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The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s

Alternate title: The 101 Best Songs Of All Time.

101. "Space Jam" by Quad City DJ's

100. "This Is How We Party" by S.O.A.P.

99. "Strong Enough" by Cher

98. "Girls and Boys" by Blur

The song is equal parts Britpop and dance pop. And a great reminder of just how brilliant Blur was throughout the '90s.

97. "Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex

This is a song by a Swedish group called Rednex. That is all.

96. "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith

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!

95. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65

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.

94. "Scatman" by Scatman John

93. "Love U More" by Sunscreem

92. "Come and Get Your Love" by Real McCoy

91. "Just a Touch of Love" by C+C Music Factory

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.

90. "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred

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.

89. "You're Not Alone" by Olive

A sensual and ethereal chill-out track that wouldn't have sounded out of place in a scene in Trainspotting.

88. "Fastlove, Pt. 1" by George Michael

An underrated mid-'90s dance gem from the late, great George Michael.

87. "Born Slippy (Nuxx)" by Underworld

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.

86. "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...." by C+C Music Factory

This song is so early '90s like Skidz pants and Zack Morris's brick cell phone.

85. "Sexual (Li Da Di)" by Amber

84. "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack

83. "Deeper and Deeper" by Madonna

82. "Connected" by Stereo MCs

An early-'90s alt-rock radio staple that crossed into dance.

81. "More and More" by Captain Hollywood Project

I know what you're thinking, and no, this wasn't sung by Real McCoy.

80. "Big Time Sensuality" by Björk

Björk can do anything, including house-inspired dance music.

79. "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Luhrmann

"Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" was that song that was on VH1 a lot, like, a lot a lot.

78. "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim

77. "Touch It" by Monifah

76. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua

75. "Rump Shaker" by Wreckx-N-Effect

A classic ode to the simple joys of shaking your ass.

74. "Dreamer" by Livin' Joy

Female vocals set to a house beat = everything you could want from an early-'90s dance song.

73. "Do Me!" by Bell Biv DeVoe

An unapologetic anthem about gettin' your freak on, 24/7.

72. "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust

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.

71. "Boom Boom Boom" by the Outhere Brothers

All you need to know are “boom boom boom” and “way-ooh (way-ooh)” and you basically know the lyrics to the entire song.

70. "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" by Us3

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.

69. "Setting Sun" by the Chemical Brothers

68. "If" by Janet Jackson

67. "Da' Dip" by Freak Nasty

66. "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" by the Vengaboys

65. "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited

This is possibly the most aggressive beat from the '90s. It's like they're strumming a GIANT rubber band.

64. "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe

This song is not only a ‘90s classic, but it’s also arguably better than anything New Edition ever put out.

63. "Moving on Up" by M People

"Moving on up, moving on up, time to break free, no one can stop me." The "Unwritten" of the '90s.

62. "I Like It (Like That)" by The Blackout Allstars

A Jock Jams staple.

61. "Come Baby Come" by K7 and The Swing Kids

Another Jock Jams staple.

60. "Too Funky" by George Michael

A wonderfully up-tempo track that had an accompanying music video full of supermodels, basically about as classic George Michael as you can get!

59. "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D & The Boyz

The song is new jack swing at its finest.

58. "Tootsee Roll" by the 69 Boyz

69 Boyz. Great name for an even better band!

57. "Strike It Up" by Black Box

There was a big debate whether this was better than "Everybody Everybody." In the end, "Everybody Everybody" is the winner.

56. "Run Away" by Real McCoy

This song is actually really fucking intense. Get out of there, girl!

55. "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team

54. "Short Dick Man" by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

53. "Sweet Dreams" by La Bouche

52. "Please Don't Go" by KWS

51. "Beautiful Life" by Ace of Base

50. "Waiting for Tonight" by Jennifer Lopez

49. "Macarena" by Los Del Rio

48. "Return of the Mack" by Mark Morrison

47. "Everybody's Free" by Rozalla

This song makes me want to drop out of life, join a nudist colony, and scream, "EVERYBOODY'S FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE TO FEEL GOOD."

46. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze

Haters will say this isn't a dance song. Real fans know otherwise.

45. "Hey Mr. D.J." by Zhané

Great harmonies, chill vibe, rap bridge; all the things you needed to make a perfect early-‘90s R&B dance song.

44. "The Bomb (These Sounds Fall Into Mind)" by The Bucketheads

This song is JNCOs personified in musical form (and that’s not a bad thing).

43. "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

42. "Supermodel (You Better Work)" by RuPaul

41. "Children" by Robert Miles

40. "Do You Miss Me" by Jocelyn Enriquez

A really sad song made not so sad by a '90s dance beat.

39. "I'm Every Woman" by Whitney Houston

Simply a classic.

38. "The Power" by Snap!


37. "Ready to Go" by Republica

Unfortunately this song has been co-opted by car commercials, but regardless, it still gives me '90s teen-drama-movie school-dance vibes.

36. "Tonight Is the Night" by Le Click

Basically a La Bouche song and that's not a bad thing.

35. "Move This (Shake that Body)" by Technotronic

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."

34. "Don't Call Me Baby" by Madison Avenue

33. "It Feels Good" by Sonique

32. "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

31. "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here (Hex Hector Mix)" by Deborah Cox

30. "Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!

Still not entirely sure what the title of this song means.

29. "Around the World" by Daft Punk

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!!!

28. "The Sign" by Ace of Base

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.

27. "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai

Music video is still cool. Song still holds up. That hat is still iconic.

26. "Total Eclipse of the Heart (Dance Mix)" by Nicki French


25. "Ooh Aah (Just a Little Bit)" by Gina G

24. "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay

23. "C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" by Quad City DJ's

22. "Vogue" by Madonna

21. "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic

20. "I'm Gonna Get You" by Bizarre Inc

19. "Touch Me (All Night Long)" by Cathy Dennis

18. "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base

17. "Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat

16. "Show Me Love" by Robin S.

15. "Believe" by Cher

14. "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box

13. "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters

12. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory

11. "What Is Love" by Haddaway

10. "Missing (Todd Terry Remix)" by Everything but the Girl

9. "100% Pure Love" by Crystal Waters

8. "Where Do You Go" by No Mercy

7. "This Is Your Night" by Amber

6. "Be My Lover" by La Bouche

5. "It's Not Right but It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)" by Whitney Houston

4. "Another Night" by Real McCoy

3. "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite

2. "The Rhythm of the Night" by Corona

1. "Finally" by CeCe Peniston

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