My 300 Favorite Alternative Rock Songs of the Nineties: #101-150

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Have you watched any of Nat Geo’s three-decades worth of mini-series documentaries? They covered pretty much all of Generation X’s life by showing what happened in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. All are terrific time capsules of each decade, though most of the Xers really do not remember much about the Seventies. But, it was the subtitle of the mini-series about the Nineties that used the same kind of hyperbole that the Boomers would have used about the Sixties. The complete title is The Nineties: The Last Great Decade?

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Liz Phair

Sure, Xers are in power now, so they get to dictate how to label the decade in which we collectively moved into adulthood. Wow? Did I really just say that? You bet your bottom dollar I did.

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Bjork

If Billy Joel were to add lyrics to his 1989 faux-history lesson hit song, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” about the Nineties, here is the list from which to work. Lollapalooza. South Park. President Clinton impeached. Rodney King. Race riots. OJ Simpson. Racial divide. Gangsta Rap. Crack cocaine. The Macarena. Guns N’ Roses late again. Chris Farley. Phil Hartman. Princess Di. When’s it gonna stop? Freddie Mercury and AIDS. Wayne’s World. President Bush checks his watch. Operation Desert Storm. Kosovo. Grunge music rules the day. Swing music makes a comeback.

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Belle & Sebastian

Yes, it’s a small list, but do we really want that song to go beyond five minutes? I didn’t think so. Sure, many fantastic things went on during the Nineties, but any decade is great to a group of people if you came of age during that decade. For me? My decade actually crosses over two decades, from 1975 through 1984. For me, you couldn’t beat those ten years, when I nearly joined the teen ranks up to and including my 21st birthday. After that, I got married, graduated from college a couple of times, started a family and got a job.

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Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

So, the Nineties were a busy time for me. Still, I was able to keep up with the latest musical trends vicariously through my students and boys. So, I never really lost touch. Anyway, at least the Nineties began with underground artists from the Eighties finally hitting the big time as the Nineties rolled in. Remember, R.E.M., U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Nine Inch Nails, and so on, all got their starts in the Eighties before they blew up in the new decade.

Yes, the Nineties represented a changing landscape. By the time the new millennium rolled in, terrestrial radio would give way to a device called an iPod and satellite radio. Programming became individualized. And, finally, Napster made the CD obsolete. And, when the smoke settled in the 2000s, community was gone and the individual was praised.

So, let’s honor the last great decade by delving further into my list of My 300 Favorite Alternative Rock Songs of the Nineties. Today, it’s #101 through 150. Let the countdown begin!

101. Björk – “Hyperballad” (1996)

102.Live – “Lightning Crashes” (1994)

103. Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box” (1993)

104. Björk – “Human Behaviour” (1993)

105. Pearl Jam – “Even Flow” (1991)

106. Everlast – “What It’s Like” (1998)

107. Weezer – “Undone (The Sweater Song)” (1994)

108. Bush – “Everything Zen” (1994)

109. Liz Phair – “Supernova” (1994)

110. Cracker – “Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)” (1992)

111. 311 – “Down” (1996)

112. Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Kiss Them for Me” (1991)

113. blink-182 – “Dammit” (1997)

114. Ash – “Girl from Mars” (1995)

115. Midnight Oil – “Blue Sky Mining” (1990)

116. Porno for Pyros – “Pets” (1993)

117. Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline” (1994)

118. Belle & Sebastian – “Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying” (1996)

119. The KLF – “Justified & Ancient” (1991)

120. Meat Puppets – “Backwater” (1994)

121. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence” (1990)

122. Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time of My Life)” (1998)

123. Paul Weller – “The Changingman” (1995)

124. Gin Blossoms – “Til I Hear It from You” (1996)

125. King Missile – “Detachable Penis” (1992)

126. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – “Zoot Suit Riot” (1997)

127. Blood Hound Gang – “Fire Water Burn” (1997)

128. Reel Big Fish – “Sell Out” (1997)

129. Alice in Chains – “Would” (1992)

130. U2 – “Mysterious Ways” (1991)

131. White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ‘65” (1992)

132. Chris Cornell – “Seasons” (1992)

133. Fastball – “The Way” (1998)

134. Faith No More – “Midlife Crisis” (1992)

135. Nine Inch Nails – “Closer” (1994)

136. The Wonders – “That Thing You Do” (1996)

137. Veruca Salt – “Seether” (1994)

138. Everclear – “Santa Monica” (1995)

139. blink-182 – “All the Small Things” (1999)

140. Pearl Jam – “Daughter” (1993)

141. Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping” (1997)

142. Dinosaur Jr. – “Out There” (1993)

143. Better Than Ezra – “Good” (1995)

144. Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones” (1993)

145. Nirvana – “All Apologies” (1994)

146. Butthole Surfers – “Pepper” (1996)

147. Garbage – “Stupid Girl” (1996)

148. Pavement – “Cut Your Hair” (1994)

149. Fatboy Slim – “Praise You” (1998)

150. Sheryl Crow – “If It Makes You Happy” (1996)

Tomorrow, we will enter the Top 100 of my list. The next week, I will be doing my comments. So, stay tuned! Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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