My favorite songs of 1999


In late 1998 I met a woman who would become my girlfriend of over four years. It was at a bar in London called GT’s. She moved in with me relatively quickly, because circumstances (on her end) expedited things. We moved quickly in a lot of ways, but slowly in others, not the least of which was emotional attachment. No need to get into that, but she was a big part of my 1999. I got a dog in January, a husky I named Sable. We got the dog, actually. I paid for her, but after our breakup in 2003 I let my (ex) girlfriend have the dog for reasons I may explain in the 2003 segment if I feel it’s relevant to my life in music for that year.

So in ’99 I have a serious girlfriend. And a dog. And a cat (oh beloved Soldier, what a great cat – Maine Coone – highly recommend this breed!). I had a good friend move into the house I was in. I was 25 years old, enjoying the party lifestyle and still hitting the bars at least weekly. I’m a retail manager and hating the job, barely making enough to live but not enough to start paying down student loans. It was a time of friends, and drinking. Lots of Simpsons bingeing, video games. And I even tried my hand at guitar for a year or two, since my neighbors were crazy about playing.

In the retail store, the local rock station was playing and I was well into all the latest in Alternative Rock. I also got my music from whatever was playing at the bars.

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.


14 Great Songs from 1999

Steal My Kisses – Ben Harper

Enemy – Days Of the New


Steal My Sunshine – Len


Around The World – Red Hot Chili Peppers


Last Kiss – Pearl Jam


One Man Army – Our Lady Peace


Is Anybody Home? – Our Lady Peace


Breathe – Moist


Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks


With Arms Wide Open – Creed


Heavy – Collective Soul


Thief – Our Lady Peace


The Dolphin’s Cry – Live


Praise You – Fatboy Slim


Lit Up – Buckcherry



9 Truly Awesome Songs from 1999


All The Small Things – blink-182


What’s My Age Again? – blink-182


Take A Picture – Filter



Call And Answer – Barenaked Ladies


The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang

I have no idea why I like this song. All I know is that I turn it up and sing along every time.


She Said – Collective Soul

I love both versions of this song. Here is the one from Dosage…


Breakout – Foo Fighters


Why Don’t You Get A Job? – The Offspring


Run – Collective Soul

This one brings me back to London, where I saw them in concert (birthday present from my girlfriend)

I put the above songs on a YouTube playlist that you can find here.



Here is the complete list:

Awesome – 1All The Small Things blink-182
Awesome – 1What’s My Age Again? blink-182
Awesome – 1Take A Picture Filter
Awesome – 1RunCollective Soul
Awesome – 5Call and Answer Barenaked Ladies
Awesome – 5The Bad Touch Bloodhound Gang
Awesome – 5She Said Collective Soul
Awesome – 5Breakout Foo Fighters
Awesome – 5Why Don’t You Get a Job? The Offspring
Great – 10Lit Up Buckcherry
Great – 10Praise You Fatboy Slim
Great – 10The Dolphin’s Cry Live
Great – 10Thief Our Lady Peace
Great – 14Heavy Collective Soul
Great – 14With Arms Wide Open Creed
Great – 14Goodbye Earl Dixie Chicks
Great – 14BreatheMoist
Great – 14Is Anybody Home? Our Lady Peace
Great – 14One Man Army Our Lady Peace
Great – 14Last Kiss Pearl Jam
Great – 14Around The World Red Hot Chili Peppers
Great – 14EnemyDays of the New
Great – 14Steal My Sunshine Len
Great – 14Steal My KissesBen Harper
Solid – 24Whiskey In The JarMetallica
Solid – 24Anthem For The Year 2000Silverchair
Solid – 24SomedaySugar Ray
Solid – 24Higher Creed
Solid – 24Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
Solid – 24I Try Macy Gray
Solid – 24No Leaf Clover Metallica
Solid – 24South Side Moby
Solid – 24Otherside Red Hot Chili Peppers
Solid – 24Smooth Santana
Solid – 24I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys
Solid – 24Butterfly Crazy Town
Solid – 24Thank You Dido
Solid – 24Cowboy Take Me Away Dixie Chicks
Solid – 24Porcelain Moby
Solid – 24Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers
Solid – 24Put Your Lights On Santana
Solid – 24All Star Smash Mouth
Solid – 24Heaven Coming DownTea Party
Solid – 24Promises The Cranberries
Solid – 24Why I’m HereOleander
Solid – 24BawitdabaKid Rock
Solid – 24AwfulHole
Solid – 47Better DaysCitizen King
Solid – 47Every MorningSugar Ray
Solid – 47Say My Name Destiny’s Child
Solid – 47Drive Incubus
Solid – 47Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of) Lou Bega
Solid – 47Sour Girl Stone Temple Pilots
Solid – 47Better Get Used to ItBig Sugar
Solid – 47Maria Blondie
Solid – 47Hanginaround Counting Crows
Solid – 47Gone With The Sin HIM
Solid – 47Nookie Limp Bizkit
Solid – 47My Own Worst Enemy Lit
Solid – 47The Great Beyond R.E.M.
Solid – 47Then The Morning Comes Smash Mouth
Solid – 47Everything You Want Vertical Horizon
Solid – 47DownStone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 63Let Forever BeThe Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 63EndsEverlast
Not Bad – 63UnsentAlanis Morissette
Not Bad – 63It’s All Been DoneBarenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 63Adam’s Song blink-182
Not Bad – 63No More No Less Collective Soul
Not Bad – 63Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre
Not Bad – 63Consequence FreeGreat Big Sea
Not Bad – 63Nice Guys Finish Last Green Day
Not Bad – 63Amazed Lonestar
Not Bad – 63AngelSarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 63Joining YouAlanis Morissette
Not Bad – 63Under a Violet Moon Blackmore’s Night
Not Bad – 63Before YouChantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 63Can’t Change Me Chris Cornell
Not Bad – 63Keep a Lid on ThingsCrash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 63My Name Is Eminem
Not Bad – 63Breathe Faith Hill
Not Bad – 63Maria Maria Santana
Not Bad – 63Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) Vertical Horizon
Not Bad – 83So PureAlanis Morissette
Not Bad – 83Get in LineBarenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 83That’s The Way It Is Celine Dion
Not Bad – 83Sandstorm Darude
Not Bad – 83Blue (Da Ba Dee) Eiffel 65
Not Bad – 83Waiting For Tonight Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 83Adams RibMelanie Doane
Not Bad – 83Got Your Money Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Not Bad – 83You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
Not Bad – 83Guerrilla Radio Rage Against the Machine
Not Bad – 83Livin’ La Vida Loca Ricky Martin
Not Bad – 83The Cup Of Life Ricky Martin
Not Bad – 83I Knew I Loved You Savage Garden
Not Bad – 83Thong Song Sisqó
Not Bad – 83She’s So HighTal Bachman
Not Bad – 83Strong EnoughTal Bachman
Not Bad – 83Animal Instinct The Cranberries
Not Bad – 83No Scrubs TLC
Not Bad – 83The Saga Begins Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 83The Chemicals Between UsBush
Not Bad – 83Genie In A BottleChristina Aguilera
Not Bad – 83You Wanted MoreTonic
Not Bad – 83NewNo Doubt
Not Bad – 83SpecialGarbage
Not Bad – 83Erase/RewindThe Cardigans

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