Songs from the 1990s

#1 Songs of the 90s

At the beginning of the 1990s, music was tame an unsure of where to go. There was pop everywhere and no one seemed to want to stray too far outside of it.

Sure there were tons of underground acts like Nine Inch Nails and The Melvins in the 80s, but as far as MTV was concerned (and the rest of middle class, suburban America), they didn’t exist.

That all changed when Kurt Cobain wrote that song with those four chords and that yell he does. Everyone went nuts. Including me. Kids everywhere connected with the raw, powerful sound and, as many people don’t give credit, Dave Grohl was also responsible for the massive improvement in Nirvana’s sound on their second album.

Little did we know at the time that Grohl would go on to become one of the greatest musicians of our generation.

First it was called Alternative and there were many bands that fit into this category. It was underground music, but with hooks, lyrics, accessible vocals and good production. Everyone looked at Seattle.

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Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, even Green River — people bought whatever they could get their hands on. There was also a short lived punk revival.

At the same time, a massive shift in hip hop music began as a new type of rap called gangsta rap was becoming very popular. Suddenly everyone wanted to say they were from Compton so they would look hard. The movie Boyz N Tha Hood captures the 1991-ish feeling in LA perfectly.

After those explosions, there were several years of copycats. Stone Temple Pilots were huge rip-offs at first, but became pretty sweet in their second album.

Then electronic music started becoming more popular. It invaded all aspects of music, as did the rave culture. Even David Bowie had a mostly electronic album if that tells you anything.

In the late 90s, blending different types of music was a common thing to try and it was becoming difficult to fit bands into genres. Because of this new genres were being created almost as quickly as the albums were coming out.

There was a small British invasion in the 90s also, led by Oasis, Radiohead and Blur. Suddenly, after being shunned for most of the 80s as “music my mom and dad listen to”, The Beatles were cool to like again.

We apologize for the pop charts below. We realize that we will have to add other charts to give a more accurate picture of what music in the 90s was actually like. But yeah, the crap listed below was on the radio a lot.

So were really long Pink Floyd solos on the “Classic Rock” station.

#1 Songs in 1990

Dec. 23, 1989 – Jan. 19
Jan. 20 – Feb. 9
Febr. 10 – Mar. 2
Marc. 3 – Mar. 23
Mar. 24 – Apr. 6
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13
Apr. 14 – Apr. 20
Apr. 21 – May 18
May 19 – June 8
June 9 – June 15
June 16 – June 29
June 30 – July 21
July 21 – Aug. 3
Aug. 4 – Aug. 31
Sept. 1 – Sept. 7
Sept. 8 – Sept. 14
Sept. 15 – Sept. 29
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9
Nov. 10 – Nov. 30
Dece. 1 – Dec. 7
Dec. 8 – Jan. 4, 1991
Another Day In Paradise
How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
Opposites Attract
Escapade
Black Velvet
Love Will Lead You Back
I’ll Be Your Everything
Nothing Compares 2 U
Vogue
Hold On
It Must Have Been Love
Step by Step
She Ain’t Worth It
Vision of Love
If Wishes Came True
Blaze of Glory
Release Me
(I Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection
Close to You
Praying for Time
I Don’t Have the Heart
Black Cat
Ice Ice Baby
Love Takes Time
I’m Your Baby Tonight
Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
Phil Collins
Michael Bolton
Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
Janet Jackson
Alannah Myles
Taylor Dayne
Tommy Page
Sinead O’Connor
Madonna
Wilson Phillips
Roxette
New Kids on the Block
Glenn Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown
Mariah Carey
Sweet Sensation
Bon Jovi
Wilson Phillips
Nelson
Maxi Priest
George Michael
James Ingram
Janet Jackson
Vanilla Ice
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Stevie B

