If you remember jamming out to these songs growing up, it's probably time for an eye cream.
What do beanie babies, chokers, scrunchies, and your walkman have in common? They're all from the iconic generation of the 90s. Oh, how we can still taste the flavors of our favorite Lip Smackers as we reminisce on the simpler days when Pogs and Crazy Bones were currency.
From the notable sound of pop star staples such as Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys to the beautiful angelic voice of Celine Dion herself, the '90s were a generation that birthed some of the best dance hits and power ballads and continued to mold the way for Y2K and all to come after.
Are you ready to get nostalgic? Because we sure are. Here are 20 songs you loved if you're a 90s kid, and we'll bet you'll sing them out loud at any given time.
1. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls
What would be a 90s playlist if it didn't feature the iconic British girl group, The Spice Girls? Not much, really! Their first single was a smash hit and lived and breathed female empowerment that helped shape the confidence of many women to this day. Released in 1996, this upbeat party track established our loving relationship with Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, and Posh. When "Wannabe" starts playing, you sing along with no questions asked.
2. "Hold On" - Wilson Phillips
The support song of all support songs, who could forget "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips? With a deep message and tried and authentic 90s sound, American vocal group Wilson Phillips' took home single of the year for this courageous anthem at the Billboard Music Awards. Proving that music has no expiry date, in 2011, the popular film Bridesmaids featured Wilson Phillips performing "Hold On" during the staple wedding scene as everyone breaks out into a feel-good dance number.
3. "My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion
If you grew up in the 90s, there's no doubt that Titanic made its way to your screen once or twice (or several times - we're right there with you). So you're no stranger to Celine Dion's Oscar and GRAMMY-award-winning hit, "My Heart Will Go On." This is the kind of track you belt out loud and out of key as you try to fathom Celine's undeniable vocal range, and if you happen to be watching the Titanic, you must hold your tears back. This Celine Dion ballad pays major homage to the 90s and has gone on to be one of the best-selling singles of all time.
4. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A-Lot
When this memorable bop came out, it felt like it was illegal to listen to! Of course, that's probably because of its explicitly sexual lyrics, and our parents had a bit more control over us at the time. But, alas, we're grown, and we can belt out every single one of those lyrics without holding back as the vinyl scratches, and witty one-liners forever remain in our minds. Spending five weeks at number one on the charts and even winning a GRAMMY, there's a reason Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" is one of the most recognizable songs from the '90s.
5. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana
Rebelling was the name of the game, and thanks to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," we were playing along. This grungy-rock anthem is the epitome of headbanging records from the 90s. One of the most revolutionary bops for the young generation, it was also Nirvana's biggest hit. Besides, what famous guitar riff of the 90s gets you going like this one? Answer: no other riff compares.
6. "No Scrubs" - TLC
We thank TLC for giving us the standards we have to this day because this anti-jerk anthem will still have us singing at the top of our lungs. "No Scrubs" earned this femme-trio their second Grammy nomination for record of the year and spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. This 'take no excuses' wave they etched into us is still going strong, so much so that it's mindlessly become part of our vocabulary, and we're not mad about it.
7. "Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears
Oh, Britney fever! "Baby One More Time" played at every school dance, not to mention the repeat song on our walkman. Britney Spears' debut single, and thank goodness it was because this paved the way for many more records of its kind. Establishing its place as one of the best pop songs of all time, yes, all time, this chart-topping success goes hand in hand with the music video for being extremely iconic. There's a reason you see "Baby One More" Halloween costumes to this day. Who could forget those braided pigtails and plaid skirts? Sorry, mom and dad.
8. "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" - Green Day
Yet another school dance jam, but this time - a punk rock ballad. You bet! Green Day sets the tone with "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," so much so that you can't help but weep as each lyric inspires you to reminisce on memories that last a lifetime. It was the song everyone wanted as the soundtrack to their life and the song that everyone wanted to learn how to play on the guitar. Thankfully the simplistic three-chord progression made it easier to do so and bring out at house parties for the years to come.
9. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" - Backstreet Boys
"Oh my God, we're back again." Nothing like creating a dance routine in your living room to the legendary sounds of this Backstreet Boys comeback. The time of boy bands was a damn good one, and this record shaped the remainder of the decade. Although some associate this track with Halloween, I mean, how could you not with the creepy and hypnotic music video? "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is a hit all year long at karaoke, house parties, and on road trips. Perfect for singing along with friends, this song had two international releases before it debuted in the United States. Talk about working overtime to ensure the universal language is that of the Backstreet Boys.
10. "All-Star" - Smash Mouth
It just wouldn't feel right to leave out Smash Mouth's celebrated single, "All-Star." The eye-catching visuals introduce us to aspiring superheroes of all types, and we're here for inclusivity. Plus, there's something so addictive about the humorous lyrics and mesmerizing beat that just bursts into the scene with an edgy pop sound. Although it hit the ground running when DreamWorks' Shrek came to the silver screen in 2001, we owe the 90s for this absolute banger. It followed us so much that it's become embedded into every fiber of our being. So, we guess it really "doesn't stop coming." Okay, we'll see ourselves out.