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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


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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Nouveau-Jackie-O Nouveau-Jackie-O 9 years
LOL my entire adolescence just flashed before my eyes while reading that list! I agree that some of the rankings were bogus. The Backstreet Boys ranked above Alanis's "You Outta Know"??? C'mon!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
Ode to the 90's!!!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years too. and taping off the radio? man does that bring back memories!!! I get so nostaligc when there's 90s stuff...esp 90-96ish. sigh.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Yay, Nirvana deserved #1!
jennajen jennajen 9 years
This is completely dorky, but I am so glad Hanson made it into the top 20. :)
juliegal juliegal 9 years
mmmmmmmm bop !!!!
Phil Phil 9 years
I'm just going to lay it out right now and say that VH1 viewers are in bad taste.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Where's Nine Inch Nails? Where's Bush? Where's Hole? Where's Ace of Base? Where's Marilyn Manson? Where's Tom Petty's Free Falling? That list is lame.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
(sarcasm anyone?) ;)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
omg, are you serious??? I cannot BELIEVE that Nirvana made #1!!!! That was like, sooooooo unpredictable! What a total upset!!!! I mean, it's not like they were that big even...they were just some grungy guys and whatnot. UGH! wow...
raieven raieven 9 years
I miss the '90s with a passion.
Pirate33 Pirate33 9 years
Wow - it's a good list, but it's crazy to me that some of these songs were from the same decade. To me, it feels like way more than 10 years between Vanilla Ice, Kris Kross, etc to Christian, Britney, and the resurgence of boy bands...
superstar2780 superstar2780 9 years
it's like a stroll down memory lane, haha.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
There were WAY better BSB songs than "I Want it That Way." And Britney Spears beating out TLC? I don't think so!!!!
indielove indielove 9 years
This list SUCKS ass. The best songs in the top 25 are #9, 12, and 15. Pfft. Jeff Buckley should have been in the top 10. Effin losers.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have to agree with the list, and it just shows how much music sucked in the 90's
Advah Advah 9 years
Number 2 def should be Number 1, but I'm always biased when it comes to U2.. :P This list is very weird, it's like a mix of best sales and actually good songs. The funniest part probably is having Metallica-Beastie Boys followed by Hanson-Celine Dion haha!
Mokona Mokona 9 years
Interesting list, but can't argue with #1.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Good list, though I'm with you on the absence from the list of "The Sign."
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Some of those songs are pretty questionable. But I can't argue with the #1 song. :kool:
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
Out of all the Mariah hits, Vision of Love?
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