- Deadbeat Club
Groove is in the Heart
Anything by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Dave Matthews, Hole, STP, Bare Naked Ladies, Sublime, Sonic Youth, NIN, Third Eye Blind, Weezer, Pizzicato Five, Bjork & Smashing Pumpkins
- "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters is a great song. In fact, there was some terrific rock music released in the 90s, particularly during the first half of the decade. "Santa Monica" by Everclear is another great song.
- German Song by Come, from the best rock album of the 90s, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Happy to say I saw them the one time they played in Michigan.
- Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Today - Smashing Pumpkins
Mrs. Jones - Counting Crows
Linger - The Cranberries
Laid - James
Loser - Beck
Here's Where the Story Ends - The Sundays
- "You're Still The One" Shania Twain
- I didn't listen to music in the 90s by song, but by album (CD)
The first three Pearl Jam albums
Temple of the Dog
Smashing Pumpkims through 96
REM through 92
U2 through 92
- Eve 6 Inside out
- "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit is another great song from the '90s.
- Blind Melon - No Rain
- This one is kind of obscure, but "Tell Me" by Groove Theory instantly transports me back to my freshman year of college. I played the hell out of this song.
- "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. Brilliant in itself, but more so as the climactic moment in CRUEL INTENTIONS.
- Semi Sonic
- I adore that song, R10! Good choice.
- [quote]Paula Cole's "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" fed brilliantly into the senses of alienation, yearning, and sarcasm that a gay teen from the suburbs inevitably developed.
- Soho - Hippychick.
How is it even possible that this song is now 23 years old?
- R14 = palsied eldergay, thought it was still 1967
- I'm still loving "British Summertime" by Ultramarine.
Every Man & Woman is a Star(1992) was completely a head if its time. One of the first "Chill Albums" that still sounds fresh and other "chill artists" are trying to top...
- "Hippychick" will always be the song that got your hopes up that they were about to play "How Soon Is Now?" on the radio and pissed you off that it was only "Hippychick."
- See, R18... I loved them both!
I was an anguished little goth-y gayling who loved The Smiths.
But mostly, I just wanted to dance!
- "Common People" by Pulp
- I've never heard of "How Soon Is Now?", R18. That Siouxsie and the Banshees song always reminds me of "Hippychick".
I love How Soon is Now. My BFF and I used to drive around in her Honda, stoned out of our minds listening to that song.
Years later, we realized that we both always thought it was "I am the SUN. I am the AIR.." when it was actually "I am the SON. I am the HEIR..."
Yes, weed makes you stupid.
While we're at it, I'll add Crazy by Seal, and Closer by Nine Inch Nails.
- "If I had no loot" by Tony Toni Tone is a great jam!
- 15 I loved Soho, I had the cassette (yes I know), some great stuff on it.
- "Georgie Porgie" - MC Lyte
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" - Naughty by Nature
Those two records were out about the same time (early 90s) and they remind me hard of a friend that I regret I've lost touch with.
- I only bought one single during the '90s and it was The Sign by Ace of Base.
- Tearin' Up My Heart - N Sync
Baby I don't understand why we can't be lovers...
- I was age 20 to 30 in the 90s and I've not heard of half these songs. Were they played on the radio?
- I love that Naughty by Nature record, r25.
- "Too Blind to See It" and "Take My Advice" by Kym Sims
"Independence" by Lulu
"Torn" Natalie Imbruglia
"Found Out About You" Gin Blossoms
The Lemonheads, Jellyfish, Live
Filter "Hey Man Nice Shot"
"Buffalo Stance" Neneh Cherry
"Thinking About You" Underworld
- Some of then weren't, R28. Or if they were, it was on niche stations.
I want to add Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" to the list, as well as "Lovefool" by The Cardigans.
- "Connection" Elastica
"Cannonball" the Breeders
"A Girl Like You" from the Empire Records soundtrack
"Miss You" by Everything but the Girl
"God Give Me Strength" Elvis Costello
- FOUL! FOUL! Buffalo Stance was frrom 1989!
- Garbage - "When I Grow Up" "Queer"
- Right Here, Right Now... one of only two good Jesus Jones songs
- Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears
- R22, the opening was adapted from a line in George Eliot's novel Middlemarch: "To be born the son of a Middlemarch manufacturer, and inevitable heir to nothing in particular".
- "Ordinary World" by Duran Duran. Pop Perfection.
- You aren't Simone by any chance are you, R29?
- That's 1985, R36.
- Love R25's choice. Naughty by Nature were a great band. "Hip Hop Hooray" is also lots of fun.
Michael Penn's "Long Way Down" (Look what the Cat drug in) is a lovely song.
- "Linger" by The Cranberries
Every song on this thread was brilliant. God damn it, I miss the 90s.
- R22 nail it. Great songs.
And I totally agree with R18. Totally.
- NY State of Mind - Nas
All of illmatic, actually.
- "Go West" by the Pet Shop Boys owned the decade.
- No, R40, it was technically 1989, but it got a lot of play in 1990, so I'm counting it. :-P
- "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star!
- Stereo MCs
"Damn Wish I Was Your Lover" Sophie B. Hawkins
"My Sister" Juliana Hatfield
- I felt the same way, R18!
There were too many great songs in the 90's for me to remember, let alone list.
I really loved Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero'. I think both cds hold up today. But 'Heart Shaped Box' was brilliant.
Also, 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley is one of the best tracks to be put out in not just that decade but for the last thirty years. So glad I saw him play live before he drowned.
I was a hardcore Soundgarden fan, so I loved practically everything they did, but 'Black Hole Sun' has to be up there in the pantheon of great rock records.
Absolutely everything on 'Screamadelica' by Primal Scream. Classic album.
My Bloody Valentine's 'Only Shallow'
'Horror Head' by Curve. Toni Halliday was so gorgeous.
- the original "I Kissed A Girl" & "Supermodel" by Jill Sobule
- Luscious Jackson -- Naked Eye
The faux-Euro cinema glamor cracks me up now, but I used to love this video! And at the time I never made the connection that these were white girl alt-rockers who were actually listening to hip-hop.
- God so many.
When my Dad died in 1994, I was just a kid, 14, and I would listen to "Everybody Hurts" by REM over and over.
I loved "Sliver" by Nirvana and later "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead.
I though "Fuck and Run" by Liz Phair was so perfectly disaffected and so early 1990s. Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" came out in 1998 I think and was perfect for someone just entering college.
I listened to "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction in 1991, when I was 11, and that was the song that made me become a musician. It's long, but still amazes me.
I could list a thousand more. So many great pop songs, too. I grew up in the punk scene in LA, but I remember sneaking into Sam Goody and buying the Bodyguard soundtrack. I still love "I Have Nothing". "Ray of Light" is the only Madonna song I've ever loved. "Again" by Janet was kick ass.
- Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden.
Savage Garden was and still is my favorite of the 90's. I listened to their debut CD so much I wore it out and had to get another one. Great music.
- Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Name - Goo Goo Dolls
Bawitdaba - Kid Rock
Shine - Collective Soul
- "I'm Gonna Get You" by Bizarre Inc. and "Got A Love For You" by Jomanda.
Many fond memories of shaking my half-naked 18 year-old ass at the Tunnel to those two songs.
And thanks to the poster who mentioned "Connected" by Stereo MCs. I'd forgotten about that little gem of a song and I'm listening to it right now.
Christ, I'm getting old....
- I've also never heard of "How Soon Is Now?" before, and I came of age in the 90's. I wonder what the demographics are of the people who have heard that song before.
- I loved the rap duet between De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub "Falling"
"Sleeping Satellite" by Tasmin Archer is pretty.
- I'm not, sorry r39/25.
- R56, "How Soon Is Now" was a pretty big modern rock hit in its own right, but it's also Morrissey. Any Morrissey song is going to have "cool kid" cache from the get go. Every single wanna be goth kid or outcast or urban poet in the early 90s worshiped him and The Smiths.
