250 Greatest Rock Songs of the 1990s

record sleeves for Smells Like Teen Spirit and Losing My Religion
Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock Music and related sub-genres from the 1990s. These songs are ranked based upon their intitial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of Rock and Roll and its sub-genres.

Last Updated: 2023-04-27
Newly added names are in  Red 
Rock Songs 1990s
  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  2. Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
  3. One - U2
  4. Nuthin' But a "G" Thang - Dr. Dre
  5. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. Jeremy - Pearl Jam
  7. Waterfalls - TLC
  8. Loser - Beck
  9. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
10. Wonderwall - Oasis
11. Creep - Radiohead
12. California Love - 2Pac
13. Enter Sandman - Metallica
14. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
15. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinéad O'Connor
16. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
17. Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
18. Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
19. Come As You Are - Nirvana
20. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette
21. Song 2 - Blur
22. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
23. Paranoid Android - Radiohead
24. My Name Is - Eminem
25. Alive - Pearl Jam
26. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
27. Jump Around - House of Pain
28. Don't Speak - No Doubt
29. No Diggity - BLACKstreet
30. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
31. Sabotage - Beastie Boys
32. Killing In the Name - Rage Against The Machine
33. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
34. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
35. It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube
36. Smooth - Santana and Rob Thomas
37. Black or White - Michael Jackson
38. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
39. U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
40. Vogue - Madonna
41. Regulate - Warren G
42. Zombie - The Cranberries
43. Everlong - Foo Fighters
44. Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot
45. Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
46. Basket Case - Green Day
47. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
48. Say My Name - Destiny's Child
49. Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana
50. Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
51. No Scrubs - TLC
52. Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
53. Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
54. Wannabe - Spice Girls
55. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
56. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
57. Gin & Juice - Snoop Doggy Dogg
58. Karma Police - Radiohead
59. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
60. Still D.R.E. - Dr. Dre
61. All the Small Things - Blink 182
62. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
63. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
64. Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
65. Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
66. C.R.E.A.M. - Wu Tang Clan
67. Dear Mama - 2Pac
68. Buddy Holly - Weezer
69. Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
70. Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
71. What's Up - 4 Non Blondes
72. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
73. Lovefool - Cardigans
74. Closer - Nine Inch Nails
75. Believe - Cher
76. Groove Is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
77. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
78. O.P.P - Naughty by Nature
79. Self Esteem - The Offspring
80. Insane in the Brain - Cypress Hill
81. I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy
82. Thunderstruck - AC/DC
83. All Star - Smash Mouth
84. Linger - The Cranberries
85. Firestarter - Prodigy
86. What Is Love - Haddaway
87. Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins
88. When I Come Around - Green Day
89. Kiss from a Rose - Seal
90. I Try - Macy Gray
91. Fantasy - Mariah Carey
92. Hard Knock Life - Jay Z
93. What I Got - Sublime
94. Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony
95. Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
96. No Rain - Blind Melon
97. Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz
98. The Boy Is Mine - Brandy and Monica
99. Two Princes - Spin Doctors
100. Freak on a Leash - Korn

