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

    By: Matty.c
    • 10. Woman Wit The Tattooed Hands by Atmosphere
    • 9. Oh by Busta Rhymes And Obie Trice
    • 8. Poppin Dem Thangs by G-unit
    • 7. Words To My New Born by Tupac
    • 6. Get It On Da Floor by Dmx
    • 5. Learn Chinese by Jin
    • 4. God Loves Ugly by Atmosphere
    • 3. Hold On by Good Charlotte
    • 2. I Miss You by Blink 182
    • 1. Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac

    By: Chris
    • 10. Enjoy The Silence by Depeche Mode
      This song kicked off a decade that saw the rise and fall of Manchester, Seattle, the rebirth of Woodstock, andonservative tirades about the decline of Western Civilization. Why DM? Because I saw them 3 days before I graduated high school and emabarked on the craziest 10 years of my life. I wouldn't change a thing!
    • 9. Black by Pearl Jam
      It was just so damn fun to sing.
    • 8. Drown by Son Volt
      Humid evenings partying with Loyola students at the local pub selling Nitrous balloons to drunks out of the back of a purple van. Good times.
    • 7. The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies
      3 years dating a Tulane law student from a NY/Canadian border-town who was like best friends with the band.
    • 6. King of New Orleans by Better Than Ezra
      When you have lived in the city you will know why. Gutter punk.
    • 5. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
      Who are these guys? They sound like their from the 60's. Bouncy roots-pop at its best.
    • 4. Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine
      Nothing says 90's Liberal anger like Zack De La Rocha and Co. They sigle-handedly turned an apathetic generation onto Che Guevara and social justice.
    • 3. Song for the Dumped by Ben Folds Five
      In an era dominated by angry young women scorned by men, Ben and his Five finally interject a man's point of view to the whole break-up thing!
    • 2. Banditos by The Refreshments
      These guys moved from being an ASU party band to breaking-up after two albums to Roger Clyne creating a fresh interpretation of honky-tonk with the Peacemakers.
    • 1. Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
      If you were not drunk in some frat house's stinking basement when you danced to this song with some chick you wanted to hook-up with you wouldn't understand why I chose it.

    The 90's were a decade that looked to the past for its inspiration. Mechanized, vapid beats of the pop scene combined with political overkill from bands like U2 forced people to re-examine the roots of rock. Bands like Counting Crows borrowed from folk, Pearl jam took from the Doors and Led Zeppelin and Nirvana was heavily influenced by the Beatles. Why haven't I named one Nirvana song as one of the top 10 songs. It's because Kurt would have never have wanted it and he would have craved it at the same time. Creating great art and selling-out were not an inseparable dichotomy for him. He strived for commercial success and to create meaningful works at the same time and succeeded. Kurt is left out becasue he stands alone...timeless.
    By: Kenan
    • 10. All For You by Sister Hazel
    • 9. Breakfast At Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something
    • 8. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
    • 7. Completley Miserable by Lit
    • 6. Song 2 by Blur
    • 5. I'm The Only One by Melissa Etheridge
    • 4. Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
    • 3. Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson
    • 2. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrisette
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      no need to explain

    By: Rishav
    • 10. Lightning Crashes by Live
      Not their best song, but it made everyone hooked to them when they heard it.
    • 9. Glycerine by Bush
      Got me hooked to them. Found out they had better songs.
    • 8. Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth
      Ohh yes, nothing like that riff.
    • 7. Come Out And Play by Offspring
      What a sick song. Still love it.
    • 6. Better Man by Pearl Jam
      Not my favorite song from them, but I think this is the song that started it all.
    • 5. Basketcase by Green Day
      This is such a great song from one of the best Albums of the 90's.
    • 4. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
    • 3. November Rain by Guns' N' Roses
      A tear jerker by one of the biggest bands on the planet.
    • 2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      They revolutionized the music scene with this one song
    • 1. Enter Sandman by Metallica
      Come on, really now... this was the biggest song of the decade. Not they're best song if you ask me but it was amazing.

