VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s

#1 - Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - Official Music Video

VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's... the list...

  1. Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991, #6 US)
  2. U2 - "One" (1991, #10 US)
  3. Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way" (1999, #6 US)
  4. Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You" (1992, #1 US)
  5. Madonna - "Vogue" (1990, #1 US)
  6. Sir Mix-A-Lot - "Baby Got Back" (1992, #1 US)
  7. Britney Spears - "Baby One More Time" (1999, #1 US)
  8. TLC - "Waterfalls" (1994, #1 US)
  9. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion" (1991, #4 US)
  10. Sinéad O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990, #1 US)
  11. Pearl Jam - "Jeremy" (1991, #79 US)
  12. Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know" (1995)
  13. Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) - "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang" (1992, #2 US)
  14. Mariah Carey - "Vision of Love" (1990, #1 US)
  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge" (1991, #2 US)
  16. MC Hammer - "U Can't Touch This" (1990, #8 US)
  17. Destiny's Child - "Say My Name" (1999, #1 US)
  18. Metallica - "Enter Sandman" (1991, #16 US)
  19. Beastie Boys - "Sabotage" (1994)
  20. Hanson - "MMMBop" (1997, #1 US)
  21. Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On" (1997, #1 US)
  22. Beck - "Loser" (1994, #10 US)
  23. Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - "Whatta Man" (1993, #3 US)
  24. House of Pain - "Jump Around" (1992, #3 US)
  25. Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun" (1994)

#25 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun - Official Music Video

26. Eminem - "My Name Is" (1999, #26 US)

27. Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" (1993)

28. Ricky Martin - "Livin' la Vida Loca" (1999, #1 US)

29. Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby" (1990, #1 US)

30. *NSYNC - "Tearin' Up My Heart" (1998)

31. Radiohead - "Creep" (1993)

32. BLACKstreet - "No Diggity" (1996, #1 US)

33. Spice Girls - "Wannabe" (1997, #1 US)

34. Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life" (1997, #4 US)

35. Oasis - "Wonderwall" (1995, #8 US)

36. C+C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1991, #1 US)

37. Green Day - "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (1998)

38. Christina Aguilera - "Genie In A Bottle" (1999, #1 US)

39. Goo Goo Dolls - "Iris" (1998)

40. Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up" (1991, #2 US)

41. Spin Doctors - "Two Princes" (1993, #7 US)

42. Collective Soul - "Shine" (1994, #11 US)

43. En Vogue - "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" (1992, #2 US)

44. The Fugees - "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (1996)

45. Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You" (1995, #6 US)

46. Shania Twain - "You're Still the One" (1998, #2 US)

47. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - "Good Vibrations" (1991, #1 US)

48. Matchbox Twenty - "3 A.M." (1997)

49. Jewel - "Who Will Save Your Soul" (1996, #11 US)

50. Alice in Chains – “Man in the Box” (1990)

#50 - Alice in Chains - Man in the Box - Official Music Video

51. 2Pac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) - "California Love" (1996, #6 US)

52. Sugar Ray - "Fly" (1997)

53. Naughty by Nature - "O.P.P." (1991, #6 US)

54. Joan Osborne - "One of Us" (1995, #4 US)

55. Fiona Apple - "Criminal" (1996, #21 US)

56. L.L. Cool J - "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990, #17 US)

57. Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule - "Can I Get A..." (1998)

58. Sophie B. Hawkins - "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" (1992, #5 US)

59. Weezer - "Buddy Holly" (1994)

60. Bell Biv DeVoe - "Poison" (1990, #2 US)

61. Sheryl Crow - "All I Wanna Do" (1993, #2 US)

62. Live - "I Alone" (1994)

63. The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Mase & Puff Daddy - "Mo Money Mo Problems" (1997, #1 US)

64. The Presidents of the United States of America - "Peaches" (1995)

65. Digital Underground - "The Humpty Dance" (1990, #11 US)

66. Edwin McCain - "I'll Be" (1998, #5 US)

67. Deee-Lite - "Groove Is In The Heart" (1990, #4 US)

68. Will Smith - "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" (1998, #1 US)

69. Korn - "Freak on a Leash" (1998)

70. Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity" (1997)

71. Arrested Development - "Tennessee" (1992, #6 US)

72. Barenaked Ladies - "One Week" (1998, #1 US)

73. Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy" (1998, #5 US)

74. Cher - "Believe" (1999, #1 US)

75. Kris Kross - "Jump" (1992, #1 US)

#75 - Kris Kross - Jump - Official Music Video

76. Blues Traveler - "Run-around" (1995, #8 US)

77. Ice Cube - "It Was a Good Day" (1992, #15 US)

78. Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (1993)

79. Meredith Brooks - "Bitch" (1997, #2 US)

80. Right Said Fred - "I'm Too Sexy" (1992, #1 US)

81. Paula Cole - "I Don't Want to Wait" (1997, #11 US)

82. Geto Boys - "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (1991, #23 US)

83. The Breeders - "Cannonball" (1993)

84. Snow - "Informer" (1993, #1 US)

85. Cypress Hill - "Insane In The Brain" (1993, #19 US)

86. The Cranberries - "Linger" (1993, #8 US)

87. Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992, #4 US)

88. Duncan Sheik - "Barely Breathing" (1997, #16 US)

89. Liz Phair - "Never Said" (1993)

90. New Radicals - "You Get What You Give" (1998, #37 US)

91. Sarah McLachlan - "Building a Mystery" (1997, #13 US)

92. Public Enemy - "911 Is a Joke" (1990)

93. Lisa Loeb - "Stay (I Missed You)" (1994, #1 US)

94. Fastball - "The Way" (1998)

95. Montell Jordan - "This Is How We Do It" (1995, #1 US)

96. Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" (1990, #1 US)

97. Prince & The New Power Generation - "Gett Off" (1991, #27 US)

98. EMF - "Unbelievable" (1991, #1 US)

99. Missy Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" (1997)

100. Gerardo - "Rico Suave" (1991, #7 US)

#100 - Gerardo - Rico Suave - Official Music Video

Songs that just missed the cut

Wu Tang Clan - "Protect Ya Neck"

Fatboy Slim - "The Rockafeller Skank"

Foo Fighters - "Everlong"

George Michael - "Freedom! '90"

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Lowrychris 8 years ago

I caught this too! Great hub!

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gabriella05 8 years ago from Oldham

Brings me memories too. great hub.

Thank you

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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

There are a lot of memories. A few I have not heard of. Thank you

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compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

I totally agree that MTV has gone way over the top with Reality TV..don't get me wrong i love reality TV but not on a station which is supposed to be dedicated to music!! Grrr

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great HUB !

regards Zsuzsy

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Tasteful Tidbit 8 years ago

Great tunes. I agree that MTV has gotten too far away from music and more into reality. Miss the old days.

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

A nice stroll down memory lane. Thanks

dafla 8 years ago

Wow. I love looking at the list, but as always, wonder at some of the rankings. How did "I want it that way" by Backstreet Boys beat out some of those in the lower 50's? They must have done it by radio plays or something. Oh well, at least Britney can be proud she got in the top 10.

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Chad A Hagy 8 years ago from California

Is it just me, or did they stop making good music when the 90s ended? Long live the 90s! :)

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rb101182 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

I completely agree! :)

gearinbrain 8 years ago

Great Hub!

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musicguru 8 years ago from connecticut

i miss when vh1 and MTV actually played video's. especially head bangers ball

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C.M. Vanderlinden 8 years ago from Metro Detroit

Awesome hub! I missed it on TV, but reading through the list definitely brought back some memories. It's just funny when you read through it that there are songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Loser" (two of my all-time favorites) on the same list as MMMBop and Ice Ice Baby. LOL. It's a diverse list :)

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gooadam 8 years ago from san mateo

very cool

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poseidon 8 years ago

Yes it is always relaxing to listen these GREAT bands forever....poseidon

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apx 8 years ago

great list of songs, brings back memories of the good old days.

safenet 8 years ago

Cool list - but how do you tell the difference between 85 and 75. Aren't these ratings totally subjective?

Steiff Bear 8 years ago

This is the perfect application for tivo.. Record it all, fast forward through the commercials and you can get through all 100 in less than 2 hours...

Josie 8 years ago

This list was a load of rubbish and proof that MTV and VH1 just ruins what is good about music. How did Nsnyc beat Radiohead?? Where's Pulp, Blur, The La's, Stone Roses, Placebo ETC? Why is wonderwall so far up the list and don't look back in anger not even on there for Oasis??This list is utter shite. Fact. Only about 5 of the songs on it deserve to be on the list. This compliation is so shameful, the 90's was an excellent decade for music, on of the best and yet some idiots who apparently know so much about 'great' music comes up with this. I mean backstreet boys THIRD?? They were CRAP, their songs were for 8 year olds. How anyone can think this legitimate or correct is beyond me.

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

I just love this list. Man have I got some shopping to do. Thank you. Mon.

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Keny Luger 8 years ago

I think I saw this. Never agreed with Backstreet Boys being at #3 though.

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babybrownfox 8 years ago

Nirvan is one of my favorites..

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

Jabari and josie know what's up.

The list is total BS. I would rather hear what 100 songs the thinking public likes.

Zombie Pop Culture!

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MommyMandy 8 years ago from The South

ah........the 90's. Better than today's music in my opinion.

samantha  8 years ago

i was born in the 90s great stufffff.

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WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

Hey, thanks for taking us down memory lane!

John 8 years ago

nuthin but a g thang is one of the few rap songs i actually like. It deserved to be this high on this list.

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DJ Funktual 8 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

A perfect score of 100 congratulations rb!  I hated VH-1's list but I love your hub and furthermore would love to see YOUR favorite 100 or even 50 songs!

Show me what ya got!

You are so much more interesting than VH-1!

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rb101182 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

ahhhh I don't know about 100 songs, I could maybe do 25 along the lines of alternative rock.... or 10 best videos.. hmm...

Medical Alert Calling Systems 8 years ago

Well I have to choose (from the list) Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"... I still often ear it. Great hub!

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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

That was something for me. Thanks for your list!

JuneGirl 8 years ago

Pearl Jam was the best grunge band that came out of the 90s. I still dig their music.

Jomo 8 years ago

It should've been called "VH1's 100 most popular songs of the 90's" MMMBop a GREAT song? Uhhh...

iklan 8 years ago

Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is the best....i love it...

kirill 8 years ago

where are the wallflowers - one headlight?

kirill 8 years ago

... and what about duran duran? brandy & monica?

Shiesty 8 years ago

How do you have a list of VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 90s and do not include a group like Boyz II Men, but you put En Vogue on there. End of the Road, I'll Make to You, or Motownphilly. This list is flawed. That's such an insult.

thaddeus 8 years ago

SMASHING PUMPKINS anyone? Come on. The bigest and best band of the era couldn't land with "1979", "Mayonnaise", or "Disarm". And no Boyz II Men is a damn shame too. This list is a grave error.

shanaloho 8 years ago

i just want everyone to know that vh1 didn't make up this list.. people voted on it. so how about everyone stop blaming vh1 for coming up with a bad list!! if you don't like it then you should have voted for it yourself

d-wrek 8 years ago

Don't forget about the Stone Temple Pilots. Come on! They were awesome! Something like "Plush" would have been good.

vlad 8 years ago

cher has the most sucesufull song 20 million copies of belive is sold and she made a new style in pop music with vokoder efect....and onlly on 75 in list...its a shame

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joseph h 8 years ago from Australia

o god that's a great list im a big 90s fan too i hav like all of them but i think slide by goo goo dolls is easly the best and its not in there haha good hub

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sumich 8 years ago

omg this song is like my itunes n the ones i dnt have that are on this list i want right now!! great list great thought process also i agree with me mate joeseph weres slide best song. also were eagle eye cherry save tonight greatest song EVER

L B 8 years ago

I Should have came in first

:) 8 years ago

the list was real good... lots of good memories...

but what about CRASH INTO ME? -dave matthews band... or ALL FOR YOU - sister hazel!

ah! && i agree save tonight needed to be on there too.. & some boys II men

ip finding 8 years ago

No Tool? How can there be no Tool?

