35 Albums From The ’90s You Bought For Just That One Song

Ah, life before iTunes. If you were lucky you also liked the rest of the album.

1. “Pony,” Ginuwine…the Bachelor

You probably sang this in the car with your parents. Awkward.

2. “4 Seasons of Loneliness,” Evolution

Classic ’90s R & B

3. “Because You Loved Me,” Falling Into You

Perhaps it’s the only Celine Dion album you ever purchased.

4. “Back at One,” Back At One

It’s the numerical equivalent of Gwen Stefani’s B-A-N-A-N-A-S and, like Boyz II Men, McKnight is the essence of ’90s R & B.

5. “The Boy is Mine,” The Boy Is Mine

Can’t think of a contemporary all-female duet that can touch this gem.

6. See Above

You had to buy both.

7. “Satisfy You,” Forever

His former moniker had a longer life than this album.

8. “Barbie Girl,” Aquarium

Don’t be ashamed, we all sang it.

9. “Fly,” Floored

The excitement when this came on while you browsed the aisles in Tower Records.

10. “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” Drive Me Crazy (Soundtrack)

The remix was so big that they renamed the film after it.

11. “They Don’t Know,” Cool Relax

90s blue-eyed soul.

12. “If You Had My Love,” On the 6

Who knew the actress who portrayed Selena had pop star dreams of her own?

13. “Iris,” Dizzy Up the Girl

For the emo-teen in you

14. “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” Get On Up and Dance

You probably only knew the chorus but whatever, you owned it.

15. “When The Lights Go Out,” 5ive

Turns out it was their only top ten hit in the U.S. We had enough boy bands to contend with anyway. Thanks for this pop gem though.

16. “Too Close,” Rated Next

This song was on the shortlist for any school dance.

17. “Summer Girls,” LFO

This song put Abercrombie & Fitch on the map.

18. “Movin’ On,” Mya

The song was cool. She was cool. Silkk the Shocker. that is all.

19. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” Ricky Martin

With the song he had our curiosity, with the video he had our attention.

20. “Tubthumping,” Tubthumper

Confounded by the actual title of the song? You are not alone.

21. “My Name Is,” The Slim Shady LP

So are you Slim Shady or Eminem? All would be answered in due time. Also, most of us probably tried and failed to rap the whole song.

22. “Truly Madly Deeply” Savage Garden

At one point we believed this was as romantic as a ballad could get.

23. “Music of My Heart,” Music Of The Heat (Soundtrack)

You probably also recorded the video and watched the movie all for the love of *NSYNC

24. “My Heart Will Go On,” Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture (Soundtrack)

You know a soundtrack is big when they release a follow-up soundtrack. We may or may not have memorized all the lines featured in the song.

25. “Graduation (Friends Forever),” Vitamin C

You and everyone else walked to this on graduation day. Unoriginal but totally poignant *wipes away tears*

26. “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy),” Americana

We had a love/hate relationship with this one

27. “I Believe I Can Fly,” Space Jam (soundtrack)

It will always bring a smile to your face. So will this

28. “Thong Song,” Unleash the Dragon

The most famous piece of clothing to ever be used in a song.

29. “All My Life,” Love Always

Probably dedicated to your first love. Maybe they knew, maybe they didn’t.

30. “Back that Azz Up,” 400 Degreez

Pre-twerking days.

31. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Big Willie Style

No one used the phrase, but we all sang it.

32. “Nookie,” Significant Other

When we all pondered what exactly a nookie was…

33. “The Dope Show,” Mechanical Animals

He performed this at the 1998 MTV Music Awards to show you how popular it was. This is probably the only Marilyn Manson song most of us know.

34. “The Bad Touch,” Hooray for Boobies

“Let’s do it like they do on the Discovery channel.” Yup, now you remember.

35. “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Gangsta’s Paradise

As we used to say back then, “this song is dope.”

There are many more albums we bought for just that one amazing track. What are some of yours?

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