What are your top ten favorite songs from the 90s?
- 10. Alice In Chains by Man in the Box
Grunge before grunge. It was a hit but if it had come out a year later it would have been a smash. Bridged the gap from the hair-metal years and the flannel invasion.
- 9. Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
Angry last gasp before popular alternative music took a nosedive.
- 8. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
Un-Officially marked the end of the Grunge Era. The last big hit from Seattle before the death of Kurt Cobain.
- 7. Sweater Song by Weezer
A goofy song that showed that you could be loud still be upbeat.
- 6. Creep by Radiohead
Start with lyrics that tap into the desires of millions of high school nerds. Add a catchy distorted chorus. Brown and serve.
- 5. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
A raucus, party band showed they could be tender and speak from the heart. Few bands were more original than the Chilis, and this was their biggest hit.
- 4. Loser by Beck
Downtrodden anthem of "Generation X."
- 3. Closer by Nine Inch Nails
Among the darkest songs ever to become a mainstream hit. Was to metal and goth as was Nirvana to punk.
- 2. Alive by Pearl Jam
Debut song from a powerful band still going strong. Where Nirvana incorporated a Sex Pistols meets Beatles sound, Pearl Jam worked some bluesy, Zeppelin meets Neil Young sound. Excellent.
- 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Started it all. This song changed the perception of what new music people were willing to listen to. The tone of the song gave a voice to a generation of dissolusionment. Without this song, thousands of bands wouldn't exist and we would all still be listening to Winger.
Let's face it, "Alternative Music" started to break down in the post-grunge, pre-nu-metal mid-90's. Most of the best music from the decade came from early on, because mainly, they've stood the test of time. The rap metal, the boy bands, and the ska punk mostly became popular because the corporate machine simply needed a new fad to latch the public on to.
- 10. Ready To Die by Notorious B.i.g
- 9. Just A Friend by Biz Markie
- 8. Hey Young World by Slick Rick
- 7. Brendas Got A Babby by Tupac Shakur
- 6. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
- 5. Hard Knock Life by Jay-z
- 4. Pony by Ginuine
- 3. Dont Know What You Got Till It's Gone by Janet Jackson
- 2. Every Ghetto by Lauren Hill
- 1. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
- 10. Peephole by System Of A Down
- 9. Jimmy Page by Mindless Self Indulgence
- 8. Down In A Hole by Alice In Chains R.i.p. Layne Staley
- 7. My Own Summer (shove It) by Deftones
- 6. Dread And The Fugitive Mind by Megadeth
- 5. Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter
- 4. More Human Than Human by White Zombie
- 3. Professor Nutbutter by Primus
- 2. Forty-six And 2 by Tool
- 1. Ruiner by Nine Inch Nails
jodie... the BAND is red hot chili peppers and the SONG is californication AND FENIX... down in it and head like a hole are both '89
By: Zach Harvey
- 10. Say It Aint So by Weezer
- 9. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
I love this song but being more of a NIRVANA fan i couldnt put this up top
- 8. Everlong by Foo Fighters
- 7. Today by Samshing Pumpkins
this song makes me think of the 90's ill miss that decade for ever
- 6. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
bad bad song
- 5. Asking For It (w/ Kurt Cobain) by Hole/kurt Cobain
love this song. courtny's voice is amazing and not to mention Kurt Cobain is in this one
- 4. Heart-shaped Box by Nirvana
awsome song well written (every thing by Nirvana is well written) and the best music video ever.
- 3. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
i love the guitar in this song and the weird lyrics
- 2. Even Flow by Pearl Jam
- 1. Dumb by Nirvana
probably the most beutiful and the most beutiful song writing Kurt ever did
The Greatest day i ever had was when tommorow never came-NIrvana (original SMLTS lyrics)
By: Richard Bell
- 10. Loaded by Primal Scream
One of the greatest innovators in music today, Primal Scream moved away from the bedroom stereo to the dance floor.
- 9. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack
The greatest soul song of the past 25 years - bar none.
- 8. Fools Gold by Stone Roses
A genius bass line coupled with Ian Brown's mystic whispering vocal provided us with the best song they released.
- 7. Common People by Pulp
Pulp at the peak of their powers.
- 6. Sour Times by Portishead
The best song from one of the best albums of the 90's, "Dummy".
- 5. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
The band's third masterpiece.
- 4. Breathe by Prodigy
Breathe the pressure, don't play his game; he'll test you!
- 3. I Only Said by My Bloody Valentine
One of the most interesting developments in indie music came from Kevin Shields and his merry bunch of fuzz boxes. Crystalline, perfect and beautifully complex and layered.
- 2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
The epoch of grunge, and 90's songwriting in general. Kurt said he hated it himself, but everyone else must love this.
- 1. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
A "Bohemian Rhapsody" for Generation X. Complete mind fuck, and it still evades me how they, or anyone else, could have accomplished this amazing feat.
- 10. Name by Goo Goo Dolls
Great song with an awesome sound.
- 9. Smells like Teen Spirit by NIrvana
Was pretty much the anthem of the 90's.
- 8. Interstate Lovesong by Stone Temple Pilots
By far their Best song, and one of the best of the 90's.
- 7. All I Want by Toad The Wet Sprocket
Catchy tune that was great for just sitting down with a friend at the beach, or just a great song to listen to.
