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Subject: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: yelimsexa on 08/19/14 at 8:06 am

Clearly, do you really think the second half of the '90s are better than the first like VH1 indicates?

For those who don't mind reading it through, the ranking is:

1. 1995
2. 1999
3. 1997
4. 1998
5. 1996
6. 1994
7. 1992
8. 1993
9. 1990
10. 1991

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-08-12/the-90s-ranked/

I can't believe that 1991 was ranked at the bottom despite being Nirvana's breakthrough, some great dance/R&B, and the songs were quite melodic. 1999 should be near the bottom due to that awful boy band/emergence of bling-type rap. They also lead you to believe that New Jack Swing peaked in the mid-90s when in reality it peaked around 1989-92.

BTW, speaking of VH1 and the '90s, while looking through some random VHS tapes, I found one with a block of VH1 programming from 1993. It contained a mix of current songs (no rap or heavy dance) along with some older '70s/'80s videos.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 08/19/14 at 2:15 pm

I agree with 1995, but the rest could be rearranged. Nirvana is mentioned in 1992 because that's when grunge broke into the mainstream. The second half has more upbeat music to me, but the first half is still good. When it comes to the 80s, i think the first half is definitely better.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Jquar on 08/19/14 at 7:35 pm

In terms of impactful album releases, the 1991-1997 period had the highest number of critically acclaimed albums.

http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/

I generally agree with the rankings on that site.

I think the two ends of the 1990s were the worst. 1990 and 1999 both had lots of crappy pop music and relatively few big albums.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: XYkid on 08/21/14 at 1:21 am

1992 should at least be in top 3, it was one of the most changing years in music.
How the hell is 1990 above 1991? 1990 was one of the worst years in music in recent history.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: sonikuu on 08/22/14 at 11:32 am

I do think that the second half of the 90s is subject to more nostalgia than the first half.  This is because of the large presence of Millennials who were kids then.  It seems like a lot of nostalgia is now driven by childhood things and not by teenage things.  It seems like the childhood things of the 90s are subject to more nostalgia today, like Nickelodeon, Fresh Prince, Backstreet Boys, Nintendo 64, and such. 

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/24/14 at 12:59 am


I do think that the second half of the 90s is subject to more nostalgia than the first half.  This is because of the large presence of Millennials who were kids then.  It seems like a lot of nostalgia is now driven by childhood things and not by teenage things.  It seems like the childhood things of the 90s are subject to more nostalgia today, like Nickelodeon, Fresh Prince, Backstreet Boys, Nintendo 64, and such.


This is very accurate. I think every decade pretty much has a "swing" towards the later part, just because there'll always be more people who remember it (even if the more iconic pop culture tends to come out in the earlier half).

Yeah, I've thought about that too, how nostalgia is very childhood driven in recent years, maybe just because there was pretty much a total mass media by the late 90s (save for social networking and smartphones) and just more pop culture for kids to be exposed to. It's almost impossible not to, unless a kid is from some super strict right-wing religious Phelps family environment or something! It's very very rare to hear anyone saying things like "Oh I was only 7!" as an excuse not to know about or to like something.

Even if the cooler 80s-like or old school grunge era 90s is more forgotten in favor of the teenpop late 90s, I do think it's cool that younger people tend to care about the era they were born in or were younger kids in.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 08/24/14 at 12:18 pm


This is very accurate. I think every decade pretty much has a "swing" towards the later part, just because there'll always be more people who remember it (even if the more iconic pop culture tends to come out in the earlier half).

Yeah, I've thought about that too, how nostalgia is very childhood driven in recent years, maybe just because there was pretty much a total mass media by the late 90s (save for social networking and smartphones) and just more pop culture for kids to be exposed to. It's almost impossible not to, unless a kid is from some super strict right-wing religious Phelps family environment or something! It's very very rare to hear anyone saying things like "Oh I was only 7!" as an excuse not to know about or to like something.

