The Best Pop Music of the ’90s

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In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best pop music that the ’90s had to offer. So whether you’re a fan of boy bands, girl groups, or solo artists, there’s something for everyone on this list.


The ’90s was a great decade for pop music. There were so many incredible artists making incredible music. It’s truly hard to narrow it down to just 10, but we’ve done our best. Here are the 10 best pop songs of the ’90s.

What made the ’90s pop music scene so great?

The ’90s were a golden age for pop music. The decade saw the rise of major label domination, the birth of boy bands and girl groups, and the advent of hip hop and R&B as mainstream genres.

What made the ’90s pop music scene so great? For one thing, it was incredibly varied. There was something for everyone, from boy bands to girl groups, from hip hop to R&B. And while major labels did have a lot of control over the pop charts, there was still room for independent artists to make a splash.

The ’90s were also a time when music was changing rapidly. New technologies like CDs and MP3s were making it easier than ever to consume music, and new genres like dance and electronic music were starting to gain popularity. In other words, the ’90s were a time of change and innovation in the world of pop music – and that’s what made it so great.

The best pop songs of the ’90s

The pop music scene of the 1990s was bursting with a new wave of talent. From the Seattle grunge movement led by Nirvana and Pearl Jam, to the boy bands and girl groups that dominated the charts, there was no shortage of great music to choose from.

What follows is a list of some of the best pop songs of the ’90s. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it does provide a good sampling of the incredible music that came out of this decade.

-Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
-The Breeders – Cannonball
-Pearl Jam – Jeremy
-Soundgarden -Black Hole Sun
-Alice in Chains – Would?
-Oasis – Wonderwall
-Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
-R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
-Radiohead – Creep
-Pavement – Summer Babe (Winter Version)
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So

The best pop albums of the ’90s

Pop music in the 1990s was diverse, with artists ranging from teeny boppers to rappers to rockers. The best pop albums of the ’90s reflected that diversity, with everything from Whitney Houston’s record-breaking “The Bodyguard” soundtrack to Nirvana’s groundbreaking “Nevermind” LP. Here are 10 of the best pop albums of the ’90s, according to critics.

1. “The Bodyguard” soundtrack (1992)
2. “Nevermind” by Nirvana (1991)
3. “Dangerous” by Michael Jackson (1991)
4. “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette (1995)
5. “Music Box” by Mariah Carey (1993)
6. “Tragic Kingdom” by No Doubt (1995)
7. “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (1999)
8. “The Cranberries” by The Cranberries (1993)
9. “Spice” by The Spice Girls (1996)
10. “Backstreet Boys” by Backstreet Boys (1997)


In conclusion, the ’90s was a great decade for pop music. There were a variety of different styles and genres represented, and many artists found success with their unique sound. While it may be difficult to choose the best pop music of the ’90s, there are certainly a number of stand-out tracks that remain popular today. Thank you for reading!

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