- 6. WonderWall by Oasis
Great song that set the standard for them. Hell all of the songs on this Albulm were phenomenal. From Dont look back in anger to, champagne supernova.
- 5. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
Great tune with a very deep meaning.
- 4. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
Pisses me off that they wont make another video, but all in all, its still a great song.
- 3. Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
Sad that songwriter/guitarist Doug Hopkins died, and that this band retired WAY TOO EARLY. This was a great song that EVERYONE, loved.
- 2. The World I Know by Collective Soul
- 1. Lightning Crashes by Live
Just a great mellowed out song with a great meaning.
Lets face it, after 1996 pretty much ALL the music SUCKED. THIS MUSIC HEAR WAS REAL, IT WAS MEANINGFUL, AND IT SOUNDED GOOD TOO!!!
- 10. California by Luna
Bewitched was another favorite album of the 90s. I haven't listened to Luna's most recent stuff, but this CD was brilliant.
- 9. Heart Cooks Brain by Modest Mouse
And so many more... really, one of my favorite bands. I chose this song because it's the only bitter buffalo song out there.
- 8. Half Past April by Rainer Maria
Off the Past Worn Searching album. Great live band. This song really exemplifies their dueling male/female vocals and the quiet/loud/quiet thing they do so well. I have a crush on Caitlin.
- 7. Car by Built To Spill
More indie rock from the Northwest
- 6. Little Mouth by Sleater-Kinney
Speaking of riot girrls... this song had anger in spades.
- 5. Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill
Damn fine song! Kathleen Hannah was a huge influence then, and she still is today with Le Tigre.
- 4. Graveyard Shift by Uncle Tupelo
I lived in St. Louis through much of the 90s, so I like pretty much everything by Uncle Tupelo... but this song... being Song #1 on their seminal first album No Depression... was a wakeup call.
- 3. If You See Kay by Posterchildren
Champagne, Illinois Power-pop at its finest
- 2. Manos by The Spinanes
Manos might just be my favorite album from the 90s. Rebecca Gates is one of the most talented guitarists, songwriters, vocalists out there.
- 1. Day Glo by Hazel
Portland Oregon's Hazel was one of the best bands of the 90s.
The songs/bands listed are in no particular order. Just stuff that came to me... no telling what I left off.
- 10. Everlong by Foo Fighters
Just a great song in general. I like the movement.
- 9. Be Quiet and Drive Far Away by Deftones
This song was the whole reason I decided to start listening to them. Its great to drive to. I also like Knife Prty off of White Pony.
- 8. God Of Wine by Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind just rocks. Their first cd is killer. I also love The Background and Motorcycle Driveby.
- 7. Three Libras by A Perfect Circle
I don't know why I love this song so much, but I do. It's sad.
- 6. Straight No Chaser by Bush
This is a good song.
- 5. Shimmer by Fuel
Great, great song. Great lyrics. "I never really know a killer from a savior." Beautiful! Thanks to moon for buying me the cd~
- 4. Deep Inside of You by Third Eye Blind
Just listen to it.
- 3. Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
Hey, I know this isn't from the 90s but who cares! This song kicks all forms.
- 2. Echo by Incubus
Thanks to Joel to making me listen to Morning View. I bought it and didn't really get into it. This song rocks. It's a really great cd. I wouldn't lie. This one's for you!
- 1. Say it Ain't So, Only in Dreams, and so on by Weezer
Weezer is one of the best bands out there. Call me crazy, but they kick. The Blue Album is stellar. So is Maladroit. I like Slave and Burndt Jamb.
There's a lot of music out there, and country and pop aren't part of it! There are many more great songs and bands I wanted to add and my list will probably change tomorrow, but so the story goes. Thanks again to my great friends Moon and "Jo'el" who have shaped my taste in music. You guys rock.
- 10. Dragula by Rob Zombie
It's Mr. Zombie, enough said
- 9. Whatever by Godsmack
- 8. Freak on a Leash by Korn
great drum work
- 7. The Unforgiven 2 by Metallica
Metallica, enough said
- 6. Falling Away from Me by Korn
Freaky song, which makes it cool
- 5. Wait and Bleed by Slipknot
well it's wait and bleed
- 4. More Human Than Human by Rob Zombie
one of mr. zombies best
- 3. Lake of Fire by Nirvana
great nirvana cover
- 2. Until the End of Time by 2pac
only rap song worth hearing
- 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
greatest nirvana song ever, by greatest band of the 90's ,
Even though my favorite is Mr. Zombie, Nirvana will always be the best band
By: Sean Ooi Eng Hean
- 10. All By Myself by Celine Dion
one of the greatest divas ever, she is GREAT!
- 9. Back 4 Good by Take That
- 8. Get Down by BSB
They were great, once but no more.
- 7. How Could An Angel Break My Heart by Toni Braxton
She is GREAT
- 6. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Joose
There may be many versions but u guys should listen to this version
- 5. Hard To Say I'm Sorry by whoever
Sorry i forgot who sang this song but i LOVE it.
- 4. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
What can i say? Simply beautiful.
- 3. All I Ever Wanted by Mariah Carey
Maybe many of you guys don't know this song but it is absolutely FAB!
- 2. Hero by Mariah Carey
Guess what? I love her with all my heart and soul since the day she started singing
- 1. How Deep Is Your Love by Take That
This song is absolutely one of the most beautiful songs i have ever heard my whole life
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