- R56, it's inconceivable me that you never heard that song... unless I guess you grew up in the boonies listening to nothing but country music.
- The Beloved had two of my favorite albums of the decade (but then they kind of went away). "Time After Time" in 1990 and "Sweet Harmony" in 1993 where standout records.
Same for Lisa Stansfield, she started off the decade with a major worldwide bang, then by the end of the decade she was gone.
The first Utah Saints album was fun with those Kate Bush, Eurythmics, and Gwen Guthrie samples. "My Mind Must Be Free" was my favorite track from that album.
- "Annie's Gone" Redd Kross
Betty Boo "Doin' the Do"
"Don't Walk Away" Jade
- I grew up in a city of over 4 million people, R60, and listened to all kinds of music. You can see from R21's post that I'm not the only person who had never heard of that song.
R59 explains it best, I think. I'm not the target demographic for this Morrissey person.
- and "How Soon" is 80s so it doesn't belong here
"The One & Only" Chesney Hawkes
"Life Is A Highway"
"Diz Knee Land" forget the group
- "Joyride" Roxette
- Nicki French's cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
- Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
Still is kind of haunting to me and I love it.
- Was Grayson Hugh's "Talk It Over" 1989 or 1990? I loved "I Wonder Why" by Curtis Stigers.
- "I Touch Myself" Divynls
- For those of you saying you've never heard of 'How Soon is Now', please go to the link immediately and get schooled. One of the absolute best Smiths songs.
R52, I used to listen to 'Exile In Guyville' every day. Her masterpiece. I loved 'Fuck and Run', but also, "Mezmerising" and "Stratford-On-Guy". There's something so wistful and hopeful about them.
I loved your picks. 'Three Days'--gorgeous and hypnotic, I would listen to this on a loop as I drove around the desert of Las Vegas watching the sun drop behind the mountains.
As for Radiohead, I think of them in the 90s, and I think 'Karma Police' and 'Climbing The Walls' from OK Computer.
MOTHERFUCKING PJ Harvey, bitches! 'Rid of Me'--perfect album, perfect song. 'Long Snake Moan', 'To Bring You My Love', 'Missed', 'The Sky Lit Up', the list goes on. God, I adored her, from the very first strains of 'Oh My Lover'.
- "Black Hole Sun" as performed by Steve and Eydie:
- Not 90's but funny. Barabara Eden Singing Spinning Wheel. What an outfit she has on.
- "Justified and Ancient" by the KLF and Miss Tammy Wynette. It was such a fun song.
- Another interesting rendition of "Black Hole Sun" for us 90's fans: Mimi Goese's.
- Natalie Merchant, "Kind and Generous" or any of her stuff because it's all very similar.
I want to thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...
- [/quote]I've also never heard of "How Soon Is Now?" before, and I came of age in the 90's. I wonder what the demographics are of the people who have heard that song before.
Demographics = cool music people (people who are cool and into music, or people who aren't necessarily cool, like maybe they're nerds, but they're really into music); people who are into melodic guitar music. You lived in a city of 4 million people and just listened to a lot of different shitty songs I'm guessing? It's the fucking Smiths, bro.
Speaking of shitty music, this thread is just a list of songs that made a dent in the mainstream music listening public's consciousness. They are hardly "the best" -- in fact, at least half of what's mentioned here would qualify as "the worst" to me. "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit? that disco "Total Eclipse of the Heart" cover? Seriously? The 90s were definitely the best decade for music apart from the 60s, but y'all have hardly scratched the surface.
- I remember the jolt of absolute awe I felt when I heard the opening track from Susan Tedeschi's "Just Won't Burn" in 1998. Her cover of "Angel from Montgomery" so stirring I have to play it again every time.
- "Oympian" - Gene
- I wasn't a big fan of Natalie Merchant as a solo artist (I loved 10,000 Maniacs, though) but "Break Your Heart" was a beautiful song.
This thread is making me go on iTunes - thanks to all for the great songs you've listed here.
- Shakespeare's Sister, "Stay"
Hated that record at first, but I grew to love it. And knowing now how crazy a bitch Siobhan was makes it all the better.
- "It's the fucking Smiths, bro."
This means nothing to me. I don't want it to, either, since you're so bizarrely rabid about this random band, R76.
Bro? This is a gay site, dear.
- R76 has descended from on high to lecture us about the music we should love. The Smiths, huh? That sounds like the spiritual successor to Karen Carpenter... Or any other anal wart you can conjure from your mother's ass, R76.
- "More and More" from Captain Hollywood Project was one of my favorite dance records from the 90s.
Maybe second only to "Rhythm Is A Dancer" from Snap!
- That's like saying the Sex Pistols are just some random band. The Smiths aren't just some random band.
The Smiths are legend. Morressey is brilliant.
- 'Block Rockin' Beats'--Chemical Brothers
'Little Fluffy Clouds'--The Orb...set me up right for a decade of raving
'Better Things'--Massive Attack feat. Tracy Thorn from EBTG
'Where Is My Mind'--The Pixies
'It's A Fine Day'--Opus III
'Glory Box'--Portishead, with the incomparable Beth Gibbons.
- What ever happened to Army of Lovers? "Crucified" was such a big hit in 1991, but I far preferred the less obvious "My Army of Lovers" as a single.
According to wiki, they have reunited and are going to enter a song in 2013 Eurovision contest. Weird.
- R70, I love PJ!! You and I would have been tight! I was a total jock, secretly getting blown in the park by older married men, watching My Own Private Idaho, listening to any good music I could get my hands on. Ah, those were the days.
I also love Throwing Muses (actually anything with Kristin Hersh), Imperial Teen, Dinosaur Jr., Heatmiester (Elliot's first band) Built to Spill and, of course, Neutral Milk Hotel.
- I'm not even a big Smiths fan, you queens. It's just hard to NOT KNOW about them if you're a person who's into music.
Morrissey's voice annoys me, but his lyrics are really funny. Johnny Marr's guitar playing is gorgeous, but the 80s production grosses me out. I wouldn't necessarily identify as a fan. I don't own any of their albums. Nor did I ever steal any of their music off the internet. I'm a hardly "rabid" about them.
And I'm not telling you what you should like, at all. I'm just saying half the songs mentioned in this thread are uninspired choices at best and godawful at worst.
- "I Don't Want To Get Over You" - The Magnetic Fields
- "I Need Love" - Sam Phillips
- [quote]Mrs. Jones - Counting Crows
I fucking HATED that song!!
- "Angeles" by Elliott Smith.
- I love TMF, R89, and they are still on my iPod.
Reading this thread I have 2 thoughts:
We like what we like. Arguing about pop music seems to contradict everything that's instinctual, sensual, and joyful about the experience.
BUT... I wish more gay men knew a bit more about other gay men in pop music. Like Morrissey (lead singer of The Smiths). Like Stephan Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. I wish we gave even a fraction of attention to the out gay men who write, produce, and perform pop music as we do to the unnamed divas who occupy countless threads on DL. (I love them too. I will not bash them.)
The history of pop music is unimaginable without gay men. Learn your history. Because no one else gives a shit about us.
- Some that haven't been mentioned:
Divine Thing - Soup Dragons
7 - Prince
Girls & Boys - Blur
Offspring - Come Out and Play
We've Got it Going On - Backstreet Boys
Walking On the Sun - Smash Mouth
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Unbelievable - EMF
- "While I'm Still Strong" - Weeping Willows
- I agree R93. Gay men are all over 90s music. Imperial Teen, Bob Mould (Husker Du in the 80s, Sugar in the 90s), Micheal Stipe, Pansy Division.
In the early 90s, thanks in large part to Kurt Cobain, it was actually cool, for one small sliver of time, to be "gay" or at least be pro-gay.
Until the boy/girl band of invasion of the late 90s, the 90s had such great mainstream music of both the pop and rock variety. Artistry meant more during that span than any era since the early 70s IMHO.
