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  • The Best Song of the 1990s

       December 18, 2005

    Our readers voted "Pride" as the best song of the 1980s. Bono and the boys will fight it out in our final poll.

    On to the 1990s. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of grunge and the rebirth of boy bands. So okay, I'm gonna break ranks with the Acclaimed Music critics list this time. Their fifth place song is something called "Common People", by Pulp. I've never heard of this song. In fact, I looked it up and listened to a sample on iTunes and I've even heard this song. I can't, in good conscience, list it.

    And anyway, the 1990s were filled with fabulous music. Among the songs that didn't make the list were "Wonderwall", "I Want It That Way", "Mmmbop", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Creep", "Song 2", "Groove Is In The Heart", "Under The Bridge", "You Oughta Know", "See A Little Light", "Buddy Holly" and "Sabotage".

    So here's what is on the list. Click on any of the songs to vote (you'll open the poll in a new window):

    1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit", by Nirvana
    2. "Losing My Religion", by R.E.M.
    3. "Bitter Sweet Symphony", by The Verve
    4. "Loser", by Beck
    5. "Jeremy", by Pearl Jam
    6. "Nuthin' But A G Thang", by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
    7. "Girlfriend", by Matthew Sweet
    8. "Friends In Low Places", by Garth Brooks
    9. "Enter Sandman", by Metallica
    10. "Been Caught Stealing", by Jane's Addiction

    Update: The polls are closed. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the winner.

    For more information and previous results in our Greatest Song competition, click here.

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    #  December 18th, 2005 10:50 PM      Daddy
    Was there ever a sorrier decade for music?

    After metal was written off, some of the has-beens and never-were's signed with small labels and made their best music.

    To include nothing from Blink182 is just wrong. They made turning on the radio fun again.  
    #  December 19th, 2005 12:01 AM      TheUnabrewer
    I, on the other hand, loved this list.

    I'm too lazy to investigate now, but I believe nearly all of these songs are pre-1995. I think Bittersweet Symphony may be the only one from the latter half.

    The last half of the 90's indeed sucked.  
    #  December 19th, 2005 8:59 AM      BVBigBro
    How in hell are we gonna get ten songs from the 00's?  
    #  December 19th, 2005 9:33 AM      beautifulatrocities
    I want If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow  
    #  December 19th, 2005 9:34 AM      kris
    Oh believe me, it ain't gonna be easy.  
    #  December 19th, 2005 4:02 PM      mbrlr
    After Nirvana disintegrated and REM lost Bill Berry, I didn't really care much for the '90s.  
    #  December 19th, 2005 9:24 PM      Daddy
    I guess you could've included the Macarena and Whoop! There it is.

    Or that Brimful of Asha song. Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow, don'tcha know?

    Oh! She's lump....she's lump...she's lump...she might be dead!  
    #  December 20th, 2005 5:46 PM      Daddy
    Oh! Collective Soul! For the love of us all, Collective Soul!

    One of the biggest-selling bands of the 90's--the only truly good band of that decade, in fact. "December", "The World I Know", "Shine", "Listen", "Run"...




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