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1. Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones”
2. 4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up?”
3. Tom Petty – “Into the Great Wide Open”
4. Garbage – “Only Happen when it Rains”
5. The Refreshments – “Banditos”
6. Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence”
7. Beck – “Loser”
8. M.C. Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
9. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”
10. Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
11. Local H – “Bound for the Floor”
12. Cracker – “Low”
13. Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
14. Sneaker Pimps – “Six Underground”
15. Butthole Surfers – “Pepper”
16. Live – “I Alone”
17. Stabbing Westward – “Shame”
18. Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Empty”
19. Veruca Salt – “Seether”
20. Alice in Chains – “Heaven Beside You”
21. Blind Melon – “No Rain”
22. Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”
23. The Verve Pipe – “Photograph”
24. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give it Away”
25. Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
26. Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”
27. Depeche Mode – “Policy of Truth”
28. Tool – “Stinkfist”
29. The Cure – “Friday I’m in Love”
30. R.E.M. – “Losing my Religion”
31. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression that I Get”
32. Smashing Pumpkins – “Disarm”
33. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
34. Primitive Radio Gods – “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in my Hand”
35. Alice in Chains – “Rooster”
36. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
37. Rob Zombie – “Dragula”
38. Weezer – “Undone (the Sweater Song)”
39. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
40. Orgy – “Blue Monday”
41. Skee-lo – “I Wish”
42. Candlebox – “You”
43. Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
44. Sublime – “What I Got”
45. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”
46. Faith No More – “Epic”
47. Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”
48. The Offspring – “Gone Away”
49. Republica – “Ready to Go”
50. Nirvana – “All Apologies”
51. Pearl Jam – “Black”
52. Live – “Selling the Drama”
53. Eagle Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
54. Collective Soul – “Shine”
55. Dishwalla – “Counting Blue Cars”
56. Nada Surf – “Popular”
57. 2Pac – “California Love”
58. Cake – “I Will Survive” cover
59. Korn – “Got the Life”
60. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
61. Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
61. Foo Fighters – “My Hero”
62. Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice”
63. Toadies – “Possum Kingdom”
64. Eels – “Novocaine for the Soul”
65. Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
66. Soul Asylum – “Runaway Train”
67. Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
68. Ben Folds Five – “Brick”
69. Garbage – “Stupid Girl”
70. Danzig – “Mother”
71. Toad the Wet Sprocket – “Walk on the Ocean”
72. EMF – “Unbelievable”
73. INXS – “Suicide Blonde”
74. Nine Inch Nails – “Wish”
75. Jesus Jones – “Right Here, Right Now”
76. Breeders – “Cannonball”
77. Bush – “Little Things”
78. Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”
79. Blur – “Song 2”
80. Marcy Playground – “Sex and Candy”
81. Ugly Kid Joe – “Everything About You”
82. The Verve Pipe – “The Freshmen”
83. Salt-n-Peppa – “Shoop”
84. Reel Big Fish – “Sell Out”
85. The Rentals – “Friends of P.”
86. Radiohead – “Creep”
87. Poe – “Angry Johnny”
88. C+C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
89. Garth Brooks – “Friends in Low Places”
90. Nirvana – “Come as You Are”
91. Jars of Clay – “Flood”
92. Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)”
93. Us3 – “Cantaloop”
94. Placebo – “Pure Morning”
95. Primus – “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”
96. Cardigans – “Lovefool”
97. Meat Puppets – “Backwater”
98. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”
99. OMC – “How Bizarre”
100. Letters to Cleo – “Here and Now”

Honorable Mentions:
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Kris Kross – “Jump”
Spin Doctors – “Two Princes”
Prick – “No Fair Fights” (I love this one, even if only about eight people in the world have heard it)
Boyz to Men – “Motown Philly”

Songs you can’t convince me belong on this list:
Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Snow – “Informer”
Sugar Ray – “Every Morning”
Crash Test Dummies – “Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm”
Rednex – “Cotton Eye Joe”
Los del Río – “Macarena”
Ricky Martin – “Livin’ La Vida Loca”
Savage Garden – “Truly Madly Deeply”
Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart”


