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A 225+ Song 90s Alternative Playlist

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I got emotional compiling this week’s playlist. (I know, right? Me, emotional? What are the odds?) This is basically the soundtrack to my high school experience — or as I like to refer to it, that four years I spent smoking weed in other people’s cars. Maybe it’s your soundtrack, too. Or maybe I left out your favorite songs and you’d like to yell at me/ politely ask me to add them in the comments. About the list: a decade-plus later, it’s kind of hard to imagine any of this music was once ‘alternative.’ Because of that, I got a little liberal with my definition of what that means (though I did attempt to stay as… alt as possible). Here’s the playlist.

Sublime – Saw Red
Blur – Song 2
Sublime – Seed
Foo Fighters – Big Me
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump
Green Day – She
Sublime – Waiting For My Ruca
blink-182 – Don’t Leave Me
blink-182 – What’s My Age Again?
Nirvana – Dumb
Green Day – Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]
Fastball – Out Of My Head
Sublime – Same In The End
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Natalie Merchant – Jealousy
Nirvana – About A Girl
Green Day – Nice Guys Finish Last
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Nirvana – Rape Me
Sublime – What I Got
311 – Down
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Peaches
Marcy Playground – Sex And Candy
Stone Temple Pilots – Vasoline
Stone Temple Pilots – Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Green Day – When I Come Around
blink-182 – Going Away To College
Cake – The Distance
Green Day – Basket Case
Sublime – Santeria
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – Stay
Better Than Ezra – Good
Pavement – Cut Your Hair
Bodeans – Closer To Free
Hootie And The Blowfish – I Go Blind
Jesus Jones – Right Here Right Now
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945
Everclear – Santa Monica
Green Day – Brain Stew
Beck – Devils Haircut
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
The Cardigans – Lovefool – Radio Edit
Toad The Wet Sprocket – All I Want
The Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
No Doubt – Total Hate ’95
Incubus – Stellar
Third Eye Blind – Losing A Whole Year
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
The Smashing Pumpkins – Today
blink-182 – Mutt
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas
The Counting Crows – Colorblind
Barenaked Ladies – It’s All Been Done
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
Blessid Union Of Souls – Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)
No Doubt – Just A Girl
EMF – Unbelievable
Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way
Jars Of Clay – Flood
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
The Goo Goo Dolls – Slide
Fuel – Shimmer – Single Version
The Breeders – Cannonball
Placebo – Every You Every Me – Single Mix
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Bush – The Chemicals Between Us
The Cardigans – Erase / Rewind
Blind Melon – No Rain
Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing
Eve 6 – Inside Out
Vertical Horizon – You’re A God
Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket
The Cardigans – My Favourite Game
Lisa Loeb – I Do
Silverchair – Ana’s Song (Open Fire)
Our Lady Peace – Innocent
Local H – Bound For The Floor
R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People
Incubus – Pardon Me
Nirvana – On A Plain
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Tal Bachman – She’s So High
Hootie & The Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Ween – Voodoo Lady
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Radiohead – No Surprises
Live – I Alone
Gin Blossoms – Til I Hear It From You
The Cranberries – When You’re Gone
Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You
The Offspring – Gotta Get Away
Green Day – Longview
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Pearl Jam – Daughter
Pearl Jam – Do The Evolution
Beck – Loser
Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy
Radiohead – Creep
Everclear – I Will Buy You A New Life – 2004 Digital Remaster
Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
311 – Beautiful Disaster
Matchbox Twenty – Push
R.E.M. – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
Alanis Morissette – You Learn
Natalie Merchant – Kind & Generous
The Dandy Warhols – Every Day Should Be A Holiday
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag – Explicit Album Version
U2 – Mysterious Ways
Weezer – El Scorcho
Rage Against The Machine – No Shelter
Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
The Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon
Collective Soul – December
Foo Fighters – Everlong
The Dandy Warhols – I Love You
Third Eye Blind – How’s It Going To Be
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence – Remastered Version Original
Nirvana – In Bloom
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Bush – Machinehead
Stone Temple Pilots – Sour Girl
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want
Radiohead – High And Dry
Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
Fastball – The Way
Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings
The Offspring – Self Esteem
Oasis – Wonderwall
Sublime – Don’t Push
Nirvana – Lithium
Foo Fighters – My Hero
Garbage – Stupid Girl
White Town – Your Woman
Sublime – Garden Grove
Nirvana – All Apologies
Freedy Johnston – Bad Reputation
Tonic – If You Could Only See
Radiohead – Karma Police
Alanis Morissette – Head Over Feet
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
Len – Steal My Sunshine – Single Version
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
Pearl Jam – Better Man
Bush – Glycerine
Barenaked Ladies – If I Had $1,000,000
R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
The Offspring – Gone Away
White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Goo Goo Dolls – Name
Vertical Horizon – Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)
Tears For Fears – Break It Down Again
Third Eye Blind – Jumper
Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
The Dandy Warhols – Boys Better
No Doubt – Sunday Morning
Semisonic – Closing Time
The Cranberries – Linger
Cracker – Low
Radiohead – My Iron Lung
Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can
Blues Traveler – Run-Around
Soundgarden – Fell On Black Days
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
Alice In Chains – Man In The Box
Blues Traveler – Hook
Blur – Girls And Boys
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
Nick Drake – One Of These Things First
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze
Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars (Tell Me Your Thoughts On God)
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
The Verve – Lucky Man
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Counting Crows – A Long December
Butthole Surfers – Pepper
The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
Spacehog – In The Meantime
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter
Weezer – Undone — The Sweater Song
Collective Soul – Shine
The Cranberries – Zombie
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Toadies – Possum Kingdom
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
The Wallflowers – One Headlight
Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
Sublime – 5446 Thats My Number/ Ball And Chain
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Joan Osborne – One Of Us
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer
Live – Lightning Crashes
Bush – Comedown
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
Beck – Where It’s At
Counting Crows – Round Here
Stone Temple Pilots – Creep
Alice In Chains – Down In A Hole
Pearl Jam – Alive
Fiona Apple – Criminal
Pearl Jam – Black
Pulp – Common People – Full Length Version / Album Version
Fiona Apple – Never Is A Promise
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Natalie Merchant – Carnival
Filter – Take A Picture
Nine Inch Nails – Closer
Nine Inch Nails – Hurt
Alice In Chains – Rooster
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Guns N’ Roses – November Rain TC mark

