My bossman over at Uproxx, Jarret Myer — who also co-founded Rawkus Records (Mos Def, Talib Kweli) and is therefore much, much cooler than I am — started something of a Facebook comment diversion of his own this month. Over the course of a week, he listed his 7 favorite songs of the 90s, songs which I have already added to a growing Spotify playlist, in an effort to educate myself on all the music I missed growing up in Arkansas surrounded by rednecks, because it’s never too late, guys.
Here’s Jarret’s list.
1. Blackstar featuring Common, “Respiration”
2. A Tribe Called Quest, “Electric Relaxation”
3. Souls Of Mischief “93 Till Infinity”
4. Biggie, “Juicy”
5. NAS, “Life’s A Bitch”
6. Mobb Deep, “Shook Ones”
7. Wu-Tang Clan, “C.R.E.A.M.
That list made me feel very, very white, and a little embarrassed that I probably could not identify a single one of those songs (see aforementioned upbringing).
Still, for fun, I started to put together my own list, and it turned out to be more enjoyable than I thought it would be, so of course, I thought you folks would also enjoy it. So, have at it folks: What are your 7 favorite songs of the 1990s, understanding that such a list could probably change from day to day. I don’t care: Just list them. We’ll also learn a lot more about you if you’re honest and include those Backstreet Boys songs that you still listen to.
1. “He Got Game,” Public Enemy
2. “Killing in the Name,” Rage Against Machine
3. “Midlife Crisis,” Faith No More
4. “New Sensation,” INXS
5. “The Other Side of Summer,” Elvis Costello
6. “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog
7. “Philosophy,” Ben Folds Five