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My favorite songs of 1998

Posted: February 8, 2019 in Rankings

At the start of 1998, at the turn of the New Year, I had moved to London and returned to school. This time it was college. Some close friends and family were in this city so it was an easy transition. My mind and heart were still reeling from the breakup that was a good 14 months prior. In London things were much better, because instead of being alone and depressed with no close friends around and few acquaintances, I had plenty around. Plus I made more, including a couple of good ones in college and a couple of good ones who lived next door (one of whom eventually became my brother-in-law). But all this meant was that I had a different friend or group of friends to hit the bar with every night. Three or four times a week, in fact.

I went to school for marketing, but in the summer I found a job as a retail manager and stopped going to class. I showed up for exams and got the credits, because I found it easy. But then I focused on making money, still unsure about what I wanted to do. Only that I wanted to make money and be comfortable. I was heavily in debt ($40 thousand) and thanks to returning to school, it reset the clock as to how quickly I had to pay it back.

In the retail stores we played music, so I was still on top of the latest songs. Not many great ones came out in 1998, though plenty of “not bad” ones. Perhaps it was the rough couple of years I was going through. I did love Fly Away though. It brought me straight back to being a huge Kravitz fan. I thought Uninvited and You Should Come Over were both very underrated songs (and both from Canadian artists). And Pearl Jam Yield came out and the best song on that CD was a song they never released – No Way. The song Money City Maniacs (another Canadian band) will always remind me of GT’s.

In the summer of ’98 I remember being on a rooftop patio when we caught word that the Hip was the ‘secret band’ that would perform in London the next night. We all got up, went home and gathered our things, and we got in line, staying up all night. We got the tickets and I watched the Hip for my second and final time.

The Tragically Hip’s album that summer, Phantom Menace, was the first of what would be a steady string of weak albums for what was an elite band. And Poets was the last of their truly great songs. Everyone loves Bobcaygeon – love love loves it – but it never caught on with me. I bought the Hip’s Live Between Us album after that one, but that would be it for me and buying albums from this band.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

1 Uninvited Alanis Morissette
1 Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
5 You Should Come Over 54-40
5 Cowboy Kid Rock
5 No Way Pearl Jam
5 Money City Maniacs Sloan
5 Poets Tragicallly Hip
10 Celebrity Skin Hole
10 Malibu Hole
10 All Those Yesterdays Pearl Jam
10 Meet Virginia Train
20 Closing Time Semisonic
20 Slide The Goo Goo Dolls
20 Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) The Offspring
30 Thank U Alanis Morissette
30 That Song Big Wreck
30 The Way Fastball
30 Shine Junkhouse
30 American Woman Lenny Kravitz
30 Gasoline Moist
30 In Hiding Pearl Jam
30 Wishlist Pearl Jam
30 Pure Morning Placebo
30 Luv Me, Luv Me Shaggy
30 My Favorite Mistake Sheryl Crow
30 Can’t Get Enough of You Baby Smash Mouth
30 Ava Adore Smashing Pumpkins
30 Black Balloon The Goo Goo Dolls
30 Broadway The Goo Goo Dolls
30 Iris The Goo Goo Dolls
30 Fireworks Tragicallly Hip
40 Since When 54-40
40 One Week Barenaked Ladies
40 Intergalactic Beastie Boys
40 The Oaf Big Wreck
40 Never There Cake
40 What It’s Like Everlast
40 Out Of My Head Fastball
40 He Got Game Public Enemy
40 Come With Me Puff Daddy
40 The Kids Aren’t Alright The Offspring
50 I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
50 Spaceman Bif Naked
50 The Scene Big Sugar
50 Blown Wide Open Big Wreck
50 …Baby One More Time Britney Spears
50 Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
50 Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry
50 Fire Escape Fastball
50 Shimmer Fuel
50 Heaven Tonight Hole
50 The Dope Show Marilyn Manson
50 Space Lord Monster Magnet
50 Given To Fly Pearl Jam
50 Adia Sarah McLachlan
50 Lullaby Shawn Mullins
50 My Favourite Game The Cardigans
50 We Like To Party (The Vengabus) Vengaboys
60 It’s All Been Done Barenaked Ladies
60 Forest Fire David Usher
60 Together Again Janet Jackson
60 Hands Jewel
60 Ray Of Light Madonna
60 Kind & Generous Natalie Merchant
60 Do The Evolution Pearl Jam
60 Dragula Rob Zombie
60 The Spirit of Radio Rush
60 Bobcaygeon Tragicallly Hip
60 Membership Tragicallly Hip
70 Leaving On a Jet Plan Chantal Kreviazuk
70 Don’t Drink The Water Dave Matthews Band
70 I’ll Be Edwin McCain
70 Perfect Smashing Pumpkins
70 The Rules Tragicallly Hip
80 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica
80 This Means War! Busta Rhymes
80 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion
80 You Were Mine Dixie Chicks
80 Summer Long Emm Gryner
80 Everything Is Automatic Matthew Good Band
80 Faithfull Pearl Jam
80 Pilate Pearl Jam
80 Something On Tragicallly Hip
80 Thompson Girl Tragicallly Hip
90 Under the Lighthouse Big Wreck
90 When You’re Gone Bryan Adams
90 Back to You Bryan Adams
90 Whippin’ Piccadilly Gomez
90 It’s the End of the World Great Big Sea
90 London Rain Heather Nova
90 Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) Jay-Z
90 Freak on a Leash Korn
90 Mountain Hare Krishna Krishna Das
90 Rico Matthew Good Band
90 MFC Pearl Jam
90 In My Head Queens of the Stone Age
90 You Get What You Give The New Radicals
90 Graduate Third Eye Blind
90 Vapour Trails Tragicallly Hip
90 Any Day Now Watchmen
90 This Mourning Wide Mouth Mason

 

 

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My 40 favorite songs by Led Zeppelin

Posted: January 31, 2019 in Rankings

Still reviewing and cataloging all music, I was curious about certain groups and artists and how I feel about their music today. I decided to rank the songs of some of the greats and after kicking things off with the Beatles, it’s time to dive all the way into rock ‘n roll with another elite supergroup. Possibly my favorite band of all time and in fact I had considered Led Zeppelin as just that for many, many years. Now that I’m into my 40s though, the “modern” bands that I didn’t at the time think qualified…suddenly do. Pearl Jam is no longer “new”, but are actual Hall-of-Famers with 25 years under their belt. But Zeppelin will always be legends and their songs will always hold up.

