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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
Best song ever67 Comments
This is a joke, right?
Smells like Teen Spirit on Number 1?
with these lyrics, they are number one?
"With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido
What kind of world do I live in?
One of the best
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!
This is better than Smells Like Teen Spirit. Deal with it! - Userguy4429 Comments
Best riff from the 90"s
Is it just me or does this sound like the perfect background music for some FNAF 4 gameplay?
This is the best known Metallica Song, off their best selling album. Hammett's Solo is another work of art. It is still played at every sporting event to this day.
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? - michaelhughes20 Comments
Why is this forth. I know Smells Like Teen Spirit is the best 90's song, but it is not. Cultural it was more important. But as a song the melodies and emotion drawn from Black Hole Sun beat any cultural effects a song has. As a purely musical standpoint, it is the best 90's song.
This should be way higher.
The video is weird but what a great song! - Userguy44
Wow this song has one of the trippiest videos ive ever seen, and has one of the most unique sounds ever. LOVE IT9 Comments
Better than Nirvanna. - GehennaTheSecond
Should be 2nd or 3rd. - Userguy44
This song is SUPERB!
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.
This is a great song, and it should be at least 4 or 5.
Emotional, and a song that many people can feel!
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
Best song ever14 Comments
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.
Most underrated rock band in the 90s! Overshadowed by other Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana causing them to not share the same spotlight9 Comments
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.13 Comments
What this is from the 90s
Grunge tried to kill the Metal, but then Uncle Rob made this badass album - SoldierOfFortune
I've lost faith in humanity seeing painkiller so low
Should be much higher1 Comment
It’s Pink Floyd. Enough said... - Userguy44
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.4 Comments
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 song should be in a higher spot. Pearl Jam is one of the greatest things that happened in the 90s in my opinion. Also "Oceans" and "Porch" are the best songs in the album12 Comments
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
My all time favorite!
Simply one of the greatest songs ever recorded
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...
This is the best song ever! Tom Morello's guitar surpass all. Zack De la rocha lyrics are awesome? This should be #18 Comments
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!
Incredible song, should be number one. So much emotion in lyrics especially at the end, and an amazing voice3 Comments
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..."
Rock band classic
I hate Megadeth and their fanbase but this song is unique - Sabbath
Seeing this at no.46 is a disgrace - Tylerlangford1234
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.
I'm glad there's a STP song in the top 20! - Juniorxtrm
Hands down the song I think of the 90's
For me no band can compare to Nirvana, Kurt was the spokesperson of my generation, for the bullied,the misfits, the teens that felt like they didn't belong, R.I.P my friend, thank you for the music.
Great song. A bit depressing but depressing seamed to work for nirvana ha ha.
This is a great song, even better than smells like teen spirit to me. - Singer4Freedom
How is this not up here?1 Comment
The unforgiven at 31 is travesty...
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.1 Comment
Well this is a real classic, it's a real 90s song..
Top 5 90's Tune
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 music33 Comments
Best Alice in Chains song! "We chase misprinted lies, we face the path of time! "
Amazing song! Can listen to it over and over again
One of my all time favorites!
Layne's voice is uncomparable & amazing. every time I hear Nutshell, I literally get the chills. So raw & emotional. "If I can't be my own, I'd feel better dead" RIP Layne
This should be in the top 10s
Thunderstruck one of the greatest AC/DC songs
This should be number 1
Amazing riff - shatti
It's not first? Are you kidding me? - ParasN20002 Comments
Great metal band in the 90s. Today, not so much, but right up there with the others at the time. Go litsen.
How is this so low. Pantera is by far my favorite band and I am for sure not alone. This song was an instant classic. Maybe the reason it is so low is because I THINK it was from 1989 since it was off of the Cowboys From Hell album. I also haven't seen ANY of the songs off of Vulgar Display of Power or Far Beyond Driven. Not sure about you guys but I am gonna say this is the ultimate 90s song, and DEFINITELY beats ALL if the Nirvana stuff on here (I do like Nirvana, but Pantera, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, and Tool should all have their songs MUCH higher than 34)
Riff + vocals + class = eligible for number 1 - devanshukhurma
Great song, great music, fantastic
This is how songs should be made now, instead of the crap that's on the radio now a days! Everything now is gay rap w/songs about drugs, drinking and sex. I liked rap in the 90's but now its wrecked w/all the new gay rappers. WHY IS THERE ONLY NEW RAPPER? COME ON ROCK BANDS... WE NEED YOU!