R.I.P Kurt 8 years ago

Nirvana made it high soo yeah boy and backstreet homos suck and alice in chains should have been higher and yeah smashing pumpkins at least today would have been good and i wish Dead and bloated would have made it

matias 8 years ago

I can not believe there is no Aerosmith songs??????'

Crazy and Crayin'..............................................

some1 8 years ago

what's the song on here about the couple that runs away???

Jeff 8 years ago

I still can't believe that Savage Garden's "Truly Madly Deeply" didn't make the list. Not only should it have been included, but it would have made my top 20. That song is quintessential 90's! And no "Crash" by DMB?

Bobert 8 years ago

Closer from Nine Inch Nails didn't make the list?

This list fails.

shaun 8 years ago

These songs for the most part ARE the growing pains of my early adult life... but a lot and I do mean alot are just plain Jane pop culture. There are some true geniouses though.

vicky 8 years ago

what about Aerosmith's Crazy, Cryin' and Amazing??? When I think of the 90's that's all that comes to my mind

maria v 8 years ago

hanson "mmmbop"? You're kidding, right?

Pierson 8 years ago

How do you have a top 90's list with no boyz II men? not ONE Nas song? illmatic? this list is flawed big time

JJ 8 years ago

How the hell does JEFF BUCKLEY not make this list. I am fine with most the list but how can he not make it. "Hallelujah", "Lover You Should Have Come Over", "Last Goodbye", any one of those

Alex F. 8 years ago

the thing about an online poll seems a little hard to believe to me... It weird songs like Living La Vida Loca> and Wonderwall were ranked so low on the list, while it's surprising that many forgotten artists like C+C music factory, Snow or some good but not so famous artists like Liz Phair, Dunkan Sheik or Marcy's playground did appear in a list that doesn't feature any Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon, Foo fighters, STP, NIN, Dave Mathews Band, Blur, RATM, Offspring other things to mention about the list: 1.-they ranked "Time of your life" by Green day but they didn't rank "Basket Case" which is a much bigger hit2.-No songs by the Smashing Pumpkins, Foo fighters, STP, NIN, Dave Mathews Band were ranked3.-"You oughtta know" is my favourite Alanis M. song, but i thought "Ironic" was a much bigger hit. wasn't it?4.- What happend to songs like "Runaway Train" or "Plush" or "No Rain" "Song 2" or "prett Fly for a white guy?? ?? all of them were big?? weren't they?

kipare 8 years ago

That list is not good, how in the world it is possible that they do this countdown and do not include don´t speak- no doubt, i cannot believe it, and the backstreet boys on the 3??? there is Definitively somethin' wrong with that list

Bear 7 years ago

where is live forever and don't look back in anger by Oasis?in bloom nad come as you are by Nirvana?My iron lung,just,the bends,high and dry and paranoid android by Radiohead?i believe i can fly by R kelly?why is backstreet boys,britney spears and spice girls on the list?CRAP!!!

Bear 7 years ago

how dare VH1 left out TEARS IN HEAVEN by ERIC CLAPTON???where basket case by green day?

Drax 7 years ago

WTF? No NIN, no Smashing Pumpkins, no Guns N' Roses, no Basket Case, no Offspring and let's assume it: Limp Bizkit was big at the end of the 90's.

Living Colour? Nope.

Stone Temple Pilots? Nope.

Dude, this is like... the worst list ever.

JAG 7 years ago

I've got a few questions for u all:

What about no mercy? what about Ace of Base? what about Reel 2 Real??

What about Gangsta Paradise from Coolio????

And what about the freekin Macarena from Los del Rio?????????????


Jers 7 years ago

Dudes... what about "Bitter Sweet Symphony" The Verve?

i quite agree with this people about the list... its not that great'

nemo 7 years ago

80 out of 100 are pure rubbish... and they missed (besides Jeff Buckley, the Verve, Offspring and many others already pointed out) the greatest rock albums of the first nineties. REM (Losing my religion is NOT on the list???), Queen (almost the whole Innuendo album should be there) are totally ignored in favour of BACKSTREET BOYS?

Heather Q 7 years ago

Um...where is Savage Garden. They only had how many # ones?

Jeremy 7 years ago

This should be called most pop songs from the 90's, greatest?!?! how can it be the greatest songs from the 90's with no songs like "november rain" or "plush". hell guns and roses should have 5 songs on here, list is a joke, its for people who just listen to mainstream pop rock

Cloudff7 7 years ago

hey where the hell is bittersweet symphony and they got thata shit of sinhead oconnor and how in jesus name wonderwall is so far from the first place it should be at least in top ten. and come on i don't want to miss a thing what the hell were they thinking.

The Viper 7 years ago

1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins should be in that list...

JVC 7 years ago

where ?? nookie, no rain, today, vow, song 2

MSSlot 7 years ago

"Drax says:

4 weeks ago

WTF? No NIN, no Smashing Pumpkins, no Guns N' Roses, no Basket Case, no Offspring and let's assume it: Limp Bizkit was big at the end of the 90's.

Living Colour? Nope.

Stone Temple Pilots? Nope.

Dude, this is like... the worst list ever." Quote

totally agree with you! some good material are missing besides some of the songs in here were not so good

Cindy_Chaos 7 years ago

i agree that nirvana shoud have gotten number one!! (:

javier R 7 years ago

savage garden ???

don´t cry . guns ????

what´s up . 4 non blondes ????

Offspring ??? Limp Bizkit ??? blur??? Aerosmith ?????

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RyanRE 7 years ago from Bellingham, WA

I think that I owned every one of those CD at one time! I still have most of them.

Max 7 years ago

WONDERWALL was placed on the 35th position??????????????? IT`S THE GREATES SONG OF THE 90th`s!

Ashleigh 7 years ago

How is there no limp bizkit?

Faith should of been on there right next to Freak on a leash by Korn. This list blows, many other artist are lacking.

bill c 7 years ago

Why no songs by the Cure? Lovesong? shiite!

rigo 7 years ago

ok say my name is a great song... but it didn't chart in the 90's!! it was RECORDED in 99' it charted in 2000!! sheesh thought it was the 90s not new millenium!!!

Jeriel 7 years ago

Where the hell is juicy by Biggy, November rain by GNR and Boz ll men end of the road. The backstreet boys at #3 seems off they didn't have the third best song of the 90's. And the biggest crime on this list wonderwall somehow got 35, it should drop 30 spots to number 5

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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Redondo Beach

great list, I love many of the songs that you've lsited

Rumpelstiltskin 7 years ago

Normal list. But where's Bloodhound Gang - "Fire water burn" and Fun Lovin Criminals - "Scooby Snacks"?

Dan 7 years ago

The Backstreet Boys at Number??? Umm....That I do not get!!

Brian 7 years ago

Ummm... where are: "No Rain" by Blind Melon, "The Rockafela Skank" by Fat Boy Nookie" by Limp Bizkit, "Ants Marching" by DMB,

AND the BEST selling single EVER! which was NUMBER ONE on VH1's own "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders" list... "The Macarena"! These just popped to the top of my head.

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scotty smith 7 years ago from Worldwide

love some...hate some, but all-in-all pretty cool

Stephen 7 years ago

I think they accidentally deleted their top 5: No Doubt "Don't Speak", Smashing Pumpkins "1979", Nine Inch Nails "Closer", Soul Asylum "Runaway Train", Boyz II Men "I'll Make Love To You"...

Steven 7 years ago

Where's Garth Brooks "Friends In Low Place"? That song changed country music. If Achy Breaky Heart made it, this songs should definitely be on the list.

patrick 7 years ago

soooo they have en vogue but no rage against the machine. . . .i think that list list should take songs that are still incredibly popular into account liike creep by radiohead is insanely popular and its only 31?. . . .No Nine INch Nails? Rage against the machine? Shmashing Pumpkins? The offspring? cmon VH1!. . . .and why was "I alone" by Live on there and not "Lighning crashes" which if i can recall was a massive hit

Craig 7 years ago

Better list than that ridiculous 80s list. Houston doesn't belong here, certainly not above "Nothing Compares 2 U," which truly is one of the 10 best. Actually 1/2 of the Top 10 is legit, I'm not sure there was anything in the Top 10 on the 80s aside from "When Doves Cry" and "Bille Jean" that was even decent.

Obviously Celine, Mariah and VAnilla don't belong here either but at least a lot of these are indeed great.

ryan 7 years ago

Mariah Carey should have had at least 5 songs in there.

Always Be My Baby, Vision of Love, Emotions, Fantasy, One Sweet Day

Janet Jackson should have had 2 songs in there

Scream (With Michael Jackson), Thats the way Love goes

And I Will Always Love You should have been number one.

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ThePioneer21 7 years ago from Liverpool

some great songs listed here!! some fantastic memories of my childhood too, especially songs like 'Wonderwall' and 'Smells like Teen Spirit'. I think Backstreet Boys do deserve a place in the list, but with 'Backstreets Back' instead- what a tune!! Also, what about all the classic 90's dance tracks like 'No Limits' by 2Unlimited? Or 'Set you Free' by NTrance?

Ah nostalgia

this guy 7 years ago

VH1 is trippin.. sublime were HUGE in the 90s... ridiculus

Jefe 7 years ago

Why not November Rain of Guns N Roses? Is ridiculus..this song is the best of 90s and even stay in the top 10.

Ed 7 years ago

How "1979" by Smahsing Pumpkins was left off this list is beyond me. This list is horrible. "Wonderwall" should be much higher

TheMarquise 7 years ago

Um...NIN please? Maybe The Perfect Drug, or at least Closer? Maybe I ran in weird circles, but I remember both of those videos being big and the songs were all over the radio.

Stoud 7 years ago

there's not one single "No Doubt" song on this list, but somehow songs by britney, nsync, and backstreet boys make it on? .......

What are you smokin VH1?

Will 7 years ago

I can understand a majority of the picks for this list, but I do have a Garbage?? They had several killer singles out in the mid 90's and I believe they deserve a spot on the list

homegirl 7 years ago

No Sublime??!?! wtf??

Jay  7 years ago

billc - lovesong was released in 1989.

cranberries - 'linger'

KD lang - 'constant craving'

Janet Jackson - 'thats the way love goes'

NIN - 'closer'

^should have all been on the list

Jay 7 years ago

oh 'linger' - is already there

my bad

Ryan 7 years ago

Pearl Jam-Alive

Goo Goo Dolls- Black Balloon

Sublime- What I Got

where are all of these?

Xenon 7 years ago

Come on, where's Seal? Kissed by a rose, Crazy?

jjjjj 7 years ago

You people do realize that this was voted on by the public eight?

musicman78 7 years ago

umm i do believe "closing time" by semisonic should be top 40, let alone not even on the list! wonderwall deserves better than 35 say 10-20 range, sublime should be represented, and they give too much slack to crap bands that were on the radio. And even if it is the most annoying song of the 90's, Smash Mouths "All Star" should be on the list

musicman78 7 years ago

oh and forgot. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam. Sure it was a cover of the 60's original, but for those who have heard it can agree that it deserves recognition

Nazgul 7 years ago

ok listen people voted for this on vh1's website.because most of those people don't have any musical taste what do you expect.even i would voted for would.fear of the dark,thunderstruck,hard as a rock,fuel,get a grip,sex type thing,hangar 18,sleep now in the fire,painkiller,and for many songs of the offspring

mike 7 years ago

I was brought up on mostly 80s music. There are so very good songs though in the 90s. A lot of people were so into the Internet because it first came out in the mid 90s, that I think we missed a lot of the great songs.