From my own yearly classifications, 12 of their songs ranked as “awesome” (that’s more than I had for the Beatles, at eight) with an additional 10 garnering the “great” moniker. Zeppelin ended up with 44 songs on my year-by-year lists, and that’s an amazing accomplishment considering they only recorded 108 songs. Nearly half got on my list of favorites.

In putting this together, I decided to do away with the classifications and give my own hard ranking. With the understanding that, depending on mood, any of these songs can slide up or down 20 spots pretty easily. It was definitely not an easy task. And of course, I shouldn’t have to explain that the 40th song ranked here is not their worst song – remember they have 108 songs recorded, so the 40th song actually tops 68 others.

The four songs that made my year-by-year list but did not crack the Top 40 are: No Quarter (1973), I’m Gonna Crawl (1979), For Your Life (1976) and Baby Come on Home (1982).

1 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971
2 Over the Hills and Far Away Led Zeppelin 1973
3 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Led Zeppelin 1970
4 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do Led Zeppelin 1982
5 D’yer Mak’er Led Zeppelin 1973
6 Ramble On Led Zeppelin 1969
7 Thank You Led Zeppelin 1969
8 Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin 1969
9 Tangerine Led Zeppelin 1970
10 Black Dog Led Zeppelin 1971
11 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 1975
12 Traveling Riverside Blues Led Zeppelin 1982
13 When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin 1971
14 Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin 1971
15 Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin 1970
16 Your Time Is Gonna Come Led Zeppelin 1969
17 What Is and What Should Never Be Led Zeppelin 1969
18 The Ocean Led Zeppelin 1973
19 All My Love Led Zeppelin 1979
20 Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin 1969
21 Dazed and Confused Led Zeppelin 1969
22 Good Times Bad Times Led Zeppelin 1969
23 Rock and Roll Led Zeppelin 1971
24 Fool In The Rain Led Zeppelin 1979
25 In The Evening Led Zeppelin 1979
26 Gallows Pole Led Zeppelin 1970
27 Dancing Days Led Zeppelin 1973
28 Out on the Tiles Led Zeppelin 1970
29 Going to California Led Zeppelin 1971
30 Moby Dick Led Zeppelin 1969
31 Four Sticks Led Zeppelin 1971
32 Nobody’s Fault But Mine Led Zeppelin 1976
33 Friends Led Zeppelin 1970
34 The Lemon Song Led Zeppelin 1969
35 Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin 1975
36 Celebration Day Led Zeppelin 1970
37 That’s the Way Led Zeppelin 1970
38 Communication Breakdown Led Zeppelin 1969
39 Trampled Underfoot Led Zeppelin 1975
40 Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) Led Zeppelin 1969

 

My 50 Favorite Songs by The Beatles

Posted: January 20, 2019 in Rankings

Still reviewing and cataloging all music, I was curious about certain groups and artists and how I feel about their music today. I decided to rank the songs of some of the greats and who better to kick things off than with the Beatles. Just a ridiculous amount of great songs that still hold up. From my own yearly classifications, eight of their songs ranked as “awesome” with an additional 23 garnering the “great” moniker. In all, The Beatles recorded 242 original compositions plus 69 covers. Fifty-three of them made my lists.

In putting this together, I decided to do away with the classifications and give my own hard ranking. With the understanding that, depending on mood, any of these songs can slide up or down 20 spots pretty easily. It was definitely not an easy task. And of course, I shouldn’t have to explain that the 50th song ranked here is not their worst song – remember they have 311 songs recorded, so that song actually tops 261 others.

 

1 Hey Jude The Beatles 1968
2 All You Need Is Love The Beatles 1967
3 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles 1967
4 Eight Days a Week The Beatles 1965
5 With a Little Help from My Friends The Beatles 1967
6 Hello, Goodbye The Beatles 1967
7 Revolution The Beatles 1968
8 Eleanor Rigby The Beatles 1966
9 I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles 1963
10 Twist and Shout The Beatles 1963
11 A Hard Day’s Night The Beatles 1964
12 Yellow Submarine The Beatles 1966
13 Let It Be The Beatles 1970
14 We Can Work It Out The Beatles 1965
15 Penny Lane The Beatles 1967
16 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles 1968
17 Ticket to Ride The Beatles 1965
18 All My Loving The Beatles 1963
19 The Beatles’ Movie Medley The Beatles 1982
20 A Day in the Life The Beatles 1967
21 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1967
22 Helter Skelter The Beatles 1968
23 Yesterday The Beatles 1965
24 Free As A Bird The Beatles 1994
25 Strawberry Fields Forever The Beatles 1967
26 Help! The Beatles 1965
27 And I Love Her The Beatles 1964
28 Day Tripper The Beatles 1965
29 I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles 1963
30 I Feel Fine The Beatles 1965
31 Don’t Let Me Down The Beatles 1970
32 No Reply The Beatles 1964
33 I Should Have Known Better The Beatles 1964
34 Paperback Writer The Beatles 1966
35 Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles 1964
36 Blackbird The Beatles 1968
37 While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles 1968
38 Here Comes the Sun The Beatles 1969
39 Birthday The Beatles 1968
40 Come Together The Beatles 1969
41 Back in the USSR The Beatles 1968
42 Get Back The Beatles 1969
43 She Loves You The Beatles 1963
44 Ballad of John and Yoko The Beatles 1969
45 From Me to You The Beatles 1963
46 Do You Want To Know A Secret The Beatles 1963
47 Nowhere Man The Beatles 1966
48 Please Please Me The Beatles 1963
49 Good Day Sunshine The Beatles 1966
50 Octopus’s Garden The Beatles 1969

 

The three songs that made my lists but didn’t crack the Top 50: Lady Madonna, The Fool on the Hill, The Long and Winding Road

My Favorite Songs of 1963

Posted: December 22, 2018 in Rankings

By popular demand, I have added 1964 and now 1963 (originally the rankings started for 1965). Not as many songs to review so I was able to do it quickly. So much has changed in music over the years. Getting a record deal and gaining traction in 1963 is a lot different from doing the same in 2018. While just 200 to 300 songs were released in ’63, there are over 1700 songs to review in 2017 (as an example).

