What is the best song of the 90's?

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This is just the beginning. The cream of the crop from what I initially came up with. I would appreciate suggestions before too much (or any) voting takes place. Only vote if you are certain that one of the songs on here is what you feel is the very best of the entire decade. I will be adding plenty more over the coming week so feed me any and all songs you come up with which are worthy! They must meet the standards set by the songs already here. For instance,
although "Nevermind" has 12 great songs, only a few match (or at least come awfully close) to the brilliance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", so I'd only include those. So don't be dissappointed if I turn some picks down. All genres are welcome, but don't expect much of anything in jazz. The only 90's jazz I've heard that I can think of off-hand is Kenny G, and you know that ain't going on this list! No Michael Bolton or Celine Dion either! One more note: just because it was hugely successful does not give it permission to enter this poll. See: "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred. Was that a 90's song? Who cares!

too many songs

I am trying to think of the name of a song it's not a well know song or a chart topper it has a good tune in the back round and a man's voice telling you about life and things you can do to better you, family and others.It came out i think 1990's any titles or artists would helpful.

All of these songs by Rage against the machine

Bulls on parade
Killing in the name
Sleep now in the fire
Guerilla radio
Down Rodeo
Mic Check

Or just put all of them, or at least all of their singles.
"Killing in the Name"
"Bullet in the Head"
Bulls on Parade
People of the Sun
Tire Me
Down Rodeo
Guerrilla Radio
Sleep Now in the Fire
Calm Like a Bomb
No shelter

That's a hard question to answer, but you should add the following songs.

Waterfalls - TLC
Dear Mama - 2Pac
If I Die 2 Nite - 2Pac (Not sure if it was a single)
Fantasy - Mariah Carey
One in a Million - Aaliyah
Ready or Not - Fugees
Family Business - Fugees (I know that wasn't a single, but that doesn't stop it from being a classic song.)
You - Janet Jackson
Got till it's Gone - Janet Jackson Feat. Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell
Breakdown - Mariah Carey
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill
Ex-Factor - Lauryn Hill
Everything is Everything - Lauryn Hill

I don't care for TLC or Mariah Carey so I doubt I'd add any of those.

I would have to hear 2Pac's Dear Mama again, as it's been awhile. Not sure about that.

Don't want to add Ready or Not. I do like what I've heard of Lauryn Hill solo, but I just don't know if I've heard any of the songs with her that you posted, as I'm not a student of her work at all.

The main issue is, I'm just not much into pop music anymore, unless it's something that breaths new life into the genre. And for me, the ones you've posted, while catchy, popular tunes, they are very unlikely to catch my attention these days, simply due to my increased boredom with radio and pop.

The truth is, if I were to re-conduct it starting today, not very many of the songs currently on this poll would still be added, as my music tastes have gone through considerable changes in the last year, so even though the songs you mentioned are comparable to some stuff already on the list, I don't really want to add them now, due to the above factors.

Thanks for the suggestions though. I'll probably have to do a new one of these soon.

Thanks for at least posting why. Some people just say "hell no", and that's the end of it. No explination or anything.

So if this poll ended now Bitter Sweet Symphony would be the best song of the 90's? THats pretty darn interesting...

Yea it is. I'm not too surprised though. It's a great song and extremely memorable. The orchestral backdrop is especially timeless and irresistable, and the lyrics and singing are top-notch as well.

This is a terribly difficult question. While I'm pondering it, I'll ask that one of the great hip-hop singles of all time, the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy", be added to the poll. It definitely deserves a spot.

Sure, I'll add it. He's a great rapper.

Primitive Radio Gods: "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand." I refuse to listen to it again - it makes me that upset (or maybe it's one of those personal things, tying into my high school tragedies, etc.).

"66" by the Afghan Whigs
"Wonderful" by Adam Ant
"Crash Into Me" by Dave Matthews Band
"This Is Hardcore" by Pulp
"Champagne Supernova" by Oasis
"Hell Is Round The Corner" by Tricky

Oh, you're a genius!

I've been trying to think of that one band with that song having something to do with a phone booth!

Thanks for the help! I'll add that as well as This Is Hardcore. I don't think Champagne Supernova is quite good enough (though maybe I just have to hear it again. Its been awhile.). I don't think I've heard 66 or Wonderful or Hell Is Around The Corner, so I doubt I'll add them, unless of course you want to just mail me the CDs for Christmas!

No Pixies songs? Both Bossanova and Trompe Le Monde are from the 90s.

I only own Doolittle and Surfer Rosa (both masterpieces!), so I've only heard Bossanova once and I don't think I've ever heard Trompe Le Monde. I just don't know the songs off either well enough to choose them myself.

