The 1990s were a great time for music. There were so many songs released in 1995 that it was hard to narrow it down to just 20. From popular rock songs to classic ballads, here are 20 of the greatest songs from 1995.
- 1. “Player’s Anthem” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
- 2. “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio featuring L.V.
- 3. “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
- 4. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac
- 5. “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
- 6. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston
- 7. “Water Runs Dry” by Boyz II Men
- 8. “Til I Hear It from You” by Gin Blossoms
- 9. “Freak Like Me” by Adina Howard
- 10. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” by Brandy
- 11. “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J
- 12. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” by Monica
- 13. “December” by Collective Soul
- 14. “I Can Love You Like That” by All-4-One
- 15. “Common People” by Pulp
- 16. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
- 17. “Waterfalls” by TLC
- 18. “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams
- 19. “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead
- 20. “Boombastic” by Shaggy
- Final Thoughts
1. “Player’s Anthem” by Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G.
From their debut album, Conspiracy, “Player’s Anthem” was an instant hit. A certified gold by the RIAA, this song is a classic hip hop jam that celebrates the hustler’s lifestyle.
2. “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio featuring L.V.
Certified platinum, this song reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Coolio a Grammy Award. It’s an epic rap track that pays homage to gangsta culture of the 1990s and is still popular today.
3. “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men in one track is a musical match made in heaven. This song stayed at No. 1 for 16 weeks, becoming the longest-running consecutive No. 1 single ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during those times. It’s no surprise that this song is one of the greatest songs from 1995.
4. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac
This iconic rap song pays tribute to 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. The heartfelt track showcases his gratitude for all that she has done for him. This will forever remain one of 2Pac’s most popular songs and one of the best tracks released in 1995.
5. “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey
Another entry from Mariah Cary in this list, this song is a classic. With more than 100 million views on Youtube, it’s no surprise that this was the lead single off her album Daydream and one of her most iconic tracks. It’s such an upbeat and fun song that you can’t help but sing along when you hear it.
6. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston’s hit single from the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, this track has a nostalgic vibe that makes you want to get up and groove. It was a hit and debuted on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It was also nominated for prestigious awards, and won a Grammy for Best R&B Song. With its infectious beat and empowering message, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” has become an iconic 90s song that will live on forever.
7. “Water Runs Dry” by Boyz II Men
“Water Runs Dry” is a classic Boyz II Men song from their album II. It’s a beautiful ballad about lost love and the pain of letting go. Featuring one of their signature harmonies, Boyz II Men create an unforgettable soundscape that will leave you in tears.
8. “Til I Hear It from You” by Gin Blossoms
The official soundtrack for the movie Empire Records, “Til I Hear It from You” is a rock/pop classic. This jubilant and upbeat song features bright guitar riffs, soaring chorus, and some of the most memorable lines in 90s music.
The Gin Blossoms’ track became a hit on radio stations across the country and solidified their status in the music scene.
9. “Freak Like Me” by Adina Howard
Adina Howard’s “Freak Like Me” is an amazing R&B banger that celebrates individuality and self-expression. With its raw lyrics and infectious beat, the track became a certified hit. This song is sure to get your body moving and is undeniably one of the most danceable tracks from 1995.
10. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” by Brandy
If the title wasn’t enough to give you the feels, Brandy’s silky vocals certainly will. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” is a beautiful ode to young love with a catchy chorus and some of the best harmonies in 90s music.
It quickly became one of the biggest songs of 1995 and has been used in various films and shows over the years.
11. “Hey Lover” by LL Cool J
LL Cool J is the master of smooth and sexy R&B jams, and “Hey Lover” is no exception. This classic jam oozes with coolness as he laments his love woes in a catchy and sultry way.
Thanks to its infectious groove and timeless sound, it’s become an everlasting track in the hearts and minds of hip-hop fans.
12. “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” by Monica
A song by celebrated R&B singer Monica, “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” was the third single released from her debut album Miss Thang. With over 23 million views on Youtube, it’s a classic that’s still beloved today.
The production and vocals make it one of Monica’s signature hits and it is remembered for its empowering message about not being discouraged by life’s obstacles.
13. “December” by Collective Soul
“December” was the lead single from Collective Soul’s second album, written by lead singer Ed Roland. An emotionally charged rock ballad, “December” peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and served as the band’s first major hit in the mainstream market. Many fans would recognize this song for its memorable guitar riff and introspective lyrics.
14. “I Can Love You Like That” by All-4-One
All-4-One’s debut single “I Can Love You Like That” became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number five and is a timeless classic loved by many. The soulful track has been covered by other artists over the years and reached over 8 million views on Youtube.
15. “Common People” by Pulp
Pulp’s “Common People” was a breakthrough hit off the album Different Class, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. It became Pulp’s signature song and set them apart from other Britpop bands of the era. You can stream this track on all music platforms out there.
16. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan
You can’t have a conversation about ‘90s music without mentioning Montell Jordan’s hit song “This Is How We Do It.” The track has over 150 million views on Youtube and was the first single released off his debut album of the same name.
This catchy R&B classic is still being played in clubs and parties across the world. It’s safe to say it will remain a fan favorite for years to come.
17. “Waterfalls” by TLC
This hit song from TLC was released on the album CrazySexyCool in 1995 and actually peaked at number one on different Billboard charts! “Waterfalls” earned TLC four MTV Music Awards. The song has been praised for its message about HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.
18. “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” by Bryan Adams
“Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” is a 1995 power ballad by Bryan Adams. It was written for the movie Don Juan DeMarco and peaked at number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The song is about the complexities and intensity of romantic love and has been deemed one of Adams’ most recognizable hits.
19. “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead
The next song on the list is “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead. This song was featured on their 1995 album The Bends and was a pivotal moment for Radiohead’s career as it helped them break into mainstream success.
Critics have praised this song for its unique blend of alternative rock, acoustic balladry and experimental music.
20. “Boombastic” by Shaggy
Wrapping up our list is Shaggy’s “Boombastic” – the lead single from his 1995 album of the same title. The song was an instant hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With its upbeat, infectious sound and iconic music video, it’s easy to understand why this song is still remembered as a classic.
These 20 songs are just some of the best from 1995, and it’s clear to see why they have stood the test of time! Whether you’re listening for the catchy beats or meaningful lyrics, these tunes are sure to bring back a wave of nostalgia.