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

    By: Naomi
    • 10. Half by Soundgarden
      Don't laugh. I know many people would want to pelt me with rotten fruit for even regarding this as a song, but I think it's great. It's bold and different and something none of the other bands of that period would have dared to do. It sounds Hindu and Shepherd's distorted lyrics are brilliant for their sheer eccentricity. It's a real "what the f@*&?" song, but a spark of crazy, creative genius. I always knew Ben was strange. Didn't we all? lol
    • 9. Limo Wreck by Soundgarden
      Although not quite as disturbing as Like Suicide, this is particularly dark track, even for SG. Dark, dour and depressing, Cornell's wailing only adds to the atmosphere. Powerful, emotional stuff.
    • 8. Kickstand by Soundgarden
      A cute l'il song (as far as length is concerned), with brilliant guitar work from Thayil (who composed the music) paying homage to their punk roots. Short, sweet and sharp, it's a nice little "kick" of energy to the brain.
    • 7. Spoonman by Soundgarden
      A fabulous track, where SG almost get kinda funky. That spoon-playing is just too cool: I don't care what anyone says!!! Not much more to say. It's just totally funky and a shining example of their brave creativity.
    • 6. The Day I Tried To Live by Soundgarden
      I can't think of anything creative to say here. I just really realy like this song. It's yet another fine example of just how talented Soundgarden. Yes it would be ignorant to call them the greatest band of all time. But calling them the greatest band of the 90s would be pretty fair. They had the vocals, the musicianship, the lyrical talent and the ability to be bold and creative and try new things, even if it turned a few people off, i.e Half. TDITTL also boasts another characteristic of theirs: odd time-signatures.
    • 5. Rusty Cage by Soundgarden
      Another Badmotorfinger masterpiece. The call and reponse beginning is smile-inducingly creative, not to mention damn exciting, and the whole song gives off a "running" vibe. It also feature the bread-and-butter simple but classic line: I'm gonna break my rusty cage and run. A line that sums my current feelings up pretty well.
    • 4. Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden
      Wow. This is a incredible song. The music on this track is amazing. It just keeps running, dragging you along with it. The vocals are once again stunning, and the drumming is brilliant. Thayil and Shepherd do their thang (lol) with their usual self-assured style. Possible SG's heaviest track. Awesome.
    • 3. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
      It's a classic. I had to include their signature tune. I mean, c'mon! Dark, depressing, powerful...how very! This song really gives off the vibe of no hope. Hardly a good thing, I know but it's a great song.
    • 2. Outshined by Soundgarden
      I'm not doing this to be a moron, honest. I just really want to compile a top ten of my favourite band, so sorry. Really. This song starts off dark and meaty but has a wonderful, nostalgic radio-friendly chorus, with Cornell's stunning voice aided by Ben's almost sweet "So now you know"'s.
    • 1. Like Suicide by Soundgarden
      Stunning song. Beyond belief. The power of this 7-minute opus is undeniable. Beautiful moving lyrics given that extra je ne sais quoi thanks to Chris's achingly beautiful voice, great musicianship, fantastic arrangement...this song is so beautiful it makes me cry. Never will be able to understand how Soundgarden could have been so cruelly underrated...

    Like I said, I didn't do this to be a moron. I did it to pay homage to one of the greatest bands of the 90s. THE greatest band of the 90s in my own humble opinion. Soundgarden were tragically overlooked and overshadowed by Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They had a grunge god guitarist, hailing from East India (giving the group an unmatched sense of multiculturalism), who could rock louder than f*@&, a fantastic bassist, a drummer with incredible timing, skill and precision and possible THE greatest, most versatile rock vocalist of all time. On top of that, they had quirky, insightful, articulate, intelligent lyrics, and the balls to expand their creativity, no matter what the risk. A truly talented foursome. Long live SOUNDGARDEN, 1984-1997.
    By: shevonne
    • 10. Love Will Keep Us Alive by Eagles
      Sweet... so sweet i went out with the guy who sang this to me on the guitar.
    • 9. Always by Bon Jovi
      For no particular reason this has been one of my all-time favourites. Guess it takes a man to be able to sing like that.
    • 8. Babe by Take That
      One of the best boy band in the 90s. Sad sad song with a nice ending.
    • 7. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
      Powerful song that gives you the same effect as giving that jerk a good kick in the groin.
    • 6. Take A Bow by Madonna
      The era would never be complete without this.
    • 5. Creep by Radiohead
    • 4. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
      Hauntingly beautiful song drenched in melancholy by a hauntingly beautiful man.
    • 3. Basketcase by Green Day
      Very meaningful song to me - the song i blasted all the time when i played truant from school.
    • 2. One by U2
      You can almost see the sadness oozing out of the speakers here.
    • 1. Lady Marmalade by All Saints
      Yeh! Ultimate party song towards the end of the 90s.

