100 Best Love Songs of the '90s

Updated on December 30, 2018
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I have been an online writer for over four years. I am passionate about books, philosophy, music, and the music industry.


The '90s was a decade that mesmerized audiences with its diverse musical soundscapes. While the alternative and grunge scene developed into a unique entity, the indie scene paved way for a plethora of bands to explore new directions in musicality. As in every decade, music evolved in the '90s too, thereby leading to a dramatic shift in compositional structure and audience preference. Music purists would agree the '90s was a path-breaking decade in music. New sounds and production techniques emerged, changing the dynamics of music in a big way. While every music genre in the '90s witnessed a paradigm shift, love songs in different genres remained true to their roots.

Top 10 Best Love Songs of the '90s

  1. "I Will Always Love You"—Whitney Houston
  2. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"—Bryan Adams
  3. "More Than Words"—Extreme
  4. "As Long As You Love Me"—Backstreet Boys
  5. "One"—U2
  6. "Iris"—Goo Goo Dolls
  7. "I’ll Make Love To You"—Boyz 2 Men
  8. "My Heart Will Go On"—Celine Dion
  9. "Kiss Me"—Sixpence None The Richer
  10. "Wonderwall"—Oasis

Love Songs and Ballads of the '90s

Although few bands and artists were able to achieve mainstream success with their music in the '90s, a number of bands and artists who promoted their albums independently managed to find a cult following among fans. The '90s witnessed the birth of different types of love songs across various genres. While R&B love songs, country love songs, pop love songs and rock love songs had chart-topping success, the alternative scene in the '90s spawned a new flavor of romance. Indie love songs and alternative love songs struck a chord with mainstream audiences, thereby changing the scene in the music industry.

Love Songs of the '90s #11-20

11. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
12. "Can’t Stop Loving You"
Van Halen
13. "It Must Have Been Love"
14. "November Rain"
Guns N’ Roses
15. "All I Wanna Do"
Sheryl Crow
16. "Because You Loved Me"
Celine Dion
17. "Always"
Bon Jovi
18. "It’s Your Love"
Tim McGraw
19. "Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here"
Deborah Cox
20. "The Power of Love"
Celine Dion

Composition and Structure of Love Songs in the '90s

While hair metal and glam metal bands of the '80s faded into oblivion, with the emergence of the grunge assault in the '90s, certain bands associated with the hard rock and metal genres continued to impress with their brand of power ballads and acoustic rock ballads. With alternative genres coming to the forefront in the '90s, the musical soundscapes of balladry changed significantly. Love songs laced with strong acoustic intros formed the crux of song structure in '90s ballads. What makes the '90s stand out in the realms of music is the diverse amalgamation of influences. Love songs in the '90s had a distinctive sound that gave unique identity lyrically and musically.

Love Songs of the '90s #21-40

21. "You’re Still The One"
Shania Twain
22. "Lovefool"
23. "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Sinead O’ Connor
24. "Don’t Speak"
No Doubt
25. "No Ordinary Love"
26. "How Do I Live"
LeAnn Rimes
27. "Far Behind"
28. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"
Elton John
29. "This I Promise You"
30. "I Love Your Smile"
31. "All The Man That I Need"
Whitney Houston
32. "Linger"
The Cranberries
33. "The Look"
34. "Crush"
Jennifer Paige
35. "I Live My Life For You"
36. "Freak Me"
37. "I Have Nothing"
Whitney Houston
38. "Un-Break My Heart"
Toni Braxton
39. "I Swear"
40. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Meat Loaf

A number of albums released by bands and artists in the '90s featured powerful ballads that expressed sentiments and emotions in a reflective manner. Thoughtful lyrics, encompassed by melodic musical structure, became the flavor in love songs of the '90s. Songs with a ballad-oriented sound had immense success on charts. Music television channels, MTV in particular, favored balladry and romanticism in songs. This took the popularity of love songs to a new level! The '90s was also a decade that had several memorable one-hit wonders. Regardless of what is said about the '90s, musically, the decade paved the way for bands and artists of the future.