The Beatles hit mainstream music in this year, with two albums. And of course they dominate the handful of songs that made this list. This is the only year I’ve reviewed in which I didn’t choose a single song for my “Awesome” rating.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

Great – 1 I Want To Hold Your Hand  The Beatles
Great – 1 Twist and Shout  The Beatles
Great – 1 Surfin’ Bird  The Trashmen
Great – 5 All My Loving  The Beatles
Great – 5 I Saw Her Standing There  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 7 Ring Of Fire  Johnny Cash
Pretty Good – 7 Puff The Magic Dragon  Peter, Paul and Mary
Pretty Good – 7 Surfin’ U.S.A.  The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 7 Then He Kissed Me  The Crystals
Pretty Good – 7 Walk Like a Man  The Four Seasons
Not Bad – 12 Another Saturday Night  Sam Cooke
Not Bad – 12 She Loves You  The Beatles
Not Bad – 12 Wipe Out  The Surfaris
Not Bad – 15 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah  Allan Sherman
Not Bad – 15 Yakety Sax  Boots Randolph
Not Bad – 15 Surf City  Jan & Dean
Not Bad – 15 It’s My Party  Lesley Gore
Not Bad – 15 My Boyfriend’s Back  The Angels
Not Bad – 15 Little Deuce Coupe  The Beach Boys
Not Bad – 15 Do You Want To Know A Secret  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 From Me to You  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 Please Please Me  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 Da Doo Ron Ron  The Crystals
Not Bad – 15 Be My Baby  The Ronettes

 

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My Favorite Songs of 1964

Posted: December 19, 2018 in Rankings

By popular demand, I have added 1964 (originally the rankings started for 1965). Not as many songs to review so I was able to do it quickly.

The House of the Rising Sun was probably the best song of the entire decade, so including the year 1964 when it was released seems only right. And with the Beatles putting out their first two albums in 1963, reviewing that year is a must. So my journey through years of music backtracks two more years and will now begin for 1963.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 The House Of The Rising Sun  The Animals
Great – 2 A Hard Day’s Night  The Beatles
Great – 2 Louie Louie  The Kingsmen
Great – 2 You Really Got Me  The Kinks
Great – 5 Do Wah Diddy Diddy  Manfred Mann
Great – 5 And I Love Her  The Beatles
Great – 5 Time Is On My Side  The Rolling Stones
Great – 5 Gloria  Them
Pretty Good – 9 It Ain’t Me Babe  Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 9 The Times They Are A-Changin’  Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 9 I Get Around  The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 9 Can’t Buy Me Love  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 9 I Should Have Known Better  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 14 You Never Can Tell  Chuck Berry
Pretty Good – 14 (Oh) Pretty Woman  Roy Orbison
Pretty Good – 14 No Reply  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 14 California Sun  The Rivieras
Pretty Good – 14 It’s All Over Now  The Rolling Stones
Not Bad – 19 The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)  Betty Everett
Not Bad – 19 All I Really Want To Do  Bob Dylan
Not Bad – 19 No Particular Place To Go  Chuck Berry
Not Bad – 19 I Only Want to Be With You  Dusty Springfield
Not Bad – 19 I’m Into Something Good  Herman’s Hermits
Not Bad – 19 Last Kiss  J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Not Bad – 19 I Got You (I Feel Good)  James Brown
Not Bad – 19 Dancing in the Street  Martha & the Vandellas
Not Bad – 19 My Guy  Mary Wells
Not Bad – 19 My Boy Lollipop  Millie Small
Not Bad – 19 Downtown  Petula Clark
Not Bad – 19 Fun, Fun, Fun  The Beach Boys
Not Bad – 19 Under The Boardwalk  The Drifters
Not Bad – 19 Baby, I Love You  The Ronettes
Not Bad – 19 Baby Love  The Supremes
Not Bad – 19 Where Did Our Love Go  The Supremes

 

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My favorite songs from 1997

Posted: October 24, 2018 in Rankings

In 1997 I moved into a townhouse with strangers, my two-and-a-half year relationship well and truly over. I stayed in that townhouse, in Guelph, throughout the summer even though I had graduated. I wasn’t sure what I would do with my life. This particular summer may have been the low point of my adult life. In fact, it absolutely was. Miserable over the loss of the girl (regardless of how well it turned out for me), living in a townhouse in a city where all of my close friends had left except for one, and holding a Degree in Stats while not finding a job in that field and instead working two near-minimum wage paying jobs. Delivery driver, and counter guy in the music section at Zellers. I was a delivery driver in a ratty-old pickup truck that I could hardly afford to fill up with gas. In fact, I don’t think I ever “filled up”.

The Zellers job was horrible. I felt so demeaned. I felt as though I was treated poorly and that all of the students in that job were 18 or 19 whereas I was 23. But at least I was in the Entertainment area and got to pick the music. The delivery job was fun in the sense that I heard nothing but music for six hours every Friday and I think Tuesday was the other day. But the pay was shit – worked out to just a tad less than minimum wage, and by the time you paid for gas it was barely two-thirds minimum wage. And I’m including tips with that statement. This is why I always tip delivery drivers handsomely, even if there is a “delivery fee” charged.

On those delivery nights, I remember listening to the Edge. Our Lady Peace came out with an album and Clumsy and Superman’s Dead got a lot of play, as did The Offspring’s new one (Gone Away), and Tea Party’s Temptation. Song 2 and Drinking in LA also reminds me of those nights. My trips to London to hang out with my friends and family, I have memories of Bitter Sweet Symphony, and anything by Third Eye Blind, as well as All For You (Sister Hazel) and of course Tubthumping.

