Okay, 90s kids, it’s your time to shine.
This is the music many of today’s engaged couples grew up with. Millennials are between 25 and 40 as of 2021, which puts them at that average age for marriage. We know that when we start up a Backstreet Boys or TLC track, we’re going to be playing the bridal party and friends’ jams.
As mostly Millennials ourselves here on the Maryland’s DJ team, it was tough to pick just a few songs each to add to this 90s playlist. But we persevered. So here are 12 of our favorites from this formative decade.
Eat your millennial heart out.
DJ Steve’s Top 90s Songs
Believe by Cher (1998)
Cher’s dance-pop jam Believe introduced autotune to the masses. We’re not sure whether we should thank her for that, but the song is still awesome.
P.S. Lenny Kravitz co-wrote this particular hit.
What Is Love by Haddaway (1993)
It became legendary through Saturday Night Live and A Night at the Roxbury, but What Is Love was already a hit five years before the movie. It’s incessantly catchy and we love it.
Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay (1999)
This Eurodance song includes exactly two lyrics: “Do you think you’re better off alone” and “Talk to me.” So it’s not going to win any lyric awards.
But that synth melody and drum machine are so bouncy it does. not. matter.
DJ Brian’s Top 90s Songs
Santeria by Sublime (1996)
It’s not all synth and drum machines and dance music. Sublime combined reggae, rock, and hip-hop into something completely different. That first guitar riff on Santeria will get all the 90s kids hyped.
Hypnotize by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997)
The one. The only. The Notorious. Even people who aren’t into 90s hip-hop know and love Hypnotize.
This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan (1995)
This song was Montell Jordan’s introductory release. It sold a million copies, went platinum, and won Jordan a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Not too shabby for your first single. And it will get your dance floor fired up.
DJ Jordan’s Top 90s Songs
I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys (1999)
You can’t talk about the 90s without boy bands. Backstreet Boys took the boy band genre and exploded it into a mania that we wouldn’t recover from for over a decade.
Actually…(checks BTS’ record sales)...maybe we still haven’t recovered.
No Scrubs by TLC (1999)
The ladies at the wedding will lose their minds when No Scrubs starts. We’ve seen it. Never fails.
Backstreet’s Back (Everybody) by Backstreet Boys (1997)
Jordan wasn’t satisfied with just one Backstreet Boys song. He needed a second installment, so he went with a little tune called Backstreet’s Back (Everybody). It’s pretty obscure. You’ve probably never heard of it.
DJ Ryan’s Top 90s Songs
Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison (1996)
Inevitably, there will be someone on the dance floor who's been through a rough patch. Return of the Mack will help them get their groove back.
Rump Shaker by Wreckz-N-Effects (1992)
The earliest release on our list, Wreckz-N-Effects Rump Shaker holds over a bit of that late 80s hip-hop sound. 1992 was definitely the year of booty-themed songs—Baby Got Back came out that same year.
Another Night by Real McCoy (1994)
Another night, another dance-pop hit. This jam by Real McCoy is one that you may not recognize by the name, but everyone will know it when the music starts.
Working on a 90s music playlist for your wedding or event? The Maryland’s DJ team can help you pick all the hits in all the genres. Fill out our online form to check availability and start planning!
All photos by Glenn Clevenger III of I Live Art
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