Rene 7 years ago

how come all the small things isnt on the list, its way better than most of the songs on this list

joshua  7 years ago

i imagine i'd get stick for this, whilst i can't argue with the list, i do find it weird that michael jackson - in particular "black or white" isn't on here.

j.smo 7 years ago

Okay wait, I didn't read all the comments but I did notice people complaining that certain songs didn't make it on the list but "they were top songs back then," or "this song wasn't at (whatever position) back then." You have to remember, people WENT ONLINE and VOTED for their favorite songs and whoever got whatever percentage of votes was put in that position. VH1 did nothing except calculate the list and air it.

Neutral Milk Hotel 7 years ago

I love how absolutely terrible this list is. And how totally predictable it is. Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears are both in the top ten. Enough said.

Chris s 7 years ago

Well they forgot Queensryche "silent lucidity" it only won MTV's peoples choice award in 1991 beating out songs on this list

Kara 7 years ago

How did none of the songs from OK Computer make it on here? That album basically reinvented a genre. Or even The Bends...

marlon 7 years ago

90s were awesome

anthony 7 years ago

i wuz in high school when teen spirit wuz made. man everyone was crazy bout that song. just felt like yeterday class of 1991

Brian 7 years ago

They should update the top 100 list and let us do the voting.

mario 7 years ago

what about saved by the bell

im kool 7 years ago

brian sucks kara sucks korn

syd 7 years ago

Iris by the goo goo dolls was 39?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

upset major 7 years ago

How did Dave Matthews Band not make the list. Along with Eric Clapton, Blind Mellon, and Smashing Pumpkins. What the hell really look at the billboard charts and redo the show more accurate. This is not a complete list VH1 you really suck.

The E 7 years ago

Where the hell is G n R??

Tamertyme 7 years ago

This is the most stupid list I have ever seen. Bone Thugs N Harmony is arguably the best Rap/Hip Hop group and their song "Tha Crossroads" released in 1996 was the fastest rising single in History and the group received a Grammy Award for the song. It just goes to show you how stupid VH1 is and everybody who works there. Fucking idiots

upset major 7 years ago

Also I forgot to mention BTH, they have to be on the list. Please fix it and do the show again.

Aaron Barrett 7 years ago

where's Reel Big Fish?

kobe bryant 7 years ago

where is INXS?

Tim B 7 years ago

Kiss From a Rose by Seal should definitely be on there, and where is Selena?????

bp 7 years ago

soul to squeeze? where the hell is that

zhotai 7 years ago

whoever says this is a good list are out of there mind

they didnt put some of the biggest bands of the 90's

offsprings,smashing pumpkins, aerosmith made some hits in the 90's and so did metallica

what a terrible list

zach 7 years ago

teen spirit is my favorite

jj 7 years ago

i like most of the songs on here but where is TLC's "creep?"

Clayton 7 years ago

this is where Toni Braxton? : @ I think the name of it ¬ ¬ '

Quirky 7 years ago

good list but backstreet boys and NSYNC. cmon.....

FRED Jack 7 years ago

It's an OK list, I love the 90's!!!

What an amazing decade!!!!!

giodoh 7 years ago

no rage against the machine? the offspring? nine inch nails?

Justin 7 years ago

No Marilyn Manson??

Jenn 7 years ago

This has to be one of the worst lists I have seen in a long time.

matt 7 years ago

What about Bush-Glycerine

dave 7 years ago

only one biggie song? i could have sworn he was one of the greatest rappers in history

Jetdeagon 7 years ago

No Marilyn Manson? He was probably one of the BIGGEST spectacles of the 90's

Devan 7 years ago

My Own Worst Enemy? good song

Tessa 7 years ago

I wish Blink-182 was on this list! Who doesn't love What's My Age Again?!

mala 7 years ago

wheres stone temple pilots!!!

Xavier Hernandez 7 years ago


bloop 7 years ago

Yes, I have a definite problem with Smashing Pumpkins not even making this list. And Everlong also deserved to reach the list, and the patronising "at least it made #104" token clip was very undeserved. Time of Your Life is most definitely, in my opinion, a way better Green Day hit, but I assume people agreed with me, which is why Basket Case didn't make the cut? I also assume they preferred not to have more than one song by an artist on the list, because I would definitely have put Come as You Are and Rape Me on that list, to add to the Nirvana. The complete lack of the Offspring hits also irked me, as did the fact that an awesome song like Iris was beaten by Christina Aguilera. In a song that wanted you to "rub her the right way". Moreover, the fact that Guns N Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, Placebo, Limp Bizkit, Incubus, etc didn't appear on the list makes me feel that they picked some Rock favourites, then totally ignored others of the genre.

And also-No Bjork. It's Oh So Quiet? Whaaat?

Finally: Sweet Dreams-Eurythmics. HOW DID THAT NOT MAKE IT ONTO THIS LIST?????

Whether it's VH1 or the voters who picked the songs isn't the problem. It's the total lack of representation this list provides. But who am I to say anything? I'm discovering these bands now, being about 6 when the nineties ended. And I can see a problem.

Ju-boy 7 years ago

....dis is supposed 2 be da break out decde of hip-hop rising nd theirs is not a lot of"nt matter...also where is AALIYAH!!!!!!!????? Are you that somebody....One in a million.......two top songs

Vixen xx 7 years ago

No Stone Temple Pilots? Aww. =(

That's disappointing... and The Offspring, either? Nine Inch Nails?

I wish both "Man in the Box", "Even Flow" and "Black Hole Sun" had been higher; those are amazing songs. And I'm really glad "Smells Like Teen Spirit" made it to the top. =D

-sigh- I still would have liked to see "Interstate Love Song", "Plush" or "Trippin' On a Hole in a Paper Heart" on here, though! And "Closer", "Only" or "Head Like a Hole"... still good though.

kaka wu 7 years ago

i am a chinese ! it is great! we can share these wonderful song s together ! thanks internet!!!!!!

revalino 7 years ago

just an ok list ! what about semisonic and new radicals.( kgn- jamaica)

Keith 7 years ago

the list B.S.... right songs...incorrect order

Monaaay 7 years ago

i think ace of base belonged there

AYA` 7 years ago

the results where done by voting sorry if you didn't vote your fav ones ^^

TripleDat17 7 years ago

I sure am glad dat Biggie made da liss. He waz one of da best rappas in history. I hope Foxy Brown and Tupac made the liss 2 cuz they also one of da rappa's. Im be so tight f they aint up there. Today's muzic sucks and has no soul dat why I listen 2 90's muzic. I could listen 2 dat joint all day n neva get tired.

Josh 7 years ago

This list is ridiculous...Zombie by The Cranberries should have definitely made this list.

selena gomez the real selena on disney 7 years ago

what bout they might be the giants they played boss of me on malcom n da middle lol

Matt 7 years ago

Aerosmith, Offspring, Michael Jackson, and Smashing Pumpkins should have been on there

im sexyier than everyone  7 years ago

i loved nirvana but notorios big and tupac shakur should be here RIP tupac and biggie

Yeah 7 years ago

I don't get why some many people are like "BackStreetBoys are number 3?!?!!? OMGWTFFF". Okay. Whether you liked them or not, they were insanely popular in the 90's. Many of their songs got so much airtime it's ridiculous. There are still fairly popular today, their last tour was sold-out.

It makes sense that they are #3 based on sheer popularity at the time and play time in the 90's.

I'm shocked Prozzak didn't make the list. They were so freaking popular in the 90s.

Glad to see Nirvana at number 1. There are so many songs I wished would've made the list... didn't even hear about the movie. Oh well. VH1/MTV/MuchMusic suck ass anyways.

Bree 7 years ago

No Our Lady Peace? No Clumsy or Superman's Dead? *Sigh*

Bolt2012 7 years ago

I realize this list was a popular vote, but come on people?


If the Verve had had it their way, they wouldn't have wanted the mainstream popularity that this song got.

But since the greedy Rolling Stone lawyers took the rights to the song, they spread the song around everywhere. It was on commercials and in movies and frickin' everywhere. People heard this song, they knew damn well it was an amazing song, but refused to vote for it.

This should show you the sad, sad state of music in America.

casmatt 7 years ago

Its a crime that Bittersweet Symphony isn't on the list.

And All the Small Things or another Blink 182 song-they were 90's royalty.

mindy 7 years ago

most of that was rap crap. and bubblegum pop. only like, i don't know, 20 of those songs where good. no interstate love song? why no STP? what the hell?

symphonyofsound 7 years ago

The 90s! My favorite decade for music!! I must say though, most of this was pop that im not really a fan of, and i was dissapointed that red hot chilli peppers and bnl (to name a few) were only on there once, but, itw was an entertaining show to watch, i loved hearing what everyone had to say about all the music! not a bad way to spend an afternoon, well done vh1

chris 7 years ago

i figured something out, VH1 should show a program and make it 90s week or something, get all the 90s songs that made any impact put that list on shuffle and just let it go through :D

davvee all the way 7 years ago

Come on, dave matthews band should have totally been on there. and i definitely agree, bittersweet symphony should have been on the list. great songs!

Boyz II Men 7 years ago

This is dumest list of all time. You are telling me that the best group of the 90s didn't have one song that made the list?

Jules Winnfield 7 years ago

Sarah McLachlin - Possession

King of the Americas 7 years ago

How did the real slim shady not make this list

Neetish 7 years ago

Arguably the worst list ever.

Russ 7 years ago

I have to admit there are some great songs on this list... but this is what public voting does. There are a lot of great songs not on here from STP, pumpkins, foo fighters, etc.

Whatever 7 years ago

Yall need to stop getting mad. VH1 put the songs on list of chart popularity mainly. A lot of rap songs didn't fair high on the charts. So this list is kinda correct. And grunge and alternative was the most popular genre so it is fitting that it got a lot of songs.

Brittany 7 years ago

I was born in 89 so to me this list is perfect cause when Backstreet boys and Nsync and all bubblegum pop was big I LOVED it but i was also in elementary school. Hey TRL played them all religiously and those record sales were ridiculous radios played them constantly I'm sorry but I agree with it plus these songs were all voted for by fans so that must mean you guys that disagree with this list didn't take the time to vote so you only have yourselves to blame don't get me wrong I had an older sister who listened to Green Day,No Doubt, Nirvana and eventually so did I but this list is my childhood to a perfect T.

charm 7 years ago

where's "i touch myself" from divynils in this rank? i think this song is awesome and better that much others from this list

Aaron 7 years ago

where are the smashing pumpkins one of the most important bands of the 90s, and why are all this horrible rap songs in better position that some of the greatest rock songs of all time

heather 7 years ago

okay, i am really sick of everybody trashing the backstreet boys. their songs are fun, they have almost no meaning, but their fun to sing aloung to and to dance to. so stop trashing them for being in third place, everybody secretly enjoys the music. and this list rocked have most of the songs! (;

Metallicrue 7 years ago

good list for the most part. i only disagree with the backstreet boys at #3 and that november rain by guns n roses and i don't wanna miss a thign by aerosmith. glad enter sandman by metallica was on there, what a freakin great song!! i wish motley crue had a good 90s song but they dont.

Rohan 7 years ago


CJD P71 6 years ago

I would say this needs Blind Melon 'no rain', 4 non blonds 'Whats up'

jenni133920 6 years ago

I just wanted to say my twelve year old brother could have put the top 100 90's songs together better than VH1 veiwers. The problem is only a few people actually logged on to their website to vote for the top songs... these people were completely mistaken in their accuracy of good music. First of all so many great bands are missing and a lot of the good ones on there should have been a lottttt higher. VH1 should have seen the results to the top 100 votes and decided that people are not capable of voting properly and made their own lists based on factual evidence and which songs were in fact awesome. Come on, you know a bunch of teens made the backstreet boys so high. Look at cd's they sell in stores of good 90's music, you don't see the backstreet boys because they were just a teen fantasy of a hot body and semi-okay songs. Nothing more. I vote VH1 makes their own list and the veiwers can suck it up and accept their precious boy band fantasy did not make good music. Yes they were popular... but to get the #3 spot???? Sickining. In no way shape or form do they deserve to be higher than half the people on that list.

