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What are your top ten favorite songs from the 90s?

    By: Brenna
    • 10. hey jealousy by gin blossoms
    • 9. lightning crashes by Live
      Live is another one of those god-powers in rock.
    • 8. Dreams by the cranberries
      the cranberries were incredibly influential to so many bands that are around today...
    • 7. One by U2
      makes me cry every time...
    • 6. Heaven Beside You by Alice in Chains
    • 5. Spaceman by Bif Naked
      Bif's been around as Bif since the mid-90s... granted she wasn't ever big in the US... but her songs have changed lives...
    • 4. Teen spirit by Nirvana
      Gotta pay homage
    • 3. The Freshman by Verve Pipe
      Everyone i know was deeply affected by this song... now *that's* power.
    • 2. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      Grunge rock shaped the way I grew up... i'll always have a soft spot for a flannel and ripped jeans.. :)
    • 1. only happy when it rains by garbage
      gotta give it up to shirley and the boys!

    there are just too many great songs out there from the 1990s... unfortunately, most of the chart-toppers were boy band and pop rock trash.
    By: Chris O. Smith
    • 10. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      Finally found out what "...laying dead in pools of brumblow." meant. Brumblow is a crayon color, dag nabbit. Clever lyrics and a timely plot preceeded many school shootings in the 90s and unfortunately freaked Eddie Vetter away from doing anymore videos, thus limiting his audience.
    • 9. When it Rains by Garbage
      I like Shirley Manson. I think she, Gwen Stefani, Joan Osborne, Fiona Apple, and Sheryl Crow have more talent than pretentious acts like Jewel, Celine Dion, Tori Amos, Sarah MacGlaughlin, and Lauryn Hill--bar none.
    • 8. Bulls on Parade by Rage Against the Machine
      Kick ass song with the "Rally 'Round the Family..." line, but Rage is, by definition, part of the establishment they so despise. They sure as hell ain't protestin' nothing when they go cash their checks.
    • 7. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Better than "Give it Away" and I ain't the only one who thinks so judging from previous lists.
    • 6. Let Me Ride by Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg
      Since Dre and I both live in Cali, we should admit that we really don't "ride" here as much as we sit in gridlock. Whoever engineered the junction where the westbound 60 joins the 57 should be pimp slapped by Snoop and Dre.
    • 5. Today by Smashing Pumpkins
      "1979" is a great one too. They have a melancholy refrain to them, I can't put my finger on it. I didn't like The Smashing Pumpkins at first, but they grew on me gradually.
    • 4. Lithium by Nirvana
      As with "All Apologies," "Lithium" is (at least in my book) a much more edgy and important song than Nirvana's bigger hits. Thus, you won't find "Teen Spirit" here.
    • 3. Thuggish Ruggish Bone by Bone Thugs 'N Harmony
      What happened to these guys? I hope they don't disappear off the face of the earth like the guy who discovered them (Eazy E).
    • 2. Outshined by Soundgarden
      Hard edge, much better than "Black Hole Sun."
    • 1. Groove is in the Heart by Dee-Lite
      Techno classic from the early 90s. A frequent find on these lists, but I only included it because Bootsie rules.

    I HOPE THIS PISSES A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, The Spice Girls, Hanson, The Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, 98 Degrees, Celine Dion, Sarah MacGlaughlin, Tori Amos, Lauryn Hill, KoRn, Kid Rock, Marilyn Manson, Will Smith, Puff Daddy and others of their no-talent kind have really brought down the quality of music for the past 5 years or so. These groups and singers basically survive by either exploiting the legions of teeny boppers who stand outside of MTV Studios and scream, "Woooooooo!!!!!"; mesmorize unwitting Goths with FAKE shocking behavior; or make song upon song by exploiting musicians who actually HAVE talent (this means you, Puffy). Therefore, avid fans of such acts don't know what real music is and, just like the bands they promote, can't be taken seriously. The music you find so great will NOT endure, bet on it. "Bye, bye, bye!!!"
    By: Yogi
    • 10. What A Beautiful Day by Levellers
    • 9. Green Day by Basket Case
      Love this song...
    • 8. Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Beautiful stuff
    • 7. Every You Every Me by Placebo
      A fantastic song...
    • 6. Creep by Radiohead
      what's not to like? great tune and lyrics...
    • 5. Supersonic by Oasis
      Oasis at their very best
    • 4. Self Esteem by Offspring
      Catchy and brilliant...
    • 3. Lithium by Nirvana
      great head banging stuff
    • 2. Novocaine For The Soul by Eels
      A wonderful raspy song!!
    • 1. No Surprises by Radiohead
      One of the most beautiful songs ever made...

