My 200 Favorite Songs of the 90s Pt. 4

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Here are the Top 51, at least as far as my personal favorites go…

The 90s was my favorite decade for music. I turned 16 in 1990 and was 25 in 1999. I remember New Year’s Eve for 1992 at my buddy’s place in Stratford, while two of our other buddies were at a concert – The Cult and Lenny Kravitz. I remember NYE for 1998 at that same buddy’s place, this time in London. And for 2000 I remember going to Oshawa to hang with my UofG pals (I also remember my girlfriend backing out of that trip because she was sick). And everything in between:

  • end of my high school days
  • my days at the University of Guelph and the lifelong friends from there
  • my first real girlfriend, and the others that followed. In fact, come to think of it, I had all of my girlfriends in the 90s except one – who became my wife.
  • my time in London, officially attending Fanshawe College (but reality is – it was just one big party with my friends, old and new)
  • my first pets (an awesome Maine Coon cat Soldier, and a great Siberian Husky named Sable)

Music binds me to my history. I can better place memories on a timeline based on what songs were playing at that moment. Going through all these songs, and then ranking my favorites, brought forth a tsunami of memories. It was a lot of fun.

Finishing off the Top 200 214, here are my favorite 51. The cream of the crop.

Part 1 here

Part 2 here

Part 3 here

Songs 51 through 1…

51. Geek Stink Breath  – Green Day (1995)

50. Plush  – Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

49. Hard To Handle  – The Black Crowes (1990)

48. Fly Away  – Lenny Kravitz (1998)

To me, this marked a glorious comeback for Kravitz. I understand that he never left, but to me after Let Love Rule he was on a pedestal. Following that up with Mama Said and Are You Gonna Go My Way kept him on that pedestal. But I didn’t like Circus at all, and so by 1998 it had been five years (a lifetime in those days, from my perspective) since he had something I loved. This song came out and I wondered why nobody had ever come out with that kind of riff before. So simple…so obvious…so good.

47. Brain Stew/Jaded – Green Day (1995)

What always pisses me off is when I hear Brain Stew on the radio and they don’t follow it up with Jaded. The songs should remain tied together always. Can’t remember the last time a station played them that way though. If ever. But these songs belong together as one song.

46. Hero Of The Day  – Metallica (1996)

45. Fire In the Head – The Tea Party (1995)

My favorite song by Canadian Band The Tea Party

44. Fake Plastic Trees  – Radiohead (1995)

43. Down In A Hole  – Alice in Chains (1992)

Going with the unplugged version here, as that MTV Unplugged album was what got me into AiC to begin with.

42. Take A Picture  – Filter (1999)

41. Uninvited  – Alanis Morissette (1998)

40. Run – Collective Soul (1999)

39. Inside Out – Eve 6 (1998)

38. Pennyroyal Tea  – Nirvana (1993)

37. Fiddler’s Green – The Tragically Hip (1991)

I often sang this to my first-born baby girl before putting her down for a nap. Here is a live version of this great song, as it shows the power and raw emotion.

36. Lucky Man  – The Verve (1997)

35. Believe  – Lenny Kravitz (1993)

34. What I Got  – Sublime (1996)

The version I like the best…

33. Glycerine  – Bush (1994)

32. No Excuses  – Alice in Chains (1994)

31. All Apologies  – Nirvana (1993)

30. A Long December  – Counting Crows (1996)

It really was a long December for me back in 1996. I broke up with a long-time, live-in girlfriend in November…and we still lived together until NYE! Brutal, brutal month. This song was so damn fitting. Naturally, I think about those days when I hear this song. Great song though – it actually made me feel better when I heard it.

29. What’s My Age Again?  – blink-182 (1999)

28. Self Esteem  – The Offspring (1994)

27. Pepper  – Butthole Surfers (1996)

26. Blow Up The Outside World  – Soundgarden (1996)

25. Hunger Strike  – Temple of the Dog (1990)

24. Bullet With Butterfly Wings  – Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

23. Heaven Beside You  – Alice in Chains (1996)

Hearing this song at the Guelph bar Van Gogh’s Ear it was love at first listen. I went out and bought the Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged CD just for this song, plus I liked No Excuses. When I heard the entire CD I loved every song, instantly becoming one of my favorite albums – ever. It put AiC on the map for me. I know I was late to the party with this band, but for me it all started with Heaven Beside You.

