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99 Favorite One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s

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Relive the 1990s Through Music

Make a 1990s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

Make a 1990s nostalgia playlist featuring these favorite one-hit wonders from the era. A one-hit wonder is an artist who achieves success primarily for one song.

Some People Say These Were the Best Years

Call them the Roaring Nineties. Gen Xers like me often reminisce on the 1990s as a cultural, economic, and technological boom time.

Technology was taking off as the world wide web or information superhighway entered our lives. We tolerated dial up connections—hardly instantaneous and remember that annoying sound? Now we could buy and sell Beanie Babies (or whatever else) using eBay and send correspondence to someone miles away without using a postage stamp (which was only 25-33 cents).

We signed up for our Earthlink or AOL accounts using free discs that were available in most stores, then surfed the Internet with the help of search engines like Lycos, Yahoo!, or Excite. Yes, there was life before Google, but it wasn't as easy. Google didn't become a dominant player until several years later.

As we wore our high waisted jeans and Doc Martens, we rocked out to Nirvana and Mariah Carey on Sony Discmans. We thought mullets and rattails were cool, and we arranged our lives around prime time tv sitcoms like Seinfeld and Friends. Movie blockbusters kept us going to the theaters. Remember Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, and The Titanic? They're still worth seeing.

The stock market surged and business boomed. What could possibly go wrong? Technically, there were a few things, including:

  • Hurricane Andrew
  • the Oklahoma City Bombing
  • the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (a fluke, right?)
  • that Presidential stain on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress
  • the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa within a week of one another, and
  • O.J. Simpson being acquitted for murdering two people in cold blood.

Even if the Roaring Nineties weren't as perfect as nostalgia might paint them, the music was awesome. Make a nostalgia playlist full of popular one-hit wonders from the era. Relive the decade through music. Dawg, we have some of the best ones right here!

1. "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba

Here's to resilience and those who find a way to bounce back from adversity! This 1997 rock hit peaked at #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Every time you hear it, you'll be guaranteed to have the following earworm for days:

I get knocked down, but I get up again
You are never gonna keep me down.

2. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor

Although the legendary rocker Prince penned this emotional power ballad, it was Sinéad O'Connor who made it famous. If you're going to be a one-hit wonder, then this is how to do it.

In 1990, this emotional song about a forlorn lover topped charts across the globe. It captures the desperation of someone who recently has been left by their partner. The narrator wallows in her memories and pain, wishing her sweetheart would return.

O'Connor has been married four times, including one marriage that lasted a mere 17 days. She stirred significant controversy in 1992 when she appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live and tore the Pope's picture up in front of the camera, calling him "evil." Anyone who watched that spectacle still remembers it; it was a bizarre 90s moment.

3. "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia

Although this quintessentially 1990s song was recorded in 1998, it's crazy that people are just now realizing it was a cover song. (It was originally released by a Danish group two years earlier.) Imbruglia's version found success throughout the world.

The song describes the disappointment a woman feels after having fallen in love with a man who turns out not to be who she built him up to be. Reality exposed that she had fallen in love with an illusion.

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4. "Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane

Climbing to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100, this upbeat 1992 rock tune was the result of the singer's tour of Africa, where he was trying to raise money and awareness on behalf of a famine relief organization. The abject poverty that Cochrane witnessed disturbed him so much that he needed a creative outlet to lift him out of what he was feeling.

The song was also covered by country music group Rascal Flatts in 2006, when it was successful on both the mainstream and country charts.

5. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something

It's sad when your lover concludes that not only is she not all that into you but also you never really had that much in common. That's the claim of the narrator's girlfriend in this 1996 rock song which rose to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Desperate to find some common interest so they could salvage the relationship, the guy reminds her that they both enjoyed the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's.

6. "Get Here" by Oleta Adams

America was entering the first Gulf War in 1991, at the time this song was released. I distinctly recall the era because my college boyfriend at the time was in the Army reserves, and he was deployed to Iraq.

