Weâ€™ve arrived at the final article of The Radical 90s. Throughout the series, weâ€™ve revisited our favorite trends, contemplated the family lineage between the best bands of today and the kings of the 90s, chatted about our most loved TV shows, and poked more than a little fun at the eccentric qualities of the decade. Endings are, by rule, always a little bittersweet, but this one has more fun than sadness packed into its final statements. Below, weâ€™ve compiled the ultimate 90s mixtape. Grab your headphones and clear your calendar. Itâ€™s time to dive in and rediscover all of your favorite songs from the decade.
90. â€œShe Talks To Angelsâ€ – Black Crowes
If youâ€™ve ever heard â€œShe Talks To Angels,â€ we donâ€™t have to explain why it made our list. The passionate track is so much more than a song. Its desperately infatuated lyrics, accompanied by an intricate guitar intro, is a moment in time that never truly ends. When the song has broken into its blues rock inspired sound, it still manages to be just as intimate and affectionate as the stripped down acoustics and nearly acapella vocals it starts out with. Vocalist Chris Robinson admits the song is the fictionalized biography of a dark eyed woman he noticed in an Atlanta club, which explains the undying curiosity in his words. Itâ€™s almost as if the song is being played from the small stage of a coffee shop, and youâ€™re the only person itâ€™s directed towards. You become a little bit more of who you really are during its five and a half minutes.
89. â€œNothinâ€™ But A G Thangâ€ – Dr. Dre
88. â€œDecemberâ€ – Collective Soul
87. â€œAll For Youâ€ – Sister Hazel
86. â€œTwo Princesâ€ – Spin Doctors
85. â€œGirl Like Thatâ€ – Matchbox Twenty
84. â€œSanta Monicaâ€ – Everclear 83. â€œShimmerâ€ – Fuel
Softspoken without being quiet, â€œShimmerâ€ is doused in emotional strain from beginning to end in true 90s rock fashion. Something in its combination of slow burning frustration and urgent rock velocity stops you in your tracks. The fiery edge should hinder the poetic melancholy held by the song, but itâ€™s done in such a way that it only enhances the temptation to spend hours replaying it and memorizing each of its ins and outs. Days on end could be spent letting it seize your attention. Once â€œShimmerâ€ has attached itself to your soul, thereâ€™s no turning back.
82. â€œYou Get What You Giveâ€ – New Radicals
81. â€œInformerâ€ – Snow
80. â€œGoodâ€ – Better Than Ezra
79. â€œI Will Always Love Youâ€ – Whitney Houston
78. â€œMmmBopâ€ – Hanson
77. â€œPeachesâ€ – Presidents of the United States of America 76. â€œMacarenaâ€ – Los Del Rio
Unless youâ€™re a Latin music maven, you probably hadnâ€™t heard a song like â€œMacarenaâ€ before 1994, and you havenâ€™t heard one since either. A pandemonium that swept the world, everyone knew the song â€” and the dance that went along with it. The band might reside in the hall of one-hit wonders, but to this day calling on someone to do the â€œmacarenaâ€ isnâ€™t entirely unheard of. That something as goofy as this has lasted three decades is truly remarkable.