Ariel from Buenos Aires 6 years ago

What about "It must have been love" from Roxette??? C'mon! This list sucks!

Billy 6 years ago

This list sucks. If music was really this bad in the 90's i would have slit my wrists to save my ears...

Eddie 6 years ago

Where's Plush by Stone Temple Pilots?? wtf!

jazmin 6 years ago


weres don't speak (no doubt)

Cinta 6 years ago

if Number 1 Hadn't Been Nirvana i Would've Been Pissed !! Majority Of These Songs Are in The Wrong Order, i Mean Seriously There's Some Crap Songs in The List, But We All Know Them Don't We Nd Most Are Good - Long Live The 90's !!!

jo123 6 years ago

One sweet day by Mariah Carey and boyz to men was number 1 for 16 weeks in a row that is a record. Maybe I missed it but if that song is not on the list then why even make a top songs of the 90s list because that was clearly one of them.

Sublime89 6 years ago

smells like teen spirit son!!! but i cant believe theres no Sublime on there:( or Jumper by third eye blind

ginuwine 6 years ago

i loved the song choices; so many memories

Kelly 6 years ago

This is a great list and as one of the "older" viewers who can actually remember the 90's all the way through, I think it's a great list (with the exception of missing Boyz II Men).

I just find it funny that so many people are commenting on the list that "insert singer/song here" should have been on the list, yet I doubt any of you voted for the top 100 songs. Also, the same people look like fools when they can't even spell correctly. I take this list more seriously than half the comments on this page.

P.S. - For those of you that are complaining about the Backstreet Boys and Britney spears being on the list, you know that you're the same people who were begging your parents to take you to those concerts 10 years ago and rushing home from school just so you can see who was #1 on TRL so stop complaining when you know you supported them. It's not all about rock, rap, and/or alternative music. Grow up!

6 years ago

Break it Down Again by TFF! Hello! Amazing fun, catchy, song!

Jamie 6 years ago

Fantastic i thought i was doing ok with just the billboards list but now that all use's have commented ive now got the ultimate 90's collection cheers

nick 6 years ago

i guess Crash into Me was not as popular as i thought it was. I remember being a little kid and always hearing "Crash" playing on the radio and in my house...the memories

liya  6 years ago

you know what i realized that most songs on there that's the artist only hit or they don't record anymore

liya  6 years ago

most of the rock is good on here but where's

foo fighters

rollins band


the white stripes

Malik 6 years ago

Folks, this isn't the 100 greatest songs of the 90's list.

It's the most 100 popular.

And there's still no Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Tupac, and no Boyz II Men. This list is off.

Malik  6 years ago

Oops! I saw RHCP. But, there's still no Pac or Boyz II Men.

How are you going to talk about 90's songs and they aren't on there. Vh1 makes some pathetic lists.........

Malik 6 years ago

And by the way, don't diss Waterfalls. It might not be what your into, but that song does have some meaning to it.....

Khoa 6 years ago

How is Thong Song not on here? That was the jam for several of my college Spring Breaks

M&M 6 years ago

Where's No Doubt????

Tyler 6 years ago

Smells Like Teen Spirit, Enter Sandman and Creep are my favorite

bmf 6 years ago

okay people who are saying crap like you should have let the public choose and stuff yeah the public did choose they had a poll so shutup losers and besides all you that said bad stuff are probably just into one kind of music be more versatile

Raven 6 years ago

Where is Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence?

Srsly it should be on the list!

sergio morales 6 years ago



blink 182 and sublime should have been there

and creed NIN depeche mode and more U2

stupid list

Chavez 6 years ago

wheres SUBLIME? Even though they hated mainstream stuff, they had a songs like santeria, what I got, date rape. cmon now.......Keep sublime alive and long live the brad!

Tyler 6 years ago

how isn't guns n roses on here? november rain priceless love song and others to mention

... 6 years ago

Just curious why man in the box is on in there instead of Rooster or No Excuses, don't get me wrong its a great song but not their best.

jack Glennon 6 years ago

tears in heaven is too good for this list anyways

Foo fighters?  6 years ago

Everlong, all my life, monkey wrench, and my hero by foo fighters all couldve easily made this list.. Everlong should be top 20

YesssBoyyy 6 years ago

where the hell is Angels??? and Back For Good??? and Wind Of Change???!!!!!

Serena 6 years ago

No Rain by Blind Melon should be there. Not only is it one of the greatest songs of the 90's, but I think that it is the greatest song ever made.

... 6 years ago

scat man has a point, where is he? lol

Creepazoid 6 years ago

Yeah this list sucks and all, but I've got to do something no one else has done yet (that I've seen). And therefore, I give MAAAD props to Radiohead for making it. They deserve it, if not more, and apparantly VH1 has never heard of "Just", "Fake Plastic Trees", "High and Dry", "No Surprises", "Karma Police" or "Paranoid Android".

jazmin 6 years ago

ok i get it the backstreet boys were popular but

NO#3 are u kidding me

sure the song would be on the list not that high

i mean they have little childrens songs beat all time classics?

WHERE IS ANGELS 6 years ago


hayley 6 years ago

i still can't believe that bittersweet symphony didn't make the list!

Bri. 6 years ago

You guys know that listing out what should have been on the list isn't going to magically change the list. But I was born in the 90's and you are all right, some of the songs that were higher up there did suck.

LL 6 years ago

Excuse me, but how about "Creep" and "No Scrubs" by TLC I know you guys remeber those

mb01904 6 years ago

its the top 100 most popular songs of the 90's not your personal favorite songs of the 90's...its not gonna include random radiohead tracks and the only rock songs are gonna be ones that crossed over to pop...same with rap...sure they missed some songs but overall pretty accurate !!!

Jen 6 years ago

Where is the #1 best selling song of the entire decade on this list!? NOWHERE and why not? BRYAN ADAMS- EVERYTHING I DO

Alysha 6 years ago

Backstreet boys defiantly deserve the number 3 spot...if not higher. That song, and all song released in the 90's, were HUGE!!! They just released an AMAZING new CD and are still on tour.

Eric Schultz 6 years ago

I look at this list and agree with most of it but where is Bone Thugs N' Harmony's - Tha Crossroads? That was the biggest one of if not the biggest song during 96-97.

WTF 6 years ago

electric slide, Incubus-Drive, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, friends in low places, one sweet day, boot scoot boogie, etc? WTF

marky mark 6 years ago

where's Give It Away!?!?

and everlong should have been up there w/wonderwall

(me n my girl's songs)

Francesca 6 years ago

I did not completely agree with this list but I really loved the show..I was thoroughly entertained..

Lauren 6 years ago

I hate how these American have never heard of Robbie Williams

Lauren 6 years ago

I hate how these Americans don't rate Robbie Williams. Angels is better than most of these songs on the list

Jordan 6 years ago

Where is TOOL?? Stinkfist, Sober, Prison Sex??? TOOL was the best band in the 90's and they still rock today!

CS*** 6 years ago

You have Britney and Backstreet Boys at the top10, but no Ace of Base on the list at all? Weird

anonymousangels 6 years ago

how does Everlong by the Foo Fighters "barely" miss the cut, that song is definitely top 30, and britney and backstreet boys on top 10 even when i get high i cant stand that shit!

Cathy Viviano 6 years ago

One of the best song lists that I have ever seen.

Thanks VH1


jeff 6 years ago

How can Scorpions' Wind of Change (1990) not be included? It should be Number 1!

Tommy 6 years ago

This is the 100 greatest songs of the 90's meaning the most popular not your favorite songs of the 90's. I don't like it either but i think its accurate.

Although where the hell is Stone Temple Pilots?

Interstate Love Song, Plush, Big Empty all capable of being in the top 50!

November Rain by GNR, Cherub Rock by Smashing Pumpkins, a lot more grunge and less pop.

90's man 6 years ago

pretty shocked at the fact that semisonic - closing time, the wallflowers - one headlight , and smashing pumpkins - 1979 didn't make the list. so many defining songs of that generation got left out it's pretty crazy.

gurkan 6 years ago

where is guns n roses? november rain and don't cry

where is bon jovi?

where is scorpions?wind of change

especially gnr use your illusion 1-2 are the officially best selling albums in 90's!!

RurikVred 6 years ago

The Verve's BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY isn't in this group? After they got ripped off by the Rolling Stones who stole the rights to the group and basically shut them down?

One of the best songs, comparable to "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Best lyrics, and a hook that sticks in your mind forever.... and you like it.

z3ta 6 years ago

WTF !!!!! blind melon - no rain

!!! unbealievable

SPEEDY 6 years ago

where is GARBAGE?? unbealievable!!

SPEEDY 6 years ago

where is GARBAGE??

oasissrulez 6 years ago

omfg wonderwall had to be on the top 5 its a fucking huge song

the dude 6 years ago

you guys need to chill out. vh1 or any other network would never clearly get any list right. they need to tend to the general population which means putting some awful songs on the list. anyone who takes this seriously and gets mad is a bonehead even though the list is clearly wrong.

Tyler Bailey 6 years ago

Unless Im just completely mistaken, why is pearl jam not on this list?

Diego Bauer 6 years ago

Very bad list. All of this songs are hits, but what happen with the less famous one. And how can be in the list spice girl, backstreet boys(number 3), madonna, w.houston,b. spears, that is shit music.

WHERE are Faith no more, OK computer songs, Morrissey, Slayer, Jeff Buckley, Mr bungle, Sonic youth, Tool, Dream Theater, Primus, etc etc etc

Moi! 6 years ago

Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, No Doubt, Garbage, The Offspring... Rage Against the Machine?...I think that some songs have to be there, but othes don't... We need another count :P

sdas 6 years ago

wow pearl jam not even at the top 10??

CANUT 6 years ago

no MICHAEL JACKSON?????? ......

..are you carzy???

Daniel 6 years ago

Great in this list stay the best songs

smell like teen spirit



Cathy Viviano 6 years ago

VH1 should do 100 Greatest songs of the Millennium.


Storj 6 years ago

Milli Vinilli ???

umm 6 years ago

Black or White Michael Jackson. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, as well as in 18 other countries.

David  6 years ago

Exactly Where is at least ALL THE SMALL THINGS by blink-182 a lot of people know that song even if they don't like blink.

steve 6 years ago

wallflowers-one headlight

Mike 6 years ago

What the hell...where is Biggie's Juicy!?!?!?

fdds 6 years ago

where is mj????

jdog 6 years ago

okay.. agreed, where where the wallflowers, dmb, blind mellon, even blink 182 and i never even liked them that much. they helped define the era! the fact that the pumpkins were not on the list is complete ridiculousness- they WERE the 90s!

Jared 6 years ago

YOU CANT BE SERIOUS?! Savage Garden didn't make the list? Truly, Madly Deeply didn't make the cut? That's easily in the top 20. It was one of the most played songs in the US for a year straight. This list sucks.

CRG 6 years ago

Where in the world is Ace of Base on the list? That band was huge in the 90s!

danielni1981 6 years ago

whatever happened to black and white by michael jackson? that's 1991. that should of been number 1

steph 6 years ago

love almost every song on here! just downloaded 79 of them!

JVE 6 years ago

I can not believe no Dave Matthews Band anywhere on the list. And no Smashing Pumpkins either. Wow

lucho 6 years ago

zombie - the cranberries

Bonny 6 years ago

I agree with Chris 100 percent. They are the best band of all time. The hell with VH1, for not putting the almighty Smashing Pumpkins on the list.

Fabricio 6 years ago

WHERE IS GARBAGE??? "I think I'm paranoid", "Stupid girl", "Push it"??? C'mon!!

katkat 6 years ago

ok now...while i do agree that there are a lot of missing songs i remember singing along with backstreet boys (even if i hate to admit it) i don't however think they should be #3! way better songs than that got passed over!

