23 Annoying ‘90s Songs We All Still Secretly Love, Despite Everything
There weren’t many things about the ‘90s that I don’t look back on today and remember with total fondness. Even the things that I found annoying back in the day — I think of them now and find them all totally endearing. Those slap bracelets that almost maimed us all? Those fanny packs that made everyone look hippy? So sweet! So nostalgic. Even some of the music that was unbearable back then is totally adorable now. In fact, there are a lot of annoying ‘90s songs I still love in spite of everything. No matter how ridiculous the videos were, or how likely they were to get stuck in your head for days, these songs are ones that we all still love. Admit it.
Especially now that there is some distance between you and these annoying ‘90s songs, you’re probably more likely to approach them with nostalgia, and not the utter disdain you felt back when they first came out. Because, even though these songs were the ones that haunted your adolescent dreams, they're literally your youth — you may not have appreciated them then, but you should now.
Don’t deny it. These annoying songs are too good to be remembered as anything other than awesome.
1. “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” The Backstreet Boys
Don’t press play unless you’re ready to get this song stuck in your head for the rest of the week.
2. “Every Morning,” Sugar Ray
When was the last time you woke up with a halo hanging from your bed? Try to recreate the joy this song brought you, even if it annoyed the hell out of you.
3. “All Star,” Smash Mouth
This was a song that made everybody feel a little bit better about themselves, even if they weren't always an all star.
4. “Lullaby,” Shawn Mullins
Ahh, the '90s... the decade of talk-singing. Not something I miss though, not gonna lie.
5. “Men In Black,” Will Smith
I don't know what I love more: Will Smith in his heyday or the dance sequence with aliens. It's a toss up.
6. “Thong Song,” Sisqo
You have to give the man credit for writing a song that started an entire underwear revolution.
7. “I Don’t Want To Wait,” Paula Cole
Pacey, Jen, Dawson, and Joey... this song undoubtedly brings you back to that classic '90s show too.
8. “Truly Madly Deeply,” Savage Garden
Props to this song for being so saccharine and awesome, but also to the lead singer for fully representing '90s style in that leather jacket and turtleneck sweater.
9. “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” Spin Doctors
How can anyone listen to this song and not immediately feel a little happier? I know I can't.
10. “Barbie Girl,” Aqua
So poppy it's painful.
11. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” Aerosmith
Epic on all accounts. I still get the chills every time I listen to this song.
12. “Lump,” The Presidents Of The United States
I'm not going to lie: This is still the song I play every time I need to shake it off. Sorry, Taylor Swift. You have nothing on this '90s classic.
13. “Summer Girls,” LFO
Abercrombie and Fitch? New Kids on the Block? Chinese food that makes you sick? Sounds like the '90s to me.
14. “You Get What You Give,” New Radicals
You've got the music in you. And, chances are, the minute you hear this song, its lyrics will be in you(r head) too.
15. “Say My Name,” Destiny’s Child
I feel like this song, more than any others, pushes the boundaries of the definition of "annoying." I never found it annoying, though, and I am still just as in love with it as I was back then.
16. “When The Lights Go Out,” Five
Again. This song was never annoying in my book, but I get that it could have been to some. I guess I just had a deep affection for men in utility overalls and bowling shoes.
17. “Breakfast At Tiffany’s," Deep Blue Something
You have to give this song credit for containing a line that would make sure no listener ever forgot it: "What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?"
18. “Informer,” Snow
I feel less annoyed by this song if I don't watch the video. Try that and maybe you'll fall back in love with it?
19. “Any Man Of Mine,” Shania Twain
Sing this at the top of your lungs, because this song never gets old.
20. “I’m Too Sexy," Right Said Fred
Needs no words.
21. “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy
There aren't nearly enough songs made in memoriam anymore.
22. “Mambo No. 5,” Lou Bega
Not too crazy about the lyrics, but man, this song was catchy.
23. “How Bizarre,” OMC
How bizarre? How bizarre.
Don't worry. If all of these songs are now stuck in your head, they should only be there for the rest of this decade. You're very welcome.