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Top 10 Dance Songs of the 1990s

VO: Matt Campbell
Script written by QV Hough This decade was a new age of technology and the era of hot Eurodance jams. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dance Songs of the 1990s. For this list, while the decade saw the peak of Eurodance and techno tracks, we're also going to include songs from the '90s that make you want to get up and dance. Special thanks to our user Lionel Gilmore for submitting the idea at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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This decade was a new age of technology and the era of hot Eurodance jams. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dance Songs of the 1990s.

For this list, while the decade saw the peak of Eurodance and techno tracks, we’re also going to include songs from the ’90s that make you want to get up and dance. So even if they might not technically be categorized or labeled under the dance genre, they’re still eligible here.

#10: “Missing” (1994)
Everything but the Girl

Hypnotic and sensual, this steamy electronica number has also become a favorite for sexy times in the bedroom. With a low-tempo but catchy beat and a strong lyrical game, Everything but the Girl created the ultimate make-out song for dance-happy perfect strangers. The Amplified Heart single’s music video features band members Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt as two lovers missing each other, and creates a sense of longing in its viewers. Twenty years after its release, “Missing” remains a house anthem of pure devotion for distant lovers.

#9: “Get Ready for This” (1991)
2 Unlimited

“Get Ready for This”, or as some of you may know it, “that song from ‘Space Jam,’” is not only an anthem of the ‘90s, but a crowd favorite at most sporting events. This Eurodance track took the world by storm and became the ultimate pump-up song when it was released back in 1991 by the Belgian duo known as 2 Unlimited. With a heavy synth line and a beat that just doesn’t quit, 2 Unlimited begs the question on this track, “Are you ready for this?”

#8: “Rhythm Is a Dancer” (1992)
Snap!

Oh, snap! This joint will make you snap your fingers, put on your game face and dance the night away. Why? Well, because of its heavy, HEAVY techno beat. Vocalist Thea Austin asks the listener to join Snap! in their musical journey and allow the rhythm to serve as their soul companion. And then BOOM – Turbo B throws down a sick verse – well, except for the cancer metaphor. “Rhythm is a Dancer” became SO popular in the UK that only a Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” topped it on the charts, while the Eurodance tune has also been used in countless movies and TV shows since its release.

#7: “Run Away” (1994)
Real McCoy

This mid-‘90s jam will keep your blood pumping while making you ponder political systems. Based on George Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” the lyrics of “Run Away” reference Big Brother and the metaphor of running away to save your life. So, you might say that Real McCoy’s song inspires listeners to dance for their freedom. This song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became a staple of nightclub playlists throughout the decade.

#6: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1990)
C+C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams

Now here’s a dance song that KNOWS how to make you get lowwww. In fact, it might even frighten you a little bit. But no one – we said NO ONE – can deny the power of this powerful C+C Music Factory dance hit, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, by the way. Featuring killer rhymes from Brooklyn rapper Freedom Williams, and the signature “Everybody DanceNow” coming from Grammy nominated house singer Martha Walsh, “Gonna Make You Sweat is a dance song for the ages. [The track made Will Smith get funky in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” it served as the backdrop for a most spectacular dance routine in “Old School” and even appeared in an episode of “The Simpsons.”] With an ingenious title and wicked awesome production, this hot stepper demands that everybody bust out their best moves.

#5: “Good Vibrations” (1991)
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch feat. Loleatta Holloway

While today he’s known as one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, back in 1991, he was releasing one of the biggest songs of the year with his crew, The Funky Bunch. Mark Wahlberg, A.K.A Marky Mark, spits some nasty rhymes throughout this hip house classic, while a sample of Loleatta Holloway belting out “Love Sensation” comes in for the song’s catchy chorus. With a black and white music video that foreshadows some of Wahlberg’s future film roles, “Good Vibrations” is a ‘90s classic, even if the group was never able to follow up the success of this track.

#4: “What Is Love” (1993)
Haddaway

It’s the question that continues to baffle horny night-clubbers on a nightly basis. What IS love? Well, after this Haddaway hit became the focus of a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch AND film, most agree that love is when you find someone to aggressively bob your head with. Undoubtedly THE ultimate existential dance song, “What is Love” gets the party going and challenges one to think deeply about their inner fears. As a result, anything can happen when you’re jamming out to this song at 2 in the morning. Anything.

#3: “U Can’t Touch This” (1990)
MC Hammer

Sampling Rick James’ “Super Freak” and with a classic music video that showcases Hammer’s iconic baggy pants, “U Can’t Touch This” created a dance sensation that hasn’t stopped to this day. Making its debut on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in late 1989, and officially released as a single in 1990, this hip-hop classic has spawned multiple catchphrases. It also won MC Hammer numerous awards, like Grammys and an MTV Video Music Award. Although critical acclaim isn’t all that Hammer received - as the song topped charts in multiple countries and its parent album sold more than 18 million copies.

#2: “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
Deee-Lite

A fan favorite in the ‘90s night club scene, this funky house tune just won’t let you stop moving. With Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest providing the rhymes and Bootsy Collins throwing down a sweet bass line, “Groove Is in the Heart” blended a variety of genres while maintaining the feel-good vibe of a dance floor. There ain’t no other ‘90s dance song like it, as proven by its psychedelic music video which mesmerizes us as much as it encourages us to continue moving to the track’s infectious groove.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“The Rhythm of the Night” (1993)
Corona

“Mr. Vain” (1993)
Culture Beat

“Finally” (1991)
CeCe Peniston

“Da Funk” (1995)
Daft Punk

“Jump Around” (1992)
House of Pain

“More and More” (1992)
Captain Hollywood Project

#1: “Vogue” (1990)
Madonna

A song that is literally about enjoying yourself on the dance floor and with a beat and music video encouraging the vogue style of dance, is it really any surprise dance-pop number would top our list? One of Madonna’s most popular tracks due to the song’s chorus and critically acclaimed music video - directed by none other than David Fincher no less - “Vogue” remained relevant throughout the ‘90s despite being released at the beginning of the decade. Topping charts around the world, “Vogue” is also notable for bringing house music to the mainstream.

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