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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1,328 495
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Britney Spears

4
1,364 433
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Spice Girls

5
1,592 447
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956 436
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MC Hammer

7
301 89
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Dynasti Noble added 'N Sync

8
1,422 450
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Shaggy, Rik Rok

9
890 359
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Avril Lavigne

10
880 372
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No Doubt

11
871 369
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Destiny's Child

12
924 380
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Vanilla Ice

13
798 322
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Smash Mouth

14
1,241 432
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R. Kelly

15
738 323
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Alicia Keys

16
753 353
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Oasis

17
716 333
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Ricky Martin

18
1,024 409
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Christina Aguilera

19
695 353
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20
802 319
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21
691 369
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Lou Bega

22
548 304
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Semisonic

23
726 360
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24
481 286
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Dani678 added Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks

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622 312
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Alanis Morissette

26
337 254
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abid-farid added Mariah Carey

27
771 329
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3 Doors Down

28
538 349
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Eiffel 65

29
556 284
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Alanis Morissette

30
408 256
Enter Sandman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
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168 39
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Backstreet Boys

32
709 336
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The Backstreet Boys

33
171 62
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
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34
403 328
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Chumbawamba

35
441 283
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Sixpence None The Richer

36
549 293
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Shania Twain

37
622 333
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Savage Garden

38
472 315
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Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Mase

39
116 42
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Blackstreet, Dr. Dre

40
465 324
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Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

41
416 292
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Faith Hill

42
233 194
Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
Emily Glende added Outkast

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131 64
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WarrenMitchell added 'N Sync

44
396 298
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Hootie & The Blowfish

45
527 318
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240 158
Macarena is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
abid-farid added Los Del Rio

47
505 303
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Jennifer Lopez

48
160 67
Pony is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Ginuwine

49
117 36
A Thousand Miles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
SarahV added Vanessa Carlton

50
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