Alanis Morissette Vs. Taylor Swift Smackdown

The 1990s Classic, "Baby Got Back"

Before we address merit, I thought it might be a good idea to look at what was actually popular with America back in the 1990s, like Sir Mix-a-Lot, versus what we were listening to in 90s WomanLand, like Liz Phair.

Here are VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. And following that is the list of the top songs from last year. Not to talk trash on the music of our youth, but “Party in the USA” is Mozart compared to “MMM Bop.”

  1. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991, #6 US)
  2. U2 – “One” (1991, #10 US)
  3. Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way” (1999, #6 US)
  4. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1992, #1 US)
  5. Madonna – “Vogue” (1990, #1 US)
  6. Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back” (1992, #1 US)
  7. Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time” (1999, #1 US)
  8. TLC – “Waterfalls” (1994, #1 US)
  9. R.E.M. – “Losing My Religion” (1991, #4 US)
  10. Sinéad O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990, #1 US)
  11. Pearl Jam – “Jeremy” (1991, #79 US)
  12. Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know” (1995)
  13. Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) – “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang” (1992, #2 US)
  14. Mariah Carey – “Vision of Love” (1990, #1 US)
  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge” (1991, #2 US)
  16. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This” (1990, #8 US)
  17. Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name” (1999, #1 US)
  18. Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (1991, #16 US)
  19. Beastie Boys – “Sabotage” (1994)
  20. Hanson – “MMMBop” (1997, #1 US)
  21. Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On” (1997, #1 US)
  22. Beck – “Loser” (1994, #10 US)
  23. Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue – “Whatta Man” (1993, #3 US)
  24. House of Pain – “Jump Around” (1992, #3 US)
  25. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun” (1994)
  26. Eminem – “My Name Is” (1999, #26 US)
  27. Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones” (1993)
  28. Ricky Martin – “Livin’ la Vida Loca” (1999, #1 US)
  29. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby” (1990, #1 US)
  30. *NSYNC – “Tearin’ Up My Heart” (1998)
  31. Radiohead – “Creep” (1993)
  32. BLACKstreet – “No Diggity” (1996, #1 US)
  33. Spice Girls – “Wannabe” (1997, #1 US)
  34. Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life” (1997, #4 US)
  35. Oasis – “Wonderwall” (1995, #8 US)
  36. C+C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” (1991, #1 US)
  37. Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” (1998)
  38. Christina Aguilera – “Genie In A Bottle” (1999, #1 US)
  39. Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” (1998)
  40. Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991, #2 US)
  41. Spin Doctors – “Two Princes” (1993, #7 US)
  42. Collective Soul – “Shine” (1994, #11 US)
  43. En Vogue – “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” (1992, #2 US)
  44. The Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (1996)
  45. Hootie & the Blowfish – “Only Wanna Be With You” (1995, #6 US)
  46. Shania Twain – “You’re Still the One” (1998, #2 US)
  47. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch – “Good Vibrations” (1991, #1 US)
  48. Matchbox Twenty – “3 A.M.” (1997)
  49. Jewel – “Who Will Save Your Soul” (1996, #11 US)
  50. Alice in Chains – “Man in the Box” (1990)
  51. 2Pac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) – “California Love” (1996, #6 US)
  52. Sugar Ray – “Fly” (1997)
  53. Naughty by Nature – “O.P.P.” (1991, #6 US)
  54. Joan Osborne – “One of Us” (1995, #4 US)
  55. Fiona Apple – “Criminal” (1996, #21 US)
  56. L.L. Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990, #17 US)
  57. Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule – “Can I Get A…” (1998)
  58. Sophie B. Hawkins – “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” (1992, #5 US)
  59. Weezer – “Buddy Holly” (1994)
  60. Bell Biv DeVoe – “Poison” (1990, #2 US)
  61. Sheryl Crow – “All I Wanna Do” (1993, #2 US)
  62. Live – “I Alone” (1994)
  63. The Notorious B.I.G. featuring MasePuff Daddy – “Mo Money Mo Problems” (1997, #1 US)
  64. The Presidents of the United States of America – “Peaches” (1995)
  65. Digital Underground – “The Humpty Dance” (1990, #11 US)
  66. Edwin McCain – “I’ll Be” (1998, #5 US)
  67. Deee-Lite – “Groove Is In The Heart” (1990, #4 US)
  68. Will Smith – “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” (1998, #1 US)
  69. Korn – “Freak on a Leash” (1998)
  70. Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity” (1997)
  71. Arrested Development – “Tennessee” (1992, #6 US)
  72. Barenaked Ladies – “One Week” (1998, #1 US)
  73. Marcy Playground – “Sex and Candy” (1998, #5 US)
  74. Cher – “Believe” (1999, #1 US)
  75. Kris Kross – “Jump” (1992, #1 US)
  76. Blues Traveler – “Run-around” (1995, #8 US)
  77. Ice Cube – “It Was a Good Day” (1992, #15 US)
  78. Lenny Kravitz – “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (1993)
  79. Meredith Brooks – “Bitch” (1997, #2 US)
  80. Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy” (1992, #1 US)
  81. Paula Cole – “I Don’t Want to Wait” (1997, #11 US)
  82. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” (1991, #23 US)
  83. The Breeders – “Cannonball” (1993)
  84. Snow – “Informer” (1993, #1 US)
  85. Cypress Hill – “Insane In The Brain” (1993, #19 US)
  86. The Cranberries – “Linger” (1993, #8 US)
  87. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Achy Breaky Heart” (1992, #4 US)
  88. Duncan Sheik – “Barely Breathing” (1997, #16 US)
  89. Liz Phair – “Never Said” (1993)
  90. New Radicals – “You Get What You Give” (1998, #37 US)
  91. Sarah McLachlan – “Building a Mystery” (1997, #13 US)
  92. Public Enemy – “911 Is a Joke” (1990)
  93. Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)” (1994, #1 US)
  94. Fastball – “The Way” (1998)
  95. Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It” (1995, #1 US)
  96. Nelson – “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection” (1990, #1 US)
  97. PrinceThe New Power Generation – “Gett Off” (1991, #27 US)
  98. EMF – “Unbelievable” (1991, #1 US)
  99. Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (1997)
  100. Gerardo – “Rico Suave” (1991, #7 US)

From Billboard:

1. “Boom Boom Pow,” Black Eyed Peas
2. “Right Round,” Flo Rida
3. “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
4. “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas
5. “Gives You Hell,” All-American Rejects
6. “Just Dance,” Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
7. “Party in the U.S.A.,” Miley Cyrus
8. “The Climb,” Miley Cyrus
9. “Dead and Gone (feat. Justin Timberlake),” T.I.
10. “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon

ALBUMS
1. “Only By the Night,” Kings of Leon
2. “Twilight” soundtrack
3. “The Fame,” Lady Gaga
4. “Fearless,” Taylor Swift
5. “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” Dave Matthews Band
6. “The Essential Michael Jackson,” Michael Jackson
7. “The Fray,” The Fray
8. “The Blueprint 3,” Jay-Z
9. “Relapse,” Eminem
10. “The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies),” Black Eyed Peas

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