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 200 210 songs.

Here are Songs 150 through 101…

 

150. Thief – Our Lady Peace (1999)

 

 

149. 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…

 

 

148. Wind Of Change – Scorpions (1990)

 

 

147. 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.

 

 

146. Who You Are – Pearl Jam (1996)

 

 

145. Remedy – The Black Crowes (1992)

 

 

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

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

 

 

143. Something to Believe In – Poison (1990)

 

 

142. 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?

 

 

141. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang (1999)

 

 

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

 

 

139. Dumb – Nirvana (1993)

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

 

 

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

 

 

137. Another Sunday – I Mother Earth (1996)

 

 

136. Lake of Fire – Nirvana (1994)

 

 

135. Ruby Soho – Rancid (1995)

 

134. Got You Where I Want You – The Flys (1998)

 

133. Jeremy – Pearl Jam (1991)

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

130. One – U2 (1991)

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

 

 

129. Fight – The Tragically Hip (1991)

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

 

 

128. Off He Goes – Pearl Jam (1996)

 

 

127. Push – Matchbox Twenty (1996)

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

124. 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.

 

 

123. Novocaine For The Soul – Eels (1996)

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

 

 

122. Open Up Your Eyes – Tonic (1996)

 

 

121. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. (1992)

 

 

120. High And Dry – Radiohead (1995)

 

 

119. 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.

 

118. My Friends – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1995)

 

117. Basket Case – Green Day (1994)

 

 

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

 

 

115. 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.

 

114. Deuces Are Wild – Aerosmith (1994)

An underrated Aerosmith song, and also my favorite from them…

 

113. Pretty Noose – Soundgarden (1996)

 

 

112. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

110. Doll Parts – Hole (1994)

 

 

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

 

 

108. Creep – Radiohead (1993)

 

 

107. 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.

 

 

106. Nothingman – Pearl Jam (1994)

 

 

105. Violet – Hole (1994)

 

 

104. 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.

 

 

103. 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…

 

102. Plateau – Nirvana (1994)

 

101. When You’re Gone – The Cranberries (1996)

 

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.

Part 1 (210 – 151)

Part 3 (100-51)

Part 4 (50-1)

 

I have a 1990s playlist on YouTube here.

 

Here are songs 210 through 101…

101 When You’re Gone The Cranberries 1996
102 Plateau Nirvana 1994
103 No Way Pearl Jam 1998
104 You Should Come Over 54-40 1998
105 Violet Hole 1994
106 Nothingman Pearl Jam 1994
107 Don’t Speak No Doubt 1995
108 Creep Radiohead 1993
109 When I Come Around Green Day 1994
110 Doll Parts Hole 1994
111 Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town Pearl Jam 1993
112 Poets Tragically Hip 1998
113 Pretty Noose Soundgarden 1996
114 Deuces Are Wild Aerosmith 1994
115 El Scorcho Weezer 1996
116 Where Did You Sleep Last Night Nirvana 1994
117 Basket Case Green Day 1994
118 My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers 1995
119 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip 1994
120 High And Dry Radiohead 1995
121 Everybody Hurts R.E.M. 1992
122 Open Up Your Eyes Tonic 1996
123 Novocaine For The Soul Eels 1996
124 Mama Said Knock You Out LL Cool J 1990
125 Are You Gonna Go My Way Lenny Kravitz 1993
126 Lump The Presidents of the United States of America 1995
127 Push Matchbox Twenty 1996
128 Off He Goes Pearl Jam 1996
129 Fight The Tragically Hip 1991
130 One U2 1991
131 The Man Who Sold the World Nirvana 1994
132 Bulls On Parade Rage Against the Machine 1996
133 Jeremy Pearl Jam 1991
134 Got You Where I Want You The Flys 1998
135 Ruby Soho Rancid 1995
136 Lake of Fire Nirvana 1994
137 Another Sunday I Mother Earth 1996
138 Big Bang Baby Stone Temple Pilots 1996
139 Dumb Nirvana 1993
140 Been Caught Stealing Jane’s Addiction 1990
141 The Bad Touch Bloodhound Gang 1999
142 Yellow Ledbetter Pearl Jam 1992
143 Something to Believe In Poison 1990
144 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip 1994
145 Remedy The Black Crowes 1992
146 Who You Are Pearl Jam 1996
147 Just Another Day Jon Secada 1992
148 Wind Of Change Scorpions 1990
149 Malibu Hole 1998
150 Thief Our Lady Peace 1999
151 Celebrity Skin Hole 1998
152 What Was Going Through My Head The Grapes of Wrath 1990
153 Disappear INXS 1990
154 Hole Hearted Extreme 1990
155 I Could Have Lied Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
156 Come As You Are Nirvana 1991
157 Jumper Third Eye Blind 1997
158 Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring 1998
159 Runaway Train Soul Asylum 1992
160 I Got Id Pearl Jam 1995
161 November Rain Guns N’ Roses 1991
162 Linger The Cranberries 1993
163 Tubthumping Chumbawamba 1997
164 Walking Contradiction Green Day 1995
165 Song 2 Blur 1997
166 Big Me Foo Fighters 1995
167 Drain You Nirvana 1991
168 Only In Dreams Weezer 1994
169 Nearly Lost You Screaming Trees 1992
170 She Green Day 1994
171 Everlong Foo Fighters 1997
172 Closer Nine Inch Nails 1994
173 Pillar Of Davidson Live 1994
174 Dissident Pearl Jam 1993
175 Scooby Snacks Fun Lovin Criminals 1996
176 Miss World Hole 1994
177 You Learn Alanis Morissette 1995
178 All For You Sister Hazel 1997
179 Always on the Run Lenny Kravitz 1991
180 Thank U Alanis Morissette 1998
181 Nothing Else Matters Metallica 1991
182 In The Garage Weezer 1994
183 Breathe Moist 1999
184 Supersonic Oasis 1994
185 Zombie The Cranberries 1994
186 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden 1994
187 Say It Ain’t So Weezer 1994
188 Loser Beck 1994
189 The Distance Cake 1996
190 Roam B-52s 1990
191 Thunderstruck AC/DC 1990
192 Immortality Pearl Jam 1994
193 Tomorrow Silverchair 1994
194 Cumbersome Seven Mary Three 1995
195 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace 1997
196 Your Woman White Town 1997
197 The Sign Ace of Base 1993
198 Misery Soul Asylum 1995
199 A Change Would Do You Good Sheryl Crow 1996
200 Possum Kingdom Toadies 1994
201 We’ll Go To The Tragically Hip 1993
202 One Of Us Joan Osborne 1996
203 Popular Nada Surf 1996
204 All Mixed Up 311 1995
205 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
206 Eat My Brain The Odds 1995
207 Freedom ’90 George Michael 1990
208 Enter Sandman Metallica 1991
209 Mr. Jones Counting Crows 1993
210 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots 1994

 

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