The best of the 1990s mix

It’s time to put a wrap on the 1990s. That makes three decades down in the “Best of…mixtape” project, leaving the second half of the 1950s, the 60s, the 00s (have we settled on calling this decade the “Aughts”?), and the first half of the current decade. I’ll be tackling the latter next, starting with the current year and working backwards, mainly so I can tie it into my best of year end post. Before that, however, here are a few tidbits that I learned/remembered about the 90s:

  • Smashing Pumpkins were a lot better than I remember. Leave it Billy Corgan’s charming personality to skew a lot of people’s perception of his band. But apparently I didn’t like them enough to put anything on this list, so there.
  • It’s always good to get a reminder of just how great of a back catalogue some of your favorite artists have, namely PJ Harvey, Beck, and Teenage Fanclub.
  • Not only do I really dislike “Nu-Metal,” I think it ranks right up there with pop country as not just the worst musical genre ever, but perhaps the worst pop culture idea humanity has come up with ever. I’m not looking forward to the 2000s for this very reason.

A quick refresher on the rules. Only one song per artist allowed, and this is a mix of best songs, not albums, so a lot of great records like Check Your Head and Loveless aren’t represented here, which is kind of a shame. Here’s the final list of 25:

Unfinished Symphony – Massive Attack

Devil’s Haircut – Beck

There She Goes – The Las

UMass – The Pixies

Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

So Cruel – U2

Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees

What You Do To Me – Teenage Fanclub

Dress – PJ Harvey

Black – Pearl Jam

Cannonball – The Breeders

My Name Is Jonas – Weezer

Dry The Rain – The Beta Band

Sick of Myself – Matthew Sweet

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Cut Your Hair – Pavement

Lucky – Radiohead

23 Minutes In Brussels – Luna

Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis

Lazy Line Painter Jane – Belle & Sebastian

If I Can’t Change Your Mind – Sugar

She’s a Jar – Wilco

Divorce Song = Liz Phair

King of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3 – Neutral Milk Hotel

Find the River – R.E.M.

You can find all of the best of the 90s mix tapes here. Here’s the Spotify playlist for your listening/subscribing pleasure:

See you soon with the best of 2014.



Posted on December 10, 2014, in Music and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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