In the end, in December, I made the decision to return to school. I had to get out of the tailspin and going back to school would give me two things. First, it would give me money because I could get back into student loans (yay more debt!). Second, it would give me my friends – because I would go to school in London. I rushed everything together and moved to London at the start of January, 1998. Another interesting year in music for me because – well, that’s coming up next time…

 

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

1- Awesome 4 AM Our Lady Peace
1- Awesome Superman’s Dead Our Lady Peace
1- Awesome Paranoid Android Radiohead
1- Awesome Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve
1- Awesome Lucky Man The Verve
Awesome – 6 What’s This Life For Creed
Awesome – 6 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day
Awesome – 6 All Around The World Oasis
Awesome – 6 Karma Police Radiohead
Awesome – 6 Temptation Tea Party
Awesome – 6 How’s It Going to Be Third Eye Blind
Great – 12 Blame Collective Soul
Great – 12 My Own Prison Creed
Great – 12 Everlong Foo Fighters
Great – 12 Gone Away The Offspring
Great – 12 Jumper Third Eye Blind
Great – 17 Drinking in L.A. Bran Van 3000
Great – 17 Monkey Wrench Foo Fighters
Great – 17 Lakini’s Juice Live
Great – 17 Gasoline Moist
Great – 17 Clumsy Our Lady Peace
Great – 17 Song 2 Blur
Great – 17 Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Great – 17 All For You Sister Hazel
Great – 17 It’s Your Love Tim McGraw
Great – 17 Your Woman White Town
Great – 17 Mouth Bush
Great – 17 I Will Survive Cake
Great – 17 Listen Collective Soul
Great – 17 Brimful Of Asha Cornershop
Great – 17 My Hero Foo Fighters
Great – 17 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger
Great – 17 Tangerine Moist
Great – 17 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace
Great – 17 You’re Still the One Shania Twain
Great – 17 Someone Who’s Cool The Odds
Great – 17 Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
Pretty Good – 38 Cold Contagious Bush
Pretty Good – 38 When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 38 Ordinary Day Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 38 Cubically Contained Headstones
Pretty Good – 38 Blue On Black Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Pretty Good – 38 Real World Matchbox Twenty
Pretty Good – 38 Resurrection Moist
Pretty Good – 38 Don’t Go Away Oasis
Pretty Good – 38 From This Moment On Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 38 Kiss Me Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 38 Fly Sugar Ray
Pretty Good – 38 Surrounded Chantal Kreviazuk
Pretty Good – 38 Hey, Johnny Park! Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 38 Hitchin’ A Ride Green Day
Pretty Good – 38 Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Pretty Good – 38 Never Ever All Saints
Pretty Good – 38 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 38 Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth
Pretty Good – 38 Release Tea Party
Pretty Good – 57 Brick Ben Folds Five
Pretty Good – 57 If I Had My Way Big Sugar
Pretty Good – 57 Precious Declaration Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 57 I Will Buy You A New Life Everclear
Pretty Good – 57 Walking After You Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 57 The Grouch Green Day
Pretty Good – 57 Sex and Candy Marcy Playground
Pretty Good – 57 Bitch Meredith Brooks
Pretty Good – 57 D’you Know What I Mean Oasis
Pretty Good – 57 Empty Cell Rusty
Pretty Good – 57 Angel Sarah McLachlan
Pretty Good – 57 There She Goes Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 57 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 70 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) Aerosmith
Not Bad – 70 Pink Aerosmith
Not Bad – 70 Remote Control Age of Electric
Not Bad – 70 Woke Up This Morning Alabama 3
Not Bad – 70 Barbie Girl Aqua
Not Bad – 70 All That You Are Econoline Crush
Not Bad – 70 Father of Mine Everclear
Not Bad – 70 Raspberry I Mother Earth
Not Bad – 70 Elegantly Wasted INXS
Not Bad – 70 Hush Kula Shaker
Not Bad – 70 Father LL Cool J
Not Bad – 70 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 70 Carnival Our Lady Peace
Not Bad – 70 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Not Bad – 70 The Lines You Amend Sloan
Not Bad – 70 Babylon Tea Party
Not Bad – 70 Firestarter The Prodigy
Not Bad – 70 Midnight Rain Wide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 88 How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes
Not Bad – 88 Back 2 Back Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 88 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 88 Adia Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 That Don’t Impress Me Much Shania Twain
Not Bad – 88 The End Is The Beginning Is The End Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 88 Block Rockin’ Beats The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 88 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 88 Flamenco The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 88 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2
Not Bad – 88 Staring At The Sun U2
Not Bad – 88 Battle of Who Could Care Less Ben Folds Five
Not Bad – 88 Beetlebum Blur
Not Bad – 88 Personal Holloway Bush
Not Bad – 88 All By Myself Celine Dion
Not Bad – 88 God Made Me Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 88 Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Not Bad – 88 One Creed
Not Bad – 88 Little Wonder David Bowie
Not Bad – 88 Everything To Everyone Everclear
Not Bad – 88 Prosthetic Head Green Day
Not Bad – 88 MMMbop Hanson
Not Bad – 88 Numb Holly McNarland
Not Bad – 88 Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
Not Bad – 88 Look Like Me Killjoys
Not Bad – 88 St. Joe on the School Bus Marcy Playground
Not Bad – 88 Make You Mad Odds
Not Bad – 88 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 88 No Surprises Radiohead
Not Bad – 88 Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin
Not Bad – 88 Too Much Spice Girls
Not Bad – 88 Sonnet The Verve
Not Bad – 88 Discotheque U2
Not Bad – 88 Last Night On Earth U2
Not Bad – 88 Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Will Smith

 

 

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My favorite songs from 1996

Posted: April 14, 2018 in Rankings

 

In 1996 I moved in with my girlfriend in May. At the end of October we broke up – and it was a pretty rocky summer leading up to that. So in the early months, the music was during happy times. In the middle months, we had combined our CD collections to make this one massive collection – and so again, music was a big part. Predominantly alternative. By the end of the year I was a wreck. A Long December really put the cap on this year – and on my rough breakup.

