100 Greatest Songs From 1996

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

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. Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
  2. No Diggity - BLACKstreet, Dr. Dre, Queen Pen
  3. (Love Is) What I Got - Sublime
  4. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
  5. Firestarter - Prodigy
  6. Crash into Me - Dave Matthews Band
  7. Lovefool - Cardigans
  8. Where It's At - Beck
  9. Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check - Busta Rhymes
10. Bulls on Parade - Rage Against The Machine
11. Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
12. Ready or Not - The Fugees
13. One Headlight - The Wallflowers
14. On and On - Erykah Badu
15. Wannabe - Spice Girls
16. Push - Matchbox Twenty
17. The Distance - Cake
18. 3 AM - Matchbox 20
19. Change the World - Eric Clapton and Babyface
20. You're Makin' Me High - Toni Braxton
21. Santeria - Sublime
22. A Design for Life - Manic Street Preachers
23. Midnight in a Perfect World - DJ Shadow
24. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
25. El Scorcho - Weezer
26. Twisted - Keith Sweat
27. Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
28. Setting Sun - The Chemical Brothers
29. Devil's Haircut - Beck
30. Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project
31. C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJ's
32. Fu-gee-la - Fugees
33. Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue
34. How Do U Want It - 2Pac and Dr. Dre
35. If I Ruled the World - Nas
36. The Good Life - Weezer
37. Elevators (Me & You) - Outkast
38. It's All Coming Back to Me Now - Celine Dion
39. Nobody - Keith Sweat and Athena Cage
40. Follow You Down - Gin Blossoms
41. If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow
42. The Man Don't Give a Fuck - Super Furry Animals
43. Novocaine for the Soul - Eels
44. Every Time I Close My Eyes - Babyface
45. Breathe - Prodigy
46. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand - Primitive Radio Gods
47. Barely Breathing - Duncan Sheik
48. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
49. I Believe in You and Me - Whitney Houston
50. The Box - Orbital
51. Cybele's Reverie - Stereolab
52. The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe
53. Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls
54. Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - DJ Shadow
55. I Want You - Savage Garden
56. In My Bed - Dru Hill
57. Swallowed - Bush
58. Only You - 112, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase
59. The State I Am In - Belle and Sebastian
60. Da' Dip - Freak Nasty
61. Trash - Suede
62. 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls
63. You're the One - SWV
64. When You're Gone - The Cranberries
65. Criminal - Fiona Apple
66. Cupid - 112
67. Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix) - Lil' Kim
68. Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
69. 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) - Coolio
70. Pepper - Butthole Surfers
71. The Hidden Camera - Photek
72. E-Bow the Letter - R.E.M.
73. Stinkfist - Tool
74. Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit - Gina G
75. Fastlove - George Michael
76. Pony - Ginuwine
77. Daytona - Ghostface Killah
78. In the Trees - Faze Action
79. Last Night - Az Yet
80. Anything - 3T
81. I'm Still in Love with You - New Edition
82. Ain't Nobody - Monica
83. Kissin' You - Total
84. Get It Together - 702
85. The Earth, the Sun, the Rain - Color Me Badd
86. I'll Be - Foxy Brown and Jay-Z
87. All the Things (Your Man Won't Do) - Joe
88. When You Love a Woman - Journey
89. Everyday Is a Winding Road - Sheryl Crow
90. Cold Rock a Party - MC Lyte
91. Touch Me, Tease Me - Case, Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige
92. Theme from Mission: Impossible - Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
93. Oh Yeah - Ash
94. Professional Widow - Tori Amos
95. Djed - Tortoise
96. Going Out - Supergrass
97. Until It Sleeps - Metallica
98. Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Madonna
99. Blue Flowers - Dr. Octagon
100. Dead Presidents II - Jay-Z
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Salvation - Cranberries
102. Helpless Child - Swans
103. If Your Girl Only Knew - Aaliyah
104. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) - John Mellencamp
105. Fly Like an Eagle - Seal
106. No Time - Lil' Kim and Puff Daddy
107. The New Pollution - Beck
108. The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson
109. What's on Tonight - Montell Jordan
110. Keep On, Keepin' On - MC Lyte and Xscape
111. Tattva - Kula Shaker
112. You're Gorgeous - BabyBird
113. My Boo - Ghost Town DJ's
114. That Girl - Maxi Priest and Shaggy
115. Po Pimp - Do or Die and Twista
116. Coco Jambo - Mr. President
117. Girl/Boy Song - Aphex Twin
118. Loops of Fury - The Chemical Brothers
119. Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
120. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1996
An unheralded great record from 1996
Bruce's choice -
* Harlem Hit Parade - Little Isidore & Inquisitors
Lew's choice -
* Daylight Fading - Counting Crows
Brett's choice -
* He's Luckier Than You - The Prissteens
Ryan's choice -
* The First Big Weekend - Arab Strap

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Last Updated: 2014-06-12