My favorite songs from 1996

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This was a big year for music in my life.

In 1996 I moved in with my girlfriend in May. At the end of October we broke up – and it was a pretty rocky summer leading up to that. So in the early months, the music was during happy times. In the middle months, we had combined our CD collections to make this one massive collection – and so again, music was a big part. Predominantly alternative. By the end of the year I was a wreck. A Long December really put the cap on this year – and on my rough breakup.

I bought myself a shitty pickup truck (all I could afford) so I wouldn’t be stranded, since she had the vehicle all this time. I couldn’t focus on my final year in University, but still got by. I did lots of traveling home – and back then road trips always meant music. A lot of the songs that came out in the second half of ’96 got plenty of play in Guelph’s The Trashateria when I frequented there in 1997 (I still think of ‘The Trash’ every time Pepper plays). They also got lots of play during my stint as a delivery driver (with my shitty old/new truck). These songs remind me of sitting in my truck waiting for my next call, listening to The Edge. I really fell in love with the MTV Unplugged album by Alice in Chains. Ahead By a Century quickly became one of my favorites from the Hip. And I still think of my ex whenever Santa Monica plays – and my time living in that tiny apartment.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. 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.

 

47 Great Songs from 1996

California Love – 2Pac

 

Let It Rain – Amanda Marshall

 

Diggin’ a Hole – Big Sugar

 

Fire Water Burn – Bloodhound Gang

 

In The Meantime – Spacehog

 

Greedy Fly – Bush

 

The Distance – Cake

 

Naked – Goo Goo Dolls

 

One More Astronaut – I Mother Earth

 

Killing Me Softly With His Song – Fugees

 

 

Scooby Snacks – Fun Lovin Criminals

 

Leave It Alone – Moist

 

If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow

 

The Good in Everyone – Sloan

 

Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart – Stone Temple Pilots

 

Banditos – The Refreshments

 

Too Much – Dave Matthews Band

 

The Freshman – The Verve Pipe

 

If You Could Only See – Tonic

 

Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman

 

Hail Hail – Pearl Jam

 

The Devil in the Kitchen – Ashley MacIsaac

 

Brenda Stubbert – Ashley MacIsaac

 

Sleepy Maggie – Ashley MacIsaac

 

One Of Us – Joan Osborne

 

So Much To Say – Dave Matthews Band

 

Popular – Nada Surf

 

E-Bow the Letter – R.E.M.

 

A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow

 

Lady Picture Show – Stone Temple Pilots

 

Springtime in Vienna – The Tragically Hip

 

One Headlight – The Wallflowers

 

Crossing a Canyon – 54-40

 

Over Now – Alice in Chains

 

The Old Apartment – Barenaked Ladies

 

Devil’s Haircut – Beck

 

No Diggity – Blackstreet

 

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band

 

Tripping Billies – Dave Matthews Band

 

Used to be Alright – I Mother Earth

 

I Want You – Savage Garden

 

Everything You’ve Done Wrong – Sloan

 

Wannabe – Spice Girls

 

Salvation – The Cranberries

 

Hollywood – The Cranberries

 

Free To Decide – The Cranberries

 

Rags to Rags – Eels

 

23 Truly Awesome songs from 1996

Radiation Vibe – Fountains of Wayne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmqswLKKYyU

 

Pretty Noose – Soundgarden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8nkHrv_4Mg

 

Heaven Beside You – Alice in Chains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEAylKJb-to

 

Pepper – Butthole Surfers

 

A Long December – Counting Crows

 

Santa Monica – Everclear

 

Hero Of The Day – Metallica

 

Blow Up The Outside World – Soundgarden

 

What I Got – Sublime

 

Ahead by a Century – The Tragically Hip

 

Swallowed – Bush

 

Novocaine For The Soul – Eels

 

Another Sunday – I Mother Earth

 

Push – Matchbox Twenty

 

Off He Goes – Pearl Jam

 

Who You Are – Pearl Jam

 

Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine

 

Burden In My Hand – Soundgarden

 

Big Bang Baby – Stone Temple Pilots

 

When You’re Gone – The Cranberries

 

Open Up Your Eyes – Tonic

 

El Scorcho – Weezer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okthJIVbi6g