Even if the cooler 80s-like or old school grunge era 90s is more forgotten in favor of the teenpop late 90s, I do think it's cool that younger people tend to care about the era they were born in or were younger kids in.


I wouldn't say every decade. The 80s weren't like that. As a matter of fact, whenever people think of the 80s, they think of the first half. This included Footloose (both the song and the movie), Flashdance (again, the same), Like A Virgin, Physical, Don't You Want Me, Whip It, 867-5309/Jenny, Off-the-shoulder tops, leg warmers, designer jeans, Dynasty, Miami Vice, and the likes. The 80s had a good amount of kid stuff, but the most memorable pop culture was teen and young adult oriented.

Even the 70s were more kid oriented than the 80s, similar to the 90s. Heck, they had a song called "Disco Duck" which was released in 1976 and hit #1! The most successful song of the 1960s on the Billboard Hot 100 was The Twist, which hit #1 in both 1960 and 1962. It is the most successful song on the American charts of all time.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 08/24/14 at 12:19 pm

I think 1995 and 1997 are the best years of the 90s music, with 1994 in third place.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: nintieskid999 on 08/24/14 at 3:08 pm


This is very accurate. I think every decade pretty much has a "swing" towards the later part, just because there'll always be more people who remember it (even if the more iconic pop culture tends to come out in the earlier half).

Yeah, I've thought about that too, how nostalgia is very childhood driven in recent years, maybe just because there was pretty much a total mass media by the late 90s (save for social networking and smartphones) and just more pop culture for kids to be exposed to. It's almost impossible not to, unless a kid is from some super strict right-wing religious Phelps family environment or something! It's very very rare to hear anyone saying things like "Oh I was only 7!" as an excuse not to know about or to like something.

Even if the cooler 80s-like or old school grunge era 90s is more forgotten in favor of the teenpop late 90s, I do think it's cool that younger people tend to care about the era they were born in or were younger kids in.


My only issue is people born around 94 and 95 try to claim their childhood was the exact same as mine. They tend to discount my memories of the early 90s and seem to think everything was the exact same from 1991-1999.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 08/25/14 at 3:53 pm


My only issue is people born around 94 and 95 try to claim their childhood was the exact same as mine. They tend to discount my memories of the early 90s and seem to think everything was the exact same from 1991-1999.


True. "90s kid" does not equal "90s kid". There were kids in the late 80s-early 90s, early 90s-late 90s (like I was), and late 90s-early 2000s. Every era was a little bit different, but everybody could be considered a 90s kid.

I tend not to call myself a "90s kid" because this term is just to superficial and unclear. My childhood took roughly place between 1989 and 1998, and that's it.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/25/14 at 5:29 pm


I wouldn't say every decade. The 80s weren't like that. As a matter of fact, whenever people think of the 80s, they think of the first half. This included Footloose (both the song and the movie), Flashdance (again, the same), Like A Virgin, Physical, Don't You Want Me, Whip It, 867-5309/Jenny, Off-the-shoulder tops, leg warmers, designer jeans, Dynasty, Miami Vice, and the likes. The 80s had a good amount of kid stuff, but the most memorable pop culture was teen and young adult oriented.


Oh I agree. :) I actually meant there's always a higher number of people who remember the later part of a decade, so some people might call themselves "80s/90s kids" etc even if they only had a partial experience. Yeah the mid 1982-mid 1987 era was the on fire, electric, new wave 80s no doubt. That's the part I always liked the best, even if I remember the late 80s better I never thought it was quite as good, like with the beginnings of hip hop culture.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/25/14 at 5:32 pm


My only issue is people born around 94 and 95 try to claim their childhood was the exact same as mine. They tend to discount my memories of the early 90s and seem to think everything was the exact same from 1991-1999.


