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 200 214 songs.

Here are Songs 152 through 103…

152. Thief – Our Lady Peace (1999)

151. 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…

150. Wind Of Change – Scorpions (1990)

149. 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.

148. Who You Are – Pearl Jam (1996)

147. Remedy – The Black Crowes (1992)

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

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

145. Something to Believe In – Poison (1990)

144. 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?

143. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang (1999)

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

141. Dumb – Nirvana (1993)

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

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

139. Another Sunday – I Mother Earth (1996)

138. Lake of Fire – Nirvana (1994)

137. Ruby Soho – Rancid (1995)

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

135. Jeremy – Pearl Jam (1991)

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

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

132. One – U2 (1991)

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

131. Fight – The Tragically Hip (1991)

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

130. Off He Goes – Pearl Jam (1996)

129. Push – Matchbox Twenty (1996)

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

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

126. 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.

125. Novocaine For The Soul – Eels (1996)

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

124. Open Up Your Eyes – Tonic (1996)

123. Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. (1992)

122. High And Dry – Radiohead (1995)

120. 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.

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

119. Basket Case – Green Day (1994)

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

117. 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.

116. Deuces Are Wild – Aerosmith (1994)

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

115. Pretty Noose – Soundgarden (1996)

114. 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.

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

112. Doll Parts – Hole (1994)

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

110. Creep – Radiohead (1993)

109. 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.

108. Nothingman – Pearl Jam (1994)

107. Violet – Hole (1994)

106. 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.

105. 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…

104. Plateau – Nirvana (1994)

103. 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 (212 – 153)

Part 3 (102-52)

Part 4 (51-1)

I have a 1990s playlist on YouTube here.

Here are songs 214 through 103…

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

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