Get ready for some hit with these 10 best rock songs of the 90s. Rock music went mainstream in the 60s but has its roots in music as early as the 40s. The 90s brought many new subgenres of rock which include: grunge, Britpop, indie rock and nu metal. These are some of the best rocks songs of that era.
- "Sober" by Tool (1993) Who knew having to be high to be creative would make a good song. That’s exactly what this rock hit is about. Tool's guitarist Adam Jones has stated that the song was about a friend of the band who had to be under the influence to be artistic. The song was a fast hit with fans.
- "My Hero" by Foo Fighter (1997) This song is about ordinary people who have extraordinary things. Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl wrote it about the everyday heroes in his life. There was controversy over the song in 2008 when presidential candidate John McCain used the song in his campaign. The band publicly denounced his use of the song, and the Republican party stated they obtained a license to use the song.
- "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine (1992) While a very simple song it also has a very powerful message. The lyrics are six lines that are repeated. The song’s explicit lyrics got the video limited airplay.
- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins (1995) Lead singer Billy Corgan came up with the lines “but can you fake it / for just one more show” while the band was headlining the 1994 Lollapalooza tour. During the tour the band became disillusioned with the idea of alternative rock.
- "More Human Than Human" by White Zombie (1995) The music video for this song was the first one that Rob Zombie directed by himself. The video featured home movie clips and part of the video was shot at Framinghan High School.
- "Cryin’" by Aerosmith (1993) This song is about an up and down relationship. The video for this song was the first one to feature Alicia Silverstone, which helped to start her career.
- "Would?" By Alice in Chains (1992) This is a song about going through rehab. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell wrote the song for Andrew Wood, who was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone before he died in 1990 of a heroin overdose.
- "Lightening Crashes" by Live (1994) This is easily the band's biggest hit. Ed Kowalczyk wrote the song in his bedroom at his parents house soon before he moved out after high school. The song was later dedicated to a classmate of the band’s, Barbara Lewis, that was killed by a drunk driver.
- "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden (1994) This song was said to be written in fifteen minutes by Chris Cornell. The band broke up due to internal conflict in 1997 but the band later got back together in 2010. They played Lollapalooza in August of 2010.
- "Comedown" by Bush (1994) This song is about coming down from the high of intense emotions. Lead singer Gavin Rossdale wrote this song about his ex-girlfriend. It was the first song that Rossdale wrote independently.
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