- Didn't 'Personal Jesus' get released in '89?
R52, we totally would have been linked at the hip, although I'd be more of an older sister, probably introducing you to those married men.
Being in Seattle all through the 90's, I listened to loads of Built To Spill and Elliot Smith, but also Throwing Muses, NMH, and of course, Dinosaur Jr. I was a huge NIN fan, too, and loved the industrial scene. Saw Meat Beat Manifesto twice and they were glorious.
The kicker--My Own Private Idaho is one of my all-time favorite movies. I was in love with that film and everyone associated with it.
Btw, my musical tastes are also on display in R49 and R85.
- There are two records that are extremely annoying to most people, but I actually like them both for different reasons.
They were played to death on the radio for years and years (it seemed), but they completely say 90s radio-friendly adult contempo music.
Des'ree, "You Gotta Be"
Donna Lewis, "I Love You Always Forever"
(but when I sing along it's "I Hate You Always Forever")
- A little underrated lost 90's R&B: Peabo Bryson's "Can You Stop The Rain?" and Lisa Fischer's "How Can I Ease The Pain?"...
- Two other songs on that Des'ree album are actually very good, R98: "Crazy Maze" and "Feel So High". Of course, her other great late 90's song was the love theme from the Leo/Claire Danes version of "Romeo + Juliet": "Kissing You".
The Lewis song reminds me of another lost 90's hit, Merril Bainbridge's "Mouth".
- I looooooove How Can I Ease the Pain, R99. I've been listening to that one a lot recently.
- Dreams - Gabrielle
- I wouldn't say that Meredith Brooks's "Bitch" was one of the best 90's songs, but I've always loved her only other hit, "What Would Happen". It was verboten sultriness at its late 90's finest... Who was the hot priest in the video?
- Exactly, R101. It's such an awesome song for those pensive weekend nights. That and Billie Myers's "Kiss The Rain".
- I was big into new jack swing.
Monica Before You Walk Out of My Life
Madonna's Vogue (of course)
Needless to say, I still have a huge thing for black men.
- This song still makes me whistle along whenever I hear it. My local grocery store has it on a tape they play, so I hear it a couple of times a month.
Shanice, "I Love Your Smile"
- "Can You Forgive Her?" - Pet Shop Boys
- "Nobody Knows" - Tony Rich Project
"Back at One" - Brian McKnight
- I was in elementary school in the 90's and my PE teachers played EMF - Unbelievable as indoor sporting music. It always got my friends and me jumping.
- Even though I hate her and hated them: "One Sweet Day" from Mariah and Boyz II Men.
Missing - Everything But the Girl
Life in Mono - Mono
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Found Out About You - Gin Blossoms
Wonderwall - Oasis
My Lovin - En Vogue
- Song 2 - Blur
- Enigma is one of those groups that I always thought I'd like, but I could only take them in small doses. Listening to a full album was too much - too weird, but in small doses they were good.
"Return to Innocence" was the best.
- I can almost understand the Paula Cole reading, but White Town is not that deep, honey.
- My most played songs since 2007 from the years 1990 to 1999. Totally uncurated! I celebrate my own good taste!
Everybody Knows - Concrete Blond
... Long Time Ago - Concrete Blond
Born of Frustration - James
One of the Three - James
Can I Get A ... - Jay-Z
Pure - Lightning Seeds
What the World Is Waiting For - Stone Roses
Pets - Porno for Pyros
Break It Down Again - Tears for Fears
Steve Biko - Tribe Called Quest
Another Song About the Rain - Cracker
- Couldn't one, just one of you peckerheads mention the unforgettable Milli Vanilli twins? They're dead now, ya know! But they are still singing for you if you just listen...listen...listen...
- "Joey" by Concrete Blonde is one of my favorites from the 90s. What a great song.
- Great list, R114. God I loved the Stone Roses. "I Wanna Be Adored" is a perfect song.
- All these cunts that have no idea who The Smiths are are probably the same clueless trolls who blindly worship Madogga and Kancer Tits Kylie
- But (118), we are all very happy that at least you remember the Joneses, I mean the Smiths. Whatever.
- I guess you guys didn't dance much in the 90's, huh?
- Nice to see Throwing Muses mentioned a couple times - they still hold up for me.
- "Dolls Parts" and "Celebrity Skin" - Hole
"Glory Box" - Portishead
"Breathe" - Faith Hill
And I know I deserve whatever mocking I get for this, but I still think the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" is one of the best pop ballads of that era.
The Voice of the Night
- "Karmacoma" and "Black Steel (In the Hour of Chaos) - Tricky
"You Get What You Give" - New Radicals
"Steal My Sunshine" - Les
- Sorry, I meant LEN.
You're lucky to have seen Jeff Buckley live :-)
- Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me / the song started my obsession with the group and Siouxsie's side project The Creatures.
Bjork - Human Behaviour / got me into Bjork and the Sugarcubes
Dubstar - Stars / love the easy listening or Pet Shop Boys kind of style of the band's music.
The B52's - Is that You Mo-Dean? I bought that special CD single edition with the hologram through a music mail order catalog (way before the internet - Amazon and Ebay - was as mainstream as it is now).
Enya - Carribean Blue / I know it's very 'Mary!', but her music and the video promoting it were so etherial and trandescending to me during the 90s.
Massive Attack - Sly / Love the James Bond theme-esque song, love Nicolette's voice
Nicolette - No Government (Let No-One Live Rent Free in Your Head album version) / Another great song with a trip hop vibe to it.
PJ Harvey - A perfect Day Elise / the song got me into PJ and I love, love, love the 'Is this Desire?' album.
Cranberries - Linger / Went with friends on a boat trip up Ireland's river Shannon and the song (and the album it's from) were the soundtrack to that summer vacation. Then they hit it big with the next album and 'Zombie' which I thought was pretty cool.
REM - Shiny Happy People / Such a sappy uplifting song and it features Kate Pierson!
Iggy Pop - Candy / so cool and it features Kate Pierson!
Morrissey - Interlude / Duet with Siouxsie Sioux of which she doesn't speak very fondly of (Morrissey being too shy and having way too silly ideas what the video for the song had to be like).
- I can see why that White Town song was a big deal, R113. It was a gay break-up song. How many of those were played on Top 40 radio, like "Your Woman was, in the 90's? Hell, how many gay romantic songs were played on the radio in 2012?
- [quote]and "How Soon" is 80s so it doesn't belong here
I brought it up because it's the song being sampled throughout the 90s song "Hippychick", which a lot of people *clearly* never knew.
- It's like someone loving "Ice Ice Baby" having never heard of "Under Pressure."
- No one loves "Ice Ice Baby", R129, so the butt-hurt analogy fails.
- [quote]I've also never heard of "How Soon Is Now?" before, and I came of age in the 90's. I wonder what the demographics are of the people who have heard that song before.
Ha! Clearly that's a veiled way of calling us 80s kids "eldergays."
- Really, really pathetic choices here. This is why I can never go to Splash Bar, and why I wear earbuds at the Cock. My fellow cockgobblers love HORRIBLE music.
- The Pet Shop Boys' cover of "Go West" was brilliant on every level, referencing the recent changes in the Soviet bloc and paying tribute to a generation of American gay men who had "gone west" to pursue their freedom and blazed a trail for our own civil liberties, only to be felled by the epidemic. Sad, sweet and gorgeous.
- Why did you let us die, R132? Are you the true spirit of New York? List your favorite songs then, since we no longer can...
