The Most Important Songs of the 1990s, Ranked

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In the 1990s, musical genres came and went at breakneck speed. Grunge replaced ‘80s arena rock, gangsta rap switched up hip-hop and new inventions finessed legendary voices. At the same time, the British music scene influenced how we danced, how we rocked and how we thought about our spice rack.

It was a whirlwind decade of rapid change, and these massive songs were the driving forces behind the cultural shifts. Dust off your old portable CD player and check out the 30 most important songs of the 1990s.