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A Definitive Ranking Of '90s Songs You Only Heard At The Supermarket

Playing on a loop at CVS from '90 till infinity.

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It is an unspoken truth that supermarkets in America rotated between the following 31 songs for a solid two decades. These ‘90s hits are ranked on a scale of one to five shopping carts.

*Disclaimer: These songs are in no way ranked on actual quality. Instead, they are ranked on their quantifiable level of how "supermarket" they are.

31. Tal Bachman, "She's So High" (1999)

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The bit you remember: When he hit that note on "she's so hiiiiiiiiigh."

The safe lyrics and soft instrumental tone of this song make it one of the signature supermarket songs of the '90s. You might not have even noticed it playing in the background until you subconsciously tried to hit that high note with him.

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30. Eagle Eye Cherry, "Save Tonight" (1997)

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The bit you remember: "Saveeee tonight. Fight the break of dawn."

As you checked the expiration date on your yogurt, you hoped it wouldn't go as quickly as Eagle Eye Cherry's career.

29. David Gray, "Babylon" (1998)

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The bit you remember: "Let go of your heart, let go of your head, and feel it now, Babylon."

Because as you heard this in the checkout line you asked yourself: "What about Babylon?"

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28. Semisonic, "Closing Time" (1998)

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The bit you remember: "I know whooo I want to take me home, I know whooo I want to take me home, I know whooo I want to take me home, take me hoooomme."

When this came on near *actual* closing time, you wondered if it was a coincidence.

27. Vertical Horizon, "Everything You Want" (1999)

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The bit you remember: "But he means nothing to you and you don't knooooooww why."

As you hold the soft-baked Toll House cookies you realize they are everything you want, they are everything you need, they are everything inside of you that you wish you could be.

26. Sheryl Crow, "Everyday Is a Winding Road" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "I get a little bit closer to feelin’ fiiiiiiiine."

When you bought a package of Oreos, you were that much closer to "feelin' fiiiiiiiine."

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25. Dionne Farris, "I Know" (1995)

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The bit you remember: "I know what you're doing, yeah. I know why you dialed my number. I know what you're doing, yeah."

The only part you memorized and sang along to was, "I know what you're doing, yeahhhhhhh," and you sang it extra loud as someone cut you in line.

24. Sugar Ray, "Every Morning" (1999)

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The bit you remember: "Something’s got me reelin,’ stopped me from believin,’ turn me around agaaaaainn."

This was one of those songs that put you in a good mood while shopping, even if you didn't want to admit it to anyone.

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23. Joan Osborne, "One of Us" (1995)

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The bit you remember: "What if God was one of us, just a slob like one of us, just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his wayyyy home."

When this came on, you looked around the personal care aisle and wondered which stranger around you could be God.

22. Savage Garden, "Truly Madly Deeply" (1997)

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The bit you remember: "I want to stand with you on a mountainnnn. I want to bathe with you in the seaaaaa."

Nothing like a corny love song delivered by a man with a high-pitched voice to make you swoon in the bread aisle.

21. The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (1997)

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The bit you remember: Those first 20 seconds when the violins play.

That tragic moment when these guys sampled a Rolling Stones cover song and made zero money from their biggest hit.

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20. Lisa Loeb, "Stay" (1995)

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The bit you remember: "So I turned the radio on, I turned the radio up, and this woman was singing my song: Lover’s in love, and the other’s run away, lover is crying ‘cause the other won’t stay."

Hearing this made you wish you were at karaoke so you could belt it out at the top of your lungs.

19. Matchbox 20, "3AM" (1997)

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The bit you remember: "She says bay-beh, It’s 3 a.m. I must be lone-lay, when she says baby, well I can’t help but be scared of it aaaaall sometimes."

Wait – was this about a booty call?

17. Counting Crows, "A Long December" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "Maybe this year will be better than the last."

This song was sad enough to make you subconsciously wander toward the ice cream aisle.

16. Macy Gray, "I Try" (1999)

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The bit you remember: "Try to walk away and I stumbleeeee. Though I try to hide it, it's clear, my world crumbles when you are not near."

The most distinctive voice of the '90s called you back toward the free samples as you tried to walk away.

15. Paula Cole, "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "Where is my John Wayne, where is my prairie soooong, where is my happy ending, where have all the cowboy gooooo-uhhhh-ooooooone."

And you wondered, does everyone want to date a cowboy?

14. Sarah McLachlan, "I Will Remember You" (1999)

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The bit you remember: "I will remember you. Will you remember meeeeeeeeeee."

Fun fact: Sarah McLachlan made songs before "Angel," which you can listen to any time you watch an animal cruelty commercial.

13. Natalie Imbruglia, "Torn" (1997)

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The bit you remember: "I'm cold and I am shamed. Lying naked on the floor."

You always wondered why she didn't just throw some clothes on.

12. Tonic, "If You Could Only See" (1997)

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The bit you remember: "If you could only see the way she loves me, then maybe you would understand."

When this came on, you had a special moment with whatever grocery item you were holding.

11. Dido, "Thank You" (1999)

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The bit you remember: "I want to thank youuuuu, for giving me the best day of my lifeeeee."

When you thought it might be the Eminem song and you were in the most hip supermarket before realizing it was just Dido.

10. Dishwalla, "Counting Blue Cars" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "Tell me all your thoughts on God. 'Cause I would really like to meet her."

When you thought to yourself: "Yeah, God is a girl!"

9. Toad the Wet Sprocket, "All I Want" (1991)

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The bit you remember: "All I want is to feel this way, to be this close, to feel the saaaame."

Now you finally know the weird band name of the song you sang along to all those years.

8. Donna Lewis, "I Love You Always Forever" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "I love you always forever. Near and far, closer together."

God, did this song give you feelings. A single tear would roll down your cheek as you rolled your cart around the store.

7. Sister Hazel, "All For You" (1994)

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The bit you remember: When the instruments stop and the crowd sings together, "hard to say what it is I see in you..."

When your secret dream was to start a slow clap with everyone in the supermarket when the chorus came on.

6. Deep Blue Something, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (1993)

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The bit you remember: "Andddd I said, what about breakfast at Tiffany's."

As you were buying waffles you reminded yourself to finally get around to watching Breakfast At Tiffany's.

5. Spin Doctors, "Two Princes" (1991)

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The bit you remember: "If you want to buy me flowers, just go ahead now. And if you like to talk for hours, just go ahead now."

All the lyrics sounded like gibberish to you except "go ahead now."

4. Del Amitri, "Roll To Me" (1995)

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The bit you remember: "Look around your world, pretty baby, is it everything you'd hoped it'd be? The wrong guy, the wrong situation, the right time to roll to me, rooooll to meee."

Wait... these lyrics are super creepy.

3. Duncan Sheik, "Barely Breathing" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "'Cause I am barely breathing, and I can't find the air. Don't know who I'm kidding, imagining you care."

His voice was so soothing it eased your upset stomach as you shopped for Pepto-Bismol. Also, guess what? Duncan Sheik is still pretty hot.

2. Gin Blossoms, "Follow You Down" (1996)

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The bit you remember: "Anywhere you go, I'll follow you downnnnn, I'll follow you down, but not that far."

You stopped and looked to the florescent lights for answers as you wondered, "You'll follow me down, but NOT THAT FAR???"

1. Des'ree, "You Gotta Be" (1994)

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The bit you remember: "You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser."

When this came on you immediately felt like the coolest, most confident shopper. You didn't mean to memorize all the words, but after countless trips to the supermarket, you couldn't help singing it from beginning to end.

Listen to the official '90s supermarket playlist here:

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