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 songs.

Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Here are Songs 100 through 51…

 

100. Plateau – Nirvana (1994)

 

 

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

 

 

98. Call and Answer  – Barenaked Ladies (1999)

 

 

97. Starseed – Our Lady Peace (1994)

 

 

96. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

93. Creep  – Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

 

 

92. 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.

 

 

91. 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)

 

 

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

 

 

89. Radiation Vibe  – Fountains of Wayne (1996)

 

 

88. Burden In My Hand  – Soundgarden (1996)

 

 

87. Zero  – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

 

 

86. 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.

 

 

85. All Around The World  – Oasis (1997)

 

 

84. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette (1995)

 

 

83. Gotta Get Away  – The Offspring (1994)

 

 

82. Low  – Cracker (1993)

 

 

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

 

 

80. Just  – Radiohead (1995)

 

 

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

 

 

78. She Said  – Collective Soul (1999)

 

 

77. Money City Maniacs – Sloan (1998)

 

 

76. Wheat Kings  – The Tragically Hip (1992)

 

 

75. 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.

 

 

74. 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.

 

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

 

 

72. What’s Up  – 4 Non Blondes (1992)

 

 

71. Lost Together – Blue Rodeo (1992)

My favorite song from this particular Canadian band.

 

 

70. 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.

 

 

69. Cowboy  – Kid Rock (1998)

 

 

68. Temptation – Tea Party (1997)

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

 

 

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

 

 

66. 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…

 

 

65. 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.

 

 

64. Lounge Act  – Nirvana (1991)

 

 

63. 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.

 

 

62. Karma Police  – Radiohead (1997)

 

 

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

 

 

60. Lithium  – Nirvana (1991)

 

 

59. 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. Fifty-nine songs from the 90s get that upper level from me, and here is where those songs begin.

 

 

58. 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.

 

 

57. Swallowed  – Bush (1996)

 

 

56. Black  – Pearl Jam (1991)

 

 

55. Pigeon Camera – The Tragically Hip (1993)

 

 

54. Muzzle – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

 

 

53. Hurt  – Nine Inch Nails (1994)

 

 

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

 

51. 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.

 

 

That’s it for Part 3. Final  part is 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 51…

 

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

 

 

1990     1991     1992     1993     1994     1995     1996     1997     1998     1999

 

1960s          1970s          1980s

 

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