100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 1990s for a Wedding Playlist

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 I still know and love today.

100 Greatest 1990s Dance Songs

List of the 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.

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.

#1-10

  1. “Vogue” by Madonna (1990 – Pop)
  2. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C&C Music Factory (1990 – Dance)
  3. “Groove Is In The Heart” by Deee-Lite (1990 – Pop)
  4. “The Power” by SNAP! (1990- Dance)
  5. “Whoomp! There It Is” by Tag Team (1993 – Hip Hop)
  6. “Macarena (Bayside Boys remix)” by Los Del Rio (1996 – Latin Pop)
  7. “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer (1996 – Hip Hop)
  8. “Unbelievable” by EMF (1990 – Alternative Rock)
  9. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992 – Hip Hop)
  10. “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch feat. Loleatta Holloway (1991 – Hip Hop)

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.

#11-20

11. “Finally” by Ce Ce Peniston (1992 – R&B)
12. “Show Me Love” by Robin S. (1997 – Pop)
13. “Get Ready For This” by 2 Unlimited (1992 – Pop)
14. “Here Comes the Hotstepper (Heartical mix)” by Ini Kamoze (1994 – Pop)
15. “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith (1997 – Hip Hop)
16. “C’mon N Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJs (1996 – Hip Hop)
17. “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters (1991 – Dance)
18. “Believe (Life After Love)” by Cher (1998 – Pop)
19. “Everybody Everybody” by Black Box feat. Martha Wash (1990 – Pop)
20. “I Like To Move It” by Real 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman (1994 – Dance)

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 about 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 was not just reflected 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.

#21-60

21. “Touch Me (All Night Long)” by Cathy Dennis (1990 – Pop)
22. “Rhythm is a Dancer” by SNAP! (1992 – Dance)
23. “Be My Lover” by La Bouche (1996 – Dance)
24. “Rhythm of the Night” by Corona (1994 – Pop)
25. “Children (Dream Version)” by Robert Miles (1996 – Pop)
26. “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (1991 – Pop)
27. “What Is Love?” by Haddaway (1999 – Pop)
28. “Mr. Vain” by Culture Beat (1993 – Dance)
29. “All That She Wants” by Ace of Base (1993 – Pop)
30. “This Is Your Night” by Amber (1996 – Dance)
31. “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred (1992 – Pop)
32. “Another Night” by Real McCoy (1995 – Dance)
33. “100% (Pure Love)” by Crystal Waters (1994 – Dance)
34. “I’ve Been Thinking About You” by Londonbeat (1990 – Pop)
35. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Nikki French (1995 – R&B)
36. “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla (1991 – Dance)
37. “Tom’s Diner” by D.N.A. feat. Suzanne Vega (1990 – Dance)
38. “Strike It Up” by Black Box (1990 – Pop)
39. “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz (1994 – Hip Hop)
40. “Run Away” by Real McCoy (1994 – Dance)
41. “Jump Around” by House of Pain (1992 – Hip Hop)
42. “Sadness Part I” by Enigma(1990 – New Age)
43. “Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe (1990 – R&B)
44. “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx-N-Effect (1992 – Hip Hop)
45. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan (Hop Hop – 1995)
46. “Da’ Dip” by Freak Nasty (1997 – Hip Hop)
47. “Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty By Nature (1993 – Hip Hop)
48. “O.P.P.” by Naughty By Nature (1991 – Hip Hop
49. “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus (1992 – Country)
50. “Jump” by Kris Kross (Hip Hop – 1992)
51. “Sweet Dreams” by La Bouche (1996 – Dance)
52. “Go” by Moby (1991 – Dance)
53. “Black Or White” by Michael Jackson (1991 – Pop)
54. “Dreamer” by Livin’ Joy (1996 – Dance)
55. “Your Loving Arms” by Billie Ray Martin (1995 – Dance)
56. “Where Do You Go?” by No Mercy (1996 – Dance)
57. “Beautiful Life” by Ace of Base (1995 – Pop)
58. “Moving on Up” by M People (1998 – Pop)
59. “Music Sounds Better with You” by Stardust (1998 – Dance)
60. “Insomnia” by Faithless (1997 – Dance)

As many Millennials will remember today, the 1990s were a great time to grow up. This is also the reason why most ’90s kids today are such big fans of nostalgia.

