Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Top 200 Songs of the 1990s, #80 - 71

We're getting closer to the top 50 now. Before you know it, we'll be at #1! I couldn't think of anything to bore you with today, so I'll just get right into the countdown.

#80 - Praise You (1999)
by Fatboy Slim

I had forgotten how funny the video for 'Praise You' was. Furthermore, I didn't know that Spike Jonze (music video director extraordinaire) was the main dancer in it! That's awesome. Almost as awesome as the song itself.

#79 - Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)
by Sinead O'Connor

'Nothing Compares 2 U,' originally written and recorded by Prince, would make O'Connor a household name and go to #1 in every major market. To celebrate her success, O'Connor would rip up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live. She wasn't really taken that seriously after that.

#78 - Around the World (1997)
by Daft Punk

It's pretty much the most simple popular dance song that we've ever had the pleasure of hearing. There's only one line of lyrics, there's only five instruments used to create the music. The video is pretty much amazing and quite possibly my favourite music video ever. Dancing skeletons, mummies and robots? Yes please!

#77 - Black or White (1991)
by Michael Jackson

Perfectly timed, considering he was in his black to white transformation stage. MJ could still go in the first half of the 90s, with 'Black and White' reassuring fans that the King of Pop was still worthy of the title. The song would be the highest selling single of 1991.

#76 - Lightning Crashes (1995)
by Live

Classic 90s rock with powerful lyrics. It's made that much better by lead-singer Ed Kowalczyk getting rid of the ridiculous rat's tail he was sporting in the 'I Alone' video.

#75 - Loser (1993)
by Beck

If there was an award for 'How Random Is It That This Song Was On Glee' then 'Loser' would be the uncontested winner. Whether or not the song is intended as an insight into the Generation X slacker movement remains a hot topic of debate for music analysts around the world. I say who cares, but that's probably because I'm a slacker and don't want any attention drawn to this fact.

#74 - Do The Evolution (1998)
by Pearl Jam

After winning Best Video at the VMAs for 'Jeremy,' Pearl Jam refused to release any other videos, fearing their audience would lose interest in the actual music. However, an amazing animated video was produced for 'Do The Evolution' and it doesn't disappoint. Do you know what else doesn't disappoint? The song. One of Pearl Jam's finest moments and funnest songs, even if the lyrics are pretty depressing when you think about it.

#73 - Buddy Holly (1994)
by Weezer

Weezer, another band that was infinitely better in the 90s. There's not much else to say.

#72 - Santa Monica (1995)
by Everclear

A great sing-along. Supposedly, the story behind 'Santa Monica' is the lead singer's girlfriend committed suicide by jumping from the Santa Monica Pier. The singer (Art Alexakis) attempted the same thing, but lived.

#71 - Gorecki (1997)
by Lamb

"If I should die this very moment, I wouldn't fear. For I've never know completeness, like being here." Beautiful is the only word to describe Lamb's masterpiece, 'Gorecki.' "Could we stay right here, until the end of time, until the earth stops turning. Wanna love you until the seas run dry. I've found the one I've waited for." If you haven't listened to it before, do it. Now. Thanks.


  1. omg gorecki. kind of forgot that song existed. miss you mattchew. ps seriously what is up with your uber-sexy facebook photo?

  2. haha nothing is up with it traaa... some creepers took my photo. more importantly, how freaking good is Gorecki! youTube showed me Nicole Kidman singing a bit of it in Moulin Rouge. I really didn't remember that happening.


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