Here is our list of favorite 90’s alternative songs. It’s a tough list to make. It shuffles around in our heads a lot but here it is. Let’s do this thing:
10.) Machine Head- Bush
It is my favorite song by Bush and is definitely worth a listen. It earns its spot at number ten.
9.) Zombie- Cranberries
This song is by far the darkest on the list. It covers the atrocities of the Irish civil war. It will kill your mood if you listen to it, but it definitely belongs here.
8.) Black Hole Sun- Soundgarden
“Black Hole Sun,” is one of the most popular songs by Soundgarden. It will stay stuck in your head for days at a time. Take my word for it.
I had a hard time picking the right Nirvana songs for this list. The list would seem bias if I just picked all Nirvana, but sometimes it feels like they could have 6-8 songs here. Lithium is one of the lighter songs (by Nirvana’s standards). It features an awesome chorus and the dark and insightful lyrics that fans associate with the band.
6.) Today- Smashing Pumpkins
Smashing pumpkins is another band with a lot of great songs. A lot of people would place 1979 here instead, but I disagree. The high pitch guitar riff, with the heavier rhythm guitar, balances out to make one of the 90s best songs.
5.) All Apologies- Nirvana
Man, it is tough to pick between Nirvana songs. In Utero offers a lot of great songs, but I had to go with All Apologies for the fifth spot on the list. It is an all-time great.
4.) Longview- Green Day
Keep in mind, this list is limited to the 1990’s. ”Longview,” will definitely be the most contentious pick on this list, because of how many great songs Greenday has put out.
3.) Creep- Stone Temple Pilots
So many people confuse "Creep" for a Nirvana. I get it. Nirvana was the biggest 90’s grunge band. Stone Temple Pilots, despite the comparison, released a lot of great songs in the 90’s. "Creep" is probably my favorite song by them. It was a tough decision though between "Creep" and "Plush."
2.) Under the bridge– Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song has a different sound than a lot of the other songs on our list. It is one of the few non-grunge songs listed. You may not recognize this song by the title, but you will know the words when they play it at the bar.
Come as you are- Nirvana:
In Bloom- Nirvana
Basket Case- Greenday
Creep- Stone Temple Pilots
Jeremy- Pearl Jam
Even Flow- Pearl Jam
1979- Smashing Pumpkins
Californication- Red Hot Chili Pepper
Between the Bars- Elliot Smith
1.) Smells like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. It spearheaded the grunge movement into the mainstream and cemented Nirvana into their legendary status.