I bought myself a shitty pickup truck (all I could afford) so I wouldn’t be stranded, since she had the vehicle all this time. I couldn’t focus on my final year in University, but still got by. I did lots of traveling home – and back then road trips always meant music. A lot of the songs that came out in the second half of ’96 got plenty of play in Guelph’s The Trashateria when I frequented there in 1997 (I still think of ‘The Trash’ every time Pepper plays). They also got lots of play during my stint as a delivery driver (with my shitty old/new truck). These songs remind me of sitting in my truck waiting for my next call, listening to The Edge. I really fell in love with the MTV Unplugged album by Alice in Chains. Ahead By a Century quickly became one of my favorites from the Hip. And I still think of my ex whenever Santa Monica plays – and my time living in that tiny apartment.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 Heaven Beside You Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Pepper Butthole Surfers
Awesome – 1 A Long December Counting Crows
Awesome – 1 Santa Monica Everclear
Awesome – 1 Hero Of The Day Metallica
Awesome – 1 Blow Up The Outside World Soundgarden
Awesome – 1 What I Got Sublime
Awesome – 1 Ahead by a Century The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 1 Swallowed Bush
Awesome – 10 Novocaine For The Soul Eels
Awesome – 10 Another Sunday I Mother Earth
Awesome – 10 Push Matchbox Twenty
Awesome – 10 Off He Goes Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Who You Are Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Bulls On Parade Rage Against the Machine
Awesome – 10 Burden In My Hand Soundgarden
Awesome – 10 Big Bang Baby Stone Temple Pilots
Awesome – 10 When You’re Gone The Cranberries
Awesome – 10 Open Up Your Eyes Tonic
Awesome – 10 El Scorcho Weezer
Great – 21 California Love 2Pac
Great – 21 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Great – 21 Diggin’ a Hole Big Sugar
Great – 21 Fire Water Burn Bloodhound Gang
Great – 21 Greedy Fly Bush
Great – 21 The Distance Cake
Great – 21 Naked Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 21 One More Astronaut I Mother Earth
Great – 21 Leave It Alone Moist
Great – 21 If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow
Great – 21 The Good in Everyone Sloan
Great – 21 Pretty Noose Soundgarden
Great – 21 Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 21 Banditos The Refreshments
Great – 21 The Freshman The Verve Pipe
Great – 21 If You Could Only See Tonic
Great – 21 Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman
Great – 38 The Devil in the Kitchen Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Brenda Stubbert Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Sleepy Maggie Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Radiation Vibe Fountains of Wayne
Great – 38 One Of Us Joan Osborne
Great – 38 Popular Nada Surf
Great – 38 How Bizarre OMC
Great – 38 E-Bow the Letter R.E.M.
Great – 38 A Change Would Do You Good Sheryl Crow
Great – 38 Lady Picture Show Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 38 Springtime in Vienna The Tragically Hip
Great – 38 One Headlight The Wallflowers
Great – 38 Crossing a Canyon 54-40
Great – 38 Over Now Alice in Chains
Great – 38 The Old Apartment Barenaked Ladies
Great – 38 Devil’s Haircut Beck
Great – 38 No Diggity Blackstreet
Great – 38 Crash Into Me Dave Matthews Band
Great – 38 Tripping Billies Dave Matthews Band
Great – 38 Used to be Alright I Mother Earth
Great – 38 I Want You Savage Garden
Great – 38 Everything You’ve Done Wrong Sloan
Great – 38 Wannabe Spice Girls
Great – 38 Salvation The Cranberries
Great – 38 Hollywood The Cranberries
Great – 38 Free To Decide The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 64 Lies to Me 54-40
Pretty Good – 64 Love You All 54-40
Pretty Good – 64 The New Pollution Beck
Pretty Good – 64 Desperately Wanting Better Than Ezra
Pretty Good – 64 Around The World Daft Punk
Pretty Good – 64 Follow You Down Gin Blossoms
Pretty Good – 64 Long Way Down Goo Goo Dolls
Pretty Good – 64 3 AM Matchbox Twenty
Pretty Good – 64 Hail Hail Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 64 Everyday Is a Winding Road Sheryl Crow
Pretty Good – 64 Art School Girl Stone Temple Pilots
Pretty Good – 64 Gift Shop The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 64 6th Avenue Heartache The Wallflowers
Pretty Good – 64 The Difference The Wallflowers
Pretty Good – 64 Birmingham Amanda Marshall
Pretty Good – 64 Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) Backstreet Boys
Pretty Good – 64 Criminal Fiona Apple
Pretty Good – 64 Right Hand Man Joan Osborne
Pretty Good – 64 Not An Addict K’s Choice
Pretty Good – 64 Sunday Morning No Doubt
Pretty Good – 64 Trigger Happy Jack Poe
Pretty Good – 64 Hello Poe
Pretty Good – 64 Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand Primitive Radio Gods
Pretty Good – 64 Hard to Make A Stand Sheryl Crow
Pretty Good – 64 Lovefool The Cardigans
Pretty Good – 64 Incarnate The Watchmen
Pretty Good – 90 Where It’s At Beck
Pretty Good – 90 Two Step Dave Matthews Band
Pretty Good – 90 I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis
Pretty Good – 90 Don’t Let Go (Love) En Vogue
Pretty Good – 90 Pony Ginuwine
Pretty Good – 90 Soaked Killjoys
Pretty Good – 90 Govinda Kula Shaker
Pretty Good – 90 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson
Pretty Good – 90 Excuse Me Mr. No Doubt
Pretty Good – 90 Red Mosquito Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 90 6 Underground Sneaker Pimps
Pretty Good – 90 Breathe The Prodigy
Pretty Good – 90 700 ft. Ceiling The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 90 You’re Makin’ Me High Toni Braxton
Pretty Good – 90 Amish Paradise Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 105 King of New Orleans Better Than Ezra
Not Bad – 105 Return Of The Mack Mark Morrison
Not Bad – 105 Until It Sleeps Metallica
Not Bad – 105 Say You’ll Be There Spice Girls
Not Bad – 105 Butts Wigglin’ The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 105 Apartment Song The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 105 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton
Not Bad – 112 I Cry Bass is Base
Not Bad – 112 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
Not Bad – 112 Lie In Our Graves Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 112 Beautiful Freak Eels
Not Bad – 112 Change The World Eric Clapton
Not Bad – 112 Ready Or Not Fugees
Not Bad – 112 Til I Hear It From You Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 112 Macarena Los del Rio
Not Bad – 112 Naked Eye Luscious Jackson
Not Bad – 112 King Nothing Metallica
Not Bad – 112 I Don’t Want To Wait Paula Cole
Not Bad – 112 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
Not Bad – 112 Neil Armstrong Starkicker
Not Bad – 112 Tumble In The Rough Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 112 Santeria Sublime
Not Bad – 112 Wrong Way Sublime
Not Bad – 112 Setting Sun The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 112 Everything and After The Doughboys
Not Bad – 112 Down Together The Refreshments
Not Bad – 112 Don’t Wake Daddy The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 112 Put It Off The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 112 I Don’t Want to Think About It Wild Strawberries

 

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I know little about Reggaeton. Or rather, I knew little. Then one night when we had friends over my wife wanted to put on Reggaeton. It was the first time I ever heard the term! I knew Despacito, of course. And the pop artists Shakira, Enrique, etc. But the term Reggaeton was new. So I researched it, because it was pretty good. I dug up the definition:

Reggaeton (also known as reggaetón and reguetón[1]) is a musical genre which originated in Puerto Rico during the late 1990s. It is influenced by hip hop and Latin American and Caribbean music. Vocals include rappingand singing, typically in Spanish.

