90s Party Songs: The 106 Best Party Hits From The Nineties

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Who doesn’t like to remember the time of the wild 90s parties?. When the dancefloor was still being made unsafe by dungarees and flashy track jackets. The Rap and Hip-Hop Music spilled over from the USA to Europe and gave us party songs by rappers like “Vanilla Ice”, “Snap”, “MC Hammer” or even “Will Smith”. The early 90s brought techno and electronic music through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent love-and-peace movement with the help of the modern PC.

Computer-generated and distorted voices were often heard in one or the other party hit from the nineties.

The 90s were also the golden age of music videos. MTV became a global brand and with VIVA the first music channel was founded in Germany. The MP3 player opened up a new market.

Now everyone could listen to music while riding through the streets with their inline skates and the Eastpack backpack on their backs.

(At the end of the article we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

Below we have compiled a list of the best 90s party hits:

01. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Baby got Back


If you want to witness how the audience at a party gets into a song almost unanimously, you can hardly get around Sir Mix-a-Lot: With his unabashed exclamation “I like big butts and I can’t lie!” the US-American rapper left no doubts about his physical preferences. The Rick Rubin-produced single was most successful in the United States, where it held the top spot on the Billboard charts for five weeks; only Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” crossed record store counters more often in 1992.

02. Chumbawamba – Tubthumping


This British band had already released seven albums before this equally simple and effective song heralded their Rock song her commercial star hour rang in. Supposedly, a pub in Leeds, England, served as her inspiration for an upbeat and easy-to-sing-along party hit that extols the everyday constancy of the middle class. In the domestic singles charts, “Tubthumping” (1997) proved similar staying power, reaching second place there.

It did even better in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, or Scotland, while also the US market could be cracked by a sixth place in the Billboard charts there.

03. Scatman John – Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)


How to turn a supposed flaw into a trademark was demonstrated extremely impressively by John Paul Larkin in the mid-1990s: The US-American first hired himself out as a Jazz musician in Berlin, before combining his stuttering with the Eurodance beats of the time on the advice of his agent. At the prime newcomer age of 53, he achieved an international breakthrough with his first single, which was named after his new stage name. In Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Spain, and Norway, he reached number one in the singles charts, while he also enjoyed great success in many other European countries and even in Japan.

04. Underworld – Born Slippy. NUXX


The Welsh electro combo Underworld had already released “Born Slippy” as a single in the spring of 1995, but at that time it was only moderately successful in the British charts. The instrumental track differs quite a bit from the similarly titled B-side “Born Slippy. NUXX”, which only received greater attention in the summer of 1996: Danny Boyle’s cult flick “Trainspotting” features it in the closing scene, which is how it became etched in the minds of fans of the film-and soon beyond.

The top five placements in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and England were the logical consequence!

05. Corona – The Rhythm of the Night


No party that celebrates the music of the 1990s can do without this Eurodance milestone! Corona was already raving about the rhythm of the night in his native Italy at the end of 1993 before the single found its way into the wider world due to its success there. In almost all European nations, the top ten of the respective charts could be conquered; in the USA, this mark was only just missed with an eleventh place.

Many songs of this era were based on simple danceability, but “The Rhythm of the Night” embodies the attitude to life on the dance floors of the time like hardly any other hit!

06. Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl


In retrospect, it’s hard to say what percentage of the resounding success of his single “Mysterious Girl” was due to Peter Andre’s pronounced abdominal muscles – all that’s certain is that the reggae-influenced pop number was one of the most successful of all time most relaxed summer hits of the year 1996 was. The British rapper, who grew up in Australia, was supported by Jamaican rapper Bubbler Ranx, who also stood by him in the waist-deep water of the music video, which was shot in Thailand.

For the listeners in New Zealand, all this was worth the first place in the charts there, while in the United Kingdom it was “only” enough for the second place.

07. Spice Girls – Wannabe


To call the Spice Girls’ debut a success would be the understatement of the decade: the release of their very first single, “Wannabe,” in the summer of 1996 created an instant hype around the five-member band Girl group Triggered. Seven weeks at the top of the domestic charts in England and four in the United States impressively underline that half the world had succumbed to the pop-packaged empowerment message of Scary, Ginger, Baby, Posh and Sporty Spice.

To this day, the first few bars are enough to get not only the female guests on the dance floor in raptures!

08. Blur – Song 2


The rockiest entry on this list comes from Blur and is a rather untypical song for the Britpop great herself – nevertheless, it is probably her best-known song to date. The intro, reminiscent of “Smells like Teen Spirit”, is probably no coincidence: the song, which never got beyond its working title, is said to have been intended as a slight dig at grunge.

Especially by the maximum catchy “Who-Hoo!” the number could easily establish itself as a 9 party hit; also the frequent use on soundtracks or in commercials keeps it in the memory since its release in 1997.

09. Haddaway – What is Love?


There might be no other question that especially European night owls of the 1990s have asked themselves so often on the dancefloor! Unforgettable is the lament of Haddaway, covered with an extra portion of echo, whose love described in this song is simply not returned – his request that one may hurt him no longer sounds there only understandable.

