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The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s

Alternate title: The 101 Best Songs Of All Time.

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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.

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.

84. "Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack

Another song you wouldn't exactly think of when you think "'90s dance." The song is a dazzling mix of genres, from '70s soul to house, that all works to produce a chill number that makes you want to get up and dance.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

49. "Macarena" by Los Del Rio

Yes, it's the biggest dance song of all time. Yes, that's impact. Buuuut, let's be real, do you EVER listen to this on your own with like headphones? The only time you hear it is when your "funky" aunt tries to force you to dance to it at your cousin's wedding. FML.

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).

40. "Do You Miss Me" by Jocelyn Enriquez

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

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."

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.

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

To be honest the dance for this song required a bit of too much coordination and work. In case you forgot, you had to slightly squat while dancing along in a conga line, moving your arm up and down (like you were pulling a train whistle), all while making a choo-choo train sound.

17. "Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat

Remember from 1993 through 1996 when every dance song came from a Euro duo that consisted of a big-voiced lead female singer and a guy with a low voice who did a spoken-word bridge? This is one of those bands, and this is their best-known hit.

14. "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box

Black Box is arguably one of the most underrated '90s dance troupes (if that's what you call them). Martha Wash was actually the voice of Black Box but they used a different person for the music videos. That was pretty fucked up!

7. "This Is Your Night" by Amber

This song was on every '90s compilation-CD As Seen on TV commercial ever. Hearing the song makes me think of a woman in a pool wearing a jeweled cap thing, surrounded by flowers, posing with "prayer hands."

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

Elektra Records

The song is a perfect little slice of the early '90s New York club scene. Listening to it almost makes you wish to you could time-travel to that era and dance the night away at Limelight.

1. "Finally" by CeCe Peniston

When it comes to ‘90s dance songs you’d be hard-pressed to find another song that so perfectly incorporates other music genres that made the decade so great — i.e., R&B, house, and pop — which is what makes “Finally” the quintessential ‘90s dance song. And honestly, it’s a feel-good hit! Just try being in a bad mood after listening to it!

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