Nostalgia The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists  

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List Rules Throwback songs from the 1990s and early 2000s.

If you love the 90s, then you’ll definitely want to know what are the best throwback songs of all time. But what exactly is a throwback song? It refers to a song that is a reminder of the past, typically from the ‘90s or early 2000s. At the same time, throwback songs aren’t limited to just that era forever. It’s a fluid concept that can adapt to the times. So in 15 years, throwback songs could mean today’s hits. For the here at now however, let’s limit this list of the best throwback songs to the ‘90s and early 2000s.

To settle the matter of what are the best throwback songs, music fans such as yourself have voted for their favorite hits from that era. So you’re going to see artists such as Ricky Martin, 4 Non Blondes, Destiny’s Child, and Blink-182. Who won’t you see? Kanye West, Iggy Azalea, and newer artists to name a few.

Throwback songs take you back to the 90s and early 2000s, when pop music was exploding with hip hop, pop, R&B, the best dance tracks, and even some great alternative rock. So vote for what you think are the best throwback songs below and add any that you feel are missing. After all, this is supposed to be as comprehensive a list as possible. Both bands and solo artists are allowed. Now get voting on the best throwback songs ever recorded.

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1,504 550
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1,302 485
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Britney Spears

4
1,339 422
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Spice Girls

5
1,568 440
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6
938 428
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MC Hammer

7
287 82
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Dynasti Noble added 'N Sync

8
1,399 443
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Shaggy, Rik Rok

9
871 353
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Avril Lavigne

10
870 367
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No Doubt

11
910 373
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Vanilla Ice

12
1,228 429
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R. Kelly

13
854 365
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Destiny's Child

14
783 320
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Smash Mouth

15
731 318
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Alicia Keys

16
747 347
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Oasis

17
706 329
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Ricky Martin

18
1,008 408
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Christina Aguilera

19
797 313
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20
688 350
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21
684 367
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Lou Bega

22
546 302
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Semisonic

23
724 355
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24
618 311
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Alanis Morissette

25
470 285
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Dani678 added Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks

26
334 252
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abid-farid added Mariah Carey

27
764 328
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3 Doors Down

28
531 346
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Eiffel 65

29
552 283
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Alanis Morissette

30
401 253
Enter Sandman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
andrew-baca added Metallica

31
149 38
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Backstreet Boys

32
706 332
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The Backstreet Boys

33
166 62
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Backstreet Boys

34
401 324
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Chumbawamba

35
436 280
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Sixpence None The Richer

36
542 291
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Shania Twain

37
615 332
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Savage Garden

38
469 313
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Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Mase

39
460 323
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Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

40
411 290
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Faith Hill

41
231 193
Roses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
Emily Glende added Outkast

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128 61
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WarrenMitchell added 'N Sync

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106 42
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Blackstreet, Dr. Dre

44
395 296
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Hootie & The Blowfish

45
524 316
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502 299
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Jennifer Lopez

47
233 154
Macarena is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
abid-farid added Los Del Rio

48
156 65
Pony is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Ginuwine

49
444 295
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Jennifer Lopez

50
110 35
A Thousand Miles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
SarahV added Vanessa Carlton