"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears and "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice are all examples of popular music from the 1990's. From grunge to boy bands, the 1990's were a diverse decade in terms of popular music.
The early 1990's were a transitional period from the popular hip hop and electronic sounds such as "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer to a new genre of music called "grunge." Grunge became popular with such songs as "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam and "Lithium" by Nirvana. As the decade continued, the harder rock sounds of the earlier years gave way to more upbeat songs.
"MMMBop" by Hanson was a catchy, cheery tune that signaled a new type of music taking hold. Songs such as "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie and the Blowfish, and "Just a Girl" by No Doubt were not as hard as the songs of early 1990's, and quickly became popular. As the music softened, pop music began to dominate with songs from boy bands such as "Tearin' Up My Heart" by NSYNC. Throughout the 1990's, the diversity of music provided several popular songs for music listeners of all types.