Brit Pop. Grunge. Hip Hop. The 90s produced to coolest musical genres EVER. But lets not forget the ultra catchy, sometimes cheesy and all-round guilty pleasures that came out from that decade as well.
So we’ve picked our top 10 guilty pleasures from the 90s, that will instantly take you back to the time when you probably wore crop tops with ‘angel’ written on them, and definitely practiced the Macarena dance routine in your bedroom mirror…
1. Wannabe by Spice Girls
Two words: Girl power. Will that Mel B rap ever get old? Whether you were team Ginger, Baby, Sporty, Scary or Posh, the Spice Girls were everyone’s favourite 90s girl band, and this 1996 cracker is just one of many songs in their repertoire that we still find ourselves singing whilst we get ready for a girl’s night out. The only difference being that then we had a hairbrush in hand and now it’s usually a large bottle of Rosé.
2. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
This power ballad might have been written for tear-jerker film Armageddon in 1998, but who knew it would turn out to be the soundtrack to our post-break up lives for years longer? We still pretend we’re Liv Tyler watching that TV screen go to black, every time we sing it, obvs.
3. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
With their perfect mix of heartfelt ballads and Nick Carter’s (baby) face, the Backstreet Boys smashed out hit after hit in their bid to win the 90s boy band war against N*Sync.
4. C’est La Vie by B*Witched
The song that catapulted girl group B*Witched to stardom in 1998 has got to be a front-runner for the ‘most catchy chorus in a song, ever’ award. The video was equally amazing, and inspired us to attempt to learn the Irish dance in our living room while the song played on our Walkman. And of course major style points for double denim too.
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5. Macarena by Los Del Rio
You can’t even call yourself a 90s kid If you didn’t dance front and centre to this song at your school disco. At the time we made new lyrics up on every sing-a-long, but we’ve since searched for -and translated- them. Highlights include: “Give happiness to your body Macarena/ Heeey… Macarena! Aaay!”
6. Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Theme Song) by Will Smith
Way, way before Will had fathered some of coolest kids, and Carlton had done his dance on I’m A Celebrity, they were entertaining us as we sat in front of the TV eating reasonably-priced Freddos. And yes, we can still do the rap word perfect.
7. You Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer
When it was first released in 1990, we knew this song was something special, but little did we know that MC Hammer’s legendary dance, and his crazily drop crotched trousers, would come to be an important part of 90s history. This tune will always be one of our favourites.
8. Believe by Cher
Who hasn’t belted this pop-anthem out in the show at some point in their life? This 1998 song was the first ever to use Auto-Tune, and thank goodness it did. We really can’t imagine a world without hilariously-fake sounding pop. Thanks, Cher.
9. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
We can hardly believe that it’s been so long since this song came out (15 years ago to be precise). In Vanilla Ice’s own words it’s time to ‘stop, collaborate, and listen…’
10. Barbie Girl by Aqua
We challenge you to find a song more ridiculous than this. Somehow, in 1997 we didn’t realise – or care – how bizarre the lyrics are. Now we know better, but still can’t get over how much we love this tongue-in-cheek 90s classic.
By Megan Sutton