My favorite songs from 1995

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Ahhh 1995. Those were the days. First year of university was in the books, and midway through the second year. This was the year that I moved in with three guys who became best friends to this day. This was also the year I was with my first serious girlfriend from the beginning to the end, from mid-94 through towards the end of ’96. She and I were both really into music and there were a lot of car trips/commutes when we listened to the radio.

I remember buying Alanis Morissette’s CD and being surprised at just how amazing it was. This was also the year when I decided Collective Soul was one of my favorite bands, period. The World I Know really struck a chord. The Smashing Pumpkins double CD will always remind me of those times with my girlfriend, and Wonderwall (Oasis) and Alanis will always remind me of New Years ’96 into ’97…which means they were with me for more than a full year.

Longer term, Radiohead and The Tea Party grew on me. I liked them and these songs in ’95, but loved them even more over time. The two 311 songs will remind me of visits to my sister in London, Ontario…notably when my car broke down on the way past London to visit another friend!

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree 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. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Solid
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Here my favorites from 1995, just the ones ranked in the top two categories (“Awesome” and “Great”). The full list of songs – all categories – is at the bottom.

 

27 Great Songs from 1995

This Is A Call – Foo Fighters

 

Unsound – Headstones

This band is so underrated that when I first went through the 90s, year by year, using the two sources for songs that were released (one of them a Canadian source and this is a Canadian band!), this band was never mentioned. And when I went through the 90s again, year by year, using three additional sources – still no mention. Ridiculous. I mean – the lead singer, Hugh Dillon, is also an actor (Flashpoint, The Killing). And the music is very strongly played in Canada. Ironically, the songs I hear a lot are Tweeter and the Monkey Man and Smile and Wave – neither of which I like. But I love Unsound, and my favorites are Blonde and Blue (2000) and the other song you’ll find here below…

 

They Don’t Care About Us – Michael Jackson

MJ actually released two videos for this song. One in the prison, and one based on Brazil. Here is the prison version.

 

Boombastic – Shaggy

 

Hand In My Pocket – Alanis Morissette

 

Big Me – Foo Fighters

 

Brat – Green Day

 

Walking Contradiction – Green Day

 

Truth Untold – The Odds

 

The Bazaar – The Tea Party

 

Sister Awake – The Tea Party

 

Down – 311

 

All Mixed Up – 311

 

Ironic – Alanis Morissette

 

You Learn – Alanis Morissette

 

All I Really Want – Alanis Morissette

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something

 

You Were Meant For Me – Jewel

 

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

 

Cumbersome – Seven Mary Three

 

We Only Come Out At Night – Smashing Pumpkins

 

Misery – Soul Asylum

 

Promises Broken – Soul Asylum

 

Name – The Goo Goo Dolls

 

Eat My Brain – The Odds

 

Peaches – The Presidents of the United States of America

Hearts, Love and Honour – Headstones

Underrated tune from a clearly underrated Canadian band…

 

20 Truly Awesome Songs from 1995

Sick Of Myself – Matthew Sweet

 

I Got Id – Pearl Jam

 

My Friends – Red Hot Chili Peppers

 

Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette

 

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

 

High And Dry – Radiohead

 

Just – Radiohead

 

Time Bomb – Rancid

 

Ruby Soho – Rancid

 

Zero – Smashing Pumpkins

 

Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America

 

You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette

 

The World I Know – Collective Soul

 

Brain Stew/Jaded – Green Day

 

Geek Stink Breath – Green Day

 

Wonderwall – Oasis

 

Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead

 

Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins

 

Muzzle – Smashing Pumpkins

 

Fire In the Head – The Tea Party

 


The above great songs from 1995 are on a playlist on YouTube right here


 

Here is the entire list:

