What are your top ten favorite songs from the 90s?
- 10. Ditty by Paperboy
- 9. Freak Me by Silk
- 8. I Wanna Sex U Up by Color Me Badd
- 7. End of the Road by Boyz II Men
- 6. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss by PM Dawn
- 5. Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac Shakur
- 4. Big Poppa by Notorious BIG
- 3. Changes by Tupac Shakur
- 2. Mo' Money, Mo' Problems by Notorious BIG f/Mase and Puff Daddy
- 1. Nuthin' But a G Thang by Dr. Dre f/Snoop Doggy Dogg
There's just too many good songs. These were just 10 off the top of my head.
- 10. No Rain by Blind Melon
- 9. Would? by Alice in Chains
- 8. Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
- 7. Badfish by Sublime
- 6. Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 5. One by U2
- 4. Machinehead by Bush
- 3. Fell On Black Days by Soundgarden
- 2. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
- 1. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
brought the mainstream to them, defined a generation.
By: Joey Anthone
- 10. 19-2000 by Gorillaz
- 9. Sandstorm by Darude
- 8. Bittersweet Symphoney by The Verve Pipe
- 7. Alright by Jamiroquai
- 6. If I Should Die by Jay Z
- 5. Absolutly Anything by Paul Oakenfold
- 4. Wonderwall by Oasis
- 3. Flowing by 311
- 2. Cant Nobody Hold me Down by Puff Daddy
- 1. Omaha Stylee by 311
- 10. Onyx by Slam
One of the few rap songs I will ever admit to liking... This is nothing like all that stupid rubbish you'd hear from so-called "artists" like Ja Rule... These guys knew how to rhyme about subject matter other than how cool they were/how dope their ride was/how they get down/etc. The (Biohazard) BiOnyx Remix version of the song is actually much better, but chances are most of you haven't heard of it, so I'm citing the original instead.
- 9. Nookie by Limp Bizkit
I know, I know: "How could you cite a song from such an evil, corporate, mainstream-oriented band?!?".... Well, first of all, this song came out when the band was just beginning to gain mainstream acceptance, and what's more, it's actually pretty good. Sure, the song's chorus is absolutely moronic, but if you listen to the rest of the lyrics, it actually tells a fairly decent story. Yes, that was all done to death in the previous album (Three Dollar Bill, Y'all), but the songcraft here is just too fine to overlook. Plus, I love the way hurt is articulated as a bridge right after the second chorus... I can't help but feel that it's wrong to cite this song now that I know what a sham this band has become, but I also can't deny that I was completely hooked on this song for about a year and a half. Even if you could find a way to ignore the words, it's still a great tune for the instrumental collaboration alone. Stay away from any of the live recordings or remixes, though - The recording of Significant Other marked the end of quality music from what was once a band with considerable potential.
- 8. Santaria by Sublime
One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard from a fine group which expired before it had the chance to fully mature into something even greater.
- 7. The Garden by Guns N' Roses
GN'R were by far the best band to come out of the 80s. In terms of 90s music, Use Your Illusion I & II gave us many fine songs. Although "November Rain" and "Don't Cry" certainly demand recognition, I will cite this song because I can't ever recall hearing Slash's guitar playing being as excellent as it was on this track. A very psychedelic tune to say the least.
- 6. Pretty Noose by Soundgarden
What a great tune from a legendary band... It's somewhat difficult to identify exactly what it is that I like so much about this song, but to me, it just stands out from some of the band's other stellar hits like "Outshined" and "Burden In My Hand".
- 5. December by Collective Soul
I sure hate bands that get lots of credit from so-called "alternative" radio, but this group actually deserved most of it. With so many wonderful hits throughout the decade (although never really taking any chances with their style), the members of Collective Soul have proven themselves to be a 'real' band. "December" is probably my all-around favourite of all their songs.
- 4. Ice Cube & Dr. Dre by Natural Born Killaz
I can't confess to being a big fan of rap, mainly b/c the commercial rubbish that everyone seems to associate it with is beyond terrible, both in terms of sound and moronic lyrics. Still, every once in awhile, a song like this comes along and reminds me that I like "some" rap... It's too bad that such phenomena stopped occurring by the time we reached the mid 90s... Anyway, just an amazing tune (this was coming from a time when stuff produced by Dre still had some integrity and wasn't targeting MTV addicted teens).
