17 Nostalgic 90s Songs That Still Give You All The Feels

As 2015 comes to a close, I find myself looking back in nostalgia over not just the past 12 months, but the past 20 years or so. Specifically, at all those 90s songs that still give me all the feels. More than almost anything else, songs from early in my life bring back those memories in crystal clarity; I can remember where I was, what I was doing, how I was feeling, and sometimes even what I was wearing when I heard them. It's kind of spooky. But it's also pretty cool, so I wanted to share a list with you of the 90s songs I connect with most strongly, even... two and a half decades later. Ouchies, that was jarring to write down. I feel old; quickly, play these songs so I can rediscover my youth!

For you, maybe a list of the feels-iest songs of the 1990s might swing a little bit more toward rock, or at least fringier songs that not everyone had heard of. But for me, this list is gonna be pretty much all pop all the time, and specifically pop ballads, because you can't slow-dance to "Jeremy". Believe me, I tried. In the category of Things I Remember Most About Middle School, right at the top of the list is the look on a boy's face after I asked him to dance with me during a song that turned out not to be a slow song at all oh my god oh my god. Am legitimately short of breath just remembering that.

So anyway, here they are, folks — the 17 songs from that time period that can still hit me right in the feels and send me skidding back in time to the 1990s.

1. "I Will Always Love You" — Whitney Houston, 1992

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This would be on here even if Houston hadn't tragically died in 2012, but that just makes it harder.

2. "Wonderwall" — Oasis, 1995

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Pretty sure these lyrics are seared into my brain forever, even as I have to be introduced to people two and three times just to remember their names.

3. "Don't Speak" — No Doubt, 1996

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Written by Gwen Stefani about bandmate Tony Kanal after he ended their seven-year relationship, and still gets me every time.

4. "I Swear" — All-4-One, 1994

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Remember avoiding eye contact with your dance partner while you swayed to this? I do.

5. "...Baby One More Time" — Britney Spears, 1999

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HEAR ME OUT. She flew so high, and fell so far! If that doesn't give you at least a twinge of pain in your cold cold heart, you're a monster.

6. "Candle In The Wind" — Elton John, 1997

The original version came out earlier, but Elton John retooled this version as a tribute to Princess Diana after her death in 1997. Oof.

7. "My Heart Will Go On" — Celine Dion, 1998

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Oh I'm sorry, your young life wasn't irrevocably changed by Titanic? Speak for yourself.

8. "I'll Make Love To You" — Boyz II Men, 1994

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God bless you, Boyz II Men. We had no idea what we were singing about, but boy did we love those harmonies.

9. "All My Life" — K-Ci and JoJo, 1997

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Still a karaoke staple of mine... come at me.

10. "Everything You Want" — Vertical Horizon, 1999

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Used to listen to this whole album on my Discman while I was supposed to be asleep, and could probably still recite it word for word if you need me to.

11. "Waterfalls" — TLC, 1995

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RIP Left Eye.

12. "Too Close" — Next, 1998

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Mostly my feels are about the fact that I had no idea what this song was referencing, and now I know it's boners, and I wish it meant I liked the song less, but it doesn't.

13. "Creep" — Radiohead, 1993

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Can confirm that I am still both a creep and a weirdo and this song is still about me, just like it was when it came out.

14. "Amazed" — Lonestar, 1999

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Incredible that we all draped our arms loosely over each other and swayed to a song as intimate as this one as TEENAGERS. What was our life.

15. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" — Aerosmith, 1998

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Remember how hard your parents tried to bond with you over the fact that they knew Aerosmith too? And you were like, "Oh my god stop, you're ruining it for me."

16. "Bittersweet Symphony" — The Verve, 1997

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Almost 20 years later, I can tell you that this one holds up as a pretty solid description of what it's like to be an adult.

17. "I Knew I Loved You" — Savage Garden, 1999

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As a friend of mine said, "Somewhere, in a cold, dark place, Savage Garden is waiting, hoping for a mention," and here it is boys! Now you've really made it.

I'm sure there are plenty of songs I left off this list that do in fact give me all the feels that I've just forgotten about — and feel free to hurl yours at me via Twitter — but in general I feel like this is a pretty accurate representation of my musical tastes in the 90s, for better or for worse. This is me, everybody! Warts and feels and all!

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