Published in Jul 2020 / Updated in Aug 2021
Who could forget the 90's? Endless summers, the Spice Girls, football, and Teletubbies. Of course, it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy when we hear a 90's song we'd forgotten but knew we loved before. We're sharing that warm, fuzzy feeling with you now as we list 12 90's songs you forgot existed.
1. I Love Your Smile - Shanice (1991)
"The clock at work says three, and I wanna be free. Free to scream, free to bathe, free to paint my toes all day. My boss is lame, you know, and so is the pay. I'm gonna put that new black mini on my charge anyway. 'Cause I love your smile. I love your smile."
"I Love Your Smile", Jarvis La Rue Baker, Sylvester Jackson, Narada Michael Walden, Shanice Wilson.
First of all, this song makes you smile without even noticing - it's not until your face aches and your voice is hoarse from singing along that you know you've been doing it! Besides being a favorite, this one is guaranteed to bring a bounce to your step.
2. I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis (1996)
"I love you always forever, near and far closer together. Everywhere I will be with you, everything I will do for you."
"I Love You Always Forever", Donna Lewis
Donna Lewis released this legendary hit in 1996, a soothing track that made it to the top 10 in over 15 countries. With a lilting melody and catchy chorus, it will all come flooding back when this song plays.
3. Independent Love Song - Scarlet (1995)
"You could say this was an independent love song. It's nothing like to us what love meant to them, but that's not to say the love we have isn't big or that strong. I'm doing it a different way. I'm doing it a different way."
"Independent Love Song", Cheryl Parker, Jo Youle
A powerful song about how love doesn't have to 'conform to the norm.' Beautifully written and passionately delivered, and British duo Scarlet belted this out across the airwaves in 1995.
4. Runaway - The Corrs (1995)
"Say it's true, there's nothing like me and you. I'm not alone, tell me you feel it too"
The Corrs released this single in 1995, then subsequently again in 1999. With Andrea Corr's velvet-smooth voice, as well as the support of the family completing the band, the haunting song Runaway has a well-earned place in many hearts.
5. I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth) - Meat Loaf (1995)
"I'd lie for you and that's the truth, do anything you asked me to. I'd even sell my soul for you, I'd do it all for you if you'd just believe in me"
"I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth)", Diane Warren
With a Hollywood movie-style video not only featuring huge bikes and special effects galore, but we also had a hunky chisel-jawed hero to boot. Meat Loaf's 1995 hit certainly deserves a place in this list. This song is every inch the dramatic power ballad, and undoubtedly you'll want to look it up again.
6. Goodnight Girl - Wet Wet Wet (1991)
"And I won't tell a soul, I won't tell at all. And do they have to know (do they have to know) about my goodnight girl?"
"Goodnight Girl", Marti Pellow, Tommy Cunningham, Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell
Graeme Clark, one of the writers of this song, allegedly was inspired by his girlfriend at the time (again, can you hear our hearts breaking?). We never found out officially who she is, but you can bet she's not the only one to be the reason for thoughtful faces upon hearing this hit from 1991.
7. (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart - Faith Hill (1994)
"Take another little piece of my heart now baby. Take another little piece of my heart, I know you will break it. Break another little piece of my heart now baby. 'Cause you know you got it if it makes you feel good, so good."
"(Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart, Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Berns
A smooth rendition of Erma Franklin's 1967 hit, this timeless track is instantly recognizable. As well as Faith Hill, this track has had covers released by Big Brother and the Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin), Melissa Etheridge with Joss Stone, Shaggy, and Beverley Knight. Warm-up your vocal cords, then give this one a try.
8. Kiss The Rain - Billie Myers (1997)
" Kiss the rain whenever I'm gone too long. If your lips feel lonely and thirsty, kiss the rain and wait for the dawn. Keep in mind we're under the same sky and the night's as empty for me as for you."
"Kiss The Rain", Billie Myers, Eric Bazilian, Desmond Child
Kiss the Rain is not only a heart-rending, moody song. It's dramatic, emotional, and dark and is sure to stir up memories to get your heart racing. The video is a masterpiece, and the track also remains Billie Myers' most potent hit.
9. Sweetness - Michelle Gayle (1994)
"Folks say I'm tripping and I'm losing my mind, walking in circles and I'm talking in rhymes. I can't help it 'cause it happens each time when you're near."
"Sweetness", Preston Glass, Robert L King, Tommy James & Narada Michael Walden
A light, relaxed, and cheerful song to brighten your day - "Sweetness" will lift your mood as well as remind you of the good times! Get yourself some summer sun and, most importantly, turn up the volume on this one!
10. Promise Me - Beverley Craven (1990)
"Promise me you'll wait for me, 'cause I'll be saving all my love for you and I will be home soon. Promise me you'll wait for me. I need to know you feel the same way too - and I'll be home, I'll be home soon."
"Promise Me", Beverley Craven
Initially released in 1990, this song had a second release in 1991 following successful publicity. An elegant and compelling track that will undoubtedly tug at the heartstrings, this early 90's hit should make its way back out of the archives.
11. Turn Back Time - Aqua (1998)
"If only I could turn back time; If only I had said what I still hide. If only I could turn back time, I would stay for the night... for the night."
"Turn Back Time", Soren Rasted, Claus Norreen
Definitely a surprising track from the normally pop-Esque Danish band, Aqua (remember 'Barbie Girl'?), Featured in the movie 'Sliding Doors', 'Turn Back Time' is also a perfect match for the storyline of the film. It also has a bittersweet theme, which is unexpectedly beautiful.
12. Crazy For You - Let Loose (1993)
"I'm crazy; I'm crazy for you, and there's nothing that I won't do. The look catches me in your eyes, and it's all for the love of you."
"Crazy For You", Richie Wermerling
The hearts of teenagers and adults alike were aflutter when this song came along. It was not only released in 1993 but was reissued the following year in June 1994, going on to become a summer hit. It's especially lively, easy to join in, and will add a bit of sparkle to your afternoon.
So, that's the list of our favorite 12 90's hits you forgot existed. We're hoping you've got some previously forgotten treasures to update your playlist and that you'll be belting out the hits in no time. Above all, get the neighbors some earplugs - you'll be on the way to stardom singing into your hairbrush in no time!