    By: Jim
    • 10. I've Got An Ape Drape by The Vandals
    • 9. Paradise City by Guns N Roses
    • 8. Better by Screaming Jets
    • 7. November Rain by Guns N Roses
    • 6. Bust A Move by Young Mcs
    • 5. Freedom by Rage Against The Machine
    • 4. Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns N Roses
    • 3. Just Ace by Grinspoon
    • 2. Never Had Much Fun by Frenzal Rhomb
    • 1. Hazy Shade Of Winter by Bodyjar

    By: Matthew Johnson
    • 10. Hook by Blues Traveler
      Awesome song, great hook...
    • 9. Down by 311
      Great band, so diverse, and so individually talented. Coulda filled the whole list w/ 311.
    • 8. Santa Monica by Everclear
      If you dont like this song, then i dont know what to tell you.
    • 7. Round Here by Counting Crows
      One of the best bands of the 90's. Just one of their many great songs.
    • 6. High by Feeder
    • 5. Changes by Tupac
      Did wonders for rap music.
    • 4. Push by Matchbox Twenty
      I REALLY HATED this song when it came out because of the radio play, but a couple years later, i realized it was great.
    • 3. Champagne Supernova by Oasis
      Beautiful song.
    • 2. Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis
      Probably the best overall rock band of my time, had to put them on more than once.
    • 1. 4am by Our Lady Peace
      An unbelievable song, from what is probably the most underrated band in music.

    Other great songs...Big Empty by STP, anything on 3eb's self titled, anything by Guster, found out about you-gin blossoms, My Happiness-Powderfinger If you were wondering, yes, i realize theres no Nirvana, Korn or Limp Bizkit on this list, and theres good reason for that... I only like GOOD music.
    By: habibi
    • 10. Underneath Your Clothes by Shakira
    • 9. I Need A Girl by P.Diddy feat Craig David
    • 8. Number 1 by Nelly
    • 7. Rich Girl by Selwyne
    • 6. What's Luv by Fat Joe feat Ashanti
    • 5. Full Moon by Brandy
    • 4. The Logical Song by Scooter
    • 3. I'm Gonna Be Alright by Jennifer Lopez
    • 2. Good Guy by Boys II Men
    • 1. Dilemma by Nelly feat Kelly

    By: Hayz
    • 10. Cupid by 112
      i couldn't believe they did this song, another softy song
    • 9. Sweet Like Chocolate by Shank & Bigfoot
      this song is so damn cute!
    • 8. Like The Deserts Miss The Rain by Sade
      funky, too bad its so mainstream
    • 7. Kiss From A Rose by Seal
      go batman!
    • 6. One Sweet Day by Mariah Careh / Boyz 2 Men
      this song is unbelievably good
    • 5. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx
      great song to listen to when u feeling sad
    • 4. The Biggest Part Of Me by Brian Mcknight
      nice very nice
    • 3. Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
      ultimate song to sing to i dun care how bad your voice is, good when u need to sing it out
    • 2. 4 Seasons Of Loneliness by Boyz 2 Men
      Vocals in this band are amazing......
    • 1. Have You Ever?? by Brandy
      One of my friends gave me this song.... i nearly cried.... so damn emotional

