100 Greatest Songs From 1991

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. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. Losing My Religion
3. One
4. Under the Bridge
Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Jeremy
Pearl Jam
6. Enter Sandman
7. Come as You Are
8. Alive
Pearl Jam
9. November Rain
Guns N' Roses
10. Black or White
Michael Jackson
11. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Bryan Adams
12. Nothing Else Matters
13. O.P.P.
Naughty by Nature
14. Two Princes
Spin Doctors
15. Lithium
16. Give It Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers
17. Unfinished Sympathy
Massive Attack
18. Black
Pearl Jam
19. Don't Cry
Guns N' Roses
20. Remember the Time
Michael Jackson
21. Mysterious Ways
22. Mind Playing Tricks on Me
Geto Boys
23. Even Flow
Pearl Jam
24. In Bloom
25. Shiny Happy People
26. Tennessee
Arrested Development
27. Hunger Strike
Temple of the Dog
28. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
PM Dawn
29. Something to Talk About
Bonnie Raitt
30. Cream
31. Can't Truss It
Public Enemy
32. The Unforgiven
33. I Wanna Sex You Up
Color Me Badd
34. I Can't Make You Love Me
Bonnie Raitt
35. The Show Must Go On
36. It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Lenny Kravitz
37. Gypsy Woman
Crystal Waters
38. To Be With You
Mr. Big
39. Summertime
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
40. Scenario
A Tribe Called Quest
41. How I Could Just Kill a Man
Cypress Hill
42. Save the Best for Last
Vanessa Williams
43. I'm Too Sexy
Right Said Fred
44. Finally
Ce Ce Peniston
45. I Can't Dance
46. Check the Rhime
A Tribe Called Quest
47. I Love Your Smile
48. Gett Off
49. Safe from Harm
Massive Attack
50. There's No Other Way

51. Motownphilly
Boyz II Men
52. Only Shallow
My Bloody Valentine
53. Innuendo
54. Walking in Memphis
Marc Cohn
55. Learning to Fly
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
56. Heal the World
Michael Jackson
57. Emotions
Mariah Carey
58. Sad but True
59. Jesus Christ Pose
60. Rush, Rush
Paula Abdul
61. Weather With You
Crowded House
62. Go
63. No More Tears
Ozzy Osbourne
64. Joyride
65. Summer Babe
66. You Could Be Mine
Guns N' Roses
67. Life Is a Highway
Tom Cochrane
68. No Vaseline
Ice Cube
69. Stars
Simply Red
70. Buggin' Out
A Tribe Called Quest
71. 3 A.M. Eternal (Live at the S.S.L.)
72. Suck My Kiss
Red Hot Chili Peppers
73. Diamonds and Pearls
74. Even Better Than the Real Thing
75. Polly
76. Now That We Found Love
Heavy D & the Boyz
77. Fading Like a Flower
78. Right Now
Van Halen
79. Higher Than the Sun
Primal Scream
80. The Choice Is Yours
Black Sheep
81. It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Boyz II Men
82. Jazz (We've Got)
A Tribe Called Quest
83. Stay
Shakespear's Sister
84. Good Vibrations
Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch
85. Brenda's Got a Baby
86. Come & Talk to Me
87. Papua New Guinea
Future Sound of London
88. Soul to Squeeze
Red Hot Chili Peppers
89. Justified and Ancient
90. Unforgettable
Natalie Cole with Nat "King" Cole
91. Get Ready for This
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92. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
George Michael and Elton John
93. Rusty Cage
94. All I Want
Toad the Wet Sprocket
95. Hand on the Pump
Cypress Hill
96. A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'
De La Soul
97. Breakin' My Heart
Mint Condition
98. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
Spin Doctors
99. Charly
The Prodigy
100. Forever My Lady
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Will You Be There
Michael Jackson
102. Wherever I May Roam
103. Breaking the Girl
Red Hot Chili Peppers
104. When a Man Loves a Woman
Michael Bolton
105. The Star Spangled Banner
Whitney Houston
106. The Fly
107. Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
108. Always on the Run
Lenny Kravitz
109. Jesus Built My Hot Rod
110. Ring Ring Ring
De La Soul
111. Hazard
Richard Marx
112. Baby Baby
Amy Grant
113. Rhinoceros
Smashing Pumpkins
114. Can't Stop This Thing We Started
Bryan Adams
115. No Son of Mine
116. 2 Legit 2 Quit
M.C. Hammer
117. All This Time
118. All 4 Love
Color Me Badd
119. Romantic
Karyn White
120. Steady Mobbin'
Ice Cube
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1991
An unheralded great record from 1991
Brian's choice:
* Waiting
The Feelies
Lew's choice:
* Walk on the Ocean
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Brett's choice:
* Sexuality
Billy Bragg
Ryan's choice:
* Drive That Fast
Kitchens of Distinction
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Last Updated: 2022-05-13