Bands From The ’90 You’re Ashamed You Loved

  • East 17

    East 17 (Terry Coldwell, Tony Mortimer, Brian Harvey and John Hendy), pop group, circa 1994. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)

  • B Witched

    B*witched at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

  • The Real McCoy

  • S Club 7

  • Steps

  • Matchbox 20

  • U2


  • Marcy Playground

  • Bomfunk MCs

  • Korn

  • Smash Mouth

  • The Offspring

  • Hootie and the Blowfish

  • Fred Durst

  • Live

  • Vengaboys

  • Creed

  • Aqua Barbie Girl

  • Sugar Ray

  • Crazy Town Butterfly

The ’90s were a time when a lot of stuff was really bad, and a lot of people were really earnest. No one liked anything “ironically” yet, so when you liked a band, you really liked a band. But with hindsight now on our side, we see that a lot of popular groups from the ’90s were completely cringeworthy. From Crazy Town to East 17 — ’90s idols are just so dorky and uncool in retrospect. And what’s worse, a lot of the time they were not particularly talented (burn).

But we loved them way back then, and we still have a pang of affection for them that we’d never care to admit publicly. So if you had a crush on Scott Stapp, knew all the words to “Walking On The Sun,” or the dance moves to any S Club 7 number, then this is the post for you. Prepare to be reminded of all your most embarrassing favorite bands from the 90s.