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Earworm Songs From The '90s We Don't Mind Having Stuck In Our Heads

Updated February 2, 2021 6.4k votes 415 voters 7.5k views28 items

List RulesVote up the '90s songs that are more than welcome to get stuck in your head.

The 1990s gifted the world an array of pop songs, R&B classics, and alternative rock masterpieces that define the decade. Some of the most successful 1990s hits are ones that were truly enjoyed at the time but, in hindsight, may not be ones you'd choose to listen to today (we're looking at you, "Macarena" and "MMMBop"). These catchy tunes have a tendency to stick in your head, often by design, whether you want them there or not. 

There are '90s songs you can't get out of your head that, honestly, you enjoy. Some of the top earworm songs are guilty pleasures, but there are also plenty of catchy '90s songs that you'll sing out at the top of your lungs when given the chance. Either way, earworm songs from the '90s aren't always bad things. Vote up the '90s earworm songs you're pretty okay with having stuck in your head. 

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    Released in 1994, "Zombie" was written to memorialize two individuals killed in bomb attacks during The Troubles. 

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    While "Tubthumping" became a rallying cry to overcoming adversity, Alanis Morisette's "You Oughta Know" served as an anthem of another kind when it came out in 1995. The lyrics (widely believed to be about Uncle Joey, AKA Dave Coulier) attested to aspects of heartache, while the song itself blended rock and pop elements. "You Oughta Know" won two Grammy Awards.

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  • "Wonderwall" helped Oasis rise to international success when it was released in 1995. Check out the classic video here

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    "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana propelled grunge into mainstream music. Released in 1991, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

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