Greatest '90s Rock Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

This is the greatest song of all time, changed the decade, ruled the generation, and never will be forgotten.

Thank you Nirvana for creating this song. Personally, I go through different musical cravings. At first it was pop punk (Green Day, Sum 41, Social Distortion), then gothic (My Chem. Romance, Evanescence, Black Veil Brides), and then classic (Pink Floyd mostly, also Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who), but now I can lose myself in music like this. Songs like this are so hard and thrashy on the outside, but the lyrics incorporated are so incredibly emotional. Other songs that fit into this category: One by Metallica, Chop Suey by System Of A Down, Come As You Are by Nirvana, In Bloom by Nirvana, and Back In Black by AC/DC.

It's the most honest song written and sung by a rock artist. That's all.

Honest? It's not even about anything! Kurt was drunk one night with a friend, spray painting on the walls when she wrote "Kurt smells like teen spirit" which is a deodorant. It means jack. - Bboymakinwitthefrekfreak

I'm tired of seeing this song so high on so many of these lists - christangrant

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2 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Common man, this is the 6th best Guitar Solo of all time, Best from 90's, Song is so mesmerising that even if it is about 9 minutes, it cannot get out of your head even once during whole time of its playing, with the best rock voice of Axl & best guitar Soloist Slash in the world this is absolutely a perfect beauty, please vote it!

Dude Such a great quality melody this has n has mesmerized me in every way especially Slash's touch of Awesomeness mixed with the Orchestral Mix of Smartness This Song Rocked in every possible way... This is it Just hear the full song once and...!

Everything is just perfect on this song, Slash's mind blowing two solos, Axl's haunting yet calming vocals, Duff's and Matt's fills sprinkled in their makes it perfect. Everything about it is perfect

Just love it

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3 Enter Sandman - Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica

This is a great Metal song. People like to say this is where Metallica went downhill, I strongly disagree! By the way, what the hell is Bon Jovi doing on this list? - michaelhughes

Best Metallica song ever. The real meaning is "there's nothing to fear but fear itself" - Damien13

This is hella better than teen spirit and it's not even Metallica's best

This might technically be metal, but it has more similarities to rock, and this was when Metallica was becoming rock.

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4 Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Wow this song has one of the trippiest videos ive ever seen, and has one of the most unique sounds ever. LOVE IT

nothing else sounds like this song. I can't help but love it

The only songs that make sense here is black, black hole sun and november rain..nirvana and metallica is so overrated vote this up to number 3 enter sandman sucks

Very psychedelic for a grunge band. - TheAwesomeBrosVotes

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5 Everlong - Foo Fighters Everlong - Foo Fighters

This song should be at the top. Best song in the world, great guitar, great drumming, great singing and that was all done by dave grohl

I can say without a question in my mind, that this is THE best song I have ever heard. This song is sheer harmony, the vocals, the drums, the unforgettable guitar riff; it is all perfect together. If you have never heard this song you need to listen to it. Dave Grohl's best piece.

This song is simply brilliant. It's offbeat rhythm is a fresh drink of water. It's one of those songs that makes you ask "how did they know to do that?! "

Definitely this one. Out of the top 40, at least.

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6 Basket Case - Green Day

Wait. What this song is doing down here? Let's vote this awesome song up! - GreenDay95

Fresh new sound defined the 90's and inspired the future of music

Love this song. It's hilarious and upbeat! One of Green Day's best songs in my opinion! (Plus Billie's sexy)

Come on, nirvana is fantastic, sure but green day is more rebellious and way more youthful so I give my voice for basket case

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7 Man in the Box - Alice in Chains Man in the Box - Alice in Chains

Still hearing this song on the radio in 2012. Obviously as good today as it was in the 90's. Can't help but crank the volume whenever I hear it.

One of my very favorite Alice songs, great guitar riffs and what can you say about Layne's in your face vocals on this song - everything about this song rocks. LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.

One of the best songs every.

Brilliant vocals, sound and a weird strange atmosphere when listening to it. And lane's powerhouse of a voice

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8 The Show Must Go On - Queen The Show Must Go On - Queen

This is a masterpiece!
This powerful music, this anthem of a man who dies, but does not give up...
The best song ever is so powerful you feel and understand the suffering he have but then he try to calm you but is hard to lose someone so talented.

R.I.P. freddie the show will have to go on but it would never be the same WITHOUT YOU

Are you kidding me this should be number 1. I get that we all love Nirvana but no one will ever be remembered like Queen will. And this song Is so powerful and was their last song.

I love all of these songs, but they cannot compete with any of the queen ones - marus

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9 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The first song I learnt on guitar and still my favourite to play. I started singing it at lunch time at my school and my friends heard it. They asked me what song it was and I told them, they went home and looked it up. The hole of year 7 loved it. My band is still trying to learn it even though I learnt it in grade 6, everyone thinks I'm a genius because I can play it. My favourite song, My favourite band Forever!

