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

    By: PAFF
    • 10. Murder of One by Counting Crows
    • 9. Locomotive by Guns N' Roses
    • 8. Courage by Tragically Hip
    • 7. Come as You Are by Nirvana
    • 6. Courdory by Pearl Jam
    • 5. Creep by Radiohead
    • 4. Everlong by Foo Fighters
    • 3. 50 Mission Cap by Tragically Hip
    • 2. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
    • 1. Black by Pearl Jam

    By: Jeff J.
    • 10. In My Arms Again by Michael W Smith
      Great song written for the movie, Titanic.
    • 9. Someone That You Loved Before by Eric Carmen
      Great song of his "winter Dreams" album.
    • 8. Prisoner of Love by Foreigner
      Lou Gramm's vocals as good as ever.
    • 7. It's Never Too Late by Air Supply
      Lead vocals by both Air Supply lead singers, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. Excellent backing vocals too. Six minutes long and sounds great everytime.
    • 6. Chasin' the Wind by Chicago
      Daine Warren wrote this one, and Bill Champlin does the vocals. Champlin also has some strong solo albums; I especially like "Runaway" from 1981.
    • 5. Jessie by Joshua Kadison
      Great lyrics, piano and vocals. Joshua Kadison is the master of story-telling, piano-based soft rock.
    • 4. Secrets by John Parr
      The man who brought us "St. Elmo's Fire" can do slow songs too! Off his "Under Parr" album.
    • 3. I Wanna Take Forever Tonight by Peter Cetera and Crystal Bernard
      Wonderful song written by Eric Carmen. Good video too, by the way.
    • 2. All About Time by Jimmy Harnen
      Great rock song. Great guitars and vocals.
    • 1. Castles on Quicksand by Think Out Loud
      Awesome rock song. Peter Beckett's vocals are great. This is off the "Shelf Life" album. Very underrated song, album and band.

    By: Bob
    • 10. All The Small Things by Blink 182
    • 9. Sliver by Nirvana
    • 8. Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit
    • 7. Flavor of the Weak by American HiFi
    • 6. Country Grammar by Nelly
    • 5. My Name Is by Eminem
    • 4. Right Now by SR-71
    • 3. Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana
    • 2. Minority by Green Day
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      THE BEST SONG EVER! This song was regarded as the theme song of the 90's. Its gotta be #1.

    By: Aric VanGaalen
    • 10. F.O.D. by Green Day
    • 9. Story Of A Lonely Guy by Blink 182
    • 8. It's Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
    • 7. Swear It All Over Again by Westlife
    • 6. Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison
    • 5. Kissing Rain by Roc Voisine
      He's a french-canadian if you were wondering and his songs have a lot of heart in them
    • 4. Regulate by Warren G. and Nate Dogg
    • 3. Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
    • 2. Hurricane (weather patterns) by Something Corporate
      If you haven't heard anything by the band Something Corporate then you dont know what you're missing.
    • 1. Time Of You Life (Good Riddance) by Green Day

    Somehting Corporate is rather amazing. I also must add that the Goo Goo Dolls are very impressive as well. And don't let me forget Tim McGraw, who is easily the best country music artist out there.
    By: Adam
    • 10. Machine Head by Bush
      the Brit invasion
    • 9. Summertime by Sublime
      Bradley, ye shall be missed
    • 8. What Its Like by Everlast
      great lyrics
    • 7. Self Esteem by The Offspring
      props to dexter
    • 6. Killing Me Softly by The Fugees
      Incredible song
    • 5. Everlong by Foo Fighters
      the love child of Nirvana
    • 4. The Decline by NOFX
      A work of genious
    • 3. 1979 by Smashing Pmpkins
      ya really gotta have these guys on there
    • 2. Good Riddance by Greenday
      Greatest Ballad ever
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      Was there ever any question?

    By: Jesse
    • 10. Wonderwall by Oasis
      when i heard this song i thought the beatles had come back...i was then bitterly disappointed. but seriously, give this album a "re-listen" it's still good and wonderwall is the best. also, this band made it ok for a "brit invasion renaissance"...just look how many bands came over after them (blur & radiohead for example). **note i know radiohead didn't "cross over" after oasis, but oasis's fans were opened up to the other brit bands.
    • 9. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
      this song is the figurehead for this album. try listening to this album while doing ANYTHING that requires cognitive functions...you'll become a genius i swear!
    • 8. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      another epic song...wow. the masses consumed the pain in the lyrics of this song like mr. kiedis consumed drugs while writing this song. (darn...hope i spelled his name right)
    • 7. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
      most popular song by this band for many people. proved that it was bad to pick on other kids. scared the bejesus outta my parents.
    • 6. Lithium by Nirvana
      grunge...grunge ruled the cd player back then. we'll be telling our grandkids we saw this band live when we were young and they will be jealous.
    • 5. November Rain by Guns N Roses
      epic song. the only song from this band that you could let your parents listen to and not be ashamed. (i still wonder who would win in a fight between axl rose and mr. cobain.......oh well)
    • 4. When I Come Around by Green Day
      the MOST underrated band of the decade. everyone listened to them at that time and nobody ever lists them as influential, but take a listen to some of the popular artists right now and you'll hear these guys. get dookie back out of the closet and put it back in your player...it still sounds fresh.
    • 3. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
      crushed rocks dilluted glam image. 10 years later the band reinforces rocks glam image. funny how that worked out, huh?
    • 2. Black by Pearl Jam
      unreleased as a single, yet the most popular song amongst fans who actually listened to the entire album. almost everyone who hears this song identifies with it...unless they're in a coma.
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      does this need a comment? changed the course of music from stuff like warrant's "cherry pie" to actually respectable music. (not to mention the fact that the song is awesome)