The song describes a separation between two lovers, with the narrator imploring her partner to "get here if you can" by any means possible. She details a number of methods of transport, including railway, caravan, and hot air balloon.

"D'oh!" ... Remember the Heyday of the Simpsons?

By the 1990s, adults finally had their own cartoons!  The Simpons tv show started in 1989 and the first decade was considered its "golden age."  The show made jokes about politics, business, and family life.  It's still on the air.

By the 1990s, adults finally had their own cartoons! The Simpons tv show started in 1989 and the first decade was considered its "golden age." The show made jokes about politics, business, and family life. It's still on the air.

7. "When I Said I Do" by Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

Country singer Clint Black has been married to singer and actress Lisa Hartman Black since 1991. This 1999 song that they recorded together became a top country hit and crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at #31. The song describes the complete devotion that one partner has for the other, against the backdrop of a changing and often troubled world.

8. "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega

I can't mambo, but I really like the song. Celebrating the Cuban dance, this 1999 pop song climbed to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Throughout the rest of the world, however, it was a #1 hit. The flirty song features a guy who really enjoys the ladies, then sets out to name names.

9. "Nobody Knows" by The Tony Rich Project

Topping out at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, this R&B crossover song was released in late 1995. It was also recorded by country artist Kevin Sharp, thus giving the song a whole lot of coverage on all the charts in 1996.

The guy in the song is still in love with the woman he let get away. While he pretends to have moved on with his life, inside he's crying and desperate for her to return.

10. "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals

What great advice! This upbeat 1998 song conveys optimism, belief in yourself, and pursuing your dreams in spite of naysayers. Forget what other people think. Rely on yourself and just go for it! The pop hit peaked at #36 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

11. "How Do I Live" by Trisha Yearwood

No matter who sings it, this song has always seemed so clingy and desperate. It makes me want to tell the narrator to put on her big girl panties. She'll get through it if he leaves, but she first has to stop whining about how much she needs her lover.

Seriously though. Two versions of this song were released by two different artists on the same day in 1997. Here's how that oddity happened.

Originally, LeAnn Rimes, who was only 14 years old at the time, recorded the song for the movie Con Air. However, executives wanted the song to reflect Trish Yearwood's countrier sound, and they were concerned that Rimes' age was a misfit for the song's content.

Both versions of the song were successful. Yearwood's version climbed to #23 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and made her a one-hit wonder while Rimes' version peaked at #2 on the same charts. (Rimes had other mainstream hits so she wasn't a one-hit wonder.)

Remember Furbies?

Furbies were the "it" toy to have in 1998-2000.  The Furby looks like a hamster or owl and is a fuzzy robotic toy that speaks Furbish but gradually acquires English over time.

Furbies were the "it" toy to have in 1998-2000. The Furby looks like a hamster or owl and is a fuzzy robotic toy that speaks Furbish but gradually acquires English over time.

12. "One of Us" by Joan Osborne

We don't always treat one another very well, and this 1995 rock song will make you think about your own actions. The underlying message is that imperfect as we may each be, a higher power is in us all, and we should strive more fully to see the common denominator rather than the differences.

This song with a message peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and the mainstream charts has never seen a Joan Osborne follow-up hit since.

13. "House of Love" by Vince Gill (featuring Amy Grant)

This 1994 ditty was recorded several years before country music star Vince Gill and Christian and pop singer Amy Grant made a love connection. The two divorced their respective spouses and then married in 2000.

The song is about a woman who is suffering the heartache of separation from her partner. The narrator reassures her that if it's love and it's hurting her this much, then chances are he'll be back.

14. "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle

Criminals, watch out. The law is on to you. This international reggae hit from 1993 became the theme to the television show Cops and can still be heard today:

Bad boys, bad boys
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do
When they come for you?

15. "Nothing in Between (B*tch)" by Meredith Brooks

Meredith Brooks sounds somewhat like Alanis Morrisette, and people often mistake this one-hit wonder for her. This 1997 pop hit, which rose to #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, was popular throughout the world. It captured the angst and self-reflection of the 1990s.

