10 Best Best 90's Rock Songs
Looking at the 10 best 90's rock songs, you can tell exactly where a good majority of the music was coming from. A large portion of the 1990's rock music was taken over by the Grunge movement with lots of Seattle bands making names for themselves. It is a testament to how good the music was in the 1990s that many of the bands on this list are still playing today.
- “Smells Like Teen Spirit” - Nirvana. Nirvana was quite simply the band of the early 1990s, and this song was their standard bearer. We'll always wonder what would have happened with this band had Kurt Cobain stuck around.
- “One” - U2. These hit makers just poured it on with this song about the difficulties that come with relationships.
- “Losing My Religion” - REM. Michael Stipe's unique vocals made this easily one of the best songs of the decade. While the true meaning of the song isn't well known, tales of disillusionment are wrapped quite well into the lyrics.
- “Jeremy” - Pearl Jam. This song about a young student who lost his grip was especially poignant considering the number of violent student-related incidents that occurred over the decade. Some saw this song as a sort of warning bell about troubled youth.
- “Under the Bridge” - Red Hot Chili Peppers. Red Hot Chili Peppers were never hotter than in the 1990s. This song about their love of Los Angeles as well as loneliness and drug abuse launched the group's career.
- “Enter Sandman” - Metallica. Simply a great pump you up head banger tune. The song certainly won't put you to sleep. If anything, it'll knock you unconscious.
- “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” - Green Day. This song, apparently about the passage of time and reflecting on your youth was one of the bigger commercial hits for Green Day.
- “Fly” - Sugar Ray. This song was a great commercial hit thanks to the almost bubble gum pop feel it had. It was also quite interesting because it was such a huge switch from every song Sugar Ray had done up until then.
- “Are You Gonna Go My Way” - Lenny Kravitz. Kravitz exploded onto the scene in the 1990's thanks in large part to songs like this. High energy songs with amazing guitar riffs have been Kravitz's signature sound since he kicked off his music career.
- “Cannonball” - Breeders. The Breeders never had another hit that took off like "Cannonball" took off. Fantastic guitar playing from three different members of this band made this song easily one of the best of the 1990s.