You love the 鈥90s. You鈥檙e the gal or guy that never got rid of their Doc Martens, smiley face backpack and collection of hemp chokers. And now you鈥檙e getting married. So let鈥檚 make this an occasion your middle school self would be proud of. Presenting the ultimate guide to the perfect 鈥90s songs for every moment of your wedding.


Props to my girl (and Brit + Co designer) Annie Kubena for taking my 鈥90s love to a whole new level with these badass illustrations. Now, let鈥檚 pump up these jams! You鈥檙e going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.



鈥淒reams鈥 by The Cranberries: Your wedding day is a real-life dream. When I was in 5th grade, my neighbor/bestie Jacquie and I set up a lemonade stand at the end of our street. We wore matching blue and white striped tops from the Gap. We had my mom park her car in the driveway just past the lemonade stand, and we blasted The Cranberries鈥 1993 album 鈥淓verybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can鈥檛 We,鈥 and we had the BEST DAY EVER. Dreams can come true, and this song will instantly put you on cloud nine.

鈥淛ust a Girl鈥 by No Doubt: This anthemic song by then-ska band No Doubt was just what 鈥90s girls needed way back when. We all wanted to be girly but still tough, feminine but not frilly 鈥 and front-woman Gwen Stefani captured this dichotomy perfectly. And, on your wedding day, it makes an excellent soundtrack for sipping mimosas with the most important ladies in your life. If we want to take it there, I could also point out that this moment happens to be the last point at which you are a Miss and not a Mrs., and arguably, just a girl :)

鈥淢ove This (Shake That Body)鈥 by Technotronic: Remember that Revlon commercial where Cindy Crawford romps on the beach with her supermodel friends to this song? If you need a refresher, here it is. Glorious, right? Busting a move to this track is a stellar way to shake off any pre-wedding jitters.



鈥淲elcome to Paradise鈥 by Green Day: Dudes. Cranking Green Day is the best. Rock out to this while taking a sip of celebratory whiskey with your bros, and feel free to bust out your air guitar.

鈥淚n the Meantime鈥 by Spacehog: It was a toss up between this and 鈥淧ossum Kingdom鈥 by The Toadies, but I decided the storyline of this song is way more appropriate for a day dedicated to love. The appropriately space age intro that leads into a series of woos sets a solidly chill vibe for your pre-wedding hang sash.

鈥淭wo Princes鈥 by Spin Doctors: I do want to call you baby, I do want to tell you maybe, I do want to buy you flowers and I definitely want to talk for hours. Just go ahead now.



鈥淟ovefool鈥 by The Cardigans: No one will ever forget that god-awful cry Claire Danes let out while playing Juliet in Baz Luhrmann鈥檚 take on the bard鈥檚 ultimate romantic tragedy. But this dark and hip adaptation of R&J also gave us the gift of the song, 鈥淟ovefool,鈥 and that magical interlude between Leo, er, Romeo, and Juliet in those gorgeous castle bathroom mirrors. Set the stage for the wedding like the beautiful angel princess you are, girl.

鈥(I Can鈥檛 Help) Falling In Love With You鈥 by UB40: This reggae-inspired rendition of Elvis Presley鈥檚 1961 ballad kind of makes me weak in the knees. I know it鈥檚 beyond cheesy, but I don鈥檛 know, it鈥檚 got a special je ne sais quoi that manages to work. An instrumental version of this would slay on the runway of your wedding.

鈥淪tay鈥 by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories: Feel free to close your eyes and nod to the beat in agreement with the 鈥90s realness of this track. And if you鈥檙e rocking hipster specs as you stroll down the aisle, more power to you.



鈥淭onight, Tonight鈥 by Smashing Pumpkins: James Iha, D鈥橝rcy, the drummer whose name I forget and good old Billy Corgan 鈥 all our besties dressed in weird period clothing playing music in clouds while floating in the sky. Wasn鈥檛 this video the best? Like, so truly weird but, therefore, so truly 鈥90s. And though *all* the lyrics don鈥檛 quite fit the wedding bill, some are right on the money: 鈥淭he indescribable moments of your life tonight, the impossible is possible tonight, believe in me as I believe in you, tonight.鈥 So bright.

鈥淎ll I Wanna Do鈥 by Sheryl Crow: Old school Sheryl Crow was cool. She was legit, and even my Megadeth fan of a brother was into her when 鈥淭uesday Night Music Club鈥 dropped. He even included this very track on a mixtape alongside grungier hits like 鈥淏ackwater鈥 by the Meat Puppets and 鈥淢ore Human Than Human鈥 by White Zombie. But back to your wedding 鈥 how fun would this be for grooving with your boo right after you say 鈥淚 do鈥?

鈥淜iss Me鈥 by Sixpence None the Richer: First off, you need to incorporate stairs into the aisle of your wedding so you can recreate that so-perfectly-90s-teen-movie scene from 鈥淪he鈥檚 All That鈥 when Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) reveals her newly made over self to 鈥90s hunk Freddie Prinze, Jr. Okay, so now that you鈥檝e got the stairs on lock, you鈥檒l need to follow this up with a choreographed dance to 鈥淭he Rockafeller Skank鈥 by Fatboy Slim at your wedding reception.



鈥淚鈥檒l Be There For You鈥 by The Rembrandts: Your original family will always be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. You know? Bonus points if you include a velvet couch and colorful umbrellas as props in your wedding photo booth. Even more bonus points if you鈥檙e so committed to the 鈥90s that you decide to don the Rachel as your 鈥榙o.

鈥淰irtual Insanity鈥 by Jamiroquai: This feel-good tune is great for this part of your big day because it鈥檚 pretty darn groovy. Parents, grandparents and even little kiddos can easily get down to a little Jamiroquai. Plus, if you have an invisible moving walkway at your wedding, you can totally recreate this trippy music video.

鈥淯nbelievable鈥 by EMF: The day is unbelievable, and so are you. And having all of your very best friends and family in one place smiling for the camera? UNBELIEVABLE.



鈥淔ade Into You鈥 by Mazzy Star: If you were born in the 鈥80s and were a child/tween/teen of the 鈥90s, then you have definitely dreamed about slow dancing to this song with your Miss or Mister Right. You with your long, unruly hair tucked under a Stussy beanie, floral bodysuit under a pair of overalls, your partner rocking a pair of JNCOs complemented by combat boots 鈥 you know the scene and this song is the soundtrack. It鈥檚 possibly the most swoon-worthy love song of the entire decade.

鈥淢ore Than Words鈥 by Extreme: The world of headbangers and hair bands was turned right on its head when Boston-based hard rock band Extreme crushed the charts with this soulful, acoustic power ballad. Some 25 years later (feel old yet?), this song has a tendency to feel corny. But to us true believers, it still gets at your soul.

鈥(Everything I Do) I Do It For You鈥 by Bryan Adams: 鈥90s era Kevin Costner was a babe and so was Bryan Adams. So when the two of them decided to blow our minds and be involved in ONE sublimely 鈥90s movie, we bowed our heads in utter gratitude. Crank up the volume, embrace your inner Maid Marian and sway the night away with your very own Robin Hood.



鈥淩ump Shaker鈥 by Wreckx-N-Effect: All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom and a poom-poom. 鈥楴uff said.

鈥淧ony鈥 by Ginuwine: You can blame or thank Channing Tatum for taking this song to a new level in present-day pop culture, but you can鈥檛 deny the fact that this song is a must. It鈥檚 a slow jam that calls for dropping low, and we can definitely get behind that.

鈥淗ypnotize鈥 by Notorious B.I.G.: When Julia Stiles took to the dining table at that totally typical high school house party in 鈥10 Things I Hate About You,鈥 we all took note. Even though it was followed by a less than charming display on a wooden swing, it solidified this song鈥檚 presence on all party playlists.

鈥淏e My Lover鈥 by La Bouche: This, along with all the songs in this dance break, was absolutely on my wedding request list. That is mostly because my husband, his dad and his brothers all light up the dance floor the moment this song comes on. For real. If this is a vibe you want to take further, feel free to cue up Jock Jams or Dance Mix USA (both of which I still currently own on compact disc).

鈥淕roove Is in the Heart鈥 by Deee-lite: I took a quiz in Seventeen magazine when I was 12 to find out what my song personality was. The answer? 鈥淕roove is in the Heart鈥 by Deee-lite. That鈥檚 right. I am this song.

鈥淭he Humpty Dance鈥 by Digital Underground: What exactly is the Humpty Hump? Well, I鈥檓 glad you asked.

First I limp to the side like my leg was broken
Shaking and twitching kinda like I was smoking
Crazy wack funky
People say ya look like M.C. Hammer on crack, Humpty

鈥淧oison鈥 by Bell Biv Devoe: By now, everyone鈥檚 on the dance floor. Your cousin who鈥檚 at your wedding sans spouse and kids is feeling particularly loose and is ready to lead a rap breakdown, courtesy of Bell Biv Devoe.

鈥淭his Is How We Do It鈥 by Montell Jordan: We鈥檙e at the point in the night where people are feeling really confident about their dance moves, so it鈥檚 the ideal time to bring Montell Jordan into the mix. If you鈥檝e got a sizable twenty- and thirty-something crew, you can bet this song will result in a dance circle.

鈥淛ump Around鈥 by House of Pain: Drinks are gonna spill, but it will be worth it. We promise. Dubbed 鈥渢he kind of sh*t you can put a lampshade on your head and act an idiot to鈥 by House of Pain member Danny Boy, this track is a party classic. Even Mrs. Doubtfire agrees.

鈥淪hoop鈥 by Salt-N-Pepa: If you don鈥檛 know every single word to this song, then you are not a female who came of age in the 鈥90s. If you do know all the words, then you know how ridiculously fun they are to sing along to with all of your bffs on a mic at a wedding鈥 or at a karaoke bar. Or just, you know, at your house every night before you go to bed.



鈥淪upermodel鈥 by Jill Sobule: Tonight is YOUR night. You鈥檙e gonna be a supermodel, you鈥檙e gonna catch the bouquet and you鈥檙e gonna get married next. Done and done.

鈥淪teal My Sunshine鈥 by LEN: This song is so weird that I had to put it on this list, and the bouquet toss fit the bill. Created by Canadian brother-sister duo Marc and Shanon Costanzo in 鈥99, this song is all about partying. In fact, it was born after Marc was at a three-day rave and ended up partying at his house with Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene and Deryck Whibley from Sum 41. How 鈥90s is that?

鈥淔ree Your Mind鈥 by En Vogue: Dramatic, yes? A wedding isn鈥檛 complete without at least a moment of drama, and this song knows how to deliver. Toss that bouquet as quickly as you can, and join your girls on the dance floor. The dudes might be scared, same with the grandparents. Who cares? It鈥檚 your party and you鈥檒l En Vogue if you want to.



鈥淛ump鈥 by Kris Kross: You didn鈥檛 pack a pair of overalls for your late night outfit change? Weak sauce, homeslice. The Mack Daddy would not be very impressed. But he will make you jump, jump.

鈥淏aby Got Back鈥 by Sir Mix-a-Lot: You probs want to save this until after the older generation has hit the hay, unless they鈥檙e all about that bass. This iconic booty call of a song set the stage for a generation that appreciates curves in a major way. It wasn鈥檛 subtle in its message 鈥 considering the video had Sir Mix-a-Lot rapping and dancing on butt mountains鈥

鈥淩egulate鈥 by Warren G and Nate Dogg: This is the quintessential late night track. You have to make a judgement call and make sure that your guests are feeling the smooth vibes along with the funky ones. If you put this on too early in the night, it can be a party killer. If it鈥檚 just late enough, it鈥檚 an easy breezy track for getting a drink refill while still feeling like a badass. You鈥檒l also learn who you should become better friends with based on who knows all the words.



鈥淎lways Be My Baby鈥 by Mariah Carey: My best gals from college and I may have a problem with this song. We sing it at pretty much any wedding, birthday party or dinner where three or more of us are present. But here鈥檚 the thing: We鈥檙e not unique. This song is SO ridiculously singable that it brings the house down no matter what crowd you鈥檙e in.

鈥淢r. Jones鈥 by Counting Crows: Don鈥檛 scoff. You know you had the album 鈥淎ugust and Everything After,鈥 and you thought it was pretty deep back in the day. When the Counting Crows first hit the scene, they were seemingly grunge. I know it seems preposterous now. After all, this song has way more in common with Rusted Root鈥檚 鈥淪end Me On My Way鈥 than anything off of Nirvana鈥檚 鈥淣evermind.鈥 But it鈥檚 true, and this song felt like just the singalong we were looking for. Admittedly, I deemed myself too cool for the Counting Crows from about 1999 to 2011. Then I realized that this is one of the most excellent singalong songs of all time, and a great track to bust out on karaoke night.

鈥淏uddy Holly鈥 by Weezer: Now that you鈥檝e hit the emotional highs for the night, it鈥檚 time to rock out. This happy-go-lucky alternative song was when Weezer really got us. The 鈥淗appy Days鈥-inspired video put the Fonz back on the map and made hipster bros in vintage suits seem totally handsome. And honestly, what鈥檚 with these homies dissing my girl? Why do they gotta front?



鈥淩eturn to Innocence鈥 by Enigma: Nothing shuts a party down like a track that was featured on the made-for-TV compilation, 鈥淧ure Moods.鈥 If your friends are anything like mine, this is what will happen. The song will start, people will look at you like you鈥檙e crazy and then they鈥檒l take a big swig of whatever they鈥檙e drinking and let themselves fall prey to interpretive dance. The return to innocence. Ohh iiiiiii eeee iiiii yyyeeaaaahh ooooh ah yi ahhhhh.

鈥淜iss from a Rose鈥 by Seal: Thanks to Enigma, you鈥檝e set the mood. Now you need to give the people what they want. The 鈥淏atman Forever鈥 soundtrack catapulted this song into the pop stratosphere, and was possibly the only good thing to come out of that terrible, terrible movie. Sorry Val Kilmer, you are just NOT Batman.

鈥淐losing Time鈥 by Semisonic: Bring the house down with the best end-of-the-night song in all of musical existence. And then drop the freaking mic.

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Wait a minute. Are you thinking to yourself, what about Britney, Christina, 鈥楴Sync and the Backstreet Boys? They鈥檙e for another list, and my 鈥83-born, flannel-wearing, Tupac-lyric-memorizing self is simply not the expert. Sorryyyyyy (said in that really obnoxious 鈥90s teen way where you don鈥檛 actually mean it). Peace out.

Which 鈥90s song are you most pumped to play at your wedding? Let us know on Twitter @BritandCo.