    By: JosÚ Luis Mota
    • 10. cf gf by tindersticks
    • 9. teenage angst by placebo
    • 8. writing to reach you by travis
    • 7. cop shoot cop by spiritualized
    • 6. sonnet by the verve
    • 5. safe from harm by massive attack
    • 4. somethin┤hot by the afghan whigs
    • 3. losing my religion by rem
    • 2. street spirit by radioehad
    • 1. porch by pearl jam

    without comments, just listening.
    By: Kevin Grealey
    • 10. Everybody Dance now by C&C Music Factory
      Along with Haddaway's = What is love? hit, this has got to be a runner-up as one of the best ever dance tunes. Classic. (just watch "The Super" with Joe Pesci)
    • 9. Only Fools rush in by UB40
      I know im gonna get alot of flak for this, but, I prefer this to Elvis' version. But dont get me wrong, Elvis would embarrase todays singers!
    • 8. Would I lie to you? by Charles and Eddie
      The most original tune out of the bunch. top tune!
    • 7. Carry me Home by Gloworm
      A Absolute classic. From another one-song-wonder. But, WHAT a song! what a song, what a song etc.....
    • 6. Drugs dont work by The Verve
      Their 2nd best hit
    • 5. Lucky Man by The Verve
      Their Best hit
    • 4. Gettin Jiggy with it by Will Smith
      From the master of cover tunes, here comes his best release.
    • 3. My Lovin' by En Vogue
      Absolutely cool tune from a girl group who actually had talent, take note:spice girls etc...
    • 2. Walking on the sun by Smash mouth
      Great cool tune, from a one-song-wonder-band, Buy it and pump up the volume!
    • 1. What is Love by Haddaway
      The best ever dance song in my opinion, i mean - Just rent out "Night at the Roxbury" and you will agree!

    Its hard to put together a top ten of my fav 90's tunes. The One song in there that im 100% sure should be there, is The Haddaway hit. Its pure heaven.
    By: K Baby
    • 10. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
    • 9. The Sign by Ace of Base
    • 8. Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio
    • 7. Barbie Girl by Aqua
    • 6. U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer
    • 5. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
    • 4. Waterfalls by TLC
    • 3. Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot
    • 2. Power Of Love by Celine Dion
    • 1. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

    By: Nelson
    • 10. 1979 by Smashing pumpkins
    • 9. Fake Plastic trees by Radiohead
    • 8. Inuendo by Queen
    • 7. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
    • 6. Don't cry by Guns n' roses
    • 5. Creep by Stone temple pilots
    • 4. No rain by Blind melon
    • 3. Creep by Radiohead
    • 2. smell like teen spirit by Nirvana
    • 1. Novemner rain by Guns n' roses
      The best song in the world

    This is the best list this is the best songs in this 10 years before 1995 the music are the real music, in 1995 to up, the music changes is not the same.
    By: Ross
    • 10. I Disappear by Metallica
    • 9. Turn the Page by Metallica
    • 8. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica
    • 7. King Nothing by Metallica
    • 6. Master of Puppets by Metallica
    • 5. Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
    • 4. One by Metallica
    • 3. Enter Sandman by Metallica
    • 2. No Leaf Clover by Metallica
    • 1. Unforgiven by Metallica

    These could be a little out of order and some i may have missed but you get the picture. Metallica is the best of all time.
    By: zach
    • 10. Mysterious Ways by U2
    • 9. Nothing Compares 2 u by Sinead O'Connor
    • 8. Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis
    • 7. Why by Annie Lennox
    • 6. Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode
    • 5. Friday I''m In Love by The Cure
    • 4. I'll Be There For You by The Rembrandts
    • 3. Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
    • 2. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
    • 1. One by U2

    By: Grandpa
    • 10. Everlong by Foo Fighters
      Driving drums, two guitars layers (one lyrical and repetive, the other driving and more chaotic), a pulse-pushing bass line, combined with Dave Grohl's voice and lyrics. Throw in a messed-up video, and you have the recipe for greatness.
    • 9. Rocking Chair by House of Freaks
      Underappreciated; in fact, good luck finding them, at all, anywhere. If you do, I promise you'll enjoy them.
    • 8. Lotus by R.E.M.
      They lose their drummer, they've been around for almost 20 years, and they STILL are writing good, new records. Better than many other long-lived bands.
    • 7. Deja Voodoo by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
      One of the first blues musicians I heard; this is the song that got me hooked, and will always stay in my top ten.
    • 6. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
      Driving, powerful, and excellent lyrics.
    • 5. All Those Yesterdays by Pearl Jam
      It's Pearl Jam... I feel no need to explain further...
    • 4. New Number One by Bob Mould
      Off the latest and and last electrical album from Husker Du frontman Bob Mould. One to remember him by.
    • 3. Ride The Cliche by Stone Temple Pilots
      Staying with the trend of underappreciated albums, Tiny Music: Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop is not as weak an album as some might lead you to believe. In fact, STP breaks out more here, musically, then in previous works, and this is just one cut indictive of this.
    • 2. Three Doors by VAST
      Definitely an up-and-coming group; this is a cut off of their first album, when it was just Jon Crosby and some session players.
    • 1. Find The River by R.E.M.
      Less played then other singles from Automatic For the People, but no less powerful; in fact, I find it more so then others, and it gets my #1 ranking.

    Anything else by R.E.M.. Hosue of Freaks, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and New Model Army are a few lesser known bands that might peak your interest.

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