Top 10 ’90s throwback songs

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Photo by Brianna O'Shaughnessy

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Story by Jillian Cheney, entertainment editor

1. She’s So High – Tal Bachman

At first listen, this song might be mistaken for an indie pop song from this year. Still, it has the characteristics for the soft rock of the 90s, and isn’t one of the songs that’s so bad it’s good. It’s actually a good listen, and one that’s worth recommending for more than a good laugh or a nostalgic flashback of childhood.

Tal Bachman

 

2. Groove is in the Heart – Dee-Lite

This one hit wonder group of the 90s is one of the ones that should have been ‘quirky enough to have a second hit’. So rarely do you hear the successful use of a slide whistle in a song. Just like other 90s hits, it puts a big emphasis on dance and has really repetitive lyrics, but it’s catchy all the same. Plus, slide whistle use. That can’t be mentioned enough.

Dee-Lite

 

 

3. No Diggity – Blackstreet

Not only does the beat of this song make you want to dance, but it totally lets you know that your dancing is appreciated. Blackstreet tells you that they like the way you work it (no diggity), and it’s really encouraging. So if you haven’t already, let it loose and groove to this song as freely as you wish.

Blackstreet

 

 

4. Mambo no. 5 – Lou Bega

This one’s for the most important player in your life. It comes from the perspective of a guy who apparently loves all women with names like Monica and Jessica. Even if your name isn’t in the song (though don’t be surprised if it is), you can still get down to the funky beat and catchy lyrics.

Lou Bega

 

 

5. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

This is one of those “I grew up listening to this because it was on my first iPod and I’m not really sure how else I would have heard it” jams. It very much fits into the hip hop theme of many hits in the 1990s, and has a catchy chorus as always. And, yes, it is acceptable to burst out into this song when someone tries to help themselves to your fries.

MC Hammer

 

6. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix a Lot

I like this song, and I cannot lie. Yes, it’s cheesy, and I’m never sure how to feel about being told to “shake that healthy butt”, but you can’t deny that it’s a fun song to listen to. I would suggest it when you’re at home alone and you need to clean or just dance. And, if you just really hate Sir Mix A Lot, you can at least appreciate the origin of the infamous “Anaconda”. If that’s the sort of thing you appreciate.

Sir Mix a Lot

 

7. Get Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith

Will Smith is, apparently, a man of many talents. He’s known for his many roles in movies and television, and he also released a few one-hit wonders that were probably only popular because he’s Will Smith. This one was chosen out of the few because it contains the essential parts of songs in this decade: a good beat, repetitive lyrics, and notable backup singers. If you have a love for Will Smith and haven’t discovered his music career yet, it’s something worth checking into.

Will Smith

 

8. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

Alright, stop. This song is the epitome of 90s rap, mainly because everyone seems to know every single word to it. (For those of you that only know the first line and “ice, ice, baby,” don’t worry. You are not alone. Keep pretending to know all the lyrics.) It’s played at middle school dances and radio stations, and it somehow never gets old. If you have a particular attraction to the opening notes, check out Queen’s Under Pressure. They’re the exact same, even though Vanilla Ice claimed otherwise. Either way, there’s a possible of two songs you could come to enjoy (or remember) from this throwback.

Vanilla Ice

 

9. Jump Around – House of Pain

This music video is easily one of the creepiest of all time. Still, by half a minute in, the sound effects that resemble high-pitched screaming will have your head bobbing because of the undeniable attraction your mind and body have toward 90s music. It, too, encourages the urge to dance, and actually encourages jumping around. Check it out.

House of Pain

 

10. Two Princes – Spin Doctors

The tragic tale of a man in love with his girl, but faces competition in the form of someone who is considerably richer than him. This song is actually really sweet if you listen to the lyrics because this guy legitimately cares about his girl. If you’re not one for sappy lyrics, the song has a great beat, and it’s really fun to listen to.

Spin Doctors