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”. Side story: when you’re this poor, the ridiculous shit piles up. In late April, a couple of weeks after my birthday, I was driving delivery and a cop pulled me over. My sticker expired in “April” and I needed to renew it. It already was April. But, me being as poor as I was, I delayed getting the sticker until the last day of April. I figured why would a cop pull me over when my sticker still has the proper month? But he did. And he charged me. Like I could afford $100 bucks, right? Another side story: UofG threatened to not give me my degree unless I paid a parking ticket that they school gave me. Nothing I could say or do – they wouldn’t hear it. So I paid. And today, when the University of Guelph calls me for support or donations, I explain to them why I won’t give them a cent. No mercy for your former students when they are at their lowest? Then you get nothing from this student when he’s eventually successful!

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:

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:

30 Great Songs from 1997

Santeria – Sublime

Touch, Peel And Stand – Days of the New

Blame – Collective Soul

My Own Prison – Creed

Everlong – Foo Fighters

Gone Away – The Offspring

Jumper – Third Eye Blind

Drinking in L.A. – Bran Van 3000

Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighter

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

Abuse Me – Silverchair

Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd

All I Want – The Offspring

13 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

Lucky – Seven Mary Three

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 – 1 Inside Out Eve 6
Awesome – 1 Lucky Seven Mary Three
Awesome – 8 What’s This Life For Creed
Awesome – 8 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day
Awesome – 8 All Around The World Oasis
Awesome – 8 Karma Police Radiohead
Awesome – 8 Temptation Tea Party
Awesome – 8 How’s It Going to Be Third Eye Blind
Awesome – 8 Shelf In The Room Days of the New
Great – 15 Santeria Sublime
Great – 15 Touch, Peel And Stand Days of the New
Great – 15 Blame Collective Soul
Great – 15 My Own Prison Creed
Great – 15 Everlong Foo Fighters
Great – 15 Gone Away The Offspring
Great – 15 Jumper Third Eye Blind
Great – 15 All I Want The Offspring
Great – 15 Song 2 Blur
Great – 15 Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Great – 15 All For You Sister Hazel
Great – 15 Blue On Black Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Great – 26 Drinking in L.A. Bran Van 3000
Great – 26 Monkey Wrench Foo Fighters
Great – 26 Lakini’s Juice Live
Great – 26 Clumsy Our Lady Peace
Great – 26 It’s Your Love Tim McGraw
Great – 26 Your Woman White Town
Great – 26 Mouth Bush
Great – 26 I Will Survive Cake
Great – 26 Listen Collective Soul
Great – 26 Brimful Of Asha Cornershop
Great – 26 My Hero Foo Fighters
Great – 26 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger
Great – 26 Tangerine Moist
Great – 26 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace
Great – 26 You’re Still the One Shania Twain
Great – 26 Someone Who’s Cool The Odds
Great – 26 Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
Great – 26 Abuse Me Silverchair
Solid – 45 Hole In My Soul Aerosmith
Solid – 45 The Down Town Days of the New
Solid – 45 Cold Contagious Bush
Solid – 45 When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) Great Big Sea
Solid – 45 Ordinary Day Great Big Sea
Solid – 45 Cubically Contained Headstones
Solid – 45 Real World Matchbox Twenty
Solid – 45 Resurrection Moist
Solid – 45 Don’t Go Away Oasis
Solid – 45 From This Moment On Shania Twain
Solid – 45 Kiss Me Sixpence None the Richer
Solid – 45 Fly Sugar Ray
Solid – 45 Surrounded Chantal Kreviazuk
Solid – 45 Hey, Johnny Park! Foo Fighters
Solid – 45 Hitchin’ A Ride Green Day
Solid – 45 Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Solid – 45 Never Ever All Saints
Solid – 45 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain
Solid – 45 Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth
Solid – 45 Release Tea Party
Solid – 45 The Jock Jam ESPN Megamix
Solid – 66 Volcano Girls Veruca Salt
Solid – 66 Turn My Head Live
Solid – 66 Brick Ben Folds Five
Solid – 66 If I Had My Way Big Sugar
Solid – 66 Precious Declaration Collective Soul
Solid – 66 I Will Buy You A New Life Everclear
Solid – 66 Walking After You Foo Fighters
Solid – 66 The Grouch Green Day
Solid – 66 Sex and Candy Marcy Playground
Solid – 66 Bitch Meredith Brooks
Solid – 66 D’you Know What I Mean Oasis
Solid – 66 Empty Cell Rusty
Solid – 66 Angel Sarah McLachlan
Solid – 66 There She Goes Sixpence None the Richer
Solid – 66 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G.
Solid – 66 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Not Bad – 82 The Memory Remains Metallica
Not Bad – 82 Beautiful Disaster 311
Not Bad – 82 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) Aerosmith
Not Bad – 82 Pink Aerosmith
Not Bad – 82 Remote Control Age of Electric
Not Bad – 82 Woke Up This Morning Alabama 3
Not Bad – 82 Barbie Girl Aqua
Not Bad – 82 All That You Are Econoline Crush
Not Bad – 82 Father of Mine Everclear
Not Bad – 82 Raspberry I Mother Earth
Not Bad – 82 Elegantly Wasted INXS
Not Bad – 82 Hush Kula Shaker
Not Bad – 82 Father LL Cool J
Not Bad – 82 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 82 Carnival Our Lady Peace
Not Bad – 82 The Lines You Amend Sloan
Not Bad – 82 Babylon Tea Party
Not Bad – 82 Firestarter The Prodigy
Not Bad – 82 Midnight Rain Wide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 101 How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes
Not Bad – 101 Back 2 Back Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 101 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 101 Adia Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 101 Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 101 Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 101 That Don’t Impress Me Much Shania Twain
Not Bad – 101 The End Is The Beginning Is The End Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 101 Block Rockin’ Beats The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 101 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 101 Flamenco The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 101 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2
Not Bad – 101 Staring At The Sun U2
Not Bad – 101 Battle of Who Could Care Less Ben Folds Five
Not Bad – 101 Beetlebum Blur
Not Bad – 101 Personal Holloway Bush
Not Bad – 101 All By Myself Celine Dion
Not Bad – 101 God Made Me Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 101 Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Not Bad – 101 One Creed
Not Bad – 101 Little Wonder David Bowie
Not Bad – 101 Everything To Everyone Everclear
Not Bad – 101 Prosthetic Head Green Day
Not Bad – 101 MMMbop Hanson
Not Bad – 101 Numb Holly McNarland
Not Bad – 101 Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
Not Bad – 101 Look Like Me Killjoys
Not Bad – 101 St. Joe on the School Bus Marcy Playground
Not Bad – 101 Make You Mad Odds
Not Bad – 101 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 101 No Surprises Radiohead
Not Bad – 101 Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin
Not Bad – 101 Too Much Spice Girls
Not Bad – 101 Sonnet The Verve
Not Bad – 101 Discotheque U2
Not Bad – 101 Last Night On Earth U2
Not Bad – 101 Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Will Smith
Not Bad – 101 Dammit Blink-182
Not Bad – 101 Barrel Of A Gun Depeche Mode
Not Bad – 101 Where You Get Love Matthew Sweet
Not Bad – 101 The Impression That I Get Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Not Bad – 101 What You Want Mase
Not Bad – 101 Smile and Wave Headstones

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