Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Just to aggravate my brother

My brother asked that I stop making music list blogs, so just to aggravate him (hey, we're brothers, that's what we do), I am gonna do one more. Call it a bonus.
This is the best songs of the last 20 years.

1) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
The song that started Nirvana-mania, this is the last group that can legitimately be said to have changed rock and roll. Angsty, with crunching guitars, the song is now a classic.
2) Jeremy - Pearl Jam
This is one of those songs, the first time you hear it, your jaw hits the floor. Add in the fact that it's a true story, and it floors you.
3) Wonderwall - Oasis
Inescapable during 1996, Oasis ushered in a new era of British pop and rock, conquering the United States and the rest of the world with this track. What is a wonderwall? Who knows. Still a great tune.
4) One - U2
U2 just never seems to get old. They remain the biggest band in the world, and keep pumping out great songs. The boys from Ireland show no signs of slowing down. This song is simply one of the greatest ever recorded.
5) The Rising - Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
Springsteen said after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that he felt a great burden to help the people of America. He did so by releasing his best track in years, an uplifting, powerful number with all of the Boss' trademarks.
6) High Hopes - Pink Floyd
Do you consider the Floyd the Floyd without Roger Waters? I do. This is David Gilmour's lyrical masterpiece, while still blending his trademark guitar sound.
7) Enter Sandman - Metallica
This 1990 song catapulted the metal gods into the stratosphere, making them a top 40 band. Some of their hardcore fans said they sold out with this song, but that's crap. They just evolved as musicians and discovered, HAVE MERCY!!, melody!
8) Beautiful Night - Paul McCartney
Macca and Ringo joined forces on this track, and what a refreshing sound it was, to have the two legends back for one more go round. Full of McCartney's trademark melodies and beautiful imagery, McCartney remains one of our truly great musical talents.
9) Living on the Edge - Aerosmith
If only Aerosmith did more songs like this one. Living somewhere between "Dream On" and "Dude Looks Like a Lady," this song actually has something to say. Great words, full of Steven Tyler's gritty, unapologetic vocals, this song challenges as the greatest the Boston natives has produced.
10) Free as a Bird - The Beatles
OK, so it was originally recorded by John Lennon in 1977, but still, it was released in the 1990s as part of the Beatles Anthology project. It was so incomplete, the remaining Beatles had to create all the music aside from the piano for the song, and McCartney had/got to write some added lyrics. It showed just what could have been possible had Lennon lived and the Beatles had the chance to record again. If only.
11) The Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
12) Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
13) Brighter than Sunshine - Aqualung
14) Oasis - All Around the World
15) Live Forever - Oasis
16) Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town - Pearl Jam
17) Sowing the Seeds of Love - Tears for Fears
18) Holiday - Green Day
19) Walk On - U2
20) Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
21) Have a Nice Day - Bon Jovi
22) November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses
23) Hurt - Johnny Cash
24) Closer - Nine Inch Nails
25) Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
26) Unwell - Matchbox 20
27) The Garden of Allah - Don Henley
28) Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers
29) The River of Dreams - Billy Joel
30) Real Love - The Beatles
31) Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
32) God's Gonna Cut you Down - Johnny Cash
33) The Shock of the Lightning - Oasis
34) Call me Mellow - Tears for Fears
35) P2 Vatican Blues - George Harrison
36) I Will Buy you a new Life - Everclear
37) The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen
38) Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
39) Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
40) If I Ever Lose my Faith in You - Sting
41) Beautiful Day - U2
42) Freedom 90 - George Michael
43) It's my Life - Bon Jovi
44) Let's Get Rocked - Def Leppard
45) Right Now - Van Halen
46) When I Come Around - Green Day
47) Lithium - Nirvana
48) Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
49) Soul Singing - The Black Crowes
50) If it Makes you Happy - Sheryl Crowe
51) Learning to Fly - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
52) Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
53) Santa Monica - Everclear
54) What it's Like - Everlast
55) Jump Around - House of Pain
56) All Apologies - Nirvana
57) Better Man - Pearl Jam
58) 911 is a Joke - Public Enemy
59) Run Devil Run - Paul McCartney
60) You Get what you Give - The New Radicals
61) I'll Stick Around - Foo Fighters
62) American Idiot - Green Day
63) Gone Away - The Offspring
64) Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi
65) The Masterplan - Oasis
66) No Excuses - Alice in Chains
67) Break it Down Again - Tears for Fears
68) Change the World - Eric Clapton
69) Keep me in your Heart - Warren Zevon
70) Taking you Home - Don Henley
71) Next Year - Foo Fighters
72) Gotta Get Away - The Offspring
73) Song no. 2 - Blur
74) Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes
75) Novacaine - Alice Cooper
76) Wonderful - Everclear
77) Take it Back - Pink Floyd
78) Sometimes you can't Make it on your Own - U2
79) The Rooster - Alice in Chains
80) Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave
81) The Wrestler - Bruce Springsteen
82) You Wreck Me - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
83) BYOB - System of a Down
84) Like a Stone - Audioslave
85) Perfect Situation - Weezer
86) Woman in Chains - Tears for Fears
87) Cryin' - Aerosmith
88) The Rising Sun - George Harrison
89) Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi
90) Come as you Are - Nirvana
91) Lips of an Angel - Hinder
92) Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers
93) I Want Love - Elton John
94) Animal - Pearl Jam
95) Flaming Pie - Paul McCartney
96) Show me How to Live - Audioslave
97) Falling Down - Oasis
98) Echoes - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
99) Fields of Gold - Sting
100) Black Balloon - The Goo Goo Dolls


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