Rolling Stone selects the best 50 songs of the 1990s


nirvanateenspiritRolling Stone posted their selections for the 50 best songs of the 1990s on Monday, and the list is sure to generate some discussion.

Writer Rob Sheffield introduces the list by saying, “Whatever kind of noise was ringing your bells, the Nineties held more of it than any fan could absorb. There’s no way one list could sum up such a bountiful decade – hell, you could run through two or three hundred great tunes from summer ’94 alone. But these 50 crucial songs capture glorious moments from all over the Nineties music explosion – hits, obscurities, cult classics, dance-floor jams, guitar ragers, karaoke standards.”

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Here’s a look at the top 20 choices:

1. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
2. Blackstreet – “No Diggity”
3. Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy and Mase – “Mo Money Mo Problems”
4. Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
5. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg – “Nuthin’ but a G Thang”
6. Pavement – “Gold Soundz”
7. Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
8. Pulp – “Common People”
9. Liz Phair – “Fuck and Run”
10. TLC – “No Scrubs”
11. Hole – “Doll Parts”
12. The Breeders – “Cannonball”
13. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Brooklyn Zoo”
14. R.E.M. – “Nightswimming”
15. Outkast – “Rosa Parks”
16. Sleater-Kinney – “Get Up”
17. Beastie Boys – “Sure Shot”
18. Garbage – Queer” En Vogue – “Don’t Let Go (Love)”
19. Whitney Houston Feat. Faith Evans and Kelly Price – “Heartbreak Hotel”
20. Beck – “Loser”

Some songs may come as a surprise, while others not so much. Several notable bands are missing from the list, among them Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Green Day, to name a few. What do you think? What songs do you think are major omissions?

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