90s Hip-Hop & R&B Songs That Still Crush Weddings, Vol. 1

Aww yeah! As a kid growing up in the 90s who never got into grunge music, there were two genres I really liked: Country and Hip-Hop music. To this day, when I opt to listen to some Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B in my office, I ask Alexa to play the “Golden Era” of these genres most of the time. And there are so many great 90s Rap and R&B songs to choose from, especially when I’m DJing at a wedding reception! Brides, grooms, and guests still love to get down to the fun and funky beats of 90s Hip-Hop and R&B!

So, here are the top 25 90s Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B songs that still pack dance floors at weddings (for me, at least!). Enjoy my selections, and as always, the full Spotify playlist is available at the end!

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The 90s Hip-Hop & R&B Songs That Still Crush Weddings Playlist, Volume One

Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
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Obvious, but it is without a doubt, the biggest smash hit of 90s Hip-Hop.

Vanilla Ice – “Ice, Ice Baby”
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Stop, collaborate, and listen. Do you know all the words to this classic party rocker?

MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
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Every kid growing up in the 90s had a pair of hammer pants and could do the Hammer Shuffle.

Will Smith – “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
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Massive, massive, MASSIVE song from Will Smith. The whole “Big Willie Style” album still holds up.

House of Pain – “Jump Around”
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The second the horn hits, you know what’s coming next. A party staple that brings every dude to the dance floor.

Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
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I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again: “If a day comes when this song doesn’t work, I will retire from DJing the very next day.”

Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
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Another party rocker from the 90s that everyone instantly knows.

The Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
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Biggie Smalls released five singles in a row that were bangers: “Juicy”, “Big Poppa”, “One More Chance”, “Mo Money, Mo Problems”, and of course, “Hypnotize”. All five will work, but there is something about the opening drums from “Hypnotize” that rocks the hardest.

DMX – “Party Up (Up In Here)”
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Technically, this song was released as a single in 2000. But the album it was on was released at the end of 1999, so I’m counting it. And like “Hypnotize” this song is recognizable from the beginning and always sets the party off at a wedding reception.

Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
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Speaking of early 90s hip-hop song that work for my late 20s and early 30s clients…

Mariah Carey – “Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix)”
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The #1 of DJing: Play for the ladies and the guys will follow. This Mariah Carey song validates that rule.

Juvenile – “Back That Thang Up”
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Before there was twerking, there was grind dancing. This is THE hip-hop song that got my era in a lot of trouble at school dances.

Next – “Too Close”
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This song got my era in a lot of trouble with junior and high school administrators, too.

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Warren G & Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
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REGULATORS! MOUNT UP! Not only a great song for soundcheck, it still crushes dance floors when played at exactly the right time.

Outkast – “Rosa Parks”
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Growing up, I was mainly raised on country music. When I started to listen to hip-hop in my late teens, this was one of the first hip-hop songs I loved. It felt somewhat “country” to me.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg – “The Next Episode”
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I totally forgot this was released in 1999, as it came off an album called “2001”. I’m not one of those DJs who nerds out over music facts and history – I just rock parties.

Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
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Again, play for the ladies, DJs…

Digital Underground – “The Humpty Dance”
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Once upon a time, there was a Discotech mashup that included a verse from Jay-Z’s “PSA” over the Humpty Dance, samples from Fergie’s “My Hump” embedded throughout – it was straight fire. When I play “The Humpty Dance”, I usually play that mashup/blend, whatever you want to call it.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Got Your Money”
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Another one of those songs with an infectious sing-a-long hook (by Kelis!) that everyone from the late 90s era remembers.

Snoop Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
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I’m a West Coast guy, and while “Gin & Juice” also works, this one gets a better reaction because of the intro. For a clean version, find the radio version and not the terrible edit version that Spotify has.

Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
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The opening drums are instantly recognizable and the hook is a huge sing-a-long. Another timeless 90s R&B gem.

Lil’ Troy – “Wanna Be A Baller”
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I rarely play more than the hook before I quick mix out. But that’s really all you need when I drop this song late at night.

Ginuwine – “Pony”
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I love to drop this jam right after the last call announcement. Really puts people in predicament: do you leave the floor for one more drink or do you keep dancing to this addictive 90s R&B beat?

Tag Team – “Whoomp! There It Is”
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PARTY PEOPLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Here’s a shovel, can you dig it, fool?

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Theme Song)”
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I can’t name all the presidents who have served the United States of America, but I can recite all of the lyrics to this 90s hip-hop song from Will Smith. I’m sure I’m not the only one who can relate.

The 90s Hip-Hop & R&B Songs That Still Crush Weddings Playlist, Volume One

Looking for more great 90s Hip-Hop, Rap, and R&B song suggestions? Visit my website, Wedding Music Playlists, for additional song picks!

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Originally Published: July 1, 2019
Last Updated: January 1, 2022

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