Amy Grant spent the 1980s as one of the most successful of the Christian pop singers, but not until 1991 did she enjoy a major crossover into the pop mainstream. Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. And wouldn’t it be brilliant if – in some small, tangential way – the economic fate of the Eurozone had been influenced two decades later by some lanky singer from Yorkshire? Page faded from the airwaves not long after this one hit. Taken from her debut album ‘Down To Earth’, the banging extended mix of ‘It’s a Shame’ pairs a melody from ’70s soul outfit The (Detroit) Spinners with the guitar riff from Sister Sledge’s ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’. I mean, who doesn’t wanna be free to do what we wanna do. Who cares? Although a little of its cheeky, self-indulgent humor can go a long way, few songs epitomize 90s pop like "One Week.". Boosted by its iconic, tear-streaked video, O’Connor’s version of the song totally obliterated the sappy original from 1985 (which Prince wrote for his pet band The Family). All the cool kids are lying. From Billie Joe Armstrong to Kim Shattuck, here are the best punk guitarists of the ’90s who made waves in music and inspired others to learn chords, too. With the words "This ain't no disco. The Proclaimers are comprised of the Scottish duo of Craig and Charlie Reid, who created an energetic, infectious brand of pop-rock with influences from their Scottish background. It ain't no country club either. Although the lyrics invite ambiguous interpretation, for many this is one of the most unabashedly erotic songs of the decade. Nick Levine, This jaunty slice of indie pop hides an X-rated secret. Echoes of Whitney Houston's influence are evident, but the sheer power and swooping highs are all Mariah's own. Who would have thought legendary Latin guitarist Carlos Santana would record one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time? The group never duplicated the success of this song, but lead vocalist Linda Perry went on to become a successful songwriter and producer, crafting hits for everyone from Pink to Courtney Love. Although it only reached No. Nick Levine, SL2 was founded by DJs Slipmatt and Lime – hence the 'SL' and there were two of them. Rarely has a pop classic made sex sound so fun and funny. The strap in question is a contraption deployed by impotent men to maintain an erection – kind of ironic when you consider how successfully B&S purged their music of rock’s traditional priapic thrust. Other bands tagged as such – Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Chapterhouse, The Telescopes – all did some wonderful things with noise and melody. Today, most people regard "Macarena" as having been ridiculously overplayed, a quirky relic for wedding reception dances only. And who could blame the scenesters? We're still not sure exactly what this hit song is about, but it definitely is catchy. Many alt-rock fans abandoned Soul Asylum as having sold out to the mainstream, but pop fans pushed "Runaway Train" to No. The pairing of Mellencamp and NdegeOcello on this irresistible pop song is a match made in rock and roll heaven. Various Artists - ESPN Presents Jock Jams Vol. It was the chart debut of one of the most striking voices of the mid-1990s. It was all accompanied by a music video that presented a memorable and unrelentingly dark view of the classic high school pep rally. ‘Glory Box’ is the shining example: a soul-searching love song delivered over a smoky backing track of jazz drums, tinkling pianos and wistful strings, that veers from delicate downtempo moments to ear-shredding guitar crescendos with breathtaking ease. Mariah Carey had more No. That didn't quite work, but she did contribute this timeless smash. Fuck you. ‘Juicy’ works because Biggy balances his history of Bed-Stuy poverty so precisely against the braggadocious trappings of fame and fortune (including a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis – a reference that now sounds as quaint as the Sugarhill Gang’s ‘hotel, motel, Holiday Inn’). The ska-punk-bound Smash Mouth burst into the spotlight with this catchy slab of '60s psychedelic soul. They ended the decade recording the ultra-moody, minimal, esoteric electronic tracks that would end up on ‘Kid A’. With it, Springsteen creates an atmosphere of darkness and loneliness that still manages to maintain a sense of dignity. There’s one more thing that makes ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ the song of the decade, and that’s Samuel Bayer’s now iconic video. It's a dazzling testament to everything the former Fugee can do: she