- Beautiful Life - Ace of Base
You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette
Army - Ben Folds Five
Waltz #2 - Elliott Smith
Stupid Girl - Garbage
Lovefool - Cardigans
Regular Thing - Ovis
- Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost
Throwing Muses - Bright Yellow Gun
PJ Harvey - Long Snake Moan & C'mon Billy & Dress
Lisa Germano - Happiness
Elliott Smith - Between the Bars
Cat Power - Metal Heart, Cross Bone Style & King Rides By
Crowsdell - Down
Smog - Red Apples
Red House Painters - Japanese to English
Idaho - Gone
Come - Hurricane
Helium - Leon's Space Song
Dinosaur Jr. - Puke + Cry
Pavement - Range Life
Yo La Tengo - Nowhere Near & Autumn Sweater
- My favorite decade. Where do I start?
Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morissette
Good Intentions - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Hey Leonardo - Blessid Union of Souls
Jumper - Third Eye Blind
One Week - Barenaked Ladies
Sonny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
Basket Case - Green Day
One Headlight - The Wallflowers
Celebrity Skin - Hole
Hook - Blues Traveller
Push - Matchbox 20
I Think God Can Explain - Splendor
Out of My Head - Fastball
The Way - Fastball
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Big Poppa - Notorious B.I.G.
California - Tupac Shakur & Dr Dre
Ready or Not - The Fugees
Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
End of The Road - Boyz II Men
Tennessee - Arrested Development
No Scrubs - TLC
My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston
It's Not Right But It's Ok - Whitney Houston
- The Cardigans - Sick and Tired & My Favourite Game
Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
The Walkabouts - The Light Will Stay On
Cocteau Twins - Cherry Colored Funk
Belly - Slow Dog
Modest Mouse - Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset
Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
Saint Etienne - Hug My Soul
- Your Loving Arms - Billie Ray Martin
- R132, please grace us with examples of your superior taste...
- London Beat-I've Been Thinking About You
CeCe Peniston -Finally
Tony Tony Tone-Feels Good
Madonna-Deeper And Deeper
THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES - Never Stop
Porn For Pyro's-Pet's
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash
- Monie Love...who I had no idea was British until I just looked her up online.
"It's a Shame (My Sister)"
"Monie In The Middle"
Where she at?
- Cornershop "Brimful of Asha."
- Nursed many high school straight crushes to Brandy's "Sitting Up in My Room."
- Lonnie Gordon (while that Black Box sound was still popular) - "I'm Gonna Get You"
Sonique - "It Feels So Good"
- FWIW, Yioti Mishra/White Town always denied that "Your Woman" referenced a gay relationship.
[quote]Mishra sings the song from a woman's perspective, making it a rare example of a hit record with a gender reversal.
- r115 My hairdresser and I were just listening to Milli Vanilli when she was doing my hair a couple weeks ago. Started singing it in the salon. Then we moved on to MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice and Color Me Badd.
r106 I still smile and humm along to I like your smile too.
- Jyoti Mishra had this to say in March of 2012 about the meaning of "Your Woman": "Being a member of an orthodox Trotskyist / Marxist movement. Being a straight guy in love with a lesbian. Being a gay guy in love with a straight man. Being a straight girl in love with a lying, two-timing, fake-ass Marxist. The hypocrisy that results when love and lust get mixed up with highbrow ideals."
When did he make that other statement, R146? If it was made in the 90's, I could see how he'd want to keep other interpretations hush-hush.
- "Foolish Love" - Rufus Wainwright
- Just to show they could have really sang that song, here is Girl You Know It's True live.
Sad they didn't even give them the chance.
- "Mother, Mother" Tracy Bonham
"Slash Your Tires" Luna
"Mexican Women" Throwing Muses
"April's Fools" Rufus Wainwright
"Last Goodbye" Jeff Buckley (my friends and I had been out that night hoping to see him when he drowned in Memphis)
"Fire on Babylon" Sinead O'Connor
"Cannonball" The Breeders
"Something Good" Utah Saints
"God" Tori Amos
"Today" Smashing Pumpkins
"The Whole World Lost It's Head" Go Go's
"Seether" Veruca Salt
"Zombie" by The Cranberries holds a special place in my mind--it was playing the first time I kissed a guy. The Bourbon Pub in New Orleans!
Anything off "Exhile in Guyville" by Liz Phair, but especially "Divorce Song", "Fuck & Run" and "Stratford on Guy".
I also listened to a lot of country music in the 90s for some reason. Mary Chapin Carpenter especially.
- People Are Still Having Sex-LaTour
Everybody, Everybody-Black Box
- R151's post reminds me of "Tonight and the Rest of My Life", Nina Gordon's only solo hit (1999?).
- "Crush" by Jennifer Paige, who was "discovered" by Crystal Bernard and rumored to be her partner in pussy.
- What's Up-Four Non-Blondes
- R142 I thought I was the last person on Earth who remembered Monie Love. Those two songs you listed were favorites of mine too.
- I love that song, R154. I'll now try to block out visions of Crystal's feathered bangs whenever I hear it.
- 10,000 Maniacs - "Stockton Gala Days" and "Noah's Dove" from the Our Time in Eden album (all of which is pretty damn good)
Cher - "Believe" (so amazing at the time)
Savage Garden - "I Want You"
R.E.M. - "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
Fleetwood Mac - "Silver Springs" from The Dance reunion concert album
The Sundays - "Here's Where the Story Ends"
- Sleater-Kinney "Get Up"
- "Vapour Trail" - Ride
- Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Lisa Stansfield - Been Around The World
Lauryn Hill - Ex Factor, (Doo Woop} That Thing
Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
Tha Pharcyde - Passing Me By
K Ci And JoJo - All My Life
Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody
- "History Repeating" - Propellerheads featuring Shirley Bassey
- R151, you are correct. I had that CD.. Definitely the only hit.
Another vote for "History Repeating" from me.
Sorry, can't remember the post, but I thought I was the only person who remembered the Beloved and "sweet Harmony"! Great song and sexy video.
Also wanted to add my shock that anyone into music hasn't heard of The Smiths. They had long broken up by the time I really started getting into music, but I still discovered them. I went to a party recently with mostly college and grad school students and was pleased to see a big group of them dancing to The Smiths. (yes you can dance to some of their music!)
- Stone Temple Pilots - "Vasoline"
Garth Brooks - "The Dance"
Oaktown's 3.5.7 - "Turn It Up"
- [quote]What's Up-Four Non-Blondes
This is **by no means** among the best 90s songs, but it is definitely among the most memorable.
[quote]People Are Still Having Sex
Charming song with the lyrics "Nothing makes them stop/ This AIDS thing's not working."
- "C'mon Ride It (the Train)" Quad City DJs
I remember this being a fun song on the radio when there was very little dance type stuff being played.
- Haven't seen this one mentioned yet: Jann Arden's "Insensitive." It might be too adult contemporary for some, but the lyrics are great.
- "Maria" - Blondie
The Voice of the Night
- Good one, R167. That was my song during those gay junior high blues.
- Always liked this one: Imani Coppola - Legend of A Cowgirl
- The only Cowboy Junkies song that I've strongly liked is "Angel Mine."
It came out mid-90s (1996?) but I'd never heard it until the wedding of some friends in 1999. They made mix CDs as gifts for attending, and that song was included.
They have since divorced and we all live in different states now, but the song brings back memories of when we were all happy together and had the world ahead of us.
- NYC Boy - Pet Shop Boys (may be 2000's)
- LOVE Imani Coppola, R170. She's still making music. Found her website a while back, you should take a look.
I'm another that's completely baffled by the amount of people who don't know the Smiths. You should really look into them if you haven't heard them. Whoever compared them to the Carpenter's is huffing paint. Morrissey's solo career is also interesting. Wish I could link multiple vids, but check out "Glamorous Glue". As a gay man, you really should find out about him.
Love that a number of people recommended Throwing Muses and Luscious Jackson. Talk about underrated. I listen to them all the time still. Kristin Hersh's duet with Michael Stipe, "My Ghost" still tears me up. I love her best when she really rocks out though. Such intelligent lyrics, great voice and she plays with abandon. So interesting to contemplate what aspect her mental illness played into her genius. Linking perhaps her most commercial song, "Counting Backwards".