This is how you win revolutionary funk-rock album with very honest and beautiful ballad. 90's got owned.

If you could wear a cd out, I would have with this one. Simply a classic 90's song that is both unique and powerful. As much as I like many of the other songs on this list, this one is for me the best.

One of the most iconic and classic songs from the 90s. Had a major influence in 90s rock, should be number 1.

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10 Black - Pearl Jam Black - Pearl Jam

This is the best song ever. So emotional and powerful. All of the other songs are classics in their own right but Black is incredible.

One of the most emotional songs of all time. Incredible hook to tie it all together. This band could rock!

Pearl Jam sure knows how to plant their emotion into a song. Both sadness and anger just basically mixed into this song. Gotta tell you all, this song is a masterpiece.

This is a brilliant song. I never get tired of hearing Eddie Vedder's passionate vocals on it

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The Newcomers

? Them Bones - Alice in Chains Them Bones - Alice in Chains
? Hero of the Day - Metallica Hero of the Day - Metallica

The Contenders

11 Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

I love this band. The songs are amazing just can't stop humming it. Time and again I listen to the songs it feels like I'm hearing it for the first time. This band rocks. I have kept my faith on this band.

great song, it always kicks ass.. - richie4life

It's one of the best songs of bon jovi! Amazing guitar solo, amazing rock and amzing backing solos! Lord, We gonna Keep the Faith!

Idol I love this band

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12 Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

How would rage NOT be a top 10 band of the 90's?

If this songs isn't in the top 10 and Bon Jovi is, we're not talking about Rock Anthems here...

Take Bon Jovi off, ASAP, and add some Rage to that list

They are genius musician ever.. this song build your spirit up!

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13 Far Behind - Candlebox Far Behind - Candlebox

love this song! whatever happened to them.

The best ever cry every time I hear it

In my opinion this is one of the greatest rock songs ever

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14 Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses Don't Cry - Guns N' Roses

Greatest song I've ever heard at all times, fantastic.

It should be on every list of greatest songs of all time. Not just 90's.

Should be top 10. up Guns N' Roses

One of the best songs of all time. I love all the guitar parts and Axl sung it with so much soul. This should be in top five!
"There's a heaven above you baby don't you cry tonight..."

15 Would? - Alice in Chains Would? - Alice in Chains

One of alice in chains best songs and its a tribute to Andrew Wood one of the best frontmen of the 90s who died before he could get the fame Nirvana would get later on. RIP Layne, Andrew, and Kurt the best frontmen of the 90s!

One of my favorite bass lines of all time..the band showed incredible chemistry in this song, with Layne and Jerry's vocal harmonies being the cherry on top that makes this the greatest hard rock song of the 90's.

This song is just truly amazing. This was the first Alice in Chains song I ever heard and still love it. This songs kills the new songs! No music made today will beat Alice in Chains! Ever!

One of the best songs of the decade!

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16 Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest

I've lost faith in humanity seeing painkiller so low

Even though Judas Priest is 100% plus metal I'll still vote for this song - Sabbath

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17 Thunderstruck - AC/DC Thunderstruck - AC/DC

It's not first? Are you kidding me? - ParasN2000

Thunderstruck one of the greatest AC/DC songs
This should be number 1
Amazing riff - shatti

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18 High Hopes - Pink Floyd High Hopes - Pink Floyd

Pure brilliance! It should be much higher on this list

Although Pink Floyd's greatest albums were from the 70's, Pink Floyd have come out with the one of the most beautiful things (things, not songs in particular) that came across my life. Ever wondered what Heaven looks like? Listen to that slide guitar solo at the end.
High Hopes is amazing. High Hopes is a classic!

I never heard any other song near that quality in the 90's.

This is a beautiful end to the division bell and what we at the time saw as the final Pink Floyd album. It calls back to the old days of Cambridge and speaks of abright future. This great composition should at least be in the top 10.

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19 Plush - Stone Temple Pilots Plush - Stone Temple Pilots

It's 2013 and this song still is awesome Scott Weiland vocally amazing! STP amazing

Oh yeah, this song rocks. Why do I love it so much? Because it's good. That's music for you: unexplainable. I couldn't tell you why I love this song so much, but I do.

Also: good for the person who put DT on here! I have no clue why they are so high, as I don't actually know any "real live" DT fans besides me, but whatever, cause they're good. But Metropolis doesn't beat Plush, I've got to say.

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20 The Unforgiven - Metallica The Unforgiven - Metallica

One of the the best by the heavy metal god-Metallica.

Too bad this song was ripped off from Iron Maiden's Children Of The Damned, released more than a decade earlier. I love Metallica but credit where it is due...no vote for this one. - LiveOrdnance

I love all 3 parts of this song more and more. sadly the unforgiven iii doesn't get as much attention as it should.

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1. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
2. Far Behind - Candlebox
3. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
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1. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
2. Everlong - Foo Fighters
3. The Good Life - Weezer
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1. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
2. Enter Sandman - Metallica
3. Alive - Pearl Jam
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