The 90s were such a powerhouse for creating some of the best songs of the century and it was during this decade that love songs really shined brighter than anything in the charts.
From the rise of hip hop and R&B to the domination of rock bands, the music sphere was expanding faster than ever and they all had one thing in common: the notorious love song.
Here are our picks of the best 90s love songs.
1. “Higher” by D’Angelo
R&B legend D’Angelo comes through with a 90s love song that you would think came out earlier than it did and, alongside its soulful nature, gives it this sense of vintage love that you don’t hear often from this era.
For anyone looking to take it back to the old days, this should be at the top of your list.
2. “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf
Seen as his comeback song, Meat Loaf creates a rock ballad that can compete with any ballad made in any decade.
It’s almost like he’s speaking to you directly with that hauntingly one-of-a-kind voice. A true showcase of what love can make you do (or not do).
3. “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige
Who can resist an upbeat R&B classic?
At this point in her life, Mary J. Blige was just hoping she could find real love already, a sentiment everyone has experienced in their dating lives.
What better way to express that than with a beautiful mix of hip hop and soul?
4. “Love is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet
Originally a song by the wonderful group The Troggs, this cover is a punchy rendition that benefits from having a solo vocalist as opposed to a group, and what a fantastic choice of vocalist it was.
A love letter to The Troggs and perhaps a love letter to that special someone too.
5. “As Long As You Love Me” by Backstreet Boys
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a group singing a love song, take the wonderful Backstreet Boys as an example.
The boy band craze started in the 90s and it’s no surprise why it blew up as much as it did. Who wouldn’t want love professed to them by these stunning young lads?
6. “Have You Ever” by Brandy
“Have you ever loved somebody so much, that it makes you cry?” A question I’m sure so many can relate to in the best way possible.
The tears that stream from this song and from how much you love your partner will go head to head to see what emotions reign strongest!
7. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
A hit song that also hits close to the heart.
Robbie Williams and company put everything into a song that feels larger than life, which you can hear in the grand strings and the sentimental lyrics.
If you’re looking for a 90s song to sing to a loved one during your next karaoke session, you can’t go wrong with this.
8. “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure
If this was a list of the best love songs of all time, this song would still find a way to proudly present itself as worthy.
Only a band as amazing as The Cure could make a song that’s perfect for a nighttime drive with that special someone.
9. “You Got Me” by The Roots
Love songs through hip hop in the 90s aren’t all that common but that’s not to say that they don’t exist.
Take a look at The Roots, singing a song about commitment and what it means to be faithful.
A beautiful way to let your partner know “it’s just you and me, baby!”
10. “Always” by Bon Jovi
If there’s ever anyone that’s going to be there for you, it’ll always be Bon Jovi.
A sweet sentiment about always being there for your lover in the form of a grand song.
11. “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey
Soul and R&B work hand in hand in one of Mariah Carey’s more underrated cuts.
Everyone at some point in their life has looked for love and it’s always amazing when you find somebody and think to yourself, as Carey would put it “now I know I’ve succeeded.”
12. “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls
One of the most notable slow songs from the 90s, let alone one of the greatest love songs of the decade.
A truly moving piece of music for any couple looking to create a moment together.
13. “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross
When you hear that classic 90s synth bass, you know you’re in for a legendary R&B cut and love ballad.
A gorgeous song just to sway with a special someone back and forth, remembering all the good times together and how there’s more to come, always and forever.
14. “At My Most Beautiful” by R.E.M.
Who doesn’t love a good Beach Boys tribute, certainly R.E.M. do.
“I Found a way to make you smile” has to be one of the sweetest statements anyone in the 90s has made.
So simple yet so real and I’m sure anyone you love would love to hear those words as well.
15. “I Can Love You Like That” by John Michael Montgomery
A song about giving a loved one the world plus respecting and loving them.
All they have to do is take a chance for both of your lives to be changed forever for the better.
16. “2 Become 1” by Spice Girls
Boy bands weren’t the only thing that was taking over the 90s.
If we think about it, the Spice Girls dominated the 90s with their quality brand of R&B.