Rather than letting herself be pigeonholed by a stereotype, the strong narrator proclaims that she is a three-dimmensional human being and her partner will have to accept this fact:

I'm a bitch, I'm a lover
I'm a child, I'm a mother
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I'm your hell, I'm your dream
I'm nothing in between
You know you wouldn't want it any other way.

Remember the Beanie Babies Craze?

Beanie Babies, soft plush collectible toys, became a craze in the mid-1990s.  Both kids and adults collected them, and people would re-sell them for a much higher price on eBay.  By 1999, the craze began to subside.  Where are yours now?

Beanie Babies, soft plush collectible toys, became a craze in the mid-1990s. Both kids and adults collected them, and people would re-sell them for a much higher price on eBay. By 1999, the craze began to subside. Where are yours now?

How Much Do You Remember About the 1990s?

Napster

rollerblading

crimped hair

the Beanie Babies craze

"Seinfeld"

Dot-com stock market bubble

the Thighmaster

America Online (AOL) and dial-up Internet service

Princess Diana dies

Operation Desert Storm

Pokémon

"Dolly," the first successfully cloned sheep

the first three Harry Potter novels are published

Columbine

the Oklahoma City bombing

grunge subculture

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dominated basketball

"Pulp Fiction"

President Bill Clinton: elected, re-elected, impeached, acquitted

"The Titanic"

The Unabomber is arrested

"The Rachel" haircut

Nelson Mandela is released from prison and later becomes President of South Africa

Tickle Me Elmo

David Koresh and the Branch Davidians

Furby

Rodney King & the L.A. riots

digital pets

sportswear is not simply for the gym

energy drinks

"The Simpsons"

eBay is launched

O.J. Simpson trial

pagers

Lorena Bobbitt

fear of Y2K

16. "Closing Time" by Semisonic

Topping out at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, this 1998 rock song describes people leaving a bar at closing time. The bar has been a safe haven for its guests but now it's time for them to move to the exit and venture into the world.

The songwriter acknowledged that it was also a song about birth; he was anticipating the birth of his first child. He likens birth to being bounced from a bar. I guess they're similar, huh?

Remember Bill "the Comeback Kid" Clinton?

Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton enjoy inaguration day 1997.  Clinton served as the 42nd President.  Despite the Monica Lewinsky affair, Clinton famously left office with the highest public approval rating of any post-WWII President.

Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton enjoy inaguration day 1997. Clinton served as the 42nd President. Despite the Monica Lewinsky affair, Clinton famously left office with the highest public approval rating of any post-WWII President.

17. "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn

This autobiographical bluesy tune is a power ballad and became Marc Cohn's signature song. It details a trip that he took to Memphis and a spiritual awakening he experienced after visiting the city. In his trip, he

  • heard Rev. Al Green preach the gospel
  • visited Graceland and the statue of W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues" and
  • sang a song with an old black woman who was playing piano at a music joint.

The 1991 song peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

18. "I Wanna Be Rich" by Calloway

The guy in this R&B crossover hit has dollar signs in his eyes. Although the tech bubble is years away, the narrator wants to be rolling in the dough. Maybe the bill collectors will stop hounding him then.

Although the song was released in late 1989, it reached #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990.

19. "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot

"I like big butts and I cannot lie." That's what this 1992 rap song is about: love for the big-bottomed girls.

Although the tune didn't actually start the booty-loving craze, it certainly deserves credit for advancing the cause. The song hit #1 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart, emphasizing that when it comes to beauty, it's all in the eye of the beholder.

20. "Baby I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain

Climbing to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list is this cover version of Peter Frampton's 1975 classic rock song. It was on the soundtrack of the 1994 romantic comedy film, Reality Bites.

The kick, however, is that this rendition is ... (wait for it) ... a reggae version and it charted higher than the original. Sometimes even classics can be enhanced. The song is poetic in the way it describes a lover's fascination with his beloved and his desire to be with her night and day.

Remember Scrunchies?

Although scrunchies entered mainstream fashion (if that's what you want to call it) in the 1980s, their popularity lasted well into the 1990s.  Scrunchies consisted of fabric that covered an elasticized hairband.  Girls coordinated them with outfits.