Electronic. Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Bernard Sumner of New Order, and sometimes a cameo from PSB---check out "Get The Message".
So much great music from the 90's. I love a lot of the grunge acts still, but they'll always be mentioned. Erikah Badu, I think is another underrated performer. "Baduism" is still played in this house all the time. Oh, and Meshell Ndegeocello's "Plantation Lullabies". Still Love that.
Oh, and one more that I almost forgot. Another gay man fronting a great band in the nineties. Jeff Heiskell of The Judybats. Wildly uneven, but some of it was absolutely stunning.
- Shakira, "Ciega, Sordomuda"
Back in the late 90s a coworker and I used to exchange music sometimes. She thought I would like this Shakira album even though I'd never heard of her and I didn't understand any Spanish.
Now I know that Shakira was huge in Spanish language radio, but this was before she had hit the mainstream with her English debut.
This song jumped out as so catchy that I couldn't get it out my head. I still don't know exactly what she's singing, but roughly I know the story is about how she had written all the songs for a new album, but they were stolen before she was able to record it and she's singing to the thieves.
- Correction to my own post...not that anyone cares.
I don't know that the song is about the people that stole her music - I remember that the album title is a message about those robbers though.
- That's a great song that I never would have found, R174. You can see why she'd end up being known widely here too.
I'll have to add Mylene Farmer to the mix, for some more international flair. Here's to French pop. I'm not certain it's actually all that good, but it's certainly catchy and evocative. While in France, I asked a record store clerk what was popular. This was the best of what I got. The album overall isn't amazing, but this song, for whatever reason I still really like. It was written while she was in California (duh, I guess.)
- I'm surprised no one has mentioned this one yet.
Madonna, "Ray of Light"
- It was mentioned earlier, R177. What about "Nothing Really Matters" and "The Power of Goodbye", though? Great ballads that no one seems to remember anymore...
- Tasmin Archer's "Sleeping Satellite". That whole album is wonderful.
- Janet's "Got 'til it's Gone". It was totally different than anything she'd done up until that point. The afro-centric video that came with it was gorgeously filmed by Mark Romanek.
- I LOVE you R136!
And I know Courtney is insane, and Kurt and Billy wrote her first best albums, but anytime a Hole songs come on my ipod, I love it. This is my favorite.
- Those songs suck, OP. Especially the Paula Cole one.
- Thanks. I'll look her up, R173.
Here's another one I still like - Crystal Waters' 100% Pure Love.
- Jann Arden really pinged.
- I was thinking about Ray Of Light just now r177. I was going to mention it because it's part of this story.
In 1998 I relocated to a town were I didn't know a soul. It was for my first job out of college.
The first weekend after I'd settled in, I went to a gay bar that I'd found out about before I moved - I did some research ahead of time. It wasn't my first time in a gay bar, but it was the first time I'd gone by myself and knew that I wouldn't meet a friend there, so I was a little uncomfortable.
Anyway, this was one of those places that had several connected rooms which all had their own bars and played different music. The 'back room' was the one that played porn movies on the video monitors. That was a little too much for me that night so I just did a quick pass-through of that room. I settled in the main part that was most crowded and had the most vanilla (for lack of a better description) looking guys.
Anyway, to get the music which is the point of the story, that was the first night that I'd seen the Ray of Light video. That was a fun moment because it finally had me thinking that Madonna could actually be cool again by making a video that had something going on besides trying to make her look sexy or hot. I'd been a fan, but through the mid 90s I was really thinking that she'd lost interest in doing anything different or remotely arty. So I remember going home that night thinking that I could be happy about liking her again.
But the song I most remember from that night is from a group called Pure Sugar. It's a horrible record and completely trashy and I have no idea how big a hit it was, but I love it because of where I was when I heard it first (and second because I know they played it twice that night). I listen to it still and it takes me back to that night when I had my first big adventure as a gay adult.
"Delicious" - Pure Sugar
Geez, sorry about the long story. Next time I'll get a blog.
- R180, had forgotten that. There was an interesting brief moment for AA artists who were fusing rap/jazz/trip hop/pop. Think Digible Planets, maybe A Tribe Called Quest, even De La Soul. I could listen to that genre all day, but I don't know what happened. Surprised it wasn't more popular.
- Boring trolling, R182. Too afraid to list your own?
- Prisoner - Mariah Carey
- Portlandia reran the Aimee Mann episode last week and Sarah McLachlan is on it. I remembered how I never cared for her stuff in general until "Building a Mystery" came out. Love that song. But then nothing else since.
Also I always thought she was a lesbo, but apparently I was wrong.
- Great story, R185. That's the thing about music. It connects us to certain moments. That video is almost a flashback to disco era stuff that I remember as a kid. I love that it's totally kooky. Who cares if it was popular, it was great.
R170, Crystal Waters is such the undersung diva. What the hell happened there? Damn good "I'm gonna be the center of attention on the dance floor song". Or so I've heard.
- That is a great song, R189. I had forgotten about it so I had to play it again.
- Enter Sandman - Metallica
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Space Lord - Monster Magnet
Down In A Hole - Alice In Chains
The Losers - Warrior Soul
Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
This Love - Pantera
The Show Must Go On - Queen
Voodoo - Godsmack
Mudshovel - Staind
- You're Not Alone - Olive
- "Princes Familiar" - Alanis Morissette
I sort of liked Alanis when everyone else did, but I wasn't a huge fan. Jagged Little Pill was mostly good, but that second album was not very exciting.
Then she did that MTV Unplugged special and I'd finally come around to the fact that she was the shit. What a really talented chick who sometimes writes fantastic songs, and sometimes writes songs that are less thrilling. But when someone can put on such a sharp live show while playing and not missing a note, I'm always impressed.
This song in particular still gives me goosebumps and makes me sad at the same time.
- Possession - Sarah McLachlan
- No particular song, but I remember when the Lilith Fair would play in our town's stadium and our neighborhood was awash in cute little gals.
- Sure shot Beastie Boys
NY State of Mind Nas (whole Illmatic album, actually)
Wheat Kings, Grace Too, So Hard Done By Tragically Hip
Midnight in a Perfect World & Organ Donor DJ Shadow (whole Endtroducing album)
Glory Box Portishead
Teardrop Massive Attack
Into Your Hideout Pilate
- Mojave 3 - "Love Songs On The Radio"
- Future Bible Heroes "Hopeless"
- James Blunt-Beautiful
- ( I know it's off-topic as an 80s song, but since it has been mentioned so much)-I hear "How Soon is Now" on the radio all the time NOW, because I listen to alternative rock radio. But I have to admit I wasn't that familiar with The Smiths during their heyday, as kid growing up in the US on mostly top 40 radio. That said, I recognize almost every song mentioned, and most of the songs listed before the early reply asking if these songs were played on the radio were either Top 40 songs of the type that would be played on Casey's Countdown or were modern rock radio hits.
"How Soon is Now" was also in stuff like the movie "The Craft" and sampled in various things. I've heard the one part of the music itself in too many places to remember.
- Midnight in a Perfect World DJ Shadow
all different samples, amazing production, especially for the time (94, I think)
- [quote]James Blunt-Beautiful
R200, we're trying to come up with the best songs of the '90s, not the most annoying.
- Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother
- only for the hopeless romantics...
Edwin McCain - I Could Not Ask For More
- Plus, the James Blunt monstrosity was released in 2005.
- Alice in Chains - Rooster
if you've never listened to the lyrics or saw the video, you're in for a ride
- one of my favorite r&b songs from the 90's
If You Love Me - Brownstone
- R153 - I loved that song when it came out. I heard it on the radio last year and downloaded it, and instantly figured out why I spent most of the 90s depressed. Songs exactly like that.
I'm going to throw in Sheryl Crow's two albums Sheryl Crow (a weird mix of songs, but fun and angsty at the same time) and The Globe Sessions, which was the best album of the decade for my money. Liked everything on it but the lead single "My Favorite Mistake."