- 3. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
It would be unspeakable to mention some of the most influential songs of the century (much less a mere decade) and not think of this song... Even if the popularity it attained did bring on years of horrible, horrible "alternative" rock that became a staple for lame radio stations everywhere for the greater part of the 90s... While this song did mark the beginning of the end for the once great Seattle Grunge movement, it also gave new inspiration for living... A damn good thing, too, 'cos it was hard not to go the way of Kurt Cobain in the following years when radio did nothing but shove overplayed one-hit wonders at us until the very closing moments of the millennium.
- 2. Tourniquet by Marilyn Manson
With so many excellent Manson songs out there, it would be hard to comprise this list and not have all the entries make reference to his art. I wouldn't be surprised if most (if not all) reading my list resent this entry, and personally, I like it this way: To truly appreciate Manson's work beyond the immediate sensation derived from his music, one must listen with an open mind, OR NOT LISTEN AT ALL. So yes, it might be unconventional to have a Manson tune in a top 10 list, but I am trying to pay respect to songs that actually deserve this recognition, not just the s**t that was overplayed by radio stations and MTV throughout the 90s. I simply chose "Tourniquet" b/c it's probably one of my favourite Manson tracks.
- 1. Zero Signal by Fear Factory
Unmatched instrumental talent shines through in this bleak yet meaningful account of humanity's struggle (the "theme" of Fear Factory's albums, manifested completely in DigiMortal). I have never heard such powerfully driver guitar riffs, and meaningful lyrics (not to mention articulated vocals) definitely make this industrial/speed metal at it's finest.
This list was compiled in a hurry, so if I'm overlooking any particularly significant songs, sorry. There are a lot of genre-specific songs that I would have liked to cite, but I have attempted to make this list as accessible as possible, so bands like Type O Negative and Mutha's Day Out had to be omitted.
- 10. Weezer by Say It Aint So
- 9. Tom Petty by You Dont Know How It Feels
- 8. Smashing Pumpkins by 1979
- 7. Nirvana by Smells Like Teen Spirit
- 6. Stone Temple Pilots by Interstate
- 5. Sound Garden by Black Hole Sun
- 4. Blind Melon by No Rain
- 3. Jeremy by Pearl Jam
- 2. Tonight Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins
- 1. Lithium by Nirvana
By: Tim Malloy
- 10. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
If you haven't had a romantic interlude to this song, then you haven't had a romantic interlude! Don't know how many times we've been Chris and Helena rolling about my bedroom!!!!
- 9. Mr Jones by Counting Crows
A great story of a couple of winos and their misplaced dreams and hopes.
- 8. Down About It by Lemonheads
Simply one of the most upbeat, brilliant songs I've ever heard!
- 7. Watermark by Enya
I want this played at my funeral! (Morbid I know, but it's beautiful!)
- 6. The Body of an American by The Pogues
Can I quote the final verse? : "This morning on the harbour as I said goodbye to you, I remember how I swore that I'd come back to you someday. As the sunset came to meet the evening on the hill, I told you I'd always love you, I always did, I always will." Shane McGowan is the best songwriter ever!
- 5. One of God's better people by Robbie Williams
Not to his then girlfriend Nicole All Saint as everyone thinks, but an ode to his mother who he said at the time "You have given me love when I didn't deserve it." Can't really argue with that!
- 4. Say Hello Wave Goodbye by David Gray
The soulful scatting at the end of this song makes a superb album ten times better in my opinion. "In the wind and the rain my darling, get on the train"
- 3. Just Another Day by Jon Secada
Call me a sop. Call me anything you want, but this is an extremely sad song.
- 2. Sally McLennane by The Pogues
This is a great song to get roused up for a night out drinking Guinness with a bunch of your mates!
- 1. Bad by U2
"So let it go, and so to fade away. I'm wide awake, I'm not sleeping" Bono is king!
A lot of bands don't make it here that quite surprises me....ie. Ocean Colour Scene (my very favourite band, but not individual enough to set them apart from the likes of U2 or The Pogues) A lot of these songs are quite sad.....but then the ones to get you going reeeealy get you going!
By: Jennifer Fumero
- 10. Micheal Jackson featuring Janet Jackson by Scream
a classic a renuion to remember. very expensive too. 700,000,000
- 9. Ricky Martin by Livin' La Vida Loca
classic pop song. crazy but hey what the hell right
- 8. Christina Aguilera by Genie In The Bottle
a great classic breakthrough song
- 7. Limp Bizket by Nookie
classic rock anthem
- 6. Eminem by My Name Is
classic white rap song. hillarious
- 5. Britney Spears by ...Baby One More Time
britney pop classic
- 4. Nirvanna by Smells Like Teen Spirit
classic alternative rock song. Kurt Curban a total genuis
- 3. Madanna by Vogue
another madonna classic
- 2. Try Again by Aaliyah
a classic R&B song to remember always
- 1. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
the # 1 classic boy-band pop song
I left a My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion because it was play out and on top of that every hated it.
By: Brandon Digges
- 10. The Freshman by Verve Pipe
This song has some secret insight. Very nostalgic song.
- 9. Sunny Came Home by Shaun Colvin
Her voice is powerfull yet soothing, something about it makes me smile and think about a life I never had. It creates something tangible that I can study in my mind's eye.
- 8. Time of Your Life by Greenday
Who would have predicted the best song they wrote would have been acoustic quitar? Very cool surprise from the punk band.
- 7. Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
Great song, Amazing lyrics, I feel very strongly about the lyrical message.
- 6. Change The World by Eric Clapton
One of Clapton's best which is saying alot.
- 5. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
Makes you think outside the spectrum of "Normal" thought. I love this song.
- 4. Counting Crows by Round Here
This song moves like a poetic masterpiece. I love it.
- 3. Crush by Dave Matthews Band
The BEST love song ever created... This song makes my spine tingle and it makes me want to FIGHT for love.
- 2. The World I Know by Collective Soul
I love these lyrics. One of the songs that I feel VERY strongly about. Lyrics= amazing.
- 1. Crash by Dave Matthews Band
This song is just... amazing. The lyrics are wonderfully permiscuous, mystical and alluring. The guitar work by Matthews is amazing... Awesome song. This is the first song I think of when I think of the 90's.
Dave Matthews= The best artist of the 90's, They had atleast 5 hits, from 3 records over the decade. The best part is, they're still around today in 2002, with several more hits from their new record. I hope they stay around for awhile longer.
- 10. Pearl Jam by Nothingman
i love the lyrics most of all
- 9. What If God Was One Of Us by Joan Osborne
always remember this one
- 8. Emily by Jewel
heartbreaking, for anyone who's ever lost a friend to drunk driving or a senseless, avoidable act.
- 7. Closer to Fine by Indigo Girls
great lyrics, great song
- 6. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor
- 5. Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and the Blowfish
feel good song
- 4. Lover Lay Down by Dave Matthews Band
so kiss me, won't you kiss me now and sleep i would inside your mouth. don't be us too shy..in knowing its no big surprise that, i will wait for you. i will wait for no one but you.
- 3. Round Here by Counting Crows
she looks up at the building and says she's thinking of jumping, she says she's tired of life, she must be tired of something...
- 2. Untoucable Face by Ani Difranco
fuck you for existing in the first place... (perfect fuck off song.. just blast it after seeing your ex and his new girlfriend expressing PDA's in front of your face)
- 1. The Promise by Tracy Chapman
triggers something in my heart when i hear it, the lyrics and the music are both very emotional and have personal meaning to me.. perfect goodbye song
- 10. Venus by The Feelers
Great song by a not so popular but very talented Kiwi (New Zealand) band!
- 9. Slide by Goo Goo Dolls
Nice laid back song....
- 8. Simple Creed by Live
Good song with a great message!
- 7. Renegade Fighter by Zed
Great song by a popular and very talented Kiwi (New Zealand) band!
- 6. Sway by Bic Runga
Great singer. But unfortunately not very popular and not regonised overseas in places such as America.
- 5. Push on Thru by Salmonella Dub
Just another great hit from this awesome New Zealand band!
- 4. Ana's Song (Anorexia) by Silverchair
This and thier other hit "Anthem of the Year 2000" are 2 of the best from this band
- 3. Smooth by Santana
Obviously the most played song on the radio in 1999!
- 2. Song 2 by Blur
Not good enough to be Song 1, but too good to be Song 3... So its Song 2 (That was lame...)
- 1. Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Scar tissue that I wish you saw... Great song that its amazing no one else has put it on their top 10 list :(
The 90s was a great decade for heaps of music and im sure I could add 100s more to this list (but this thing wont let me)
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