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

    By: Mr. Proudfoot
    • 10. Breathe by Prodigy
      Music can be scary?
    • 9. One by U2
      Best song ever from the best band of the 80s and possibly beyond...
    • 8. Today by Smashing Pumpkins
      Nice segue from 'grunge' to 'alternative'.
    • 7. Killing In the Name Of by Rage Against The Machine
      Why can't we just TRY anarchy out???
    • 6. Alive by Pearl Jam
      Ahh freshman college...
    • 5. Ain't Nuthin But a G Thang by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg
      Sorry no bling bling here. Just 40s and blunts please.
    • 4. Linger by The Cranberries
      I think I'm going to move to Ireland to marry her or at least someone who sounds like her.
    • 3. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
      This song was seriously written about me and a friend so it gets a spot on the list -- sorry Celine Deon!
    • 2. Creep by Radiohead
      Explains alot!
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      Historical marker for music obviously. Bravo on timing because their earlier good stuff was in the late 80s. =0

    Most of the greats were in the first half of the 90s. The latter half pretty much sucked... Honorable Mentions: Bull in the Heather - Sonic Youth; Man in the Box - Alice In Chains; Good - Better Than Ezra; Santa Monica - Everclear; Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms; Special - Garbage; Today - Smashing Pumpkins; Basket Case - Green Day; Jump Around - House Of Pain; Suck My Kiss - Red Hot Chili Peppers; Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band; Supernova - Liz Phair; Groove Is In The Heart - DeeLite; November Rain - Guns N Roses; any Weezer; any Tool.
    By: Alex
    • 10. The Freshman by The Verve Pipe
    • 9. Anthem For The Year 2000 by Silverchair
    • 8. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
    • 7. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • 6. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
    • 5. Wonderwall by Oasis
    • 4. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
    • 3. Iris by Goo Goo Dollsoasis
    • 2. Time Of Your Life (good Riddance) by Green Day
    • 1. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

    By: Jessica
    • 10. Longview by Green Day
    • 9. Nine Inch Nails by March of the Pigs
    • 8. Lithium by Nirvana
    • 7. 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 6. Buddy Holly by Weezer
    • 5. The Freshman by The Verve Pipe
    • 4. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    • 3. No Rain by Blind Melon
    • 2. Late At Night by Buffalo Tom
    • 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

    By: Dennis Pangilinan
    • 10. Mayonnaise by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 9. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
    • 8. You Learn by Alanis Morissette
      have a lesson
    • 7. Come As You Are by Nirvana
    • 6. People Of The Sun by Rage Agianst The Machine
      guitar speaks
    • 5. Brain Stew by Green Day
    • 4. Enter Sandman by Metalicca
    • 3. I Alone by Live
    • 2. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      it's my idol
    • 1. November Rain by Guns And Roses
      it was being top 10

    skidrow , pearl jam
    By: Lonnie
    • 10. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Not my personal favorite band of the ones on this list, but you can't deny that they have probably been the most constantly successful band of the last 15 years. This song is easily their best in my opinion.
    • 9. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots
      Somehow this band is still underrated for what they accomplished.
    • 8. Mouth Full of Cavities by Blind Melon
      Okay, maybe I'm a little biased.:)
    • 7. Change by Blind Melon
      It's sad that there are people that really haven't heard of Blind Melon that are old enough that they should've. Blind Melon were lyrical geniuses.
    • 6. Down in a Hole by Alice in Chains
      Sorry to all of you Nirvana fanatics, me included, but Alice in Chains deserve all of the credit that Nirvana got for starting the grunge/alternative rock scene.
    • 5. Black Balloon by Goo Goo Dolls
      I'm not a huge fan of the band, but this song is great.
    • 4. Come As You Are by Nirvana
      I love Nirvana, but in my opinion Smells Like Teen Spirit is one of their worst songs that people have actually heard of. This, in my opinion is the best.
    • 3. Wonderwall by Oasis
      An amazing song from an amazing band.
    • 2. Lateralus by Tool
      I can't believe there hasn't been more Tool mentions in everybody's list. They are brilliant.
    • 1. No Rain by Blind Melon
      Easily the best band on this list, and would still be going strong today if not for Shannon Hoon's death.

    Honorable Mentions: Alice in Chains (Rooster/No Excuses), Foo Fighters (Everlong, Times Like These,ACOUSTIC ONLY!), Nirvana(All Apologies, In Bloom, Heart Shaped Box), Red Hot Chili Peppers(Under the Bridge), Stone Temple Pilots(Creep, Dead and Bloated), Tool and Blind Melon(Anything else they've ever done.)
    By: Marcus Kurt Phillip
    • 10. Don't Cry by Guns N Roses
      im not sure if its from the 80s or 90s but i think its from 90s...great song.
    • 9. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      just a fantastic song but have kind of been overplayed so its just like smells like teens spirit fading away..
    • 8. Drain You by Nirvana
      the verse its just seperb..a super song, not that famous.
    • 7. Road Trippin by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      superb song , just listen to the instruments
    • 6. Tearjerker by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      a peaceful song written to kurt coban by the red hot chili peppers..its on the one hot minute..
    • 5. Lighting Crashes by Live
      i didnt like this song that much but its growing on and on...
    • 4. Smells Like Teens Spirit by Nirvana
      maybe this one is the best but its so often played so the song is fading away. but still the most powerful song ever and full of energy!!
    • 3. Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam
      oh..fantastic song..too bad its not on an album
    • 2. All Apologies by Nirvana
      i just love this song..its on the in utero but the unplugged version is better
    • 1. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      a fanastic song with great lyrics

    hey wayne
    By: Tom Donagan
    • 10. Why ? by Meat Puppets
      A mello mood song takes you to the semi garage grunge music. Lots of lost nostalgia.
    • 9. Dreams by The Cranberries
      Its almost like a fantasy song or magic.Kind of like "the return to innocense" by Enigma
    • 8. Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms
      When I think of the nineties I think Gin blossoms and Empire records
    • 7. War Heads by Extreme
      One of the best bands from the 90,s.There song warheads is great.It sets the tone for the cd;but Nuno Bettencourt's guiatar and background vocals are unmatched
    • 6. Building A Mystery by Sarah Mclachlan
      Her musical talent is vast and has a heavenly voice.
    • 5. Damn It by Blink 182
      This was the first time I heard of the pop punk band.
    • 4. How Can We Be Lovers If We Cant Be Friends by Micheal Bolton
      Ok Its the only micheal bBolton song i can stand.
    • 3. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
      Great alternative song by another poster band of the 90s.IEverytime I saw the video I felt like I was reading a milk carton.
    • 2. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
      Its a remake of an oldie but again its a good song
    • 1. Friday Im In Love by The Cure
      Its just a good songand its one of those songs I had to list when you say 90's

    By: Kayla
    • 10. Go!! (mutha F**ka) by Angie Martinez
    • 9. Hit Em Up by Tupac
      RIP tupac
    • 8. Whats Your Fantacy by Ludacris
    • 7. Lick My Neck My Back.... by Khia
    • 6. Get Low by Lil John And East Side Boyz
    • 5. Mr. Mom by Lonestar
      hate country but its a awesome song
    • 4. Bother by Stone Sour
    • 3. Last Kiss by Pearl Jam
      omg i love this song so sad:'(
    • 2. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows
      aweseome ass song
    • 1. What Its Like by Everlast
      good song

    By: Ben
    • 10. Elderely Woman Behind A Counter by Pearl Jam
      Needed to have a Pearl Jam song simply b/w of their constant stream of great albums. Out of all their songs this is the one i relate to most... and i'm not elderely or a woman, or even behind a counter for that matter!
    • 9. Like It Was Before by 78 Saab
      First real punk song i loved! And yes, it is another Aussie band- get into Oz music, you'll love it!
    • 8. My Friends by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Full of feeling
    • 7. Come As You Are by Nirvana
      The defining band of the 90s, you just have to add them!
    • 6. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
      Awesome! Simply unique.... apologies must go to karma police, no surprises, the tourist, you and whose army etc etc!
    • 5. Laughing Boy by Big Heavy Stuff
      Another Australian band, this song is awesome, just as i can relate to it i guess, but they are an awesome band! Probably the most underrated band in Australia i think
    • 4. Live Forever by Oasis
      Need to have an Oasis song in there, and really, this is right up there with the best of them. Apologies to Wonderwall, Slide Away, Some Might Say and Don't Look Back in Anger
    • 3. Angeles by Elliott Smith
      I'm sure no-one looking at this list will know much of Elliott's music, who tragically killed himself last year, but this is simply an almost perfect song. Do yourself a favour and get into his music!
    • 2. High And Dry by Radiohead
      What can i say? The first radiohead song i heard, and i instantly fell in love with the band
    • 1. Charlie #3 by The Whitlams
      An Australian band, this song is about a troubled band member who threw himself off the highest waterfall in NSW. There are three "Charlie's", get into it!

    By: Kat
    • 10. Jenny Says by Cowboy Mouth
      they are great live, other good songs....how do you tell some one.
    • 9. Spiderwebs by No Doubt
      love the bands old stuff, loved diffrent people off of tragic kingdom.
    • 8. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
      i totally agree that they are a great band, and they influenced alot of new bands.
    • 7. Breakfast At Tiffanys by Deep Blue Something
      love it, it's so fun
    • 6. Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer
      overlooked song, wonderful voice.
    • 5. Machine Head by Bush
      great song, don't much like the rest of their stuff though.
    • 4. Innocent by Fuel
    • 3. Semi Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind
      love this song......like some of their other....wonder what happened to them
    • 2. Tonic/tantric by If You Could Only See
      i have no idea who sings this song, but it is a great one......i love it...i LOVE it.
    • 1. Push by Matchbox Twenty
      i love their earlier stuff, altho their new cd is fun.

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