100 Greatest Songs From 1996

Criteria: These songs released in the year 1996 were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

The Fugees - Killing Me Softly single cover
No Diggity single cover
(Love Is) What I Got single cover
I Believe I Can Fly single cover
Firestarter single cover
Crash into Me single cover
Lovefool single cover
Where It's At single cover
1 Killing Me Softly The Fugees
2 No Diggity BLACKstreet, Dr. Dre, Queen Pen
3 (Love Is) What I Got Sublime
4 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
5 Firestarter Prodigy
6 Crash Into Me Dave Matthews Band
7 Lovefool Cardigans
8 Where It's At Beck
9 Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check Busta Rhymes
10 Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine
11 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton
12 Ready Or Not The Fugees
13 One Headlight The Wallflowers
14 On And On Erykah Badu
15 Wannabe Spice Girls
16 Push Matchbox Twenty
17 The Distance Cake
18 3 a.m. Matchbox Twenty
19 Change The World Eric Clapton and Babyface
20 You're Makin' Me High Toni Braxton
21 Santeria Sublime
22 A Design For Life Manic Street Preachers
23 Midnight In A Perfect World DJ Shadow
24 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
25 El Scorcho Weezer
26 Twisted Keith Sweat
27 Return Of The Mack Mark Morrison
28 Setting Sun The Chemical Brothers
29 Devil's Haircut Beck
30 Nobody Knows The Tony Rich Project
31 C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) Quad City DJ's
32 Fu-gee-la Fugees
33 Don't Let Go (Love) En Vogue
34 How Do U Want It 2Pac and Dr. Dre
35 If I Ruled the World Nas
36 The Good Life Weezer
37 Elevators (Me & You) Outkast
38 It's All Coming Back To Me Now Celine Dion
39 Nobody Keith Sweat and Athena Cage
40 Follow You Down Gin Blossoms
41 If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow
42 The Man Don't Give A Fuck Super Furry Animals
43 Novocaine for the Soul Eels
44 Every Time I Close My Eyes Babyface
45 Breathe Prodigy
46 Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand Primitive Radio Gods
47 Barely Breathing Duncan Sheik
48 Not Gon' Cry Mary J. Blige
49 I Believe In You And Me Whitney Houston
50 The Box Orbital
51 Cybele's Reverie Stereolab
52 The Freshmen The Verve Pipe
53 Say You'll Be There Spice Girls
54 Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt DJ Shadow
55 I Want You Savage Garden
56 In My Bed Dru Hill
57 Swallowed Bush
58 Only You 112, The Notorious B.I.G. and Mase
59 The State I Am In Belle and Sebastian
60 Da' Dip Freak Nasty
61 Trash Suede
62 2 Become 1 Spice Girls
63 You're The One SWV
64 When You're Gone Cranberries
65 Criminal Fiona Apple
66 Cupid 112
67 Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix) Lil' Kim
68 Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin
69 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) Coolio
70 Pepper Butthole Surfers
71 The Hidden Camera Photek
72 E-Bow The Letter R.E.M.
73 Stinkfist Tool
74 Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit Gina G
75 Fastlove George Michael
76 Pony Ginuwine
77 Daytona Ghostface Killah
78 In The Trees Faze Action
79 Last Night Az Yet
80 Anything 3T
81 I'm Still In Love With You New Edition
82 Ain't Nobody Monica
83 Kissin' You Total
84 Get It Together 702
85 The Earth, the Sun, the Rain Color Me Badd
86 I'll Be Foxy Brown and Jay-Z
87 All The Things (Your Man Won't Do) Joe
88 When You Love A Woman Journey
89 Everyday Is A Winding Road Sheryl Crow
90 Cold Rock A Party MC Lyte
91 Touch Me, Tease Me Case, Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige
92 Theme from Mission: Impossible Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
93 Oh Yeah Ash
94 Professional Widow Tori Amos
95 Djed Tortoise
96 Going Out Supergrass
97 Until It Sleeps Metallica
98 Don't Cry for Me Argentina Madonna
99 Blue Flowers Dr. Octagon
100 Dead Presidents II Jay-Z
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Salvation Cranberries
102 Helpless Child Swans
103 If Your Girl Only Knew Aaliyah
104 Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) John Mellencamp
105 Fly Like An Eagle Seal
106 No Time Lil' Kim and Puff Daddy
107 The New Pollution Beck
108 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson
109 What's On Tonight Montell Jordan
110 Keep On, Keepin' On MC Lyte and Xscape
111 Tattva Kula Shaker
112 You're Gorgeous BabyBird
113 My Boo Ghost Town DJ's
114 That Girl Maxi Priest and Shaggy
115 Po Pimp Do or Die and Twista
116 Coco Jambo Mr. President
117 Girl/Boy Song Aphex Twin
118 Loops Of Fury The Chemical Brothers
119 Let Me Clear My Throat DJ Kool
120 I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone Sleater-Kinney
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1996
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1996
* Harlem Hit Parade Little Isidore & Inquisitors
Lew's Choice:
* Daylight Fading Counting Crows
Brett's Choice:
* He's Luckier Than You The Prissteens
Ryan's Choice:
* The First Big Weekend Arab Strap

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