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The Ultimate 90s Playlist for a 90s Themed Party

Ah, the 90s – a decade that gave us some of the most iconic tunes, ones that have stood the test of time. Planning a 90s themed party? Then you need a playlist that screams nostalgia and gets everyone on the dance floor. From pop anthems to rock classics, the 90s had it all.

Pop Sensations:

Start with the decade's pop icons. Think of artists like the Spice Girls, (yes I did have their whole album recorded on the A and B side of a cassette tape....those were there days) Britney Spears, and Backstreet Boys. Their chart-toppers are perfect for getting the party started with some sing-along fun.

Rock and Grunge:

No 90s playlist is complete without a nod to the era's rock and grunge scene. I was more a pop, R&B and hip-hop girl but even I could  appreciate some of the unforgettable hits from bands like Nirvana, Oasis, and Green Day that added edge to the pop-dominated charts.

R&B and Hip-Hop:

The 90s saw a surge in R&B and hip-hop, with artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., and TLC redefining the genres. Include some of these iconic and soulful tunes to add variety to your playlist.

Dance and Techno:

Tracks from the likes of The Prodigy captured the era's club scene…so I've been told. These beats are sure to get everyone moving with their energetic and catchy rhythms.

Iconic One-Hit Wonders:

Don’t forget those one-hit wonders that are still beloved today. Songs like "Macarena" by Los Del Rio and "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega are guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers.

Slow Dance Classics:

Every party needs a few slow songs. Include classics from Boyz II Men or Whitney Houston for those moments when guests want to slow things down.

50 songs for a 90s themed party 

Here's my handpicked selection of 50 songs that epitomise the 90s, a decade that was rich in diverse music genres. While my playlist leans more towards pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop – reflecting the sounds that dominated my personal 90s experience – i’ve also tried to include a few songs from the other genres mentioned. 

  1. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls

  2. "...Baby One More Time" - Britney Spears

  3. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" - Backstreet Boys

  4. "No Scrubs" - TLC

  5. "Vogue" - Madonna

  6. "Livin' la Vida Loca" - Ricky Martin

  7. "Believe" - Cher

  8. "Genie in a Bottle" - Christina Aguilera

  9. "I Want It That Way" - Backstreet Boys

  10. "Ray of Light" - Madonna

  11. "All That She Wants" - Ace of Base

  12. "As Long as You Love Me" - Backstreet Boys

  13. "Barbie Girl" - Aqua

  14. "California Love" - Tupac

  15. "Juicy" - Notorious B.I.G.

  16. "Waterfalls" - TLC

  17. "No Diggity" - Blackstreet

  18. "Mo Money Mo Problems" - Notorious B.I.G.

  19. "Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio

  20. "This Is How We Do It" - Montell Jordan

  21. "Fantasy" - Mariah Carey

  22. "Doo Wop (That Thing)" - Lauryn Hill

  23. "The Boy Is Mine" - Brandy & Monica

  24. "Real Love" - Mary J. Blige

  25. "Thong Song" - Sisqo

  26. "Can't Touch This" - MC Hammer

  27. "Return of the Mack" - Mark Morrison

  28. "Gin and Juice" - Snoop Dogg

  29. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Nirvana

  30. "Wonderwall" - Oasis

  31. "Basket Case" - Green Day

  32. "Enter Sandman" - Metallica

  33. "Under the Bridge" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

  34. "Come As You Are" - Nirvana

  35. "Rhythm of the Night" - Corona

  36. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" - Eiffel 65

  37. "Set You Free" - N-Trance

  38. "Macarena" - Los Del Rio

  39. "Mambo No. 5" - Lou Bega

  40. "Ice Ice Baby" - Vanilla Ice

  41. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-a-Lot

  42. "Torn" - Natalie Imbruglia

  43. "Wannabe" - Spice Girls

  44. "Never Ever" - All Saints

  45. "Bring It All Back" - S Club 7

  46. "Say You'll Be There" - Spice Girls

  47. "Love Is All Around" - Wet Wet Wet

  48. "Angels" - Robbie Williams

  49. "2 Become 1" - Spice Girls

  50. "C'est La Vie" - B*Witched


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