If I could time-travel, I would choose to go back to the 1990s.
The 1990s was an era of iconic music. It was the era of boy bands, girl bands and pop. Rap flourished and rock was at the top of music charts.
I just love the 90s music—I bet everyone does. This music period reminds me of my childhood. I still have all the original tapes of my favorite bands and singers—it’s an expansive collection that’s dear to my heart.
Compared to today’s music, the 90s was damn brilliant. It was the rise of astonishing bands that will forever be remembered. Who doesn’t remember “Take That” or “Backstreet Boys?” Not to forget the solo singers who put together songs that will stay relevant for innumerable generations. Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Toni Braxton, to name a few.
We listened to Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Tool. We still love Nirvana and exalt Pink Floyd. That decade simply gave us its best.
Music is in constant evolving and I’m fond of almost every genre. Every period had its own glamour, so to speak. However, I see the 90s as a memorable era as plenty of good things came out back then. Additionally, I consider this period as a bridge between the past and the future. The past were tied to everything that has to do with the 80’s and what preceded it, whereas the future is associated to the 2000’s and what followed it.
The 90s had its bad music as much as it had its best. I never liked Britney Spears, for instance. Nevertheless, for me, they are way better than a lot of songs I hear today. I feel most of the so-called artists nowadays are coming up with song lyrics while they’re showering. They leave the shower and make a single.
Sometimes, I feel like I need to listen to something old. The list I have gathered below is a mix of songs that I am thoroughly fond of. The songs touched the core of my heart and also the video clips. I think the ideas that were created in the 1990s were original. We rarely see this creativity nowadays. Sadly, most of the clips they direct today revolve around sexy women or barren materials. They are missing the core of the song—which is the story.
Listening to old tracks from past decades is always refreshing. It is never a bad idea to make a list of songs that we liked in the past and listen to them again.
Here are my favorite songs from the 1990’s.
1. Iris. by the Goo Goo Dolls.
2. November Rain. by Guns N’ Roses
3. With arms wide Open. by Creed
4. Blaze of Glory. by Jon Bon Jovi
5. Crazy. by Aerosmith
6. Lemon Tree. by Fool’s Garden
7. Losing my Religion. by R.E.M
8. Creep. by Radiohead
9. They don’t Care about Us. by Michael Jackson
10. Smells like Teen Spirit. by Nirvana
Among these songs, the one that touched me the most was November Rain.
The lyrics are simply the best during this decade.
As for the video clips, I used to die for Crazy. That video clip represented freedom for me when I was still very young. It is creative, refreshing and a representative of personal independence.
No matter how many songs will come out, these 10 will forever remain my favorites. What are yours?
Author: Elyane Yousef
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock
Photo: video still