My favorite songs from 1997


In 1997 I moved into a townhouse with strangers, my two-and-a-half year relationship well and truly over. I stayed in that townhouse, in Guelph, throughout the summer even though I had graduated. I wasn’t sure what I would do with my life. This particular summer may have been the low point of my adult life. In fact, it absolutely was.

Miserable over the loss of the girl (regardless of how well it turned out for me now – I certainly didn’t know it then), living in a townhouse in a city where all of my close friends had left except for one, and holding a Degree in Stats while not finding a job in that field and instead working two near-minimum wage paying jobs. Delivery driver, and counter guy in the music section at Zellers. I was a delivery driver in a ratty-old pickup truck that I could hardly afford to fill up with gas. In fact, I don’t think I ever “filled up”.

The Zellers job was horrible. I felt so demeaned. I felt as though I was treated poorly and that all of the students in that job were 18 or 19 whereas I was 23. But at least I was in the Entertainment area and got to pick the music. The delivery job was fun in the sense that I heard nothing but music for six hours every Friday and I think Tuesday was the other day. But the pay was shit – worked out to just a tad less than minimum wage, and by the time you paid for gas it was barely two-thirds minimum wage. And I’m including tips with that statement. This is why I always tip delivery drivers handsomely, even if there is a “delivery fee” charged.

On those delivery nights, I remember listening to the Edge. Our Lady Peace came out with an album and Clumsy and Superman’s Dead got a lot of play, as did The Offspring’s new one (Gone Away), and Tea Party’s Temptation. Song 2 and Drinking in LA also reminds me of those nights. My trips to London to hang out with my friends and family, I have memories of Bitter Sweet Symphony, and anything by Third Eye Blind, as well as All For You (Sister Hazel) and of course Tubthumping.

In the end, in December, I made the decision to return to school. I had to get out of the tailspin and going back to school would give me two things. First, it would give me money because I could get back into student loans (yay more debt!). Second, it would give me my friends – because I would go to school in London. I rushed everything together and moved to London at the start of January, 1998. Another interesting year in music for me because – well, that’s coming up next time…


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:

Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

At the bottom is the full list in chart form. But here are the best from that list:


27 Great Songs from 1997


Touch, Peel And Stand – Days of the New


Blame – Collective Soul


Everlong – Foo Fighters


Gone Away – The Offspring


Jumper – Third Eye Blind


Drinking in L.A. – Bran Van 3000


Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters


Lakini’s Juice – Live


Clumsy – Our Lady Peace


Song 2 – Blur


Tubthumping – Chumbawamba


All For You – Sister Hazel


It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw


Your Woman – White Town


Mouth – Bush


I Will Survive – Cake


Listen – Collective Soul


Brimful Of Asha – Cornershop


My Hero – Foo Fighters


Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger


Tangerine – Moist


Automatic Flowers – Our Lady Peace


You’re Still the One – Shania Twain


Someone Who’s Cool – The Odds


Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind


12 Truly Awesome Songs from 1997


Shelf In The Room – Days of the New


What’s This Life For – Creed


Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day


All Around The World – Oasis


Karma Police – Radiohead


Temptation – Tea Party


How’s It Going to Be – Third Eye Blind


Superman’s Dead – Our Lady Peace


Paranoid Android – Radiohead

This one’s my favorite from that year. As much as I love Superman’s Dead, Paranoid Android grew on me more with each passing year. It belongs as one of the great anthems in rock history.


Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve


Lucky Man – The Verve


Listen to these great 1997 songs on the YouTube list I created here


Here is the full list:


