My 200 Favorite Songs of the 90s Pt. 3

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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.

Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Here are Songs 102 through 52…

102. Call and Answer  – Barenaked Ladies (1999)

101. Starseed – Our Lady Peace (1994)

100. Time Bomb  – Rancid (1995)

This song reminds me of an alternative bar in Guelph called Van Gogh’s Ear. No idea if it’s still around. Probably not.

99. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)  – Green Day (1997)

98. How’s It Going to Be  – Third Eye Blind (1997)

97. Love Rollercoaster – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1996)

The song may be dumb, but I love how the beginning really gets you going.

96. Creep  – Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

95. The Last of the Unplucked Gems – The Tragically Hip (1991)

This song is an unplucked gem. Nobody outside of Canada knows it, but everyone should. It really grows on you.

94. Stop Draggin’ Around – Lenny Kravitz (1991)

Here’s a memory. I’m in Stratford alone with my girlfriend. The London rock station had a nightly vote on two new songs. Ozzy’s Mama I’m Comin’ Home was the champ and this song was the challenger. I called in and voted. I remember Ozzy’s song kicking ass – the vote wasn’t even close. And I remember thinking that London-area rock fans have no taste. I love this song, I have from the start, and Ozzy isn’t even fit to tie Kravitz’s shoes. (Come to think of it – he literally isn’t)

93. Come Out And Play  – The Offspring (1994)

92. Radiation Vibe  – Fountains of Wayne (1996)

RIP Adam Schlesinger, who passed away during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

91. Burden In My Hand  – Soundgarden (1996)

90. Zero  – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

89. Shelf In The Room – Days Of The New (1997)

This band had the potential to be huge. Singer Travis Meeks is such a talent. Unfortunately, he was also a meth addict and his flighty attention to his craft and his attitude towards his band mates destroyed everything. DOTN could have been one of the greats. Instead, they’re a three-album band (only two worth caring about) and a carousel of musicians playing behind Meeks.

88. All Around The World  – Oasis (1997)

87. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette (1995)

86. Gotta Get Away  – The Offspring (1994)

85. Low  – Cracker (1993)

84. Grace, Too – The Tragically Hip (1994)

83. Just  – Radiohead (1995)

82. What’s This Life For  – Creed (1997)

81. Money City Maniacs – Sloan (1998)

80. Wheat Kings  – The Tragically Hip (1992)

79. I Am Here – Grapes of Wrath (1991)

Again, can’t be stressed enough – underrated and underplayed Canadian band and this is their best song right here. Give it a listen.

78. Breakout  – Foo Fighters (1999)

Doing this countdown and reviewing these songs made me realize that I like the Foo Fighters more than I originally thought. A lot more.

77. You Don’t Know How It Feels  – Tom Petty (1994)

76. What’s Up  – 4 Non Blondes (1992)

75. Lost Together – Blue Rodeo (1992)

My favorite song from this particular Canadian band.

74. Lucky – Seven Mary Three (1997)

73. Laid  – James (1993)

Played at every bar, every club, every time I went out throughout university. And most college (where I went later) nights too.

72. Cowboy  – Kid Rock (1998)

71. Temptation – Tea Party (1997)

The 90s were truly amazing for Canadian music, and a lot of Americans were robbed of this.

70. Why Don’t You Get a Job?  – The Offspring (1999)

69. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Some bars in Guelph stopped playing this song because fights kept breaking out when it played…

68. Rooster  – Alice in Chains (1992)

I fell in love with this song from the unplugged version. So that is the version I will present here. I bought this MTV Unplugged album because I loved Heaven Beside You and No Excuses. It didn’t take me long to make this one of my favorite albums of all time, period. Every song – gold.

67. Lounge Act  – Nirvana (1991)

66. Let Her Cry  – Hootie & the Blowfish (1994)

When this song and Hold My Hand came out, it blew my mind. It was immediate. Loved them both right away, they stuck in my head, and I overplayed it at home.