From bubblegum, boy bands, and blonde divas, 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.

#61-100

61. “U Don’t Know Me” by Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden (1999 – Dance)
62. “Around the World” by Daft Punk (1997 – Dance)
63. “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit” by Gina G. (1997 – Pop)
64. “Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ mix)” by Tori Amos (1996 – Dance)
65. “Come Baby Come” by K7 and The Swing Kids (1993 – Dance)
66. “Don’t Stop Movin’” by Livin’ Joy (1996 – Dance)
67. “We Like To Party” by The Vengaboys (1998 – Pop)
68. “Free (Mood II Swing mix)” by Ultra Nate (1997 – Dance)
69. “Set U Free” by Planet Soul feat. Nadine Renee (1996 – Dance)
70. “The Bomb (These Sounds Fall into My Mind)” by Bucketheads (1995 – Dance)
71. “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” by Us3 (1993 – Jazz)
72. “If You Could Read My Mind” by Stars on 54 (1998 – Pop)
73. “Push the Feeling On” by The Nightcrawlers (1992 – Dance)
74. “In De Ghetto” by Bad Yard Club feat. Crystal Waters (1998 – Pop)
75. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Mighty Dub Katz (1995 – Dance)
76. “Boom Boom Boom” by The Outhere Brothers (1995 – Dance)
77. “3 AM Eternal” by The KLF (1991 – Dance)
78. “Do You Miss Me?” by Jocelyn Enriquez (1997 – Dance)
79. “More and More” by Captain Hollywood (1993 – Dance)
80. “Tonight is the Night” by Le Click (1996 – Dance)
81. “Born Slippy” by Underworld (1995 – Dance)
82. “Jellyhead (Motiv8 mix)” by Crush (1997 – Pop)
83. “Dazzey Duks” by Duice (1993 – Dance)
84. “Spin Spin Sugar (Armand van Helden mix)” by Sneaker Pimps (1997 – Dance)
85. “Sugar Is Sweeter” by CJ Bolland (1996 – Dance)
86. “No Diggity” by BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre (1996 – R&B)
87. “Ray of Light” by Madonna (1998 – Pop)
88. “It’s Like That ’98” by Jason Nevins vs Run-D.M.C. (1997 – Dance)
89. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Ma$e (1997 – Hip Hop)
90. “Whatta Man” by Salt-n-Pepa & En Vogue (1998 – R&B)
91. “Smooth” by Santana with Rob Thomas (1999 – Rock)
92. “Temptation” by Corina (1991 – Dance)
93. “Together Forever” by Lisette Melendez (1991 – Hip Hop)
94. “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex (1995 – Dance)
95. “Better Off Alone” by Alice DeeJay (1998 – Dance)
96. “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65 (1998 – Dance)
97. “Don’t Call Me Baby” by Madison Avenue (1999 – Pop)
98. “It Feels So Good” by Sonique (1998 – Dance)
99. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” by Amber (1999 – Dance)
100. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (1999 – Pop)

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.

Snag new hits and trending backtracks for party vibes

Every Wednesday morning, you’ll get song ideas to create an epic wedding playlist. You may unsubscribe at any time.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

What are your thoughts on these 1990s dance songs? Do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!

0 0 votes
Article Rating
guest
2 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
papersboy
papersboy
1 year ago

Hello, what good songs there, Thank you! what great artists. each listening a good memory. my question is that the titles are listed by year or by chance? I do not know but there is not: Will Smith – Men In Black (1997), Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity (1997), Paperboy – Ditty (1993), Everything But The Girl – Missing (1996)

My Wedding Songs
My Wedding Songs
1 year ago
Reply to  papersboy

Glad you like the list! They are listed from my experience as a DJ in the 90s and are listed as my favorites.

You mention great songs too! I will add them to the list on our next update.