Although scrunchies entered mainstream fashion (if that's what you want to call it) in the 1980s, their popularity lasted well into the 1990s. Scrunchies consisted of fabric that covered an elasticized hairband. Girls coordinated them with outfits.

Even More Favorite One-Hit Wonders From the 1990s

Have a favorite one-hit wonder from the 1990s that should be on this playlist? Make a suggestion in the Comments Section below.

SongArtistYear Released

21. Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)

Bayside Boys

1994

22. Achy Breaky Heart

Billy Ray Cyrus

1992

23. I Touch Myself

Divinyls

1991

24. Steal My Sunshine

Len

1999

25. Loser

Beck

1994

26. Sunny Came Home

Shawn Colvin

1997

27. How Do You Talk to an Angel

The Heights

1992

28. No Rain

Blind Melon

1993

29. Butterfly Kisses

Bob Carlisle

1997

30. Pump Up the Jam

Technotronic

released in 1989, charted in 1990

31. Written All Over Your Face

Rude Boys

1991

32. Barely Breathing

Duncan Sheik

1997

33. It Must Be Love

Ty Herndon

1998

34. Ballad of Jayne

L.A. Guns

1990

35. I'll Be There for You

The Rembrandts

1995

36. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Mark Chestnutt

1999

37. Save Tonight

Eagle-Eye Cherry

1999

38. Would I Lie to You?

Charles & Eddie

1992

39. Knockin' Boots

Candyman

1990

40. Whoomp! There It Is

Tag Team

1992

41. A Night to Remember

Joe Diffie

1999

42. Ice Ice Baby

Vanilla Ice

1991

43. Single White Female

Chely Wright

1999

44. The Freshmen

The Verve Pipe

1997

45. I'm Too Sexy

Right Said Fred

1992

46. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

The Proclaimers

1993

47. I Try

Macy Gray

1999

48. Bittersweet Symphony

The Verve

1997

49. Wonderwall

Oasis

1995

50. All For You

Sister Hazel

1997

51. For You

Kenny Lattimore

1997

52. I'll Never Let You Go

Steelheart

1991

53. You Gotta Be

Des'ree

1994

54. If You Could Only See

Tonic

1997

55. She's So High

Tal Bachman

1999

56. I'll See You in My Dreams

Giant

1990

57. What Is Love

Haddaway

1993

58. Cotton Eye Joe

Rednex

1994

59. Chains

Tina Arena

1994

60. Groove Is In the Heart

Deee-Lite

1990

61. Insensitive

Jan Arden

1994

62. Here Comes the Hotstepper

Ini Kamoze

1994

63. Fu-Gee-La

Fugees

1995

64. I Wish

Skee-Lo

1995

65. Lullaby

Shawn Mullins

1998

66. Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Eiffel 65

1998

67. Sex and Candy

Marcy Playground

1997

68. Take a Picture

Filter

1998

69. Your Woman

White Town

1997

70. Don't Wanna Fall in Love

Jane Child

1990

71. Mentirosa

Mellow Man Ace

1990

72. Jump Around

House of Pain

1992

73. I Got a Man

Positive K

1992

74. Ditty

Paperboy

1992

75. Dazzey Duks

Duice

`1993

76. Whoot, There It Is

95 South

1993

77. Show Me Love

Robin S

1994

78. Steal My Sunshine

Len

1999

79. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Crash Test Dummies

1993

80. Criminal

Fiona Apple

1997

81. In the Meantime

Spacehog

1996

82. Counting Blue Cars

Dishwalla

1996

83. 5 O'Clock

Nonchalant

1996

84. What's Up?

4 Non-Blondes

1993

85. The Rhythm of the Night

Corona

1993

86, Back in the Day

Ahmad

1994

87. Here Comes the Hotstepper

Ini Kamoze

1997

88. Missing

Everything but the Girl

1995

98. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand

Primative Radio Gods

1996

99. Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

Baz Luhrmann

1997

Remember the Devastation of Hurricane Andrew?

