15 Best Songs of the 90s That Will Leave You Rocking

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As a product of the 80s, I am by default a child of the 90s. This means you may catch me from time to time just rocking out alone in my kitchen to the best songs of the 90s, reminiscing about all the tamagotchis I accidentally abandoned, and wondering what happened to that cool kid at school who owned both an Easy-Bake Oven and a Power Wheels Jeep.

Although I’ll never get that Jeep, I’ll still always love the 90s because it defined high school through Saved by the Bell and taught me to appreciate my country’s culture through new wave pop and rock music.

And with that, I bring you, in no particular order… my favorite songs from the 90s!

“Can’t Touch This” by M C Hammer (1990)

As the gateway song into the 90s, “Can’t Touch This” personifies the upbeat personality of the decade and prepares us for a pop revolution that serves as a transition between 80s aerobics classes and the new-age 2000s.

“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

If you have not read Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography, I suggest doing so with this song in the background.

The lyrics take on a whole new meaning, and you begin to re-appreciate how far many people have come after falling victim to hard drug use during the 80s and 90s.

RHCP helped to define rock n’ roll from their early years, and became icons long after the 90s were over.

“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane (1992)

“Life is a highway/ I want to ride it all night long/ If you’re going my way/ I want to drive it all night long”…

Cochrane reminded us how important the 90s were for exploration. We all loved the USA and dreamed of graduating high school just to go on a road trip across country.

“Basket Case” by Greenday (1994)

Produced halfway through its decade, “Basket Case” comes at the same time that most of us started our grunge period. Cargo pants and van sneakers were customary while rocking out to this badass tune.

“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio (1995)

I know I make an exception here as it is not a rock song, but you can’t argue that “Gangsta’s Paradise” is one of the best songs of the 90s because of how iconic it is. It reminds us all of the tougher guys who started coming onto the streets during that time.

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Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter

Katie Steinharter lives in Denver, Colorado but finds herself at home all around the world. She recently spent three months traveling through Southeast Asia and Australia, helping social enterprises and NGOs develop strategic marketing plans. Currently Katie is a freelance writer and marketing consultant for start-ups in Colorado. In her free time you may find her reading a book at her local cafe, on the backside of any Colorado ski resort, or just laying on a hammock in the backyard of her parents’ house in Maine.