WYEP's Top 100 Songs from the 90's

This summer we asked WYEP listeners to vote for their 10 favorite songs from the 1990's. We tallied the votes, and turned the list into a countdown show that aired on Labor Day. There's some surprises here, along with some "sure things". Overall, we think its a pretty good list, our listeners have good taste. Here it is... 100 Cake - The Distance "Fashion Nugget" 1996 99 Grant Lee Buffalo - Mockingbirds "Mighty Joe Moon" 1994 98 Natalie Merchant - Wonder "Tigerlily" 1995 97 Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine "Blue Sky Mining" 1990 96 Cracker - Low "Kerosene Hat" 1993 95 Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth "Violator" 1990 94 Liz Phair - Polyester Bride "whitechocolatespaceegg" 1998 93 Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning "Rumour and Sigh" 1991 92 Nirvana - Come As You Are "Nevermind" 1991 91 Dave Matthews Band - Two Step "Crash" 1996 90 Goo Goo Dolls - Iris "Dizzy Up the Girl" 1998 89 No Doubt - Don't Speak "Tragic Kingdom" 1995 88 Pavement - Summer Babe "Slanted & Enchanted" 1992 87 Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches "Presidents of the U.S.A." 1995 86 Counting Crows - Round Here "August & Everything After" 1993 85 Pearl Jam - Better Man "Vitalogy" 1994 84 Aimee Mann - Save Me "Magnolia Soundtrack" 1999 83 Beck - Devil's Haircut "Odelay" 1996 82 Blues Traveler - Run Around "Four" 1994 81 Concrete Blonde - Joey "Bloodletting" 1990 80 R.E.M. - Man On The Moon "Automatic for the People" 1992 79 Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealin' "Ritual De Lo Habitual" 1990 78 Dar Williams - As Cool As I Am "Mortal City" 1996 77 Pulp - Common People "A Different Class" 1995 76 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it away "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" 1991 75 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm "Siamese Dream" 1993 74 Tori Amos - Silent All These Years "Little Earthquakes" 1992 73 U2 - Mysterious Ways "Achtung Baby" 1991 72 Weezer - Buddy Holly "Blue Album" 1994 71 Wilco - Misunderstood "Being There" 1996 70 Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less "Whatever and Ever Amen" 1997 69 Blur - Song 2 "Blur" 1997 68 Counting Crows - Rain King "August & Everything After" 1993 67 Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me "Crash" 1996 66 Elliot Smith - Waltz #2 "XO" 1998 65 Iggy Pop - Candy "Brick by Brick" 1990 64 KD Lang - Constant Craving "Ingenue" 1992 63 Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray "It's A Shame About Ray" 1992 62 Tori Amos - Crucify "Little Earthquakes" 1992 61 Portishead - Sour Times "Dummy" 1994 60 Bush - Glycerine "Sixteen Stone" 1994 59 Cranberries - Zombie "No Need to Argue" 1994 58 Foo Fighters - Everlong "The Color and the Shape" 1997 57 Spin Doctors - Two Princes "Pocket Full of Kryptonite" 1991 56 They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) "Flood" 1990 55 Pearl Jam - Even Flow "Ten" 1991 54 Belly - Feed the Tree "Star" 1993 53 Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars "Mermaid Avenue" 1998 52 Mazzy Star - Fade into You "So Tonight that I Might See" 1993 51 Soul Asylum - Runaway Train "Grave Dancer's Union" 1992 50 Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt "Us" 1992 49 James - Laid "Laid" 1993 48 Cranberries - Dreams Everyone "Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We?" 1993 47 Whiskeytown - 16 Days "Strangers Almanac" 1997 46 Cornershop - Brimful of Asha "When I was Born for the 7th Time" 1997 45 Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl "Under the Pink" 1994 44 Radiohead - Karma Police "OK Computer" 1997 43 Alanis Morrisette - Ironic "Jagged Little Pill" 1995 42 Seal - Crazy "Seal" 1991 41 Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching "Under the Table and Dreaming" 1994 40 Sublime - Santeria "Sublime" 1996 39 Fiona Apple - Criminal "Tidal" 1996 38 Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson "Gordon" 1992 37 Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy "New Miserable Experience" 1992 36 Indigo Girls - Galileo "Rites of Passage" 1992 35 Fugees - Killing Me Softly "The Score" 1996 34 The Wallflowers - One Headlight "Bringing Down the House" 1996 33 Lisa Loeb - Stay "Tails " 1995 32 Smashing Pumpkins - Today "Siamese Dream" 1993 31 Pavement - Cut Your Hair "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain " 1994 30 Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger "What's the Story Morning Glory?" 1995 29 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend "Girlfriend " 1991 28 Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet "Time Out of Mind" 1997 27 Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees "The Bends" 1995 26 Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah "Grace" 1994 25 R.E.M. - Nightswimming "Automatic for the People" 1992 24 Blind Melon - No Rain "Blind Melon " 1992 23 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" 1995 22 They Might be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul "Flood " 1990 21 The Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" 1991 20 Rusted Root - Send Me On My Way "Cruel Sun " 1992 19 Radiohead - Paranoid Android "OK Computer" 1997 18 Live - Lightning Crashes "Throwing Copper" 1994 17 Radiohead - Creep "Pablo Honey" 1993 16 Pearl Jam - Alive "Ten " 1991 15 Ben Folds Five - Brick "Whatever and Ever Amen " 1997 14 Cranberries - Linger Everybody "Else is Doing it, So Why Can't We?" 1993 13 Sarah McLachlan - Possesion "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy " 1993 12 Sinead O'Connor - Nothing compares 2 U "I Do Not Want..." 1990 11 Pearl Jam - Jeremy "Ten " 1991 10 Beck - Loser "Mellow Gold" 1994 9 Pearl Jam - Black "Ten " 1991 8 Breeders - Cannonball "Last Spash " 1993 7 The Counting Crows - Mr. Jones "August and Everything After" 1993 6 Alanis Morrisette - You Oughta Know "Jagged Little Pill" 1995 5 The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony "Urban Hymns" 1997 4 R.E.M - Losing My Religion "Out of Time" 1991 3 Oasis - Wonderwall "What's the Story Morning Glory?" 1995 2 U2 - One "Achtung Baby " 1991 1 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit "Nevermind " 1991

Comments

Life's progressed and things have certainly become more hectic for all, but it was great to stop everything for a few hours on Labor Day and stoke the memory machine. Remarkably, the songs still stand up quite well, something back 1990 that I wouldn't have bet on. Maybe there's something to the odd-numbered decades?

We cannot burn a cd of songs for purchase. The show will be available to listen to in Real Audio in our On Demand section of our website sometime soon. Thanks

Will this be turned into a CD I could purchase?

You should create an itunes playlist for this. I think there is some way to login to itunes and publish a public playlist so other people can just grab it and make it their own playlist.

Is anyone else currently comparing this list to the 913 essential songs? It's interesting to see how they match up, especially because the 90's songs don't appear in the same order in the 913 essential songs. Also, it's a clue as to what might be coming.

Policy of Truth by Depeche Mode is on the list, but not Enjoy The Silence (same artist)! How is that possible? :D