The 90s was filled with bright colors, bandannas, dungarees clipped up only on one side, tinted sunglasses, tamagotchis, chunky cassette players, side ponytails, Pokemon, TYs, boy bands and girl bands and thousands of songs that we danced to at school discos! It also saw the rise of movements such as grunge, the rave scene and hip hop.
Here are 20 songs that 90 kids will never forget! (including links to learn how to play!)
1) Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
This is actually a cover of the original song written by American alternative band “Ednaswap” although Natalie Imbruglias version is a lot more upbeat and was the reason for the fame of the song.
2) Wonderwall – Oasis
If you don’t know this song did you grow up in a cave??! A must learn song on the guitar!
3) …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
Probably one of the most famous music videos from the 90s too!
4) I will always love you – Whitney Houston
My favorite song to attempt to belt out in the shower!
5) Killing Me Softly – Fugees
Another cover of a song originally released in 1971.
6) Wannabe – Spice Girls
Who else pretended to be members of the Spice Girls with their friends?!
7) Everybody – Backstreet boys
Well we couldn’t not have a song by the Backstreet boys! Remember Nick Carters curtains?!!!
8) My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
There was definitely enough room on that painting..
9) I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
This also became famous again in the 00s thanks to the Chewits advert!
10) Waterfalls – TLC
“Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.”
11) Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
Besides becoming one of the biggest alternative rock staples of the 1990s, “Iris” also remains one of the biggest crossover hits in the history of popular music, crossing over from modern rock radio to pop radio, reaching number one on all of these formats. It was also the most played song of 1998!
12) Don’t Speak – No Doubt
Gwen Stefani wrote the song with her brother Eric Stefani about her bandmate and ex-boyfriend Tony Kanal shortly after he ended their seven-year relationship.
13) Man I feel like a woman! – Shania Twain
This was one of my persona favorites to dance to at the school disco!
14) Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana
If you don’t know how to play this on guitar you need to learn it now!
15) Ironic – Alanis Morisette
This song reminds me of girly sleepovers when you would practice dance routines and learn lyrics to songs (you had to keep rewinding the tape to write the lyrics down then as the internet was around !) and everyone would always sing/shout the chorus!
16) Never Ever – All Saints
One of the best heartbreak songs ever.
17) Two princes – Spin Doctors
A great feel good song! Watch our cover here
18) My name is – Eminem
A latecomer in the 90s being released in 1999, the year that everyone replied “my name is, my name is, my name is chka-chka Slim Shady” when you asked them their name.
19) Mambo No.5 – Lou Bega
Anothe school disco classic! and the song where if you had a friend who’s name featured in the song you would all point at them whilst busting out your moves on the dance floor!
20) What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
Despite the title, the song does not contain the phrase “what’s up?” but “what’s goin’ on?”. The title was chosen to avoid confusion with the 1971 R&B song and album “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye.