Good music can change your mood in seconds; that’s why it is essential to have a playlist that features songs of all kinds. The 90s and the early 2000s were the hotbeds of pop songs, with various boy bands and individual artists coming into the fray. Those songs are still pop and can instantly lift your mood.
In this age of rap music and EDM, you might feel nostalgic thinking about the pop songs of the last few decades
So Here’s a list of pop songs from 1990-2015 that you will want in your playlist –
Boy bands –
The 90s was the era of boy bands. While most of these bands have broken up, some of their songs are still popular.
American boy band the Backstreet Boys, circa 1995. They are A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
This American vocal-pop group was formed in 1993 and rose to fame with their self-titled debut international album in 1996. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson. Richardson left the band in 2006 but rejoined in 2012. This is one of the few boy bands that are still together. They are the best-selling boy band of all time and the only boy band to have their first ten albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
- Quit Playing Games (with My Heart) – This song was released in 1996 and 1997 in Europe and America, respectively. It peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually earned a platinum award.
- Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – This single was a part of their 1997 album Backstreet’s Back.
- I Want It That Way – Probably their biggest hit. This song was a part of their 1999 album Millenium. It was also used in an episode of the hit show Brooklyn Nine-nine.
- Shape of My Heart – This song was a part of their album Black & Blue, released in 2000.
- Straight Through My Heart – This single was a part of their 2009 album This Is Us.
Put together by Louis Walsh in 1993, and this Irish boy band had Keith Duffy, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, and Shane Lynch as its most famous line-up. The group split up in 1999 but came back together in 2007, only to disband again in 2019.
- Words – The band covered this hit song by Bee Gees for their second album, A Different Beat, released in 1996.
- No Matter What – This song was a part of their 1998 album Where We Belong.
Another Irish boy band, Westlife, was formed in 1998 and had Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, and Brian McFadden as its members, with McFadden leaving in 2004. They split up in 2012, but Filan, Feehily, Egan, and Byrne reunited in 2012. Westlife is one of the most popular boy bands and holds several accolades, including four Guinness World Records.
- My Love – Possibly their most famous song, it was released in 2000 as a part of their second studio album, Coast to Coast.
- I Lay My Love On You – This popular song is also from Coast to Coast.
- I want to Grow Old with You – Part of their third studio album, World of Our Own, which was released in 2001, this soulful track will undoubtedly make you emotional.
Individual Artists –
This Canadian pop-rock singer and guitarist shot internationally when his album Reckless was released in 1984, featuring the hit singles Summer of ’69 and Heaven. The band that supports him in his performances is The Dudes of Leisure or the Bryan Adams Band. He’s been the recipient of various accolades over the years and is one of the most beloved artists of all time.
- (Everything I Do) I Do It for You – This record-breaking ballad was included in his 1991 album Waking Up the Neighbours.
- Please Forgive Me – Released in 1993, and this song was included in his album So Far So Good as a bonus track.
- Here I Am – Co-written by Adams, this song was recorded in 2002 for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
- Heaven – Actor Matt Bomer covered this hit song of Adams’ for his 2015 film Magic Mike XXL.
This Spanish singer began his career in the mid-nineties and became the best-selling Spanish language act of the decade. By 2000, he had made a successful crossover into the mainstream English pop market, becoming one of the best-selling artists. He was given the honorific title of King of Latin Pop, and Billboard magazine named him the 14th most successful and top male dance club artist of all time in 2016.
- Bailamos – This song released in 1999 was written for Will Smith’s movie Wild Wild West.
- Rhythm Divine – This song was a part of his self-titled album, which was released in 1999.
- Be with You – This number one song was also a part of his self-titled album, releasing in 2000.
- Hero – Another song that reigned at the number one position, this track was released in 2001 as a part of his album Escape.
- Escape – This single from the same album became an instant hit and ruled the radio stations for weeks.
- Addicted – This song was released as the first single from his album 2003 7 (Seven).
- Somebody’s Me – This powerful ballad is probably his best-known song and was a part of his album Insomniac, released in 2007.
From this time onward, his albums started featuring a more contemporary pop style than before, with songs like Push and Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song). From 2010, he started releasing bilingual albums, beginning with Euphoria. This album mainly featured party songs and won several significant awards. The hits from this album include
- I Like It – This song featured rapper Pitbull and was the beginning of their many collaborations.
- Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) – The song featured rapper Ludacris and was Iglesias’ first number one on the U.S. Pop Songs and Radio Songs airplay charts.
- Dirty Dancer – With the release of this song, Iglesias tied with Prince and Michael Jackson as the male artist with the most No. 1 dance singles.
- Bailando – This song was released as a single from his tenth studio album, Sex, and Love, in 2014. Though initially released in Spanish, Iglesias also released an English version that featured rapper Sean Paul.
The 90s had more mention-worthy pop songs and artists, and this list certainly is not exhaustive!
Edited by Urvashi Gupta