The 90’s music era was a time filled with alternative music, pop and rap. Also it was a decade when the so-called one-hit wonder phenomenon was born. The tastes of music fans varied dramatically during this period. The more popular artists for this decade were mostly bands and artists who enjoyed a kind of resurgence in the music scene after their popularity from the 80’s lost some ground; others were new artists who were just starting to make a name for themselves. In many ways, the music in the 90’s was the product of a major series of changes in the music industry and in listener tastes.
Many of the artists have had staying power, but all the others were, as they call them, one-hit wonders. As per poll results, here is the list of the top 10 90’s songs:
- Smells like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
- My Heart Will Go on – Celine Dion
- One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
- Waterfalls – TLC
- Vogue – Madonna
- I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
- Smooth – Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
- …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
- Hero – Mariah Carey
- The Sign – Ace of Base
The early years of the 90’s started with the growth in popularity for music genres like hip-hop and techno, a trend that continued through most of the decade. Artists like MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice and Tone Loc entered the music scene, and their style of music was as varied as their audiences. Then came 1992-93, which brought another change in the music scene; the new style of rock music arrived. Popular artists like Soundgarden and Pearl Jam offered audiences a new kind of rock music which contained catchy lyrics about the life of the teenager. One song in the list above, Smells Like Teen Spirit, which was sung by Nirvana, tells about the teen revolution. This song also paved the way to the grunge and alternative rock phase of the 1990’s.
By 1995, the young generation had grown tired of grunge and alternative music. They were hoping for a newer kind of music. Then came a new wave of 90’s hits. Artist and bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish and others introduced this kind of mid-to-late 90’s sub-genre. This kind of music also paved the way for Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to enter the fold. They were a big hit to most teenage girls, and the two artists were always compared to each other; it was as if they were interconnected in a way.
After more than two decades, we are still being exposed to 90’s music. Some of the artists from back then have demonstrated serious staying power…others, not so much. The 90’s was the era when most of the songs were for the young people, and you can bet that those tunes will continue to be played until the teens from the 90’s are collecting Social Security and listening to music with the assistance of hearing aids.