Posted by: Nathan | December 27, 2007

100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s

Through some amazing miracle, VH1 accidentally had some programming that was both music-related and well-worth watching last week! It was the “100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s,” and it was chock-full memories. This is the first time that I’d looked back at the 1990s with any sense of perspective and nostalgia; it was surprising to see how things that were cool look so silly now! The list itself is pretty decent, and they certainly have the irrefutably correct pick at #1. Here’s the complete list.

As with any compilation of this sort, there are many deserving songs left off (usually in favor of some hip-hop garbage). The most egregious oversights are The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight,” which was a force, and Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush” (couldn’t turn on pop or rock radio without hearing that song for a year or two). Also noticeably absent is anything from DMB (maybe they could’ve gone with “What Would You Say?” or “Crash Into Me”), The Verve Pipe’s “The Freshmen,” “No Rain” by Blind Melon, “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt, Billy Joel’s “River of Dreams,” any number of songs from Aerosmith, something from Green Day’s Dookie, and it would’ve been fun to see “Kiss from a Rose” by Seal. VH1 has their own list of 50 songs that missed the cut*–almost as a mea culpa.

Your thoughts on other deserving songs that were cut and the list in general are welcome. The best thing about these rankings is that it reminds us of memorable music and gets us talking about it again. Oh for the days when I could turn on the radio and hear quality music! Can’t anyone play a guitar anymore? Some melody, please!

*I don’t know why “Nothing Compares 2 U” is on this list, as it appears in the actual countdown at #10.


  1. How the heck did “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer not make the cut? Overall, as someone who prefers talk radio to pop music radio, this list and the rejoinder seem about right.

  2. It was a good list, but the lack of “One Headlight” is definitely killing me. The Wallflowers were my first “secular” band.

  3. Ah yes. Mine was Hootie and the Blowfish. I still love those guys. Hey, whatever happened to your boys, UB40? It doesn’t seem like you’ve been mentioning them as often as you used to.

  4. That’s because Justin’s developed some taste since back in the day. I’m still bewildered by the absence of Boyz II Men. Maybe I should write a protest letter…or maybe I should stop whining and go buy some of their music.

  5. How about your main man Billy Joel? “Glass Houses” was released in ’80 so anything he did on that album or later would count. Like I’d vote for “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me” off of that album, and others might vote for “You May Be Right” or “Don’t Ask Me Why” which were all big singles for the Piano Man. Wait, don’t tell me… He was too old already to get any love from VH1 even back then?

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