Like many teenagers, I have moments where I’m watching a film or listening to a song and I start wishing I could have lived through that decade. Personally, I love appreciating films, television shows and music from different points in the past because its a pretty cheap way to time travel. So with that said, here are some songs to fulfill that feeling and take you back to the 90’s!
This is a song that I feel everyone knows, and if you don’t, what are you doing? It has been covered countless times, but the original simply cannot be topped. The acoustic guitar and love driven lyrics are what makes this song feel timeless.
Favorite Lyric: “There are many things that I would like to say to you, But I don’t know how”
This is the best girl power jam in my opinion. Between the harmonies of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Rozanda “Chili” Thomas, there is no reason for anyone to dislike this song. If a boy won’t take the hint that you aren’t into him, send a link to this and it may just do the trick.
Favorite Lyric: “A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me”
Other than the fact that I had to ask my mom which name he went by in the 90s, it wasn’t a question whether this song should make this list or not. It was dedicated to fellow rapper The Notorious B.I.G which captures the emotion behind this song as well as the importance. The meaningful rap lyrics mixed with the heartfelt vocals of Faith Evans make for a moving yet catchy song that will never get old.
Favorite Lyric: “On that morning, When this life is over, I know, I’ll see your face”
Would this list truly be a 90s music recommendation list if I didn’t include Nirvana? Probably not. Now most people only think of Smells Like Teen Spirit, and while I don’t hate that song, I prefer Come As You Are. The raw vocals and instrumentals of this song make it one that defines the grunge movement throughout the decade.
Favorite Lyric: “As a friend, As an old enemy”
If there is one song that gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it, it would be this song. The transition from falsetto in the beginning to the belting of the chorus seems impossible to me but Whitney makes it seem like the easiest thing in the world. This song makes me want to hold up a lighter and wave it in the air no matter the setting. I don’t think any vocalist could come close to the power of Whitney Houston (not back then at least).
Favorite Lyric: “Bittersweet memories, That is all I’m taking with me”
Lastly, I choose Push, mostly because my mom told me to. My whole family is a huge Matchbox Twenty fan and I just can’t get enough of Rob Thomas’ voice. This song is off of their debut album, “Yourself Or Someone Like You”, which is one of my favorite albums I’ve heard among many others. If you are looking for a new rock or alternative-rock group, I highly suggest them.
Favorite Lyric: “Don’t just stand there, Saying nice things to me”
Those are just six of my favorite 90s songs, but if you ever want more recommendations, hit me up. Also, follow two playlists that I found on Spotify if you want to jam out and relive the decade. The playlists can be found here or here. Happy bopping!