Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Top 10 Songs of the 1990's

Do you have any idea how hard this was? Whittling it down to 20 was torture; picking 10, I finally just gave up and did it on instinct. Quick and dirty.

I'm getting nostalgic for the 1990's. So I figured now was a good time to look back on some of its best music. Maybe you've heard some of these songs, but probably not all of them.

The nice thing about doing a top 10? If anybody complains that I forgot or overlooked something, I just say "that was #11." And maybe it'll be true!

In no particular order, this is the sound of the 90's:

DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World

One down, nine more inside.

Blur - Beetlebum

Depeche Mode - World in My Eyes

Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism

The real verse is:
"Yeah the president sucks
He's a war pig fuck
His shit is out of luck"

Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

Chemical Brothers (w/ Noel Gallagher) - Let Forever Be

Massive Attack - Protection

U2 - The Fly

Lush - Sweetness & Light

My Bloody Valentine - Sometimes

The video is from "Lost in Translation", and it ironically makes me miss Japan.

That's ten. Honorable mentions are many and varied, but I won't mention them. Most of them go without saying anyway. There was a lot of great music in that decade.

One sad thing. A couple of songs didn't make the list only because their videos were not embeddable, and there were too many other great songs to choose from. Record labels can now "claim" their artist's videos on YouTube and take over those pages, and some of them seem to think it's a good idea for their artists to receive no free marketing and promotion. What rationale could they possibly have for disabling embedding? Well, sorry guys, but blogs like mine - and bigger ones too - just aren't going to link to (or even mention) your music. Greedy fucks.


  1. Nice! I love "Beetlebum", and I get a little bit misty-eyed every time I hear "Fake Plastic Trees". The 90s were a great time for independent music. It was a time when bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Weezer were actually kinda good. I think my list might include Belly's "Slow Dog" and maybe Folk Implosion's "Natural One". That's a tough list to compile. Massive Attack was/is awesome.
    Oh, and I add Portishead's "Sour Times". And Cibo Matto's "Sugar Water". Björk's "Army of Me". Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand".
    The list goes on and on. Kudos to you for giving it a good shot.

  2. Those were all #11 on my list :)


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