Cachito 6 years ago

Also should be on this list Queen's "The show must go on" and No Doubt's "Don't speak"

Dynath 6 years ago

VH1 compiles their list based on Sales, Radio play, and people whining. The reason your favorite songs aren't on the list people is because some people bought more albums by these artists, some radio stations played more songs by these guys, and more people hung out on whining about how awesome these guy's songs were. I absolutely hate half the songs on that list but truth be told the 8 year olds that listened to back street boys bought more records than i did, requested more songs than I did, and by god they waste their lives on more than I do. don't blame music experts because their measurement tools are accurate. whiny teenagers with bad taste and excess allowances drive the music industry...

james walsh 6 years ago

What a load of shite. Oasis were by far the bset band in the 90's. Also Wonderwall is no wear near their best song. What about Some Might Say, Live Forever, Don't Look Back In Anger, Supersonic, Champagne Supernova, Roll With It and many more.

Maik 6 years ago

Y Ramon Ayala? los cadetes de Linares?? Bronco?

dan 6 years ago

The song about the runaway couple is "The Way" by Fastball.

Pup 6 years ago

how the hell didn't lullaby by shawn mullins and shimmer by fuel not get in that list?

Jordan Knight 6 years ago

Where's New Kids on The Block???

Alex Wilson 6 years ago

NO MARILYN MANSON?!?!?!? He was the best! Lol, he even scared the hell out of the broadcast. They were probably too afraid to showcase him. But whatever, the mainstream will be mainstream.

Jay 6 years ago

So Marky Marky Mark is in the top 100 but Tori Amos is not.

Don 6 years ago

Where is Garth Brooks? Wasn't he the top selling artist in the 90's? The best selling artist in America since 1991??? I would have loved to see him on this list. Billy Ray Cyrus??? c'Mon people!!!

S. 6 years ago

How is Sublime's "What I Got" not on this list?????

wtf 6 years ago

how the hell is backstreet boys number three and michael jackson isn't even on the list what the hell

ryan 6 years ago

SANTERIA by sublime has to be in top 10

bob 6 years ago

Where's 1979; Don't Speak; What it's Like; Enter Sandman.

Arrrrgh! I'm fuming

jason 6 years ago

dave matthews band was a major part of 90's music. i don't understand how "ants marching" or "crash into me" didn't make the list.

Ashleigh 6 years ago

What about Hole?!

Live through this was an amazing cd!!!

john town living 6 years ago

yo don't put song from fun factory on the list and no comment said about the band's song, are you kidding me. fun factory have some great song from the 90's. did anyone agree with me...

Gryffindork 6 years ago

This list is brings back so much memories. Yes, I don't totally agree with it for example, I think Mariah should have placed at least in the top ten after all she did have the most number 1s in the decade. But hey, who am I to complain? It's not like I went on and voted. People are getting so upset over this when in the end, it's just a list.

blinkfan 6 years ago

where the hell is blink 182??????????

Hannah 6 years ago

Where is Michael Jackson??

alexita 6 years ago

NO SMASHING PUMPKINS? Very bad !!! i don't understand this list!

Mitch 6 years ago

Why don't they have more than one song by any particular artist?... I'm sure Lithium by Nirvana did much better than anything in the last half of the list... also Smashing Pumpkins, STP, and Rage against the machine should have been there somewhere... all 3 bands put out amazing albums that you could actually listen to all the way through without getting bored

cristii 6 years ago

where is Jeff Buckley? Incubus? Smashing Pumpkins? Aerosmith?

Anonymous 6 years ago

utter shite list. radiohead's "creep" is no way near their best song. sure it's their most popular song. but does that make it their best song? i think not. i believe creep shouldn't be on there at all (but it's an ok song i guess). BUT, if it was the 100 most POPULAR songs of the 90's, then i would agree with it. smell's like teen spirit is a very overrated song. where is supergrass aswell? -.-

i guess it's not my opinion but not having creep on there and having radiohead's much better songs on there is pure FACT. -.-

Anonymous 6 years ago

Really? No "Walkin' on the Sun"?

tusitala 6 years ago

wat ´bout LOS DE RIO ´´MACARENA´´ i thought it was a big bang in the 90s

Tony lou harris 6 years ago

i respect all of artist or song on this list but

no "HAPPY GONE" or "THAT'S THE TIME" from THE RELOAD OCTOBER, what the hell is going on??? this list is truly a joke...creep

Anonymous 6 years ago

everyone needs to stop hyping over michael jackson. hes dead. get over it.

7NationArmy 6 years ago

for sure should have had no doubt don't speak or spiderwebs or just a girl and blink all the small things. blur song 2

and train drops of jupiter for sure

biba 6 years ago

little blue men dance fast to punk music

melissa 6 years ago

i'm surprised No Doubt isn't on this list at all. Not once. Just a Girl... Don't Speak. Just surprised they're not there.

Mike 6 years ago

I know it's not vh1s fault but come on, I'd rather have music critics/ experts decide instead of a poll on their website

man, smashing pumpkins should have at least 3 in the list

1979 or Mayonaise should be top 10

more Nirvana should be there too along wit Dave mathews, sublime and Barenaked ladies

garrett 6 years ago

Can anyone please explain to me the absence of Dave Matthews Band form this list?

dougrad 6 years ago

The problem with this list is that it includes too many songs from the 90's that are cheesy novelty songs (either intended or because of time), and too many songs that sound terribly dated. Vh1's Best of the 80's list was good because it primarily included songs that still sound good today, and ones you wouldn't be embarrased to have people catch you listening to in 2010. And you know they could have really screwed up that 80's list as well, with all the bad music from that decade. But really, you won't find too many people still listening to lot of the Top 30 artists on this 90's list, which includes MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Hanson, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, N'Sync, Spice Girls, etc. The list should be called "Vh1's most popular songs of the 90s," not "The Greatest."

Paul 6 years ago

Man either its all little kids here or people are just real stupid! When they say the 100 greatest songs that means the songs that were the most succesful and did well on the charts. a lot of the music that you people like that did not make the list is probably cause they weren't that great. Just because you like it doesn't mean its the greatest! you have to get peoples opinions. This is an accurate liste except for a couple songs in there. Many good songs were left out i have to say like

Stone Temple Pilots: Interstate Love Song and or Plush

Candlebox:Far Behind Smashing Pumpkins:1979 and Cherub Rock Seal:Kiss From a Rose Blind Melon:No Rain

Guns N'Roses:November Rain any song from Garbage would be cool. Hole should of been here also like maybe "asking for it" slave to the grind by skid row some dave matthews and Blink 182

ace mucho tiempooo 6 years ago

where is i don't wanna miss a thing by aerosmith??! that song is from the greatest songs of aerosmith and is from 90s!

mindisfree04 6 years ago

i love old music better than this new breed of music

Dougrad 6 years ago

I also thought at first that they just took songs that were the most successful on the pop charts, but I noticed that a lot of the rock songs on this list never even touched the pop charts. I really wonder how they compiled this list. And of course, I expected "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to be #1, since people still think of Nirvana as the band that singlehandedly killed hair metal. Also, where is Michael Jackson? He had some big hits in the early 90's, like "Black or White" and "Remember the Time."

OHYESI'MRIGHT(: 6 years ago

lol uhm,,,i don't think this list is accurate..i mean most of it is right but i think some of it is a little seems different than what i watched on VH1..maybe not though..i think the people did a good job voting. these songs were ALL huge hits. and the reason there is so many pop songs is because that's when pop music REALLY changed..was in the 90's. think about it. before britney spears and backstreet boys and even hanson..there was michael jackson and madonna..and that was more in the 80's..although their music carried into the 90's, people wanted something new and fresh, and that's what they got!!! i do think black or white or even you are not alone by MJ should have made the list..but also at the time, people didn't really LIKE michael jackson when this list was made. LMAO. think about it...he was kinda like...forgot about lol..sad i know..but the list varies. it has a little bit of everything. its fair. not completely accurate. nothing campares to you is one of my favorite love songs, but even i don't think it should have made the top ten. the reason smells like teen spirit got number one is because that song..and well nirvana in general changed ROCK music! once again, before nirvana or pearl jam..there was all the 80's bands that weren't making shit anymore. NIRVANA changed rock music for the decade, they changed it to something more grungy and mysterious and LOUD! lol..think about it..before nirvana there was all the rock bands like ACDC. lol so if you REALLY think about it. they deserve the top spot. that song, changed rock music!!! some of the songs like "poison" and "o.p.p." should be murdered off this list. where is boys 2 men??? and jewel's, "meant for me"??? it seems like they put a lot of songs that weren't that

Dougrad 6 years ago

And that's why 80's pop music was so much better than 90's pop, is because Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, etc. actually had raw talent, unlike all those boy bands and teen pop princesses. And I wouldn't say that Nirvana changed rock music, or changed rock music for the 90s. I think it would have happened anyway. Both listeners and critics were getting tired of the crappy hair bands (like Nelson, who somehow made it onto this list), and record labels just happened to be looking for a bands with a different rock sound at the time. And grunge had been around in the 80's, but it just wasn't popular at the time. Nirvana just happened to be in the right place at the right time, when it was ready to really blow up. Plus, Alice in Chains, another Seattle grunge band, came out with the Number 50 song on this list, "Man in The Box," in 1990, a long year before "Smells Like Teen Spirit" came out, and before anyone had ever heard of Nirvana. And it was a hit too! I think that song was the one that first helped open peoples' eyes to a different rock sound that could also be popular on the radio and MTV. I also think that Faith No More's "Epic," which was also big in 1990 and should've been on this list, was another song that helped in that regard as well.

two tones 6 years ago

awwwwwwwwwsome list. music now is complete garbage the same generic trash. nice to go back and listen to old memories

Ale 6 years ago

Oasis-Wonderwall.....35???? Wonderwall is the greatest song of the 90's!!!!!!!

Addison 6 years ago

I agree with this except for one thing....were the hell is Two Princess by Spin Doctor?

delmira 6 years ago

in the 60 best videos of the 90's bittersweet symphony was number two, and in this list there isn't!! i can't believe it!

Gabriel 6 years ago

What an awful list! A best of the 90's list isn't a list until you put Lauryn Hill in the top 10. That album is one of the best of the entire decade.

Laurence 6 years ago

Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way????????? Come on!

Rominix Gahan 6 years ago


Where is Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence!!!!


Bryan Adams - Everything I Do ( i do it for you )


Tim 6 years ago

lol American's reject so much good british music.

Oasis, Radiohead, Blur, Pulp...

ohyesi'mright 6 years ago

yeah well thats why alice in chains was on the list too lol is because Alice In chains changed rock music as well. but nirvana was consistent with their music. the lead singer of alice in chains was on drugs baddd like worse than kurt cobain he killed himself in 03' (long after kurt kobain) and guess what?? people had pretty much forgot about him until they heard about him dying because he didnt make terrible huh? but nirvana like i said before..was way way wayy more consistent than alice in chains!! thats why they were the bomb!! haha but god that song "man in the box" is really somethin else, such a beautiful song,that guy really had an amazing voice. such a shame he died :( and kurt...

HALLLLLLLLLL 6 years ago

I agree with everyone who mentioned sublime,bush,stone temple pilots and Blind Melon.

