Posted by Ben Czajkowski on 10.01.2008
From Metallica's "Enter Sandman" to Cher's "Believe" and Megadeth and "The Macarena", the 1990s were host to some of the best music in the latter part of the 20th century. 411Music writers throw their top 5 best singles of the 1990s into the ring. Check it out, and let us know what yours are!
Ah, the decade of mix CDs replacing mix tapes. No more having to fumble with cassettes or worrying about the tape getting stuck in the player. A decade where music lost its innocence and many stars were lost before their time. But like a great musician once said, "It's better to burn out than fade away."
So, what do we have for you this week? A lot. A whole variety of stuff that barely even breaks the ice. Nothing popalicious either. That comes next week, with Worst Singles of the 1990s. For now, enjoy what the 411 Writing staff calls the crem de la crème of the close to the 20th century.
5. Radiohead - "Creep": The song that put Radiohead on the map, "Creep" was a perfect representation of the early sound of the band. Their three guitar attack, passionate vocals from Thom Yorke, and the depressing nature of the song grasp the ears of teenagers worldwide. While the band would grow to resent the song, as it was their calling card for a long time, I still believe "Creep" to be one of the band's best tracks, and that's coming from the guy who loves O.K Computer.
4. Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun": What a dark fucking song. "Black hole sun, won't you come and wash away the rain?" A perfect visual, which was driven by Cornell's pitch-perfect performance. Lead guitarist Kim Thayil's solo is one of the most memorable of the 90's and the underrated rhythm section of bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron shining throughout the track. It's a memorable track and one that defines what the 1990's was all about, more so than anything from their contemporaries.
3. Slayer -"Dittohead": This is a strange choice, I know. Most people wouldn't put "best," "Slayer," and "1990's" in the same sentence, but hear me out. 1994's Divine Intervention was their first with new drummer Paul Bostaph. While the band was slowly progressing into incorporating elements of modern metal, with downtuned guitars and crappy solos (more so than usual) becoming the standard for Slayer's sound by the end of the decade, Divine Intervention had some monster thrash songs. "Dittohead" was one of them and is probably my favorite Slayer song of the 1990's just because of its intensity and furiousness, which was missing from most mainstream metal in the 90's. "Dittohead" could have been on any of their previous albums; that's how good it was. So while not the best single of the 90's, and one nobody will likely pick on the staff, I am here to give it some love and credit, which it deserves fully.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Give It Away": The first Red Hot Chili Peppers song that made an impact on the ears of mainstream rock listeners, "Give It Away" is a funky, catchy, and bass-full single that features fantastic performances from everyone involved. What else needs to be said? It's Red Hot Chili Peppers people!
1. Metallica-"Enter Sandman": Ah yes, the moment that Metallica "sold out" in the minds of metal fans worldwide. The video is sweet, the song is infectiously catchy, and the simplicity of the track actual works to the band's benefit, lending a certain clear heaviness that was lacking from earlier tracks. Say what you will about The Black Album, but the production on that kicks loads of ass and is one of the best of the 90's. "Enter Sandman" may be over-played, but aren't the best tracks the same way?
I forgiva the editor a-this Top 5 list for not knowing who I am. It is true I take-a the title for 411Mania's best Under 60-Second Reviewer quite quick. I kinda like a flash-a-lightning. It all good. An' thanka so much ta lottsa new friends who senda me good wishes
5. The Cardigans – "Lovefool": Nina, she sucha beautiful Swedish girl. I meeta her at a party. I no talka much more bout this, only because I be a gentleman. Butta I know she write some of that song fer me. Make-a me happy every time I hear it.
4. The Bloodhound Gang – "Bad Touch": This song very popular all over Europe. Maybe even more popular than it was ina the U.S. It a good, honest song. An' you seea the video? They trap many Parisians. Maybe good, because none-a us here like Parisians. They needa be captured and shipped away, maybe to your state of Utah. Even Parisians don't like Parisians.
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Give It Away": Maybe you notta know this, but they release this one in my country with a bonus giveaway, which be a sock. That be a penis and balls sock, which is good for many beaches very close to me. For a whole summer, we use-a our penis and balls sock, thanks to the Chili Peppers. Very good song, too.
2. Divinyls – "I Touch Myself": It a nice song that talka bout a subject I like to hear. But really, I tella you why I love this song so much. I visit Australia in 1990 and met this band playing at a club in Sydney. I no say this song be inspired bout me. But I no say it not, either.
1. Los del Rio - "Macarena": Only ones who no like this song probably been to sucka-the-balls scazz bar where fat spandex porkers an' balding, drooling lard asses do-a the dance. You need-a go to where you see-a some good models who do-a this dance, especially where they all do-a it with you.
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