Let’s face it; the 90’s rocked, and I mean that literally. After grunge got big in the early years, many bands came into the spotlight and then vanished by the end of the decade. They may have not been the greatest band in the world, but they gave us some great songs.
Sure, bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Stone Temple Pilots will always be remembered for the era, but many other bands populated the airwaves as well. Bands like Live, Oasis, Jane’s Addiction, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers still get some credit they deserve. But what of the others?
If you were like me and you were a young kid, you’ll never forget these hits. Here’s to some of the best rock of the 1990’s.
Tonic didn’t make a splash until later in the 1990’s; they would produce two big hits with “Open Up Your Eyes” and probably their most popular song, “If You Could Only See.” They would close the decade out in 1999 with the song “You Wanted More.”
9. Vertical Horizon
That same year another band would show up to provide a few hits to the post-grunge era. Vertical Horizon would pony up the hits “Everything You Want”, “You’re A God”, and “Grey Sky Morning” before disappearing into rock folklore. It should be noted that the band enjoyed critical success even before making it big, and many have never heard Vertical Horizon’s earlier works “There and Back Again” and “Running on Ice”, the latter featuring the drums of Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band fame.
One of my favorite three hit wonder bands of the 90’s, Sponge soaked up the airwaves with the hits “Molly”, “Plowed”, and “Have You Seen Mary”.
*Note: This is not the original recording. Their entire debut album, “Rotting Pinata”, is not available for streaming pretty much anywhere online (trust me I’ve looked).
7. Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum managed to put together a pretty decent catalog of music including the hits “Black Gold”, “Somebody to Shove”, “Misery”, and their most memorable song, “Runaway Train”. They had a recent album featuring the single “Stand Up and Be Strong”.
6. Collective Soul
Collective Soul shouldnâ€™t be forgotten; theyâ€™ve managed to keep producing solid hits â€™till this day. They did make a splash during the early â€™90s with songs like â€œGelâ€, â€œDecemberâ€, â€œShineâ€, and â€œThe World I Knowâ€