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Best 90s pop songs

Stacker Logo By Jacob Osborn of Stacker | Slide 1 of 21: Every decade of the modern era has forged its own unique pop sound, and the 1990s was no exception. While predictably varied in terms of sub-genre, this arena was typically dominated by pure vocal talent, romantic themes, and R&B grooves. Acts like Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Toni Braxton were mainstays on the charts thanks in no small part to songwriting contributions from composers such as Diane Warren and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. On the lighter side of things were dance floor classics in the vein of "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" and "Whoomp! (There It Is),” two songs that sound exactly as dated as one might expect. Some may argue that ‘90s pop songs don't retain the same aura of indulgence or compulsive listenability as their 1980s predecessors, but they've nevertheless left an indelible mark on the industry at large. After all, one can easily see how a singer like Ariana Grande might be influenced or inspired by Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. What's more, shows like “American Idol” or “The Voice” are built around the modern pop star phenomenon, which reached stratospheric heights in the 1980s and carried well into the 1990s with virtually no resistance. Of course, one doesn't need a history lesson to enjoy popular music—hence the name. Using The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s as a data source, Stacker presents the decade's best pop songs according to Billboard rank. Said rankings are derived from Billboard's own “Hot 100” songs from each decade, based on every title's performance on the Hot 100 through the chart dated Nov. 1, 2014. Songs are subjected to an inverse point system, with weeks at #1 having the greatest value and weeks at #100 having the least. Time frames are weighted to allow for fluctuations in chart turnover due to different methodologies in order to ensure equal representation of hits across different and multiple decades. The time machine is revved up and ready to go. Take a journey to the past and come back with a fresh stack of infectious tunes. Some are indisputably campy, while others are as heart-wrenching now as they were upon their initial ascent. Without further ado, here are the best pop songs of the 1990s. You may also like: Best '80s songs

Best 90s pop songs

Every decade of the modern era has forged its own unique pop sound, and the 1990s was no exception. While predictably varied in terms of sub-genre, this arena was typically dominated by pure vocal talent, romantic themes, and R&B grooves. Acts like Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and Toni Braxton were mainstays on the charts thanks in no small part to songwriting contributions from composers such as Diane Warren and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. On the lighter side of things were dance floor classics in the vein of "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" and "Whoomp! (There It Is),” two songs that sound exactly as dated as one might expect.

Some may argue that ‘90s pop songs don't retain the same aura of indulgence or compulsive listenability as their 1980s predecessors, but they've nevertheless left an indelible mark on the industry at large. After all, one can easily see how a singer like Ariana Grande might be influenced or inspired by Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey. What's more, shows like “American Idol” or “The Voice” are built around the modern pop star phenomenon, which reached stratospheric heights in the 1980s and carried well into the 1990s with virtually no resistance. Of course, one doesn't need a history lesson to enjoy popular music—hence the name.

Using The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s as a data source, Stacker presents the decade's best pop songs according to Billboard rank. Said rankings are derived from Billboard's own “Hot 100” songs from each decade, based on every title's performance on the Hot 100 through the chart dated Nov. 1, 2014. Songs are subjected to an inverse point system, with weeks at #1 having the greatest value and weeks at #100 having the least. Time frames are weighted to allow for fluctuations in chart turnover due to different methodologies in order to ensure equal representation of hits across different and multiple decades.

The time machine is revved up and ready to go. Take a journey to the past and come back with a fresh stack of infectious tunes. Some are indisputably campy, while others are as heart-wrenching now as they were upon their initial ascent. Without further ado, here are the best pop songs of the 1990s.

You may also like: Best '80s songs

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