Did your favorites make the list?
Everyone knows the 90’s gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of the Universe. There were so many songs, from so many incredible (and some not so incredible) bands. While there are hundreds of extraordinary songs from this decade, here’s our list of the 50 you should never forget.
15. LOSER – BECK
You bought this single on cassette and listened to it over and over until the tape broke. So did everyone else.
14. ALIVE – PEARL JAM
Aptly titled, this song gave birth to Pearl Jam when Eddie Vedder first sang vocals to an early instrumental track. Changed a lot of people’s lives forever.
13. 1979 – SMASHING PUMPKINS
You almost didn’t get to hear this song, but you know you’re glad you did.
12. EVEN FLOW – PEARL JAM
Did you know Pearl Jam didn’t like this song until the 60th or so recording of it? You loved it the first time you heard it.
11. ALL APOLOGIES – NIRVANA
Some people have said this song proves Kurt Cobain knew he was going to live a much shorter life than any of us wanted him to.
10. BETTER MAN – PEARL JAM
Another deep, haunting story told in a way only Eddie Vedder could. By the time we were done listening we all believed she deserved someone better.
9. COME AS YOU ARE – NIRVANA
The title alone gave validation to an entire generation of grunge rockers. The fact that the message was delivered in this song made it gospel.
8. PLUSH – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Hard not to choose every song from this album, but this one easily cracks the top 10. Our introduction to Scott Weiland and STP couldn’t have been better.
7. LITHIUM – NIRVANA
This song gave Nirvana fans a glimpse into the type of music that inspired Kurt Cobain to become the father of a musical generation.
6. UNDER THE BRIDGE – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
RHCP front man Anthony Kiedis bares his soul in this song, and some would say this song made RHCP.
5. BLACK HOLE SUN – SOUNDGARDEN
This is the song everyone knows Soundgarden from. Your dad even loved this song.
4. NO RAIN – BLIND MELON
Another great song written by another great singer who left us way too soon.
3. BLACK – PEARL JAM
When it comes to Pearl Jam, or any 90’s alternative music really, it doesn’t get much better than this. Black became more legendary because of how protective Eddie Vedder was of this song.
2. CREEP – RADIOHEAD
If you’re a Radiohead fan, this song is probably the reason you started listening to them. If you’re not, you still remember hearing this song. A lot.
1. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT – NIRVANA
Seriously, did you really think any other song would be #1 on this list?