While the single produced in Germany landed there in second place on the charts, today’s Eurodance standard work was granted the top among other things in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland or also Norway.

10. MC Hammer – U can’t touch this


Stop! Hammertime!

No break enriches a party as much as the one from “U can’t touch this”; first released as a single in January 1990. The song’s suitability for celebrations is given by the beat based on Rick James’ “Super Freak”, while MC Hammer provides “magic on the mic”. With his extravagant choice of pants, he definitely set the first fashion exclamation mark of the then still young decade!

The accompanying album “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” also enjoyed a groundbreaking 21 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts.

11. Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe


Country and dance are not genres that are too often mentioned in the same breath – and it is precisely this circumstance that probably enabled the Swedish music project Rednex to achieve such success in the late summer of 1994. Their idiosyncratic Performeration of “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” a traditional folk song from the United States, made barns shake all over Europe: In Germany alone, more than a million units of the single were sold, and for ten weeks Rednex occupied the top of the charts.

It’s no wonder that especially contemporaries quickly become passionate cowboys and cowgirls again when the firewater flows and this tried and true party song is heard!

12. Lou Bega – Mambo № 5 (A little bit of…)


Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the most successful musical export hits of all time: A full 50 years after the “King of Mambo” Pérez Prado provided the musical foundation, Lou Bega and his team of producers succeeded in creating a worldwide hit with a modernized new version. The single, which was produced in Germany, was first released in April 1999, before continuing its international triumph in the summer and finally reaching the coveted top position of the charts in more than 20 countries.

Even the listeners in the United States succumbed to Bega’s charming performance and rewarded her with third place in the Billboard Top 100.

13. Will Smith – Men in Black


The science-fiction comedy “Men in Black” was the third most successful movie of 1997. Obviously, the audience was not only impressed on a visual level, because the title song performed by Will Smith was at least as popular and reached the top of the charts in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, and the United Kingdom. It didn’t make it to the top of the charts in the USA, of all places, but only because it was never officially released as a single there.

The song, in which Smith raps from the point of view of his film character, was nevertheless played up and down on the radio!

14. Aqua – Barbie Girl


Hardly any other song reflects the squeaky-colorful and wacky shrill side of the 1990s as much as the third single of this Danish-Norwegian dance group does. It is therefore not surprising that band member Søren Rasted (once husband of frontwoman Lene Nystrøm) was inspired to write the number after visiting a kitsch exhibition! Also not very surprising: Toy manufacturer Mattel was not at all enthusiastic about the uninhibited use of Barbie and Ken and took the matter to court.

Magnificent chart successes were nevertheless recorded around the globe; including the prestigious number one position in England, Australia, France, Germany, or New Zealand.

15. Gala – Freed from Desire


Released in 1996, this incredibly catchy Eurodance number gave New York-based, but actually Italian-born singer Gala her biggest success: In Belgium and France it has been enough for the top position of the respective singles charts, while in Ireland, Italy or England she has only just missed it. The song experienced a second spring more than 20 years after its actual release, as a version re-penned for Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg first went viral and shortly thereafter was loudly sung in the stadiums of the European Football Championship in France.

16. 2 Unlimited – No Limit


A driving, almost aggressive techno beat for the mainstream and the unmistakable announcement that there are no limits: It’s basically very simple dancefloor math that the fifth single of this Belgian-Dutch music project has distinguished itself as a legendary party song of the 1990s. In the year of its release (1993), “No Limit” was one of the most successful singles throughout Europe and also made it to the charts from Australia to Zimbabwe.

The duo, represented by rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth, did not achieve a commercial breakthrough in the United States, but their biggest hit is still heard there through sports events.

17. Culture Beat – Mr. Vain


Culture Beat also used the combination of a rapper and a singer, which was extremely popular in the 1990s; in this case, it was Jay Supreme and Tania Evans. The duo’s biggest hit was produced by Torsten Fenslau, who had already made a name for himself in the Frankfurt music scene by this time.

Unfortunately, he could not enjoy the success of his protégés for very long – only half a year after the first release of “Mr. Eiffel 65″ he had to give up. Vain” in April 1993 he died as a result of a car accident. Until then, however, he was able to witness Culture Beat taking eleven other top positions in Europe in addition to the German one!

18. Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)


Even at the time of its release in October 1998, this song by the dance act Eiffel 65, which was still a trio at the time, was polarizing: While some people immediately turned off annoyed at the sound of “Yo listen up, here’s the story…”, others were only too happy to indulge in the story of a little guy in a blue world – and the latter faction was at least big enough to enable the Turiners to achieve by far the best chart positions of their career. In addition to several A’s throughout Europe, there was also sixth place in the USA.

19. CeCe Peniston – Finally


After the just 21-year-old CeCe Peniston had already stirred up the dance charts in her native U.S. in the fall of 1991, the following spring it was also about the masses: With her debut single, the singer also achieved the most remarkable triumph of her career, which critics attribute in particular to the infectiously positive effect of the music she performed. The balanced mix of house, hip-hop, and pop recruited fans from a wide variety of camps and helped Peniston reach the fifth place on the Billboard Top 100.

