Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Top 200 Songs of the 1990s, #90 - 81

"Crash and burn, all the stars explode tonight."

The countdown to end all countdowns returns! I had a really fun weekend in Wales at the Green Man festival, checking out some cool music from Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Darwin Deez, Fionn Regan, Beirut and some other folky peeps that I'd never heard of before. The highlight was the crazy visual bonanza that was The Flaming Lips. If you haven't seen them, find out where they're playing next and then go and see them. Even if it's in China. Anyway, I'll put up some pictures and maybe a sneaky video or two to show you how incredible they are. Aaaaand enough about me... let's get straight back into the countdown!

#90 - Self Esteem (1994)
by The Offspring

Ginger dreads... not acceptable. Moving on. The Offspring tend to be overlooked for their contributions to music. Probably because they tainted themselves with 'Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),' literally selling out to obtain a #1 smash-hit. Good for them, money is awesome. Uh.. I mean, boo! Fight the power... or something. 'Self Esteem' poops all over 'Pretty Fly' in every single way, the lyrics are great, the guitar riff is unforgettable.

#89 - I'll Stand By You (1994)
by The Pretenders

A generation of youth think 'I'll Stand By You' is a, "super fun Girls Aloud song!!!" Shame.

#88 - ...Baby One More Time (1999)
by Britney Spears

It turned a young American girl from Louisiana into the biggest star in the world and changed the music industry in the lead-up to the 2000s. Everything started here for Ms Spears. There had been no marriages, divorces, kids, pashes with Madonna, spontaneous head shavings or fights with parked jeeps armed only with an umbrella. There was only a girl, dancing in a trashy school girl outfit ready to take on a world thats obsession for her would take her to the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Everyone knows '...Baby One More Time' and secretly/not so secretly everyone loves it. Don't be ashamed, this is manufactured pop perfection. Embrace it.

#87 - Malibu (1998)
by Hole

#86 - Celebrity Skin (1998)
by Hole

Celebrity Skin was one of the finest rock albums to come out of the 90s. Courtney Love seemed to have everything under control and managed to put out the best work she had ever produced. 'Malibu' and 'Celebrity Skin' are testament to how far she had come as a songwriter (or, more accurately co-songwriter) and frontwoman. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the creative peak of Mrs Cobain and these are two of the best songs of the 1990s.

#85 - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) (1997)
by Green Day

If you graduated in anything in the late 90s you knew they were going to play 'Good Riddance.' They still do, however, at the time it was awesome. Now it just instantly makes you groan in the predictability of it all. Still, great song that always makes me think of Seinfeld. I miss that show.

#84 - Miss You Love (1999)
by Silverchair

I'd take this over 'Straight Lines' any day of the week.

#83 - Scar Tissue (1999)
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

'Scar Tissue' ushered in a new age for the Chili Peppers, showing that they could adapt their music to interest a new generation of listeners while still keeping their older fans satisfied. They did a good job. 'Scar Tissue' firmly cemented them as one of the biggest bands in the world.

#82 - Don't Let Go (Love) (1996)
by En Vogue

En Vogue is a badass girl group name. Sugababes? The Saturdays? Atomic...freaking...Kitten? Kneel before the mighty En Vogue. Greatest girl group song of the 90s and it's better than anything Destiny's Child put out. Yeah... I went there.

#81 - Killing In The Name (1992)
by Rage Against The Machine

You know a song's important when it's used in a campaign to reclaim the bizarrely important UK Christmas #1 spot from Simon Cowell's neon claw. 'Killing In The Name' was that song and it won, becoming the first song ever to reach the top of the charts in the UK on downloads alone... and that's almost 20 years AFTER it was released.

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