100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s #100-#41

Like the decade that preceded it, the 1990’s was a dazzling mosaic of invention, the last before technology punched a hole in the music industry’s business model so deep it would take 20 years to recover from. With music television enjoying the peak of it’s influence, style triumphed sometimes over substance, whilst an American invasion was repelled in Britain by a movement in thrall to the Kings Roads of 1967 and 1977 respectively.

Pleasing everyone is impossible and the incredible diversity of the 1990’s means that like no other time period in music history, a comprehensive list giving the right profile to every epic song that deserves it is a fool’s errand. Instead, enjoy a sliver of what it had to offer.

Get the playlist here.

The list:

100. The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds

99. Blind Melon – No Rain

98. The Eels – Novocaine For The Soul

97. Paris Angels – Perfume (Loved Up)

96. L7 – Pretend We’re Dead

95. Lamb – Gorecki

94. Sepultra – Refuse/Resist

93. Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day

92. LFO – LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)

91. The Chills – Heavenly Pop Hit

90. Death In Vegas – Dirge

89. Sugar – Tilted

88. DJ Shadow – Building Steam With a Grain of Salt

87. Elastica – Connection

86. Trashcan Sinatras – Obscurity Knocks

85. Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs

84. Joey Beltram – Energy Flash

83. Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign

82. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour

81. TLC – Creep

80. Jane’s Addiction – Three Days

79. Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye

78. The Verve – A Man Called Sun

77. The Cardigans – Erase/Rewind

76. David Holmes – Rodney Yates

75. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry remix)

74. Autechre – 444

73. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love

72. Alice In Chains – Got Me Wrong

71. St.Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

70. Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea

69. The Beta Band – Dry the Rain

68. The KLF – What Time Is Love?

67. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space

66. Mobb Deep – Shook Ones, Pt. II

65. My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow

64. Shack – Comedy

63. The Breeders – Cannonball

62. GZA, Method Man – Shadowboxin’

61. The Stone Roses – Love Spreads

60. Orbital – Chime

59. Beck – Devil’s Haircut

58. Suede – Animal Nitrate

57. Portishead – Glory Box

56. Hole – Violet

55. Bjork – Venus As a Boy

54. Xpansions – Move Your Body

53. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

52. Air – La femme d’argent

51. Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me

50. The La’s – Feelin

49. Ride – Twisterella

48. The Prodigy – Firestarter

47. Catherine Wheel – Black Metallic

46. Nightmares on Wax – Les Nuits

45. Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro

44. Gene – Olympian

43. Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade

42. Daft Punk – Da Funk

41. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)

Pic: Nogales, Mexico, October 1994.

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