Awesome – 1 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 1 The World I Know Collective Soul
Awesome – 1 Brain Stew/Jaded Green Day
Awesome – 1 Geek Stink Breath Green Day
Awesome – 1 Wonderwall Oasis
Awesome – 1 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead
Awesome – 1 Bullet With Butterfly Wings Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Muzzle Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Fire In the Head The Tea Party
Awesome – 1 My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers
Awesome – 1 Sick Of Myself Matthew Sweet
Awesome – 11 Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 11 Don’t Speak No Doubt
Awesome – 11 High And Dry Radiohead
Awesome – 11 Just Radiohead
Awesome – 11 Time Bomb Rancid
Awesome – 11 Ruby Soho Rancid
Awesome – 11 Zero Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 11 Lump The Presidents of the United States of America
Awesome – 11 I Got Id Pearl Jam
Great – 21 Hearts, Love & Honour Headstones
Great – 21 Hand In My Pocket Alanis Morissette
Great – 21 Big Me Foo Fighters
Great – 21 Brat Green Day
Great – 21 Walking Contradiction Green Day
Great – 21 Truth Untold The Odds
Great – 21 The Bazaar The Tea Party
Great – 21 Sister Awake The Tea Party
Great – 21 Down 311
Great – 21 All Mixed Up 311
Great – 21 Ironic Alanis Morissette
Great – 21 You Learn Alanis Morissette
Great – 33 All I Really Want Alanis Morissette
Great – 33 Breakfast at Tiffany’s Deep Blue Something
Great – 33 You Were Meant For Me Jewel
Great – 33 Champagne Supernova Oasis
Great – 33 Cumbersome Seven Mary Three
Great – 33 We Only Come Out At Night Smashing Pumpkins
Great – 33 Misery Soul Asylum
Great – 33 Promises Broken Soul Asylum
Great – 33 Name The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 33 Eat My Brain The Odds
Great – 33 Peaches The Presidents of the United States of America
Great – 33 This Is A Call Foo Fighters
Great – 33 They Don’t Care About Us Michael Jackson
Great – 33 Boombastic Shaggy
Great – 33 Unsound Headstones
Solid – 48 Good Better Than Ezra
Solid – 48 Country House Blur
Solid – 48 December Collective Soul
Solid – 48 Gel Collective Soul
Solid – 48 Stupid Girl Garbage
Solid – 48 Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel
Solid – 48 Foolish Games Jewel
Solid – 48 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Marilyn Manson
Solid – 48 Spiderwebs No Doubt
Solid – 48 River Of Deceit Mad Season
Solid – 48 Can’t Get You Off My Mind Lenny Kravitz
Solid – 59 Burn One Down Ben Harper
Solid – 59 Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio
Solid – 59 Hey Man Nice Shot Filter
Solid – 59 Only Happy When It Rains Garbage
Solid – 59 Just A Girl No Doubt
Solid – 59 1979 Smashing Pumpkins
Solid – 59 Forgiven Alanis Morissette
Solid – 59 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Solid – 59 On and On Crash Vegas
Solid – 59 I’ll Stick Around Foo Fighters
Solid – 59 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson
Solid – 59 Don’t Look Back In Anger Oasis
Solid – 59 Common People Pulp
Solid – 59 Thirty-Three Smashing Pumpkins
Solid – 59 Dancing Days Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 74 Pure Massacre Silverchair
Not Bad – 74 Natural One The Folk Implosion
Not Bad – 74 Can’t Stop Loving You Van Halen
Not Bad – 74 And Fools Shine On Brother Cane
Not Bad – 74 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey
Not Bad – 74 Beautiful Life Ace of Base
Not Bad – 74 Mary Jane Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 74 Smashing Young Man Collective Soul
Not Bad – 74 Where the River Flows Collective Soul
Not Bad – 74 She Gathers Rain Collective Soul
Not Bad – 74 Counting Blue Cars Dishwalla
Not Bad – 74 Alone & Easy Target Foo Fighters
Not Bad – 74 Morning Glory Oasis
Not Bad – 74 Disco 2000 Pulp
Not Bad – 74 Curious Sandbox
Not Bad – 74 Any Man Of Mine Shania Twain
Not Bad – 74 Tonight, Tonight Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 74 Just Like Anyone Soul Asylum
Not Bad – 74 I’ll Be There For You The Rembrandts
Not Bad – 74 Perfect Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 74 Not the Doctor Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 74 Roll To Me Del Amitri
Not Bad – 74 Stuck With Me Green Day
Not Bad – 74 Doin’ It LL Cool J
Not Bad – 74 Believe Me Moist
Not Bad – 74 Aeroplane Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 74 More Human Than Human White Zombie
Not Bad – 101 I Gotta Girl Tripping Daisy
Not Bad – 101 Dear Mama 2Pac
Not Bad – 101 The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler
Not Bad – 101 Wake Up Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 101 Right Through You Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 101 No More I Love You’s Annie Lennox
Not Bad – 101 Do Ya Barney Bentall
Not Bad – 101 The Universal Blur
Not Bad – 101 The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 101 Queer Garbage
Not Bad – 101 Flood Jars of Clay
Not Bad – 101 Rock and Roll Is Dead Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 101 Your Little Secret Melissa Etheridge
Not Bad – 101 Scream Michael and Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 101 Acquiesce Oasis
Not Bad – 101 She Forgot to Laugh Rhymes with Orange
Not Bad – 101 I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 101 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Shania Twain
Not Bad – 101 Here Is No Why Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 101 Hard As A Rock AC/DC
Not Bad – 101 Murder Incorporated Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 101 I Know Dionne Farris
Not Bad – 101 Here In Your Bedroom Goldfinger
Not Bad – 101 86 Green Day
Not Bad – 101 Tightwad Hill Green Day
Not Bad – 101 Bab’s Uvula Who? Green Day
Not Bad – 101 Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze
Not Bad – 101 No More Walking Away Kim Mitchell
Not Bad – 101 Zamboni Martin Zellar
Not Bad – 101 This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
Not Bad – 101 Downtown Neil Young
Not Bad – 101 Angry Johnny Poe
Not Bad – 101 You’ve Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman
Not Bad – 101 All Uncovered The Watchmen
Not Bad – 101 Born Slippy Underworld
Not Bad – 101 Earth Song Michael Jackson
Not Bad – 101 Back For Good Take That

 

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