I could not even imagine undertaking this sort of effort to rank my favorite songs of the 1990s, so I link to Keith Law and his Top 200 rock songs of the 1990s.
It is a exhaustive list, and as with any musical ranking list, plenty of room for disagreement. It would probably be easier to do albums, because then people won't quibble with the song you select from the album. But if you are like me, the choice of a song was a validation of the entire album and I could let it go. A few I could not believe were from the 90s, I even googled Depeche Mode because to me that is 80s, but Keith was right and I was wrong.
I found a few glaring, in my opinion, omissions, which I shared in a post to Keith for his follow up post:
“Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch/Who watches over you/Make a little birdhouse in your soul” – It might be on my top 10 list of all time.
“I know a girl who thinks of ghosts/She’ll make ya breakfast/She’ll make ya toast/She don’t use butter/She don’t use cheese/She don’t use jelly/Or any of these/She uses vaseline” – Any Lips fan will argue it’s a poor representation of the band and rightfully so, but this song is iconic.
“Hike up your skirt a little more /And show your world to me /In a boys dream/In a boys dream” – I have vivid 90s memories every time I hear this song.
“Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it/Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it/Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it/Kitty on my foot and I wanna touch it” – POTUSA needs to at least be mentioned somewhere in this discussion.
“Elevator lady/ Elevator lady/ Elevator lady/ Levitate me” – ‘Where is my mind’ may be the more memorable song thanks to Fight Club, but I sing this song to myself every day when I step into the elevator at work.
“I woke up this morning with a bad hangover/And my penis was missing again./This happens all the time./It’s detachable” – This song reminds me of drinking heavily, which is essentially the 90s for me.
Maybe these are a little more obscure than I realized, but even so, I had to speak my peace.