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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Top Songs from 1990 to 1999

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 1/24/11, updated 8/3/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1990-1999 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

1. I Will Always Love You…Whitney Houston (1992) BB, DM, G-R, VF, SS, JW
2. Smells Like Teen Spirit…Nirvana (1991) DM, MJ, NME, SS
3. Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)…Elton John (1997) BB, DM, VF, JW
4. Everything I Do, I Do It for You…Bryan Adams (1991) BB, CB, VF, JW
5. My Heart Will Go On…Celine Dion (1997) G-R, G-S, VF
6. Losing My Religion…R.E.M. (1991) RS
7. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinead O’Connor (1990) DM, MJ, VF, RS
8. Gangsta’s Paradise…Coolio with L.V. (1995) BB, DM, VF, RS, SS
9. One…U2 (1992) Q
10. I’ll Make Love to You…Boyz II Men (1994) CB, DM, JW

11. Smooth…Santana with Rob Thomas (1999) DM, G-R, G-S, JW
12. Wonderwall…Oasis (1995)
13. Baby, One More Time…Britney Spears (1998) VF, Q
14. End of the Road…Boyz II Men (1992) BB, CB
15. Believe…Cher (1998) BB, DM
16. One Sweet Day…Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men (1995) JW
17. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)…Los Del Rio (1995) BB, CB, JW
18. Wannabe…Spice Girls (1996) DM, VF
19. Bittersweet Symphony…The Verve (1997) MJ, NME, Q, RS
20. I’ll Be Missing You…Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 (1997)

21. Tears in Heaven…Eric Clapton (1992) G-R, G-S
22. Creep…Radiohead (1993) MJ, NME
23. You’re Still the One…Shania Twain (1998)
24. Vogue…Madonna (1990)
25. Un-Break My Heart…Toni Braxton (1996)
26. I Swear…All-4-One (1994)
27. Everybody Hurts…R.E.M. (1993)
28. Under the Bridge…Red Hot Chili Peppers (1992)
29. Loser…Beck (1993) DM, MJ, RS
30. Because You Loved Me…Celine Dion (1996)

31. Streets of Philadelphia…Bruce Springsteen (1994) G-S, VF, SS
32. Jeremy…Pearl Jam (1992)
33. I Believe I Can Fly...R.Kelly (1996)
34. The Boy Is Mine…Brandy & Monica (1998) JW
35. Enter Sandman…Metallica (1991)
36. Iris…Goo Goo Dolls (1998)
37. Don’t Speak…No Doubt (1996)
38. You Oughta Know…Alanis Morissette (1995)
39. Love Is All Around…Wet Wet Wet (1994)
40. I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Wont’ Do That)…Meat Loaf (1993)

41. Common People…Pulp (1995) MJ
42. Waterfalls…TLC (1995)
43. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing…Aerosmith (1998) PC
44. That’s the Way Love Goes…Janet Jackson (1993)
45. Livin’ La Vida Loca…Ricky Martin (1999)
46. Live Forever…Oasis (1994) MJ, NME, Q
47. Kiss from a Rose…Seal (1994) G-R, G-S
48. No Scrubs…TLC (1999) RS
49. Vision of Love…Mariah Carey (1990)
50. November Rain…Guns N’ Roses (1991)

51. How Do I Live…LeAnn Rimes (1997)
52. Torn…Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
53. Take a Bow…Madonna (1994)
54. All I Wanna Do…Sheryl Crow (1993) G-R, PC
55. Unforgettable…Natalie Cole with Nat “King” Cole (1991) G-R, G-S, PC
56. Breathe…Faith Hill (1999) BB
57. Baby Got Back…Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992) PC
58. Angels…Robbie Williams (1997)
59. Amazed…Lonestar (1999)
60. Unfinished Sympathy…Massive Attack (1991) Q

61. Wind of Change…The Scorpions (1991)
62. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)…Green Day (1997)
63. Fantasy…Mariah Carey (1995)
64. The Sign…Ace of Base (1994) BB
65. Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang…Dr. Dre with Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
66. Paranoid Android…Radiohead (1997)
67. Song 2…Blur (1997)
68. U Can’t Touch This…M.C. Hammer (1990)
69. Friends in Low Places…Garth Brooks (1990)
70. Don’t Look Back in Anger…Oasis (1996) NME

71. Ray of Light…Madonna (1998)
72. Hero…Mariah Carey (1993)
73. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…)…Lou Bega (1999)
74. Change the World…Eric Clapton (1996) G-R, G-S
75. Truly, Madly, Deeply…Savage Garden (1997)
76. Enjoy the Silence…Depeche Mode (1990)
77. Tennessee….Arrested Development (1992) RS
78. Save the Best for Last…Vanessa Williams (1992)
79. Dreamlover…Mariah Carey (1993) JW
80. Fields of Gold…Sting (1993) SS

81. Mmmbop…Hanson (1997)
82. Missing (dance remix)…Everything But the Girl (1995)
83. One of Us…Joan Osborne (1995)
84. My Name Is…Eminem (1999) Q
85. Achy Breaky Heart…Billy Ray Cyrus (1992)
86. I Want It That Way…Backstreet Boys (1999)
87. Say My Name…Destiny’s Child (1999)
88. A Whole New World…Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle (1992) G-S
89. Doo Wop (That Thing)...Lauryn Hill (1998) RS
90. Ironic…Alanis Morissette (1996)

91. I Love You Always Forever…Donna Lewis (1996) CB
92. Jump…Kris Kross (1992)
93. No Diggity…Blackstreet with Dr. Dre (1995)
94. Ice Ice Baby…Vanilla Ice (1990)
95. From a Distance…Bette Midler (1990) G-S
96. Whoomp! There It Is…Tag Team (1993) CB
97. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)…Whitney Houston (1995)
98. On Bended Knee…Boyz II Men (1994)
99. Genie in a Bottle…Christina Aguilera (1999)
100. Black or White…Michael Jackson (1991)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • 1979…Smashing Pumpkins (1995) RS
  • All Star…Smash Mouth (1999) PC
  • Barbie Girl…Aqua (1997) PC
  • Because I Love You (The Postman Song)…Stevie B (1990) CB, JW
  • Born Slippy…Underworld (1995) Q
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love…UB40 (1993) VF
  • City Sickness…Tindersticks (1993) NME
  • Cotton Eye Joe…Rednex (1994) PC
  • A Design for Life…Manic Street Preachers (1996) MJ, NME
  • Firestarter…The Prodigy (1996) Q
  • Grease Megamix…Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta (1990) PC
  • Hold On…Wilson Phillips (1990) BB
  • Intergalactic…Beastie Boys (1998) NME
  • Kiss Me…Sixpence None the Richer (1998) SS
  • Loaded…Primal Scream (1990) NME
  • Not Dark Yet…Bob Dylan (1997) SS
  • The Obvious Child…Paul Simon (1990) SS
  • Runaway Train…Soul Asylum (1993) RS
  • Smoke Rings in the Dark…Gary Allan (1999) SS
  • Sunny Came Home…Shawn Colvin (1996) G-R, G-S, SS
  • Too Close…Next (1998) BB
  • What Is Love?...Haddaway (1993) PC
  • Windowlicker…Aphex Twin (1999) NME

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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