I grew up as a 90s kid. When I think about music that really hits home, it’s generally say 7 times out of 10, a song from the 90s. I think that was a golden age of music. Why? Because there were so many songs that were run of the gamut. So many songs that I enjoyed that hit home. The lyrics hit home. Artists sang with passion. They sang as a way of entertaining. Now everyone gripes in a song. I am a griper don’t get me wrong. But every once in a while, I enjoy the good pop song. The one that gets stuck in my head and I feel I have to share. The one with a good beat, the one that is just silly. Those are songs that I enjoy. And when I think about those descriptions, I think of the 90s. Everything from Brand Nubian, to the Spice Girls, to Nsync, to R.E.M., to Madonna (her r&b period), and the Beastie Boys, etc. I enjoy these artists and many more immensely. It made me drift away from whatever problem I had or whatever art project I worked on. BAnds and singers, cheesey as they are, got me through some tough times. Even the one hit wonders definitely served their purpose. For instance, when I think of the band Aqua, I don’t think of “Barbie Girl” I think of “Turn Back Time” which was for the Sliding Doors soundtrack. It was a dance song with a good message about going back…well..in time..and doing things differently. Which always makes me think of going back in time and changing my major in college. Or when I think of Boyz II Men’s “vibin” I think of riding my bike from the athletic center on campus to my dining hall for my job. I don’t get that kind of reminiscing for music today. I keep thinking, “you can just replace one band with another one and they all sound the same for the most part.” Now my previous blog dealt with songs by bands I’m digging now. But this is the stuff I STILL can’t get enough of today. Cheezy? Absoooolutely, but still good to the last spin..
1. Aqua – Turn Back Time
2. Black Box – Strike it Up
3. Boyz II Men -Vibin’
4. TLC – Creep.
5. Duncan Sheik – Barely Breathing
6. 3rd Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life
7. Suzanne Vega feat. DNA – Tom’s Diner
8. R.E.M. – King of Comedy
9. Foo Fighters – Big Me
10. 2pac – Me Against the World
11. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy with It
12. Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
13. Prodigy – Firestarter
14. Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhyme
15. Kool Keith – Blue Flowers
16. Snoop – Gin and Juice
17. Green Day – Good Riddance
18. Spice Girls – Move Over
19. Matchbox 20 – Push
20. Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk
All good stuff. I don’t care what anyone says..