It’s safe to say that the 90s were the golden era of teen movies. These films had everything, from the high school dramas to the iconic prom scenes. But what really made these movies stand out were their soundtracks. The songs from these films are still loved by people of all ages. In this article, we will be ranking the best soundtracks from 90s teen movies.
10. “Clueless” (1995)
Kicking off the list at number ten is the soundtrack from “Clueless.” It’s hard to think of this movie without immediately picturing the scene with Cher driving while “Kids in America” by The Muffs plays in the background. This soundtrack also features No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” and Counting Crows’ “The Ghost in You.”
9. “Romeo + Juliet” (1996)
Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on the classic Shakespearean tale, “Romeo + Juliet,” had an equally modern soundtrack. Featuring bands like Radiohead, Garbage, and The Cardigans, this soundtrack perfectly captured the film’s edgy vibe. We still can’t hear “Lovefool” without thinking of that iconic pool scene.
8. “Can’t Hardly Wait” (1998)
This film may not have been a huge box office success, but its soundtrack was unforgettable. With songs like Blink-182’s “Dammit” and Third Eye Blind’s “Graduate,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” captured the essence of the late 90s alternative rock scene. The soundtrack also featured Smash Mouth’s “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby,” which became a hit after being included in the film.
7. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
When it comes to movies about high school, “10 Things I Hate About You” is iconic. Its soundtrack featured everything from Letters to Cleo’s “I Want You to Want Me” to The Cardigans cover of “Lovefool.” But let’s be real, the stand-out song on this soundtrack is Heath Ledger’s rendition of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
6. “She’s All That” (1999)
“She’s All That” may be known for its famous makeover scene, but its soundtrack is just as memorable. Featuring songs from Fatboy Slim, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Sixpence None the Richer’s hit “Kiss Me,” this soundtrack perfectly captures the late 90s pop scene.
5. “The Craft” (1996)
The soundtrack for “The Craft” perfectly captured the film’s dark witchy vibe. Featuring artists like Siouxsie and The Banshees and Love Spit Love, this soundtrack is the perfect mix of haunting and badass. And who could forget the scene where the girls use magic while The Smiths classic “How Soon Is Now?” plays in the background.
4. “Dazed and Confused” (1993)
“Dazed and Confused” may be a film set in the 70s, but its soundtrack is pure 90s gold. Featuring hits from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss, and Foghat, this soundtrack brought classic rock back to the forefront of pop culture. And who could forget the iconic opening scene with “Sweet Emotion” playing as the cars drive through town.
3. “Empire Records” (1995)
“Empire Records” may not have been a huge box office success, but its soundtrack has become a cult classic. Featuring hits from Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra, and The Cranberries, this soundtrack is the perfect representation of mid-90s alternative rock. And let’s be real, “Sugarhigh” by Coyote Shivers is still a bop.
2. “Reality Bites” (1994)
The soundtrack for “Reality Bites” perfectly captures the angst and uncertainty of early adulthood. Featuring songs from Lisa Loeb, U2, and The Knack, this soundtrack became a symbol of 90s Gen X culture. But the true standout song on this soundtrack is the iconic “Stay” by Lisa Loeb.
1. “The Wedding Singer” (1998)
Coming in as the number one soundtrack from 90s teen movies is “The Wedding Singer.” The film took place in the 80s, but the soundtrack was all 90s. Featuring songs from The Cure, The Smiths, and Culture Club, this soundtrack became an instant classic. But the true standout song on this soundtrack is “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler. This song has become the go-to wedding song for couples who love 90s nostalgia.
90s teen movies may have come and gone, but their soundtracks live on forever. These films and their iconic songs have become a symbol of an entire generation. From the grunge rock of “Reality Bites” to the 80s hits of “The Wedding Singer,” these soundtracks will always hold a special place in our hearts.
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