Go back in time with these top songs from the 90s and experience a nostalgic relapse. Was Tupac in a digital underground video? And what about these parachute panks?
The 90s were a strange time to be a music fan. Hair metal died and alternative music was born. Hip-hop came into its own and the music video was murdered by reality TV. Some of the pieces were great, others terrible and you didn̵
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Top 5 90s songs
5 Digital Underground: “The Humpty Dance”
Why is Shock G’s alter ego Humpty Hump more famous than Shock G? Why is the digital underground with John Candy and Dan Aykroyd in “Nothing but Trouble”? Um, wait. This backup dancer looks very much like Tupac Shakur. No right?
So many questions! The answers don’t matter – a man with a Groucho Marx plastic nose who likes his oatmeal lump gives you the chance to do the hump. Record it before the 90s end forever!
4 Blind Melons: “No Rain”
Why is the little girl a bumblebee? I’ll tell you when you tell me why Ska had to end. It is a mystery. Forget it. In 1992 the chances of turning on MTV and not seeing blind melons “No Rain” were exactly the same as turning on MTV today and seeing a music video at all: zero. I mean, I know Seattle is straight, but why do you complain when it isn’t raining?
Oh, and since we have no idea how to classify this, we will probably call this “alternative music” from now on.
3 Nirvana: “Smells like a youthful spirit”
It’s not possible to talk about music in the 90s without mentioning nirvana. Though “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the first song on the second album released by the sponsors of Grunge, it was the bulk of America’s first introduction to Kurt Cobain that followed a long and unfortunate list of talented musicians who performed in the Aged 27 When young people first heard the smash hit, they spontaneously decided everywhere that they hadn’t worn nearly ragged cord and flannel.
A rule of thumb: if Weird Al Yankovic parodies it, it must have been good.
2 vanilla ice cream: “ice cream, baby ice cream”
You are not proud that you know every word about Vanilla Eiss’ eternal memory of why Eminem was not taken seriously when he first became known. But the fact is you do it.
Parachute pants, notched eyebrows, pointy, flat hair and this MC Hammer dance move, in which you hold your right ankle with your left hand and jump over your own shin. Stop – work together and listen. OK, that’s not what “working together” means. But hey, it was the 90s; The rules were different.
1 Green Day: “Good Riddance”
If you graduated from high school in a year from 1997 – or graduated from college, or stayed late at a party or late in a bar, or were in a group after hours where at least one person was called Amy or Sean – you know this song.
Often known for the words in his chorus – “Time of Your Life” – Green Days Smash-Single was developed to conjure up feelings of nostalgia, even if it was still a hit on the radio.
What are your top 90s songs for a bit of nostalgia?