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Jul 30, 2013
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Top Songs Of The 90s

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All in all the best songs of the 90s is going to be forever debatable as with best songs from any decade this will be down to individual taste.

I am not sure what my best 10 songs are from the 90s therefore am going to post according to songs that come to mind as I write this post and therefore most definitely consider the following to be Top songs of the 90s and they aren’t listed in any order of preference –

Would? – Alice in Chains(1992)

From the album Dirt released in September 1992 which featured many songs on the album on the subject of addiction this was one of them.

This song was written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell who wrote this song as tribute to Andrew Wood,  late lead singer of Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990.

I for one loved this song oblivious to it’s subject which I found ut by researching more about it, this is classic ‘90s grunge and defines the 90s music scene very well.

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana(1991)

The opening track from the band’s second album Nevermind which loudly announced the presence of alternative rock into the mainstream. Nevermind was selling at a rate of 400,000 copies a week in the US by the end of 1991.
The success of Smells Like Teen Spirit was thanks to significant airplay on MTV.

You simply can’t think of 90s music and definitely not 90s rock music without including any thought of Nirvana and this track from Nevermind. This was genius work by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl who after 1994 went onto be a legendary frontman for The Foo Fighters.

Smells Like Teen Spirit is a definitive Alternative rock anthem, stamped forever within history of popular music.

I’ve written a previous post dedicated to Smells Like Teen Spirit here on the 90s blog – http://www.the90sblog.com/smells-like-teen-spirit/

Blackhole Sun – Soundgarden(1994)

The third track from the Superunknown album from 1994 written by frontman Chris Cornell.

A very distinct tune which screams 90s with it’s surreal video and nomination for Best Rck Song at 1995 Grammy Awards.

This has become Soundgarden’s best known song and most definitely another 90s grunge classic synonymous with Seattle’s alternative rock scene from this amazing era.

Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chilli Peppers(1992)

Another early to mid 90s alternative rock classic from album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, another song that deals with feelings of lonliness, despondency and a reflection of narcotics use.

Everlong – The Foo Fighters(1997)

A wonderful tune from Dave Grohl which was included in The Color and The Shape Album from 1997, classic alternative rock and post grunge.

Alive – Pearl Jam(1991)

Another awesome alternative rock anthem synonymous with the grunge era in early 90s. This track from from the band’s debut album Ten which has became the band’s most commercially successful album.

I have seen footage of this performed live and simply an awesome stadium rock tune.

Stay Together – Suede(1994)

Came unto what was termed Britpop an Alternative Rock subgenre that reached it’s height in the UK in mid 90s and also very much a British reaction to the US grunge dominance in the early to mid 90s era.

The track was unique as it was a non album single by the band.
I remember the first time I heard this, I pulled over to park my car but this came on the radio and I ended up sat there marvelling at this tune. I only then got out of the car when this song ended. A beautiful experience without doubt. Strangely though leadsinger Brett Anderson didn’t like this song at the time.

Sour Times – Portishead (1995)

A beautiful song from the band’s Dummy album it was first released in 1994 but wasn’t a success initially but after the success of Glory Box in 1995 from the same album the song was re-released. The success of Dummy led to the band winning the Best British Newcomer award at The Brits in 1995.

An amazing sound beautifully sung by lead singer Beth Gibbons, it also features in a movie I’m fond of in the form of Assassins(1995).

Wonderwall – Oasis(1995)

Now this is a serious 90s anthem if this wasn’t the 90s rock anthem from the mega(if a big enough word to describe) successful album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

This was the 2nd and best album by Oasis. When Oasis played Knebworth in August 1996 in front of a crowd of 250,000 this was the height of the “Britpop” phenomenon.

Wonderwall was just simply a masterpiece from the Gallagher brothers and only one classic of many from (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

November Rain – Guns N’ Roses(1992)

From Use Your Illusion 1 album a power rock ballad with orchestral backing, a beautiful song that’s approximately 9 minutes long with shortened versions having been played on some radio stations.

The above isn’t an exhaustive list that tightly defines my viewpoint on the best of the 90s songs.

There were many amazing songs of many genres in the 90s and there are those who may feel the above has too much rock bias but hey that’s just me.

I will post more lists of 10 x 90s songs as I think of them and viewpoints on this subject most welcome as this site is about appreciating things ‘90s.

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