With the topic of the 90s for this month, I was super stoked! I’m a big music lover (as you should know by now) and my fave music is 90’s music. I was a teen in the 90s and the music I listened to helped shape who I am today. So I’ve decided to share what I like to call My 90s Heart Songs.
I decided a playlist on YouTube would be best to share my playlist, and also go through the top songs on it to explain what they mean to me.
A little background, I was born in 1981, so in the 90s I went from being a young adolescent to an 18 year old on my way to adulthood. Quite the journey. And I used music to carry me on my path.
My first music memories of the time are two bands that really defined me, Weezer and Blur. Weezer had their blue (self titled) album out when I was 13 and they were my ticket into the genre of alternative rock, which I still gravitate towards to this day. “The Sweater Song” was their big hit, but I preferred “Say It Ain’t So” (which is on my playlist). The other band, Blur, was my doorway into british pop, which fed my obsession with the UK. Their album Parklife came out as well when I was 13, (how good was 1994 for music?) and “Girls and Boys” was my brit pop go-to song. From there I fell down the brit pop hole and fell in love with other bands, but Blur was my first.
I’m also a big fan of EDM (electronic dance music), or as it was called in the 90s, “techno”, and of course, British techno was my go-to. So of course I was in love with The Prodigy, Underworld, and Orbital. Underworld reminds me of one of my favourite 90’s movies, Trainspotting (one of my top 10 movies ever), and Orbital reminds me of Hackers (another of my top 10 movies). I actually had the soundtracks for both of those movies and can clearly remember wandering around listening to them on my Disc-man!
Of course, if you were a girl in the 90s, you probably listened to “Stay” by Lisa Loeb and “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. And then there’s “Foolish Games” by Jewel which is such a great song to just sing your heart out to, especially as a teenage girl (or adult woman) dealing with that person who has a hold on your heart.
From there I went on to some more main stream alt rock-type bands like Green Day, Offspring, Blind Melon, and of course, Nirvana. Unfortunately I was just getting into Nirvana when Kurt Cobain passed away, but they helped shaped my music tastes and nothing hits me as hard in the nostalgia as “Lithium”, one of my first Nirvana songs.
Now, I have to go with THE song I think of when I think of the 90s. Sure, there are others on my list, but “The Freshman” by The Verve Pipe is what I think of when I think of 90’s music. I still know the whole song by heart, and it still hits me in the feels.
Please enjoy my playlist, which is just a small sampling of my favourite songs from the 90s. I’m sure there are others that I missed.
I would love to hear what 90s songs influenced you, or what songs from the 90s you love. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @cyannide!