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in August 1992.  It caused 65 deaths and $26.5 billion in damage.  Shown here is a devastated mobile home community.

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in August 1992. It caused 65 deaths and $26.5 billion in damage. Shown here is a devastated mobile home community.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Did the hit song "Big League" by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider come out in the 1990s? Does "Big League" negate Tom Cochrane being a one-hit wonder?

Answer: The song "Big League" by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider was a hit on the rock rather than mainstream charts back in 1988. It is an almost legendary hockey-related song that is very popular in Canada. Tom Cochrane, however, only had one Top 40 hit on the mainstream pop chart, "Life Is a Highway." That doesn't take away from his talent. Good question.

Here's the link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoDDnOUKDQI

Question: Would "Mother, Mother" by Tracy Bonham count as a one-hit-wonder?

Answer: Tracy Bonham hit #1 on the alternative rock chart and #18 on the rock chart with this song, but it didn't cross over to the mainstream pop chart. It certainly didn't enter the Top 40. Technically she's therefore not a one-hit-wonder according to the definition given in the article. However, it was her only hit and the one most people know her by so in a way, kinda yes. Interestingly, she also has a song called "One-Hit Wonder" so I don't know whether she's still sensitive about it or whether she's made peace with her one shot at fame.

Question: How do you see Beck and Oasis as one-hit wonders?

Answer: Please look again at the definition of "musical one-hit wonder" in the large callout of the article. That is key to your issue.

A musical one-hit wonder is "an artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts or in other countries."

Beck's song, "Loser," charted #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and his next closest hits were in disqualifying positions: "Where It's At" which charted at #61, "E-Pro" at #65, and "Jack-Ass" at #73."

Again, note that success on the Alternative charts, R&B charts, country charts, and charts in other countries doesn't help an artist with mainstream US popularity. This doesn't diminish Beck's success as an alternative artist. Same concept with Oasis. Given that Beck is still generating music, maybe he'll have another Top 40 mainstream hit (rather than one on the alternative charts) and thus forfeit the one-hit-wonder designation.

Question: Why did you spotlight Lady Diana's death and fail to mention the death of Mother Teresa?

Answer: Lady Diana died on August 31, 1997, and Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, just a few days apart. If you read the introduction, the next to last bullet point specifically points out both women: "the deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa within a week of one another." There are many significant world events that cannot be highlighted in that table. Besides, it wasn't in Mother Teresa's loving spirit to seek out glory and recognition for herself. I think if she perceives any oversight in the Great Beyond, then she quickly forgives it and so should you.

© 2017 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 14, 2020:

Maryanne - Thanks for your comment. Please reference the definition. For Oasis, they only had one Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Wonderwall." The others you mention were on the Alternative chart. For Fugees, they also only had one Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, "Fu-Gee-La." The others you mention were on International charts (UK, Swedish, Swiss, German, etc.) At some point you've just got to draw some kind of line so I had a definition up front based on commonly used parameters.

Maryanne on June 13, 2020:

This is a cool list, but some of these artists are absolutelt NOT one hit wonders. I can let a few of these slide if they had two hits, such as The Verve Pipe and Technotronic

But Oasis and The Fugees? Both of these bands were huge and had a bunch of hits in the 90s:

Oasis: Live Forever, Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Don’t Look Back in Anger

The Fugees: Fugee La, Nappy Heads, No Woman No Cry, Killing Me Softly, Ready or Not

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 14, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you recalled some of these and perhaps caught you up on other songs. Thanks for visiting!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2020:

I remember many of the things you mentioned about the 1990s but have to admit that I have not been keeping up with the songs. We often listen to classical music instead of the current music of the time. I still like golden oldies...but then, given my age, it suits me. Ha!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on December 03, 2019:

LaustCawz - Thank you for these suggestions. They just missed cracking the Top 40 in the US. I would have imagined The La's would have been on there! Surprised me. Thanks again for your enthusiastic comments and wealth of music knowledge!