And then I went through about a dozen “best” Reggaeton songs online. I gathered them together and gave them all a listen. I eliminated a bunch and put the rest in an order. I thought I’d share all that work here in case anyone else wants to save themselves the same exercise. Keep in mind that I’m a complete amateur with this genre and very much new. Rock music is more my thing, but I’m open to all music. Anyway, without further ado, here are my ranked Top 50, plus a few honorable mentions underneath…

1 Gasolina Daddy Yankee
2 Baila Morena Hector y Tito
3 Atrevate Te Te Calle 13
4 Dile Don Omar
5 Yo Quiero Bailar Ivy Queen
6 Oye Mi Canto N.O.R.E.
7 Give Me Everything Pitbull
8 Baila Conmigo Zion y Lennox
9 Perdoname La Factoria
10 Lo Que Paso, Paso Daddy Yankee
11 Down R.K.M. and Ken-Y
12 Despacito Luis Fonsi
13 Bailando Enqrique Iglesias
14 Bamboleo Gipsy Kings
15 Aqui Esta Tu Caldo Daddy Yankee
16 Noche de Sexo Wisin y Yandel
17 Nadie Como Tu Winin y Yandel
18 Cinco Letras Alexis y Fido
19 El Tiburon Alexis y Fido
20 Asereje Las Ketchup
21 Pam, Pam Wisin y Yandel
22 Ayer La Vi Don Omar
23 La Bicicleta Shakira
24 Rakata Wisin y Yandel
25 Te Suelto El Pelo Yandel
26 Tu Principe Daddy Yankee
27 Waka Waka Shakira
28 Mayor Que Yo Wisin y Yandel
29 Ella Me Levanto Daddy Yankee
30 Felina Hector y Tito
31 Solo Una Noche Wisin y Yandel
32 El Telefono Wisin y Yandel
33 Perdoname Eddy Lover
34 Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony
35 Guatauba Plan B
36 No Quiere Novio Nejo
37 Metele Sazon Tego Calderon
38 Hay Algo En Ti Zion y Lennox
39 Noche De Travesura Hector El Father
40 Tocarte Toa Big Yamo
41 Rompe Daddy Yankee
42 Danza Kuduro Don Omar
43 El Ritmo No Perdona (Prende) Daddy Yankee
44 Pasarela Dalmata
45 El Amante Nicky Jam
46 Borro Cassette Maluma
47 Criminal Ozuna x Natti Natasha
48 Machucando Daddy Yankee
49 Ay Vamos J Balvin
50 Ahora Es Wisin y Yandel

 

Honorable mentions…

51 Cuando Cuando Es J King y Maximan
52 El Perdon Nicky Jam
53 Pa Que Retozen Tego Calderon
54 Chillax Farruko
55 Chulin Culin Cunfly (remix) Julio Voltio
56 Felices Los 4 Maluma
57 Dime Si Te Vas Con El Nigga Flex
58 Si No Le Contesto Plan B
59 Ella y Yo Don Omar
60 Otra Vez Zion y Lennox
61 Soy Una Gargola Arcangel
62 Ojos Que No Ven Alexis y Fido

My favorite songs from 1995

Posted: March 6, 2018 in Rankings

This was the year I was with my first serious girlfriend from the beginning to the end, from mid-94 through towards the end of ’96. She and I were both really into music and there were a lot of car trips/commutes when we listened to the radio. I remember buying Alanis Morissette’s CD and being surprised at just how amazing it was. This was also the year when I decided Collective Soul was one of my favorite bands, period. The World I Know really struck a chord. The Smashing Pumpkins double CD will always remind me of those times with my girlfriend, and Wonderwall (Oasis) and Alanis will always remind me of New Years ’96 into ’97…which means they were with me for more than a full year.

Longer term, Radiohead and The Tea Party grew on me. I liked them and these songs in ’95, but loved them even more over time. The two 311 songs will remind me of visits to my sister in London, Ontario…notably when my car broke down on the way past London to visit another friend!

