These Are the Nine 90s Songs You Need to Know Now



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If only to be able to dominate when it comes to karaoke – the nine 90s tunes you need to learn by heart are right here. You’re welcome. Please be advised some of these songs contain strong or explicit language.

1. TLC - No Scrubs, 1999

Before Beyoncé told you how it should be, there was TLC. These ladies were (and still are) OG cool - they didn’t take nothing from nobody. This is the song you need to direct message to anyone who is dating anyone they shouldn’t be.

2. Los Del Rio - Macarena, 1993

An international hit from the 90s, this will basically be played at any wedding you attend. YouTube it for a really good time. Once you know it, you’ll feel the magical sense of belonging that comes with getting it right, time after time. Girl can dance.

3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit, 1991

Hailed by many as the song of the decade, Smells Like Teen Spirit was a flannelette-clad wake-up call for anyone who wanted more than the raw deal they currently had on their plate. Got angst? Use it. Turn it up REAL LOUD.

4. Blackstreet - No Diggity, 1996

Yes oh yes. This is the get-in-the-mood tune everyone needs on their playlist. Covered now by Chet Faker (and stacks of others), it’s the kind of song you can listen to on repeat.

5. Coolio - Gangsta’s Paradise, 1995

Learn the rap. It’s an invaluable life skill.

6. Ace of Base - The Sign, 1993

If you’re ever lost for direction, listen to this song. Guidance is at hand.

7. The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy, 1994

These can’t-be-faked lyrics are a rags-to-riches story you’re gonna wanna know. From sardines for dinner to sippin’ champagne when you’re thirst-ay, Biggie’s rhymes are a reminder that you’ve gotta have goals.

8. Britney Spears - Baby One More Time, 1999

So rumour has it that TLC were, once upon a time, offered this piece of gold but they passed on it. Then, the little upstart that was Britney Jean got her mitts on it (way, way before her no-panties, no-hair meltdown) and made it her own / history.

9. Ginuwine - Pony, 1996

This song runs for almost six minutes, and its hip-moving, body-rolling beat borders on obscene … all, so very weirdly, without even mentioning the s-word. How. Did. He. Do. It? Oh yeah, that’s right: it was produced by the one and only Timberland.

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