LaustCawz on December 02, 2019:

Flourish Anyway--possibilities: "There She Goes"--The La's

"Laid"--James

"Fade Into You"--Mazzy Star

Btw--Eagle Eye Cherry song is "Save Tonight".

For the record, Henry Phillips did a very different sort of "B*tch" song on his first album, around the same time (no hits or singles, as far as I know). It's basically a satirical scolding of spoiled girls, but it's entirely different from Meredith Brooks' song. The lyrics & music are his.

Finally, a one-hit wonder "steals" more than "sunshine" from another one-hit wonder. In their one hit, Len samples "More, More, More" by The Andrea True Connection.

Guess you can tell I'm not a big fan of arbitrary sampling.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 06, 2018:

Irwin Fletcher, Please look again at the definition of "musical one hit wonder" in the large callout of the article. It's key to your issue.

Musical One-Hit Wonder:

An artist who achieves mainstream success for a single song. ("Mainstream success" is often defined by a peak position in the top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100). The musician may have had successful songs, however, on country, R&B, or other recognized music charts or in other countries.

Beck's song, "Loser," charted #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and his next closest hits were in disqualifying positions: "Where It's At" which charted at #61, "E-Pro" at #65, and "Jack-Ass" at #73."

Again, note that the Alternative charts, R&B charts, country charts, and charts in other countries aren't part of this recognized definition. In a nutshell, it's a matter of "mainstream" US popularity. It doesn't diminish Beck's success as an alternative artist. Thanks for reading.

Irwin Fletcher on October 05, 2018:

LOL, Beck is NOT a one hit wonder. He's stayed pretty big over the years although his popularity gone through highs and lows depending on how good his latest album was, but he never seems to stay down long. While Loser might be his most popular song that next album he put out (Odelay, which went double platinum) was HUGE in '96 and had several hits on it. Where It's At, The New Pollution and Devil's Haircut. All three of those still get a good amount of radio play on Rock/Alternative stations.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2017:

Mary - I started this series as a memory jogger and a way to integrate the new songs I was hearing, too, as I have a teenaged daughter who believed at the time that the cool music started with her generation! Thanks for stopping by!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 30, 2017:

I have to admit that Music was at the bottom of my favourites list but am beginning to discover and enjoy it now.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 17, 2017:

Genna - Those videos were cool back then but seeing them so many years later with the hair, attire, and dance styles, they can look so out of date and remind us how much time has actually passed! I'll have to check out that "older" 2000 movie. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for commenting and have a great week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 17, 2017:

Devika - I'm glad you enjoyed this! Have a wonderful week ahead.

DDE on September 17, 2017:

Music from the nineties are some of my favorites. From the seventies, eighties, and nineties till today music is my best way of pass time.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2017:

What a terrific hub! I had to chuckle over one of your great music videos. Just the other night, I watched an older, 2000 movie, "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson. One of the songs in the soundtrack was "Bitch" -- it was hilarious within the context of the film and used to terrific effect. Thank you for the trip down the path of memories...and the music that still stays with us, today. :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 16, 2017:

Krzysztof - Thanks for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed the playlist. Have a great weekend!

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on September 16, 2017:

Your music knowledge is extremely impressive and I love 90s one hit wonders, they are the best kind of earworm. Thank you for sharing this list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 13, 2017:

Louise - They certainly were the "it" toy of their time! And I sure cannot forget "Nothing Compares 2 U" ... a fantastic song. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 13, 2017:

Omg, I remember the Furbies, they were so cute! I'm glad you put Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares To You song. I love that song.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 13, 2017:

Mona - I'm glad you enjoyed this. It's nice to go back for a visit, but I'm glad we live in the here and now. I don't think we knew how good we had it back then. Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 13, 2017:

Larry - Thanks for stopping by. I like that eerie song. Fastball actually had another song, "Out of My Head" in 1999. Once I played it, I faintly recalled it but like the song. Have a great week!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on September 12, 2017:

This was quite a trip down memory lane. I listened to most of the songs and the events you listed down really brought me back. Thanks FlourishAnyway, music is truly a universal language.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 12, 2017:

Great read. Great series. Didn't see "The Way" by Fastball.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 12, 2017:

Linda - The Cops show is a real dose in reality in how the other half lives. If you lead a less than eventful life, it will make you happy that you do! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. Have a wonderful week ahead.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 12, 2017:

Paula - Were you obsessing at the time about the OJ Simpson trial or the Presidential goings-on? That's what I was doing, other than working way too much (first part of the decade, then going to grad school second part of the decade). Life's schedule comes first. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you are well.

