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8manpick’s OFFICIAL list of top bands from the 90’s

by 8manpick


I only considered music that was released in the 90’s, and it was heavily weighted towards bands with good CDs (<--90's music storage/playback device). Even today I prefer to listen to whole albums rather than songs because that's just what I like. As such, bands whose CDs I don't listen to, I didn't really consider even if I think they have some good songs (Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Live, etc.) I picked the fifteen bands I liked best, listed their CDs, then ranked the CDs in order of my preference. Then I used math to come up with a score to rank all the bands based on how much I liked their CDs. Then I said fuck math, and ranked those bands however the fuck I felt like it.

Honorable Mention:

–The Lemonheads: Evan Dando is great. If you have only heard their cover of “Mrs. Robinson”, go listen to the rest of It’s a Shame About Ray.

–Rage Against the Machine: So much anger, so much guitar.

–Alice in Chains: Jar of Flies is a great EP. Layne and Jerry’s haunting harmonies were something special. Second best MTV Unplugged performance.

–Bush: Sixteen Stone is so good. Unfortunately the rest of their stuff is incredibly meh.


–Incubus: I really like S.C.I.E.N.C.E and Make Yourself. If the list was 1995-2004, they would definitely make it.

#10. Elliott Smith
Such sad but beautiful music. May he rest in peace. My favorite CD of his is his self-titled, and my favorite song is Say Yes.

#9. John Frusciante
Would be in my top three favorites all-time but the only good music he put out in the 90’s was the double CD Niandra Lades / Usually Just a T-Shirt. His music is strange, complex and raw. It’s weird but I love it.

#8. Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape is great. There is some great stuff on the self-titled as well.

#7. Green Day
Hate all you want on current Green Day, but you all loved 90’s Green Day unless you were an old balls loser or a too cool for fun musicer. Either way, if you haven’t listened to 1039 / Smoothed out Slappy Hours, it is an interesting change of pace from their radio music.

#6. The Offspring
Four CDs in the 90’s, I like all of them. Americana was the first CD I bought for myself. Try Staring at the Sun.

#5. Weezer
Their two CDs in the 90’s are completely different but Weezer (Blue Album) and Pinkerton are both classics.

#4. Sublime
Some people don’t like them. I don’t know why. Their songs can be fun and silly or dark and emotional. It’s not all “Date Rape” and “Wrong Way” but those are pretty good songs anyway. Wish I’d gotten a chance to see Bradley live. I really like S.T.P. Pool Shark is great too.

#3. Radiohead
Probably the “best” band on this list. Three CDs in the 90s. OK Computer is incredible and The Bends and Pablo Honey are both excellent. All wildly different.


#2. Third Eye Blind
Haters gon’ hate, but front to back, their self-titled album is incredibly good, and Blue is great too. God of Wine and Wounded are my favorite songs by them.

**They will be in KC on the night before Thanksgiving, buy a ticket and come binge with gE’s #1 binger!**

#1. Red Hot Chili Peppers
There was never any doubt. This is my favorite live recording I’ve ever seen of any song by anyone.

Bonus maths (8manalysis)

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Stevesie60’s FTSOAT

T-Y to Stevesie60

As the late, great Gene Simmons once said, “You wanted the list? You got the list.” The long-awaited Stevesie60’s Favorite Ten Songs Of All Time. Do NOT go straight to the bottom. The floor is yours, Stevesie.

Keep in mind this is a list of songs based on favorites, not best. So you can argue all you want, but you’re wrong.

10. Coming in hard at #10; Dissonance and tempo changes together form perfect beauty – Chiodos’ “All Nereids Beware.”

9. Taking things down a notch, I have Miike Snow at #9 with “Silvia.” I’ve never heard desperation summed up so well.

8. Billy Corgan’s voice and violins somehow mix together perfectly. “Tonight, Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins

(Alternate version suggested by nicname)

7. The perfect build-up. 10 cool points if you’ve heard it before. “Midwestern Dirt” by Dear and the Headlights.

6. The best song of the past 5 years is at #6. “Itchin’ on a Photograph” by Grouplove.

5. I honestly believe this album changed the course of alternative when it came out. It used back-up vocals as instruments, something no one had seen (heard) done before but a trend that has continued since. Not to mention how prominent the style was immediately after “Tell All Your Friends” came out. Don’t even get me started on how amazing the music video is. Okay, do. Here it is, “Cute Without the “E” (Cut From The Team) by Taking Back Sunday.

4. Beautiful, Heart Breaking. Incredible metaphor that they stick to for the entire song. A break up summed up in a song about a ship wreck. This is the first song I ever learned on guitar. It’s so simple but hey, some of the most beautiful songs are. “Play Crack the Sky” by Brand New.

3. Short and to the point. Impossible to not get pumped up to this song. I love the complexity that they go through, as the song has 4 very distinct parts, yet the transitions blend together so well. I even got to listen to it while driving down Hollywood Boulevard, which was very fitting. It’s “I Am Hollywood” by He Is Legend.

2. I’m not sure I can pinpoint why I love this song so much. The outro is by far the best I’ve ever heard. Up until that point it’s a pretty basic, raw metal song. Like, if, someone had no concept of what metal was you could show them that song and they would comprehend it perfectly. And the fact that two of my favorite bands worked together on a song couldn’t be ignored. The first runner-up is “Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste” by Norma Jean.

1. This has been my favorite song for about the past 10 years, and I doubt it will ever change. I guess I’ve always found piano fascinating because I have no idea how to play it, so there’s extra mystique when I hear it. I can’t help but listen to it and picture some guy just like me spilling his heart without worrying whether it’s a good song or not, he just needs to get something off his chest. But as Andrew McMahon does, he made something beautiful without even trying. The coolest part about this song is that they never released it on an actual album, so it makes fans feel extra cool when they have a copy of it. At least it did in 2004 when it wasn’t as easy to find unreleased music. At number one, (it’s okay Dlew, don’t cry) it’s “Konstantine” by Something Corporate.

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