Thursday, December 20, 2007
I heart the 90s!
A friend of mine recently told me that bloggers shouldn’t worry about audience, they should just write what they want and hope people like it. Since maybe one day I’ll be a *real* blogger, I figured I’d try that approach and post a few things I’ve been thinking about… I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write something and thought “Why would anyone want to read this?” Maybe you don’t, but here it is anyway…
I heart the 90’s
So, I’ve been watching VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90’s because a) I love VH1 b) I love the 90’s and c) I’ll watch *any* kind of countdown show… there’s just something about having things in rank order that is appealing to me. But I digress…
I’m totally digging the show ‘cuz I know at least 98% of the songs and find myself jumping on iTunes to download the tracks. But… it’s also making me feel old. Did you realize, for example, that it’s been FIFTEEN years since Tom Petty’s “Into the Great Wide Open”? It seems like only yesterday that I was lusting after Johnny Depp in that video. Some things never change!
Although the show hasn’t wrapped yet, you can find the full list here. No surprise that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the 1 song of the 90s. Although I’d argue there are much better Nirvana songs, I’d say they made the right pick. It’s such an iconic 90’s song that if they’d chosen anything else, I would have been shocked.
However, I take issue with their choice for 3. Although the Backstreet Boys kick-started the whole boy-band craze, I think “Nuthin but a G Thang” would’ve been a better choice. I don’t know *anyone* who didn’t have a copy of The Chronic back in the day… and Dr. Dre’s influence on hip-hop and music in general is undeniable.
As I look through this list I see so many songs that bring back so many memories that it’s hard to pick favorites, but my top 5 favorites would be:
So, those are my picks. I’m not saying they’re the most influential on music or that they’re necessarily even the best songs, but they definitely represented the 90’s to me.
Honorable mentions go to: Under the Bridge (Blood Sugar Sex Magic is still one of my all-time fave albums), Baby Got Back (reminds me of detassling corn with Kevin Morris & Josh Bryant… plus, gets booties shakin’ on the dance floor to this day!), Nuthin’ But a G Thang (Adam & Josh’s apartment in HS… need I say more????), and Whatta Man (Salt N Peppa at their best!)