Suzie from Carson City on September 11, 2017:

FA....Although this article is as wonderfully composed as all your others, I'm really stumped. Can't seem to figure out how very few of these songs are familiar to me. In fact, this work of yours has me wondering what my life was so wrapped up in that I wasn't into much of the music.

In any event, it never ceases to amaze me, the amount of serious research you must need to do to create such articles of perfection. Always entertaining, F.A.! Paula

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 11, 2017:

The only song I know from your list is "Bad Boys" because I heard it at the start of the television show (which I didn't actually watch). Thanks for sharing the information about the other songs. As usual, your article was interesting and informative to read.

Tamara Moore on September 11, 2017:

Thank you, Flourish. Yes, I wrote this before I saw your comment:-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2017:

Tamara - I have read it already and left you a comment there. You are brave to open up about your life, and you'll help others by doing so. Engendering greater understanding about each others' lives helps us all. I am proud of you!

Tamara Moore on September 11, 2017:

Flourish, I meant to mention that I am sorry about your husband's nephew, and his father having Muscular Dystrophy.

I really love Jerry Lewis so much! MDA has been very good to me, with The Lord's Blessings. When I was very ill, MDA bought me a motorized wheelchair, brand new. It must have been over $5000.00.

I just wrote my first post about my condition, and has a Rhyming Poem included :-) I am just waiting to see if it will be readily accepted by Hubpages, or if I will need to work on it some more.

I plan to also do some follow-up posts on it, too! I never have written about it because I didn't think anyone would be interested, especially since I have such a rare mutation.

Flourish, thank you for your support, kind words, and encouragement. If not for you, I would not be writing about it. But, even if only one person, such as yourself, is interested, then it will be worth it.

Hugs,

Tamara

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2017:

Jo - In some cases you didn't miss much, but in others maybe you did. There were some tv shows, for example, that if a person didn't watch them they'd feel left out of conversations at work or with friends or wonder what people were talking about (Seinfeld and the "phrase yada yada yada", Festivus, Soup Nazi). Same thing with some songs of the time, like the hook for "Baby Got Back" which is "I like big butts and I cannot lie." I saw a cute bumper sticker just the other day that said "I like big mutts and I cannot lie." Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2017:

Heidi - I recall the earlier stuff more easily, too -- even the earlier 1990s. I do know I was wrapped up in the O.J. Simpson court case, watching every day in between grad school classes I was attending and teaching. I wasn't tuning in to a whole lot of other pop culture because of that. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2017:

Peg - I love the "old school" tech detail. It really was a lot of work to make things happen back in the day, and we believed we were cuttting edge. Think of all those jobs that computers have made unnecessary! Thanks for sharing about your life and work at the time, and have a great week. I hope you and your family were spared the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 11, 2017:

Rasma - Funny, you're not the only one who's saying that. There's probably some explanation, but I'm not sure what it is right now. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on September 11, 2017:

I sometimes think I'm pop-culturally illiterate. I seldom know much about the popular tv shows or popular music, so few of these songs are familiar to me.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on September 11, 2017:

You know what's really sad? When you can remember songs from the 70s and 80s, but start drawing a blank with the 90s. I recognize a few of these (mainly the dance tracks). But I must have been under a rock for the decade. And I thought a lot of the music was just so boring. Better get out my scrunchies! Thanks for the Monday playlist!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 11, 2017:

Wow, what an amazing trip down memory lane. I was working in the telecom industry where we were transitioning from paper purchase orders to electronic funds transferring. We created binders of our systems' software that later turned into diskettes. Our computers were not linked and we all had our own data bases. We tried several systems to automate our processes before adapting the SAP system after a lot of redundant effort.