Yeah, that annoys me too just because the first half of the 90s was so much cooler. :) I mean yeah, anything is better than nothing (even if its just the kid stuff or a few pop hits from 98-99) but it makes me sad how the early and even mid 90s is totally forgotten, and they cram the entire 90s into 1999.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 08/25/14 at 8:48 pm


Yeah, that annoys me too just because the first half of the 90s was so much cooler. :) I mean yeah, anything is better than nothing (even if its just the kid stuff or a few pop hits from 98-99) but it makes me sad how the early and even mid 90s is totally forgotten, and they cram the entire 90s into 1999.



My only issue is people born around 94 and 95 try to claim their childhood was the exact same as mine. They tend to discount my memories of the early 90s and seem to think everything was the exact same from 1991-1999.


Hey, I was born in 1995 and I don't do that at all! As a matter of fact, it seems to me that all of my peers seem to be obsessed with the year 1994; with artists such as Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Ace of Base, and the likes.  8)

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: mxcrashxm on 08/25/14 at 11:44 pm


Yeah, that annoys me too just because the first half of the 90s was so much cooler. :) I mean yeah, anything is better than nothing (even if its just the kid stuff or a few pop hits from 98-99) but it makes me sad how the early and even mid 90s is totally forgotten, and they cram the entire 90s into 1999.



My only issue is people born around 94 and 95 try to claim their childhood was the exact same as mine. They tend to discount my memories of the early 90s and seem to think everything was the exact same from 1991-1999.
I'm with Visor765, I would never do that either, especially how I remember gangsta rap, SNES, N64, 90s R&B, 90s sitcoms, 90s movies, cartoons and more. Yes, I remember the teen pop era, but I definitely remember more than that.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/26/14 at 1:00 am




Hey, I was born in 1995 and I don't do that at all! As a matter of fact, it seems to me that all of my peers seem to be obsessed with the year 1994; with artists such as Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Ace of Base, and the likes.  8)



I'm with Visor765, I would never do that either, especially how I remember gangsta rap, SNES, N64, 90s R&B, 90s sitcoms, 90s movies, cartoons and more. Yes, I remember the teen pop era, but I definitely remember more than that.


Oh no worries guys!! I actually notice it most with gals born in the early 90s who's first favorite music was teenpop and boy bands. One of my good female friends (90) often says how much she likes the 90s but all she ever mentions is crap like Britney from 1999. ;D

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: mxcrashxm on 08/26/14 at 1:41 am


Oh no worries guys!! I actually notice it most with gals born in the early 90s who's first favorite music was teenpop and boy bands. One of my good female friends (90) often says how much she likes the 90s but all she ever mentions is crap like Britney from 1999. ;D
Really? How does she only remember teen pop and boy bands when she was 9 in 1999? There should be more she can remember. I've watched YouTube videos with mostly girls doing these 90s kid tags/surveys and some were born in the early 90s. Not only do they remember teen pop and boy bands, they also even remember the movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, main 90s music, and the toys they played with during the 90s.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Inlandsvägen1986 on 08/26/14 at 2:01 am

I can actually understand this. 9 is not that old and if you don't care about music at an earlier age, that's probably normal. I was 9 in 1995 and I think I only know some earlier music because of my older sister. Lots of people also think they remember some music from a time when they were younger, but they have actually listened to it later... and you can't count this as first hand memories. The same goes for reruns of TV shows etc. I have also noticed people mentioning early 90s toys like the Game Boy or the Super Nintendo and that they were so 90s, playing with them actually in the late 90s/early 00s. That's not the same IMO.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/26/14 at 6:01 am


Really? How does she only remember teen pop and boy bands when she was 9 in 1999? There should be more she can remember. I've watched YouTube videos with mostly girls doing these 90s kid tags/surveys and some were born in the early 90s. Not only do they remember teen pop and boy bands, they also even remember the movies, TV shows, cartoons, video games, main 90s music, and the toys they played with during the 90s.


I'll ask sometime, but I think she mildly likes some TV shows and definitely some movies from the mid or even early 90s (93-96) and a little bit of music from 97-98, but maybe I'm just biased since "nineties music" to me means Offspring, Smashmouth, Nirvana, Third Eye Blind, Wallflowers, early Green Day, Metallica's black album etc. especially anything with an alternative rock slant.


