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100 Best Songs of the 1990's | 31-40

31. The Cure Friday I’m In Love

As one of the most popular rock bands in the world during the 1980s and 1990s, British supergroup The Cure worked hard to get where they were then and now. Robert Smith, with all of his haphazard lipstick and eye makeup was the anchor that kept the group afloat from 1976 to the present as the group evolved and lineup changed. During 1992, Smith led his bandmates to topple UK and US charts with the release of “Friday I’m In Love.” If “Monday’s blue” and hearts break, Robert Smith et al’s Wish is eternal. We love them in all of the messiness of life.

32. Right Said Fred I’m Too Sexy

English trio Right Said Fred released a high flying album during 1992 with their one hitter, chart topper I’m Too Sexy. It had all of us practicing or appreciating the fine art of stripping routines...kidding As one of the greatest one hit wonders, Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass, and Rob Manzoli astounded the world with an ever-present-despite-how-much-time-passes earwig. If you want to feel sexy or confident, reach for this song and let it take you.

33. LFO Girl On TV

Pop sensation Lyte Funky Ones or LFO (as they were more commonly known) released a great little ditty about a beautiful angel in a green dress during 1999 with “Girl On TV.” Any boy who crushes as hard as LFO did for that girl deserves a medal. And as the second biggest hit (standing in the shadow of Summer Girls) by Rich Cronin, Devin Lima, and Brad Ficshcetti, the tune was certified Gold within a year and shone brightly in the sun.

34. Escape Club I’ll Be There

Londoners Trevor Steel, John Holliday, Johnnie Christo, and Milan Zekavica offered a reedy pop rock ballad to their long lost loves with “I’ll Be There” in the early 1990s. The sweet, soft keyboard omnipresent promise of the lullaby-like promise of allowing nothing, even death, to interfere with the object of affections. The song reached gold status within the U.S. and was a great parting gift to fans when the group disbanded in 1992.

35. 4 Non Blondes What’s Up

Among the ranks of the greatest one hit wonders or worst songs ever was “What’s Up?” the 4 Non Blondes’ musical riddle which plagued 1993 and beyond. The near screech and holler of Linda Perry, the pound of Wanda Day, the riffs of Shaunna Hall, and the bass of Christa Hillhouse as they make sense of the past while being hopeful for the future was something. It hit it big internationally and earned gold certification but still makes us wonder...

36. MC Hammer U Can’t Touch This

When Rick James was sampled by MC Hammer in 1990, a super sensation and lawsuit followed. Despite copyright infringement, Hammer hit the nail on the head with this R&B massively popular, multi-platinum, internationally successful tune. How is beyond me. Especially wearing those pants.

37. Gin Blossoms Hey Jealousy

The New Miserable Experience of break up albums was made newer when the Gin Blossoms re-released their song “Hey Jealousy.” Even though guitarist Doug Hopkins was fired from the band shortly after he helped propel the group to chart topping status, the palpable shrivel of an aching heart earned a nod from Rolling Stone. The magazine praised the tune as a “manna for radio” for “the ease with which this quintet casts hooks.” Plus its a friendly reminder that the green eyed monster, depression, and addiction that plague some relationships may be ironically helpful in some small way.

38. Toadies Possum Kingdom

The term “rubberneck” describes that moment when your head turns to follow something that catches your eye. All that shimmers isn’t gold as the Toadies’ album of the same title shows. With distorted guitars, a sinister snare, and captivating riffs, the Toadies blatantly honest depiction of stalker-esque scoundrels in the story of events happening at a lake in Texas with their hit Possum Kingdom reminds us all to question (repeatedly) “Do you want to die?” The answer: not in the way the Toadies describe. The darkside song earned mention from Billboard during August of 1995 and was one of the more interesting songs of summer.

39. Silverchair Tomorrow

Australian post-grunge, alt-rock, alternative metal band Silverchair struck it big as kings of the 90s with their song Tomorrow. From the 1994 album, Frogstomp, the song was based on what lead vocalist Daniel Johns stated during an interview: “This documentary about a poor guy that takes a rich guy to a poor person’s hotel to experience what it’s like being a poor person and that. And the rich guy is complaining to get out and that, as he has to wait ‘til tomorrow to get out of the hotel.” Whatever the backstory, the tune reached number one on international charts, gained massive acclaim from industry giants, and even certified double platinum by RIAA.

40. Next Too Close

Urban contemporary R&B group Next knows when you get close enough to fire you get a little hot. The 1998 hit “Too Close” plugged into everyone’s veins and left them throbbin’ with suggestive lyrics about dancin’. RL Huggar, Terry Brown, and Raphael Brown used their gospel roots and management to lure Adina Howard, Koffee Brown, Castro, and even DJ KayGee from Naughty By Nature to propel their debut album, Rated Next, to platinum certification. Oh and they nailed male arousal...pun intended.

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