These songs really capture the times and memories.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 11, 2017:

Thank you for another well done musical hub. Interesting about these one hit wonders. You know I don't really remember many of them. I will take a look into what I have missed.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Clive - one of my favorites, too! Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

MsDora - Thank you for the kind words. I hope you are did well in making it through the recent hurricane.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Tamara - I know you will flourish.

Tamara Moore on September 10, 2017:

Flourish,

I need to copy your comment because from now on, this is what I wish to do- no more putting my time into the bad days, but instead that of the precious things in life!

Oh, yes...! I will write about my Muscular Dystrophy Issue! I hope it will be written well-enough for Hubpages to publish. I am so used to writing poems and rhymes. Sometimes I feel a bit intimidated by the technicalities of writing on Hubpages, although I thoroughly love Hubpages for its professionalism! I am so simple about things that it's difficult for me to follow technical rules, and instruction... ADHD doesn't help with this, either.

I am on my way to begin my new era, Flourish.

This will be my new era of change!

I just read this Bible Devotional before I read your God-Breathed comment!

"Far too many people chase after things that won’t last. They use all their talents to store up treasures on earth. They search for pleasures and rewards that will wither and fade with the grass."

P.S.- Your profile pic brings me joy because when I see you smiling, it makes me smile :-)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Mary - Glad this brought the memories back. I think Natalie Imbruglia was more popular outside of the US and thus charted there. With other artists, I'm surprised that any country songs make these lists, given the historical disdain in mainstream music for country music. Have a wonderful week ahead!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Linda - I have a feeling that I'm going to look back on today's music with the same thoughts for the same reasons. My daughter is a teen, about to graduate from high school. She never ever reads my playlists but is constantly surprised I know so much about music. I wouldn't want to relive this period again, but it's been a good one. Thanks for sharing part of your life.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Tamara - You are very kind with your compliments. Regarding your conflict with the person who is bothering you (or bothered you in the past), why fuel their energy with your own creativity, time, and effort, whether in poetry form or any other article? Turn your back on the negativity. I think people would love to hear about how you persevere with the rare form of muscular dystrophy that you have. My husband's nephew has MD, and his father had it (Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy, specifically) but we never actually knew it until the nephew was diagnosed. Continue to be strong, whatever you do.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 10, 2017:

Among everything else, thanks for the history and the memories. What a great job you do with these lists!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on September 10, 2017:

nothing compares to you is my favorite. Nice list

Mary Wickison from Brazil on September 10, 2017:

This is when my kids were at the age of listening to music so I remember a lot, although some may be just the US. I was surprised to see Natalie Imbruglia on the list, I loved that song and would have thought she had more.

Your list has brought back some fun memories for me.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 10, 2017:

Ohmygoodness! What was I doing in the 90's? I was raising two teenage girls, so you can bet I heard every one of these about a million times on the half-hour drive to the school bus (and add another 45 minutes if we missed that bus).

Do I remember it with a smile? Yes. But would I want to do it all over again? No way!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Tamara Moore on September 10, 2017:

Flourish, your articles on songs are so concise! You add such detail, and such interest. It is fun to read your posts about music and the particular songs for certain eras, and subject matters.

I voted "D" because I never listened to much of the 90' songs, but now, maybe I will listen to some of them!

I was thinking of writing a post on all the songs the Narcissist dedicated to me, and "Why he chose these particular songs". I thought it might be a way for me to continue to heal.

I thoroughly enjoy your posts, my friend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 10, 2017:

Bill - You must have been otherwise engaged! Thanks for taking a look. Have a good week ahead.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 10, 2017:

Not terribly memorable for me. I had to read the article to be reminded of any music from the 90's. LOL I must have been quite busy during that decade because music appreciation for those ten years seems to be lacking in me. :)

Mamerto Adan from Cabuyao on September 10, 2017:

If there is only a like button here, I'll click it! It brings back memories of my teenage years.