In this 90s love song, two people come together to become one beautiful match.
17. “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie & the Blowfish
What’s a beautiful love story if it doesn’t have some interesting history to it?
Just like the band’s run-in with the law involving Bob Dylan’s lawyer, every relationship has its crazy stories that exist to help strengthen the bond between two people.
It’s tear-inducing, really.
18. “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by Aaliyah
It takes a lot of guts to cover a song from an iconic group, especially one as talented and celebrated as The Isley Brothers, so the obvious course of action is to get someone equally talented and celebrated.
Aaliyah is here to let you know that if you need a reminder as to why you’re special just let her know.
19. “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Straight from rehab, Nick Cave was looking for the mother of his child to be his one and only.
He loved her and wanted each other to be together, just themselves, as a family.
If that isn’t touching to the highest extent then I don’t know what is.
20. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor
Speaking of covering a legend, had it not been for Sinead O’Connor, this song (original by Prince) would not have been as much of a moment in the 90s as it was.
If you ever find yourself missing your partner, just put on this song to help you remember that you are not alone in that feeling.
21. “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
If you’re looking for something to blast from your boombox (or your phone) to a loved one from outside their front window, this song is that song.
Who can listen to Steven Tyler’s voice and not feel the heart and soul coming out?
Let the neighbors and everyone around you know how much you love your loved one.
22. “Angel of Mine” by Monica
Hands down one of the best R&B tracks of the 90s, even if it’s not as much in the conversation as some other picks.
From the heartfelt strings to the pristine vocal harmonies, this song speaks for itself when it comes to what it’s like to find the one.
23. “I Swear” by All-4-One
Did anyone else hear this when they were young and feel their entire world change?
There’s such a comforting feeling of love that this song emits that hasn’t really been replicated similarly since.
24. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal
How often do you hear a song where the chorus is an earworm but also the verses are just as catchy?
One of the best songs of the 90s, this song’s sentiment is grand that it can be heard from across the ocean…because he’s a seal!
25. “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses
There are a lot of adjectives one could use to describe love songs (trust me, I know), but not too often would you call a love song “awesome” or “cool.”
This song shows that love can be just as “awesome and cool” as it can be “sweet and pretty.”
26. “No Ordinary Love” by Sade
Love can be a lot of things, but calling it complicated is certainly an understatement.
According to Sade, love is hard but she can’t help falling harder for him more and more.
I’m sure we’ve all found ourselves in a situation where we didn’t know what we were in for.
27. “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men
Love can be a lot of things, but calling it sensual is certainly an understatement.
When it’s time to get down to business, it’s time.
What can be better than a song that puts people, as Glenn Miller would put it, “in the mood?”
28. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
A staple in the conversation of love songs from the 90s, Sixpence None the Richer have created the perfect atmosphere for a love song.
It feels so genuine and direct, who doesn’t want to be asked to kiss someone already?
29. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain
Shania decided to tell everyone off for believing that her marriage was just a ploy to gain success.
She and at-the-time husband Mutt Lange wrote this song together to tell everyone that love is stronger than they think and that they are meant to be…at least, you know, meant to be until 2010.
30. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Easily one of the most recognizable songs of all time, it’s no surprise this will rank extremely high on people’s lists for favorite 90s love songs.
There’s a good reason why, with its heartwarming presentation and the love that pours from all sides, there’s no escape from this song, and, let’s be honest, you’re not going to want to go.
31. “Amazed” by Lonestar
A classic example of a great storm waiting to happen as this song came out in 1999, but it wasn’t until it was re-released in the year 2000 that its true potential shined.
Don’t forget to tell that special someone that you want them by your side, for the rest of your life.
32. “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” by Deborah Cox
From its gorgeous mix of jazz and R&B to its beautiful sentiment of finding love after previously having your heart broken several times, this song has a strong message that anyone can relate to: to never give up!
33. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt
Can you imagine having a song covered by Prince, Adele, Bon Iver, and George Michael respectively?
Well if you’re Bonnie Raitt then that thought isn’t exactly too farfetched to think about!
