1. Unique 2 - Break my Stride
Totally a cover of an older song, but this bitch WERQED the space goggle sunglasses. Category is; 90’s ‘disco light in long abandoned hallway’ realness.
2. La Bouche - Be my lover
Because it featured in both ‘Night at the Roxbury’, and ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’. DUH.
3. S CLUB 7 - Bring it all back
BECAUSE IT SPAWNED AN AMAZING TV SHOW WHERE THEY WOULD LIVE IN A CRAPPY MIAMI HOTEL AND CASUALLY BREAK INTO SONG (usually one of their hits) WHEN THINGS WENT DRAMATICALLY WRONG.
Oh. Your dog died? “REACH! FOR THE STARS…..”
4. OMC - How Bizarre
You’re lying to yourself if you say you’ve never quoted this song at least once in your everyday life.
My personal favourite is the “EVERYTIME-I-LOOK-AROUND” sped up rap interval line in the chorus.
(also, we now totally know where Masterchef Australia’s Matt Preston stole his cravat inspiration from.)
5. Belinda Carlisle - In too deep
The chorus is really catchy, AND she’s dancing in a random water fountain.
(Moral of the story? If you too twerk it in a random water fountain in Italy, a ruggedly handsome man - who looks like he is on a Gillette Fusion razor commercial - will ride his bicycle down to the village square and casually become the love of your life.)
6. The Vengaboys - The Vengabus
BECAUSE THE VENGABUS IS COMING. AND EVERYBODY IS JUMPING.
7. The Offspring - Why don’t you get a job
Haters to the left. It’s a catchy tune. Also, 90’s baggy jeans were totally underrated.
8. Silverchair - Freak
When this song was released, we were crazy tweens just trying to identify with this crazy 90’s world alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen before the label of tween was even invented and trademarked by Hannah Montana. WE WERE FREAKS. OF NATURE.
(Also…Daniel John’s just GOT US. You know what I mean!?)
9. Whigfield - Sexy Eyes
Representing the curly semi-rangs of the world (I NOW FEEL LIKE I BELONG)! Also, she was randomly swagging her away around a French village with a make up carry bag and porcelain cat.
She also loved twerking her hands up in the air.
10. Dario G - Sunchyme
This African remixed marvel was always played at international sporting events, and it always made you feel like you were slightly humane and compassionate about life for 3 minutes.
11. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Hipster’s love this song, but it’s totally underrated when people still ask “is that a man or a woman singing? I LIKE TOTES LOVE IT.”
12. Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
This song always made you want to kiss someone. And ride in an old drop top convertible on a long road trip up the Pacific Highway. Always a problematic combination.
Seriously…how long can this girl mack on for!?
(CATEGORY IS; Channeling Taylor Hanson/Drazic from ‘Heartbreak High’ realness.)
13. No Mercy - Where do you go
They’re wearing sweatshirts and jumpers in the middle of a Miami summer. Also, he sits and poses with his guitar and sings without strumming it. Best prop use ever. What’s not to love!?
Also, why is the basic bitch in the taxi just wasting a fare doing laps on Florida’s Freeways?
(SIDE NOTE: When searching for .gifs, I discovered there is a K-Pop No Mercy equivalent. NO. FREAKING. WAY.)
14. Toni Braxton - He wasn’t man enough
I KNOW THIS IS 2000, SO TECHNICALLY NOT 90’S (I’m breaking the rules, I’m sorry). But Toni is FIERCE at hitting those low, almost baritone-like notes, Hunty!
15. Gina G - Ooh Ahh (Just a little bit!)
Gina G also brought the 90’s abandoned hallway realness. However, she wasn’t as much of a global success as Unique 2.
Gina G had choreographed dancers in shift dresses though, so I mean, she was close!
16. Ace of Base - All that she wants
All that the 90‘s attempt at ABBA wants…IS ANOTHER BAY-BEH.
17. Corona - Rhythm of the night
You can’t help but be transported back to Kindergarten in 1993 when this song comes up. Some shitty commercial radio stations still play it as a current hit…
(Also. This post needed more of a Roxbury influence.)
18. Robyn - Show me love
You guys realise that Robyn was also FAB-U-LOUS in the 90’s, right?
(Look at her work those semi cornrow braids!)
19. Corona - Baby Baby
Yes, Corona made it twice on this list. THAT. FUCKING. EPIC.
20. RuPaul - Supermodel
GURRRRRL, where do you think “Shante, you stay” and “Sashay away” come from!?
(REMEMBER, IF YOU CAN’T LOVE YO’SELF…)