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 200 210 songs.

Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Here are Songs 100 through 51…

 

100. Call and Answer  – Barenaked Ladies (1999)

 

 

 

99. Starseed – Our Lady Peace (1994)

 

 

 

98. 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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

94. Creep  – Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

 

 

 

93. 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.

 

 

 

92. 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)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

90. Radiation Vibe  – Fountains of Wayne (1996)

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

 

 

 

89. Burden In My Hand  – Soundgarden (1996)

 

 

 

88. Zero  – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

 

 

 

87. 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.

 

 

 

86. All Around The World  – Oasis (1997)

 

 

 

85. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morissette (1995)

 

 

 

84. Gotta Get Away  – The Offspring (1994)

 

 

 

83. Low  – Cracker (1993)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

81. Just  – Radiohead (1995)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

79. Run  – Collective Soul (1999)

 

 

 

78. Money City Maniacs – Sloan (1998)

 

 

 

77. Wheat Kings  – The Tragically Hip (1992)

 

 

 

76. 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.

 

 

 

75. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

73. What’s Up  – 4 Non Blondes (1992)

 

 

 

72. Lost Together – Blue Rodeo (1992)

My favorite song from this particular Canadian band.

 

 

 

71. 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.

 

 

 

70. Cowboy  – Kid Rock (1998)

 

 

 

69. Temptation – Tea Party (1997)

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

67. 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…

 

 

 

66. 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.

 

 

 

65. Lounge Act  – Nirvana (1991)

 

 

 

64. 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.

 

 

 

63. Karma Police  – Radiohead (1997)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

61. Lithium  – Nirvana (1991)

 

 

 

60. 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.

 

 

59. 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.

 

 

 

58. Swallowed  – Bush (1996)

 

 

 

57. Black  – Pearl Jam (1991)

 

 

 

56. Pigeon Camera – The Tragically Hip (1993)

 

 

 

55. Muzzle – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

 

 

 

54. Hurt  – Nine Inch Nails (1994)

 

 

 

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

 

 

52. 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.

 

 

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

 

 

 

That’s it for Part 3. Final  part is coming up. Thanks for walking with me through 90s history.

Part 1 (210-151)

Part 2 (150 – 101)

Part 3 (100-51)

Part 4 (50-1)

 

I have a 1990s playlist on YouTube here.

 

Here are songs 210 through 51…

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