Then as now a foolproof bank in the club!

20. 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman – California Love


Even in the 1990s, it didn’t have to be the trendy Eurodance at any price to guarantee a full dance floor. Arguably the most casual proof with the mainstream appeal was laid down by Tupac Shakur alongside his producer Dr.

Dre in December 1995 in the form of “California Love”! With additional support from Roger Troutman on the hook, the comeback number after Shakur’s prison stay not only placed ahead of all other singles in the domestic U.S. but also in Italy, New Zealand, and Sweden for a time. Under circumstances that remain unexplained to this day, 2Pac, who was often among the best rappers of all time Counted, just nine months after the release of “California Love.” been shot.

Places 21-106 of the best party hits from the 1990s:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

place: title: Performer: amazon.de Year:
21. Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice 1990
22. Losing My Religion R.E.M. 1991
23. Guru Josh 1990
24. Michael Jackson 1991
25. How Do You Do Roxette 1992
26. Thunderstruck AC/DC 1990
27. Culture Beat 1996
28. It’s My Life Dr. Alban 1992
29. Promised Myself Nick Kamen 1990
30. I’ve Been Thinking About You Londonbeat 1990
31. Insomnia Faithless 1996
32. Zehn kleine Jägermeister Die Toten Hosen 1996
33. Love Is All Around Wet Wet Wet 1995
34. The Power Snap 1990
35. Captain Jack Captain Jack 1995
36. Samba De Janeiro Bellini 1997
37. I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys 1999
38. Bailando Loona 1998
39. Out of the Dark Falco 1998
40. Carnaval de Paris Dario G 1998
41. Alane Wes 1997
42. Be My Lover La Bouche 1995
43. Freed From Desire Gala 1997
44. Around The World Daft Punk 1997
45. Open Sesame Leila K. 1993
46. Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partiro) Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli 1995
47. Gangstas Paradise Coolio 1995
48. Hyper Hyper Scooter 1994
49. Jein Fettes Brot 1996
50. The Rhythm of the Night Corona 1994
51. Let’s Talk About Sex Salt-n-Pepa 1991
52. November Rain Guns N`Roses 1991
53. Mädchen Lucilectric 1994
54. Two Times Ann Lee 1999
55. Herz An Herz Blümchen 1995
56. Coco Jambo Mr. President 1996
57. Nordic By Nature Fettes Brot 1995
58. Max Don’t Have Sex With Your Ex E Rotic 1995
59. Shy Guy Diana King 1995
60. Saturday Night Whigfield 1994
61. Vogue Madonna 1990
62. No Good (Start The Dance) The Prodigy 1994
63. Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O’Connor 1990
64. Baby One More Time Britney Spears 1999
65. Crazy for You David Hasselhoff 1990
66. Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana 1991
67. Engel Rammstein 1997
68. Happy Nation Ace of Base 1993
69. Der Berg Ruft K2 1994
70. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everbody Dance Now) C&C Music Factory 1990
71. Waterfalls TLC 1994
72. Die da!?! Die Fantastischen Vier 1992
73. I’m Too Sexy Right Said Fred 1992
74. Rhythm Is A Dancer Snap 1992
75. Das Boot U96 1992
76. I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy, Faith Evans feat. 112 1997
77. Rescue Me Bell Book & Candle 1998
78. Sing Hallelujah Dr. Alban 1993
79. Show Me Love Robin S. 1993
80. Kleiner Satellit (Piep, Piep) Blümchen 1996
81. Here We Go Stakka Bo 1993
82. I Like To Move It Reel 2 Real 1994
83. Lick it 20 Fingers 1995
84. Boomerang Blümchen 1995
85. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 1991
86. Joyride Roxette 1991
87. I Can’t Dance Genesis 1991
88. Boombastic Shaggy 1995
89. Push The Feeling on Nightcrawlers 1994
90. More And More Captain Hollywood Project 1992
91. Vangelis 1992
92. Whoop! (There It Is) Tag Team 1993
93. Runaway Train Soul Asylum 1992
94. Boom Boom Boom Vengaboys 1999
95. Think about the Way Ice Mc 1994
96. Chumbawamba 1997
97. Feel the Heat of the Night Masterboy 1994
98. La Cucaracha TNN 1994
99. Hand in Hand Dune 1996
100. Rock My Heart Haddaway 1994
101. Faster Harder Scooter Scooter 1999
102. Beautiful Stranger Madonna 1999
103. Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) SWV 1992
104. Just A Girl No Doubt 1995
105. Two Princes Spin Doctors 1991
106. Da Bomb Inner Circle 1997

90s party hits Spotify playlist:

If you wanted to celebrate this memorable decade, you definitely found the right music for it. Without a doubt, it was especially easy with a preference for driving Eurodance, but even beyond that the 1990s numerous lovable earworms, to which the ravages of time can do very little harm!

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