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.
Here are songs 200 through 101…
|101||No Way||–||Pearl Jam||1998|
|102||You Should Come Over||–||54-40||1998|
|105||Don’t Speak||–||No Doubt||1995|
|107||When I Come Around||–||Green Day||1994|
|109||Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town||–||Pearl Jam||1993|
|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|
|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|
|124||Off He Goes||–||Pearl Jam||1996|
|125||Fight||–||The Tragically Hip||1991|
|127||The Man Who Sold the World||–||Nirvana||1994|
|128||Bulls On Parade||–||Rage Against the Machine||1996|
|131||Lake of Fire||–||Nirvana||1994|
|132||Another Sunday||–||I Mother Earth||1996|
|133||Big Bang Baby||–||Stone Temple Pilots||1996|
|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|
|145||Thief||–||Our Lady Peace||1999|
|147||What Was Going Through My Head||–||The Grapes of Wrath||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|
|159||Walking Contradiction||–||Green Day||1995|
|161||Big Me||–||Foo Fighters||1995|
|163||Only In Dreams||–||Weezer||1994|
|164||Nearly Lost You||–||Screaming Trees||1992|
|167||Closer||–||Nine Inch Nails||1994|
|168||Pillar Of Davidson||–||Live||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|
|180||Black Hole Sun||–||Soundgarden||1994|
|181||Say It Ain’t So||–||Weezer||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|
|193||A Change Would Do You Good||–||Sheryl Crow||1996|
|195||We’ll Go To||–||The Tragically Hip||1993|
|196||One Of Us||–||Joan Osborne||1996|
|198||All Mixed Up||–||311||1995|
|199||Give It Away||–||Red Hot Chili Peppers||1991|
|200||Eat My Brain||–||The Odds||1995|