17 Songs from the ’90s You Forgot You Remembered
Prepare to feel just a little bit old. Fashion from the ‘90s is experiencing a revival right now, but if you don’t want to participate in that activity, you can dig into your CD crates instead (or just queue up a Spotify playlist).
Right before the new millennium rolled in, this era gave us something for every genre including dance music, grunge, and boy bands. And we can’t discount the power of one-hit wonders who either faded into obscurity or left us with a jam that always seems to find its way back into pop culture.
Every so often, you’ll hear one of those bops playing at the store or in an old-school radio mix, but it’s highly likely they’ve been buried way in the back of your mind. Until now. Get ready to say, “Ooooooh, I remember this song!” without even clicking on your Shazam app for these nineties’ classics. You know the words.
1. Garbage – Stupid Girl
The band, one of the few with a female as a lead singer, celebrated a 20-year album anniversary in 2015 that features the alt-rock/pop song. Shirley Manson and crew still perform this hit from time to time.
Who can remember when Mark Wahlberg had a rap career? Uh huh. Before he was hanging out with Ted or Optimus Prime, he was going shirtless with the Funky Bunch for Good Vibrations and I Need Money. Although the group still performs here and there, they do it without Mark.
3. OMC – How Bizarre
We don’t know where this one would qualify on your favorite or least-favorites lists, but you’ve got to admit it was catchy at the time. You might not even realize that you know the lyrics. Bizarre, right?
Did you know this 1991 hit was number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100?
5. Jennifer Paige – Crush
Even if you didn’t listen to pop, you heard this one somewhere between 1998 and 1999 and Jennifer’s video was on the screen. The track even got a new life as a feature on Glee.
Jon Secada’s love songs kept him in heavy rotation in the ’90s, with ballads like Just Another Day keeping him in the charts and on soundtracks. Once you hear the voice, you’ll know who it is.
7. Eiffel 65 – Blue
Honestly, I didn’t remember this one until it was time to write this, and now I’ll probably have an earworm for the rest of the week.
Remember when MTV played this video all the time? Osborne earned 3 Grammy nominations for this existential 1995 smash that asked a burning question. Sing it.
9. Republica – Ready to Go
This British band had a hit on their hands at home and abroad. Ready to Go also had a nice run on TV screens and for sports teams.
The risque lyrics to this one sent the song up the charts, landing it at 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Two of the four writers for the hit are also behind Madonna’s Like a Virgin and So Emotional by Whitney Houston.
11. Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine
Let’s be clear: this 1996 hit was not based on actual events. These two young R&B singers (now legends) soared up the charts with their melodic back-and-forth fighting over a guy. It was only made better by watching the video.
Been around the world, and I, I, I. . .Long before we had Adele, there was Lisa Stansfield with her brand of British soul. This song appeared in ’89 but took over radio in the ‘90s. From what we hear, she’s still touring.
13. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
Everyone say it together: “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.” You may not know all the lyrics, but you know those lines from the chorus. Although the band had a long career, this song was the anthem that went mainstream and has been etched in your mind since 1997.
One-time teen crush Tevin Campbell was young but talented enough to work with the likes of Prince and and Quincy Jones. This gem was written by another legend – Babyface.
15. Blind Melon – No Rain
You may not have listened to this one in a while, but you can’t forget the image of the little bee girl. Classic!
It is entirely possible that the first time you heard this was when you watched the video. It’s also entirely possible that you didn’t catch the words because of the video. The hat. The tricky movements. But listen again and you may agree with the group’s fans that this song is relevant today.
17. CeCe Peniston – Finally
At a party, throwing on this record was sure to make people get up and dance. See what it makes you do after 25 years. It’s happy dance music!