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Awesome – 1 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 1 The World I Know Collective Soul
Awesome – 1 Brain Stew/Jaded Green Day
Awesome – 1 Geek Stink Breath Green Day
Awesome – 1 Wonderwall Oasis
Awesome – 1 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead
Awesome – 1 Bullet With Butterfly Wings Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Muzzle Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Fire In the Head The Tea Party
Awesome – 10 Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 10 Don’t Speak No Doubt
Awesome – 10 High And Dry Radiohead
Awesome – 10 Just Radiohead
Awesome – 10 Time Bomb Rancid
Awesome – 10 Ruby Soho Rancid
Awesome – 10 Zero Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 10 Lump The Presidents of the United States of America
Great – 18 Hand In My Pocket Alanis Morissette
Great – 18 Big Me Foo Fighters
Great – 18 Brat Green Day
Great – 18 Walking Contradiction Green Day
Great – 18 I Got Id Pearl Jam
Great – 18 Truth Untold The Odds
Great – 18 The Bazaar The Tea Party
Great – 18 Sister Awake The Tea Party
Great – 26 Down 311
Great – 26 All Mixed Up 311
Great – 26 Ironic Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 You Learn Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 All I Really Want Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 Breakfast at Tiffany’s Deep Blue Something
Great – 26 You Were Meant For Me Jewel
Great – 26 Champagne Supernova Oasis
Great – 26 Cumbersome Seven Mary Three
Great – 26 We Only Come Out At Night Smashing Pumpkins
Great – 26 Misery Soul Asylum
Great – 26 Promises Broken Soul Asylum
Great – 26 Name The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 26 Eat My Brain The Odds
Great – 26 Peaches The Presidents of the United States of America
Pretty Good – 41 Good Better Than Ezra
Pretty Good – 41 Country House Blur
Pretty Good – 41 December Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 41 Gel Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 41 Stupid Girl Garbage
Pretty Good – 41 Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel
Pretty Good – 41 Foolish Games Jewel
Pretty Good – 41 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Marilyn Manson
Pretty Good – 41 They Don’t Care About Us Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 41 Spiderwebs No Doubt
Pretty Good – 41 Boombastic Shaggy
Pretty Good – 52 Burn One Down Ben Harper
Pretty Good – 52 Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio
Pretty Good – 52 Hey Man Nice Shot Filter
Pretty Good – 52 Only Happy When It Rains Garbage
Pretty Good – 52 Can’t Get You Off My Mind Lenny Kravitz
Pretty Good – 52 Just A Girl No Doubt
Pretty Good – 52 1979 Smashing Pumpkins
Pretty Good – 52 Forgiven Alanis Morissette
Pretty Good – 52 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Pretty Good – 52 On and On Crash Vegas
Pretty Good – 52 I’ll Stick Around Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 52 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 52 Don’t Look Back In Anger Oasis
Pretty Good – 52 Common People Pulp
Pretty Good – 52 Thirty-Three Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 67 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey
Not Bad – 67 Beautiful Life Ace of Base
Not Bad – 67 Mary Jane Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Smashing Young Man Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 Where the River Flows Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 She Gathers Rain Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 Counting Blue Cars Dishwalla
Not Bad – 67 Alone & Easy Target Foo Fighters
Not Bad – 67 Morning Glory Oasis
Not Bad – 67 Disco 2000 Pulp
Not Bad – 67 Curious Sandbox
Not Bad – 67 Any Man Of Mine Shania Twain
Not Bad – 67 Tonight, Tonight Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 67 Just Like Anyone Soul Asylum
Not Bad – 67 I’ll Be There For You The Rembrandts
Not Bad – 67 Perfect Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Not the Doctor Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Roll To Me Del Amitri
Not Bad – 67 This Is A Call Foo Fighters
Not Bad – 67 Stuck With Me Green Day
Not Bad – 67 Doin’ It LL Cool J
Not Bad – 67 Believe Me Moist
Not Bad – 67 Aeroplane Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 67 More Human Than Human White Zombie
Not Bad – 91 Dear Mama 2Pac
Not Bad – 91 The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler
Not Bad – 91 Wake Up Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 91 Right Through You Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 91 No More I Love You’s Annie Lennox
Not Bad – 91 Do Ya Barney Bentall
Not Bad – 91 The Universal Blur
Not Bad – 91 The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 91 Queer Garbage
Not Bad – 91 Flood Jars of Clay
Not Bad – 91 Rock and Roll Is Dead Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 91 Your Little Secret Melissa Etheridge
Not Bad – 91 Scream Michael and Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 91 Acquiesce Oasis
Not Bad – 91 She Forgot to Laugh Rhymes with Orange
Not Bad – 91 I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 91 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Shania Twain
Not Bad – 91 Here Is No Why Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 91 Hard As A Rock AC/DC
Not Bad – 91 Murder Incorporated Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 91 I Know Dionne Farris
Not Bad – 91 Here In Your Bedroom Goldfinger
Not Bad – 91 86 Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Tightwad Hill Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Bab’s Uvula Who? Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze
Not Bad – 91 No More Walking Away Kim Mitchell
Not Bad – 91 Zamboni Martin Zellar
Not Bad – 91 This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
Not Bad – 91 Downtown Neil Young
Not Bad – 91 Angry Johnny Poe
Not Bad – 91 You’ve Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman
Not Bad – 91 All Uncovered The Watchmen
Not Bad – 91 Born Slippy Underworld

 

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My favorite songs from 1994

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Rankings

In April of ’94 I broke up with one girlfriend and had another one in July. Both girls were in (or near) my hometown, whereas I went to university about an hour away in Guelph. So there was a lot of commuting involved, which meant a lot of radio. And this is when I started to get sick of classic rock and move more fully into modern alternative rock and grunge. In the fall I moved in with three buddies and formed lasting friendships with all of them. A lot of this music reminds me of those times, though much of it was really enjoyed in 1995 even if it was released in 1994.

This year was home to several of my favorite 10 albums (just a guess) of all time. I know I would have Live’s Throwing Copper on there. And The Offspring’s Smash. And Weezer’s blue album. And in my favorite 20 of all time, I am certain Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy gets in there as well as the Hip’s Day for Night. I’m also guessing that albums released that year from Hole, Cranberries, Bush and Green Day would get into my favorite 30 of all time. This year marks the beginning of six to eight years in which music was the biggest part of my life. It’s always been huge, but during those years it meant the world to me.

