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.