Awesome – 1 4 AM Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 1 Superman’s Dead Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 1 Paranoid Android Radiohead
Awesome – 1 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve
Awesome – 1 Lucky Man The Verve
Awesome – 6 What’s This Life For Creed
Awesome – 6 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day
Awesome – 6 All Around The World Oasis
Awesome – 6 Karma Police Radiohead
Awesome – 6 Temptation Tea Party
Awesome – 6 How’s It Going to Be Third Eye Blind
Awesome – 6 Shelf In The Room Days of the New
Great – 13 Touch, Peel And Stand Days of the New
Great – 13 Blame Collective Soul
Great – 13 My Own Prison Creed
Great – 13 Everlong Foo Fighters
Great – 13 Gone Away The Offspring
Great – 13 Jumper Third Eye Blind
Great – 19 Drinking in L.A. Bran Van 3000
Great – 19 Monkey Wrench Foo Fighters
Great – 19 Lakini’s Juice Live
Great – 19 Clumsy Our Lady Peace
Great – 19 Song 2 Blur
Great – 19 Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Great – 19 All For You Sister Hazel
Great – 19 It’s Your Love Tim McGraw
Great – 19 Your Woman White Town
Great – 19 Mouth Bush
Great – 19 I Will Survive Cake
Great – 19 Listen Collective Soul
Great – 19 Brimful Of Asha Cornershop
Great – 19 My Hero Foo Fighters
Great – 19 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger
Great – 19 Tangerine Moist
Great – 19 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace
Great – 19 You’re Still the One Shania Twain
Great – 19 Someone Who’s Cool The Odds
Great – 19 Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
Pretty Good – 39 The Down Town Days of the New
Pretty Good – 39 Cold Contagious Bush
Pretty Good – 39 When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 39 Ordinary Day Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 39 Cubically Contained Headstones
Pretty Good – 39 Blue On Black Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Pretty Good – 39 Real World Matchbox Twenty
Pretty Good – 39 Resurrection Moist
Pretty Good – 39 Don’t Go Away Oasis
Pretty Good – 39 From This Moment On Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 39 Kiss Me Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 39 Fly Sugar Ray
Pretty Good – 39 Surrounded Chantal Kreviazuk
Pretty Good – 39 Hey, Johnny Park! Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 39 Hitchin’ A Ride Green Day
Pretty Good – 39 Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Pretty Good – 39 Never Ever All Saints
Pretty Good – 39 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 39 Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth
Pretty Good – 39 Release Tea Party
Pretty Good – 59 Brick Ben Folds Five
Pretty Good – 56 If I Had My Way Big Sugar
Pretty Good – 56 Precious Declaration Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 56 I Will Buy You A New Life Everclear
Pretty Good – 56 Walking After You Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 56 The Grouch Green Day
Pretty Good – 56 Sex and Candy Marcy Playground
Pretty Good – 56 Bitch Meredith Brooks
Pretty Good – 56 D’you Know What I Mean Oasis
Pretty Good – 56 Empty Cell Rusty
Pretty Good – 56 Angel Sarah McLachlan
Pretty Good – 56 There She Goes Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 59 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 72 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) Aerosmith
Not Bad – 72 Pink Aerosmith
Not Bad – 72 Remote Control Age of Electric
Not Bad – 72 Woke Up This Morning Alabama 3
Not Bad – 72 Barbie Girl Aqua
Not Bad – 72 All That You Are Econoline Crush
Not Bad – 72 Father of Mine Everclear
Not Bad – 72 Raspberry I Mother Earth
Not Bad – 72 Elegantly Wasted INXS
Not Bad – 72 Hush Kula Shaker
Not Bad – 72 Father LL Cool J
Not Bad – 72 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 72 Carnival Our Lady Peace
Not Bad – 72 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Not Bad – 72 The Lines You Amend Sloan
Not Bad – 72 Babylon Tea Party
Not Bad – 72 Firestarter The Prodigy
Not Bad – 72 Midnight Rain Wide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 90 How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes
Not Bad – 90 Back 2 Back Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 90 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 90 Adia Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 90 Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 90 Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 90 That Don’t Impress Me Much Shania Twain
Not Bad – 90 The End Is The Beginning Is The End Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 90 Block Rockin’ Beats The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 90 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 90 Flamenco The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 90 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2
Not Bad – 90 Staring At The Sun U2
Not Bad – 90 Battle of Who Could Care Less Ben Folds Five
Not Bad – 90 Beetlebum Blur
Not Bad – 90 Personal Holloway Bush
Not Bad – 90 All By Myself Celine Dion
Not Bad – 90 God Made Me Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 90 Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Not Bad – 90 One Creed
Not Bad – 90 Little Wonder David Bowie
Not Bad – 90 Everything To Everyone Everclear
Not Bad – 90 Prosthetic Head Green Day
Not Bad – 90 MMMbop Hanson
Not Bad – 90 Numb Holly McNarland
Not Bad – 90 Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
Not Bad – 90 Look Like Me Killjoys
Not Bad – 90 St. Joe on the School Bus Marcy Playground
Not Bad – 90 Make You Mad Odds
Not Bad – 90 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 90 No Surprises Radiohead
Not Bad – 90 Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin
Not Bad – 90 Too Much Spice Girls
Not Bad – 90 Sonnet The Verve
Not Bad – 90 Discotheque U2
Not Bad – 90 Last Night On Earth U2
Not Bad – 90 Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Will Smith




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