My 200 Favorite Songs of the 90s Pt. 2

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My favorite decade for music means a bigger list when compiling the best. As noted and explained in Part 1, I decided to roll with 200 songs.

Here are Songs 150 through 101…

 

150. I Could Have Lied – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

Love this song by the Chilis. I wish it didn’t have the f-bombs so I could play it around my kids.

 

 

149. Hole Hearted – Extreme (1990)

I really loved this song back in high school. I enjoyed the guitar, and the way the voices blended in the chorus. I don’t recall anyone in my circle of friends playing or enjoying this song. Perhaps it was too ‘pop’. But I loved it. Still do.

 

 

148. Disappear – INXS (1990)

My favorite song by INXS.

 

 

147. What Was Going Through My Head – The Grapes of Wrath (1990)

Unless your Canadian, you almost certainly won’t know this song or this band. But it’s an amazing tune (and an even better one is on the way, further up this list). Give it a listen and thank me later. Song starts about 40 seconds in…

 

 

146. Celebrity Skin – Hole (1998)

 

 

145. Thief – Our Lady Peace (1999)

 

 

144. Malibu – Hole (1998)

This is the last of the songs I had designated, in the year-by-year reviews, as “Great”. The 143 songs that follow, I had designated as “Awesome”. After going over the aforementioned 57 songs I’m starting to think they should have been considered “Awesome” as well. Yeah, I’m really enjoying this…

 

 

143. Wind Of Change – Scorpions (1990)

 

 

142. Just Another Day – Jon Secada (1992)

Go ahead and make fun. Another guilty pleasure here. I know it’s not my style and doesn’t fit with these other songs, but I can’t help but sing along to this one even still.

 

 

141. Who You Are – Pearl Jam (1996)

 

 

140. Remedy – The Black Crowes (1992)

 

 

139. Inevitability of Death – The Tragically Hip (1994)

A solid track from Day For Night that grew on me.

 

 

138. Something to Believe In – Poison (1990)

 

 

137. Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam (1992)

Here’s a song that snuck up on everybody – with gibberish lyrics! But we still love mumbling to it, don’t we?

 

 

136. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang (1999)

 

 

135. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction (1990)

 

 

134. Dumb – Nirvana (1993)

Here is the original version, though I probably got to know the MTV unplugged version better.

 

 

133. Big Bang Baby – Stone Temple Pilots (1996)

 

 

132. Another Sunday – I Mother Earth (1996)

 

 

131. Lake of Fire – Nirvana (1994)

 

 

130. Ruby Soho – Rancid (1995)

 

 

129. Jeremy – Pearl Jam (1991)

 

 

128. Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine (1996)

 

 

127. The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana (1994)

 

 

126. One – U2 (1991)

A slow song reminding someone of an ex? Why, I never!

 

 

125. Fight – The Tragically Hip (1991)

A great song from one of my 10 favorite albums of all time. This is from Road Apples.

 

 

124. Off He Goes – Pearl Jam (1996)

 

 

123. Push – Matchbox Twenty (1996)

 

 

122. Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America (1995)

 

 

121. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz (1993)

 

 

120. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J (1990)

1990 was the tail-end of my rap phase. Actually, probably a year after said phase. But this song definitely tempted me back. I was 16 and in grade 11.

 

 

119. Novocaine For The Soul – Eels (1996)

An underrated song, and from a band I thought could have been bigger.

 

 

118. Open Up Your Eyes – Tonic (1996)

 

 

117. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. (1992)

 

 

116. High And Dry – Radiohead (1995)

 

 

115. Yawning or Snarling – The Tragically Hip (1994)

Always makes me think of the slant that a newspaper journalist is writing from – and how there are other perspectives.

 

 

114. Basket Case – Green Day (1994)

 

 

113. Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Nirvana (1994)

 

 

112. El Scorcho – Weezer (1996)

The only Weezer song on here not from the blue album. This one brings a strong memory. I had just graduated university and was just six or seven months off of my broken engagement. I couldn’t get a job in my field (Statistics) and was in turmoil. Where would I work? What direction would my career go? The summer of ’97 I had hit rock bottom. I was almost destitute – barely paying rent, needing care packages of food from my parents. I was driving a ratty-old pickup truck doing deliveries, plus working part-time at Zellers in the entertainment section. And that’s where this song comes in. We had a limited amount of CD’s we could play in section (you know the area – with the games, CD’s, stereos, TVs, etc.). The only CD I liked was a mix of pop and rock songs. And the best song on it was this one. So it got played many…many times over the six-odd months that I worked at the Guelph location. By December, I had decided to go back to school (I chose Fanshawe in London, to be near friends and family), thus opening a new chapter in my life.

 

 

111. Pretty Noose – Soundgarden (1996)

 

 

110. Poets – Tragicallly Hip (1998)

When this album first came out, they came to London to do a surprise special show. I pulled an all-nighter with my friends and landed tickets. The second and final time I saw the Hip live.

