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10 Best '90s Movie Soundtracks | ScreenRant

The '90s gave birth to many different music styles, like grunge and new jack swing. The movie soundtracks of the decade reflect this eclectic range of music genres as the rap and hip hop boom of the '90s was a major contributing factor to the music of the time.

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Likewise, rock's tight hold on the industry was on full display through the alternative rock music of the decade, which would eventually wane in the following years. Movies can reflect the culture in which the audience lives. This is definitely the case in these fantastic film soundtracks that shine a light on the music trends of the '90s.

10 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

As Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery revolves around a swinging-sixties spy transplanted to the '90s, the film's album features a wide mix of songs spanning from psychedelic '60s hits to '90s singles. The fembot scene where Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" plays is one of the most memorable scenes of the film, quite an achievement in a movie chock full of notable moments.

Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles contributed her own spin to the classic tune "The Look of Love" to the soundtrack of the film, perhaps an unsurprising musical appearance given the musician is married to the film's director Jay Roach.

9 Space Jam

With some of the best '90s hip hop, rap, and r&b stars adding to the soundtrack of this animation-live action hybrid, this album was extremely successful. In fact, it reached a peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot 200 during its release.

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In addition, the film's album was nominated for the Best Soundtrack trophy at the Brit Awards. Thanks to musicians like Monica, D'Angelo, Salt-N-Pepa, Busta Rhymes, as well as others, the soundtrack of the film is just as fondly remembered by '90s kids as the movie itself. Plus, the "Space Jam" song itself is iconic.

8 Waiting to Exhale

As Whitney Houston was one of the four core cast members of this film, the soundtrack enjoys her stunning, powerful voice. Houston was not the only '90s heavy hitter to add to Waiting to Exhale's soundtrack. The album is a treasure trove of r&b artists, giving their all to the soundtrack.

From chart toppers of all ages, the film contains music from the likes of Patti Labelle, girl group SWV, Faith Evans, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Brandy, and TLC. Mary J Blige's hit "Not Gon Cry" is a perfect theme song for this film that deals with heartbreak and infidelity.

7 Wayne's World

This movie that serves as a love letter to classic rock features a slew of rock hits that range from the late '60s to 1992 when the film was released. Covering multiple spectrums of the rock genre, the film features artists spanning from Alice Cooper to The Jimi Hendrix Experience to Cinderella to The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In a lot of ways, Wayne's World is responsible for the '90s resurgence in popularity for Queen after this movie's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody" headbanging scene. The soundtrack eventually became certified double platinum, meaning that the album sold 2 million albums by 1997.

6 Trainspotting

Blending the great rock and new wave music of the '70s and '80s with the Brit Pop music movement of the '90s, the Trainspotting soundtrack is exceptional. Each song melds perfectly with the action of the film, creating an emotional effect.

For example, the use of  Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" during the opening scene sets the stage for the chaotic and irreverent mood of Trainspotting's approach to portraying drug addiction. This film's soundtrack even ranks highly as number 13 on Rolling Stones' "The 25 Greatest Soundtracks of All Time" list.

5 Boyz n the Hood

A film that takes place in South Central L.A, it makes sense that the soundtrack reflects the setting and time period of the movie. One of the film's stars, Ice Cube of NWA, was sure to contribute to the soundtrack.

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This resulted in audiences seeing the various talents of the rapper, who eventually became an acclaimed actor thanks to his contributions to this movie. Tony!Toni! Toné! lend their song "Me and You" to the film's emotional love scene between Cuba Godding Jr.'s and Nia Long's respective characters, which is another standout.

4 Singles

The grunge and alternative rock boom of the '90s are on full display in this movie soundtrack. Singles is a romantic comedy for Generation X. As a result, the film features the music that was prevalent to the youth demographic of the '90s.

Soundgarden and Alice In Chains provide the backdrop of the Seattle setting of Singles. Meanwhile, alternative rock mainstays Pearl Jam provided two songs to the film at the height of the band's fame. The participation by some of the era's most famous and highly regarded alternative bands all but guaranteed a great rock soundtrack.

3 Who's the Man?

This buddy comedy starred Yo! MTV Raps hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dre (not that Dr. Dre). The creator of Yo! MTV Raps, Ted Demme directed this film, promising a fantastic soundtrack as well as cameo appearances by the best and brightest of '90s rap and hip hop.

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With walk-on parts played by Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Eric B, Ice T, and Run DMC, the film exudes the spirit of '90s rap and hip hop. When a film has Notorious B.I.G on their soundtrack, they really can't go wrong.

2 Batman Forever

While Batman Forever is not as highly regarded as other Batman film adaptations (though many consider Batman Forever as underrated), the film's soundtrack is a different story. The album reached the mountainous peak position of the fifth spot on the U.S Billboard 200.

The film's soundtrack features a mix of genres and '90s artists. U2, long renowned, gives a rock edge to the soundtrack. Further, this film is where Seal's well-known hit "Kiss From A Rose" was established.  The song would go on to win a Grammy among other illustrious awards.

1 The Bodyguard

Iconic for " I Will Always Love You," the love story between Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston was made unforgettable by this film's soundtrack. With three singles in the Billboard Top 20 simultaneously, The Bodyguard soundtrack had mass appeal and popularity. Further, the songs "Run to You" and "I Have Nothing" were nominated for both Academy Awards and Grammy Awards.

To have one song nominated is a huge deal but to have two songs nominated from the same soundtrack is basically unheard of. While many of the most popular hits from the album were Whitney Houston originals, the soundtrack also featured music from other artists like Kenny G and S.O.U.L S.Y.S.T.E.M.

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