 

Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reminds me of ‘The Trash’ in Guelph. This song is a real pick-me-up

 

You can listen to these great songs as a playlist on YouTube here

 

Here is the full list…

Awesome – 1 Heaven Beside You  Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Pepper  Butthole Surfers
Awesome – 1 A Long December  Counting Crows
Awesome – 1 Santa Monica  Everclear
Awesome – 1 Hero Of The Day  Metallica
Awesome – 1 Blow Up The Outside World  Soundgarden
Awesome – 1 What I Got  Sublime
Awesome – 1 Ahead by a Century The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 1 Swallowed  Bush
Awesome – 1 Love Rollercoaster Red Hot Chili Peppers
Awesome – 11 Novocaine For The Soul  Eels
Awesome – 11 Another Sunday I Mother Earth
Awesome – 11 Push  Matchbox Twenty
Awesome – 11 Off He Goes  Pearl Jam
Awesome – 11 Who You Are  Pearl Jam
Awesome – 11 Bulls On Parade  Rage Against the Machine
Awesome – 11 Burden In My Hand  Soundgarden
Awesome – 11 Big Bang Baby  Stone Temple Pilots
Awesome – 11 When You’re Gone  The Cranberries
Awesome – 11 Open Up Your Eyes Tonic
Awesome – 11 El Scorcho  Weezer
Awesome – 11 Radiation Vibe  Fountains of Wayne
Awesome – 11 Pretty Noose  Soundgarden
Great – 24 Rags to Rags Eels
Great – 24 Killing Me Softly With His Song Fugees
Great – 24 Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin Criminals
Great – 24 California Love  2Pac
Great – 24 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Great – 24 Diggin’ a Hole Big Sugar
Great – 24 Fire Water Burn  Bloodhound Gang
Great – 24 In The Meantime Spacehog
Great – 24 Greedy Fly  Bush
Great – 24 The Distance  Cake
Great – 24 Naked Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 24 One More Astronaut I Mother Earth
Great – 24 Leave It Alone Moist
Great – 24 If It Makes You Happy  Sheryl Crow
Great – 24 The Good in Everyone Sloan
Great – 24 Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart  Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Banditos  The Refreshments
Great – 24 The Freshman  The Verve Pipe
Great – 24 If You Could Only See  Tonic
Great – 24 Give Me One Reason  Tracy Chapman
Great – 24 A Change Would Do You Good  Sheryl Crow
Great – 24 Brenda Stubbert Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 24 All I Know Screaming Trees
Great – 24 Santeria  Sublime
Great – 47 The Devil in the Kitchen Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 47 Sleepy Maggie Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 47 One Of Us  Joan Osborne
Great – 47 Popular  Nada Surf
Great – 47 E-Bow the Letter  R.E.M.
Great – 47 Lady Picture Show  Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 47 Springtime in Vienna The Tragically Hip
Great – 47 One Headlight  The Wallflowers
Great – 47 Crossing a Canyon 54-40
Great – 47 Over Now Alice in Chains
Great – 47 The Old Apartment  Barenaked Ladies
Great – 47 Devil’s Haircut  Beck
Great – 47 No Diggity  Blackstreet
Great – 47 Crash Into Me  Dave Matthews Band
Great – 47 Tripping Billies  Dave Matthews Band
Great – 47 Used to be Alright I Mother Earth
Great – 47 I Want You  Savage Garden
Great – 47 Everything You’ve Done Wrong Sloan
Great – 47 Wannabe  Spice Girls
Great – 47 Salvation  The Cranberries
Great – 47 Hollywood The Cranberries
Great – 47 Free To Decide The Cranberries
Great – 47 Bound For The Floor Local H
Great – 47 Hail Hail Pearl Jam
Great – 47 Too Much Dave Matthews Band
Great – 47 So Much To Say Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 73 Ready To Go Republica
Solid – 73 Bittersweet Me R.E.M.
Solid – 73 How Bizarre  OMC
Solid – 73 Lies to Me 54-40
Solid – 73 Love You All 54-40
Solid – 73 The New Pollution  Beck
