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10 Top Songs From The 90’s- Dave’s Favorites by Year

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The 90’s had some of the most interesting music of all time on the charts. From bands like Matchbox Twenty, to singers like Madonna. The Charts were filled with hits. I was lucky enough to grow up in this fine time of music, and I want to share my favorite songs from the 90’s.


Alannah Myles with “Black Velvet”



For Alannah Myles, “Black Velvet” became a number one hit worldwide and was named the most played song on radio for 1989 & 1990. By 2000, it had received the ASCAP Millionaire Award for having received over 5 million air plays on radio. “Black Velvet” won Myles a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance in 1991, and three Juno Awards.



R.E.M. with “Losing My Religion”



The song became R.E.M.’s highest-charting hit in the United States, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and expanding the group’s popularity. It was nominated for several Grammy Awards, and won two for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Short Form Music Video”.



Red Hot Chili Peppers with “Under The Bridge”



This song for The Red Hot Chili Peppers became a critical and commercial success, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The single’s success increased with the release of its video, which was frequently played on MTV. It won the “Viewer’s Choice Award” and “Breakthrough Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.



James with “Laid”



Laid” from James made it on to the charts thanks to its popular college fan base, which helped it peak at #3 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was much more successful in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #24, becoming another Top 40 hit for the band. In recent years the song gained some additional exposure and popularity when it was used in the the American Pie with the cover by Matt Nathanson.



Haddaway with “What Is Love”



The reason I love this song from Haddway is because it is the song from Saturday Night Live’s “Roxbury Guys” sketches, where two brothers played by Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell went to dance clubs. The sketches were later made into the 1998 feature film A Night at the Roxbury.



Hootie and The Blowfish with “Only Wanna Be With You”



Only Wanna Be With You” was released in July of 1995 by Hootie & the Blowfish. It was the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.



The Smashing Pumpkins with “1979”



1979” was written by front man for The Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan. The song was popular with critics and fans, and the song was nominated for the Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the Grammy Awards. It also won the group an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video.



Third Eye Blind with “Semi-Charmed Life”



Semi-Charmed Life” was Third Eye Blind’s first single off their self-titled debut album, released in 1997. It was a major hit of the 1997, reaching number four in the U.S., and number one on the Modern Rock Tracks and the Top 40 in the UK. It has had such a cultural impact, and its used in numerous movie soundtracks.



Semisonic with “Closing Time”



Closing Time” is by Semisonic off their album Feeling Strangely Fine. It’s one of the band’s most popular songs, it was written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 1999. It also peaked at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks.



LFO with “Summer Girls”



Summer Girls” was released from LFO in June of 1999 as the lead single from their album, LFO. The song reached the Top 30 in the US in July 1999 and peaked at number three in August 1999.


Bonus Track From 1998

Will Smith with “Getting Jiggy With It”



I couldn’t have a list of my favorite songs from the 90’s with no love for the Fresh Prince Will Smith! “Getting Jiggy With It” spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from March 14, 1998. The song also won a Grammy Award in 1999 for the Best Rap Solo Performance.


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