90's fan 6 years ago

no MJ no Janet no boy 2 men no usher no areosmith not even de friggin macarina or barbie song wtf???????? this is not a list cuz how cud it be without the songs that people will actually remember like black or white or on bended knees or even scream???????? dis was utter crap vh1 needs to do it over

Carly the awesome 14 yr old 6 years ago

NO SMASHING PUMPKINS OR GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not happy :(

chris 6 years ago

I was looking for 90's songs and I didn't like the songs on the list I took you comments and that was way better then the list for rock songs. I didn't think the list is any good. thanks for the comments

...... 6 years ago

ahahaha I was looking for 90's songs and I didn't like the songs on the list I took you comments and that was way better then the list for rock songs. I didn't think the list is any good.

breeze 6 years ago

I don't quite get the STP? Also, no one's mentioned the Toadies, Possum Kingdom one of my fav songs from the 90s

pankaj kumar 6 years ago

the best song of 90s is black or white by the greatest artist of all time Michael Jackson.

anonymous 6 years ago

most of these songs i grew up listening to. I was born in the early 90's and im about to graduate and i was lookin back and was listening to all the songs i used to listen to with my friends.

Nick 6 years ago

How did Achy Breaky Heart beat out Everlong by the Foo Fighters?!?!? >:O

brieberry 6 years ago

i agree with the backstreet boys being that high on the list, just not that song.....

Dave8114 6 years ago

Not one stone temple pilots song...?

bugzz 6 years ago

Umm.... i was born in 1994 and i grew up listening to 80's and 90's music i'm 15 now and all i really listen to is the old music but i have no clue what most of these songs are... I recognize a few songs but the rest, i have no clue.

Vald 6 years ago

The list has some good songs, I was born in 90 and grew up listening to this music. There are a few injustices in this list.. Most of them have been stated above, but one that I didn't see anyone mention was the absence of SmashMouth. In the late 90's I think starting in 97 with walking on the sun and then in 99 with their album Astro Lounge made a big impact on the music world. And as everyone else said, Smashing Pumpkins Stone Temple Pilots, The Verve, etc... The list is flawed, but over it is still a decent list

EURODANCE 6 years ago

The list is a total crap. VH1 is full of Old grandpas and grandmas. This is not one single Eurodance song in the list.

This should be included:

Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap!

Barbie Girl - Aqua

What Is Love - Haddaway

Mr Vain - Culture Beat

It's My Life - Dr Alban

Another Night - Real McCoy

August 6 years ago

God damn, where is Santeria by Sublime?

or What I Got?

blablabla 6 years ago

What about Marilyn Manson or Green Day??!!

Zac 6 years ago

what about one sweet day mariah carey & boyz to men?

Doogie 6 years ago

i agree, Joshua. if you notice, most of these songs went to "Number 1," or close to it, back in the day. this list is obviously just a list of the most popular, best-selling songs from the 90s, which would explain why Backstreet Boys, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Britney Spears are all in the top 10. Even though they sold millions as singles, I Want it That Way and Baby One More Time weren't even the best quality songs from those "artists," if you can even call them that, and "Baby Got Back" was always a joke song that was only played for a good laugh. There needed to be more timeless, good quality 90s songs on the list, not just a flood of the best selling singles and artists of the decade. There should have been quality songs of the same caliber as the good top-tenners, which included Smells Like Teen Spirit, One, Waterfalls, Losing My Religion, and Nothing Compares 2 U. I wish Vh1 would do a Part 2 of this and include more of the good quality hits of the decade, and less of the hits from boy bands, pop princesses, Latin Don Juans, and now-embarrassing rappers from the early 90s. the one thing I don't get, however, is how they chose the rock songs. they left off a lot of good, popular 90s alternative rock songs that were also pop hits, but they included alternative rock songs that weren't even popular to begin with, like Liz Phair's "Never Said," The Breeders' "Cannonball," or Live's "I Alone" ("Lighting Crashes" would have been the "pop" pick for them). unless they were heavily into 90s alternative rock like I was, the average person has probably never heard some of the rock songs on that list.

nameless 6 years ago

where's Michael Jackson? :s i think u forgot his songs!

nameless 6 years ago

aerosmith i don't wana miss a thing totally diserved to be on this

blah 6 years ago

i'll make my own list everyone has their own music taste not everyone is the same if you have a problem with the list make your own list

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alanya 6 years ago from newyork

Those songs are so the 90s Icant believe people still watch that stuff.

Jane Doe 6 years ago

They forgot about Ace of Base! When they do the list of the 2000s, they better have the A-Teens and S club.

Anon 6 years ago

I find it interesting that some of these songs, like Ice Ice Baby, Achy Breaky Heart, and Two Princes and were also on Vh1's "50 Worst Songs Ever" list. therefore, how did they get on here? and I don't understand why people think Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit "changed the future of rock forever," which would explain why it's Number 1, even with all those teenybopper songs closely following it. "Teen Spirit" only killed off the hair bands, which were still popular in '90 and '91. grunge and most good, grungy alternative rock became unpopular by the late 90s (with the emerence of teen-pop, alterna-light rock, third-wave-ska, and rap-metal and nu-metal). there hasn't been any kind of resurgence in alternative rock's popularity, since its peak of the early or mid 90s.

ALex 6 years ago

Also screw you Anon, the person who commented above me. Smells like Teen Spirit is one of the Greatest rock songs of all time, i don't care what anyone says. Everything has to end at one point including hair bands. I personally love the Hair bands and classic rock. They always win me over compared to alternative rock. You know there are still bands who make good alternative music nowadays. It may not be as popular as the crappy Rap and Hip-Hop shit, but it is still pretty good and i would say that bands like nirvana have influenced these bands in someway. Geesh practically wrote a book, but i think i got my point across.

Alex 6 years ago

Actually now that i reread it, it isn't that long forget the last sentence. god i'm a dumbass.

Jessica 6 years ago

This list is okay. Not the best but some are okay.

It really pisses me off that everbody is dissing the

backstreet boys. They are amazing and deserve to

be number 3 if not higher. They should have more

than one song on there. Most people would know the

words to I want it that way and more of there songs.

They were amazing and still are. Along with people like

Madonna and Brittany spears. I don't like either one of

them but I know there songs and like some of them.

Sometimes u can't help but like it because they are amazing.

And tere music was and is really good.

So stop dissing the backstreet boys. I love them and have for

a long time. They have beautiful voices and great music. And

have been around for 17 years and are still amazing and have

sold out tours still. :) :) :)

Metal Fan 6 years ago

How in the blue hell can the Backstreet Boys be higher on the list than Metallica!? What a shitty fucking list!

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Kevin 6 years ago

glad to see that NIRVANA is # 1. most of the other songs songs are horrible. how did back street boys make it in the top 5

Kristennn 6 years ago

Where was Savage Garden with Truly Madly Deeply or Everlast with What It's like

colton 6 years ago

banditos - the refreshments should be on this horrible horrible list.

KngM3 6 years ago

Not a siingle Smashing Pumpkins Song? There's something wrong with the list.

minkster15 6 years ago

Not even one Def Leppard Song? I talking about future rock n roll inductees.................. This list blows

Moses 6 years ago

Where the HELL is JANET JACKSON??? Michael Jackson???

Janet "Again" "That's the way love goes" "Runaway" "If" "Together Again" "Come back to me" "Love will never do" "You want this" how about Michael's "You are not alone" "Remember the Time" "Black and White" "Who is it"

Vanessa Williams "Save the best for last"

Toni Braxton "Breath Again" "UnBreak my Heart"

WTF!! VH1!!! Guess I know who picked the songs

Moses 6 years ago

If you liked those boy bands you are responsible for the terrible music today. Just like Soldier boy killed rap today.

Eddie 6 years ago

Hi, does anyone remember a song that in chorus says: ....together, forever I want to show you.....

I dont'remeber the groups name but it's a girl singing

Thanks, Eddie

Alex 6 years ago

Honestly the list wasn't that bad. It was greatest 100 songs, not 1000. If you really care so much, make you're own list.

CallMeTheShape 6 years ago

THIS LIST IS TERRIBLE Where is the PRIMUS?!?!? They were an amazing 90's band the 90's were the best time for music this is just sad

ENZO 6 years ago

"C.R.E.A.M" -Wu Tang

"Crossroads" -Bone Thugs

"November Rain" -Guns N Roses

just a couple more off the top of my head..goes to show you there's more that missed the list! WE WANT A RE-DO!

Anony 6 years ago

to the guy who told me to screw off, i never said that Nirvana sucked or didn't deserve to be at "Number 1." i agree that they were a great band with great albums and great singles. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is well-deserving of being called a classic. i just said that I don't get why people, mostly today's young people, say Nirvana changed popular rock music "forever," and talk about them like they were the Beatles of the 90s. they didn't really represent the "sound of the 90s" and they weren't really "the rock band of the 90s." i mean, come on, Nirvana was only in the musical spotlight for three years in the early 90s (1991-1994), before Kurt killed himself in April of '94, and their musical style became pretty unpopular by the start of the late 90s. by the late 90s, teen-pop like Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears was the dominant form of popular music, and third-wave ska, mellow pop-rock, nu metal, and rap-rock/rap-metal were the most dominant forms of rock (although commercialized hard rock music in general wasn't even that popular during the late 90s, only a few bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit were really popular). i was in high school during the musically horrid late 90s, and i remember back then kids would laugh if you said you were still into grunge.

Shelby 6 years ago

WHY didn't GARBAGE make the list? I was sure "I'm Only Happy When it Rains" or "Queer" would be at least somewhere in the top 100. I'm disappointed - also, why is Vanilla Ice in the top 41??? But picking Nirvana as #1 is good.

Ryan  6 years ago

where's the foo fighters,

everlong almost made the list

georgiana 6 years ago

sorry,but where's Michael Jackson????!!!!!????he's the best!

marissa 6 years ago

Great songs...but where is Michael Jackson? He made great songs in the 90s. And Iris should be higher than the Backstreet boys.

catch23 6 years ago

um ya, Odd that Garth Brooks doesn't have one song on this list, esp. since he's sold ALL his record breaking albums in the 90's. Just Odd.

blazian 6 years ago

this for all of the haters about this list. this list was constructed by people like you . if you wanted a song to be higher on the list than you should have voted your self

analreamer 6 years ago

just shows, how many impressionable morons, listen to corporate garbage

DaMan 6 years ago

To answer Eddie's question : Donna Lewis - Always Forever

Anon 6 years ago

catch23, i think it's because Garth Brooks is a country artist. obviously, they were going for only pop, rock and rap songs on this list, although the terrible "Achy Breaky Heart" somehow managed to be the only country song to make it to this list.

cass 6 years ago

Where is candlebox, drowning pool,big pun, Robbie Williams,Keith sweat, orgy, mark Morrisonseven Mary three, 311, temple of the dog, beastie boys, Janes addiction,David grey, better than Ezra, sixpence none the richer and everything else you all have named.

They should've at least put c.r.e.a.m. by Wu tang and sippin on syrup by three six,and izzo by jay z.Idk I'm not really satisfied esp with the lack of rhcp

MemoryChain 6 years ago

nirvana was the downfall to everything that was good in music. hated their music then, really hate it now. nothing against them as people...just the so-called music was awful.

*sigh* 6 years ago


What about Nine Inch Nails'?


jedgar 6 years ago

mmmmm.... Bitter sweet symphony - The Verve

Me 6 years ago

Like you could do it better

silvia 6 years ago

wasn't mmmbop in number 2?

Slipkorn73 6 years ago

They misses great songs on this list and one that pissed me off was no RATM or Smashing pumpkins or even Marilyn Manson

axlrose 6 years ago

what happened with november rain??? LOL

Emily=) 6 years ago


he's better then all of these people on the list...

thislistisshit 6 years ago

mmm..... i am crazy or no is in this list

blur - girls and boys

the verve - the bittersweet symphony

guns and roses - novemver rain or don't cry

limp bizkit - rollin

michale jackson - black or white

aerosmith - crazy or cryn

suede - beautifful ones

and where fuck are blink 182 - all small things

oasis number 35? is the number 2!!!! alice in chains number 50??? this list is a popular songs , no the bests

zurga 6 years ago

how come no guns n roses?

