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The Most Popular '90s Songs On Spotify Will Shock You

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    If you were fortunate enough to grow up in the musical maelstrom that was the '90s, then you already know that the key to that era's music was diversity. From grunge and nu metal to the rise of neo soul, the world was bequeathed with many a radio gem — and the Billboard hits from that decade definitely reflect a range of genres.

    But as for which songs and artists actually endured, that's a different story. Which makes a bizarre kind of sense, if you think about it. Just because we were obsessed with Weezer's The Blue Album doesn't mean we want to listen to Undone (a.k.a. The Sweater Song) on our post-work commute. And, we had a serious love affair with Hole's Live Through This — but we don't actually want to add Courtney Love's (brilliant) screams on "Doll Parts" to our cheery workout playlist.

    According to data derived Spotify listening trends, there's very little overlap between the songs that were popular during the actual '90s heyday and the ones we still listen to over (and over, and over) today. Even if you're a '90s hit master, we bet you can't guess which tracks actually made the list ...

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    #1 Hit on Spotify: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana

    Okay — this one isn't so surprising. The cult appreciation for all things Kurt Cobain has grown so much so in recent years, that it's hard to think about the '90s without considering the band's impact on popular culture.

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    #1 On the Billboard Hot 100: "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes

    This song comes off a little desperate and whiny almost 20 years later. But clearly people were into it at the time: It was literally the biggest hit of the entire decade.

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    #2 Hit on Spotify: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

    No surprises here: This song is the jam, even in July when you're not even remotely thinking about anything that has to do with Christmas.

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    #2 On the Billboard Hot 100: "Macarena" by Los del Rio

    Also not a surprise: Everybody knew how to do the Macarena for a hot minute. It was the toast of middle school dances across the nation, and perhaps even globally. That said, we're not shocked people aren't listening to this one much these days. You can only do the Macarena for so long.

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    #3 Hit on Spotify: "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls

    Ever wonder if the Goo Goo Dolls maybe wished they would have picked a different name? In any case, they went with something memorable — the tunes continue to pluck at the heartstrings of Spotify listeners seeking weep-inducing rock.