22. She Talks To Angels  – The Black Crowes (1990)

21. Better Man  – Pearl Jam (1994)

20. Hold My Hand – Hootie & the Blowfish (1994)

19. 4 AM  – Our Lady Peace (1997)

18. Under the Bridge  – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

17. Locked in the Trunk of a Car – The Tragically Hip (1992)

16. Wonderwall  – Oasis (1995)

15. Bitter Sweet Symphony  – The Verve (1997)

14. Santa Monica  – Everclear (1996)

This song brings an old memory of briefly living in the couples residence at Guelph with my girlfriend at the time. A happier memory is a new one. My daughter, currently eight, plays soccer and I swear almost every time I drive her this song comes on one of the stations I flip through. She’s even told me that the song sticks in her head when she plays. I’ll keep that one. And it’s definitely catchy – a stubborn ear worm.

13. Cherub Rock  – Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

12. The Unforgiven  – Metallica (1991)

Sang this one to my oldest daughter when she was an infant. I think that was because it was when I really got into this song. Not so much when it was released, but in 2009 I really grew to appreciate it.

11. Little Bones – The Tragically Hip (1991)

Reminds me of camping in ’91 in Bayfield. An awesome follow-up release after their Up To Here album.

10. Mary Jane’s Last Dance  – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1993)

This one – University of Guelph, Johnston Hall, second semester of my freshman year. Blasting this on the speakers.

9. All The Small Things  – blink-182 (1999)

8. Daughter  – Pearl Jam (1993)

7. Ahead by a Century – The Tragically Hip (1996)

6. Paranoid Android  – Radiohead (1997)

5. In Bloom  – Nirvana (1991)

4. Superman’s Dead  – Our Lady Peace (1997)

3. Shine  – Collective Soul (1993)

2. Lightning Crashes  – Live (1994)

1. Alive  – Pearl Jam (1991)

My favorite song, period. Amazing opening riff, obviously a catchy chorus that everyone wants to belt out at the top of their lungs, a pump-me-up instrumental to close. The perfect rock song. And my inspirational song during my battle with cancer.

All 212 songs are on a YouTube playlist here. Over 11 hours of music if you’re ever out on the deck all day having drinks with friends.

And you can also ‘favorite’ this playlist on Spotify…

Here are my 214 favorite songs from the 90s…

1 Alive Pearl Jam 1991
2 Lightning Crashes Live 1994
3 Shine Collective Soul 1993
4 Superman’s Dead Our Lady Peace 1997
5 In Bloom Nirvana 1991
6 Paranoid Android Radiohead 1997
7 Ahead by a Century The Tragically Hip 1996
8 Daughter Pearl Jam 1993
9 All The Small Things blink-182 1999
10 Mary Jane’s Last Dance Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1993
11 Little Bones The Tragically Hip 1991
12 The Unforgiven Metallica 1991
13 Cherub Rock Smashing Pumpkins 1993
14 Santa Monica Everclear 1996
15 Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve 1997
16 Wonderwall Oasis 1995
17 Locked in the Trunk of a Car The Tragically Hip 1992
18 Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 1991
19 4 AM Our Lady Peace 1997
20 Hold My Hand Hootie & the Blowfish 1994
21 Better Man Pearl Jam 1994
22 She Talks To Angels The Black Crowes 1990
23 Heaven Beside You Alice in Chains 1996
24 Bullet With Butterfly Wings Smashing Pumpkins 1995
25 Hunger Strike Temple of the Dog 1990
26 Blow Up The Outside World Soundgarden 1996
27 Pepper Butthole Surfers 1996
28 Self Esteem The Offspring 1994
29 What’s My Age Again? blink-182 1999
30 A Long December Counting Crows 1996
31 All Apologies Nirvana 1993
32 No Excuses Alice in Chains 1994
33 Glycerine Bush 1994
34 What I Got Sublime 1996
35 Believe Lenny Kravitz 1993
36 Lucky Man The Verve 1997
37 Fiddler’s Green The Tragically Hip 1991
38 Pennyroyal Tea Nirvana 1993
39 Inside Out Eve 6 1998
40 Run Collective Soul 1999
41 Uninvited Alanis Morissette 1998
42 Take A Picture Filter 1999
43 Down In A Hole Alice in Chains 1992
44 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead 1995
45 Fire In the Head The Tea Party 1995
46 Hero Of The Day Metallica 1996
47 Brain Stew/Jaded Green Day 1995
48 Fly Away Lenny Kravitz 1998
49 Hard To Handle The Black Crowes 1990
50 Plush Stone Temple Pilots 1992
51 Geek Stink Breath Green Day 1995
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

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