Love Songs of the '90s #41-60

41. "Lightning Crashes"
42. "I Love You Always Forever"
Donna Lewis
43. "Vision of Love"
Mariah Carey
44. "Don’t Let Go (Love)"
En Vogue
45. "Bed of Roses"
Bon Jovi
46. "Nobody"
Keith Stewart
47. "2 Become 1"
Spice Girls
48. "Truly Madly Deeply"
Savage Garden
49. "End of the Road"
Boyz 2 Men
50. "Carrying Your Love With Me"
George Strait
51. "All For Love"
Bryan Adams
52. "She’s In Love With The Boy"
Trisha Yearwood
53. "Love of a Lifetime"
54. "Back At One"
Brain McKnight
55. "When You Love A Woman"
56. "Don’t Cry"
Guns N’ Roses
57. "All That She Wants"
Ace of Base
58. "The Book of Love"
The Magnetic Fields
59. "Love Will Keep Us Alive"
60. "Save The Best For Last"
Vanessa Williams

Love Songs of the '90s #61-80

61. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman"
Bryan Adams
62. "At Your Best (You Are Love)"
63. "Tonight, Tonight"
The Smashing Pumpkins
64. "I’ll Stand By You"
65. "Now and Forever"
Richard Marx
66. "I Knew I Loved You"
Savage Garden
67. "The One"
Elton John
68. "Always Be My Baby"
Mariah Carey
69. "I Love The Way You Love Me"
John Michael Montgomery
70. "You were Meant for Me"
71. "I’ll Never Let You Go"
72. "That’s The Way Love Goes"
Janet Jackson
73. "This Kiss"
Faith Hill
74. "I’m Your Angel"
Celine Dion and R. Kelly
75. "To Be With You"
Mr. Big
76. "Only Wanna Be With You"
Hootie & the Blowfish
77. "If You Had My Love"
Jennifer Lopez
78. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
Elton John
79. "All I Have To Give"
Backstreet Boys
80. "I’ll Be"
Edwin McCain

Love Songs of the '90s #81-100

81. "Something to Talk About"
Bonnie Raitt
82. "Another Sad Love Song"
Toni Braxton
83. "Bitter Sweet Symphony"
The Verve
84. "Sweet Thing"
Mary J. Blige
85. "All My Life"
K-Ci & JoJo
86. "I Want It That Way"
Backstreet Boys
87. "Higher"
88. "Love Is All Around"
Wet Wet Wet
89. "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad"
Def Leppard
90. "I Can Love You Like That"
John Michael Montgomery
91. "Always and Forever"
Luther Vandross
92. "You Make Me Wanna"
93. "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You"
94. "Diamonds and Pearls"
95. "Torn"
Natalie Imbruglia
96. "Shape of My Heart"
Backstreet Boys
97. "Love Will Never Do Without You"
Janet Jackson
98. "Two Steps Behind"
Def Leppard
99. "Kiss From a Rose"
100. "Say You’ll Be There"
Spice Girls

