I was born in 1987, but I have always considered myself a child of the 90′s. JNCOs, rollerblades, the unabomber, America Online, the OJ Simpson trial, the Clinton administration, low-riding, and Full House were all vital parts of my childhood.
But my biggest take-away from the 90′s isn’t the now-forgotten current events or the outdated internet software. What had the greatest impact on me during the 90′s was the music. 90′s music takes me back to a care-free and unique time in my life.
Here are my top ten 90′s songs:
10. “Losing A Whole Year” (Third Eye Blind). The most accurate description of a break-up ever recorded. And a little slam poetry from an actual University of Berkeley graduate. Rad.
8. “How’s It Going to Be” (Third Eye Blind). This is one of the first songs my older brother taught me on guitar. I never get sick of it, and I always think of it when people go on their way.
7. “Name” (Goo Goo Dolls). I heard this on the radio a lot when I was a kid, and recently rediscovered it. Thinking that life is more than who we are does in fact make me sad. This could have been the theme song to a more depressing version of Friends. Nega-Friends. Anyway.
6. “1979″ (The Smashing Pumpkins). I remember listening to this song in high school and being kind of pissed that my life wasn’t like the life described in the song. For me this song sums up what it’s like to be a high school kid with no ambition. What I always aspired to be. I heard billy corgan say in a video commentary that this song is about the care-free childhood he wished he had.
4. “Two-Headed Boy” (Neutral Milk Hotel). A true conduit to the otherside, this song addresses the paradoxes of life and it’s unfairness.
3. “High and Dry” (Radiohead). One reason why this song is so high up on my list is longevity. I have been way into this song since I was about 14, and have never gone more than a few months without listening to it.
2. “Say It Ain’t So” (Weezer). The power in this otherwise simple song about the tragedy of alcoholism is unmatched. They will play this in heaven, and in hell.
1. “Paranoid Android” (Radiohead). What is this? And where can I find more of it? Uneasiness never felt so right.