My favorite songs of 1990

After seeing all the songs that I enjoyed from 1989 (148 of them so far), I figured that this was the year that ushered in my favorite decade. If 1989 brought me 148 quality songs, then each year in the 90s should top 150. Well apparently that isn’t so. Over the last couple of months I have gone through music from 1990 and barely managed to find 80 songs. I was 16 and really into classic rock. Apparently because the quality new rock songs at the time were pretty sparse.

The Sinead O’Connor song may seem out of place here, but man it was a big part of my teenage years. In my head a lot! By the way, if you’re not from Canada and you’re reading this – The Grapes of Wrath were a very underrated and under-exposed band. Love their songs even to this day. And now I see that I enjoy Crash Vegas too, though 20 years ago I was only into their ’94 tune Pocahontas (Neil Young cover).

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. You understand. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.


Awesome – 1 Hunger Strike Temple of the Dog
Awesome – 1 Hard To Handle The Black Crowes
Awesome – 1 She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes
Awesome – 1 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O’Connor
Awesome – 5 Been Caught Stealing Jane’s Addiction
Awesome – 5 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J
Awesome – 5 Something to Believe In Poison
Awesome – 5 Wind Of Change Scorpions
Great – 9 Disappear INXS
Great – 9 Roam B-52s
Great – 9 Thunderstruck AC/DC
Great – 9 Man In The Box Alice in Chains
Great – 9 Shelter Me Cinderella
Great – 9 Hole Hearted Extreme
Great – 9 Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks
Great – 9 Freedom ’90 George Michael
Great – 9 Brothers Gonna Work It Out Public Enemy
Great – 9 Silent Lucidity Queensrÿche
Great – 9 What Was Going Through My Head The Grapes of Wrath
Great – 20 Joey Concrete Blonde
Great – 20 More Than Words Extreme
Great – 20 Stop! Jane’s Addiction
Great – 20 Blaze of Glory Jon Bon Jovi
Great – 20 Twice As Hard The Black Crowes
Great – 20 Jealous Again The Black Crowes
Great – 20 Sister Luck The Black Crowes
Great – 20 Particle Man They Might Be Giants
Pretty Good – 28 Can I Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest
Pretty Good – 28 Do Me! Bell Biv DeVoe
Pretty Good – 28 Seeing Things The Black Crowes
Pretty Good – 28 I’m Free The Soup Dragons
Pretty Good – 28 Inside Out Crash Vegas
Pretty Good – 33 Wordz of Wisdom 3rd Bass
Pretty Good – 33 Groove Is in the Heart Deee-Lite
Pretty Good – 33 Doowutchyalike Digital Underground
Pretty Good – 33 Unbelievable EMF
Pretty Good – 33 Justify My Love Madonna
Pretty Good – 33 Dangerous Roxette
Pretty Good – 33 It Must Have Been Love Roxette
Pretty Good – 33 Could I’ve Been So Blind The Black Crowes
Pretty Good – 33 Istanbul (Not Constantinople) They Might Be Giants
Not Bad – 42 Yer so Bad Tom Petty
Not Bad – 42 The Gas Face 3rd Bass
Not Bad – 42 I Left My Wallet in El Segundo A Tribe Called Quest
Not Bad – 42 Poison Bell Biv DeVoe
Not Bad – 42 Personal Jesus Depeche Mode
Not Bad – 42 U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer
Not Bad – 42 She Ain’t Prety The Northern Pikes
Not Bad – 42 (I Need You Now) More Than Words Can Say Alias
Not Bad – 42 Enjoy The Silence Depeche Mode
Not Bad – 42 The Humpty Dance Digital Underground
Not Bad – 42 Have You Seen Her MC Hammer
Not Bad – 42 Do You Remember? Phil Collins
Not Bad – 42 Get Up (Before The Night Is Over) Technotronic
Not Bad – 42 Girl With a Problem The Northern Pikes
Not Bad – 56 Heartbreak Station Cinderella
Not Bad – 56 Sadeness (Part One) Enigma
Not Bad – 56 Praying For Time George Michael
Not Bad – 56 King Of Wishful Thinking Go West
Not Bad – 56 All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You Heart
Not Bad – 56 Suicide Blonde INXS
Not Bad – 56 Vogue Madonna
Not Bad – 56 Blue Sky Mine Midnight Oil
Not Bad – 56 Burn Hollywood Burn Public Enemy
Not Bad – 56 Welcome to the Terrordome Public Enemy
Not Bad – 56 The Emperor’s New Clothes Sinéad O’Connor
Not Bad – 56 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
Not Bad – 56 Cherry Pie Warrant
Not Bad – 56 Hold On Wilson Phillips
Not Bad – 56 Just Came Back Colin James
Not Bad – 56 High Enough Damn Yankees
Not Bad – 56 How Can We Be Lovers? Michael Bolton
Not Bad – 56 Let’s Talk About Sex Salt-N-Pepa
Not Bad – 56 Let Your Backbone Slide Maestro Fresh Wes
Not Bad – 56 Cliffs of Dover Eric Johnson
Not Bad – 56 Unskinny Bop Poison
Not Bad – 56 911 is a Joke Public Enemy
Not Bad – 56 Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man Public Enemy
Not Bad – 56 Downtown Train Rod Stewart
Not Bad – 56 The Power Snap!
Not Bad – 56 What Time Is Love? The KLF
Not Bad – 56 Impulsive Wilson Phillips
Not Bad – 56 Release Me Wilson Phillips
Not Bad – 56 Lover of Mine Alannah Myles



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