75. â€œInterstate Love Songâ€ – Stone Temple Pilots
74. â€œHow Itâ€™s Going To Beâ€ – Third Eye Blind
73. â€œGone Awayâ€ – Offspring
72. â€œWhat Itâ€™s Likeâ€ – Everlast
71. â€œGood Vibrationsâ€ – Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
70. â€œEverything You Wantâ€ – Vertical Horizon
69. â€œGonna Make You Sweatâ€ – C&C Music Factory
68. â€œIf You Could Only Seeâ€ – Tonic
67. â€œPretty Babiesâ€ – Dishwalla
66. â€œCumbersomeâ€ – Seven Mary Three
65. â€œTornâ€ – Natalie Imbruglia
64. â€œI Will Always Love Youâ€ – Whitney Houston
63. â€œMeet Virginiaâ€ – Train
62. â€œHere Comes The Roosterâ€ – Alice In Chains
61. â€œSheâ€™s So Highâ€ – Tal Bachman
60. â€œRunaway Trainâ€ – Soul Asylum
59. â€œBittersweet Symphonyâ€ – The Verve
58. â€œFound Out About Youâ€ – Gin Blossoms
57. â€œOneâ€ – U2
56. â€œSay It Ainâ€™t Soâ€ – Weezer
55. â€œIâ€™ll Beâ€ – Edwin McCain
54. â€œI Aloneâ€ – Live
53. â€œWhat I Gotâ€ – Sublime
52. â€œSabotageâ€ – Beastie Boys
51. â€œMama Said Knock You Outâ€ – LL Cool J
50. â€œUnbelievableâ€ – EMF
49. â€œFlyâ€ – Sugar Ray
48. â€œEverlongâ€ – Foo Fighters
47. â€œGood Riddanceâ€ – Green Day
46. â€œOne Headlightâ€ – The Wallflowers
45. â€œNo Scrubsâ€ – TLC 44. â€œI Donâ€™t Want To Miss A Thingâ€ – Aerosmith
Aerosmith stormed airwaves with the hair band infused ballad â€œI Donâ€™t Want To Miss A Thingâ€. This was the glamorously dramatic love song you were infatuated with in the 80s, but didnâ€™t hear quite enough of in the 90s. Its theatrical instrumentation and thrilling design were accompanied by just enough of a modern alt rock flair to land on everyoneâ€™s list of favorite songs. How they did it, we may never knowâ€”but the addition of an orchestra and a writing credit to Diane Warren might deserve some of the applause.
43. â€œSave Tonightâ€ – Eagle Eye Cherry
42. â€œTruly, Madly, Deeplyâ€ – Savage Garden
41. â€œMy Own Worst Enemyâ€ – Lit
40. â€œCreepâ€ – Radiohead
39. â€œBoombasticâ€ – Shaggy
38. â€œMachineheadâ€ – Bush
37. â€œSlideâ€ – Goo Goo Dolls 36. â€œUnder The Bridgeâ€ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have upheld a kickass career for four decades. An especially great track from their discography premiered in the radical decade, and was titled â€œUnder The Bridgeâ€. The songâ€™s graceful instrumentation reflects itâ€™s lyrical desolation with stunning ease. However, itâ€™s winding quiet verses and authoritative choruses donâ€™t hold only loneliness and despair. Consuming every note of the song is vocalist Anthony Kiedisâ€™ gratitude to a city that would have him when no one else would.
35. â€œBullet with Butterfly Wingsâ€ – Smashing Pumpkins
34. â€œTotal Eclipse of the Heartâ€ – Nikki French
33. â€œNameâ€ – Goo Goo Dolls
32. â€œO.P.P.â€ – Naughty By Nature
31. â€œAliveâ€ – Pearl Jam 30. â€œShoopâ€ – Salt-N-Peppa
Who didnâ€™t love the 90s R&B infused hip hop movement? And what act encompassed the animated genre better than Salt-N-Pepa? And what song by Salt-N-Pepa was more fun to â€œgrooveâ€ to in your car than the outrageous, boy-crazy â€œShoopâ€? We think our point has been made.
29. â€œVogueâ€ – Madonna
28. â€œGettinâ€™ Jiggy Wit Itâ€ – Will Smith
27. â€œDonâ€™t Speakâ€ – No Doubt
26. â€œSex and Candyâ€ – Marcy Playground
25. â€œSemi Charmed Lifeâ€ – Third Eye Blind
24. â€œMy Name Isâ€ – Eminem 23. â€œWhatâ€™s My Age Again?â€ – Blink 182
No, the placement of blink-182â€™s â€œWhatâ€™s My Age Againâ€ on this list is no coincidence. How could we pass up an opportunity to list it as #23? The song, brimming with pop punk and immaturity, is one of those that shed the original limelight on blink-182â€™s forward thinking sound. The video also helped with the task of pushing the bandâ€™s career even further, seeing as running through a town completely nude causes a bit a controversy. Aside from the waves it made in the industry and pop culture, it also happened to be an extremely well made song that caused the general public to take notice of the genre blink-182 call home. An easily followed drumbeat, melodic guitar and dual vocals were all showcased on the song, as well as the notice that if youâ€™re 23 and still into prank calls, youâ€™re probably not well received.
