10 songs from the late '90s and early 2000s that are still hot today

Destiny's Child reunites at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2
Destiny's Child reunites at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 / Kevin Mazur/GettyImages

If you ask me, I'd say almost all music from the '90s/early2000s is still popular today. There was something different about the Hip Hop and R&B during this time. Beyonce was born from Destiny's Child, and Biggie and Tupac paved the way for rappers to come.

Britney Spears took over the pop scene and it was boy band central. Alternative rock and '90s country exploded in popularity with music from Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Shania Twain and Garth Brooks.

Today, with TikTok challenges happening left and right, older music has made a comeback in its popularity. Dancers and influencers use the top songs of the decades to boost their views and raise their followings. This has sparked a rise in the newer generations listening to music from past years.

It is nearly impossible to narrow the list down, but here are 10 songs from the late 90s/early 2000s that are still hot today! (In no particular order).

Songs from the '90s and 2000s that are still popular

"I'm Just a Kid" by Simple Plan - 2002

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Simple Plan Perform In Milan / Francesco Prandoni/GettyImages

Speaking of TikTok, this song blew up once again with the viral age challenge. This song was paired with photos of families at a young age then showing what they look like today. It was fun, and light-hearted and had almost everyone participating. This included the Cheaper by the Dozen actors, as the hit song was featured in the 2003 film.

"Mr. Brightside" by The Killers - 2003

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The Killers - 2019 Forecastle Festival / Taylor Hill/GettyImages

This song is a forever favorite. It is still played in bars, nightclubs, and weddings across the country. I don't think there will ever be a time when people stop singing along to "Mr. Brightside."

"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield - 2004

Natasha Bedingfield
Natasha Bedingfield - 31st Annual Race To Erase MS Gala - Show / Emma McIntyre/GettyImages

Many millennials recognize "Unwritten" as the theme song for the hit reality show The Hills, which aired in 2006. I remember driving with my windows down singing this at the top of my lungs, pretending I was Lauren Conrad. This year, the song has regained popularity following its feature in the romcom, Anyone But You.

"Say My Name" by Destiny's Child - 1999

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Williams
Destiny's Child - MTV TRL Tour 2001 - Concord CA / Tim Mosenfelder/GettyImages

Destiny's Child came about in the late '90s. They had various hits including "Survivor", "Jumpin' Jumpin'," and "Bootylicious." None of these seemed to remain as relevant as "Say My Name." This song has stood the test of time and will forever be a favorite '90s jam.

"I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys - 2000

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Backstreet Boys Concert In Sao Paulo / Mauricio Santana/GettyImages

The '90s brought in the era of boy bands, with groups like NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, and New Kids on the Block. The Backstreet Boys were one of the most famous groups at this time. Their hits include "Everybody," Quit Playing Games," and "As Long As You Love Me." "I Want It That Way" is a song that everyone just seems to know, no matter the age.

"Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg - 2004

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Snoop Dogg - Wireless Festival - Day 2 / Ian Gavan/GettyImages

I mean who doesn't love Snoop Dogg? His personality isn't the only thing he is loved for. His song,
"Drop It Like It's Hot" is one of the most popular on the list. It has been featured in commercials, and mashups, and is still played consistently today.

"No Scrubs" by TLC - 1999

T-Boz, Chilli
TLC Performs At The PNE Amphitheatre / Andrew Chin/GettyImages

"No Scrubs" is a song I immediately think of when I think about '90s/2000s music. The R&B hit is certified 2X Platinum in the US and remains a hot hit to this day.

"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears - 1999

Britney Spears
Britney Spears - 2001 MTV Video Music Awards - Show / KMazur/GettyImages

We couldn't have this list without the queen herself, Britney. "Baby One More Time" may be the greatest debut song of all time, but we all know that Ms. Spears was no one-hit wonder. She followed the success of her debut hit with an incredible discography of pop songs. Some of her best are "Oops I Did It Again," "Toxic," "Gimme More," "I'm a Slave for You," and gosh so many others!

"Barbie Girl" by Aqua - 1997

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90's Nostalgia Electric Circus Edition / Andrew Chin/GettyImages

"Barbie Girl" is just THAT song. This song has remained well-known ever since its release in '97. If I think about it too long, it will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio -1995

Festival Goers Attend Groovin The Moo In Canberra
Festival Goers Attend Groovin The Moo In Canberra / Tracey Nearmy/GettyImages

This song has gone Platinum worldwide and was declared Triple Platinum by the RIAA. Its use in film and television has kept it relevant throughout the years. Upon its release, "Gangsta's Paradise" remained in the top 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for twelve weeks.

Early 90s Honorable Mentions

"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston - 1992

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Whitney Houston -2009 American Music Awards - Show / Kevork Djansezian/GettyImages

Although released in 1974 by Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You" became known as a Whitney Houston song after the film The Bodyguard. This song is one of the most well-known songs of all time, it had to make the list!

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana - 1991

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana
Nirvana - Kurt Cobain / Jeffrey Mayer/GettyImages

Another song that couldn't be left out is "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nirvana led the wave of alternative rock that took off during this time in music. This song found success worldwide and will forever be a great hit.

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