I can actually understand this. 9 is not that old and if you don't care about music at an earlier age, that's probably normal. I was 9 in 1995 and I think I only know some earlier music because of my older sister. Lots of people also think they remember some music from a time when they were younger, but they have actually listened to it later... and you can't count this as first hand memories. The same goes for reruns of TV shows etc. I have also noticed people mentioning early 90s toys like the Game Boy or the Super Nintendo and that they were so 90s, playing with them actually in the late 90s/early 00s. That's not the same IMO.


Yeah it's iffy when you think about getting into stuff secondhand, which lots of people do without even knowing it. I guess if its within a few years its close enough to count, but discovering 1991 stuff in 2001 obviously wouldn't, lol.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: mxcrashxm on 08/26/14 at 7:49 pm


I'll ask sometime, but I think she mildly likes some TV shows and definitely some movies from the mid or even early 90s (93-96) and a little bit of music from 97-98, but maybe I'm just biased since "nineties music" to me means Offspring, Smashmouth, Nirvana, Third Eye Blind, Wallflowers, early Green Day, Metallica's black album etc. especially anything with an alternative rock slant.
Yeah, 90s music might mean something different to her especially how you said she remembers teen pop, but not the other genres. I think she can remember the 90s mainstream music, but it would depend on the genre she listened to back then.


I can actually understand this. 9 is not that old and if you don't care about music at an earlier age, that's probably normal. I was 9 in 1995 and I think I only know some earlier music because of my older sister. Lots of people also think they remember some music from a time when they were younger, but they have actually listened to it later... and you can't count this as first hand memories. The same goes for reruns of TV shows etc. I have also noticed people mentioning early 90s toys like the Game Boy or the Super Nintendo and that they were so 90s, playing with them actually in the late 90s/early 00s. That's not the same IMO.
That depends on how young you are talking. there are some people who remember the songs playing when they were 4, 5, and 6. Not every show kids watched in the 90s was a re-run. Last, the SNES and Game Boy were also popular in the mid 90s, so kids just couldnt have played them in the late 90s/early 00s.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: 80sfan on 08/26/14 at 8:13 pm

I basically loved 1996 to 1998 when it came to music.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/26/14 at 11:20 pm


Yeah, 90s music might mean something different to her especially how you said she remembers teen pop, but not the other genres. I think she can remember the 90s mainstream music, but it would depend on the genre she listened to back then.


Very true. I guess there's also a difference between stuff you love and remember crystal clearly, and other stuff you might just peripherally remember. I'm sure there were quite a few little kids (i.e. under 8 or 10) who liked alternative pop/rock, but I wonder if that was more aimed at the middle school/high school crowd?

Even though I didn't talk with them as much, I do remember the freshmen b. 1985 when I was a senior, and lots of them were metalheads/goths and liked the edgy music of the time (i.e. Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Slipknot), which seems a world away despite only being 5 years older than my friend.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: mxcrashxm on 08/26/14 at 11:29 pm


Very true. I guess there's also a difference between stuff you love and remember crystal clearly, and other stuff you might just peripherally remember. I'm sure there were quite a few little kids (i.e. under 8 or 10) who liked alternative pop/rock, but I wonder if that was more aimed at the middle school/high school crowd?

Even though I didn't talk with them as much, I do remember the freshmen b. 1985 when I was a senior, and lots of them were metalheads/goths and liked the edgy music of the time (i.e. Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Slipknot), which seems a world away despite only being 5 years older than my friend.
There were. Little kids in the 90s were more likely to listen to anything (Rap/hip-hop, Alternative/Rock, Teen Pop, Country, Dance Music, AC, and Heavy Metal). I think the Atl-Rock was aimed at middle and high schoolers as Rock was huge in the 90s. When the freshmen b. 1985 were in high school, did they listen to Nu-metal?