Shawn Colvin's "A Few Small Repairs" was also fantastic - somebody mentioned Sonny Came Home upthread.
I remember 90s music being so fucking good, but when I flip it over to the 90s station on Sirius every once in a while, I realize that there was a lot of shit. What I did love about the 90s was the clear influences running through pop music - from dance/r&b themed at the beginning of the decade, to angry/grunge/female power in the middle, to more standard pop fare at the end.
- did no one pick "Whatta Man"?
- k.d. lang - Constant Craving
- The Toadies - Possum Kingdom
- for years I thought the name of this Primus song was 'My Baby's Butt'
- probably my favorite cover of the 90's, by the beautiful Aaliyah: Let Me Know
- Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
this song predicted I was going to LA and it was right
- Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
Sleepy Maggie - Ashley MacIssac
Feeling for You - Cassius
Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me
Fantasy(Def Club Remix) - Mariah Carey
Music Sounds Better With You - Stardust
Urbanized - I Don't Know What to Do without You
Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode (Probably Know it is All I Ever Wanted)
TLC - What About Your Friends
Policy Of Truth - Depeche Mode
1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
September Remix - Earth Wind & Fire
oh I could go on and on...
- Henry Rollins - Liar
- super cute (in the 90's)Duncan Sheik - Barely Breathing
- r217, did you posted that have more to do with the song, or the fact that you wanted him to hate fuck you?
- Lush - Superblast!
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
U2 - Mysterious Ways
Blur - Song 2
Catherine Wheel - I Wanna Touch You
Tevin Campbell - Alone With You
Red House Painters - Mistress
Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes
The Cure - A Letter To Elise
Rahsaan Patterson - Spend The Night
Cracker - Low
Oasis - Live Forever
Sonic Youth - Kool Thing
Bell, Biv, DeVoe - Poison
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Cranberries - Linger
Chico DeBarge - Iggin' Me
Suede - The Wild Ones
TLC - Creep and Waterfalls
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Breeders - Cannonball
Pixies - Velouria
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Elastica - Connection
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
Portishead - Sour Times
Madonna - Vogue/Deeper and Deeper/Justify My Love
- r219 lol, I don't do hate fucks. I met Rollins through work (something I set up) and was nervous because I was afraid he and my short tempered boss would come to blows, but we all had a great time and he was not the aggro monster I feared he would be.
to do some prior research I bought one of Rollins' books and my boss embarrassed me by asking him to autograph it, something I wouldn't have done. I still have it now.
people are not always their public persona, or our perception of those personae, and it helps to keep available the opportunity for growth and empathy, for others and oneself
- Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
- This barely gets in under the cut-off, but "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode.
The Voice of the Night
- Foule Sentimentale-Alain Souchon
Sweetest Perfection-Depeche Mode
Learning to Fly-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Hallo Spaceboy-David Bowie
Friday, I'm in Love- The Cure
Stay in Touch-Joni Mitchell
Everytime We Touch-Maggie Reilly
...and many many others
- I think I first discovered that I was getting older when I started becoming nostalgic for music I used to hate.
The Voice of the Night
- My lovely The Voice of the Night... i was feeling pretty nostalgic when i was a kid. Now i'm in my late twenties and i feel the same, although it's not exactly the same, but i suspect there is something common in my yearning. I guess nostalgia is for all ages, it's a deja-vu feeling.
Streets of Philadelphia-Bruce Springsteen
Be Mine Tonight-Blackmore's Night
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You-Sting
Fais-moi une place-Julien Clerc
- [quote]My lovely The Voice of the Night... i was feeling pretty nostalgic when i was a kid. Now i'm in my late twenties and i feel the same, although it's not exactly the same, but i suspect there is something common in my yearning. I guess nostalgia is for all ages, it's a deja-vu feeling.
In my case, it's a little more oddly specific. Like, when Sheryl Crow was happening, I hated her and every time something from Tuesday Night Music Club came on the radio, I'd switch the station as quickly as I could. A few years ago, I discovered that I fucking love Sheryl Crow.
One song that's been mentioned in this thread a few times is "One Headlight" which I'd have gladly have stabbed myself in the ear to avoid hearing when it was being played non-stop. Nowadays, since my husband and I switched cars and I can't play my iPod through the stereo, a significant portion of the mix CDs I make include that song.
The Voice of the Night
- Hmmm...alright The Voice of the Night, alright!
You sound sweet. Lol.
- The only song I ever liked by Sheryl Crowe is "The Difficult Kind".
- House of Pain - Jump Around
En Vouge - Don't Let Go
Mazzy Sar - Fade into You
Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost
Maria McKee - Life Is Sweet/After Life
Elliott Smith - Miss Misery
Tori Amos - Winter
Cat Power - Nude as the News
PJ Harvey - Sheela-Na-Gig
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Bjork - Army of Me
Slowdive - Alison
Joe Henry - One Day When the Weather is Warm
Crystal Waters - 100% Pure Love
The Pogues - \tRainbow Man
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
Helium - Pat's Trick
Exposé - I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me
P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift on Memory Bliss
Aimee Mann - Stupid Thing
Mike Scott - Love Anyway
- man I don't like a single one of r230's picks!
- Anything by Portishead and Hole
Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve
Only Happy When it Rains by Garbage
Sugar is Sweeter by CJ Bolland
- Ah 90's! As someone said earlier, I listened to albums then, not songs. My three favorite 90's albums are:
Tricky - Maxinquaye
KLF - The White Room
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
Also loved Massive Attack, Bjork, Everything But The Girl, Portishead, Suede, Blur, Pulp, Radiohead...
- "Night in My Veins" - Pretenders
- "Pretend We're Dead" by L7
- R229 - The Difficult Kind is my absolute favorite Crow song. It's the high point of The Globe Sessions, which, for me, is her absolute best album. I've always loved her though - her album in 2008 was a return to form after the dreadful C'mon C'mon, but the last one left me cold too.
- Missing by Everything But The Girl. A beautiful song either in its original acoustic version or as an amped-up dance remix by Todd Terry.
Being Boring by Pet Shop Boys.
I could list more but these two simply jumped to my mind immediately.
- PJ Harvey, Down By The Water
Jeff Buckley, The Last Goodbye
Maria McKee, I Forgive You
Dee-Lite, Groove is In The Heart
En Vogue, My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It
Michael Jackson, Remember The Time
Stone Roses, Love Spreads
- John Hiatt -- Permanent Hurt. Love the big noisy rhythm sections on most of his songs, and this mid-90s departure from singing about what he learned in therapy.
- Annie Lennox - "Why," "Walking on Broken Glass," and "No More 'I Love Yous'"
The Voice of the Night
- Cry For Help - Rick Astley
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
Tennessee - Arrested Development
Change - Lisa Stansfield
Bjork - Venus As A Boy
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
Alice in Chains - Would?
Nirvana - Come As You Are/Smells Like Teen Spirit
- I love this thread. It's made me seek out some songs I've never heard, and I've had to dig out some old CDs to hear songs I'd long forgotten that I loved.
SUEDE! MARIA MCKEE! I had those CDs and haven't listened to them in years. Great stuff.
But I will say "What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes is the worst fucking song of the century.
- "2 Become 1" - Spice Girls
In general I remember being extremely resistant to liking them because of the manufactured aspect of the group (same as current performers One Direction and Lana del Rey among others).
But when this record came out, I had to accept that sometimes catchy records are going to appeal to me even though I have no respect for the musical pedigree of the 'artist.'
- Has anyone mentioned Jane Child's "Don't Wanna Fall In Love" and Tara Kemp's "Hold You Tight" yet? I love those jams.
My heart lives mainly in the late 90's, though. Sarah McLachlan's "Sweet Surrender" and the duet between Barbra and Bryan Adams were melodic (ballad) hits that have been totally forgotten.