Music Top 10s


A work in progress- a “top 10” of really great albums that flew under the radar:

Dandy Warhols – “Welcome to the Monkey House”
You may have heard a couple tracks from this 2003 release on the radio and TV. “We Used to be Friends” was the theme song for the show Veronica Mars and “You Were the Last High” had some radio rotation. Other than that, it seems there were no real accolades to speak of, although the album is excellent. It was produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran which, no doubt, made “Welcome to the Monkey House” more retro, 80s synth-happy than previous Dandy Warhols releases.

Tin Star – “The Thrill Kisser”

VAST – “Visual Audio Sensory Theater”

“Lost Highway” soundtrack
As a longtime Nine Inch Nails fan, this album was an instant must-have when released in 1997. It featured a couple new NIN songs (including “The Perfect Drug”), was arranged by that group’s principal member, Trent Reznor, and also included work by other bands I enjoyed: Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie, Rammstein, and Marilyn Manson. What I came to discover, though, was that the overall blend of styles on this soundtrack was really pretty remarkable/magical. I enjoyed the rock-oriented tunes, of course, but also enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) the mysterious, brooding Angelo Badalamenti tunes and the lighter style of offerings like Lou Reed’s “This Magic Moment.” I own probably only a dozen soundtracks or so, but this one easily takes the cake as my absolute favorite.

Orgy – “Punk Statik Paranoia”
Overall, Orgy is not exactly a great band, but I really like them anyway. In fact, they are tied with Tool for the most concerts by a single band I have attended – both at six. Whereas Orgy’s first two albums felt like experiments in a band defining its very experimental sound, “Punk Statik Paranoia” is well produced, heavily guitar driven, and upbeat. It just rocks in a way that Foo Fighter’s “In Your Honor” does… it’s a great album to put on your MP3 player for when you go to the gym. Unfortunately, I heard the remix of the song “Pure” that plays during Orgy’s “Trans Global Spectacle” tour DVD before hearing the original album version. In fact, I love the remix so much that I could never really give the album version a fair chance, and it’s hard to find, too (the CHR-Modern Rock Mix).

Teddybears – “Soft Machine”
Songs from this album were used in a ton of commercials, but you’ve probably never heard of the group. “Soft Machine” is super catchy and mostly upbeat, dance/electronic/rock type music that’s great for a workout or as a lead-in to the weekend on a Friday night.

Muse – “Origin of Symmetry”
“Origin of Symmetry” was released in 2001 and immediately preceded Muse’s breakthough album “Absolution.” There is something raw and underproduced about this album, although some of the arrangements are rather incredible. In a way, that kind of indie, carefree production value is reminiscent of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” although, stylistically, the two albums are very different.

Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”
Ten years ago, I never would have imagined that “The Boss” would, one day, be included on any such list. One of my cousins unexpectedly passed away last year, and he had to have been one of Springsteen’s biggest fans ever. He was always quoting songs and asking random music trivia about the E Street Band that I could never answer. When I graduated high school, my cousin gave me a copy of “Greetings from Asbury Park.” I listened to it once and never listened to it again. Sure, it’s appears on Rolling Stones’ list of “greatest albums of all time,” but it just wasn’t my thing.

In 2002, I heard a song from “The Rising” on the legendary, but now defunct, Cincinnati-area radio station 97X (WOXY). I told my cousin about it, and he practically ran out and bought me the CD. I was blown away by it. The whole album is thematic of 9/11, but it’s very touching, and the production is really tight. The contributions on guitar by Steven Van Zandt and Max Weinberg on drums are pretty captivating, especially on “Worlds Apart.”

Sure, the album was nominated for a Grammy, but I think it’s power and emotion have since been forgotten about, much like that feeling of pride and community felt at the end of 2001. No judgment, no blame for that latter comment… just merely an observation.