The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s
Alternate title: The 101 Best Songs Of All Time.
The song is equal parts Britpop and dance pop. And a great reminder of just how brilliant Blur was throughout the '90s.
This is a song by a Swedish group called Rednex. That is all.
Will Smith isn't exactly what you think of when you think "'90s dance," BUUUT you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone between the ages of 26 and 30 who hasn't had a moment with this song at a middle school dance. Plus, he never had to curse in his songs to sell records!
Two things that are probably true about this song: 1) The only words everyone knows/remembers are "I'm blue da-be-dee-da-ba die..." 2) This was likely everyone's first Napster download.
Honestly, this song is on this list because of the amazing montage of the nuns cleaning up the neighborhood and bringing the people back to the church in Sister Act.
Yes, this song is cheesy as hell, but it doesn't ever try to be anything other than what it is: a fun, catchy, campy dance song.
A sensual and ethereal chill-out track that wouldn't have sounded out of place in a scene in Trainspotting.
An underrated mid-'90s dance gem from the late, great George Michael.
The standout track from the Trainspotting soundtrack — which, FTR, is a solid, near perfect soundtrack. Also, like, we've already talked about Trainspotting twice on this list so far.
This song is so early '90s like Skidz pants and Zack Morris's brick cell phone.
An early-'90s alt-rock radio staple that crossed into dance.
I know what you're thinking, and no, this wasn't sung by Real McCoy.
Björk can do anything, including house-inspired dance music.
"Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" was that song that was on VH1 a lot, like, a lot a lot.
A classic ode to the simple joys of shaking your ass.
Female vocals set to a house beat = everything you could want from an early-'90s dance song.
An unapologetic anthem about gettin' your freak on, 24/7.
No, this wasn’t a Daft Punk song! It was actually the band Stardust, which featured Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter — which is why it sounded so much like a track off Discovery.
All you need to know are “boom boom boom” and “way-ooh (way-ooh)” and you basically know the lyrics to the entire song.
This acid jazz track is the type of song that makes you want to slowly grind up against your S.O. on the dance floor.
This is possibly the most aggressive beat from the '90s. It's like they're strumming a GIANT rubber band.
This song is not only a ‘90s classic, but it’s also arguably better than anything New Edition ever put out.
"Moving on up, moving on up, time to break free, no one can stop me." The "Unwritten" of the '90s.
A Jock Jams staple.
Another Jock Jams staple.
A wonderfully up-tempo track that had an accompanying music video full of supermodels, basically about as classic George Michael as you can get!
The song is new jack swing at its finest.
69 Boyz. Great name for an even better band!
There was a big debate whether this was better than "Everybody Everybody." In the end, "Everybody Everybody" is the winner.
This song is actually really fucking intense. Get out of there, girl!
This song makes me want to drop out of life, join a nudist colony, and scream, "EVERYBOODY'S FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE TO FEEL GOOD."
Haters will say this isn't a dance song. Real fans know otherwise.
Great harmonies, chill vibe, rap bridge; all the things you needed to make a perfect early-‘90s R&B dance song.
This song is JNCOs personified in musical form (and that’s not a bad thing).
A really sad song made not so sad by a '90s dance beat.
Simply a classic.
I'VE GOT THE POWER.
Unfortunately this song has been co-opted by car commercials, but regardless, it still gives me '90s teen-drama-movie school-dance vibes.
Basically a La Bouche song and that's not a bad thing.
Features the second-most-fun lyric to sing (the first comes later) from a '90s dance song --> "People don't you know, don't you know, it's about time."
Still not entirely sure what the title of this song means.
Honestly, Daft Punk could release this song today and everyone would say it’s a genius bop — like how many other bands have songs that sound as good today as they did 20 years ago?! And yes, this came out two decades ago!!!
Ace of Base invented the awkward middle school dance with this song, which you can’t really slow dance to but can’t grind to either.
Music video is still cool. Song still holds up. That hat is still iconic.
*Screams* "OOOOOOH AH OHHHHHH AH OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH."