The 52 Best Pop Songs From the '90s

Hit me baby one more time.

9/22/2019 9:20:00 PM

The 52 Best '90s Pop Songs

Hit me baby one more time.

Getty ImagesThe Backstreet Boys. The Spice Girls. The debut of Britney and Christina. When you think about it, the '90s gave us so many perfect pop songs, and their appeal has endured decades on. Relive the glory years with this list of the 51 best pop songs of the decade.

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Advertisement - Continue Reading Below1"Doo-Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn HillMs. Lauryn Hill broke out on her own in 1998 with this R&B groove, which was the first debut single ever to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #1.2"Barbie Girl" by Aqua

You might have dismissed it as a novelty back in 1997, but this bubblegum pop hit still bangs.3"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage GardenIf you developed your romantic sensibilities to this song, you now require that every suitor stands with you on top of a mountain. That's the bare minimum!

4"Anything that’s self-destructive, that’s chasing a waterfall," Rozonda"Chilli" Thomas toldThe Guardianabout this 1994 hit's central metaphor. And while"Waterfalls" was about life's perils, it also held a note of hope.

5"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston's M.O. was to give your feelings full voice, and in this showstopper fromThe Bodyguardsoundtrack, that's just what she did.6"You Get What You Give" by New Radicals

"Health insurance rip-off / Lying FDA / Big bankers buying": For many a '90s tween or teen, this was an early sampling of woke-ish pop. Also: extremely catchy.7"Torn" by Natalie ImbrugliaNatalie Imbruglia just announced a new album, which brings back memories of her perfect single"Torn." Was it about David Schwimmer? We'll never know.

8"My Heart Will Go On" by Céline DionIt only takes about a second of that trilling flute to recognize this hit, which was as big as theTitanicitself."My Heart Will Go On" went to #1 around the world, and in our souls.9"Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-A-Lot

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Beyoncé let us know that Becky had the good hair. But before that, she was being alerted to the size of someone's butt in Sir Mix-A-Lot's"Rump-o'-smooth-skin" tribute.10"Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania TwainDid you know that the best thing about being a woman is the prerogative to have a little fun? Yeah. That's the tweet!

11"Don't Speak" by No DoubtA lot of musicians have written songs about their exes, but few brave souls have written them about exes they'restill in a band with. That's what Gwen Stefani did with"Don't Speak," which is about former flame and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal.

12"Always Be My Baby" by Mariah CareyAnd the award for most endearing semi-stalky love song of all time goes to this chipper Mariah tune. The confidence this has!13MMMBOP BE-DOO-BE-DOP BA DOO-WOP. Takes you back, doesn't it?14"Wannabe" by The Spice Girls

What's a zig-a-zig-ah? Who cares, when the girl group is this incomprehensibly effervescent?15"Never Ever" by All SaintsThe second single by English pop group All Saints launched them to chart-stopper status all around the world, and it became the second-best selling single by a girl group after"Wannabe."

16"Linger" by The CranberriesAccording to Cranberries drummer Fergal Lawler,"Linger" was one of the first songs that showed the band just how great singer and lyricist Dolores O'Riordan was.17"Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith

Will Smith's first ever #1 hit brought Brooklyn slang into the mainstream.18"Say My Name" by Destiny's ChildBefore there was, there was this Destiny's Child jam about a no-good cheater.You gotta treat Beyoncé right, friends.

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19"Lovefool" by The CardigansRomeo and Julietgave us a baby-faced Leonardo DiCaprio, but it also took Swedish group The Cardigans' romantic bop to a global stage.20"I Swear" by All-4-OneAfter John Michael Montgomery's version topped the country charts,"I Swear" received the pop treatment from All-4-One and crossed over in a big way.

21"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina AguileraThe first single from Christina's first album was thishit, typical of a former Disney starlet in its break-the-pattern brash sexuality, but there was nothing average about that voice.22"I Want It That Way"

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