    **lots of good music during the '90s but not a lot that is still culturally significant...i think the bands above still are and always will be.
    By: Mike
    • 10. Satilite by Dave Matthew's
      I hate Dave, yet I need to give him his props. He has a great deal of hits, this was just one.
    • 9. Bad Boys by Inner Circle
      Don't know if it came out in the 90's, but it gained all its popularity during the 90's. Due to the fact that its the "COPS" theme and all.
    • 8. No Rain by Blind Melon
      Hoon was great on GNR's Don't Cry. The one hit is his legacy, would have been more if he didn't OD.
    • 7. Name by Goo Goo Dolls
      Could also be Iris, or Slide. However, "Name" put the Goo's on the map.
    • 6. Good Riddance by Green Day
      Could also be Basket Case, however, this song took the 90's by storm. There was not a sad or memorable moment on TV that didn't have this song inthe backround. Like the series finale of Seinfeld to name one.
    • 5. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
      Song blows, but the impact it left, needs to be on the list.
    • 4. What is Love? by Haddaway
      Everyone knows this song, it needs to be in the list.
    • 3. My Name Is by Eminem
      Whitey came out of nowhere, took the world by storm.
    • 2. Smells Like Teen Spirt by Nirvana
      Can't disagree, very popular band.
    • 1. Estranged by Guns N' Roses
      Just an epic of a song. Well written, well executed. Says a lot, listen to it and listen to the lyrics.

    Like any list, this is very debatable
    By: Andrew
    • 10. The One I Want by Green Day
      cd - 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Only of you!
    • 9. Only Of You by Green Day
      cd - 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Title says it all!
    • 8. The Judges Daughter by Green Day
      cd - 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours Good lyrics, great music!
    • 7. Welcome To Paradise by Green Day
      cd - Kerplunk/Dookie! Quality stuff!
    • 6. Basket Case by Green Day
      cd - Dookie! Hardcore feel!
    • 5. Poprocks And Coke by Green Day
      cd - Shenanigans Whitney likes it so I put it on here. It's an alright song!
    • 4. Scattered by Green Day
      cd - Nimrod This song just means a lot to me!
    • 3. Uptight by Green Day
      cd - Nimrod You'll get wrapped up in this song!
    • 2. F.O.D. by Green Day
      cd - Dookie! Great message!
    • 1. Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) by Green Day
      cd- Nimrod Amazing feel and great lyrics!

    Ps. This list may prove to be a rather bias top ten. Many of the choices seem to be similar although they all are quality songs with quality lyrics. That is all.
    By: Mike
    • 10. No Doubt by Don't Speak
      the only good song of No Doubt
    • 9. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
      the best song of 1992
    • 8. Goo Goo Dolls by Iris
      my favorite love song
    • 7. Oasis by Wonderwall
      a 90's hym
    • 6. Song 2 by Blur
      a hymn of brit pop of the 90's
    • 5. Pearl Jam by Jeremy
      one of the best bands of grunge, the sound of 90's
    • 4. Creep by Radiohead
      its important because it was the beginning of brit pop the sound of the mid and late 90's
    • 3. What's Up by 4 Non Blondes
      the song that you never forgot
    • 2. Ironic by Alanis Morissette
      the most important singer of the 90's
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      it was the best song of the 90's , the best band of the 90's

    By: Ryan - These aren't really in order, just listed
    • 10. Pearl Jam by Last Kiss
      Which is actually a remake, but I like Pearl Jam's better.
    • 9. Spin Doctors by Two Princes
      Every guy's felt this way once or twice.
    • 8. Third Eye Blind by Semi-Charmed Life
    • 7. Red Hot Chilli Peppers by Under the Bridge
      This is one of those songs that's good because he meant it, and the band kicks ass.
    • 6. Stone Temple Pilots by Interstate Love Song
      There is no song as relaxing as this one.
    • 5. UB40 by Can't Help Falling In Love
      Ah, the softer, but jazzy side. Elvis sang it well, but I like the instrumental music in this one better.
    • 4. Bush by Machinehead
      Great rock song, nice strong guitar part. I need that sometimes.
    • 3. Collective Soul by Shine
      Saw them in concert. Excellent.
    • 2. Nirvana by Smells like teen spirit
      If the guy hadn't shot himself there'd be more songs as good as this one
    • 1. No Rain by Blind Melon
      Strangely similar to the comment for my #2.

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