'90s Soundtracks To Dig Out If 'Captain Marvel' Made You Nostalgic

The 'Captain Marvel' soundtrack has some undeniable bangers on it, but if you're a millennial who already lived through the 90s, then at least a few of the moments would've felt a tad... familiar?

With the main fight set to No Doubt's "Just A Girl" -- a song that already experienced a huge movie moment after gracing the soundtrack of Clueless -- and with tunes from garbage, TLC, Des'Ree, Elastica, Hole and Nirvana filling out the soundtrack, it kind of functions as a Best Of compilation for other great '90s soundtracks.

It reminded us of the Good Old Days (we're THAT old now, folks!) and so we thought we'd compile a list of some of our fave '90s soundtracks and invite you to join us as we really sink right down into the warm comfort of 90s nostalgia.

Oh, and we made you a playlist to enjoy if your heart desires.

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Cruel Intentions

Although "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is an undeniable soundtrack ~moment~ for Cruel Intentions, the entire film is jam-packed with TUNES that are so often left in the shadow of The Verve. Although it's hard to choose just one stand out, Placebo's "Every You Every Me" is a true classic.


Aside from "Just A Girl", Clueless serves up banger after banger. Can you go past Jill Sobule's "Supermodel"? No. You can't. The intro monologue set to The Muffs' "Kids In America"? Perfection!


It would be a smarter decision to put "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds here, since it appeared in all four Scream films, (as well as that weird ad for South Australia), but "Youth of America" by Birdbrain playing as the house party kicks off and we head into the film's third act is really THAT B***H, you know? I don't make the news, I just report it. Also, an honourable mention to "Drop Dead Gorgeous" by Republica, a song not actually on the soundtrack but such a bop.

Josie and the Pussycats

There are few injustices I feel as strongly about as I do about the fact that the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack is not on Spotify. Sung by Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo -- who are also featured on the soundtracks for Jawbreaker, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Craft -- this soundtrack is all killer, no filler. Also notable are the two DuJour tracks, especially "Backdoor Lover".

Romeo + Juliet

There's just something about listening to Garbage's "#1 Crush" that immediately FLINGS me all the way back to the '90s. I can smell the Impulse body spray mixed with the smell of a new Dolly magazine as I flicked through it, haphazardly tearing out posters and pictures of all my faves, and devoured all the juicy goss that no one would ever have to wait a FULL MONTH for now.

Can't Hardly Wait

As a noted Smash Mouth fan, it would be very off brand and against my personal values to highlight anything else on the Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack, but aside from the timeless classic "Can't Get Enough of You Baby", the soundtrack also features Blink-182, Third Eye Blind, Guns N Roses, Run-DMC and Busta Rhymes. Hits!

The Craft

Let's just get the obvious out of the way and point out that Charmed swagger-jacked The Craft by using the exact same cover of "How Soon is Now?" for its opening credits. Still, it really is a great cover (do NOT @ me, fans of The Smiths!!! I don't want to hear it!!!) and the rest of the soundtrack is just as moody and vibey and the perfect background to any sleepover seance shenanigans, or at least... this is what I presume. I was raised too churchy and categorically Not Allowed to partake!


Any "hot b***hes strutting the halls of high school" scene lives and dies by the song playing as said strutting takes place, and Imperial Teen's "Yoo Hoo" is a flawless choice for Jawbreaker. With Letters To Cleo and The Donnas also on the soundtrack, it's another solid trek back in time.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT'S MUSIC CAREER!!! "How Do I Deal" really DID THAT!!!  Aside from this overlooked classic, there's also solid hits to be found in "Blue Monday" by Orgy and "Hey Now Now" by Swirl 360 (remember them?!)

Anyway, moving onto television, let's talk about the TV soundtracks that defined the generation juuuust before The O.C came around.

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer

With so much of the show taking place in The Bronze, Buffy featured all kinds of artists, but none moreso than Four Star Mary, who were the real band behind Oz's fictional band, Dingoes Ate My Baby, who performed a whole bunch of songs from the album Thrown To The Wolves over seasons 2-4.

Of course, they're not the only band to have an iconic soundtrack moment, but there's probably too many to list here. I'll just mention two off the top of my head: Michelle Branch singing "Goodbye to You" while Buffy and Spike hook up in the back, iconic! Also, Rasputina's "Transylvanian Concubine" playing as Drusilla enters down the mansion's staircase. The DRAMA of it all.

Dawson's Creek 

Okay, so TECHNICALLY this song plays in the show during a very High Drama scene between Joey and Dawson, but we have TASTE over here at 10 Daily and recognise Pacey and Joey as the only true pairing this show had on offer, so I went with this fan version of "Feels Like Home" because it felt more true than the original clip.

Anyway, this song is the definition of "Dawson's Creek music" in that it is full of EMOTION and is so heartfelt and earnest it reminds of a time where I used to have feelings. Love that! The rest of the soundtrack does the same, and also features a song called "Life's a Bitch" which is a real mood.

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