65. Karma Police  – Radiohead (1997)

64. Undone – The Sweater Song – Weezer (1994)

63. Lithium  – Nirvana (1991)

62. Strange Currencies – R.E.M. (1994)

In the year-by-year charts, you’ll notice that the “Awesome” songs are in two levels. An upper level (Awesome – 1) and then the next level. Sixty songs from the 90s get that “upper level Awesome” from me, and here is where those songs begin.

61. Nothing Compares 2 U  – Sinéad O’Connor (1990)

I was pining over a girl back in Grade 11, and this song was my favorite for a ridiculously long time. Probably because it reminded me of her. I never ‘got the girl’, as they say. But in hindsight, that’s probably a good thing! See? It’s not the end of the world.

60. Home for a Rest – Spirit of the West (1990)

59. Swallowed  – Bush (1996)

58. Black  – Pearl Jam (1991)

57. Pigeon Camera – The Tragically Hip (1993)

56. Muzzle – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

55. Hurt  – Nine Inch Nails (1994)

54. The World I Know  – Collective Soul (1995)

53. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette (1995)

This song is what made Alanis a superstar – she exploded onto the scene with this one and changed music. Melancholy, angry women with powerful voices started coming out of the woodwork after the success of this album.

52. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? – R.E.M. (1994)

That’s it for Part 3. Thanks for walking with me through 90s history.

Part 1 (212-153)

Part 2 (152 – 103)

Part 3 (102-52)

Part 4 (51-1)

I have a 1990s playlist on YouTube here.

Here are songs 214 through 52…

52 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. 1994
53 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette 1995
54 The World I Know Collective Soul 1995
55 Hurt Nine Inch Nails 1994
56 Muzzle Smashing Pumpkins 1995
57 Pigeon Camera The Tragically Hip 1993
58 Black Pearl Jam 1991
59 Swallowed Bush 1996
60 Home for a Rest Spirit of the West 1990
61 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinéad O’Connor 1990
62 Strange Currencies R.E.M. 1994
63 Lithium Nirvana 1991
64 Undone – The Sweater Song Weezer 1994
65 Karma Police Radiohead 1997
66 Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish 1994
67 Lounge Act Nirvana 1991
68 Rooster Alice in Chains 1992
69 Killing in the Name Rage Against the Machine 1992
70 Why Don’t You Get a Job? The Offspring 1999
71 Temptation Tea Party 1997
72 Cowboy Kid Rock 1998
73 Laid James 1993
74 Lucky Seven Mary Three 1997
75 Lost Together Blue Rodeo 1992
76 What’s Up 4 Non Blondes 1992
77 You Don’t Know How It Feels Tom Petty 1994
78 Breakout Foo Fighters 1999
79 I Am Here Grapes of Wrath 1991
80 Wheat Kings The Tragically Hip 1992
81 Money City Maniacs Sloan 1998
82 What’s This Life For Creed 1997
83 Just Radiohead 1995
84 Grace, Too The Tragically Hip 1994
85 Low Cracker 1993
86 Gotta Get Away The Offspring 1994
87 Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette 1995
88 All Around The World Oasis 1997
89 Shelf In The Room Days Of The New 1997
90 Zero Smashing Pumpkins 1995
91 Burden In My Hand Soundgarden 1996
92 Radiation Vibe Fountains of Wayne 1996
93 Come Out And Play The Offspring 1994
94 Stop Draggin’ Around Lenny Kravitz 1991
95 The Last of the Unplucked Gems The Tragically Hip 1991
96 Creep Stone Temple Pilots 1992
97 Love Rollercoaster Red Hot Chili Peppers 1996
98 How’s It Going to Be Third Eye Blind 1997
99 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 1997
100 Time Bomb Rancid 1995
101 Starseed Our Lady Peace 1994
102 Call and Answer Barenaked Ladies 1999
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

1990     1991     1992     1993     1994     1995     1996     1997     1998     1999

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