21. Aerosmith Crazy
Longtime oldtimers Aerosmith had 20 years of hard core rockin’ under their belts by the time the 1990s began. That didn’t stop Steven Tyler and the rest of “Bad Boys of Boston” from releasing highly impressive, massively successful power ballads from tearing up the charts. When “Crazy” was released in 1995, harmonicas, drums, and strings lamented to Tyler’s lovesick croon, the world roared with applause. Critics and fans lost their minds with the accompanying sultry video featuring Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone (and still haven’t gotten them back.)
22. Depeche Mode It’s No Good
With the accomplishment of 31 top selling UK singles paving the way, the 1997 release of “It’s No Good” by Depeche Mode from the album Ultra was more than a moody rhythm. It was certified gold, marking the best comeback ever for Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher. Especially since at least one of the members was borderline certifiable just before the song’s release. It’s no good to love an addict but man, this song is so easy to love.
23. Sarah McLachlan Good Enough
Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan’s debut album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was everything but a fumble. When it was released worldwide in 1994, the steady strum of an electric guitar and McLachlan’s angelic vocals in “Good Enough” streamlined the album to steady heights on pop charts for nearly two years.
24. Smashing Pumpkins Today
Everyday is a good one with Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, Butch Vig and D’arcy Wretzky...kind of. The dark cast of the seemingly upbeat, cultish snare of the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” was well received upon its release in 1993 and followed the suit of its predecessor “Disarm..” The balance between softly distorted guitar instrumentals, Corgan’s gloomy grit, and themes of suicide, self mutilation, depression, desperation, and the fine art of irony cast “Today” into many tomorrows. With tremendous radio airplay, the song was the highest charting ever produced by the Smashing Pumpkins in both the U.S. and U.K.
25. Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Chris Cornell smoldered during 1994 when he and his band, Soundgarden, released Black Hole Sun - the third single from their uber-fabulous album Superunknown. Rather an eargasm for the summer, the sadness veiled in the tune layered in surreal, apocalyptic abstraction. The hard rocking guitar riffs and the haunting familiarity of Cornell’s songwriting gives voice to worlds beyond this one. Listed among VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs of all time, Black Hole Sun’s burn in eternity.
26. Dog’s Eye View Everything Falls Apart
The happy go lucky feel of an acoustic guitar, the snappy drums, and Peter Stuart’s writing and singing chops for Dog’s Eye View’s “Everything Falls Apart” is the complex juxtaposition of what you think you know. Who meets God on a random afternoon? Who admits the “devil’s not in the details, it’s in my pants?” Who doubts everything when the going is good? All of us. That’s why when the song was released in 1996, everyone was instantly smitten. The song charted well on Billboard’s Alternative and Adult Pop album charts and allowed Stuart, Neil Nunziato, Mike Visceglia, Dawn Buckhola, and Regina Ballantese to tour with The Wallflowers, the Dandy Warhols, The Counting Crows, and Del Amitri
27. The Wallflowers One Headlight
Jakob Dylan, son of the legendary Bob Dylan, captivated the world with his curls and genetic blessing when he and his Wallflowers knocked the lights out of many in 1992. Their self titled debut made the Wallflowers - with Dylan, Barrie Maguire, Peter yanowitz, and Rami Jaffee - anything but obscure. With Jakob’s smokily steady yet incredibly solemn story spun in One Headlight, it blared on the radio, the T.V., and nearly anywhere music played. In addition, the song earned a pair of Grammys and made it to the top of international music charts.
28. Del Amitri Roll To Me
Scottish band Del Amitri hit it big with their 1995 single “Roll To Me” despite the group considering it a “throwaway pop song.” Members Justin Currie, Iain Harvie, Bryan Tolland, and Paul Tyagi, were somewhat displeased the tune charted well in the U.S., Canada, and the UK since they didn’t consider it their best. Why will remain a mystery. Maybe it was the lyrics. Maybe it was because it was pop. Who knows. And who really cares?
29. Rob Zombie Dragula
When Rob Zombie embarked on his solo career, the result was a fast driving tune straight off of Hellbilly Deluxe. The drag racing howlish growl of Grandpa Munster’s namesake in a song sped through the charts in the summer of 1998. Every headbanger from here ‘til eternity has been bopping along as each of us “digs through the ditches and burns through the witches.”
30. Duran Duran Come Undone
When Britain’s Duran Duran questioned “Who do you need? Who do you love? When it comes undone?” in 1993, the world listened. Rumored to have been written as a gift for Simon Le Bon’s wife, Yasmin, when Duran Duran released their seventh album, it earned more than commercial and critical success. It earned years of speculation that one of the members of Duran Duran was a transvestite. Not that we mind. The perfection instrumentation and the expression of unconditional love found in this song is timeless, boundless, and magical.