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  • mac

    You should make a playlist on Spotify and link us to it.

  • AC

    Please don’t ever stop creating these playlists! I think I’ve subscribed to everyone so far!

    • borisa

      i have only clicked on it because of Michael Stipe on the pic. but fortunately I did, the list is awesome! totally reminds me of many many songs I have already forgotten about. would add more REM and Oasis

  • http://www.facebook.com/miqilliah miqilliahdanish

    Awesum……. I practically spend my teen yrs listening to those songs….how abt Creep by Radiohead?Din notice tt song in the list tho…….

  • michaelwg

    yea, this was essentially all my radio station played as a teen.

  • http://miqilliahdanish.wordpress.com miqilliahdanish

    Awesum….I practically spent my teen yrs listening those songs……but i think u missed out Creep by Radiohead tho……

  • SusanDerkins

    Sneaker Pimps. But, Yes!!

  • Nicole

    Nice! I recently dragged my old computer from late 90s out of the closet and found all the music I’d downloaded from napster when I was a freshman in college. It included most of your list!

  • Khan13

    Honestly, the best playlist I have ever seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.seydl Joe Seydl

    Holy moly. Blast to the past. I love this playlist.

  • kim

    The 90s were the best music decade ever. I was in High school in the 80s though and could never find a musical fit.. it was either metal or synthesizers (and sometimes both). The 90s were a musical relief. And its all been downhill since.

    I need to add:
    Supersonic — Oasis
    Three Strange Days — School of Fish
    The Oaf — Big Wreck

    And being Canadian, I can’t leave out anything by the Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace.

    Cheers

  • http://perchromic.wordpress.com perchromic

    Reblogged this on vestibule and commented:
    note to self: get off your ass and listen to things.

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  • mode

    You were in highschool for 10 years?

  • ffffffffff

    It’s probably a bit late, but I wish you would add Hum – Stars

  • http://rsmithing.wordpress.com rsmithing

    Did you work for MTV at any point in the ’90s? Because this would fit in perfectly there. I know way, way too many of these in their entirety.

  • http://twitter.com/fuhqued Serra Stone (@fuhqued)

    This is a really great playlist!

  • melly mel

    you included teenage dirtbag. i like you.

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