The ten best songs of 1995 take you back to a time when the "King of Pop" was still at the top of his game, Green Day were fresh-faced newcomers, and "Friends" was not only a popular television series, but also provided one of the year’s biggest hits. Here is a rundown of the best songs of 1995.
- “You Oughta Know,” Alanis Morissette. Our first impression of Alanis Morissette was that of an angry rock chick, thanks to the fury of “You Oughta Know.” The hard-rock edge and venomous lyrics made it the best song of 1995. One rumor said Alanis wrote the song about former boyfriend Dave Coulier from "Full House."
- “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Coolio featuring L.V. Coolio and L.V. took an old Stevie Wonder song, re-worked the lyrics, added new verses, and created the best rap song of 1995. Even people who didn't typically like rap music appreciated the creativity and intelligence of “Gangsta’s Paradise.”
- “Buddy Holly,” Weezer. No one could have known at the time that the four nerdy kids in Weezer would still be going strong fifteen years later. But it was obvious that “Buddy Holly” was a clever rock song. The Happy Days-inspired music video made it an instant classic and easily one of the best songs of 1995.
- “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” Smashing Pumpkins. The first single from the Smashing Pumpkins’ epic double-album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" was one of the most explosive rock songs of the year, featuring the unforgettable line, “Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage.”
- “Run-Around,” Blues Traveler. John Popper brought his blues rock band into the mainstream with the success of “Run-Around.”
- “You Are Not Alone,” Michael Jackson. The "King of Pop" recorded his last number one song with this R. Kelly-penned R&B ballad, thus securing its spot as one of the best songs of 1995.
- “When I Come Around,” Green Day. Years later they got political, but in 1995 Green Day were just a bunch of bratty punks. “When I Come Around” was powered by a memorable repetitive guitar riff. The song was the fifth single from "Dookie" and became the album’s biggest hit.
- “This is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan. R&B singer Montell Jordan scored a smash hit with this song about hanging out in the hood and partying instead of causing trouble.
- “I’ll Be There for You,” The Rembrandts. When you make a video featuring the entire "Friends" cast, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a massive pop hit. The Rembrandts did just that with the cheeky theme song from the television series.
- “I Know,” Dionne Farris. A former part-time member of rap troupe Arrested Development, Farris earned her moment in the spotlight with this catchy tune. Farris has faded from spotlight, but “I Know” still stands as one of the best songs of 1995.
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