Rolling Stone ranks the 50 best songs of the 1990s

Weezer, Oasis, and Portishead make the cut. Radiohead, Pearl Jam, and Alanis Morissette do not

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    Following similar listicles for the 100 greatest drummers and the 40 greatest punk albums, Rolling Stone has unveiled its picks for the 50 best songs of the 1990s. Contributing editor Rob Sheffield came up with the ranking, which has Weezer’s “Pink Triangle” above Portishead’s “Glory Box”; which places Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” and Oasis’ “Wonderwall” at 21 and 23, respectively; and which puts Pavement and Pulp in the top 10. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is No. 1, obviously, but interestingly enough, there’s no Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, or Alanis Morissette.

    Check out the notable selections below, and find the full list at Rolling Stone. If you need a place to vent, there’s a comment section below.

    48. The Offspring – “Self Esteem”
    42. Ace of Base – “The Sign”
    38. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
    36. Portishead – “Glory Box”
    35. Sheryl Crow – “If It Makes You Happy”
    31. Underworld – “Born Slippy .Nuxx”
    29. Fiona Apple – “Paper Bag”
    28. Weezer – “Pink Triangle”
    27. Daft Punk – “Around the World”
    23. Oasis – “Wonderwall”
    21. Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”
    20. Beck – “Loser”
    17. Beastie Boys – “Sure Shot”
    16. Sleater-Kinney – “Get Up”
    15. OutKast – “Rosa Parks”
    12. The Breeders – “Cannonball”
    11. Hole – “Doll Parts”
    09. Liz Phair – “Fuck and Run”
    08. Pulp – “Common People”
    06. Pavement – “Gold Soundz”
    05. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg – “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”
    04. Bikini Kill – “Rebel Girl”
    03. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Mo Money Mo Problems”
    02. Blackstreet – “No Diggity”
    01. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”


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