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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1,505 550
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1,303 486
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Britney Spears

4
1,339 423
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Spice Girls

5
1,568 441
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6
938 429
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MC Hammer

7
287 83
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Dynasti Noble added 'N Sync

8
1,400 443
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Shaggy, Rik Rok

9
871 354
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Avril Lavigne

10
870 368
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No Doubt

11
910 374
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Vanilla Ice

12
1,229 429
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R. Kelly

13
855 365
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Destiny's Child

14
784 320
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Smash Mouth

15
732 318
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Alicia Keys

16
747 348
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Oasis

17
707 329
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Ricky Martin

18
1,009 408
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Christina Aguilera

19
797 314
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20
688 351
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21
684 368
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Lou Bega

22
546 303
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Semisonic

23
725 355
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24
618 312
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Alanis Morissette

25
471 285
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Dani678 added Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks

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335 252
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abid-farid added Mariah Carey

27
765 329
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3 Doors Down

28
532 347
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Eiffel 65

29
552 284
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Alanis Morissette

30
401 254
Enter Sandman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
andrew-baca added Metallica

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153 38
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Backstreet Boys

32
707 332
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The Backstreet Boys

33
167 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
401 325
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Chumbawamba

35
436 282
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Sixpence None The Richer

36
543 292
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Shania Twain

37
470 313
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Sean Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., Mase

38
615 333
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Savage Garden

39
461 323
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Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee

40
412 291
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Faith Hill

41
232 193
Roses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
Emily Glende added Outkast

42
108 42
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Blackstreet, Dr. Dre

43
128 62
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WarrenMitchell added 'N Sync

44
395 297
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Hootie & The Blowfish

45
525 316
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502 301
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Jennifer Lopez

47
233 156
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
157 66
Pony is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Throwback Songs for Your '90s & 2000s Playlists
WarrenMitchell added Ginuwine

49
444 296
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Jennifer Lopez

50
111 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