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100 Best Songs of the 90's: 11-20

11. Our Lady Peace Clumsy


“We’re all dumb and jaded” per Our Lady Peace’s second album, Clumsy but it’s ultimately our choice to change or help those in need. When the Canadian post-rock/grunge/alternative group consisting of falsetto Michael “Raine” Maida’s lead and an initial lineup of guitarist Mike Turner, drummer Jim Newell, and bassist Paul Martin, made their first success with their 1997, they secured their fame. Upon earning both gold and platinum certifications, the group went on to produce six more albums, win several awards, and stake their stand one of the best alternative rock bands of the 90s and all time.

12. PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love


PJ Harvey was something like the Grace Slick of the 1990s. As an English multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Polly Jean “”PJ” Harvey was to the 1990s as Grace Slick was to the 1960s. When Harvey released her Flood produced album Dry, the song failed to chart but drew huge critical acclaim. From the bluesy album recorded at the UK studio located in Yeovil called Icehouse and it delivered “To Bring You My Love” Harvey’s breakthrough song. The haunting and heart flaying simple composition paired with the tale of laying with a devil to find your inner angel still gives every heart wings.

13. Puddle Of Mudd Drift And Die


Post-grunge rockers Wes Scantlin, Jimmy Allen, Sean Sammon, and Kenny Burkitt gained inspiration from waters pooling in their practice space from the Missouri River Flood of 1993 to plunge into the music scene with their debut EP Stuck. The recording worked to provide a win in a local “battle of the bands” competition and sprang the foundation from which “Drift and Die” soared. The song portrays a cautionary tale about greed and gossip, a theme millions can relate to, and padded the path strewn with the dirt everyone, including music makers, take as they find their own truths.

14. Fuel Shimmer


The summer of 1998 was great. Perhaps one of the greatest. If you weren’t there, travel via musical time machine by giving Fuel’s Sunburn a listen. You’re instantly transported to the dog days of August and still glowing embers of burned out love. One of the best breakup albums of all time, and an integral album of the 90s and beyond, Fuel’s break out took almost a decade to burst. But when it did, it was like a solar ejaculation for Carl Bell, Jeff Abercrombie,Brett Scallions, and recording session drummer Jonathan Mover. Within two years, Sunburn was certified Platinum and scorched a place in the sun.

15. Poe Hello


American singer, songwriter, and absolute hottie Poe belted an innovative electronic/alternative
chanting array of stellar sound when she rocked the radio in 1995. Just as the world was turning to accommodate what would become the Digital Age, Poe was singing about the MOD fathers of the Internet and the truest desires of women. “Hello” is an intergalactic journey of longing, technology, and search for self in the quest within between a lover and a fighter. Poe pulses with an earwig so powerful you have no choice but to listen. And maybe want to help.

16. Portishead Numb


The time: 1991. The place: England. The Town: Portishead. The result: Beth Gibbons, Adrian Utley, Geoff Barrow, and Dave McDonald releasing the award winning album Dummy. Listed as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone, the soulful and almost sinfully deliciousness of the entire acid jazzy album was heaven sent. And hellproof. The success of its debut single, “Numb,” proves that anyone (even girls) can rise from the trenches of loneliness and the pits of despair.

17. Garbage I’m Only Happy When It Rains


The smashing Madison, Wisconsin rockers Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig burst loudly and proudly onto the alternative/grunge/electronic music scene during 1994. Their self titled, award winning debut brimmed with a brand of darkside angst unlike any other and almost 20 years (plus a couple of hiatuses) later, they just haven’t stopped. The starkly sarcastic poke of the group’s third single, “I’m Only Happy When It Rains,” brought a monsoon of success in 1996. And still has us singing along.

18. Beck Where It’s At


When Beck Hansen (nee Bek David Campbell) and his multi-instrumentalism broke through with his keen eye targeted on society, musical history was made. The release of 1994’s Loser led Beck toward fame faster than he could pick on anyone, including himself. In 1995, when he released his sophomore album, Odelay, everyone (even Rolling Stone) knew Beck was destined to join the ranks of the Greatest Albums of All Time. With klitzy beats, jamming guitars, and experimental keyboards, Beck proved he was Where It’s At in all of his jazzy, soulful, alternative brilliance.

19. Live I Alone


“Throwing Copper” was never so spiritually rocking until Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer, and Chad Gracey provided the profound with their 1994 album. Whether you liked it or not, the release of the group’s sophomore album reached nearly every ear on the planet. The mainstream success, due in part of the large messages it carried. “I Alone” contains the good stuff of life: the fact that love, religion, and truth can be found by the individual not by the acceptance of what others think.

20. Prince Get Off


The man who shed his name as royalty to adopt a symbol led decades of music lovers to new heights when he released Diamonds and Pearls during 1991. That’s right Prince and The New Power Generation claimed their reign with the powerful release of several versions of the last minute song “Get Off.” After years of refinement, the song was well received, charted high, and can still make listeners sing along. Genius.

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