Some of the most popular songs from the 1990s include "My Heart Will Go On," "How Do I Live" and "I'll Make Love to You." Other hits from this decade include "I Will Always Love You," "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Ballads were incredibly popular in the 1990s, particularly those sung by female performers. Some of these include "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, and "Nothing Compares 2 U" performed by Sinead O'Connor and written by Prince. Ballads performed by men, such as Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" and "One Sweet Day," were also popular.
The '90s were also the decade in which rap and hip hop entered the mainstream, with songs such as "Gangsta's Paradise," by Coolio, and "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince achieving critical acclaim and strong sales. Rock songs remained popular, with hits such as "The Sign" by Ace of Bass, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana and "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. In 1997, Elton John released a new version of "Candle in the Wind," originally written in the 1970s, to honor the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales. The new version was enormously successful, and became the highest selling single of all time.