100 Greatest Songs From 1990

Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock 'n' Roll and related sub-genres. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity and on acclaim received from critics and musicians.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

  1. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
  2. Enjoy The Silence - Depeche Mode
  3. U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
  4. Vogue - Madonna
  5. Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite
  6. Man In The Box - Alice In Chains
  7. Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
  8. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
  9. Gonna Make You Sweat - C & C Music Factory
10. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
11. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
12. More Than Words - Extreme
13. Hard to Handle - Black Crowes
14. Unbelievable - EMF
15. Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
16. Crazy - Seal
17. Silent Lucidity - Queensrÿche
18. Justify My Love - Madonna
19. Cemetary Gates - Pantera
20. Loaded - Primal Scream
21. Right Here Right Now - Jesus Jones
22. Sadeness Part 1 - Enigma
23. Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson
24. Hold On - En Vogue
25. She Talks to Angels - Black Crowes
26. Feels Good - Tony! Toni! Tone!
27. It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
28. Around The Way Girl - LL Cool J
29. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You - Heart
30. I Touch Myself - Divinyls
31. Get Here - Oleta Adams
32. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) - Cher
33. All the Man That I Need - Whitney Houston
34. Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi
35. Tom's Diner - D.N.A. featuring Suzanne Vega
36. Suicide Blonde - INXS
37. Candy - Iggy Pop with Kate Pierson
38. Save Me - Fleetwood Mac
39. The King of Wishful Thinking - Go West
40. Cradle of Love - Billy Idol
41. Praying for Time - George Michael
42. Everybody Everybody - Black Box
43. Close to You - Maxi Priest
44. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
45. I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat
46. Here's Where the Story Ends - The Sundays
47. Murder Rap - Above the Law
48. Someday - Mariah Carey
49. I'll Give All My Love to You - Keith Sweat
50. More Than Words Can Say - Alias
51. Brothers Gonna Work It Out - Public Enemy
52. Unskinny Bop - Poison
53. AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube
54. Signs - Tesla
55. Blue Sky Mine - Midnight Oil
56. Freedom '90 - George Michael
57. Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You) - Robert Plant
58. (Can't Live Without Your) Love & Affection - Nelson
59. Painkiller - Judas Priest
60. Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em - Eric B. & Rakim
61. The Ship Song - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
62. Just the Way It Is, Baby - The Rembrandts
63. Step On - Happy Mondays
64. Bonita Applebaum - A Tribe Called Quest
65. High Enough - Damn Yankees
66. Mercy Mercy Me - I Want You - Robert Palmer
67. Hold On - Wilson Phillips
68. The Obvious Child - Paul Simon
69. Giving You the Benefit - Pebbles
70. 21st Century (Digital Boy) - Bad Religion
71. Knockin' Boots - Candyman
72. Coming of Age - Damn Yankees
73. From a Distance - Bette Midler
74. Send Me an Angel - Scorpions
75. I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five
76. Only Your Love - Bananarama
77. My, My, My - Johnny Gill
78. She's So High - Blur
79. Rock Dis Funky Joint - Poor Righteous Teachers
80. Don't Treat Me Bad - Firehouse
81. Velouria - Pixies
82. Energy Flash - Joey Beltram
83. In the Ghetto - Eric B. & Rakim
84. Serious - Duran Duran
85. Release Me - Wilson Phillips
86. What Time Is Love? - The KLF
87. Gold Digger - EPMD
88. Looking At The Front Door - Main Source
89. Hold You Tight - Tara Kemp
90. Rhythm of the Rain - Dan Fogelberg
91. Step by Step - New Kids on the Block
92. Something to Believe In - Poison
93. Wind of Change - Scorpions
94. Good Clean Fun - The Allman Brothers Band
95. Policy Of Truth - Depeche Mode
96. Kinky Afro - Happy Mondays
97. Hole Hearted - Extreme
98. The Only One I Know - The Charlatans
99. Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
100. Stranded - Heart
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Do Me! - Bell Biv Devoe
102. Miles Away - Winger
103. Civil War - Guns N' Roses
104. Empire - Queensrÿche
105. Can I Kick It - A Tribe Called Quest
106. Being Boring - Pet Shop Boys
107. Let's Talk About Sex - Salt-n-Pepa
108. Crying in the Rain - a-ha
109. Killer - Adamski
110. For You - The Outfield
111. Dig for Fire - Pixies
112. Jealous - Gene Loves Jezebel
113. More - Sisters of Mercy
114. Runaround - Van Halen
115. Joey - Concrete Blonde
116. The First Time - Surface
117. Texas Twister - Little Feat
118. Put the Message in the Box - World Party
119. So Hard - Pet Shop Boys
120. We're All In The Same Gang - West Coast Rap All-Stars
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1990
An unheralded great record from 1990
Lew's choice -
* Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) - Concrete Blonde
Brett's choice -
* Unique Blue Tube - A'me Lorain & The Family Affair
Ryan's choice -
* Heavenly Pop Hit - The Chills

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Last Updated: 2018-04-21