Friday, October 8, 2010

Watching 90s Videos

Wasting time on YouTube, I came up on this series of videos, counting down about 160 "alternative songs of the 90s". I just had to look through them all. I began watching MTV just as the 90s were starting and abandoned it within sight of their conclusion, having gotten my first real job at the end of September of 1999. I really wish that this wasn't the sort of music I knew most about and had the greatest feel for, but unfortunately it is. The instrumental classical repertoire is a million times more beautiful, subtler and less childish, but the songs listed below elicit in me greater feelings of nostalgia and at one time even seemed somewhat cooler. I could have come up with at least a couple hundred 90s videos which the guy who made this list missed and which I would have graded higher than a 5, but that would have (pleasurably, but still) wasted even more of my time. In the list below, the number to the left of a song's name represents its place in the countdown that I found on YouTube. The numbers on the right are grades that I gave to these videos myself.

2    Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)    10
65    Song 2 (Blur)    9.95
7    Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers)    9.9
122     Say It Ain't So (Weezer)    9.9
1    Losing My Religion (REM)    9.9
46    Glycerine (Bush)    9.9
21    Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)    9.9
34    Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins)    9.8
154     Sink to the Bottom (Fountains of Wayne)    9.8
78    Other Side (Red Hot Chili Peppers)    9.8
45    Cannonball (The Breeders)    9.8
71    Basket Case (Green Day)    9.8
24    Wonderwall (Oasis)    9.7
126     Today (Smashing Pumpkins)    9.7
113     Human Behavior (Bjork)    9.7
109     What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (REM)    9.6
20    Sex and Candy (Marcy Playground)    9.6
26    Scar Tissue (Red Hot Chili Peppers)    9.6
79    Low (Cracker)    9.6
44    Everlong (Foo Fighters)    9.6
117     Drive (REM)    9.6
6    Creep (Radiohead)    9.6
97     Swallowed (Bush)    9.5
153     Doll Parts (Hole)    9.5
9    Enjoy the Silence (Depeche Mode)    9.4
136     Sour Times (Portishead)    9.3
56    Santa Monica (Everclear)    9.3
22    Come Down (Bush)    9.3
87     Violet (Hole)    9.2
18    Come Out and Play (The Offspring)    9.1
       
       
       
14    1979 (Smashing Pumpkins)    9
104     Big Me (Foo Fighters)    9
102     Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins)    9
63    Come as You Are (Nirvana)    9
132     Dreams (The Cranberries)    9
128     Everything Zen (Bush)    9
41    Fade into You (Mazzy Star)    9
94     Friday, I'm in Love (The Cure)    9
13    Good Riddance (Green Day)    9
105     Karma Police (Radiohead)    9
100     Lightning Crashes (Live)    9
70    Lump (The Presidents of the USA)    9
95     Never There (Cake)    9
3    One (U2)    9
147     Ruby Soho (Rancid)    9
92     Runaway Train (Soul Asylum)    9
146     Self-Esteem (the Offsping)    9
73    Semi-Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind)    9
59    Shine (Collective Soul)    9
139     The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get (Morrisey)    9
121     The Way (Fastball)    9
11    Zombie (The Cranberries)    9
       
       
       
31    All Apologies (Nirvana)    8
49    Epic (Faith No More)    8
141     Everything to Everyone (Everclear)    8
96     Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)    8
156     Hell (Squirrel Nut Zippers)    8
119     Hey Jealousy (Gin Blossoms)    8
43    Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)    8
74    Istanbul, not Constantinople (They Might Be Giants)    8
38    Jeremy (Pearl Jam)    8
134    Malibu (Hole)    8
23    Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)    8
118     Sick of Myself (Matthew Sweet)    8
37    The Impression That I Get    8
99     When I Come Around (Green Day)    8
       
       
       