Le 6 years ago

i can't believ "Friday I'm in Love" by the cure didn't get on the list!

yeah 6 years ago

Aaliyah Are You That Somebody

Aaliyah Try Again which hit #1 on Billboard's charts based on airplay!

Brandy And Monica The Boy Is Mine

vickster339 6 years ago

This list is a PC abomination....

Nuka 6 years ago

Huh, at least Alice in Chains is on the list..but why 50? they deserve a much better place :(

And where's Blink 182 ?? Or Guns N Roses?

ljuba 6 years ago

omg,where is the Aerosmith's "I don't wanna miss a thing" ? its fantastic song and 60 million people from you tube can confirm that.

Jack Smack 6 years ago

this is probaly one of the greatest songs ever!!!!!!

nice 6 years ago

completely agree with number 1 and 2, nirvana were the best grunge band and u2 created one of the best ballads of all time, also, a lot of things should have been put up, and there is a lot fo shit, like backstreet boys, which deserves the bin

jackie c 6 years ago

WTF where is SUBLIME! this is a travesty

adam 6 years ago

Where are the Toadies?? Possum kingdom????

Sptr007 6 years ago

I agree with the first song but not some of the others

Yelling like a freak on a leash

errr 6 years ago

nobody mentioned eve 6? lit?..

stp ftw.

cease 6 years ago

where's my man biggie with juicy or big poppa

Dumb 6 years ago


musiclover 6 years ago

i really like this list it helped me find a lot of sounds i love from the 90s that i forgot about.

DMT 6 years ago

Here are 3 songs that FOR SURE should have made the list:

-"Dammit" by Blink-182

-"Closing Time" by Semisonic

-"Inside Out" by Eve 6

deets 6 years ago

there were so many great songs in the 90s.

i def agree sublime shoulda been on there.

kdogg 6 years ago

I love the 90's if only we didn't have the bubblegum groups.

Chris 6 years ago

how do you compile a 90s list without Rage? mind boggling..

pankaj 6 years ago

mj's black or white is the best song of 90's

Amy 6 years ago

If there is no Michael Jackson... I could go on all day about every other song and artist that was missed, but no Michael says it all. Half the people on that list wouldn't even have made songs to be on there in the first place if it wasn't for MJ.

anon 6 years ago

i think so many songs got left out simply because there were "too many" popular songs that came out in the 90s. they couldn't include them all in a list of only 100 positions. with each decade that passes, there are more and more songs that come out and become popular, and well over 100 of them. therefore, i'd hate to see how many good songs they'll leave out for their "100 greatest songs of the 2000's" list.

Brian H 6 years ago

No Stone Temple Pilots? Weak... Interstate Love Song was huge.

coldplay and smashing pumpkins lover 6 years ago

How come there is no smashing pumpkins and coldplay they are much better than some of the bubblegum-pop garbage. On a real list smashing pumpkins would have at least one of there many awesome songs!

AVA FAN 6 years ago

No Blink-182???? this must be the list that is Top 100 of the 90's except Blink-182 because they would have been all over the top 25. Ya and were is the Smashing Pumpkins.... Come on VH1

chuck 6 years ago

this list is horseshit. How can you talk about the 90s and not mention Sublime?!

Commy hater 6 years ago

The problem with a list of 90's greatest hits, if you truly wanted to put the best songs it would be covered with grunge, pop-punk, and other alternative rock. Green Day and Nirvana would dominate the list. Half of their songs were bigger hits than these. Maybe some Pearl Jam in the mix. And Blink wasn't even mentioned. They were the soundtrack to all of 1999

Anonymous 6 years ago

I agree that Pearl Jam should have been there and Give It Away By the Red hot chili peppers such a catchy song and 1979 is also very catchy.

Tim 6 years ago

Where the hell was Bush???? Razorblade suitcase's songs were all better than half the songs on this list!

Kat 6 years ago

Where the #(*&@ was No Doubt??? Tragic Kingdom went 15X platinum! Also everyone who has pointed out lack of STP, Gin Blossoms, etc. was right on. This list was way too slanted to early 90s and random garbage. I've never even heard of half these songs. Backstreet Boys at 3 = FAIL.

monkeebacon 6 years ago

Wow, this list, for the most part, was not the 90's I remember. It seems to be made up by the posers, the wannabe's and people who graduated before the 90's began. Barfo, this list makes the 90's and the people who grew up in it look like a bunch of idiots . . . or something . . .

Blows 6 years ago

Plush, Interstate Love Song, The Big Empty, Sex Type Thing, No Rain, ZOMBIE, Pretty Fly For a White Guy, Song 2, 1979, Zero, The Boy is Mine, Closing Time, Don't Speak, Everlong, My Hero, Heroes, One Headlight, Till I Hear it From You, Follow You Down, Hey Jealosy, All the Small Things, What's My Age Again, Love Fool, Zoot Suit Riot, The Distance, Short Skirt Long Jacket, Never There, New Age Girl, Inside Out, Wonderful, Santa Monica, Father of Mine, Volvo Driving Soccer Mom, I will Buy You a New Life, AM Radio, Out of My Head, Ants Marching, Crash Into Me, November Rain, Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Freshman, Truly Madly Deeply, Everything You Want, Roll To Me, If You Could Only See, Little Miss Can't Be Wrong, Man I'm tired of writing.

Rock n' Rolla Ayatollah 6 years ago

lol@Michael Jackson plea... his reign was in the 1980's... NOT the 1990's.

Chuck 6 years ago

I think they tried to make it so that each band only appeared once on the list. Wonder if that's why they didn't list Foo Fighters since they were descended from Nirvana. But yeah, they should've been more clear on what they meant by "greatest". Most influential? Most popular at the time? Your personal favorite song (you'll get 1000 answers if that's what they mean)?

Smells Like Teen Spirit being #1 makes me think they're trying to say "most influential" since it didn't sell nearly as many copies as a lot of stuff that didn't even make it on the list. But then what the heck are one-hit wonders like Marcy Playground, New Radicals, and Hanson doing on there in place of STP, NIN, and Marilyn Manson (and several others)?

PN 6 years ago

It was about time that they did a '90s list. They were on the '80s for 3 to 4 years. I'd love to see what the 2000s list is like-- a lot happened that decade too. I think the '90s is the toned down decade--remember how most people toned down their looks that decade, versus the over the top looks of the '80s. They returned to it in the 2000s. And I agree with many, that Boyz II Men should have been on that top 100 list--they had over a dozen hits in the '90s. End of the Road was No. 1 for some 12 weeks! Maybe the VH-1 staff that compiled the list might not have listened to the group during its prime; most of those people might have been into rock bands, pop or rap artists or other R&B artists at the time. So you have to think about that with '90s artists being overlooked.

HELP!! 6 years ago

i need help the list of the 90's has everything but one group whom ive been trying to think of and all i can give is a descripion anyone know of a pop band from the 90's: the one guy has his hair done in like 2 pom pomps and wheres these goggles and the have orange jump suits in there music video and they have a girl vocalist whos black i think and then there are two other guys they were a weird group but really good! anyone know of a group who kinda sounds like that description???? please let me know!!

John 6 years ago

Wow no STP no Black Crowes, unreal

Lachezar 6 years ago

is where GunS N RoSeS ?

altchick 6 years ago

I don't understand why each artist only got 1 song each.Many had more than one great song.Some don't belong on this list, while some artists didn't receive the recontion they deserve.Too many to count.

alan 6 years ago

where is bjork?sublime?smashing pumpkins?melissa ethridge?

dougrad 6 years ago

it's simply a list of the most then-popular songs from the 90s. there's no other reason why so many now-crappy "recycled-pop" songs from would be on the list, and you have to remember that these songs were huge and well-loved in the 90s, but probably wouldn't be if they came out in today's pop music world. notice how some of the most popular, radio-ready, and not-necessarily-the-greatest artists and songs of the decade (like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, N'sync, Eminem, artists with huge one-hit-wonder songs, etc.) are all in the top 40? and i bet they threw heavy-sounding, less popular rock songs from Metallica, Beastie Boys, Soundgarden and Radiohead in there just so the top 40 wasn't "completely pop." and as a side note, wasn't Destiny's Child's Say my Name (#17) a single in 2000, not '99?

justifier 6 years ago

i can understand people being mad about Janet Jackson not being on here, since she had several huge hits in the 90s, but Michael? the only noteworthy thing he did in the 90s was the Dangerous album, which had only one good single, Black or White, which wasn't even that good compared to his 80s stuff. after that came his disappointing flop album titled HIStory, which had no good new singles, unless you count that crappy-sappy ballad You are not Alone. and that was it for his albums in the 90s. he didn't do anything again until 2001's Invincible. people forget that Michael was not really recording and performing all that much in the 90s.

jess 6 years ago

NIRVANA is and will always be the greatest band ever. R.I.P Kurt we miss you guy.

Andrew 6 years ago

This list is terrible! Modest Mouse and Neutral Milk Hotel are excellent bands that should be present here. And I can't even begin to understand why What's Up by 4 Non Blondes and No Rain by Blind Melon are not on this list. And Radiohead's Creep, number 31?! Complete Rubbish!!! All I agree with on the list is Smells Like Teen Spirit at number 1.

dougrad 6 years ago

come on, it's Vh1. sure, i like Modest Mouse and other bands like them, but they're not going to include indie bands that weren't on commercialized radio or MTV/Vh1 in the 90s. it's a list of the most popular songs of the 90s. the same goes for the guy who thought bands like Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson should be on here. they're too "heavy and scary" for a Vh1 best of list.

Clint Cooper 6 years ago

This is just a collection of songs that a bunch of teenage musician wannabes grabbed off the top of their heads. No thought went into this whatsoever you can tell. The fact that "Kiss from a Rose" is nowhere near the list proves this. Idiots.

wockaflockasucks 6 years ago

yes the 90s rock scene was the pinnacle of human civilization. but now, the music has died.

dai 6 years ago

nirvana rules haha

Emily Drake 6 years ago

I Want It That Way definitely reached #1 in the U.S. as it was the Backstreet Boys' first number one around the world

dougrad 6 years ago

i guess i can understand why teenybop acts like backstreet boys, n'sync, britney and christina are on here, since they were huge worldwide and had some pretty big hits, but why is Color Me Badd on here? they were considered a joke even back in the 90s. come on, who can really say that "i wanna sex you up" was a "great" song?

kristina 6 years ago

does it matter? i agree and disagree with a lot of these songs, but all n all it takes me back to the time and reminds me of all my favs from them....glad i'm not the only 1 who likes to close my eyes and pretend i am back there....i remember trying to ruch and hit record on the tape player to catch my fav, not just download have it made and don't even realize it now!

Renato Coelho 6 years ago

Plush or Interstate Love Song out?

jose 6 years ago

they probably went by sale records. popularity, radio plays and all those statistics. just glad Eminem is on there

Ryan 6 years ago

Drops of Jupiter- Train? that song was amazing

sade 6 years ago

Gerardo?????? Really????? They put Rico Suave in and let Enjoy the Silence out??? In what world is this possible????

Kris 6 years ago

ohyesi'mright 4 months ago

yeah well that's why alice in chains was on the list too lol is because Alice In chains changed rock music as well. but nirvana was consistent with their music. the lead singer of alice in chains was on drugs baddd like worse than kurt cobain he killed himself in 03' (long after kurt kobain) and guess what?? people had pretty much forgot about him until they heard about him dying because he didn't make terrible huh? but nirvana like i said before..was way way wayy more consistent than alice in chains!! that's why they were the bomb!! haha but god that song "man in the box" is really somethin else, such a beautiful song,that guy really had an amazing voice. such a shame he died :( and kurt...