- Tori Amos - Spark / Caught a Lite Sneeze
Throwing Muses - Counting Backwards
Weezer - Buddy Holly
- Ready To Go, Republica.
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) C&C Music Factory
What Is Love, Haddaway
Ha, I'd forgotten that I used to like 2 become 1 by the Spice Girls - the only song I liked by them. I loved the ending of it, very cool. Nice video too.
- Tara Kemp!
"Piece Of My Heart" was my JAM in 8th grade lol! Thanks, r244.
I also loved Cathy Dennis's stuff at the same time. We just had a thread about her here.
- Cathy Dennis - Just Another Dream
- In the early part of the decade when that Miami club sound was on the last legs of radio popularity, there were still a handful of records that I liked. The Tara Kemp mentions made me think of some songs that I don't normally think about anymore. Stuff like Sa-Fire, Stevie B, Pajama Party, etc.
I always hated the look and style associated with the music videos of the genre, but some of the records were pretty sweet.
"Sending All My Love" from Linear was 1990, so it just barely qualifies for this thread and it's one of my favorites.
- Imagine hearing something like "Barely Breathing" on Top 40 radio. Those days are ovah.
- What about this breakout? She wasted all that initial hype in the mid-90s about being the second coming of Patsy Cline to become her modern incarnation of someone more interested in being tabloid fodder. Too bad.
"Blue" Leann Rimes
- McAlmont and Butler - You Do.
- Great responses! Let me add Dionne Farris's catchy little ditty "I Know" to the list...
- Does anyone else remember In the Meantime by Spacehog? I loved this one.
- Banderas - This Is Your Life
Jam Tronik - Yesterday Once More
Mantronix - Don't Go Messin' With My Heart
2 Brothers on the 4th Floor - Can't Help Myself
Ultra Nate' - Is It Love?
the Prodigy - Everybody In The Place
Right Said Fred - Don't Talk Just Kiss
Sonia - Only Fools (Never Fall In Love)
S'Express - Nothing to Lose
A bunch of records that I was listening to at a specific time in the early 90s. Not all of them are great necessarily, but they (along with several others already mentioned in this thread) are the soundtrack to a time in my life that I can pinpoint.
- 3am Eternal - The KLF
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Saint Etienne
- Could not stand Paula Cole's whining voice.
"Ottowana wait...for it's life to be ov-uhh..."
- The early 90's were the last time you could hear all types of music on the same AM station: Nirvana, De La Soul, Mr. Big, Alanis and Prince all in the same mix. I miss that.
One of the great AM hip-hop jams "This or That" by the Black Sheep. "We don't punch girls and we don't punch a clock!"
- The underrated and underplayed at the time 'Runaway Train' by Soul Asylum.
- Show Me Love - Robin S.
No Scrubs - TLC
Fantasy - Mariah Carey
That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
Deeper and Deeper - Madonna
Black Box - Strike it Up
Hold On - En Vogue
Got A Love For You - Jomanda
Real Love - Mary J. Blije
Reel 2 Reel - I Like to Move It
Salt N Pepa - Shoop
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Seal - Crazy
If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow
I Got The Power - Snap
Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
Back to Life - Soul II Soul
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Wallflowers - One Headlight
SWV - Weak
Toni Braxton - You're Makin' Me High
Will Smith - Getting Jiggy With It
Wreckz N Effect - Rump Shaker
Hey Mr. DJ - Zhane
- Gary Handeman -- Cindy Lee Berryhill
- Toad the Wet Sprocket had some great songs:
ALL I WANT
- indecent obsession - whispers in the dark
- Born of Frustration by James used to always make me laugh.
- Remember when the Runaway Train video was edited regularly to include new pictures of runaways/kidnapped kids? Good times.
Speaking of Prince, in the 90s he provided:
"Thieves in the Temple"
"Money Don't Matter 2Nite"
- "Diamonds and Pearls" is my favorite Prince song.
- This is a pretty neat list, even though it does have a lot of UK songs since it's a UK website.
- I've been trying for days to remember the group and the name of this 90's song by them I liked, thank you R267 for the list. Primal Scream's "Movin' on Up".
- Here's a '95 song I've always dug.
Natural One by Folk Implosion
- Thanks [R269]! I had totally forgotten about that song. Off to iTunes!
- One of my favorite bands ever, Soul Coughing. Mark Doughty is now a solo artist, but same great voice and interesting lyrics.
- "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying" - Belle & Sebastian
- It rocked to have a strong lesbian voice lead Technotronic, especially Pump Up the Jam.
- I would walk 500 miles
- Cream by Prince
Enter Sandman by Metallica
Prison Sex by Tool
November Rain by Guns N' Roses
Blow Up The Outside World by Soundgarden
Come As You Are by Nirvana
Closer by Nine Inch Nails
Fuel by Metallica
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due by Megadeth
Sea Of Sorrow by Alice In Chains
Black by Pearl Jam
Stinkfist by Tool
- Here's one I bet nobody's thought of in 20 years.
- Actually, R276, I think about it every once in a while. Beautiful song.
- Slint - Nosferatu Man
Sinead O'Connor - The Emperor's New Clothes
Rodan - Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto
The Sundays - Can't Be Sure
Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
Morrissey - I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
Kate Bush - Moments of Pleasure
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
- The criminally underappreciated I Believe I Can Fly by that urinator.
- R271, I loved them, too! Ruby Vroom was a perfect album. "True Dreams of Wichita" is a beautifully melancholy song.
MD's voice was different and I thought the lyrics were wonderful. He reminded me a bit of spoken word poet, Steven Jesse Bernstein, another 90's casualty.
- Hey 280! You must see him when he tours. It's very much spoken word stuff and music. He's crazy great. Yeah, just a little crush. He reminds me of an ex---super smart and just a little cooler than you'll probably ever be,lol.
- Okay, now that Bryan and some other cool dudes have weighed in, I feel less contemptuous. SLINT made the list, holy hell.
A few bones of contention: Alanus Morrisette is not a good songwriter. She is a fucking HACK and you can thank Glen Ballard for the popularity of that one album. Any of you who have a passing familiarity with pop song structures could write just as good or better than her. Have you actually heard her later dreck? Jesus fuck.
Second, Kurt Cobain did not write any of Courtney Love's material. The lyrics are all hers on that 1994 album, and if you feel the need to credit someone else for the actual
music, look no further than ERIC ERLANDSON. And do some fucking research. There has never been any proof that Kurt wrote her stuff. It's a myth. And I'm not defending her. I'm not a fan.
- I also remember that Soul Asylum video with the updated missing kids ---- I saw it about 300 times. I wouldn't say it was underplayed! Decent tune though.
- "Okay, now that Bryan and some other cool dudes have weighed in, I feel less contemptuous. SLINT made the list, holy hell."
What does this even mean?
- Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
I listened to their electronic Honey cd all through my freshman year.
- Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin
Stay - Lisa Loeb
Closing Tim - Semisonic
and MMmbop - Hanson - this defines 90s music for me
- Donna Lewis - "I love You.. Always Forever"
Paula Cole - That Dawson's Creek Theme Song
- r186, No mention of Arrested Development? And thanks for reminding us of Jane Childs r244, maybe not the best song, but so quintessentially early 90s. Oh, and I wore out 'Run Away Train' r283.
- I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Dark Horse" by Amanada Marshall.
Still one of the best tunes out there to this day.
- Foolish Games - Jewel
Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O Connor
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Everything I Do I DO It For You - Bryan Adams
Toni Braxton - Breathe Again
IF- Janet Jackson
Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough
Time, Only Wanna Be with You, Hold My Hand - Hottie & The Blowfish
Long December - Counting Crows
- The thing about the '90s is, all genres were superior and competing with each other. From pop, to alternative rock and even hip hop … good music all around.
1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
Loosing My Religion - R.E.M.
E-bow The Letter - R.E.M.
Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses
Santeria - Sublime
Redundant - Green Day
Never There - Cake
You Get What You Give - New Radicals
More Than Words - Extreme
Groove Is In The Heart - Dee-lite
On and On - Erykah Badu
You Got Me - The Roots
Fu-gee-la - The Fugees
Nappy Heads - The Fugees
Fallin' - De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub
Things I've Seen - Spooks
Brown Sugar - D'Angelo
Body & Soul - Anita Baker
Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
- Don't Speak by No Doubt
- Hootie & the Blowfish were HUGE.
- DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World
Mazzy Star - I've Been Let Down, Take Everything
Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Hiway
The Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize
Aphex Twin- Windowlicker
Kristin Hersh - Like You
Tori Amos - Professional Widow
- [quote]Donna Lewis - "I love You.. Always Forever"
Blech! I HATED that song.
- I Love Your Smile - Shanice
- Not Enough Time - INXS
Come Undone - Duran Duran
- Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside a Phone Booth"
- Maybe I missed it but I haven't seen anyone mention St. Etienne yet. They never really hit big in the U.S. but I love their retro Britpop sound and they had some awesome dance remixes.
- And the fabulous Trouser Enthusiasts remix of "Sylvie."
- "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" - Dandy Warhols
- Here's a nice one by Better Than Ezra -- "Desperately Wanting."
Reminds me of riding around in neighborhoods near Emory in Atlanta in the winter of '98 looking for a house to buy.
- I don't like this song at all and I don't know popular it was as a radio hit, but it seems like since its release about 3 out of 4 weddings I've been to played it during the reception. People run to the dance floor and act just as foolish as they do when Ice Ice Baby comes on.
Rednex, "Cotton Eye Joe"
- Ridiculously lo-fi cool idea for a music video.
Praise You - Fatboy Slim
- Lush - For Love (1991)
- "Joey" - Concrete Blonde
"Burden In My Hand" - Soundgarden
"Until It Sleeps" - Metallica
"Them Bones" - Alice in Chains
"One" - U2
- "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" - Moby
I was never a Moby fan until I saw The Beach. After getting that soundtrack I started to like him - but only a little.
- The Divine Comedy - "If..."
- Bachelor Girl - Buses and Trains
- Radiohead - Creep
Radiohead - No Surprises
- Pulp - A Little Soul
- My wedding song, "Who Let the Dogs Out". It brings back such wonderful memories.
- Milla - "The Gentleman Who Fell Before The Court"
- Jude Cole, "It Comes Around".
An excellent song from one of the best albums of that decade.
- "It Comes Around" was supposedly written as a potshot at Julia Roberts. Keifer Sutherland was/is a friend of Cole's, and when she ditched him, this was Cole's take on what she did.
"You were such a pretty woman, those were the days".
- Speaking of Jude Cole, his 1990 single "House Full Of Reasons" is great.
- "No Myth" - Michael Penn
- Wow, R315, I just read the lyrics to "It Comes Around", and it's clearly about Julia, lol.
- "Mouth" by Merril Bainbridge
- 'Play Minstrel Play' by Blackmore's Night
- Actually the whole album 'Shadow of the Moon' (1997) by Blackmore's Night is full of great songs.
It's the debut album of Blackmore's Night and their best so far.
- The Old Ways by Loreena McKennitt
- Alleine zu zweit by Lacrimosa
- I forgot how many great songs and albums came out in the 90s. Hard to believe it was so long ago.
Albums I loved and I don't think have been mentioned –
Placebo - Without you I’m nothing
The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen
Dubstar – disgraceful
Faith no More - Angel Dust
Hooverphonic - Blue Wonder Power Milk
Nine Inch nails - The Downward Spiral, Broken and fixed
Suede – Nude
All these albums had so many great songs in them.
- Every Single Heartbeat-Maggie Reilly
- Special by Garbage
- Ridiculous Thoughts by Cranberries
- "Charmless Man" - Blur
- King Rides By - Cat Power
- Please help? What link are you all using to show the video in this thread?
- Faith No More
Ashes to Ashes
Patton is hot as hell here too. (1997)
Find your video on Youtube, copy the thread and paste it into the URL box in your post.
- Thanks R332! Hope this one works.
- Didn't work, but I'll post it for you...
- Best 90s songs
Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang = Greatest love song ever.
Barbie Girl by Aqua = Won my first drag contest lipsynching this classic.
Wannabe by Spice Girls = My favorite sing a long song ever. I still sing it at the top of my lungs in traffic.
The Macarena = best dance song ever.
Living da vida Loca by Ricky Martin. Sexiest song ever.
- Ugh, R335---no.
- I second that #336!
- Bless your heart 335, but those are probably my LEAST favorite songs of the 90s. Woof!
- A loathe mentioning Madonna since she dominates Datalounge but....
Erotica - Madonna
Everytime - Janet Jackson
Leech - Eve 6
Everything Zen - Bush
99.9 F - Suzanne Vega
- R333 it worked for me.
- [quote]Everytime - Janet Jackson
Yes! Gorgeous song and gorgeous video!
- I agree r326 Garbage was one of the top bands of the 90s.
"I'm only Happy when it Rains " was my 90s anthem.
Shirley Manson is a fierce bitch
- I want to be the girl with the MOST CAK!
- "Everything Flows" - Teenage Fanclub
- "Tattva" - Kula Shaker
- George Michael - Cowboys and Angels.
- She's In Fashion by Suede
This wasn't a hit in the US, but it should've been. Always loved this one.
- I think Titiyo's "Come Along" makes it just under the wire (1999-2000).
- "Du Hast" by Rammstein
"The Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson
"Thunderkiss '65" by White Zombie
"Happiness In Slavery" by Nine Inch Nails
"Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots
"How The Gods Kill" by Danzig
"The Losers" by Warrior Soul
- I Touch Myself.
Wait...what was the question?
- "Tell Me What You Want Me to Do" by DL fave Tevin Campbell
- Edwyn Collins, "A Girl Like You"
- The Boy is Mine - Brandy and MOnica
Waterfalls - TLC
Shoop - Salt N Pepa
Real Love - Mary J Blige
Don't Walk Away - Jade
Juicy - Notorious BIG
I'm every Woman - Whitney
I Don't Wanna Fight - Tina Turner
Power of Love - Celine Dion
Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
You Oughta Know - Alanis
Stay - eternal
All Around The World - Lisa Stanfield
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Missing - Everything But The Girl
Good Riddance - Green Day
Santa Monice - Everclear
The Wolrd I know - Collective Soul
The Way - Fastball
Sex and Candy - Marcy's Playground
If You Could Only See - Tonic
Closing Time - Semisonic
Freshman - Vervepipe
You Get what You Give - New Radicals
1979/Ava Adore/Perfect - Smashing Pumpkins
Wonderwall/ Champage Supernova/Sally Can Wait - Oasis
- Regret - New Order's last great single
- Ryan Seacrest can suck it.
This thread has the better suggestions for best songs (including best forgotten records) from the decade.
- If You Wanna Keep Me - Sheena Easton
- Blue - Jayhawks
- Gots ta include Right Hand Man by Joan Osborne.
- "Carvival" by the Cardigans
I had this song on a loop back in '95/'96
- ETHYL MEATPLOW - QUEENIE
- This is the thread I was thinking about. A few days ago I accidentally added this to the thread about 90s videos - but I wanted to put it here.
About a week ago I thought about two dance records that I hated because of how overplayed I felt they were in the very early part of the decade. Both were played so much in the couple of clubs that I was going to at the time.
But now I hear them and they make me nostalgic for that specific time and place. And I don't hate them because I'm not being forced to listen to them.
The first is..
Cut'n' Move with "Get Serious"
(Yo Mack, I don't take no crap)
- The other is actually still pretty annoying to me, even today. But it sure got played a lot, so somebody must have really liked it.
"She's Dangerous On The Dance Floor" - Musto & Bones
I don't even know how these got in head this week, but it felt good to figure out what/who they were.