    A lot of these songs aren't my favorites b/c I am big into the bands, but I think that they def shaped 90's music more than some of their other ones. I didn't put in any rap songs, cuz this seemed more like a rock list judging by the other enteries. I missed a lot of songs I would have loved to put in there... how can you list only 10? METALLICA IS THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME!!!!
    By: Tyler
    • 10. Everybody Hurts by REM
      A little something from the begining of the 90's.
    • 9. Don't Speak by No doubt
      Man I was 17 when this song came out. That was such a long time ago.
    • 8. Paraniod Andriod by RadioHead
      This song has a lot of cool parts to it and I love guitar.
    • 7. Time of Your Life by Green Day
      I should slap you if you have to ask why.
    • 6. Enigma by Saddness
      Here again is another great band that not many people have heard of. Return to Innocence is also a great song.
    • 5. Everlong by FooFighters
      Dave Grohl is a freaking genius.
    • 4. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      This is the first Cd I ever bought.
    • 3. Nirvana by Come As You Are
      I like this better then smell's like teen spirit.
    • 2. Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
      Again another awesome band!
    • 1. Today by Smashing Pumpkins
      Oh my gosh did everyone completely forget how freaking awesome this band is????

    To many songs to make a really god list but man I hardly saw anything with Sp on it.
    By: Richard Dundas
    • 10. Grace by Jeff Buckley
    • 9. Today by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 8. Street Spirit (Fade Out) by Radiohead
    • 7. Live Forever by Oasis
    • 6. Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana
    • 5. Petrol by Ash
    • 4. Venus As A Boy by Bjork
    • 3. Repeater by Fugazi
    • 2. Popscene by Blur
    • 1. A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers

    Manic Street Preachers - Greatest Band of the 90s - look them up!
    By: Jake
    • 10. Schism by Tool
      Another catchy tune.
    • 9. Freak on a Leash by Korn
      Possibley the greatest music video I've seen.
    • 8. Fiction (dreams in digital) by Orgy
      I dunno if this song is a 90s song or not. Its awesome though.
    • 7. Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails
      What a lovely song. Although, The movie it was in sucked
    • 6. Picture by Filter
      Probably one of the best one hit wonders.
    • 5. Creep by Radiohead
      Such a catchy tune.
    • 4. Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana
      I would have put this at number two but I forgot and now I'm too lazy.
    • 3. Zero by Smashing pumkins
      Most lovely guitar solo in the song. Fun to play too.
    • 2. Testify by Rage Against the Machine
      Meaningful and badass. I love the sound of a pissed off vocalist.
    • 1. Hurt by Nine Inch Nails
      Simply a classic. If a legend, usch as Johnny cash, takes the time to redue a song, its got to be great seeing is how Johnny Cash is a great man himself.

    So many great songs/bands and only ten spaces to fill. Oh well. Trent Reznor, Zach de la Rocha, Billy Corgan, and Jay Gordan are gods.
    By: Eric
    • 10. This is a Call by Foo Fighters
    • 9. Rape Me by Nirvana
    • 8. Comedown by Bush
    • 7. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    • 6. Come as you are by Nirvana
    • 5. Sex Type Thing by Stone Temple Pilots
    • 4. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
    • 3. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
    • 2. Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

    By: Ali Rutgers
    • 10. Epic by Faith No More
      Awsome Band. Awsome Song.
    • 9. Ready or Not by The Fugees
      "The Score" is a great album and "Ready or Not" is a great song
    • 8. Big Pimpin by Jay-Z
      Everyone loves to shake their ass to this song. I know I do
    • 7. Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
      Vanilla Ice was big. Give him some recognition.
    • 6. Wonderwall by Oasis
      Beautiful song.
    • 5. Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquoi
      Listen to it and you will like it.
    • 4. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrisette
      Alanis was pissed off. Her lyrics and vocals were crazy. Girls had an anthem
    • 3. I Swear by All 4 One
      " .. And I swear, by the moon and the stars in the sky .. I'll be there. " I still enjoy every second of this song.
    • 2. Good Riddence ( Time of Your Life ) by Green Day
      I had to include Good Riddence. It is a great song that makes every senior cry.
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      So much to say .. to little of a box. Best song of the 90's

    By: Sugar
    • 10. Massive Attack by Unfinished Sympathy
    • 9. Red Hot Chili Peppers by Under The Bridge
    • 8. Michael Jackson by Black Or White
    • 7. Tasmin Archer by Sleeping Atelite
    • 6. Tlc by Waterfalls
    • 5. 4 Non Blondes by What's Up?
    • 4. Guns 'n Roses by November Rain
    • 3. Soundgarden by Black Hole Sun
    • 2. Nirvana by Smells Like Teen Spirit
    • 1. Metallica by Nothing Else Matters

    Also very great songs of the '90s: R.E.M - everybody hurts, Alanis Morissette - ironic, Bon Jovi - keep the faith, Meredith Brooks - bitch, The cranberries - zombie, Coolio - gangsta's paradise, Natalie Imbruglia - torn, Ugly Kid Joe - everything about you....... and many many more!!

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