WTF?....Anony 3 months ago

to the guy who told me to screw off, i never said that Nirvana sucked or didn't deserve to be at "Number 1." i agree that they were a great band with great albums and great singles. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is well-deserving of being called a classic. i just said that I don't get why people, mostly today's young people, say Nirvana changed popular rock music "forever," and talk about them like they were the Beatles of the 90s. they didn't really represent the "sound of the 90s" and they weren't really "the rock band of the 90s." i mean, come on, Nirvana was only in the musical spotlight for three years in the early 90s (1991-1994), before Kurt killed himself in April of '94, and their musical style became pretty unpopular by the start of the late 90s. by the late 90s, teen-pop like Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears was the dominant form of popular music, and third-wave ska, mellow pop-rock, nu metal, and rap-rock/rap-metal were the most dominant forms of rock (although commercialized hard rock music in general wasn't even that popular during the late 90s, only a few bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit were really popular). i was in high school during the musically horrid late 90s, and i remember back then kids would laugh if you said you were still into grunge.

WTF??? Again....guys what music hear the baby's songs or WHAT?

deas 6 years ago

Good decade i love it..., now we all hear some piece of shit song like ugliest lady gaga song and gaga becoming into the world and internet sensation and people like it, it so style over substance, what the f#*king hell with people right now???!!!, come on realize that...

Joel 6 years ago

Completely agree with all the people wondering where the hell Rage is on here. Just pick even ONE song to represent the band and the impact they had on music in the 90's, like Gorilla Radio, which got a LOT of radio play. Anything! I was hoping they'd include one of the many fantastic Ben Folds Five songs but I realize they're not super popular. To me "Kate" may be the best pop song of the decade. And yeah - no "Song 2" by Blur?? WTF? There are some pretty shitty & non-influential songs on here that need to be replaced.

Lukin 6 years ago

The top 10 should be Jeremy, Alive, Even flow, and everyother other pearl jam song written in the 90's (that wouls also include daughter, animal, better man etc.) What a joke. Good thing they got the brokeback boys, sir-sucks-alot and Brittany train-wreck-Spears in the top ten though. Whoever made this list should be shot.

cronin 6 years ago

gotta be fuckin kiddin me to leave boys 2 men outa this.

Randy 6 years ago

no tribe called quest? protect ya neck is an honorable mention?? no real biggie song??? what kind of list is this?

Mike 6 years ago

Where is:

Snoop Dogg - Who am I?


smashing pumpkins - zero

dan 6 years ago

One Pearl jam song...really?

yes 6 years ago

jeff buckley's "hallelujah" came out in 1994

Emilie Chiozza 6 years ago

Where's Blind Melon "No Rain"??? One of the greatest songs in the 90s.

Jeff S 6 years ago

It's VH1. So it goes to show you that this list is complete shit. When you are worse than Mtv, it proves you're a failure.

VH1 = The Twilight of television.

Seriously. There is a show on VH1 right now called Dad Camp. The end


Tony 6 years ago

It is unbelievable that sublime is not on this list. Easily one of the most influential bands of the 90's with many great songs. Santeria or What I Got should have been one the list. Brittany Spears is in the top ten???? F-you voters.

Corbin 6 years ago

I agree with the #1 pick, but how did Godsmack's voodoo or Keep Away not make it in there?

yes 6 years ago

also, what about ants marching? where's that?

danyhg 6 years ago

What can I say? List made on usa, so no britpop making a major appearance here, had it been made in the uk oasis, blur or radiohead would have been on top. At least smells like teen spirit earned its place but too many rap and hip hop for my taste.

yes 6 years ago

also, what about ants marching? where's that?

blahblah 6 years ago

you know even though i'm a fan of Nirvana i still feel the Michael and Janet Jackson's song "scream' should've been number one

Dingo 6 years ago


mental menlo 6 years ago

no rage, no sublime, and wu-tang clan is honorable mention...

well... yeah, this list is just flat out terrible

David 6 years ago

This list is stupid. it only has a handfull of the classics, and a ton of crap...

snake 6 years ago

I love how VH1 is so inconsistent with their lists. Quite a bit of songs on here are on their awesomely bad songs list.

nirvana4594 6 years ago

i hate fags who talk using the words rubbish n shit this is America. YES nirvana lives on:)

the tourist 6 years ago

100 wortst songs of 90's omg this sucks!

Carla 6 years ago

where is KISS w/ God gave rock n roll to you???

and the verbe, oasis,,,,,,

and why are here the backstreet boys vh1 sucks

HChick 6 years ago

No blur? really?

Dougrad 6 years ago

if you think this list is bad, just think, the best of the 2000's list is going to be 10 times worse when it comes out in five years. i can already predict that the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber will all be in the top 10.

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Silver 6 years ago

Love that U2 got second, they totally deserve it (especially since you don't see any other 80s bands playing to crowds of 50,000+ a night).

When does the voting begin for the top 100 of the 2000s?

cdaman 6 years ago

Where's Boyz II Men

doogie 6 years ago

i kinda understand why all the laughable novelty and kiddie pop songs are on here, since they were quite popular in the 90s, but how did Cher's "Believe" make it to the list? a simple computer-generated techno beat, overuse of auto-tune, and Cher's donkey-esque voice doesn't make for a "great" song in my book.

Taro 6 years ago

Carlos Santana's Maria Maria and Smooth??????????????????????????

overlord00 6 years ago

^^ THIS ^^

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Bluebird 6 years ago

Blind Melon anyone?

No rain



toes across the floor


No one should Forget Shannon Hoon!

Bluebird 6 years ago

Blind Melon anyone?

No rain



toes across the floor


No one should Forget Shannon Hoon!

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tgun11 6 years ago

people shut up this list was made by vosts not by vh1

Olivia 6 years ago

owww Blur is not in the list

Albero 6 years ago

The best summer song of 1998: Ray of Light by Madonna. That song takes me back to the 90's. That should have made the list. Great song!

markymax 6 years ago

IT should be Right Now from Van Halen


sugar ray or a pair of 2 stupid kids with their clothe crossed

Jamie 6 years ago

no sublime?

Me 6 years ago

This list has absolutely no credibility strictly because it lists Smells Like Teen Spirit, one of the worst songs of the 90's.

C Boogie 6 years ago

Well, I understand that vh1 picked this list from what people voted for and what sold the most and I hear everybody talkin about sublime and blind melon, but where in the hell is BoyzIIMen and unfortunately, New Kids on the block. Along with Alia, R Kelly, JODECI, Ace of Base, Brian McNight, Bone, and Why the F*&ck is Biggie absent on this list. Really? No Biggie? He changed the game. So sad. So sad. And No M&M? So sooo sad.... Que triste'

Lilly  6 years ago

Yea i agree with C Boogie where is the rest of them they had some bad A$$ songs to

C Boogie 6 years ago


b2m 6 years ago

backside boys #4? and boyz ii men no where to be found? b2m ruled r&b in the 90s. boybands like the backside boys and nstink could only wish they could be as good as boyz ii men.

who the heck compiled this list? LAME! completely LAME!

jfghasdga 6 years ago

what about BLINK 182??!?!?

Reddragon 6 years ago

Well if u want ur bands go to and vote instead of whining. They had people submit bands and vote on them. They even mention it on the show between breaks.

Veronica 6 years ago

I was very sad that they didn't add Dave Matthews Band, Sublime or 311. They missed out on a lot!

makenzy 6 years ago

Nirvana is trash! thank god kurt was smart enough to take his own life because now we have the Foo Fighters who are a much better band, and they shower! whoever said that....WOW! is all i can say obviously don't know what good music is even if it came and slapped you in the face :)

joshua 6 years ago

God damn it this list sucked. It was okay, that's how far I'll go. No, Biggie? No, Death Metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal (only Metallica fuck them), Gothic metal, Techno (Prodigy) and others. This list was lacking some approach. God damn it, if I had to put a list together, it would be a mix from 8-bit to West Coast Hip-Hop. They need more grindcore and Death Metal.

Grunge was only a 90's genre and Death metal was getting popular. Where's that?

Caren 6 years ago

Okay, I agree with Ryan. Mariah Carey should have had a few more on the list. Vision of love showed her talent, but it definitely wasn't her best.. where is "Honey" "Fantasy" .. etc.. AND JANET, should have at least had "That's The Way Love Goes" on here. That song defined her in the 90's. And also, Madonna should have had MANY on here. Ray of Light - Erotica - ETC.

AND ALSO, where is the good oasis? And ALL the good rap music (tupac biggie.. etc) that led to everything anybody listens to today. This list is purely based on billboard 100. Corrupt list. What happened to VH1 & MTV being about MUSIC, and not what's popular, and what was?

gerghr 6 years ago

anyone who hates on nirvana needs to get there ears checked

john 6 years ago

everyone asking who compiled this list, it was voted upon by ppl who went to the site and just voted, and NIRVANA FTW

jakeyus 6 years ago

Where's Gangsta's paradise by coolio?

Jill 6 years ago

I don't understand how most of these are one hit wonders. Nirvana, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, and U2 all have many hits.

Sam 6 years ago

What do you expect? People who watch VH1 made the list.

DiBBS 6 years ago

Where is Boyz II Men? There were like pretty much the biggest male R&B group of the 90s? They went Diamond for god's sake.

And That's the Way Love Goes by Janet Jackson?

And to the Michael fans, Black or White indeed went #1 but it for sure wasn't one of his most memorable hits like in the 80s countdown where Beat it AND Billie Jean made the cut. The 80s was Michael's prime and the 90's was Janet's so where is TTWLG.

And I'm SOOOO surprised to not see the Macarena on this list. Thank god.

squirrelly 6 years ago

What about "Silent Lucidity"? I guess that had no bearing on '90s music, eh?

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miss the 90s 6 years ago

i think boy bands and teen pop princesses created the downfall of popular music and MTV in the 90s. looking back now, it doesn't seem like '97 through '99 were even really part of "The 90s" we all remember and love. i blame the Spice Girls for starting that huge pop movement. but it is kinda weird that while my older sister and i got to grow up with alternative rock being popular during our youth, my younger sister had to grow up with teen pop being insanely popular during her youth. i'd say there were almost two different 1990s in a way.

no mj 6 years ago

if you thought the MJ obsession was bad on this page, you should check out the Vh1 best of the 80s page. tons of people are all upset that Michael had "only" two songs on that list. it's crazy how death can cause a once-mocked artist to become worshipped.

smart guy69 6 years ago

Nirvana sucks. This list is bull.

Lauren 6 years ago

slightly entertaining, but many flaws… I enjoyed watching the list but when the top 10 came up still with no NO DOUBT or SUBLIME I was shocked and immediately angered… I mean I get that they didn't have The Wallflowers, or Cake, but come on people!!!

Alison 6 years ago

People have to remember that this is a genre-nonspecific list. If it were a 90's alternative or post-grunge list, bands like Green Day and Beck and Cake would be all over it. I myself am a huge Green Day fan and also agree that Basket Case should replace Good Riddance, only because sales wise, Basket Case was a larger hit. People just remember Good Riddance more because it got more air play and more popularization because it's acoustic, not a 'punk rock' song.

Mary D. 6 years ago

Where is the Depeche Mode? Enjoy the Silence and Personal Jesus?

Let's bump Achy Breaky Heart or something!

kaitlyn 6 years ago

how is there no smashing pumkins on this list

Michael G 6 years ago

Goo Goo Dolls should have been up way more than once.

Jay 6 years ago

How no Everclear? So Much for the Afterglow was great. My entire middle school life. And Filter too. Can't forget when they were good.

aleks 6 years ago

see this is how i know pop lovers chose this.

how is there no NIN - Closer?

that song launched trent reznor and industrial music, something that is huge now, into the mainstream.

instead they have hanson...

really, hanson?

Dave 6 years ago

How can Vanhalen's RIGHT NOW not be on this ?

andrew 6 years ago

come one how is blink-182 not on this list

WwW 6 years ago

WEEZER - - - SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GNR 6 years ago

November Rain, while not just being a great song in and of itself, was played ad nauseum on MTV back when they played music videos. How it didn't make the list boggles the mind.

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