With 179 songs ranked, this tops 1989 when I had 150 and includes 79 songs marked “Great” or better.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 No Excuses Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Glycerine Bush
Awesome – 1 Hold My Hand Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 1 Lightning Crashes Live
Awesome – 1 Hurt Nine Inch Nails
Awesome – 1 Better Man Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Strange Currencies R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 Self Esteem The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Starseed Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 10 Basket Case Green Day
Awesome – 10 When I Come Around Green Day
Awesome – 10 Doll Parts Hole
Awesome – 10 Violet Hole
Awesome – 10 Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 10 Nothingman Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Come Out And Play The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Gotta Get Away The Offspring
Awesome – 10 You Don’t Know How It Feels Tom Petty
Awesome – 10 Grace, Too The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Undone – The Sweater Song Weezer
Awesome – 10 Plateau Nirvana
Awesome – 10 Where Did You Sleep Last Night Nirvana
Awesome – 10 The Man Who Sold the World Nirvana
Awesome – 10 Lake of Fire Nirvana
Great – 28 F.O.D. Green Day
Great – 28 She Green Day
Great – 28 Miss World Hole
Great – 28 I Alone Live
Great – 28 Closer Nine Inch Nails
Great – 28 Supersonic Oasis
Great – 28 Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam Nirvana
Great – 28 Oh, Me Nirvana
Great – 28 Immortality Pearl Jam
Great – 28 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden
Great – 28 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 28 Zombie The Cranberries
Great – 28 Thugs The Tragically Hip
Great – 28 Buddy Holly Weezer
Great – 28 My Name Is Jonas Weezer
Great – 28 Only In Dreams Weezer
Great – 28 Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Great – 28 Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Great – 28 Loser Beck
Great – 28 Comedown Bush
Great – 28 Little Things Bush
Great – 28 Machinehead Bush
Great – 28 Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Great – 28 Allison Road Gin Blossoms
Great – 28 Pillar Of Davidson Live
Great – 28 Push Moist
Great – 28 Live Forever Oasis
Great – 28 Tomorrow Silverchair
Great – 28 Spoonman Soundgarden
Great – 28 Big Empty Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 28 Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 28 Free As A Bird The Beatles
Great – 28 Ode To My Family The Cranberries
Great – 28 Bad Habit The Offspring
Great – 28 It’ll Be a Long Time The Offspring
Great – 28 Scared The Tragically Hip
Great – 28 In The Garage Weezer
Great – 28 Surf Wax America Weezer
Great – 66 I Stay Away Alice in Chains
Great – 66 Sabotage Beastie Boys
Great – 66 Everything Zen Bush
Great – 66 Chump Green Day
Great – 66 Longview Green Day
Great – 66 Welcome To Paradise Green Day
Great – 66 All Over You Live
Great – 66 Selling the Drama Live
Great – 66 Silver Moist
Great – 66 Corduroy Pearl Jam
Great – 66 Crush With Eyeliner R.E.M.
Great – 66 Fell On Black Days Soundgarden
Great – 66 Possum Kingdom Toadies
Great – 66 Crazy Mary Victoria Williams
Pretty Good – 80 Waitress Live
Pretty Good – 80 Hope Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 80 Naveed Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 80 Ocean Pearl 54-40
Pretty Good – 80 Hasn’t Hit Me Yet Blue Rodeo
Pretty Good – 80 Run-Around Blues Traveler
Pretty Good – 80 Girls And Boys Blur
Pretty Good – 80 Alien Bush
Pretty Good – 80 Dissident Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 80 Not For You Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 80 What Happened to You The Offspring
Pretty Good – 80 Holiday Weezer
Pretty Good – 80 Always Bon Jovi
Pretty Good – 80 What Would You Say Dave Matthews Band
Pretty Good – 80 New Age Girl Deadeye Dick
Pretty Good – 80 Connection Elastica
Pretty Good – 80 Bang and Blame R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 80 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
Pretty Good – 80 Greasy Jungle The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 80 Nautical Disaster The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 80 Mykel And Carli Weezer
Pretty Good – 101 Supersatellite Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 101 Blame Your Parents 54-40
Pretty Good – 101 Nutshell Alice in Chains
Pretty Good – 101 Jane Barenaked Ladies
Pretty Good – 101 Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Beck
Pretty Good – 101 The Power of Love Celine Dion
Pretty Good – 101 Goodnight Good Guy Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 101 Return To Innocence Enigma
Pretty Good – 101 Softer Softest Hole
Pretty Good – 101 Only Wanna Be with You Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 101 Time Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 101 Stay Lisa Loeb
Pretty Good – 101 Shit Towne Live
Pretty Good – 101 Backwater Meat Puppets
Pretty Good – 101 I Can’t Be With You The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 101 Nitro The Offspring
Pretty Good – 101 Waterfalls TLC
Pretty Good – 101 You Wreck Me Tom Petty
Pretty Good – 101 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Pretty Good – 101 Daredevil The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 101 So Hard Done By The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 101 An Inch an Hour The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 101 Titanic Terrarium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 124 Omaha Stylee 311
Not Bad – 124 Blind Man Aerosmith
Not Bad – 124 A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Not Bad – 124 Tremor Christ Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 124 Down With Disease Phish
Not Bad – 124 Kiss From A Rose Seal
Not Bad – 124 Coax Me Sloan
Not Bad – 124 The Day I Tried To Live Soundgarden
Not Bad – 124 Still Remains Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 124 Empty The Cranberries
Not Bad – 124 Genocide The Offspring
Not Bad – 124 Save Me The Tea Party
Not Bad – 124 Emergency The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 124 Sunshine Country Victoria Williams
Not Bad – 124 The World Has Turned And Left Me Here Weezer
Not Bad – 124 Hook Blues Traveler
Not Bad – 124 Until I Fall Away Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 124 Pulling Teeth Green Day
Not Bad – 124 Horse Live
Not Bad – 124 Top Live
Not Bad – 124 White, Discussion Live
Not Bad – 124 River Of Deceit Mad Season
Not Bad – 124 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Not Bad – 124 Pretty Penny Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 124 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 124 Something to Believe In The Offspring
Not Bad – 124 Boom Boom Boom The Outhere Brothers
Not Bad – 124 Love Spreads The Stone Roses
Not Bad – 124 Impossibilium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 124 Headline News Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 154 Assoholic 54-40
Not Bad – 154 5 Days In May Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 154 Bad Timing Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 154 Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night Bon Jovi
Not Bad – 154 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 154 Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 154 All For Love Byan Adams/Stewart/Sting
Not Bad – 154 Afternoons and Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 154 Sassafrass Roots Green Day
Not Bad – 154 Love, Love, Love Hemingway Corner
Not Bad – 154 I Think That I Would Die Hole
Not Bad – 154 Iris Live
Not Bad – 154 T.B.D. Live
Not Bad – 154 I’ll Remember Madonna
Not Bad – 154 Reptile Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 154 Shakermaker Oasis
Not Bad – 154 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Prince
Not Bad – 154 Nobody’s Hero Rush
Not Bad – 154 Kitchenware and Candy Bars Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 154 Ridiculous Thoughts The Cranberries
Not Bad – 154 One More Chance The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 154 Killboy Powerhead The Offspring
Not Bad – 154 Not the One The Offspring
Not Bad – 154 Boneyard Tree The Watchmen
Not Bad – 154 Fire in the Hole The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 154 Saturday Night Whigfield

 

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