sings, she raps, she packs in hook after hook, and she shows her empathy by urging both men and women not to let themselves be exploited for sex. Cher is certainly someone who believes in "life after love.". The thrash legends kicked off the decade with the … He is one of the top R&B masters of the 1990s and a key architect of new jack swing. Still, it served to make the group's lead vocalist, Gwen Stefani, a bona fide star. By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions. Thanks for watching! Nick Levine, Okay, so they’re a bit cack these days – and slaphead dictator-in-chief Billy Corgan’s mewling vibrato has always been an acquired taste – but for a time there in the mid-’90s the Pumpkins could do no wrong. It remains one of the anthems of that particular period, when women in rock were asserting themselves on the airwaves and on the stage. Riveting and atmospheric, "Gangsta's Paradise" was such a shift in focus that Coolio's record label decided to leave it off his solo album and instead put it on the soundtrack to the film "Dangerous Minds." Fox hunting?) ‘Common People’ will always be more universal than that, with its sly social message delivered to a stonking disco beat and an immortal riff. Shares. seemingly appeared out of nowhere, becoming a neo-folkie hit first on modern rock radio stations and then on the pop charts. on the hook, not 'Anna Friel!'. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations. Parts of this song can send chills up your spine, while Colvin's voice gently lulls you back into the story. Even if you can’t stand house music – or dance music in general – you’d need a bitterly cynical soul and legs of stone to resist tapping your feet all the way through this uplifting number from US DJ and producer AVH. But while you probably don't want to revisit dial-up internet or MiniDisc players anytime soon, the music from the era remain energising and exciting. A straight-up ’90s house party anthem, this singalong track brought international success to south London singer Monie Love. This Scottish performer put together one of the catchiest and most unique-sounding hits on '90s radio, sounding much like a more pop-oriented Iggy Pop. Boy bands and divas dominated the pop and dance charts, while East and West Coast rappers gave hip-hop a fresh sense of urgency. The Best ’90s Songs That Will Make You Miss TRL. written by . 5 on the charts, and it became a well-deserved classic. It was actually recorded by several artists including alt-rock band Ednaswap before the 'Neighbours' alum turned it into a global smash in 1998. Although no one is likely to assert that "Whoomp! Eeee-nter NIIIIGHT!’. Dust off that Discman: from Britpop to hip hop and R&B to riot grrrl, we’ve picked the 50 best songs of the 1990s. This band, led by Bob Dylan's son Jakob, spent over a year on the pop singles chart with this quiet masterpiece. This is arguably the last great Michael Jackson single. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact the ‘90s was 30 years ago. Oasis were always at their best when dreaming: of money, of drugs, of… well, living forever. By Glamou r. March 31, 2020. Michael Curle, Amyl nitrite – or ‘poppers’ to the layman – wasn’t actually the drug of choice for Brett Anderson’s glammed-up Britpop troupe. After listening to it multiple times, however, its escapist charm sinks in. By the time it had finished its chart run, Wyclef, Lauryn and Pras were part of the furniture. When released as a single, "Gangsta's Paradise" became one of the biggest hits of the year, spreading its social commentary on ghetto life from coast to coast. Then it was a five-year wait for the next installment. His recording partner, Puff Daddy—now known alternately as Sean Combs, P Diddy, or just Diddy—put together this moving memorial with Smalls' widow, Faith Evans, and the vocal group 112. Josh Jones, Britney's debut single was a game-changer when it came out 20 years ago, helping to usher in a new generation of brilliantly bombastic teen-pop, often crafted by Swedish songwriting genius Max Martin. In the years to come, Beck would prove "Loser" was just a drop in the deep well of his creativity. Jan 31, 2013 - Explore Zach Brown's board "Best 90's Songs" on Pinterest. It’s accessible enough to attract the masses but it also rocks hard enough to please the head-banging hordes; at any ’Tallica show, you’ll see even hardened fans (who live and die by the band’s early thrash metal numbers) raise their fists and sing along with a shit-eating grin: ‘Eeee-xit LIGHT! Rob Sheffield Rob Sheffield Contributing Editor. And when she rhymes 'hair weaves like Europeans' with 'fake nails done by Koreans', it's actual genius. Take that, Frank Black! Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith (aka the Fresh Prince) took a big step forward in the maturity of their sound with the 1991 album "Homebase." "Girl power" from the group swept the U.K. in 1996 and then conquered America the following year. Tim Arthur. Their absolute belter of a rave anthem showed us that you don’t reaaaaaally need lyrics to write a sing-a-long smash hit (amusingly, lyrics sites have transcribed the song, which reads like the confession of a tongueless murderer. Kurt Cobain's sardonic ode to teenage angst, set to a pop melody pounded out by drums and guitars bathed in fuzzed-up distortion, rattled the pop music establishment. "All I wanna do...zooma zoom zoom zoom..." At this point, hip-hop began to walk the fine line between pop radio acceptability and unacceptably explicit sexual content. The result in this case is a lazy, hazy, luscious slice of ambient hip hop – a stoner’s sonic paradise, if you will – that you could happily leave on repeat without getting bored. The title track remains one of very best dance songs and also shows off the expanded vocal range she'd honed while working on movie-musical 'Evita' a couple of years early. Apols. The legendary opening sample – taken from 1966 flick, 'The Wild Angels' – kickstarted countless nights out and spoke for an entire generation. This is the peak of the work created by producer, songwriter, and performer Teddy Riley, leader of the group Blackstreet. Bruce Springsteen - "Streets Of Philadelphia". It referenced generations of dance music that created it (the winding, acid synths, the stomping drums punchy enough to floor Godzilla), but also had something fresh and incredible coursing through it – it had da funk. In the wake of the disintegration of New Edition, three of the group's members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe, proved that Bobby Brown wasn't the only breakout talent in the group. I didn’t ever give that tape back to my sister. It features Guns 'n Roses guitarist Slash ushering in an uplifting message about racial unity. Ben Folds and company brought the issue of abortion to the pop charts—from a male point of view. By 1999, he was a household name with Latin music audiences. Closing Danny Boyle’s ‘, After changing the face of music with riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna ended up swapping spray-paint slogans and guitar thrash for girl-group chants and day-glo synths as frontwoman for Le Tigre. A set of inscrutable lyrics meets a punk/funk/rap beat and the result is one of the most exhilarating aural experiences of any decade. The mix of chunky breakbeats, sludgy electronics and wide-eyed carnage was the perfect rhythmical remedy to those who fancied a dab of dance music (and those who wanted to find out what the hell rave culture might have been about), but just couldn’t get to grips with the eight-minute Chicago house workouts of the time. Many words have been written about ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, and we’re about to add a few more, but it’s almost impossible to overstate the sonic earthquake that this song caused around the world in 1991. 29. of 100. (Who’s Al Bowlly? One of the aspects that made this decade good was the music. Drugs, murder, HIV: Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez’s verses treat life’s tragedies with wisdom, patience and soul, before her rap preaches the power of hope and self-belief. "Rump Shaker" is innocent by today's standards, but it pushed boundaries in its day. It’s quite possibly the greatest sociopolitical floor-filler of all time. How many have you heard? Once you've treated your ears to an hour or two of retro-pop perfection, why not get even more nostalgic by checking out our favourite teen movies? This is hip-hop at its most mindlessly fun. Rap star Notorious B.I.G. ‘Awoooo-a! The decade began with hip-hop experimentation and the emergence of massive pop superstar Mariah Carey. This tale about a girlfriend who "has a halo hanging from the corner" of her four-poster bed is instantly recognizable and memorable. If any major pop hit from 1994 could be described as coming from left field, it would be Beck's "Loser." This is the masterpiece that helped the Backstreet Boys conquer the hearts of millions. Fusing jungle’s intricate breakbeats, sub bass and unbridled futurism with heart-aching soul soundscapes and the lamenting voice of Diane Charlemagne, this beautiful-yet-brutal piece of sonic art switched an entire generation on to the power of jungle and D&B.