Hello everyone, Today I am back with another post in my five on Friday series If you don’t already know five on Friday is when I write a five piece countdown on a specific theme. In today’s post, I am going to share with you my five favourite singles of the 90’s.This was a really hard one as the 90’s had so many fantastic releases but I managed to whittle it down to just five. These aren’t in any particular order as that would just make it even harder to decide.
Smells like teen spirit- Nirvana 1991
With its powerful riffs and rough vocals Smells like teen spirit was undoubtedly one of the greatest hits of the 90’s and shaped grunge rock into what it is today. It’s a song that seems to appear on most of my playlists, except my sleep one for obvious reasons and is just a song that you can head bang to over and over again.
Wonderwall- Oasis 1995
One of Brit pops finest songs here with the classic that is Wonderwall. This is a song that I have always been mesmerised by due to its simplistic acoustic rhythm with gentle use of tambourine on the chorus. I find the song very relaxing and its one I like to listen to when concentrating or trying to sleep. When asked about the meaning of the song Liam simply said “A Wonderwall can be anything. It’s just a beautiful word” and I couldnt agree more. I would love to own this single on 7″ vinyl but it’s literally so expensive so I doubt I will be getting my hands on a copy any time soon.
Basket case- Green Day 1994
Possibly Green days most well know single here, the song was written by Billie Joe Armstrong during his struggle with understanding his anxiety disorder. The song opens with purely Billie Joe’s vocals and guitar before building and incorporating the other members and their instruments. I have read a lot of stuff online where fans have said it’s the bands weakest single and other not so positive comments along those lines, however, I still love the song and continue to listen to it regularly.
Suzy Lee- The White Stripes 1999
This one only just qualifies for this list as it was released in late 1999. Suzy Lee was the third single released from the band’s debut self-titled album. The song has a very apparent blues influence but is grounded to the band’s alternative rock genre with the weighty drum beat. I can quite safely say that this is my favourite White Stripes song by far.
High and Dry- Radiohead 1995
I’m not going to lie I’m not really a Radiohead fan, however, this song is an exception. It was the first single from their second album ‘The Bends’ however it was recorded previously but the band didn’t like it at all and did not include it in the first album instead simply dismissing it as a ‘Rod Stewert song’. They remastered the track so it would fit in with the second album and personally, I think they did a good job. I’m the type of person that doesn’t listen to other people thoughts when it comes to music (even the artists in this case) I like to make my own mind up about a song and I really like this one even if the band doesn’t.
Like I said before this was really hard, do you agree with my choices? Let me know your views in the comments any tracks you think I missed. See you in my next post, byeeee.