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

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“Mmmbop” by Hansen (1996) & “Wannabe” by Spice Girls (1996)

These two are a tie because they are by far the best things to come out of the year 1996. Boys started growing their hair out like those trendsetting brothers and girls started standing up for women’s independence like those sassy, spicy women.

“Tearin’ Up My Heart” by *NSync (1997)

Note the star before the name, because we all know that *NSynch just wouldn’t be the same without their use of the asterisk.

“Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (1998)

If this song doesn’t make you want to throw back on your tiny jorts and tied-up crop top then I don’t know what will. Britney may or may not have inspired the phrase “the woman that men want and women want to be”.

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith (1998)

This song is one of the best songs of the 90s because I know it speaks to every one of us who lived through “the last great decade”. It defined ‘FOMO’ before the acronym existed, and it taught us to ‘live for the moment’ long after hippies encouraged these lessons.

“Meet Virginia” by Train (1998)

I may be alone on this one, but I’ll always love Train. Their smooth rock songs and relatable lyrics remind me of long solo car rides where I felt safe that nobody could judge me for my broken voice.

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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.