Other Notable Love Songs of the 90s

  • "It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over"- Lenny Kravitz
  • "Baby"- Brandy
  • "I’ll Be Your Shelter"- Taylor Dayne
  • "Close To You"- Maxi Priest
  • "Semi"-Charmed Life- Third Eye Blind
  • "Can We Talk"- Tevin Campbell
  • "Kissing You"- Des’ree
  • "Fade Into You"- Mazzy Star
  • "Step By Step"- New Kids On The Block
  • "I Do (Cherish You)"- 98 Degrees
  • "Baby, I Love Your Way"- Big Mountain
  • "Cupid"- 112
  • "Angel of Mine"- Monica
  • "Hyperballad"- Bjork
  • "If I Didn’t Have You"- Randy Travis
  • "Rush Rush"- Paula Abdul
  • "Last Goodbye"- Jeff Buckley
  • "Weak"- SWV
  • "I Alone"- Live
  • "She’s All I Ever Had"- Ricky Martin
  • "Baby Baby Baby"- TLC
  • "Every Time I Close My Eyes"- Babyface
  • "She’s Got It All"- Kenny Chesney
  • "Friday I’m In Love"- The Cure
  • "Always The Last To Know"- Del Amitri
  • "Sweet Lady"- Tyrese
  • "To Be Loved By You"- Wynonna Judd
  • "Love of My Life"- Sammy Kershaw
  • "Amazing"- Aerosmith
  • "Because of You"- 98 Degrees
  • "Waterfalls"- TLC
  • "My Love"- Little Texas
  • "You and I"- Scorpions
  • "One In a Million"- Aaliyah
  • "Say Something"- James
  • "I’m Still In Love With You"- New Edition
  • "Look Heart, No Hands"- Randy Travis
  • "Crash Into Me"- Dave Matthews Band
  • "Say My Name"- Destiny’s Child
  • "Have I Told You Lately"- Rod Stewart
  • "Show Me Love"- Robin S
  • "Your Love Amazes Me"- John Berry
  • "How Can I Ease The Pain?"- Linda Fischer
  • "There She Goes"- The La’s
  • "I Adore Mi Amor"- Color Me Bad
  • "Masterpiece"- Atlantic Starr
  • "Amazed"- Lonestar
  • "(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection"- Nelson
  • "Hero"- Mariah Carey
  • "Can You Stop The Rain"- Peabo Bryson

  • "Fall At Your Feet"- Crowded House
  • "Miles Away"- Winger
  • "On and On"- Erykah Badu
  • "Glory Box"- Portishead
  • "Love, Me"- Collin Raye
  • "Hold You Tight"- Tara Kemp
  • "Someone to Love"- Jon B and Babyface
  • "(This Ain’t) No Thinking Thing"- Trace Adkins
  • "I Believe I Can Fly"- R. Kelly
  • "Rub You The Right Way"- Johnny Gill
  • "Send Me An Angel"- Scorpions
  • "Don’t Leave Me"- Blackstreet
  • "Livin’ On Love"- Alan Jackson
  • "Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)"- Maxwell
  • "Jessie"- Joshua Kadison
  • "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"- Sophie B. Hawkins
  • "Again"- Janet Jackson
  • "I Can’t Sleep Baby (if I)"- R.Kelly
  • "On Bended Knee"- Boyz 2 Men
  • "Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough"- Patty Smyth and Don Henley
  • "I Wanna Know"- Joe
  • "Womankind"- Little Angels
  • "Believe"- Cher
  • "Fortunate"- Maxwell
  • "Where You Goin’ Now"- Damn Yankees
  • "If You love Me"- Brownstone
  • "Love Like This"- Faith Evans
  • "Anytime"- Brian McKnight
  • "Baby, Baby"- Amy Grant
  • "Let’s Chill"- Guy
  • "Spend My Life With You"- Eric Benet and Tamia
  • "Nice and Slow"- Usher
  • "Right Here (Human Nature)"- SWV
  • "Thinkin’ About You"- Trisha Yearwood
  • "Nightswimming"- R.E.M.
  • "Say Yes"- Elliot Smith
  • "Love Is On The Way"- Saigon Kick
  • "I’ll Give All My Love To You"- Keith Sweat
  • "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"- En Vogue
  • "Have You Ever?"- Brandy
  • "Into My Arms"- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • "I’d Love You All Over Again"- Alan Jackson
  • "Forever My Lady"- Jodeci
  • "MMMBop"- Hanson
  • "Across the Sea"- Weezer
  • "Get Here"- Oleta Adams
  • "Candy Rain"- Soul For Real
  • "The Heart Won’t Lie"- Reba McEntire and Vince Gill
  • "Tell Me What you Want Me To Do"- Tevin Campbell
  • "I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face)"- Rome

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      7 months ago

      I'm just happy Elliott Smith got an honourable mention :) The nineties were incredible for music wow... Good list. Hard to narrow it down.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      19 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      There were some amazing times, innit?


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