16    Alive (Pearl Jam)    7
57    All the Small Things (Blink-182)    7
17    Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)    7
67    Brick (Ben Folds Five)    7
66    Closing Time (Semisonic)    7
137     Come On Eileen (cover by Save Ferris)    7
19    Don't Speak (No Doubt)    7
62    Even Flow (Pearl Jam)    7
36    Every Morning (Sugar Ray)    7
89     Far Behind (Candlebox)    7
82    Good (Better Than Ezra)    7
112     Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog)    7
48    I Alone (Live)    7
29    Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters)    7
61    Lovefool (The Cardigans)    7
51    No Rain (Blind Melon)    7
157    Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth (The Dandy Warhols)    7
35    Paranoid Android (Radiohead)    7
131     Pepper (Butthole Surfers)    7
120     Radiation Vibe (Fountains of Wayne)    7
30    Sabotage (Beastie Boys)    7
81    Suedehead (Morrisey)    7
       
       
       
55    Buddy Holly (Weezer)    6
150     Fall Down (Toad the Wet Sprocket)    6
90     Found Out About You (Gin Blossoms)    6
25    Ironic (Alanis Morisette)    6
28    Jumper (Third Eye Blind)    6
32    Longview (Green Day)    6
123     Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (Crash Test Dummies)    6
111     Mysterious Ways (U2)    6
60    The Distance (Cake)    6
106     The World I Know (Collective Soul)    6
12    You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)    6
       
       
       
40    All-Star (Smash Mouth)    5
93     Give It Away Now (Red Hot Chili Peppers)    5
148     Liar (Rollins Band)    5
110     Regret (New Order)    5
115     Shimmer (Fuel)    5
76    Stupid Girl (Garbage)    5
91     Tomorrow (Silverchair)    5
       
       
       
101     Alright (Supergrass)    4
151     Bound for the Floor (Local H)    4
152     Carnival (Natalie Merchant)    4
103     Name (Goo Goo Dolls)    4
75    Popular (Nada Surf)    4
124     The Freshmen (The Verve Pipe)    4
142     Unsung (Helmet)    4
108     Walking on the Sun (Smashmouth)    4
58    Would? (Alice in Chains)    4
       
       
       
138     Ball and Chain (Social Distortion)    3
116     Been Caught Stealing (Jane's Addiction)    3
27    Black (Pearl Jam)    3
53    Fly (Sugar Ray)    3
64    Head Like a Hole (Nine Inch Nails)    3
144     Infected (Bad Religion)    3
80    Intergalactic (Beastie Boys)     3
114     Interstate Love Song (Stone Temple Pilots)    3
5    Loser (Beck)    3
149     Mother, Mother (Tracy Bonham)    3
69    No Excuses (Alice in Chains)    3
85     Novocaine for the Soul (Eels)    3
107     One Week (Barenaked Ladies)    3
42    Pets (Porno for Pyros)    3
127     Sober (Tool)    3
50    Tubthumping (Chumbawamba)    3
77    What's It Like (Everlast)    3
155     Zoot Suit Riot (Cherry Popping Daddies)    3
       
       
       
10    Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)    2
4    Closer (Nine Inch Nails)    2
54    Connection (Elastica)    2
140     Counting Blue Cars (Dishwalla)    2
33    Criminal (Fiona Apple)    2
130     Freak on a Leash (Korn)    2
47    Just a Girl (No Doubt)    2
133     Los Angeles (Frank Black)    2
145     My Own Worst Enemy (Lit)    2
86     One Headlight (The Wallflowers)    2
135     Push (Matchbox 20)    2
15    Santeria (Sublime)    2
125     Sell Out (Reel Big Fish)    2
84     Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand (Primitive Radio Gods)    2
72    Stop! (Jane's Addiction)    2
52    What's Up (4 Non-Blonds)    2
88     Where It's At (Beck)    2
       
       
       
129     All Mixed Up (311)    1
68    Blind (Korn)    1
8    Bulls on Parade (Rage Against the Machine)    1
39    Down (311)    1
143     Right Here, Right Now (Jesus Jones)    1
158     Rockafeller Skank (Fatboy Slim)    1
98     What I Got? (Sublime)    1

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