranking generator and did over 400 comparisons. The end results were very surprising.
The rules for this list, made up be me:
– No repeats for main attributed artist (e.g. Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson – Scream counts as an entry for both of them)
– No covers, original recordings only (e.g. Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman originally recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978, not eligible)
– Must have been released as a single or on an album after December 31, 1989 and before January 1, 2000
– No complications, best of, or greatest hits releases apply
For your and my listening pleasure, I’ve created this list as both an Apple Music and Spotify playlist (see below)
The top 100 list is below in order based on my opinion, and because I’m me, there are 10 honorable mentions afterwards!
Did your favorite 90s song make the list?
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson
Still Not a Playa (feat. Joe)
The Next Episode (feat. Snopp Dogg)
Who Am I (What's My Name)?
No Diggity (feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen)
Mo Money and Mo Problems (feat. Mase & Puff Daddy)
The Presidents of the United States of America
Here Comes The Hotstepper
I'll Be Missing You (feat. Faith Evans & 112)
Nobody (feat. Athena Cage)
Got Your Money (feat. Kelis)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Impression That I Get
Every Time I Close My Eyes
101. Shaggy – Bombastic (1995)
102. Meredith Brooks – Bitch (1997)
103. Jewel – Who Will Save Your Soul (1995)
104. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)
105. LFO – Girl On TV (1999)
106. Lil’ Troy – Wanna Be a Baller (1999)
107. Vitamin C – Smile (1999)
108. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (1998)
109. 98º – The Hardest Thing (1998)
110. New Kids On the Block – Step By Step (1990)
*Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody? is not available on any digital platforms.
In Memoriam: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur, Big Pun, Bradley Nowell, Lisa Left-Eye Lopes, Aaliyah, Nate Dogg, Layne Staley, Christopher Wallace, Chris Cornell, Adam Yauch, Dolores O’Riordan, Earl Simmons, Russel Jones, Keith Flint, Chris Kelly, and Kurt Cobain.
Credits: Wikipedia, Apple Music, Pub Meeple