101. Lithium - Nirvana
102. Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G.
103. Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
104. Angels - Robbie Williams
105. Forgot About Dre - Dr. Dre featuring Eminem
106. That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
107. Missing - Everything but the Girl
108. More Than Words - Extreme
109. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
110. End of the Road - Boyz II Men
111. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
112. Shook Ones, Pt. 2 - Mobb Deep
113. Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
114. Say It Ain't So - Weezer
115. Black - Pearl Jam
116. Creep - TLC
117. Always - Bon Jovi
118. Man In the Box - Alice In Chains
119. Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton
120. Today - Smashing Pumpkins
121. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
122. Vision of Love - Mariah Carey
123. Wind of Change - Scorpions
124. Live Forever - Oasis
125. Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
126. Ready or Not - The Fugees
127. Around the World - Daft Punk
128. All I Wanna Do - Sheryl Crow
129. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
130. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
131. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
132. Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses
133. Changes - 2Pac
134. On and On - Erykah Badu
135. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
136. Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
137. Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
138. Bulls on Parade - Rage Against The Machine
139. Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest
140. Ray of Light - Madonna
141. Remember the Time - Michael Jackson
142. I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men
143. Drive - Incubus
144. Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
145. Champagne Supernova - Oasis
146. Poison - Bell Biv Devoe
147. All That She Wants - Ace of Base
148. One Headlight - The Wallflowers
149. Jump - Kris Kross
150. Common People - Pulp
151. Mysterious Ways - U2
152. Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
153. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
154. What's My Age Again - Blink 182
155. N. Y. State of Mind - Nas
156. Mind Playing Tricks on Me - Geto Boys
157. Even Flow - Pearl Jam
158. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
159. Closing Time - Semisonic
160. Would? - Alice in Chains
161. Keep Ya Head Up - 2Pac
162. Real Love - Mary J. Blige
163. Ordinary World - Duran Duran
164. Freedom '90 - George Michael
165. Girls and Boys - Blur
166. All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo
167. Gonna Make You Sweat - C & C Music Factory
168. I'd Do Anything for Love - Meat Loaf
169. Santeria - Sublime
170. Crash into Me - Dave Matthews Band
171. Porcelain - Moby
172. One Week - Barenaked Ladies
173. Protect Ya Neck - Wu-Tang Clan
174. Praise You - Fatboy Slim
175. Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz
176. All Apologies - Nirvana
177. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba
178. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
179. You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
180. Disarm - Smashing Pumpkins
181. Glory Box - Portishead
182. Just a Girl - No Doubt
183. Crazy - Seal
184. My Lovin' - En Vogue
185. Man on the Moon - R.E.M.
186. Hero - Mariah Carey
187. Come Out and Play - The Offspring
188. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
189. Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
190. Cryin' - Aerosmith
191. One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
192. Longview - Green Day
193. Spoonman - Soundgarden
194. Rooster - Alice In Chains
195. Flava in Ya Ear - Craig Mack
196. Music Sounds Better with You - Stardust
197. Push - Matchbox Twenty
198. Together Again - Janet Jackson
199. Daughter - Pearl Jam
200. Hard to Handle - Black Crowes

201. Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
202. In Bloom - Nirvana
203. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground
204. The World Is Yours - Nas
205. Shiny Happy People - R.E.M.
206. Born Slippy (NUXX) - Underworld
207. Whatta Man - Salt 'n' Pepa with En Vogue
208. The Distance - Cake
209. Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah
210. Lightning Crashes - Live
211. Where It's At - Beck
212. 3 AM - Matchbox 20
213. Bump 'n' Grind - R. Kelly
214. Santa Monica - Everclear
215. Rosa Parks - Outkast
216. Frozen - Madonna
217. Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
218. Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check - Busta Rhymes
219. Hey Boy Hey Girl - Chemical Brothers
220. Glycerine - Bush
221. Better Man - Pearl Jam
222. Unbelievable - EMF
223. One of Us - Joan Osborne
224. Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction
225. I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man
226. Change the World - Eric Clapton and Babyface
227. Higher - Creed
228. Tennessee - Arrested Development
229. Alright - Supergrass
230. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
231. Celebrity Skin - Hole
232. Walkin' on the Sun - Smash Mouth
233. Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb
234. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
235. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
236. Never Ever - All Saints
237. Only Wanna Be With You - Hootie & the Blowfish
238. Something to Talk About - Bonnie Raitt
239. Stupid Girl - Garbage
240. Shine - Collective Soul
241. You're Makin' Me High - Toni Braxton
242. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
243. Cannonball - The Breeders
244. Cream - Prince
245. Walk - Pantera
246. Thong Song - Sisqó
247. Run Around - Blues Traveler
248. Bawitdaba - Kid Rock
249. Sober - Tool
250. Can't Truss It - Public Enemy



Smells Like Teen Spirit

Losing My Religion

One

Nuthin But a G Thang

Jeremy

Under the Bridge

Waterfalls

Loser

Gangsta's Paradise

Nothing Compares 2 U



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