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Smells Like Teen Spirt Tops VH1 List of 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s

VH1 Counts Down the 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s

Starting Monday, VH1 will be paying tribute to the eclectic music of the '90s with 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s, a countdown of hits from Nirvana to Hanson and everywhere in between. A while back, the network asked viewers to vote on their favorites from a pre-selected list of 100 songs, and this week-long special will reveal how those votes shook out.


Clocking in at No. 1: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." U2s "One" is next, then the Backstreet Boys with "I Want It That Way" at No. 3. Whitney Houston, Madonna, Britney Spears, Sir Mix-a-Lot, TLC, REM, and Sinead O'Connor all make appearances in the top 10, making for a list that sounds a lot like the soundtrack to my junior high dances.

Looking over the list again, I am impressed that it's so comprehensive, with entries from The Cranberries, Spin Doctors, Beck, Weezer, Counting Crows, and pretty much every other artist whose music I ever tried to tape off the radio during Rick Dees' weekly top 40. But I still can't believe there's no "The Sign." How can you have a Best of the '90s list without Ace of Base? A few of the other biggies that didn't make the list — "Gangsta's Paradise," "Just a Girl," "No Rain," "Whoomp! There It Is" — at least get a mention in this set of 50 songs that barely missed the cut.

Check out the full ranking of the 100 songs and let me know: What's right — and what's just horribly wrong? You can also see the top 25 when you read more.

1. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
2. U2 "One"
3. Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way"
4. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"
5. Madonna "Vogue"
6. Sir Mix-A-Lot "Baby Got Back"
7. Britney Spears "... Baby One More Time"
8. TLC "Waterfalls"
9. R.E.M. "Losing My Religion"
10. Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"
11. Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
12. Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know"
13. Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
14. Mariah Carey "Vision of Love"
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
16. MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This"
17. Destiny's Child "Say My Name"
18. Metallica "Enter Sandman"
19. Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
20. Hanson "MMMBop"
21. Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On"
22. Beck "Loser"
23. Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue "Whatta Man"
24. House of Pain "Jump Around"
25. Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"

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