Solid – 73 Desperately Wanting  Better Than Ezra
Solid – 73 Around The World  Daft Punk
Solid – 73 Follow You Down  Gin Blossoms
Solid – 73 Long Way Down Goo Goo Dolls
Solid – 73 3 AM  Matchbox Twenty
Solid – 73 Everyday Is a Winding Road  Sheryl Crow
Solid – 73 Art School Girl  Stone Temple Pilots
Solid – 73 Gift Shop  The Tragically Hip
Solid – 73 6th Avenue Heartache  The Wallflowers
Solid – 73 The Difference The Wallflowers
Solid – 73 Birmingham Amanda Marshall
Solid – 73 Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)  Backstreet Boys
Solid – 73 Criminal  Fiona Apple
Solid – 73 Right Hand Man  Joan Osborne
Solid – 73 Not An Addict  K’s Choice
Solid – 73 Sunday Morning No Doubt
Solid – 73 Trigger Happy Jack Poe
Solid – 73 Hello Poe
Solid – 73 Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand  Primitive Radio Gods
Solid – 73 Hard to Make A Stand  Sheryl Crow
Solid – 73 Lovefool  The Cardigans
Solid – 73 Incarnate The Watchmen
Solid – 73 Pony  Ginuwine
Solid – 102 Mother Mother Tracy Bonham
Solid – 102 Where It’s At  Beck
Solid – 102 Two Step Dave Matthews Band
Solid – 102 I Love You Always Forever  Donna Lewis
Solid – 102 Don’t Let Go (Love)  En Vogue
Solid – 102 Soaked The Killjoys
Solid – 102 Govinda  Kula Shaker
Solid – 102 The Beautiful People  Marilyn Manson
Solid – 102 Excuse Me Mr. No Doubt
Solid – 102 Red Mosquito  Pearl Jam
Solid – 102 6 Underground  Sneaker Pimps
Solid – 102 Breathe  The Prodigy
Solid – 102 700 ft. Ceiling The Tragically Hip
Solid – 102 You’re Makin’ Me High  Toni Braxton
Solid – 102 Amish Paradise  Weird Al Yankovic
Solid – 102 Tahitian Moon Porno For Pyros
Solid – 102 What Do I Have To Do? Stabbing Westward
Solid – 102 Return Of The Mack  Mark Morrison
Solid – 102 Tinfoil Limblifter
Not Bad – 120 Rave + Drool The Killjoys
Not Bad – 120 Mach 5 The Presidents of the United States of America
Not Bad – 120 Everything Falls Apart Dog’s Eye View
Not Bad – 120 King of New Orleans  Better Than Ezra
Not Bad – 120 Until It Sleeps  Metallica
Not Bad – 120 Say You’ll Be There  Spice Girls
Not Bad – 120 Butts Wigglin’  The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 120 Apartment Song The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 120 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton
Not Bad – 130 I Cry Bass is Base
Not Bad – 130 Because You Loved Me  Celine Dion
Not Bad – 130 Lie In Our Graves  Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 130 Beautiful Freak  Eels
Not Bad – 130 Change The World  Eric Clapton
Not Bad – 130 Ready Or Not  Fugees
Not Bad – 130 Til I Hear It From You  Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 130 Macarena  Los del Rio
Not Bad – 130 Naked Eye  Luscious Jackson
Not Bad – 130 King Nothing  Metallica
Not Bad – 130 I Don’t Want To Wait  Paula Cole
Not Bad – 130 I Believe I Can Fly  R. Kelly
Not Bad – 130 Neil Armstrong Starkicker
Not Bad – 130 Tumble In The Rough Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 130 Wrong Way  Sublime
Not Bad – 130 Setting Sun  The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 130 Everything and After The Doughboys
Not Bad – 130 Down Together  The Refreshments
Not Bad – 130 Don’t Wake Daddy The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 130 Put It Off The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 130 I Don’t Want to Think About It Wild Strawberries
Not Bad – 130 I Saw You First John Mellencamp
Not Bad – 130 Mission Impossible Adam Clayton
Not Bad – 130 Angels Of The Silences Counting Crows
Not Bad – 130 I Was Wrong Social Distortion
Not Bad – 130 Photograph The Verve Pipe
Not Bad – 130 Again Alice in Chains
Not Bad – 130 Screwed It Up Limblifter

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