Sunday, 29 August 2010

Top 200 Songs of the 1990s, #30 - 21

The tunes just keep getting better and better on the road to #1! You've already read about 170 kick butt songs from the 90s and now there's only 30 to go. It's been a fun ride, but it has to end sooner or later, so let's keep chugging along...

#30 - Song 2 (1997)
by Blur

Woo-Hoo!!! Do you feel heavy metal? Are you suffering from pins and needles? Then there's no better song to listen to than 'Song 2.' Before tearing up the charts as the voice behind the Gorillaz, Damon Albarn was establishing himself in the post-grunge 90s with alternative rock group, Blur. 'Song 2' was easily their best (and most remembered) hit.

#29 - Wise Up (1999)
by Aimee Mann

The best song from THE best original soundtrack of the 90s (that would be Magnolia, dear readers.) If you haven't seen the movie, I'd highly recommend it. Aimee Mann's songs that are used in the movie alone make it well worth the price of admission, or rental I guess. If 'Wise Up' floats your boat, which it should, then you should also check out the songs 'Save Me' and 'One.'

#28 - Bittersweet Symphony (1997)
by The Verve

Go have a read about the copyright issues surrounding 'Bittersweet Symphony.' If you believe The Verve's story, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are massive a-holes and they're now credited as the songwriters. What a joke.

#27 - It's Like That (1997)
by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins

REEEEEMIX... "What's going on across the sea?" We all understand how cool the song is, so let's talk about the video. Boys vs girls breakdance-off! Didn't you wish you could pull off those moves? Did you try and fail? I know I didn't... ... ... what?

#26 - Morning Glory (1995)
by Oasis

Please welcome Oasis back to the countdown... again. I just read that Liam Gallagher has named his new band Beady Eye. I wish them luck. As for 'Morning Glory,' what's there to say? It really is genius in the form of a rock song.

#25 - Together Again (1997)
by Janet Jackson

Janet, the dominant Jackson throughout the 90s. 'Together Again' was her 8th chart topper on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of her biggest international commercial hits. Has anyone else noticed in the video that Janet lives out her fantasy of having a twin... grabbing her boob. Very odd JJ. Great song.

#24 - Creep (1992)
by Radiohead

"When you were here before, couldn't look you in the eye." Songs that give off a stalkerish vibe are always good... except for James Blunt's 'You're Beautiful.' If you're ever in Brisbane, Australia, take a trip to the Fun-da from Down Under Karaoke night in the Nundah pub. An old man sings 'Creep' every week (saying he sings it is being a tad generous) and in his own defiant way refuses to sing the censored version. "You're so fucking special," he bellows. Radiohead would be proud.

#23 - Tonight, Tonight (1996)
by Smashing Pumpkins

'Tonight, Tonight,' marks the Pumpkins sixth and final song to place on the top 200! Regarded by many critics as the best Smashing Pumpkins song, 'Tonight, Tonight' had something no other SP song had going for it... a 30 piece orchestra baby! The strings section send this one into the whole 'epic' territory, which I probably use to liberally... but I really mean it this time. Awards were plentiful for the incredible video, most notably it won Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs!

#22 - Killing Me Softly (1996)
by The Fugees

Lauryn Hill, what a voice. 'Killing Me Softly' is quite possibly the best cover song that will ever grace our ears. For the longest time, this was my favourite song. #1 with a bullet. I was what, ten? Then I heard music with swear words (because swearing makes you cool kids - I never said I was a role model) and it slipped down the list a bit, but it's still up there with the best of them.

#21 - You Oughta Know (1995)
by Alanis Morissette

Feeling a little sad after a bad break-up. Listen to this. You'll be right as rain! The ultimate f-you to a former lover, 'You Oughta Know,' Morissette's debut single created quite the controversy upon its release. Britney Spears and Beyonce have both been known to add patches of it into their live performances, but they really shouldn't. Angry chick rock was kind of Alanis' thing and she did it well enough to sell a gazillion copies of Jagged Little Pill.

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