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/27/14 at 3:35 am


There were. Little kids in the 90s were more likely to listen to anything (Rap/hip-hop, Alternative/Rock, Teen Pop, Country, Dance Music, AC, and Heavy Metal). I think the Atl-Rock was aimed at middle and high schoolers as Rock was huge in the 90s. When the freshmen b. 1985 were in high school, did they listen to Nu-metal?


I think so too. I think of circa 1976-1986 borns as the main 90s alt rock demographic. I wasn't around the Freshmen as much except for a couple mixed age classes, and I remember this one girl was a huge Hot Topic goth chick, lol. The only nu metal was Creed and stuff back in 99/00 but I wouldn't be surprised if she did.

A few years later as I started working with people a little bit younger than me, I did notice most mid 80s borns tended to still be rock fans (alternative, metal, post grunge, punk etc). I had trouble (not personally, but pop culturally and musically) relating to anyone born after 1987 for awhile, probably since more were rap or pop fans.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: nintieskid999 on 08/27/14 at 7:38 pm


Yeah, that annoys me too just because the first half of the 90s was so much cooler. :) I mean yeah, anything is better than nothing (even if its just the kid stuff or a few pop hits from 98-99) but it makes me sad how the early and even mid 90s is totally forgotten, and they cram the entire 90s into 1999.


1999 was the worst year of the 90s IMO. It was wonderful up through summer 1998 which was one of the best summers of my life. Then late 1998 came in and things changed.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: mxcrashxm on 08/27/14 at 8:29 pm


I think so too. I think of circa 1976-1986 borns as the main 90s alt rock demographic. I wasn't around the Freshmen as much except for a couple mixed age classes, and I remember this one girl was a huge Hot Topic goth chick, lol. The only nu metal was Creed and stuff back in 99/00 but I wouldn't be surprised if she did.

A few years later as I started working with people a little bit younger than me, I did notice most mid 80s borns tended to still be rock fans (alternative, metal, post grunge, punk etc). I had trouble (not personally, but pop culturally and musically) relating to anyone born after 1987 for awhile, probably since more were rap or pop fans.
Is there still Atl Rock today, but in a different form?

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: BayAreaNostalgist1981 on 08/28/14 at 4:27 am


Is there still Atl Rock today, but in a different form?


Hmm, I'd say the indie bands like Imagine Dragons, or mainstream pop rock like Maroon 5 are the closest, but they're like 90% pop and 10% real rock (still anything's better than nothing!).

I honestly think today's pop music, even the autotune stuff, could sound amazing if it was equally blended with rock the way that 80s pop was - i.e. The Cars, Huey Lewis, Def Leppard, and The Police seem like half pop/dance and half rock.

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 09/02/14 at 12:07 pm


1999 was the worst year of the 90s IMO. It was wonderful up through summer 1998 which was one of the best summers of my life. Then late 1998 came in and things changed.


In your personal life or in terms of music?

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: 1993 on 09/03/14 at 12:04 pm

I would actually consider 1995 to be among the weakest, if not THE weakest year for 90's music. I would rank it (top 5 at least) I hate R&B so 1995 did nothing for me.

1. 1991
2. 1994
3. 1998
4. 1997
5. 1990

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 09/15/14 at 6:43 am


1992 should at least be in top 3, it was one of the most changing years in music.
How the hell is 1990 above 1991? 1990 was one of the worst years in music in recent history.


I agree, my list goes like this:

1.1992
2.1991
3.1990
4.1997
5.1998

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: Visor765 on 09/15/14 at 9:23 am

My list:

1. 1997
2. 1995
3. 1996
4. 1998
5. 1999 & 1994 (tie)
7. 1990
8. 1992
9. 1991
10. 1993

Subject: Re: VH1's '90s music ranked year by year

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 09/15/14 at 10:12 am


My list:

1. 1997
2. 1995
3. 1996
4. 1998
5. 1999 & 1994 (tie)
7. 1990
8. 1992
9. 1991
10. 1993


It's good to see 1993 at number 10 on the list. I still hate that year to this day.

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