22. â€œOne Weekâ€ – Barenaked Ladies
21. â€œCounting Blue Carsâ€ – Dishwalla
20. â€œBasket Caseâ€ – Green Day 19. â€œClosing Timeâ€ – Semisonic
The opening guitar of Semisonicâ€™s â€œClosing Timeâ€ is the unofficial soundtrack of new beginnings. Lyrically, it details the end of the nightâ€”but sonically, it does that and more. In a world where pop rock was just coming to the forefront, the undeniably catchy hook of the chorus made you sing along at the loudest volume your lungs could manage. Meanwhile, it was reaching into your psyche and recalling the memories of unpacking in your first apartment, walking into the first class of your college career, or preparing to move across the country for a job opportunity you couldnâ€™t pass up. It stood for uncharted territory, which is, ironically, exactly what it was. â€œEvery new beginning comes from some other beginningâ€™s end,â€ and this was the fresh start that introduced us to the sound of the early 2000s.
18. â€œU Canâ€™t Touch Thisâ€ – MC Hammer
17. â€œ3AMâ€ – Matchbox Twenty
16. â€œBuddy Hollyâ€ – Weezer
15. â€œIrisâ€ – Goo Goo Dolls
14. â€œLove Foolâ€ – Cardigans
13. â€œSmells Like Teen Spiritâ€ – Nirvana
12. â€œBaby Got Backâ€ – Sir Mix-A-Lot 11. â€œI Remember Youâ€ – Skid Row
A crystal ball view into the alternative rock of the 90s came in the form of Skid Rowâ€™s â€œI Remember You.â€ Heard for the first time in 1989, the songâ€™s ambience and rock flamboyance all but laid out a prophecy for the bands of the coming decade to fulfill. Its tempo alternated between a blatant 90s alternative vibe and blazing guitars that highlighted Sebastian Bachâ€™s nostalgic flashback on being in love. The misty-eyed vibe it carries sweeps you off your feet at full force and transports you to your happiest memories. Before you know it, itâ€™ll become just as much a part of those euphoric times as the people you spent them with.
10. â€œBlack Or Whiteâ€ – Michael Jackson
9. â€œSanteriaâ€ – Sublime
8. â€œGive It Awayâ€ – Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. â€œPretty Flyâ€ – Offspring 6. â€œIce Ice Babyâ€ – Vanilla Ice
Straight to the mainstream airplay when released as a single in 1990, â€œIce Ice Babyâ€ gave the general public something to dance to, to sing along with, and to be embarrassed about when caught doing those things. Played at every roller rink and high school dance while being spun on pop radio stations across the country meant it was quickly overplayed. Not that you really minded. It was the feel good song of the decade, and while it might not be as timeless as some of the others on this list it still made it out of the 90s to become a well known song for all generations. â€œPretty flyâ€ for a song that stemmed from a fraternity chant, and used the bassline of an already popularized song (â€œUnder Pressureâ€ by Queen and David Bowie). The next time â€œIce Ice Babyâ€ hits a speaker near you, no need to be ashamed. Simply stop, collaborate, and listenâ€¦ And break out your best 90s dance moves, of course.
5. â€œHey Jealousyâ€ – Gin Blossoms
4. â€œLearn To Flyâ€ – Foo Fighters
3. â€œBreakfast at Tiffanyâ€™sâ€ – Deep Blue Something
2. â€œDriveâ€ – Incubus 1. â€œWonderwallâ€ – Oasis
Closing your eyes and listening to â€œWonderwallâ€ is a powerful experience. The song sends you into the battle of a melancholy love story, complete with an arsenal of a beautifully simple acoustic guitar and contradictory lyricsâ€”that are both insulting and heart-melting all at once. “I don’t believe that anybody, feels the way I do, about you now.” THAT LINE. Itâ€™s like Oasis is saying â€˜hey, no one else loves you but I love you enough for everyone.â€™ And thereâ€™s a violin winding itâ€™s way through the entire thing, so the only tune your voice carries is the same heavily-accented vocals that manage to be the songâ€™s most noticeable and loved quality. Homage has been paid to the serenade in the form of lyrical shout outs and covers since its 1995 release and itâ€™s deserving of the adoration. I don’t believe that anybody feels the way we do about Wonderwall now.