While the 1980s was the decade that helped a large variety of rock bands emerge, the music a decade later was much more focused on dance.
And this is not just dancing at home on your own but dancing in newly emerging clubs, high school parties, or large concerts.
As a continuation of the 1980s when a number of extreme subgenres emerged from the underground, the 1990s is a decade known for its funky melodies and catching rhythm.
There were not just a few one-off hits but a vast range of dance tracks that DJs would play until the early morning hours.
Let’s take a look at the most popular ‘90s dance songs that we still know and love today.
Top 10 Greatest Dance Songs Of The 1990s
The ’90s had so much to offer, from mainstream boy bands to underground hip hop. The top 10 most popular dance songs include some throwback hits that simply get up and dance.
One of the biggest dance songs not just of the ‘90s but all time is “Macarena” by Los Del Rio. This isn’t the sort of music that you can listen to on your own.
It’s the perfect party song for birthday parties or weddings.
- “Vogue” by Madonna
- “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C&C Music Factory
- “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite
- “The Power” by SNAP!
- “Whoomp! There It Is” by Tag Team
- “Macarena (Bayside Boys remix)” by Los Del Rio
- “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
- “Unbelievable” by EMF
- “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot
- “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch feat. Loleatta Holloway
Greatest Dance Songs Of The ‘90s: #11-20
Do you have a favorite song that just gets you out of your seat and onto the dance floor? Chances are that it was written in the 90s.
Songs like “I like to move it” by Real 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman brought some energetic beats to every party.
But the 1990s wasn’t just about funk, some new genres emerged that had stayed mostly underground in the decade earlier.
One of these undervalued music styles was rap music. The ‘90s helped some of the now most famous rappers onto the stage.
Some of these include Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. Coming from different parts of the US, almost every city had an underground rap scene.
This also meant that some of these rap artists got caught up in West Coast and East Coast rap wars which gained a reputation similar to that of gangs.
11. “Finally” by Ce Ce Peniston
12. “Show Me Love” by Robin S.
13. “Get Ready For This” by 2 Unlimited
14. “Here Comes the Hotstepper (Heartical mix)” by Ini Kamoze
15. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith
16. “C’mon N Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJs
17. “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters
18. “Believe (Life After Love)” by Cher
19. “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box feat. Martha Wash
20. “I Like To Move It” by Real 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman
Greatest Dance Songs Of The ‘90s: #21-60
The top 100 dance songs of the 90s feature a large range of different genres. One thing they all have in common however is their catchy beat which made lovers of dance music dance all over the world.
One of the biggest movements in the 90s was the girl power movement which also shaped its music scene.
Some of the most famous female music artists emerged at this time, including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, Madonna, and many more.
They did not just sing about lost love but also the positive spirit that helped every girl to move forward with their own strength and energy.
Girl power was key, and these strong women stood as idols for many Millennials. This did not just reflect in the music but also in many other commercial aspects of the 1990s.
From fashion to beauty products, young girls were the most influential demographics for companies and artists at the time.
21. “Touch Me (All Night Long)” by Cathy Dennis
22. “Rhythm is a Dancer” by SNAP!
23. “Be My Lover” by La Bouche
24. “Rhythm of the Night” by Corona
25. “Children (Dream Version)” by Robert Miles
26. “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
27. “What Is Love?” by Haddaway
28. “Mr. Vain” by Culture Beat
29. “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base
30. “This Is Your Night” by Amber
31. “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
32. “Another Night” by MC Sar and The Real McCoy
33. “100% (Pure Love)” by Crystal Waters
34. “I’ve Been Thinking About You” by Londonbeat
35. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Nikki French
36. “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla
37. “Tom’s Diner” by D.N.A. feat. Suzanne Vega
38. “Strike It Up” by Black Box
39. “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz
40. “Run Away” by MC Sar and The Real McCoy
41. “Jump Around” by House of Pain
42. “Sadness Part I” by Enigma
43. “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe
44. “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect
45. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
46. “Da’ Dip” by Freak Nasty
47. “Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty By Nature
48. “O.P.P.” by Naughty By Nature
49. “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus
50. “Jump” by Kris Kross
51. “Sweet Dreams” by La Bouche
52. “Go” by Moby
53. “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson
54. “Dreamer” by Livin’ Joy
55. “Your Loving Arms” by Billie Ray Martin
56. “Where Do You Go?” by No Mercy
57. “Beautiful Life” by Ace of Base
58. “Moving on Up” by M People
59. “Music Sounds Better with You” by Stardust
60. “Insomnia” by Faithless
Greatest Dance Songs Of The ‘90s: #61-100
As many Millennials will remember today, the 1990s were a great time to grow up in. This is also the reason why most ’90s kids today are such big fans of nostalgia.
From bubblegum, boy bands, and blonde divas, the pop culture in this decade influenced an entire generation.
In addition to the funky music scene, the ’90s also saw the appearance of primetime TV series, including Friends, and Beverly Hills 90210.
Crime and law dramas such as Law & Order were all the rage, and whatever time you turned your TV on, you were guaranteed to catch one of these shows.
61. “U Don’t Know Me” by Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden
62. “Around the World” by Daft Punk
63. “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit” by Gina G.
64. “Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ mix)” by Tori Amos
65. “Come Baby Come” by K7 and The Swing Kids
66. “Don’t Stop Movin’” by Livin’ Joy
67. “We Like To Party” by The Vengaboys
68. “Free (Mood II Swing mix)” by Ultra Nate
69. “Set U Free” by Planet Soul feat. Nadine Renee
70. “The Bomb (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)” by Bucketheads
71. “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” by Us3
72. “If You Could Read My Mind” by Stars on 54
73. “Push the Feeling On” by The Nightcrawlers
74. “In De Ghetto” by Bad Yard Club feat. Crystal Waters
75. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Mighty Dub Katz
76. “Boom Boom Boom” by The Outhere Brothers
77. “3 AM Eternal” by The KLF
78. “Do You Miss Me?” by Jocelyn Enriquez
79. “More and More” by Captain Hollywood
80. “Tonight is the Night” by Le Click
81. “Born Slippy” by Underworld
82. “Jellyhead (Motiv8 mix)” by Crush
83. “Dazzey Duks” by Duice
84. “Spin Spin Sugar (Armand van Helden mix)” by Sneaker Pimps
85. “Sugar Is Sweeter” by CJ Bolland
86. “No Diggity” by BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre
87. “Ray of Light” by Madonna
88. “It’s Like That ’98” by Jason Nevins vs Run-D.M.C.
89. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious BIG feat. Puff Daddy & Ma$e
90. “Whatta Man” by Salt-n-Pepa & En Vogue
91. “Smooth” by Carlos Santana with Rob Thomas
92. “Temptation” by Corina
93. “Together Forever” by Lisette Melendez
94. “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
95. “Better Off Alone” by Alice DeeJay
96. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65
97. “Don’t Call Me Baby” by Madison Avenue
98. “It Feels So Good” by Sonique
99. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” by Amber
100. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
The music scene in the 90s saw some of the greatest dance songs of all time become mainstream.
Thanks to music channels like MTV, mix tapes, and the Walkman, listeners had access to their favorite music at all times.
The pop culture of the 90s laid the foundation for some unique dance moves and enjoying music on the go.
And although the decade is now long gone, many Millennials still find themselves listening to some of these dance classics today.
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