Search for the Best Pop Song of the 1990s: Ground Rules
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As mentioned yesterday, one innocent text message conversation has led into a never-ending search for the best pop song of the 1990s. For now “Mr. Jones” claims the crown, but a few worthy challengers have been mentioned. I’ve decided it might be fun to take a closer look at some of those mentioned to see if re-listening to one or more of the suggestions will change my mind. First some ground rules for what I mean by “best pop songs of the 1990s”:
- This one’s obvious, but it must have been a legitimately popular song during the 1990s. Let’s make the late great Casey Kasem happy and say it must have reached the Billboard top-40.
- This one is a little tricky, but no great songs by “legendary” bands. That means no Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. I realize the definition of “legendary” is entirely subjective but so is this entire exercise; and, it’s my blog so deal.
- It must be a song by a band. That means no boy groups, Britney Spears (was that the 90s?), or anything like that. We want bands, people. Bands play instruments. We all love “No Diggity,” but it’s just not eligible.
- Lastly, this is all in fun, so please no comments or messages about how my choices suck because your choices are better. It’s my opinion and you suck.
So, there you have it. I’m actually really looking forward to this. Many of the suggestions I’ve heard over the past few days I haven’t listened to, or even thought of, in years. Might even have a couple of guest posts if there’s interest.