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:

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


11 Great Songs from 1999


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



8 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



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



Here is the complete list:


Awesome – 1 All The Small Things blink-182
Awesome – 1 What’s My Age Again? blink-182
Awesome – 1 Take A Picture Filter
Awesome – 4 Call and Answer Barenaked Ladies
Awesome – 4 The Bad Touch Bloodhound Gang
Awesome – 4 She Said Collective Soul
Awesome – 4 Breakout Foo Fighters
Awesome – 4 Why Don’t You Get a Job? The Offspring
Great – 9 Lit Up Buckcherry
Great – 9 Praise You Fatboy Slim
Great – 9 The Dolphin’s Cry Live
Great – 9 Thief Our Lady Peace
Great – 13 Heavy Collective Soul
Great – 13 With Arms Wide Open Creed
Great – 13 Goodbye Earl Dixie Chicks
Great – 13 Breathe Moist
Great – 13 Is Anybody Home? Our Lady Peace
Great – 13 One Man Army Our Lady Peace
Great – 13 Last Kiss Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 20 Enemy Days of the New
Pretty Good – 20 Higher Creed
Pretty Good – 20 Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 20 Steal My Sunshine Len
Pretty Good – 20 I Try Macy Gray
Pretty Good – 20 No Leaf Clover Metallica
Pretty Good – 20 South Side Moby
Pretty Good – 20 Around The World Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 20 Otherside Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 20 Smooth Santana
Pretty Good – 20 I Want It That Way Backstreet Boys
Pretty Good – 20 Butterfly Crazy Town
Pretty Good – 20 Thank You Dido
Pretty Good – 20 Cowboy Take Me Away Dixie Chicks
Pretty Good – 20 Porcelain Moby
Pretty Good – 20 Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 20 Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pretty Good – 20 Put Your Lights On Santana
Pretty Good – 20 All Star Smash Mouth
Pretty Good – 20 Heaven Coming Down Tea Party
Pretty Good – 20 Promises The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 41 Say My Name Destiny’s Child
Pretty Good – 41 Drive Incubus
Pretty Good – 41 Mambo No 5 (A Little Bit Of) Lou Bega
Pretty Good – 41 Sour Girl Stone Temple Pilots
Pretty Good – 41 Better Get Used to It Big Sugar
Pretty Good – 41 Maria Blondie
Pretty Good – 41 Hanginaround Counting Crows
Pretty Good – 41 Gone With The Sin HIM
Pretty Good – 41 Nookie Limp Bizkit
Pretty Good – 41 My Own Worst Enemy Lit
Pretty Good – 41 The Great Beyond R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 41 Then The Morning Comes Smash Mouth
Pretty Good – 41 Everything You Want Vertical Horizon
Not Bad – 54 Unsent Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 54 It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 54 Adam’s Song blink-182
Not Bad – 54 No More No Less Collective Soul
Not Bad – 54 Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre
Not Bad – 54 Consequence Free Great Big Sea
Not Bad – 54 Nice Guys Finish Last Green Day
Not Bad – 54 Amazed Lonestar
Not Bad – 54 Angel Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 54 Joining You Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 54 Under a Violet Moon Blackmore’s Night
Not Bad – 54 Before You Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 54 Can’t Change Me Chris Cornell
Not Bad – 54 Keep a Lid on Things Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 54 My Name Is Eminem
Not Bad – 54 Breathe Faith Hill
Not Bad – 54 Maria Maria Santana
Not Bad – 54 Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) Vertical Horizon
Not Bad – 72 So Pure Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 72 Get in Line Barenaked Ladies
Not Bad – 72 That’s The Way It Is Celine Dion
Not Bad – 72 Sandstorm Darude
Not Bad – 72 Blue (Da Ba Dee) Eiffel 65
Not Bad – 72 Waiting For Tonight Jennifer Lopez
Not Bad – 72 Adams Rib Melanie Doane
Not Bad – 72 Got Your Money Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Not Bad – 72 You’ll Be In My Heart Phil Collins
Not Bad – 72 Guerilla Radio Rage Against the Machine
Not Bad – 72 Livin’ La Vida Loca Ricky Martin
Not Bad – 72 The Cup Of Life Ricky Martin
Not Bad – 72 I Knew I Loved You Savage Garden
Not Bad – 72 Thong Song Sisqó
Not Bad – 72 She’s So High Tal Bachman
Not Bad – 72 Strong Enough Tal Bachman
Not Bad – 72 Animal Instinct The Cranberries
Not Bad – 72 No Scrubs TLC
Not Bad – 72 The Saga Begins Weird Al Yankovic



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