    I wrote this list when i was feeling pretty upset about relationships but still, im a softy, so anyone who likes slow love music, this stuff is good
    By: Kate
    • 10. Waterfalls by TLC
      All around positive message... life's temptations and their consequences.
    • 9. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette
      Pure, unabashed emotion about betrayel and deceit..... an anthem for jilted lovers everywhere.
    • 8. Let Her Cry by Hootie and the Blowfish
      The dude even said if that was him at his very best, he would be perfectly content.
    • 7. Cryin' by Aerosmith
      Reationships can suck but this helps ease the pain.
    • 6. Good Riddance (TIme of Your Life) by Green Day
      Growing up, moving on.... having the time of your life.
    • 5. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      The truth about kids and cruelty.... and the 90s unfortunately saw what could happen.
    • 4. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Feelings of hopelessness and loniness provoke the best song ever by the Chili Peppers.
    • 3. Loosing My Religion by REM
      Powerful lyrics about giving up hope and awe inspiring.
    • 2. Lithium by Nirvana
      Nirvana at it's best in my opinion.
    • 1. Ironic by Alanis Morissette
      Tells life how it really is.

    By: Raven
    • 10. Stray Cat Strut by Stray Cats
    • 9. Caress Me Down by Sublime
    • 8. I Saw Your Mommy(and Your Mommy Is Dead) by Suicidal Tendencies
      This is sick and disturbing but FUNNY AS F*CK
    • 7. Maxwell Murders by Rancid
      Even if you can only understand like four of the words in the song
    • 6. I Was Wrong by Social Distortion
      This brings a tear to my eye
    • 5. Mother by Danzig
      Glen Danzig's voice is to DIE for
    • 4. Boys Don't Cry by The Cure!
      This is like my second fav. band I adore them I dont care if this song isnt the 90's I love it
    • 3. Dive by Nirvana
      This song is great it has pretty deep meaning and it gets you toally pumped up
    • 2. Aneurysm by Nirvana
      I love Nirvana it is my biggest obsessing fetish, whatever you want to call it and this is probably my favorite song by them
    • 1. Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners
      not my favorite band but I absolutely adore this song

    By: Angie
    • 10. You Make Me Wanna by Usher
      I think everyone can relate to this song at one stage or another!
    • 9. Jump by Kriss Kross
      What party hasnt had this song played?
    • 8. Too Close by Next
      antoher rnb classic
    • 7. Say My Name by Destinys Child
      An absolute Classic
    • 6. Changes by Tu Pac
      "Im tired of bein poor, and even worse, Im balck" this song touched the hearts of so many.
    • 5. Doin It Well by Ll Cool J
      Just awesome.
    • 4. Satisfy You by Puff Daddy Feat R Kelly
      One of the best songs EVER
    • 3. I Wish by R Kelly
      I absolutly love this song! because i can relate to it so well!
    • 2. Peaches N Cream (unedited) by 112
      Awesome to dance to
    • 1. All I Ever Wanted by Mase
      This has to be the best RNB song Ive ever heard.

    These are actually my all time favourite songs, and they are in no particular order, I love them all equally and the numbers mean nuthin! I suggest you listen to them if your into RNB!!
    By: Andr´┐Ż Graciotti
    • 10. Orestes by A Perfect Circle
      Beatiful and melodic song, with a true feeling and soul. Maynard's voice is something extraterrestrial.
    • 9. Roads by Portishead
      An unbelievable song, from an unbelievable band, with an unbelievable singer. So beautiful it can make you cry.
    • 8. Without You I'm Nothing by Placebo
      Pure alternative rock. Weird chords and emotional vocals.
    • 7. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
      A grunge anthem. Harmonious and heavy song
    • 6. Epic by Faith No More
      Without them, there would not exist new-metal bands...
    • 5. Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins
      Mellan Collie is such a masterpiece.
    • 4. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
      where are we going to tomorrow...
    • 3. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
      One the most beautiful and complex songs of all time. And Radiohead is a band that has to be in all top lists.
    • 2. Alive by Pearl Jam
      I'd say all songs from the Ten Album. Anyway, I'll give a chance to other bands...
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      The most powerfull and influencial band of the 90's. Rock have never been the same after this song.

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