34. “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden
A warm and comforting song that shows that love has more than just an emotional connection.
Love is also about being there, especially if it’s on a mountain or the sea.
35. “How Do I Live” by Leann Rimes
It’s as simple as the title says: how can one live without the love of their life?
A real sentiment that Leann Rimes wants to know too. She doesn’t really get a clear answer, but at least she’s asking!
36. “I Finally Found Someone” by Barbara Streisand & Bryan Adams
Who could’ve seen these two legends coming together to make a beautiful song for a beautiful movie?
A wonderful duet to express the joy of finally being with the one you know you’re meant to be with.
37. “I Live My Life For You” by FireHouse
When it comes to underrated 90s love songs, this one doesn’t appear all too often.
So if you’re looking to show your lover a song that really expresses how you want to be with them forever, this will come as a shock to them!
38. “Lovefool” by The Cardigans
With such a groovy bassline and sticky chorus, can you really listen to this without bobbing your head?
Even if she has to pretend that her love interest likes her back as much as she does, that’s all fine.
Love is all about having fun in the end and she (and all of us) are having a great time.
39. “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge
A classic love song with a twist, a twist that asks “what girl doesn’t want to hear those beautiful three words ‘let’s get married?’”
If you’re looking for a song for your wedding, I guess this song couldn’t hurt!
40. “Waterfalls” by TLC
Love songs are always about the love from one person to another, but what about a love song to one’s self?
TLC tells it all, making a song that talks about the importance of loving yourself alongside loving others.
41. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter
A sweet and twangy treat of a song that takes you on a journey through Deana Carter’s first experience with love.
There’s an endearing wholesomeness in the lyrics that makes you feel her emotions with her as she croons about the bittersweet similarities of love and strawberry wine, having you find yourself humming along before the song’s end.
42. “Back at One” by Brian McKnight
A step-by-step guide on how to win a lover, I’d be curious to know how many relationships Brian McKnight has created thanks to this song.
I’d be willing to bet there’s at least one out there!
43. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
You know those lists you find of “Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers?”
If you haven’t, I’m here to spoil one right now: this iconic ballad is not just a cover, but a cover of a track by none other than the legendary Dolly Parton.
If you weren’t in love with this song before, you’ll surely be in love now!
44. “Don’t Let Go (Love)” by En Vogue
Being one of the final songs to feature Dawn Robinson before her eventual departure into a solo career, En Vogue creates the most popular and celebrated song of their career – and what a doozy of a song it is!
45. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
It’s hard to separate the song from its original soundtrack of The Lion King and that’s fine!
A blast of nostalgia and love all mixed into one, if anyone were to say that this was their favorite Elton John song I wouldn’t have a huge argument against it.
46. “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton
Who amongst men hasn’t gone so crazy over someone that they’ve done endless unspeakable things to get them to feel the same way?
If you’ve done something crazy for your love interest, turn this track up and let the world know your commitment to your lover!
47. “Baby I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain
If there was anything we all know a love interest would wanna hear, it’s that you love nothing more than being around them.
What better way to express that than playing this hit song on a summer day when the mood is just right?
48. “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez lays down some smooth vocals in this head-bopping anthem about standing your ground in a relationship.
“First of all, I won’t take you cheating on me” is a straightforward reminder to keep those standards high when it comes to love!
49. “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton
With this song being named one of the most successful songs by a solo artist ever, Toni Braxton surely knows how to make a song that sounds as classy as classy comes.
Don’t you want to show your lover how classy you can be?
50. “Wonderwall” by Oasis
Forever saving college kids from not knowing what to play on their guitar outside their dorm, Wonderwall has received such notoriety that even the joke I wrote is old!
Credit where credit is due, however, as Oasis has created a classic moment in our lives with a song that can be described solely as “a 90s love song.”
90s Love Songs – Final Thoughts
In times like these, we sometimes forget that emotions are the most powerful tools in our lives.
Show that special someone how much they mean to you and play some music that helps set the mood just right.
Once you transport yourself into a world of love and affection, there’s no going back.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these love songs from the 90s.