1. Vertical Horizon - You Never Let Me Down
2. Butch Walker - Coming Home
3. The Wallflowers - Misfits & Loves (featuring Mick Jones)
4. Counting Crows - Like Teenage Gravity
5. Matchbox Twenty - Radio
6. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - If I Had a Gun
7. Eve 6 - Moon
8. Sister Hazel - The Saddest Song (Not Coming Home)
9. Emerson Hart - The Best That I Can Give
10. Third Eye Blind - Sharp Knife
11. No Doubt - One More Summer
12. The Smashing Pumpkins - Pinwheels
13. Beck - Country Down
14. Better Than Ezra - I Just Knew
As someone who was born toward the tail end of 1990, I consider myself pretty much the ultimate child of the 90s. I grew up in the golden age of Disney movies, sitcoms, and radio rock, and I absolutely still wear those influences on my sleeve. The Lion King and Aladdin? Seen them so many times they’ve lost meaning. Friends and Boy Meets World? Quote them daily. 90s radio rock? Probably going to play at least a few of those hits at my wedding. But unlike many people who are still holding onto their Oasis and Sister Hazel CDs all these years later, I’m not doing it out of simple nostalgia. No, most of the bands that I grew up loving are still making records today, and I’m still listening because frankly, I love the music.
This playlist came together late last month, after I got an advance for the new solo record from Emerson Hart. For those of you who don’t know, Emerson Hart is the frontman for Tonic, the one hit wonder band from the 90s that is/was responsible for that “If You Could Only See” song that inexplicably still gets played in grocery stores. The record is largely generic adult contemporary alternative rock - you know, big choruses, lovelorn lyrics, the works - but I dug it right away anyway, and that got me to thinking about how many irrelevant, forgotten 90s bands are still occupying real estate - and getting play time - on my iPod.
So I put a few rules in place for myself (songs had to be five years old or less, artists had to have either gone on lengthy hiatuses or gone solo/started new bands, etc.) and went to work. The resulting mix is made up entirely of artists who can be tied, often most notably, to a hit song or two from the 90s. I skipped obvious inclusions like Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters, and Green Day, because really, everyone knows where they are now. But the songs here come largely from albums that were ignored or quickly forgotten, and I’m hoping that this playlist can give them a second chance.
Dig the Vertical Horizon song. Also, Better than Ezra.
That Vertical Horizon album is actually really interesting. Kind of splits the difference between straightforward alternative rock like that track and more experimental, proggy stuff. Made my top 50 last year.
Also, apparently Better Than Ezra is releasing a new album this year. Just dropped a new single on Monday or something.
No Goo Goo Dolls? Don't know if they count as "partially forgotten", but they seem about on par with Matchbox 20 in terms of visibility these days.
They were borderline for me, and I could have easily included a song from Magnetic (which I thought was great), but has at the time limit. The reason MB20 are on the list is that they had a 10 year gap between full-lengths. I think the Goos had at most four years.
I don't understand how you can consider yourself a 90's kid when you were born at the end of the 90's. Don't get me wrong this is an ok list, but my point is I was born in 1985, and don't consider myself an 80's kid because most of my childhood and growing up took place in the 90's.
I agree! That totally threw me off at the beginning. I was born in 1985 as well and consider myself a 90s kid because that's when I was cognitively developed enough to understand pop culture, music, etc.
Not to bash your post Craig (I love this idea), but you were a bit young to be "in the moment" in the 90s. I'd consider you a 2000s kid.
I'm using "child of the 90s" in a completely different sense than you are using "90s kid." It's inherently impossible to be a child of a decade you weren't born in. You may have grown up in the 90s and been a 90s kid, but I'd still classify you as a child of the 80s because, hey, you were born in 1985. As someone who was born in 1990, I actually WAS a child of the 90s, and yes, I was "in the moment" enough to also be a 90s kids. I mean, I remember most of what happened after 1993 or 1994, and a huge number of my musically formative experiences took place while listening to the bands on this list. In contrast, I hated just about everything that was on the radio in the early 2000s and have no nostalgic feelings for most of it. Hence this playlist not being "The 2000s: Where Are They Now?"
I understand what you are saying. I think it comes down to when you are old enough to actually make your own decisions about what music you want to listen to. For me, it wasn't until I was 7 or 8 (around 92 or 93) that I could express to my parents what albums I wanted them to buy for me, what radio stations I wanted to listen to, movies I wanted to watch, etc.
Pop culture stuff from the 80s was already nostalgic at the time, making it hard for me to associate myself with the 80s - therefore I (personally) wouldn't call myself a kid of the 80s.
I just reread your original post. You were born at the end of 1990...I think I misread your original post thinking that you were saying you were born at the end of the 1990s (meaning born in like 98 or 99).
Yeah, if I was born in 99, I would definitely be a 2000s kid. But no, I'm definitely 90s, through and through. And really, I always was pretty vocal about what I wanted to listen to, haha. I had older siblings to help hook me up with music, so that helped, but I definitely listened to what I wanted to listen to, and that's been the case for as long as I can remember.
For me, "child of the 90s" is more of a categorical or chronological term. If someone was describing "children of the 1950s" in a paper or an article, I doubt they would be describing anything other than people who were born in that decade. But people call themselves 90s or 80s kids all the time, even if they were born in the previous decade. You're definitely a 90s kid, and so are my two older siblings. But I was viewing "child of the 90s" as a wholly different term when I used it.
Your wording was weird. Also in your original post, I misread and thought you stated that you were born at the end of the 90's 1993 and 1994 are in the beginning to middle of the 90's. Sorry for the confusion. I don't understand the difference between "child of" or "kid". The terms are synonymous to me. Thirdly, I feel you putting up 13 or so tracks didn't really indicate a lot of the bands that were successful in the 90's. Where's Hootie and the Blowfish, Our Lady Peace, Sugar Ray, etc... maybe you just don't listen to those bands. I guess Darius Rucker is really popular now which is why you left off Hootie? Who knows? This isn't meant to be offensive, but the 90's went far beyond the bands you mentioned, and I was just curious to get your thoughts.
See above for why I don't think they're synonymous.
I absolutely never said that this was supposed to be representative of the entire decade. It's a playlist of songs I like by bands I like, and isn't supposed to be at all objective or comprehensive. I only had an hour, and I didn't use every artist that I could have used. I thought about all three of the artists you mentioned: Rucker didn't make it because he's still popular and everyone knows what he's doing. Same thing as I mentioned in the post with Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, etc. Our Lady Peace didn't make it because I thought their most recent album was, quite frankly, shit. I liked the 2009 record they put out, but I didn't want to put something not from their most recent album and call it a "where they are now" situation. As for Sugar Ray, I had a song from Music for Cougars on here, but ended up replacing it at the last minute with the Eve 6 song.
I get it. Again, I wasn't attempting to attack you or anything. Just thought it was a good playlist and wanted to get some clarification because I lack reading comprehension! P.S. Emerson Harts stuff is pretty solid. Tonic was always a favorite of mine, but I stopped paying attention to them through the years. The list was great, and thanks for the clarification.
No problem man, the list is meant to engage conversation. All the artists you mentioned are entirely viable anyway for something like this, so I'm glad you asked.
I'm a pretty big fan of Emerson Hart, at least I was of his first solo album, which is a personal fav. I never was quite as big on the tonic stuff, but it all has its charms.