Thursday, May 15, 2008

Top Alternative Rock Songs of the 90s

Reader Beware: Music Column Ahead!

To borrow a line from Chris Rock, "Get out of here! Go on. I don't believe it. You don't say! Really? Get out of here. Go on. I don't believe it."

You better believe it.

Today's column will not be about sports! Instead today's lesson will be about music boys and girls. More specifically, the top alternative songs of the 1990s. So go on break out your flannel shirt. Dust off your work boots or Doc Martins. And try to grow out your long stringy hair again. Its time to take a quick trip back to the wonderful world of the 1990s.

If you are like me, your teenage years were mostly in the 90s. At that point in your life image was everything. You tried to keep up with the latest trends (baggy jeans sagged below your ass), be part of the popular crowd at school, and listen to the coolest music.

And what a decade it was for music. The 90s were great, not as good as the 60s, but still fantastic. I am so happy I grew up in the 90s and not the synthesizer 80s with its hair bands and love ballads.

This got me thinking of what the best songs of the 90s were. But then again, I don't like rap, hip hop, heavy metal, and boy bands among others. That's why I'm just going to stick with the music I listened to back then: alternative rock. (Quick aside. Everyone defines alt rock completely differently. I'm sticking to commercial alternative rock with mainstream success that was played on radio stations. Could be anything from poprock to college/indie rock to Brit-pop)

Here it is, the Top 105 Alternative Rock Songs of the 1990s:





1NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit Nevermind
2RadioheadCreepPablo Honey
3BeckLoserMellow Gold
4Pearl JamAliveTen
5REMLosing My ReligionOut of Time
6Red Hot Chili PeppersUnder the BridgeBlood Sugar Sex Magik
7OasisWonderwall(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
8Goo Goo DollsIrisDizzy Up the Girl
9Counting CrowsMr. JonesAugust and Everything After
10U2OneAtchung Baby
11Green DayBasket CaseDookie
12Third Eye BlindSemi Charmed LifeThird Eye Blind
13SoundgardenBlack Hole SunSuperunknown
14BlurSong 2Blur
16Smashing Pumpkins1979Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
17RadioheadKarma PoliceOK Computer
18Pearl JamLast KissNo Boundaries
19Foo FightersEverlongColour &Shape
20The PixiesVelouriaBossanova
21WeezerSay It Ain't SoWeezer (The Blue Album)
22OasisDon't Look Back in Anger(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
23Pearl JamJeremyTen
24Stone Temple PilotsPlushCore
25Dave Matthews BandCrash into MeCrash
26The WallflowersOne HeadlightBringing Down the Horse
27NirvanaHeart Shaped BoxIn Utero
28SublimeWhat I GotSublime
29Red Hot Chili PeppersScar TissueCalifornication
30REMEverybody HurtsAutomatic for the People
31Smashing PumpkinsTonight, TonightMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
32Foo FightersLearn to FlyThere is Nothing Left to Lose
33RadioheadFake Plastic TreesThe Bends
34Nine Inch NailsCloserThe Downward Spiral
35Pearl Jam BlackTen
36Goo Goo DollsSlideDizzy Up the Girl
37Third Eye BlindJumperThird Eye Blind
38Smashing PumpkinsBullet with Butterfly WingsMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
39NirvanaCome As You AreNevermind
40Pearl JamEven FlowTen
41Blink 182All the Small ThingsEnema of the State
42Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornicationCalifornication
43Matchbox Twenty3 AMYourself or Someone Like You
44Green DayWhen I Come AroundDookie
45BushGlycerineSixteen Stone
46Pearl JamBetter ManVitalogy
47Soul AsylumRunaway TrainGrave Dancer's Union
48Hootie & the BlowfishLet Her CryCracked Rear View
49Blind MelonNo RainBlind Rain
50OffspringSelf EsteemSmash
51Dave Matthews BandWhat Would You SayUnder the Table & Dreaming
52Blink 182What's My Age Again?Enema of the State
53Smashing PumpkinsTodaySiamese Dream
54LiveLightning CrashesThrowing Copper
55Green DayLongviewDookie
56Third Eye BlindHow's It Gonna BeThird Eye Blind
57Pearl JamYellow LedbetterJeremy (Single)
58Gin BlossomsHey JealousyNew Miserable Experience
59The Verve PipeFreshmanVillians
60Matchbox TwentyPushYourself or Someone Like You
61BushComedownSixteen Stone
62The VerveBittersweet SymphonyUrban Hymns
63Collective SoulShineHints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid
64Barenaked LadiesOne WeekStunt
65Stone Temple PilotsInterstate Love SongPurple
66Marcy PlaygroundSex and CandyMarcy Playground
67Red Hot Chili PeppersGive it AwayBlood Sugar Sex Magik
68WeezerBuddy HollyWeezer (The Blue Album)
69SemisonicClosing TimeFeeling Strangely Fine
70CandleboxFar BehindCandlebox
71New RadicalsYou Get What You GiveMaybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
72FastballThe WayAll the Pain Money Can Buy
73Eve 6Inside OutEve 6
74Hootie & the BlowfishOnly Wanna Be With YouCracked Rear View
75Blink 182DammitDude Ranch
76Harvey DangerFlagpole SittaWhere Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
77Stone Temple PilotsCreepCore
78Collective SoulThe World I KnowCollective Soul
79Dave Matthews BandCrushBefore These Crowded Streets
80Sister HazelAll For YouSister Hazel
81Gin BlossomsFollow You DownCongratulations I'm Sorry
82Smash MouthAllstarAstro Lounge
83FilterTake a PictureTitle of Record
84Duncan SheikBarely BreathingDuncan Sheik
85Better than EzraGoodDeluxe
87Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Impression That I GetLet's Face It
88LiveI AloneThrowing Copper
89Jane's AddictionBeen Caught StealingRitual De Lo Habitual
90SpacehogIn the Mean TimeResident Alien
91CrackerLowKerosene Hat
92Better than EzraDesparetely WantingFriction Baby
93SpongePlowedRotting Pinata
94EverclearSanta MonicaSparkle & Fade
95Local HBound for the FloorAs Good As Dead
97The Spin DoctorsTwo PrincesPocket Full of Kryptonite
98ToadiesPossum KingdomRubberneck
99HoleVioletLive Through This
100Butthole SurfersPepperElectriclarryland
101Black CrowesHard to HandleShake Your Money Maker
102DishwallaCounting Blue CarsPet Your Friends
103Toad the Wet SprocketWalk on the OceanFear
104Nada SurfPopularHigh/Low
105Seven Mary ThreeCumbersomeAmerican Standard

Obviously, some songs were worthy to make this list but I had to narrow it down to 105. I tried not to pick too many songs from the same artist. For example, you could rightfully make an argument for about 8 to 10 Pearl Jam songs. I wanted the list to be an eclectic mix of artists.

With that being said, I know this list is not perfect. It was extremely difficult to determine what song should go where. After all, how can you compare some of these songs to each other. Feel to agree or disagree with this list. But remember, music is in the ear of the beholder. One song could be great to me and suck to you. I respect everyone elses opinions and this list was simply my opinion of the top 105 alternative rock songs of the 1990s.

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