The perfect playlist to relive your childhood. We all have one favourite song from the 90s that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get it out of your head! The 90s was a transformational period in the era of music, people changed their taste and music also became the perfect medium to represent multiple upcoming trends.
We selected the best, do you remember the lyrics though?
No Diggity by Blackstreet- Vinod Sharma
Released in 1996 by the American R&B group Blackstreet featuring childhood favourites like Dr. Dre and Queen Pen, “No Diggity” was the first single from their second album “Another Level”. The song smashed the records and sold over 1.6 million copies in that year alone. It went on to win the 1998 Grammy award for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals.
Beat It by Micheal Jackson- Malyaj
MJ wanted to do a rock song that students no matter that age can enjoy, and he came up with the lyrics for “Beat it”. Released on Valentine’s day in 1983, the song held its Number 1 rank on the Billboard hot 100 for three weeks! The single along with the video made it one of the best selling albums of all time.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana- Daman
One of the greatest outcomes of the golden era of rock music, this song resonated best with the youth and was even tagged as the anthem for apathetic kids, “cool kids” of the 90s. Well, rock fan or not you must have come across this song at least once during your school days. “Smells like teen spirit” is ranked 9th in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time.
Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin- Jasmehar
Did you know Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin is considered to be an introduction of Latin pop into the English speaking market? This suit has been followed by many artists, Enrique, Shakira, Marc Anthony and many more. Most of us had never heard any spanish songs at that time, but Ricky Martin and his words found a way into the hearts of the world.
Wannabe by Spice Girls- Vinod Sharma
“Tell me what you really really really want?!” Spice girls was a huge success in the UK and the debut single topped the UK singles chart for 7 weeks consistently. Wannabe was breaking barriers and promoting women friendship, it even became a symbol of women empowerment. Released in November of 1996, by the end of the year Wannabe had topped the charts in 22 nations.
Wonderwall by Oasis – Aditya Jassi
Do you believe in Heaven and Hell? Wonderwall by Oasis is a song all about waiting for an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself. Doesn’t matter what you believe in, good music always hits hard and Wonderwall went on to top the charts in Australia as well as New Zealand right after its release in October 1995.
Pearl Jam by Even Flow – Ishaan
Even Flow was delivered as the second single from the band’s debut album. The American rock band had a huge success and this single peaked at number 3 after its release in 1992. Although, insights of the song do report that it suffered from too many fluctuations and even after 50-70 takes guitarist Stone Goassard might still not be satisfied with it.
Snow by Red Hot Chilli Peppers– Nishant
The song was released as the follow-up single to “Tell Me Baby” in November 2006 and became the band’s third straight number one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, a spot it held for five straight weeks. The single was their 11th to top that chart, giving the band the all-time record for any artist on that chart, a record they still hold to date and extended in 2016 to 13.
Sweet Child O Mine- Aditya
Another one of the iconic songs from the golden era of rock music, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses appeared on their debut album Appetite for Destruction. The song was released in August 1988 as the album’s third single, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Barbie Girl by Aqua– Revati Bajaj
Oh yes! When we say nostalgia, we mean it! One of the most iconic songs that just won’t get out of your head. Call it cringe, call it fun, this song changed the barbie world forever! Released in May 1997 as the third single from the group’s debut studio album, Aquarium (1997). The song was written by Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, René Dif, after Rasted saw an exhibit on kitsch culture in Denmark that featured Barbie dolls.
Enter Sandman by Metallica- Ananya
If you aren’t a heavy metal fan, Metallica still steals your heart away. Unlike the hard-metal guys, the band found the perfect harmony between heavy metal and just plain noise. Enter Sandman from their 5th album released in 1991. This single alone propelled the brand into sales of more than a million copies in the US itself and also got a Platinum Certification.
I Want It That Way- Backstreet Boys- Anjali Mishra
“You are, my fire..the one desire” when we go into the 90s, how can you rule out Backstreet Boys and “I want it that way”?! Released in April 1999 as the lead single from the third album went on to get nominated three times at the Grammy Awards “I Want It That Way” is the Backstreet Boys’ signature song, and commercially it reached the number-one spot in more than 25 countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight non-consecutive weeks, while it topped the Adult and Top 40 Mainstream charts.
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion- Devika
I don’t think this one needs any introduction.Released as a single from Dion’s fifth English-language studio album, Let’s Talk About Love (1997), and the film’s soundtrack, the love power ballad peaked at the top of the RPM Top Singles Chart. Outside Canada, “My Heart Will Go On” became a global hit, topping the charts in over twenty countries. With worldwide sales estimated at 18 million copies, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time and became the second-best-selling single by a female artist in history. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Still DRE by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg- Udit Dalakoti
Even the gamers will recognise this from GTA-V, featuring Snoop Dogg, the single itself was popular, helping the album reach multi-platinum status, announcing Dre’s return to the forefront of the hip-hop scene. Still D.R.E. debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was more successful in the UK, on the R&B charts where it reached number 1.
One Love by Blue- Bhargava Deka
Yep, one love is all you need! Another boy band from the UK, way before Kpop was a thing, delivered this hit lead single from their second album! It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. The song has received a BPI silver certification representing shipments of at least 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom.