Top 5 Guilty Pleasure 90s Songs

November 17th, 2013 11:30am EST

Sixpence I’m writing this to procrastinate writing my novel.

I was listening to the radio on the way home from a car ride the other day and found a station that was playing some 90s music. It’s 92.9 in NH, if you’re wondering. They don’t always play 90s music but if you switch to it, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll hear something from that decade.

I’m a 90s kid. I was born in 83, so I suppose I’m a child of the late 80s and 90s. But I really don’t remember actively liking things until the 90s. It’s funny though because in the mid-90s I wasn’t even a fan of the music that I’m writing about here.

I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I feel everyone should be able to like what they like without too much judgement. Unless you like KoRn or ICP, then I’ll probably think you’re a tool.

In no specific order, my top 5 “guilty pleasure” songs of the 90s:

5. Crazy Town – Butterfly

The lead singer’s name is Shifty Shellshock. How fucking awesome is that? Granted he has a massive drug problem but he’s got Dr. Drew in his corner these days so I’m assuming he’s pretty good. But god, I think this was one of the few 90s songs I liked when it came out. It’s a fun song, the guitar work is all brooding and trying to be serious. And then a white guy raps over it. I’m pretty sure that Katy Perry used the stage they filmed the music video on for “Roar!”

The turntable scratching serves no real purpose. I still, to this day, can’t really tell you why I love this song, but god if it isn’t fun and it makes me want to get up and dance, something I never did in high school.

4. Len – Steal My Sunshine

I had a massive crush on the girl in this video when I was like 15. I don’t really get any of the lyrics. They’re a Canadian band so maybe that’s it… The really awkward part of the whole video is how close the guy and girl and then you find out that they’re brother and sister. They’re the only two regular members in the band, like a pop White Stripes.

3. Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag

I’m cheating, this song is from 2000. Oh well, it’s very 90s-esque.

I vaguely remember when this song came out. Someone in one of my classes decided he was going to nickname a girl in the class Wheatus. I couldn’t tell you what that meant. Remember when track suits were cool? I really don’t because I think New Hampshire never got that whole look. We had the baggy jeans thing until 2009. This song is still an anthem 13 years later and probably more so because apparently One Direction covered it? Glad they at least recognize campy, fun pop music. The guys voice was what made this song. I think if anyone else tried to do this song at the time like Eddie Vedder or Mark Hoppus it might’ve sounded dumb. Whatever it is that makes this song work, I’m glad it happened.

2. Sixpence None the Richer – Kiss Me

I’ll admit, I saw Sixpence on their farewell tour in the early-00s. Leigh Nash is just so darn cute. Sixpence were like the Christian, more saccharine pop version of The Cranberries or Eurythmics. I’m pretty sure this song ended up in every teen drama show and movie for like the next five years. I particularly liked this song because it was very Beatle-y in its sound, those open guitar chords that jangled was very Hard Days Night era. I think Sixpence has gotten back together since, but they haven’t really released anything near the level of perfection that this song had. It’s a sweet, cute song and I can’t really make fun of it.

1. Mariah Carey – Fantasy

I liked this song when it came out because Mariah Carey was/is good looking. It wasn’t until years later that I found that she sampled The Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” for the song (in fact the middle/bridge of Fantasy is literally just the chorus of Genius of Love). (The Tom Tom Club is a spin-off featuring Tina Weymouth of The Talking Heads.) In re-watching the video for this. I have absolutely no idea why a fantasy is at a carnival with a sad clown and a little chubby girl dancing? Just once I’d like to be out somewhere and a random dance number starts and not only do I know all the dance moves but I’m the leader. I mean that happens in real life, right? Remember when roller blading was cool? I was scared so yeah, that never happened to me. I sucked at ice skating, why would I even remotely try roller blading, where there was more chance to hurt myself. This is a fun song, and within five years Mariah would go bat shit insane and practically fall of the face of the planet until Christmas season comes around.


Hanson – Mmmbop

I FUCKING HATED THIS SONG as a kid. I was learning to play guitar and these kids came along and made it all look so easy and that writing a hit song was easy. I was jealous, I was also like 14.

Sixteen years later and I can appreciate this song. What the fuck is an Mmmbop? More roller blading, long hair, baggy clothes and pointless lyrics, this song and video literally sums up the 90s like no other. I could make plenty of girl jokes, but everyone has done that since 1997 and at some point most guys in the 90s had hair like this. The great part is, while Hanson may have faded a bit in popularity, they’re still releasing really good music.

Related: Crazy Town, Hanson, Mariah Carey, Sixpence None The Richer, Wheatus

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