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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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... Baby One More Time Britney Spears

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1,290 406
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Wannabe Spice Girls

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1,526 421
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906 406
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Can't Touch This MC Hammer

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245 68
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Dynasti Noble added Bye Bye Bye 'N Sync

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1,372 422
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It Wasn't Me Shaggy, Rik Rok

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1,209 413
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Ignition (Remix) R. Kelly

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844 352
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Don't Speak No Doubt

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842 352
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Bootylicious Destiny's Child

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885 359
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Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice

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840 341
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Sk8er Boi Avril Lavigne

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754 308
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All Star Smash Mouth

The Best Early 2000s Music Videos to Never Forget

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704 304
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Fallin' Alicia Keys

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694 316
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Livin' La Vida Loca Ricky Martin

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717 339
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Wonderwall Oasis

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991 397
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Genie in a Bottle Christina Aguilera

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784 301
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680 336
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664 353
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Mambo No 5 Lou Bega

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526 290
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Closing Time Semisonic

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715 344
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609 299
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Ironic Alanis Morissette

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328 241
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abid-farid added Fantasy Mariah Carey

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458 277
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Dani678 added No Air Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks

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524 334
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I'm Blue Eiffel 65

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547 274
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You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette

One Hit Wonders from the 2000s That You Totally Forgot About

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737 322
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Kryptonite 3 Doors Down

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383 242
Enter Sandman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
andrew-baca added Enter Sandman Metallica

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698 319
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Quit Playing Games with My Heart The Backstreet Boys

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130 26
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I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys

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153 54
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Backstreet Boys

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Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer

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You're Still the One Shania Twain

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Mo Money Mo Problems Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Mase

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383 313
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Tubthumping Chumbawamba

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601 321
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Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden

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457 311
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Shake Ya Tailfeather Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

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407 278
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This Kiss Faith Hill

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123 51
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WarrenMitchell added It's Gonna Be Me 'N Sync

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224 185
Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
Emily Glende added Roses Outkast

The Best Fictional '90s Songs

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Only Wanna Be With You Hootie & The Blowfish

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518 307
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No Diggity Blackstreet, Dr. Dre

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496 291
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If You Had My Love Jennifer Lopez

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213 142
Macarena is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
abid-farid added Macarena Los Del Rio

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145 58
Pony is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Pony Ginuwine

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Waiting for Tonight Jennifer Lopez

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265 233
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JoãoHenriqueTamasoSimo added Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry