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30 Love Songs From the ’90s That are Still Bangers Today

Obviously our queen and saviour Celine made the list twice.

It’s the year 2019 and, sure, we’ve got some decent love songs out right now. I mean, Selena just dropped what is iconically one of the best IRL subtweets about she and JB’s relationship. *Sings, “In two months you replaced us,” at the top of lungs.*

 

But let’s be honest: None of ’em even remotely compare to the bangers the ’90s blessed us with. From sappy pop hits, to sexy R&B beats, the ’90s had a love song for pretty much everyone. And the best part? Most of the songs still slap.

 

In fact, we have the 30 most banging ’90s love songs ranked here for you. Listen and prepare to make some love—no, sweet, sweet love—’90s style. Or, at the very least, call your BFF to gab about your crush on a landline. Get ready to feel like you’re starring in a Freddy Prinze Jr. movie.

 

30. “2 Become 1” by Spice Girls

It’s a sappy Spice Girls song about ~making love~ to a dude you’re super into for the first time. Need I say more? Okay, fine. I’ll say one more thing: Do yourself a favor and imagine a young Posh Spice Victoria Beckham singing this to herself before going to pound town with David for the first time—and that’s something I can subscribe to!

 

29. “Angel of Mine” by Monica

I’m 110 percent convinced that we have this song to thank for the “Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?” pick-up line, but we won’t hold that against it because this song undeniably still slaps. It covers every aspect of the fairy-tale love story, from knowing they were right for you from the start, to them having your back through thick and thin. Cute, right?

 

28. “I Do (Cherish You)” by 98 Degrees

If you were a fan of the MTV masterpiece that was Newlyweds, I would highly recommend listening to this song and imagining an alternate universe in which Nick and Jess really made it for the long haul and he serenaded her with this every day.

 

27. “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton

Okay, this song is technically about heartbreak, but there’s something so romantic about the fact that the only person who can un-break Toni’s heart is the one who broke it in the first place. Don’t you wish your ex was bumping this about you right now? Actually, forget wishing they would do this—let’s just pretend they for sure are.

 

26. “I Wanna Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler

If you’ve seen The Wedding Singer, you know why this song is a total tear-jerker. If you haven’t, let me put it to you like this: Imagine the dude you love writing a song about wanting to spend the rest of his life growing old with you. (And the song was actually v cute and really good.)

 

25. “This I Promise You” by N*Sync

As if this list would be complete without a friggin’ N*Sync anthem. Girl, you thought. This song is basically like someone took the most romantic wedding vows you’ve ever heard and set them to a perfectly cheesy ‘90s melody.

 

24. “Head Over Feet” by Alanis Morissette

Yes, it first came out over two decades ago. But with lyrics like “You treat me like I’m a princess, I'm not used to liking that,” I think anyone with a low-key f*ckboy addiction will agree it’s still v relatable.

 

23. “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal

NGL, I have no idea what “I’ve been kissed by a rose on the grey” even means, but it’s the kind of song that makes me wonder if I just don’t get it because I just don’t get love.

 

22. “As Long As You Love Me” by Backstreet Boys

You know when it’s 2 a.m. and the bar’s about to close, and you’re wondering why the hell that hot guy who made eyes at you when you first walked in still hasn’t talked to you? This song is basically like a way more romantic version of that. You don’t care who he is, as long as he loves you (or maybe, in this case, just bones you tonight).

 

21. “I Love You (Always Forever)” by Donna Lewis

I love this song because it can be related to more than one love of your life. In other words, you can relate it to the love you feel about your BF and the love you feel for your BFF. Because, let’s face it, she’s the one you’re really going to be loving forever.

 

20. “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden

Dare you to listen to this song and not feel like you’re suddenly starring in the happy ending of your very own ‘90s rom-com and Freddie Prinze Jr. is going to sensually take your glasses off any minute now. DARE YOU!

 

19. “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band

This is more than just a romantic song. This is a quintessential sex song, and probably the most bang-able song on this list. Play it and make some love, sweet love, ‘90s style. Might I suggest you dress as Pam Anderson and your suitor dress as Tommy Lee?

 

18. “I Can Love You Like That” by All-4-One

I dedicate this song to you when the lame AF boys on Hinge aren’t impressing you with their Office pick-up lines. Let this song remind you of the sort of love you deserve.

 

17. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John

This is a great song to play when you’re feeling hopeless that the whole love thing is never going to happen to you. With lyrics like “There’s a time for everyone” it’s reassuring AF. Oh, and it’s also one of the greatest songs in Disney history—so this one gets an A+ from me.

 

16. “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo

Next time you get home from yet another subpar Tinder date, play this song and tell yourself that your dream dude just got home from his own subpar Tinder date and is sitting there wondering when he’s going to meet a bomb AF person like you.

 

15. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith

Okay, so this guy literally doesn’t want to fall asleep because he’s worried about missing you. Normally, I’d think that’s clingy AF. But this song is such a jam that it somehow makes it cute. Also, if you’re not requesting this song at the club around 2 a.m., WYD?

 

14. “My Love Is Your Love” by Whitney Houston

A good ‘90s love song makes you want to do a lot of things (e.g., make out, have sex, and/or get chased by a hot dude who’s in love with you at the airport), but it doesn’t usually make you want to get on the dance floor and break it down. This one does.

 

13. “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Michael Bolton

This song rules because it sets some seriously high standards. If a dude doesn’t do everything this song says (put you on a pedestal, stick up for you to his friends, shower you with gifts, etc.), SEND HIM BACK.

 

12. “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes

You know when you’re the absolute worst version of yourself crying to your best friend in a bar bathroom about how your crush hasn’t texted you yet and you literally might die if he ghosts you? This song somehow takes that emotion and turns it into a super-beautiful song.

 

11. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer

No matter how old you are, this song is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re back in middle school swinging on the swing trying to seductively make eyes at your crush the way you saw Carrie do to Big that one time your older sister let you watch Sex and the City with her.

 

10. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams

I mean, the title of this song says it all. Everything this dude does, he does for the woman he loves. That’s the kind of devotion we all deserve, ladies.

 

9. “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls

“Iris” literally has a dude saying he would “give up forever to touch you,” so, um, yeah it’s obviously romantic AF—oh, and peak ’90s goals.

 

8. “This Kiss” by Faith Hill

This song is obvi called “This Kiss,” but it’s about way more than that. It’s about having a fireworks-level connection with someone, who you just so happen to have fab sexual chemistry with (aka the dream). Oh, I also dare you to play it in the car and not wind up screaming the lyrics to yourself at the top of your lungs because, well, it happens.

 

7. “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders

The best part of being in a relationship is having someone who will have your back through all of the absolute worst moments life throws your way. This song is about exactly that. And it will probs make you cry, even if it’s your 100th time listening to it.

 

6. “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart

If you’ve been feeling single AF lately, give this song a little listen. I know it’s not exactly the dude you’ve been seeing without a label for six months telling you he wants to be official, but Rod Stewart telling you he loves you can be oddly reassuring.

 

5. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion

This song is so timelessly romantic that they made it the theme song for The Titanic…aka one of the most romantic movies of all time. Don’t really think I need to elaborate much outside of that, right?

 

4. “Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey

With lyrics like “You can’t escape me” and “You’re never gonna shake me,” MiMi masterfully manages to take all of the thoughts of your most psycho post-breakup self, and turn them into a legitimately romantic song that seriously gets your heart bumpin’.

 

3. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain

This song is aspirational. Yeah, that’s right. Shania’s lyrics in this song were couple goals before humans started being couples. And regardless of whether you’re into country songs or not, you know a thing or two about this song—hell, it was probably you and your first boyfriend’s song. Essentially, Shania walked so T-Swift could run.

 

2. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

Freakin’ duh this song was going to make the top two. She’s *everything* she is because he loved her. He was her strength when she was weak! Her voice when she couldn’t speak! Okay, I’ll stop quoting the song and let you listen.

 

1. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

This. Freaking. Song. Envision the love of your life and sing it at the top of your lungs next time you do karaoke and tell me it’s not the greatest love song of all time. Because it is, and I ranked it number one. You honestly can’t even argue either, sry.