However, if there are songs on those albums that match "Debaser", "Where Is My Mind?", "Gigantic", "This Monkey's Gone To Heaven", "Hey", or "No. 13 Baby", and you swear by it, then I'll include it. Just don't let me, us, down!

A few of my favorites:
"Zero" by Smashing Pumpkins
"Everything to Everyone" by Everclear
"Zombie" by the Cranberries
"She" by Greenday
"Monkey Wrench" by The Foo Fighters
"Only Happy When it Rains" by Garbage
"She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes
"Glycerine" by Bush
"Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction
"Backwater" by the Meat Puppets
"Cemetery Gates" by Pantera
"Runaway Train" by Soul Asylum
"Fell on Black Days" by Soundgarden
"Plowed" by Sponge
"Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane

I don't know if anyone else suggested any of these, and I might've even missed it if you had a couple listed, I ran through it so fast!

these are some really good ideas. I've come very close to including "Zero" and "She" but I hadn't really thought about "Fell On Black Days" seriously until now.

As for the rest, I like them. There are a couple I don't think I've heard. I remember really liking "Runaway Train" but I'd have to hear it again to make a present time decision. I haven't heard it in something like 8 or 9 years so I don't really know if I'd still see it as deserving.

For now I'll add "Fell On Black Days" and "This Is A Call" by The Foo Fighters (thanks for reminding me of them. I'll have to think about "Monkey Wrench" and some of the others.

Thanks for the ideas!

Happy to help! :)

I went ahead and went with "No Surprises" by Radiohead, but I wanted to vote for about 10 other songs as well, O well I figured this one would onyl get my one vote..

Yea. The song almost brings tears to my eyes sometimes. It's perfectly placed on the album, right after the harrowing final screaches of "Climbing Up The Walls". Who else but Thom Yorke gets so much emotion into a monotonous, swaying drone, such as in "No Surprises"?

Great pick!

I voted for "Oh Comely", but all the Neutral Milk Hotel and Belle and Sebastion tracks tore me up inside for a little bit.

Great, great pick. Personally, I voted for Two-Headed Boy. Both are absolutely stunning though. Man that album is amazing! I could put EVERY SINGLE TRACK off of it on this poll (but I won't).

I would submit "Black" by Pearl Jam, "Here and Now" by Del Amitri, and "Selling the Drama" by Live.

Can't think of "Here & Now". How's it go?

I don't think Black ar Selling the Drama are quite good enough, though "Black" comes close. I will add "Lightning Crashes" however.

"Here and Now" is on the Twisted album. Take a listen...it is a great song!

From where I stand, this is an easy question -- the best song of the '90s is "Savory" by Jawbox. That's it.

Good pick!

I'm adding it.


Can't remember if I've heard it or not. You've definitely peaked my curiousity though!

I'll have to check it out, download it or something. If I like it enough I'll add it on.


It's definitely worth a look. Meanwhile, a big "hell yeah" to the inclusion of "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space".

A few suggestions, many of which I'd call glaring omissions:

Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (definitely the best song of the album)
Underworld - Born Slippy
Orbital - Halcyon On & On
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
The Age of Love - The Age of Love
Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar
Biosphere - Substrata [it's an album, but the whole album is basically one big song]
The Orb - A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain the Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld
Aphex Twin - Xtal
Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You
The Bucketheads - The Bomb
Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea
Monolake - Index
Daft Punk - Around the World
Eminem - My Name Is (I highly doubt this will get in, but it was quite an important contribution to hip-hop, and kicked off the career of arguably the strongest mainstream rapper around today.)
Hum - Stars
Nalin & Kane - Beachball
Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice
Humate - Love Stimulation (Paul Van Dyk Love mix)
Oasis - Wonderwall

Great list otherwise!

Thanks for the suggestions. I added some of them. Many of them I haven't knowingly heard. Even though, you thought I wouldn't, I did add My Name Is by Eminem. That's a great song. I'll also add Gin & Juice and What's My Name by Snoop. I didn't think Champagne Supernova was good enough, but I added Wonderwall. Also not only am I adding If You're Feeling Sinister but Fox In The Snow and Stars Of Track and Field by Belle And Sebastian, both of which I feel are even better.

Give me more. You've got lots of good ideas! The only thing is I am not nearly as familiar with techno/electronica as you are so you're not gonna get many of those through.

Thanks again!

Glad you enjoyed the suggestions!

Will add more later...

Hmm... how about Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah, REM's Nightswimming, Blur's Girls and Boys, Liz Phair's Fuck and Run, Primal Scream's Come Together, or Pulp's Common People? (Alternates from Parklife, Screamadelica, or Different Class will also be accepted.)

Already got Nightswimming. I'll add the rest though. Thanks for reminding me of Primal Scream. I'll add "Movin' On Up" as well!

This is why I need everyones help, because it would take forever to think of everything by myself!

Thank AJ!