12 Cheesiest Club Anthems of the 1990s

The ’90s was a great decade for a lot of music – hip hop, garage house, alt rock, and Seattle grunge. There’s no doubt it was one of the best decades for experimental sounds.

But it was also a decade full of some pretty wacky songs that, despite their campy formats, somehow managed to work their way to the top of the charts – and into every dancehall and club.

If you were clubbing in the ’90s, we know you got down to some of these – the 12 cheesiest club anthems of the ’90s!

“Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex, 1995

What. In. The. World. Swedish group Rednex brought us “Cotton Eye Joe.” We don’t know why, but from the first fiddle we’re up doing the two-step! 

“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65, 1999

What was happening in that studio? This techno/euro blend was solid from a rave music standpoint and totally novel from a lyrical one. And wow, it was catchy. “da ba dee da ba daa…” sorry for the earworm!

 “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred, 1991

Pure goofy pop – you’d think this song would have a short shelf life, but it’s so much fun we still bring it out at pool parties every summer – and we don’t care who knows it!

 “Barbie Girl” by Aqua, 1997

By Danish-Norwegian dance group Aqua, this one left us scratching our heads from day one, but never failed to get people singing along to those slightly creepy, super bubblegum lyrics.

 “Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room)” by Paul Lekakis, 1990

A perfect bridge from ’80s New Wave and ’90s techno novelty. Brazen as the lyrics are, they’re way more amusing than what’s out there now!

 “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boyz, 1994

To the left (to the left)! To the right (to the right)! Now SLIDE BABY! We allknow how to do the Tootsee Roll, thanks to the 69 Boyz. Whether you were at the b-ball game or the club, you couldn’t wait for this banger to come on!

 “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team, 1993

Tag Team’s back again, cuz they never left! “Whoomp!” was huge at sports events in the ’90s and it’s stillplayed at games everywhere! Hilariously there’s a rumour that Barack Obama appears in the video, but we promise: that’s just a rumour.

 “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!” by the Vengaboys, 1998

The second song on our list with “Boom Boom” in the name, this tune was so infectious you couldn’t help but get down to it, even if you hated it. We think it’s even cheesier than the Vengaboys’ other hit, “We Like to Party.” Just try to argue.

“Macarena” by Los Del Rio, 1993

Unbelievably, “Macarena” was named the #1 One Hit Wonder of all time by VH1 and it’s on two different Billboard rankings, including #1 All Time Latin Songs. REALLY? We still think of it as bathroom break material when it inevitably comes on at every wedding reception we’ve ever been to.

 Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, 1992

Let’s just say that when we heard this song blasting from our moms’ rolled- down car windows in the summer of 1992, we understood right then the power of line dancing as a form of parental embarrassment.

 “Supermodel (You Better Work)” by RuPaul, 1993

SASHAY, SHANTAY! 1993 was the year the RuPaul took over the world and gave us the RUniverse. But seriously, this is the song that brought RuPaul mainstream success – even Kurt Cobain claimed it as one of his favorite songsof 1993. We have one thing to say: YOU BETTA WORK!

“Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite, 1990

How do you say: de Groovy? Nothing defines the early ’90s club scene better than this juicy, funky treat that mixes up ’60s throwback vibes with house style grooves and a whole lotta kitsch (slide whistles, anyone?). But no matter how much novelty it gave us, it also gave us serious groove – we’re ready to get our platform shoes on and blast it right now.