To celebrate its 40 years on air, our favorite local radio station has been re-visiting 40 years of music in 40 days. Meaning, each weekday, they’ll play music from a specific year and run with it. Scott and I have found ourselves particularly drawn to the days of 90s tunes, most likely because of the warm fuzzies (and sometimes not so fuzzy) they conjure up of our youth. We both attended junior high through high school during the 90s, and since I’m a complete sentimental sap, I’ve been soaking up that decade of music with a longing for the good old days (or something).
Over dinner the other night, we challenged each other to come up with our top 3 singles from those years, reminiscing on baggy flannel, Angela Chase and hard-core school crushes (okay, so really that was all me). In any case, we’ve been noodling over our choices for the last week, and we’re just going to put it out there. Here’s each of our top 3 90s songs (and just like the last top 3, it was stupid hard; we considered stretching the rules to a top 10!) Warning; it’s about to get ridiculous.
- 1992: En Vogue, Free Your Mind. I still know every. single. word. I listened to that cassette so much, the audio tape had stretched, gotten stuck in my Walkman (remember those?) and warbled. I went so far as to save my allowance to buy it 2 more times after each little tragic incident.
- 1996: Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People. Maybe it’s because this was around the same time I was forbid to watch MTV (I snuck it in anyway; sorry, Dad!), or maybe it’s because we would “turn it to 11” on our morning commute to school. I just have to hear the opening few beats and I am so there, all over again. (I also feel the need to say, viewers, beware!)
- 1992: Radiohead, Creep. Ah, to be an angsty teenager again.
- 1994: Weezer, Surf Wax America. Weezer’s (first) self titled album played a large role in my personal High School soundtrack. Every word of this 41 minute masterpiece is still committed to memory, and it still gets a full play-through every few weeks.
- 1993: Wu-Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M. What’s cooler than getting a ride to school at 7am in your big brother Zach’s white Dodge Daytona with burgundy velvet interior? That, but with Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) bumping from the gigantic sub-woofers stuffed into the hatchback. Seriously, though, this whole disc has stood the test of time and is still in heavy road trip rotation.
- 1991: Nirvana, Lithium. My dad heard Nirvana on an Indiana college radio station a few months before this album came out and returned home from work that day proclaiming that music was about to change forever. Turns out he was right. I remember my dad owning Nevermind before anyone we knew. I learned a lot about music from my Pops. He just turned 60 and still has solid taste in tunes.
Close contenders (is that allowed?): anything Ace of Base (The Sign is the most 90s video ever), any and all country sap, Mariah and TLC (me), and all things jammy, ska and pop-punk (him). Now that we’ve (um, I) sufficiently embarrassed ourselves, it’s your turn. What are your top 3 90s songs?