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My Top-50 Rock Songs of the 1990s

October 1, 2015

It’s been a while since I put a music list together, so I thought I’d drop one on you. Below are my Top-50 Rock Songs of the 1990’s and the list is compiled from my personal tastes of music that charted because, otherwise, you, the kind reader, might not recognize half the titles.

Some of these songs barely dented Billboard’s “Top-40” charts, yet were wildly popular in the modern rock/alternative charts and radio stations that dotted the nation during the decade.

Dates are the release year of the single or when the song charted as opposed to the year the album dropped.

1. “Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden (1994)

2. “Monkey Wrench” – Foo Fighters (1997)


3. “You Oughta Know” – Alanis Morissette (1995)


4. “Bound for the Floor” – Local H (1996)


5. “Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots (1993)


6. “Not An Addict” – K’s Choice (1996)


7. “When Worlds Collide” – Powerman 5000 (1999)


8. “Buddy Holly” – Weezer (1994)


9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana (1991)


10. “Volcano Girls” – Veruca Salt (1997)


11. “Rooster” – Alice In Chains (1993)


12. “Thunder Kiss ’65” – White Zombie (1992)


13. “Interstate Love Song” – Stone Temple Pilots (1994)


14. “Cowboy” – Kid Rock (1999)


15. “Flagpole Sitta” – Harvey Danger (1998)


16. “Killing in the Name” – Rage Against the Machine (1992)


17. “Save Yourself” – Stabbing Westward (1998)


18. “Come Out and Play” – The Offspring (1994)


19. “Everything Zen” – Bush (1995)


20. “Enter Sandman” – Metallica (1991)


21. “Far Behind” – Candlebox (1993)


22. “Cumbersome” – Seven Mary Three (1996)


23. “Tomorrow” – Silverchair (1994)


24. “My Hero” – Foo Fighters (1998)


25. “Touch, Peel and Stand” – Days Of The New (1997)


26. “Possum Kingdom” – Toadies (1995)


27. “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys (1998)


28. “Man in the Box” – Alice In Chains (1991)


29. “Basket Case” – Green Day (1994)


30. “Been Caught Stealing” – Jane’s Addiction (1990)


31. “Plowed” – Sponge (1994)


32. “The Distance” – Cake (1996)


33. “Connection” – Elastica (1994)


34. “Nookie” – Limp Bizkit (1999)


35. “Song 2” – Blur (1997)


36. “In the Meantime” – Spacehog (1996)


37. “Spoonman” – Soundgarden (1994)


38. “Good” – Better Than Ezra (1995)


39. “Mrs. Robinson” – The Lemonheads (1992)


40. “Bawitdaba” – Kid Rock (1999)


41. “Where the River Flows” – Collective Soul (1995)


42. “High” – Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (1997)


43. “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – :Lenny Kravitz (1993)


44. “Space Lord” – Monster Magnet (1998)


45. “Lit Up” – Buckcherry (1999)


46. “Where It’s At” – Beck (1996)


47. “Hell” – Squirrel Nut Zippers (1996)


48. “Smack My Bitch Up” – The Prodigy (1997)


49. “The Beautiful People” – Marilyn Manson (1996)


50. “Blue Sky Mine” – Midnight Oil (1990)

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