#1 Songs in 1991

Dec. 8, 1990 – Jan. 4
Jan. 5 – Jan. 18
Jan. 19 Jan. 25
Jan. 26 – Feb. 8
Feb. 9 – Feb. 22
Feb. 23 – Mar. 8
Mar. 9 – Mar. 22
Mar. 23 – Mar. 29
Mar. 30 – Apr. 12
Apr. 13 – Apr. 19
Apr. 20 – Apr. 26
Apr. 27 – May 10
May 11 – May 17
May 18 – May 24
May 25 – June 7
June 8 – June 14
June 15 – July 19
July 20 – July 26
July 27 – Sept. 13
Septe. 14 – Sept. 20
Sept. 21 – Oct. 4
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11
Oct. 12 – Nov. 1
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8
Nov. 9 – Nov. 22
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6
Dec. 7 – Jan. 24, 1992
Because I Love You (The Postman Song)
Justify My Love
Love Will Never Do (Without You)
The First Time
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
All the Man That I Need
Someday
One More Try
Coming out of the Dark
I’ve Been Thinking About You
You’re in Love
Baby Baby
Joyride
I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)
I Don’t Wanna Cry
More Than Words
Rush, Rush
Unbelievable
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
The Promise of a New Day
I Adore Mi Amor
Good Vibrations
Emotions
Romantic 
Cream
When a Man Loves a Woman
Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Black Or White
Stevie B
Madonna
Janet Jackson
Surface
C&C Music Factory
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Timmy T.
Gloria Estefan
Londonbeat
Wilson Phillips
Amy Grant
Roxette
Hi-Five
Mariah Carey
Extreme
Paula Abdul
EMF
Bryan Adams
Paula Abdul
Color Me Badd
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
Mariah Carey
Karyn White
Prince & the New Power Generation
Michael Bolton
PM Dawn
Michael Jackson

#1 Songs in 1992

Dec. 7, 1991- Jan. 24
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7
Feb. 8 – Feb. 28
Feb. 29 – Mar. 20
Mar. 21 – Apr. 24
April 25 – June 19
June 20 -July 3
July 4 – Aug. 7
Aug. 8 – Aug. 14
Aug. 15 – Nov. 13
Nov. 14 – Nov. 28
Nov. 29 – Mar. 5, 1993
Black Or White
All 4 Love
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
I’m Too Sexy
To Be With You
Save the Best For Last
Jump
I’ll Be There
Baby Got Back
This Used To Be My Playground
End of the Road
How Do You Talk To An Angelb
I Will Always Love You
Michael Jackson
Color Me Badd
George Michael/Elton John
Right Said Fred
Mr. Big
Vanessa Williams
Kris Kross
Mariah Carey
Sir Mix-A-Lot
Madonna
Boyz II Men
The Heights
Whitney Houston

#1 Songs in 1993

Nov. 29, 1992 – Mar. 5
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12
Mar. 13 – Apr. 30
May 1 – May 14
May 15 – July 9
July 10 – July 23
July 24 – Sept. 11
Sept. 11 – Nov. 5
Nov. 6 – Dece. 10
Dec. 11 – Dec. 24
Dec. 25 – Jan. 21, 1994
I Will Always Love You
A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)
Informer
Freak Me
That’s The Way Love Goes
Weak
I Can’t Help Falling In Love
Dreamlover
I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)
Again
Hero
Whitney Houston
Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
Snow
Silk
Janet Jackson
SWV (Sisters With Voices)
UB40
Mariah Carey
Meat Loaf
Janet Jackson
Mariah Carey

#1 Songs in 1994

Dec. 25, 1993 – Jan. 21
Jan. 22 – Feb. 11
Feb. 12 – Mar. 11
Mar. 12 – Apr. 8
Apr. 9 – May. 6
May 7 – May 20
May 21 – Aug. 5
Aug. 6 – Aug. 26
Aug. 27 – Dec. 2
Dec. 3 – Dec. 16
Dec. 17 – Dec. 30
Dec. 31 – Jan. 27, 1995
Hero
All For Love
Power of Love
The Sign
Bump N’ Grind
The Sign
I Swear
Stay (I Missed You)
I’ll Make Love To You
On Bended Knee
Here Comes the Hotstepper
On Bended Knee
Mariah Carey
Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting
Celine Dion
Ace of Base
R. Kelly
Ace of Base
All-4-One
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
Ini Kamoze
Boyz II Men

