We have all come to the point that we say “I wish I lived in 90s. In 90s songs were way too good.”. Here we are, with 10 forgotten great beauties of 90s. In this list, you’ll hear some familiar voices that you have loved in a period of your life but might not even remember nowadays. Also, you will have the opportunity to discover new sounds that must live through decades and must not be forgotten.
*The list is alphabetically ordered, there is no ranking.*
Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills
Bills, Bills, Bills was the first Destiny’s Child song that reached to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was a pretty famous song at those years but it is now in the shadows of Survivor and Independent Women.
Oasis – Don’t Go Away
“So don’t go away
Say what you say
Say that you’ll stay”
This song makes you feel the desperation of a lover who doesn’t want to lose the love of his life. Perfect song for a depression after break up.
R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
If you ask someone to sing a song from R.E.M., they would probably start to sing their greatest hit ‘Losing My Religion’. Losing My Religion is obviously one of the best songs of 90s but there is another song that deserves to be appreciated as much as Losing My Religion.
The song is also used to help the victims of an earthquake in Haiti in 2010. R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties and the song covered by 23 singers including Jovi Bon Jovi, Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey.
Portishead – Glory Box
A friend of mine recommended this song while I was preparing this list. I am grateful to her for the recommendation. I don’t know how I haven’t listened to Portishead before. If you love the songs on this list, you will probably adore the song and the voice of Beth Gibbons. The tone of her voice will touch your souls.
Mazzy Star – Look On Down From The Bridge
This is the most melancholic song I’ve ever head. The combination of lyrics with the music is perfect. I don’t really know what to say about this song. Just open it at 3 a.m. and you will feel everything I feel while listening to this masterpiece.
The Cardigans – Lovefool
“So I cry and I pray and I beg
Love me, love me
Say that you love me”
Unlike the songs in this list, Lovefool has a great disharmony between its lyrics and music and this disharmony makes this song unforgettable for me. For someone who do not understand English, Lovefool might be seen as a fun song to dance to which is completely the opposite when you understand the lyrics.
Anathema – One Last Goodbye
“Somehow I knew you would leave me this way
Somehow I knew you could never, never stay
And in the early morning light
After a silent peaceful night
You took my heart away”
The words of a man whose mom has passed away. The song has so much sadness that could make you cry your eyes out. In their album ‘Judgement’, the song that follows One Last Goodbye is ‘Parisienne Moonlight’. It is written as an answer to ‘One Last Goodbye’, this is the best duo of music ever. This duo is like a bomb that could destroy you if you listen to them consecutively.
Oasis – She’s Electric
This is such an unfortunate masterpiece. It didn’t get the appreciation it deserved because it was in the same album with hits like Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova and Don’t Look Back In Anger.
Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
Even though this is a song of Keith Whitley which is written is the 80s, I wanted to add this to the list because the cover by Ronan Keating was the first time I’ve ever listened to this song. The song was recorded for the film Notting Hill. It was in the debut album of Ronan Keating, who is a great singer btw, and this record has peaked to number one in UK, New Zealand and Ireland. But unfortunately, no one listens to this song anymore unless they watch Notting Hill.
Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are
Let’s end the list by one of the greatest girl bands of the 90s. This song deserved to be praised as much as Wannabe. But it only has 23M views on YouTube and 35M on Spotify. Who Do You Think You Are was a success, especially for the vocals of Melanie. The song reached number one in many European countries.
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