What better time to remember the '90s than roughly halfway through the following decade? That probably wasn't quite VH1's rationale when they decided to put together their I Love the '90s television series. (And it shouldn't be anyone's rationale.) VH1's timing probably had much more to do with the success of both I Love the '70s and I Love the '80s. They struck while the iron was hot, even though fewer people were probably ready to look back to the pop culture phenomena of this just-passed decade. To little surprise, the channel and the Rhino label put together compilations for each series, never with the intent to provide a be-all and end-all summary of the decade in question. In fact, the only song included here that stands any chance of evading some form of ridicule is En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)." Otherwise, it's a parade of novelty hits and one-hit wonders -- Barenaked Ladies' "One Week," Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5," Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)," and Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" included.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman