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The Best Ballads of the 90s 

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Updated June 29, 2020 2k votes 306 voters 23.8k views 43 items

List Rules Vote up and add the best ballads from the 90s, regardless of genre.

Though traditional ballads date back centuries, the ballads we've all come to know and love are typically those from the late 20th century on. While a majority of the most popular 80s ballads come in the form of power ballads, the 90s took a different approach as far as musical accompaniment goes. Sure, you'll certainly find some awesome power ballads in there, but the best 90s ballads take on pop, R&B, rock, and more. Not only that, most of these 90s ballad songs come with a music video—and we all know that was the best decade for such. Either way, the top ballads of the 90s offer an array of stories infused with love (as they so often are).

From Celine Dion to Duran Duran, quite the range of artists brought their own approach to ballads in the 90s. Songs like "My Heart Will Go On" by Whitney Houston and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Aerosmith easily make the list of popular 90s ballads, but could they be considered the very best? Keep in mind, you also have hit ballads from Bryan Adams, Madonna, and even the Spice Girls—who all were making waves in the music scene throughout the 90s. Whether you're a fan of the many pop ballads to come out of the 90s or you're more of the power ballad type, there's surely something for you on this list of 90s ballads.

Check out all the top ballads from the 90s below and vote up your favorites. If you see any of your favorites missing from the list, feel free to add them. Looking for more of these love songs? Jump ahead a decade with the best 2000s ballads or take a look at the best ballads of all time.

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Whitney Houston
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Celine Dion, James Horner
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Toni Braxton
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The Scorpions, Scorpions, Scorpion
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Savage Garden
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Kiss From a Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ballads of the 90s
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Celine Dion, Diane Warren, Ricardo Caliente
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Bon Jovi
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Backstreet Boys
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Shania Twain
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Sarah McLachlan
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Mariah Carey
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When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Bolton
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Bryan White, Shania Twain
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Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ballads of the 90s
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Take a Bow Madonna
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Garth Brooks
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Breathe Again Toni Braxton
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Why Annie Lennox
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