18 Songs That Defined The Lives of ’90s Children



Being a part of the transition from cassettes to CDs to digital distribution, while familiarizing ourselves with the internet, ’90s children were a part of multiple trends in both music and style. With spiky hair, going to raves, watching Yu-Gi-Oh! and The Power Rangers, while dancing our souls to Las Ketchup’s Asereje, ’90s children lived in different times. And if there’s one thing that can truly bring nostalgia back, it’s the memorable tunes that we used to listen to, while experiencing our first kisses and first heartbreaks. Thus, we decided to give you the 18 songs we believe defined the lives of ’90s cildren.

Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler

In times when the iPod didn’t exist and people walking with Walkmans wearing headphones were considered quite obscure, Bomfunk MC’s released their signature song – Freestyler. While, as children, we didn’t quite understand the meaning behind the music video, we definitely remember how we used to sing “Waka-maka-fo,” instead of “Rock The Microphone.”

Britney Spears – Opps!… I Did It Again

Long before going mental and cutting her hair, then going back to the music scene to fall into obscurity, Britney Spears was a cute young teenager, who managed to energize us in a way no one else could. With her songs sparking a pop revolution, she changed both the music and fashion industries. And we just can’t help but start singing along, when we hear one of her most popular songs from the time – Oops!… I Did It Again.

50 Cent – Candy Shop

Even though we didn’t quite understand the lyrics of 50 Cent’s Candy Shop, quite the way we do now as adults, we still loved to listen to it over and over again, while feeling like true gangsters.

Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)

Even though we don’t know their other songs, the one hit wonder Las Ketchup, managed to take us by surprise with The Ketchup Song (Asereje). Long before Gangnam Style and a few years after Macarena, Asereje is one of those songs with a crazy dance routine we’ll always try to copy at the club when we hear its tune.

Jennifer Lopez – Jenny from the Block

Nowadays, you won’t be surprised if you see the music video of Jenny From The Block. However, back when it was released it was simply shocking, having in mind the censored and implied nudity it featured. Nonetheless, we’ll always remember the song as one of the catchiest of its time and sing in our heads “I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block.

Black Eyed Peas – My Humps

Even though My Humps is a song most of us remember from our teen years, it definitely is a memorable part of the life of every ’90s kid. Making Black Eyed Peas a pop sensation, the song is as sexy and enticing as it is crazy.

P!nk – There You Go

Although there are a number of P!nk songs that are worth mentioning, one of them, There You Go, was a part not only of the lives of ’90s rebels, but also many others, due to its mainstream nature.

Destiny’s Child – Say My Name

Ah, nostalgia! Destiny’s Child were the definition of emotional pop music in the early ’00s and it’s no wonder that their popular song Say My Name is an inexplicable part of the lives of so many ’90s children.

Daddy Yankee – Gasolina

Long before Turn Down for What, Gasolina by Daddy Yankee was the song that pumped adrenaline into our veins just by listening to it or by watching the video for the song.

Aqua – Barbie Girl

There isn’t a ’90s kid out there that doesn’t remember the song Barbie Girl by Aqua. One of the most cheesy and irritating, yet catchy songs of the last two decades, Barbie Girl will always be in our hearts.

Aaliyah – Try Again

Even though you may not remember the song by name, the moment you hear Timbaland’s voice in the intro of Try Again, a picture of watching MTV will appear in your head. Furthermore, the infamous music video featuring Jet Li, always brings us multiple memories of the ’90s.

Backstreet Boys – Everybody

The original boy band of the ’90s, Backstreet Boys, made us laugh and cry with them. And there’s no doubt that their hit song Everybody will always bring us the memories of a simpler time.

Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5

You can’t have a list about music that defined the lives of ’90s children, without mentioning Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5. Even though you probably don’t remember all the names of the different girls mentioned in the song, it’s certain that the catchy melody will make you get up and dance.

Spice Girls – Viva Forever

Who can forget the obscure rubik’s cube from the music video of Viva Forever. From the days when MTV was the hit and YouTube was still years away, our memories of Spice Girls and their songs will always be alive.

Ricky Martin – Livin’ La Vida Loca

With his funky tunes, Ricky Martin changed pop music forever. Passionate and full emotion, Livin’ La Vida Loca is one of the songs that opened the heart of every ’90s kid to the true passion that only the Spanish rhythms can provide.

Eminem – My Name Is

The whole career of Slim Shady and each of his songs are a true part of the lives of every ’90s kids. However, one of Eminem‘s most memorable songs, My Name Is, will always be remembered as one of his golden hits.

Outlandish – Aicha

Even though most of you have probably forgotten the name of the song, there’s no doubt that Aicha, by Outlandish was an emotional part of the tween and teen years of ’90s kids.

Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music

Nowadays, Rihanna is one of the sexiest, most well known pop stars worldwide. However, most ’90s kids also remember her from her early hits when she was quite innocent. While Umbrella truly made her a mainstream success, her single Don’t Stop The Music will always remind us of a simpler time.