#1 Songs in 1995

Dec. 3, 1994 – Jan. 27
Jan. 28 – Feb. 24
Feb. 25 – Apr. 14
Apr. 15 – June 2
June 3 – July 7
July 8 – Aug. 25
Aug. 26 – Sept.. 1
Sept. 2 – Sept. 8
Sept. 9 – Sept. 29
Sept. 30 – Nov. 24
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1
Dec. 2 – Mar. 22, 1996
On Bended Knee
Creep
Take A Bow
This Is How We Do It
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
Waterfalls
Kiss From A Rose
You Are Not Alone
Gangsta’s Paradise
Fantasy
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
One Sweet Day
Boyz II Men
TLC
Madonna
Montell Jordan
Bryan Adams
TLC
Seal
Michael Jackson
Coolio
Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

#1 Songs in 1996

Dec. 2, 1995 – Mar. 22
Mar. 23 – May 3
May 4 – May 17
May 18 – July 12
July 13 – July 26
July 27 – Aug. 2
Aug. 3 – Nov. 9
Nov. 9 – Dec. 6
Dec. 7 – Feb.21, 1997
One Sweet Day
Because You Loved Me
Always Be My Baby
Tha Crossroads
How Do U Want It
You’re Makin’ Me High
Macarena (bayside boys remix)
No Diggity
Un-Break My Heart
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Celine Dion
Mariah Carey
Bone Thugs N Harmony
2Pac feat. K-Ci and JoJo
Toni Braxton
Los Del Rio
Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre
Toni Braxton 

#1 Songs in 1997

Dec. 7, 1996 – Feb. 21
Feb. 22 – May 21
March 22 – May 2
May 3 – May 23
May 24 – June 13
June 14 – Aug. 30
Aug. 30 – Sept. 12
Sept. 13 – Oct. 3
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10
Oct. 11 – Jan. 16, 1998
Un-Break My Heart
Wannabe
Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down
Hypnotize
MMMBop
I’ll Be Missing You
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
Honey
4 Seasons of Loneliness
Candle In The Wind 1997
Toni Braxton
Spice Girls
Puff Daddy and Ma$e
The Notorious B.I.G.
Hanson
Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112
The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy / Mase 
Mariah Carey
Boyz II Men
Elton John

#1 Songs in 1998

Oct. 11 – Jan. 16, 1998
Jan. 17 – Jan. 30
Jan. 31 – Feb. 13
Feb. 14 – Feb. 27
Feb. 28 – Mar. 13
Mar. 14 – Apr. 3
Apr. 4 – Apr. 24
Apr. 25 – May 29
May 30 – June 5
June 6 – Sept. 4
Sept. 5 – Oct. 2
Oct. 3 – Nov. 6
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13
Nov. 14 – Nov. 27
Nov. 28- Dec. 4
Dec. 5 – Jan. 15
Candle In The Wind 1997
Truly Madly Deeply
Together Again
Nice & Slow
My Heart Will Go On
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit’ It
All My Life
Too Close
My All
The Boy Is Mine
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
The First Night
One Week
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Lately
I’m Your Angel
Elton John
Savage Garden
Janet Jackson
Usher
Celine Dion
Will Smith
K-ci and JoJo
Next
Mariah Carey
Brandy & Monica
Aerosmith
Monica
Barenaked Ladies
Lauryn Hill
Divine
R. Kelly & Celine Dion

#1 Songs in 1999

Dec. 5, 1998 – Jan. 15
Jan. 16 – Jan. 29
Jan. 30 – Feb. 7
Feb. 13 – Mar. 12
Mar. 13 – Apr. 9
Apr. 10 – May 7
May 8 – June 4
June 5 – July 16
July 17 – July 23
July 24 – July 30
July 31 – Sept. 3
Sept.4 – Sept. 17
Sept. 18 – Oct. 8
Oct. 9 – Oct. 22
Oct. 23 – Jan. 14, 2000
I’m Your Angel
Have You Ever
…Baby One More Time
Angel Of Mine
Believe
No Scrubs
Livin’ La Vida Loca
If You Had My Love
Bills, Bills, Bills
Wild Wild West
Genie In A Bottle
Bailamos
Unpretty
Heartbreaker
Smooth
R. Kelly & Celine Dion
Brandy
Britney Spears
Monica
Cher
TLC
Ricky Martin
Jennifer Lopez
Destiny’s Child
Will Smith feat. Dru Hill / Kool Moe Dee
Christina Aguilera
Enrique Iglesias
TLC
Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z 
Santana feat. Rob Thomas
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Last modified: Mar 22, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps