My favorite songs from 1991

Posted: May 11, 2017 in Rankings

 

The 144 songs that made the list for 1991 (so far, as I am always adding if I discover a song I’ve missed) gave 1989 a run for its money (148). This is thanks to Nirvana’s timeless Nevermind album (which honestly just gets better over time), and the Hip’s Road Apples – which was an instant favorite of mine. Pearl Jam’s Ten was a huge part of my life, though it took me a year or two to truly appreciate them. Along with the Hip, Lenny Kravitz was my favorite artist at the time and I was waiting to pick up his Mama Said album the day it came out – it didn’t disappoint. And of course – Blood Sugar Sex Magik was another all-time favorite album of mine.

Lots of memories were packed into this music. I was 17. I went to a lot of parties in Stratford and St. Mary’s. This music went with me. And some of the pop music you see towards the bottom of this list were just underrated and underappreciated songs of that year because, to teenagers, they weren’t “cool”. But later in life I can certainly appreciate them. One pop album in particular, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, was an album that I had no idea was this good until just recently listening through it.

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:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 The Unforgiven Metallica
Awesome – 1 Alive Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Black Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Little Bones The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 1 Fiddler’s Green The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 1 In Bloom Nirvana
Awesome – 1 Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers
Awesome – 8 I Am Here Grapes of Wrath
Awesome – 8 Stop Draggin’ Around Lenny Kravitz
Awesome – 8 Jeremy Pearl Jam
Awesome – 8 Fight The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 8 The Last of the Unplucked Gems The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 8 Lithium Nirvana
Awesome – 8 One U2
Great – 15 November Rain Guns N’ Roses
Great – 15 What the Fuck are we Saying Lenny Kravitz
Great – 15 Breed Nirvana
Great – 15 Come As You Are Nirvana
Great – 15 Lounge Act Nirvana
Great – 15 Polly Nirvana
Great – 15 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
Great – 15 I Could Have Lied Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 15 Losing My Religion R.E.M.
Great – 15 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C+C Music Factory
Great – 25 Play With Me Bootsauce
Great – 25 Superman’s Song Crash Test Dummies
Great – 25 Don’t Cry Guns N’ Roses
Great – 25 Always on the Run Lenny Kravitz
Great – 25 Fields of Joy (Reprise) Lenny Kravitz
Great – 25 Enter Sandman Metallica
Great – 25 Nothing Else Matters Metallica
Great – 25 On A Plain Nirvana
Great – 25 Territorial Pissings Nirvana
Great – 25 Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 25 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 25 The Luxury The Tragically Hip
Great – 25 Long Time Running The Tragically Hip
Great – 25 Bring It All Back The Tragically Hip
Great – 25 Release Pearl Jam
Great – 25 Right Here, Right Now Jesus Jones
Great – 25 Shiny Happy People R.E.M.
Great – 25 You May Be Right Grapes of Wrath
Great – 25 It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over Lenny Kravitz
Great – 25 Stand By My Woman Lenny Kravitz
Great – 25 Fields of Joy Lenny Kravitz
Great – 25 Drain You Nirvana
Great – 25 Something In The Way Nirvana
Great – 25 Born in the Water The Tragically Hip
Great – 25 Three Pistols The Tragically Hip
Great – 25 Even Flow Pearl Jam
Great – 25 Life is a Highway Tom Cochrane
Great – 25 Into The Great Wide Open Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Great – 25 Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong Spin Doctors
Great – 25 Two Princes Spin Doctors
Pretty Good – 55 Here We Go (Let’s Rock and Roll) C+C Music Factory
Pretty Good – 55 Get Ready For This 2 Unlimited
Pretty Good – 55 I Can’t Dance Genesis
Pretty Good – 55 Breaking the Girl Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 55 Twist My Arm The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 55 Cordelia The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 55 On the Verge The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 55 Porch Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 55 Learning To Fly Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Pretty Good – 55 Mysterious Ways U2
Pretty Good – 55 Me In Honey R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 55 Jimmy Olsen’s Blues Spin Doctors
Pretty Good – 67 My Town Glass Tiger
Pretty Good – 67 Til I Am Myself Again Blue Rodeo
Pretty Good – 67 Everyone’s a Winner Bootsauce
Pretty Good – 67 Flowers For Zoe Lenny Kravitz
Pretty Good – 67 More Than Anything in This World Lenny Kravitz
Pretty Good – 67 All I Ever Wanted Lenny Kravitz
Pretty Good – 67 Stay Away Nirvana
Pretty Good – 67 Sir Psycho Sexy Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 67 Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 67 Movin’ On Up Primal Scream
Pretty Good – 67 To Be With You Mr. Big
Pretty Good – 67 Oceans Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 67 Wash the Rain World on Edge
Pretty Good – 67 Outshined Soundgarden
Pretty Good – 67 I Touch Myself The Divinyls
Pretty Good – 67 Bring The Noise Anthrax
Pretty Good – 67 Life Could Be Worse Barney Bentall
Pretty Good – 67 Jam Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 67 Heart of Soul The Cult
Pretty Good – 67 So Cruel U2
Pretty Good – 67 Radio Song R.E.M.
Not Bad – 88 Dangerous Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 88 Why You Wanna Trip on Me Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 88 If You Have To Ask Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 88 Mama, I’m Coming Home Ozzy Osbourne
Not Bad – 88 Set Adrift On Memory Bliss P.M. Dawn
Not Bad – 88 Garden Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 88 Why Go Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 88 Even Better Than The Real Thing U2
Not Bad – 88 Until The End Of The World U2
Not Bad – 88 Joyride Roxette
Not Bad – 88 Crazy Seal
Not Bad – 88 Rusty Cage Soundgarden
Not Bad – 88 3 A.M. Eternal The KLF
Not Bad – 88 It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 88 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 88 The Difference is Why Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 88 When the Morning Turns to Night Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 88 Butterfly Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 88 O.P.P. Naughty by Nature
Not Bad – 88 Remember The Time Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 88 Who Is It Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 88 Will You Be There? Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 88 Roll The Bones Rush
Not Bad – 88 The Path of Thorns Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 Can’t Truss It Public Enemy
Not Bad – 88 Once Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 88 All I Want Toad the Wet Sprocket
Not Bad – 88 Walk on the Ocean Toad the Wet Sprocket
Not Bad – 88 Right Now Van Halen
Not Bad – 88 Belong R.E.M.
Not Bad – 88 What About Now Robbie Robertson
Not Bad – 88 Kiss Me You Fool The Northern Pikes
Not Bad – 120 Too Hot Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 120 Motownphilly Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 120 Things That Make You Go Hmmmm… C+C Music Factory
Not Bad – 120 Walking In Memphis Marc Cohn
Not Bad – 120 Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) De La Soul
Not Bad – 120 Good Vibrations Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Not Bad – 120 When a Man Loves a Woman Michael Bolton
Not Bad – 120 Give In To Me Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 120 Heal The World Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 120 My Lovely Man Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 120 Into the Fire Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 120 Wild Hearted Son The Cult
Not Bad – 120 Shut ‘Em Down Public Enemy
Not Bad – 120 Cream Prince
Not Bad – 120 Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World U2
Not Bad – 120 Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses U2
Not Bad – 120 Everything About You Ugly Kid Joe
Not Bad – 120 Only the Lonely World on Edge
Not Bad – 120 Standing Push and Fall World on Edge
Not Bad – 120 Blowing Kisses in the Wind Paula Abdul
Not Bad – 120 I’m Too Sexy Right Said Fred
Not Bad – 120 Go Back to Your Woods Robbie Robertson
Not Bad – 120 If The Cult
Not Bad – 120 Sweet Salvation The Cult
Not Bad – 120 How Long Can a Man Be Strong The Jeff Healey Band

 

1990

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