The 10 Best Songs We Miss From the '90s

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You know, the '90s gets a little screwed when it comes to nostalgia, which is perhaps a bit unfair. Sure, the '80s gave us Scrunchies and ALF, and we got to show off our Lisa Lisa cassette with pride.

But in the '90s, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was born, which gave us Carlton and his sweet-ass dance moves. And then there was never-ending saga of Kelly Kapowski and Zack Morris's high-school romance. Even '90s music was pretty sweet; it's just that nobody really remembers because the '80s still steals all the glory.

Luckily, we're here to remedy that with the ten best songs we miss from the '90s. Sorry, Wreckx N Effect didn't make this one, but go on ahead and shake that rump like a rumpshaker if you must. We won't tell.


10. "Your Woman," White Town
One-man-bands rarely work, at least in the mainstream. But the exception to that rule in the '90s was White Town. White Town, aka Jyoti Prakash Mishra. He wrote and performed this catchy little tune about...well, we're not sure. Something about never being your woman, and then a catchy beat.

Truth is, we have no clue what all the gender-bending allusions are really about. Jyoti White Town even attempted to explain the song's backstory, saying it was recorded from multiple perspectives, and then something about a two-timing, fake-arsed Marxist, which only made things more confusing.

So maybe he was a bit weird, just like his one-man-band song. But it was still the fuckin' jam.


9. "Here Comes the Hotstepper," Ini Kamoze
Hotstepper Ini Kamoze was the lyrical gangster in this awesome reggae jam with the catchy "na na na na na" chorus. Kamoze borrowed that line from the song "Land of a Thousand Dances" by Cannibal & the Headhunters, which they borrowed from Chris Kenner's original. (Wilson Pickett deserves a mention too, of course.)

Kamoze also sampled a ton of other songs -- "The Champ" by The Mohawks and Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di," for example -- but still managed to throw them all together in his own style, which made "Hotstepper" one of the sweetest '90s jams around.


8. "Hey Mr DJ," Zhane
"Hey Mr DJ" was Zhane's debut single, and has been labeled one of the greatest dance songs of the '90s for good reason. Try to keep your head from bobbling along while Zhane sings about movin' and groovin'. It's pretty impossible to keep still with that infectious beat.


7. "Fu-Gee-La," Fugees
#RIP Fugees. Can't Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean just kiss and make up already? Please and thanks if one of you can make that happen, because the world needs more songs like this. Ms. Lauryn is great, even solo, but nothing can compare to the intensity of the Fugees. That is all.


6. "Rosa Parks," OutKast
This was one of the best songs to come out of the '90s. Everything about OutKast back then was legit, and even though the music video is questionable, with the whole green-screen effects as a backdrop, we still love to drag out this song because it's dope. OutKast made the club get crunk, yes they did.


5. "Don't Let Go," En Vogue
We'd like to a dig up a ton of En Vogue songs from their '90s grave, but none are more worthy of resurrection than this one. The video was equally awesome, since it had the four ladies harmonizing to a shit-ton of dramatics courtesy of Mekhi Phifer, who played the ultimate four-timing player. Anything that requires Mehki Phifer to quadruple his screen time is all right with us, and by throwing in En Vogue you really cannot go wrong.

Unfortunately, the success of this song was the beginning of the end for the group. The original members never did quite get it together -- they did try swapping out here and there -- but nothing worked the way that foursome did. But at least they did us a solid by releasing "Don't Let Go" before jumping ship.


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2 comments
FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Considering that Sinead O'Conner's song came out in the first week of January, 1990, and was a remake of a 1985 song written by Prince, I'm gonna have to say it's still an "80's" song.

annaleicht
annaleicht

@FattyFatBastard Ah. You know, I KNEW you'd weigh in on that one. :) But I think it straddles the line; Sinead's song remained relevant well into the '90s, despite it being released so early in the decade. So I think it counts. But your argument does have some validity as well.

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