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Millennials are still grappling with the fact that the '90s were three decades ago. But there's no denying that this decade gave us iconic music moments that have stood the test of time. Grunge and gangster rap on one extreme, pop groups and Britney Spears on the other, this hard to pin down.
If you're looking for songs that will take you back to your middle school prom or gems that you can add to the ultimate '90s playlist, here are a few classics to get you started:
Did you even live through the '90s if you didn't jam out to this song? This Nirvana classic is one of the few songs that truly capture the spirit of teen rebellion and the YOLO mindset. The band also pioneered grunge, paving the way for countless other bands to create similarly disgruntled rock music throughout the '90s.
Britney's first single was a groundbreaking moment in music history, marking the beginning of a new era in glitzy teen pop. There's no denying the cultural significance of the music video showcasing Spears in her school uniform, but the song itself is timeless and flawless. The fact that Spears can finally live her life as she pleases makes us want to blare this song even more now.
Despite having several of her biggest hits in the '80s, Madonna released "Vogue" in 1990, and it soon became the top played song at every nightclub in America. Madonna kicked off the '90s by praising the "House Ball" dance styles of Harlem. This dazzling dance track has all the frills and flourish that characterizes queer ballroom culture.
This music video reigns supreme as the finest of the '90s. Everything about the video, from the perfectly color-coordinated sets to Beyoncé's orange lip gloss, is a fantastic visual illustration of why Destiny's Child is one of the most iconic music trios of all time.
The Spice Girls' first single, "Wannabe," is an instant classic and a defining moment in pop culture. It represents the triumphant return of big-hitting pop music to the charts after the more indie-inclined Britpop era. The song's hooky chorus will make you want to slam your body down and wind it all around.
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