How is this song not in the top 5? I'm a disabled army veteran who did 5 tours of duty between Iraq and Afghanistan. I know this was about Vietnam but even now when I hear this song after being retired for almost 6 years I still get chills when I hear it come on!
I love this song it is the greatest alice in chains song
Why this song is not in the top ten is beyond me. I could get lost in this song.
Just Beautiful1 Comment
This is a good song
Gets me pumped up every time.. Just listen to that crowd roar when they start playing it.. I think it's a lot more popular than scar tissue red hot chili peppers wise
This should honestly be number 12 on the list. This song is one of my favorite rock and roll songs from the 1990s
Awesome song... just the flow of it makes you want to dance wherever you are. There isn't anyway this song is down the list... it deserves a top ten listing at the very least.3 Comments
Great for having sex with your mom
This should be number one for most meaningful
THE BEST SONG OF ALL TIME RIGHT HERE! Mike McCready's guitar work in this song is amazing and he is one of the best guitarists of all time, you will understand once you see them live.
Amazing song. How is black by pearl jam in top ten but not this...
McCready's solo is the best of the 90's.
Unique intro, iconic sound, best solo of the 90s.2 Comments
The best song on the list, but the best 90s song should be Geek USA, also by the Pumpkins.
This song may seem as simple as they come, but it has a heart-wrenching meaning that is very relatable for some people. In the song, Billy expresses how all he ever wanted was to be loved by someone. Anyone. This song means the world to me, and I hope it touches others too.
This song is beautiful and the video is too.
The mixture of emotions this song invokes from me is incredible. It feels almost tranquil at first, yet I'm uneasy. Before long I am rocking out to the chorus and the ending becomes soft and eloquent. It is so perfect.
How the hell is this song not in the top 5?!?!? Deepest lyrics you'll ever hear
Man this song brings back some memories! There is no way this song should be outside of the top 10
I'll kill myself on the live stage, perfect song and lyrics7 Comments
Such a great antiwar song. Listen to words, then think about present time. What has changed?
This is the best Alice In chains song - Sabbath
Best guitar solo ever along with, trapped in a corner(DEATH) and Domination(Pantera)
My favorite song my I'm about to humming around and want to trash something.
Ten is the best album of all time this is one of the best songs on the album
Sums up my love life in the 90s
Is very good
Catchy, sweet, 90's pop-rock - Singer4Freedom
Needs to be higher. One of the best songs by one of the best bands of all time
One of the best riffs of the 90's. Tom Morello absolutely innovated the solo scene with his killswitch scratching solo.
A brilliant song centered around iconic and eargasming riffs. Insightful and aggressive lyrical content involving well constructed metaphors about war and politics make this a must listen. Come to think of it, this song is more of a storm than a song. A storm of consistent and experience enhancing bass, powerful drums, and fantastastic guitar (especially the solo)
What's with these homies, dissing my song?
WHY IS THIS SO FAR BELOOW
I loved this song when it first came out and it still makes me smile to this day. Although I love Bon Jovi this has got to be better than "Keep the Faith" right?
Oh yeah, this song brings me back.
Great tune. Why isn't this higher?
Great song that's a lot softer than normal 90s grunge
Best song of the 90's. Period.
This is arguably Dream Theater's greatest album - so chock full of gems and the mastery of each member's musicality is beyond anything in music at the time - and most of today, too
Dream Theater was one of the best Rock bands of the 90's... This is a nice song... But try Funeral for a Friend or the Spirit Carries On... Both top ten quality.
Sex to your ears
absolutely amazing song from a kick ass band! Love it!
I've said it so many times, but I'll say it again if you don't vote for this your heart is broken. - Queen-aholic
Not every song can make the top 10 but this is one that defined an era, at least top 20.
Loved this super!
I love this song - NightmareIsHere_
I remember hearing this song as a teenager off of 94.5 the edge in dallas. I still really love this song 20 years later.
Great Song I love it makes me happy.
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