 

 

109. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town – Pearl Jam (1993)

 

 

108. Doll Parts – Hole (1994)

 

 

107. When I Come Around – Green Day (1994)

 

 

106. Creep – Radiohead (1993)

 

 

105. Don’t Speak – No Doubt (1995)

It was because of this video that I put Gwen on my Friends-inspired, girlfriend-approved laminated celebrity list. Side note – one of my roommates (university) actually laminated his list! Sadly, I never ran into Gwen and so was unable to make use of said list. Because I’m sure it would have worked.

 

 

104. Nothingman – Pearl Jam (1994)

 

 

103. Violet – Hole (1994)

 

 

102. You Should Come Over – 54-40 (1998)

I always liked this song from an underrated Canadian band. It never went anywhere in the charts and in fact other, worse songs from the same album went further. But this one struck a chord with me.

 

 

101. No Way – Pearl Jam (1998)

Never released, but I picked up on this one right away and to this day is one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs. Just a catchy riff, really…

 

 

That’s it for Part 2. Next two parts are coming up. Thank you for walking with me through my history. If you enjoyed the songs, then we have the same tastes.

 

I have a 1990s playlist on YouTube here.

 

Here are songs 200 through 101…

101 No Way Pearl Jam 1998
102 You Should Come Over 54-40 1998
103 Violet Hole 1994
104 Nothingman Pearl Jam 1994
105 Don’t Speak No Doubt 1995
106 Creep Radiohead 1993
107 When I Come Around Green Day 1994
108 Doll Parts Hole 1994
109 Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town Pearl Jam 1993
110 Poets Tragically Hip 1998
111 Pretty Noose Soundgarden 1996
112 El Scorcho Weezer 1996
113 Where Did You Sleep Last Night Nirvana 1994
114 Basket Case Green Day 1994
115 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip 1994
116 High And Dry Radiohead 1995
117 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 1992
118 Open Up Your Eyes Tonic 1996
119 Novocaine For The Soul Eels 1996
120 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J 1990
121 Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz 1993
122 Lump The Presidents of the United States of America 1995
123 Push Matchbox Twenty 1996
124 Off He Goes Pearl Jam 1996
125 Fight The Tragically Hip 1991
126 One U2 1991
127 The Man Who Sold the World Nirvana 1994
128 Bulls On Parade Rage Against the Machine 1996
129 Jeremy Pearl Jam 1991
130 Ruby Soho Rancid 1995
131 Lake of Fire Nirvana 1994
132 Another Sunday I Mother Earth 1996
133 Big Bang Baby Stone Temple Pilots 1996
134 Dumb Nirvana 1993
135 Been Caught Stealing Jane’s Addiction 1990
136 The Bad Touch Bloodhound Gang 1999
137 Yellow Ledbetter Pearl Jam 1992
138 Something to Believe In Poison 1990
139 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip 1994
140 Remedy The Black Crowes 1992
141 Who You Are Pearl Jam 1996
142 Just Another Day Jon Secada 1992
143 Wind Of Change Scorpions 1990
144 Malibu Hole 1998
145 Thief Our Lady Peace 1999
146 Celebrity Skin Hole 1998
147 What Was Going Through My Head The Grapes of Wrath 1990
148 Disappear INXS 1990
149 Hole Hearted Extreme 1990
150 I Could Have Lied Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
151 Come As You Are Nirvana 1991
152 Jumper Third Eye Blind 1997
153 Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring 1998
154 Runaway Train Soul Asylum 1992
155 I Got Id Pearl Jam 1995
156 November Rain Guns N’ Roses 1991
157 Linger The Cranberries 1993
158 Tubthumping Chumbawamba 1997
159 Walking Contradiction Green Day 1995
160 Song 2 Blur 1997
161 Big Me Foo Fighters 1995
162 Drain You Nirvana 1991
163 Only In Dreams Weezer 1994
164 Nearly Lost You Screaming Trees 1992
165 She Green Day 1994
166 Everlong Foo Fighters 1997
167 Closer Nine Inch Nails 1994
168 Pillar Of Davidson Live 1994
169 Dissident Pearl Jam 1993
170 Miss World Hole 1994
171 You Learn Alanis Morissette 1995
172 All For You Sister Hazel 1997
173 Always on the Run Lenny Kravitz 1991
174 Thank U Alanis Morissette 1998
175 Nothing Else Matters Metallica 1991
176 In The Garage Weezer 1994
177 Breathe Moist 1999
178 Supersonic Oasis 1994
179 Zombie The Cranberries 1994
180 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 1994
181 Say It Ain’t So Weezer 1994
182 Loser Beck 1994
183 The Distance Cake 1996
184 Roam B-52s 1990
185 Thunderstruck AC/DC 1990
186 Immortality Pearl Jam 1994
187 Tomorrow Silverchair 1994
188 Cumbersome Seven Mary Three 1995
189 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace 1997
190 Your Woman White Town 1997
191 The Sign Ace of Base 1993
192 Misery Soul Asylum 1995
193 A Change Would Do You Good Sheryl Crow 1996
194 Possum Kingdom Toadies 1994
195 We’ll Go To The Tragically Hip 1993
196 One Of Us Joan Osborne 1996
197 Popular Nada Surf 1996
198 All Mixed Up 311 1995
199 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
200 Eat My Brain The Odds 1995

 

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