Friday, 13 August 2010

Top 200 Songs of the 1990s, #110 - 101





Here we are kids, the final ten before the top 100 songs of the 1990s! I hope you've enjoyed the journey so far and it's only going to get better from here... maybe. Anywho, I wanted to get this done A.S.A.P because I may be without internet for the next couple of days. I wasn't planning to start the top 100 until next week, but I wanted this set finished for your entertainment. Today we've got some pop, rap, rock, nu-metal (shudder) and alternative tracks that will take you back to the decade of the moment, the 1990s! Enjoy...


#110 - Wannabe (1996)
by Spice Girls



Haters, back away. Yes, I agree that the song is probably worse than many of those listed below it. But the Spice Girls played an important part in changing the landscape of pop music in the second half of the 90s and I really do feel that they should be acknowledged for that. 'Wannabe' was fun and it sparked something in the minds of a generation of young girls (and some boys I guess) in need of something to believe in. Girl power swept the world and for a couple of years the Spice Girls were the most dominant force in music. Internal bickering would break them apart, but you can't take away what they accomplished in such a small amount of time. 'Wannabe' topped the charts in virtually every market, introducing us to Baby, Posh, Ginger, Sporty and Scary Spice. The song even won a freaking Ivor Novello Award for Best British-Written Single!



#109 - What's Up (1993)
by 4 Non Blondes



Crappy band name, awesome 90s song. Linda Perry's career as a frontwoman didn't exactly take off after the success of 'What's Up,' but she has enjoyed a highly lucrative life as a songwriter, with Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and P!nk all gaining fame off her lyrics.



#108 - You Look So Fine (1999)
by Garbage



I will admit, Garbage's Version 2.0 is my favourite album. And that's favourite album of all-time. #1. So I might be a bit biased in putting 'You Look So Fine' on the list, however I strongly encourage you to give it a go if you're not familiar with it. Manson's on top form, as always, with the lyrics and the closing verse gets me every time. "Drown in me one more time, hide inside me tonight, do what you want to do, just pretend happy end."



#107 - My Name Is (1999)
by Eminem



Eminem, white-boy rapper extraordinaire. Everyone's gotta start somewhere and 'My Name Is' marks the beginning of one of the most successful careers not only in rap, but music in general.



#106 - Glory Box (1995)
by Portishead



Beth Gibbons' voice should be world-heritage listed or something. It's out of this world. Soulful and sexual doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of her vocal abilities. 'Glory Box' is one of the most underrated songs I know of, but it's more than deserving of a place on the top 200 songs of the 90s. If you like it, do yourself a big favour and check out Portishead's Dummy.



#105 - If You Could Only See (1997)
by Tonic



I would put Tonic under the category of wasted opportunities. After the overwhelming success of 'If You Could Only See' how did they follow it up? No seriously, I'm asking you. Because I haven't heard of anything from them since. 90s pop-rock at its finest.



#104 - Uno (1999)
by Muse



Hailed by many as the greatest rock band in the world at this very moment in time, Muse debuted (with a vengeance) at the end of the decade and what a song to debut with. 'Uno' is powerful, lyrically driven rock and the best thing about it... you can tango to it.



#103 - Stupid Girl (1996)
by Garbage




#102 - Today (1993)
by Smashing Pumpkins



Have you given 'Today' a really good listen. Pay attention to what Corgan's actually singing. This is a sad song and it's a thing of beauty.



#101 - Freak On A Leash (1999)
by Korn



For the most part, Nu-Metal was a horrible stain on how great the 90s were. Korn, however, were deserving of their success. Unlike Fred Durst's middle-class angst expressed through his "singing" on Limp Bizkit songs, Jonathon Davies offered us a relatable insight into the pain of growing up different than the other kids. 'Blind,' 'Thoughtless,' 'Got the Life,' etcetera, etcetera. 'Freak On A Leash' remains one of Korn's greatest achievements and could be put forward as the best song of the Nu-Metal movement.



Well, that's it for now kids. Like I said, hope you're enjoying the countdown so far. We're going back to our regularly scheduled programming for the weekend (if I have internet) so expect a new Top 20 and maybe some new music reviews if you're lucky. Next week, the top 100 songs of the 1990s. Bring it on!


2 comments:

  1. Matt Bond you didn't point out that Freak On A Leash is not only a fantastic song but also one of the best filmclips from the 90's!

    Other than that fantastic work and looking forward to the next 100!

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  2. Hells yeah, it's a great video! I love a good animated music video and Freak On A Leash is right up there with Do The Evolution! Glad you're enjoying the list, hope the next 100 is just as fun for you!

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