No Wonder I Listened to Alternative Radio

First it was books, now it’s music. Shelli at BagMomma posted a fabulous meme today that is a flash from the past and a chance to prove that under no circumstances was there ever a time that I liked Melissa Etheridge (sorry, she just irks me). Naturally, I pounced on it like a cat with a nip problem.

As she stated:

The rules:
A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you REALLY hate.

So, I graduated from high school in 1994 which will make you groan either because a) you are older than I am or b ) you are younger than me.  For my fellow 1994 graduates, welcome fellow Bicentennial Babies!

Before I post the list, you should note that there are not that many songs that are in bold and quite a few that are crossed out. This is because I didn’t really listen to mainstream radio in high school and I have a serious Ace of Base problem. Still.  In high school, I was within the listening area of the premiere alternative station on the east coast and I was too busy listening to the Pixies, the Cure and obscure British bands to meddle in mainstrem pop.  In short, I was a total music snob.  Frankly, it doesn’t look like I missed much.

Without further ado, here’s the list:

1. The Sign, Ace Of Base
2. I Swear, All-4-One
3. I’ll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men
4. The Power Of Love, Celine Dion
5. Hero, Mariah Carey
6. Stay (I Missed You), Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
7. Breathe Again, Toni Braxton
8. All For Love, Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
9. All That She Wants, Ace Of Base
10. Don’t Turn Around, Ace Of Base
11. Bump N’ Grind, R. Kelly
12. Again, Janet Jackson
13. I’ll Remember, Madonna
14. Whatta Man, Salt-N-Pepa
15. Wild Night, John Mellencamp and Me’shell Ndegeocello
16. Without You/Never Forget You, Mariah Carey
17. You Mean The World To Me, Toni Braxton
18. Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Elton John
19. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, Prince Symbol
20. Fantastic Voyage, Coolio
21. Baby I Love Your Way, Big Mountain
22. Regulate, Warren G and Nate Dogg
23. If You Go, Jon Secada
24. Back and Forth, Aaliyah
25. Now And Forever, Richard Marx
26. When Can I See You, Babyface
27. Please Forgive Me, Bryan Adams
28. So Much In Love, All-4-One
29. Shoop, Salt-N-Pepa
30. Any Time, Any Place/And On And On, Janet Jackson
31. Shine, Collective Soul
32. Said I Loved You…But I Lied, Michael Bolton
33. Return To Innocence, Enigma
34. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow
35. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm, Crash Test Dummies
36. Can We Talk, Tevin Campbell
37. Funkdafied, Da Brat
38. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
39. Gangsta Lean, Drs
40. Because The Night, 10,000 Maniacs
41. Cantaloop, US3
42. Whoomp! (There It Is), Tag Team
43. Come To My Window, Melissa Etheridge
44. Stroke You Up, Changing Faces
45. I’m Ready, Tevin Campbell
46. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters
47. Anytime You Need A Friend, Mariah Carey
48. Because Of Love, Janet Jackson
49. Linger, Cranberries
50. Loser, Beck
51. Found Out About You, Gin Blossoms
52. Gin And Juice, Snoop Doggy Dogg
53. Never Lie, Immature
54. Streets Of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen
55. Getto Jam, Domino
56. Endless Love, Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey
57. I Miss You w/ Aaron Hall
58. Understanding, Xscape
59. This D.J., Warren G
60. Cry For You, Jodeci
61. Keep Ya Head Up, 2Pac
62. Who Am I (What’s My Name?), Snoop Doggy Dogg
63. Another Night, Real McCoy
64. Your Body’s Callin’, R. Kelly
65. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz
66. I Can See Clearly Now, Jimmy Cliff
67. Never Keeping Secrets, Babyface
68. Crazy, Aerosmith
69. Just Kickin’ It, Xscape
70. At Your Best (You Are Love), Aaliyah
71. Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through, Meat Loaf
72 Amazing, Aerosmith
73. Always, Erasure
74. Groove Thang, Zhane
75. Dreams, Gabrielle
76. Mr. Vain, Culture Beat
77. Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
78. Anything, SWV
79. Beautiful In My Eyes, Joshua Kadison
80. Stay, Eternal
81. Flava In Ya Ear, Craig Mack
82. U.N.I.T.Y., Queen Latifah
83. Prayer For The Dying, Seal
84. Secret, Madonna
85. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze
86. Everyday, Phil Collins
87. Don’t Take The Girl, Tim McGraw
88. Got Me Waiting, Heavy D and The Boyz
89. December 1963 (Oh, What A Night), Four Seasons
90. Indian Outlaw, Tim McGraw
91. Always, Bon Jovi
92. I’m The Only One, Melissa Etheridge
93. Back In The Day, Ahmad
94. Love Sneakin’ Up On You, Bonnie Raitt
95. I’ll Take You There, General Public
96. Always In My Heart, Tevin Campbell
97. What Is Love, Haddaway
98. And Our Feelings, Babyface
99. Bop Gun (One Nation), Ice Cube
100. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy

9 thoughts on “No Wonder I Listened to Alternative Radio

  1. Now this is totally cool — I’m going to have to do this one! (And yes, I groaned — if you think you’re old, wait until you see the year *I* graduated…!)

    Here’s a tip if you do it – when you go to the site, type the year in the search box at the top. It should come up on the top of the search results. Mrs. X

  2. Wow, 1994 really was NOT a good year for music! Yikes!

    Hmmm… so you say you were within listening distance of the premiere alternative station on the east coast. Are you referring to WHFS by any chance? I went to college within listening distance of that station and I loved it. Whenever I drive through that metropolitan area, I listen to it (although it was off the air for a while and then got moved way up the dial).

    Ding, ding, ding! Why yes, it was WHFS. That station singularly got me through high school. I still remember sneaking away during art class to listen clandestinely. Those were the days. Flannel, angst and good music.

    It started going down hill in the late 1990s, though. 😦 Mrs. X

  3. Thanks for the memories, the radio station I listened then was classic and newer rock (Zepplin, Doors, The Who, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, etc.) but the Sr. prom DJ alternated between country and rap. It was not a good scene for someone who favored more alternative music in 1994.

    Also, one of my hall-mates freshman year of college would blast “Come to my Window” on a regular basis. I still loathe that song.

    Mrs. X: I’m impressed that you remember what was played at your prom. For my prom, the most interesting part of the whole prom was dinner before. The actual prom was just meh.

  4. Wow, 1994 was kind of a bad year for music. Makes up for the mood I was just in reading about the commenter on my blog who was in Kindergarten in 1986. Sorta blew my day. lol.

    As you probably figured our from my post, I am a big 80’s fan, but my loyalties were from the alternative side (U2, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Smiths). Music has never been the same.

    Mrs. X: I agree that music just hasn’t managed to regain the amazing level of awesomeness that it had in the 80s.

  5. Iyeeiyeeye owaeyei-yeah!=my attempt at conveying the little “world music-y” vocal sample in that Enigma song. I was in the former Soviet Union, starving, when that song came out, and the video made me cry for some reason. Perhaps because I had been tortured with Bonny M and Ace of Bass for month after malnourished month…

    Sigh. Thanks for the memories, Madame X!

    Mrs. X: Er, it doesn’t sound like they were pleasant memories! I too have a soft spot for Enigma.

  6. Ohmigosh, I’m so a bicentennial baby too!! I was a big alternative rock junkie in high school (which I also graduated from in 1994), but I will admit to a secret love for all things pop. I know, I know, shameful to admit. I am all over this meme!

    We Adore ’94!! (Yeah, so I had no school/class spirit either.)

    Mrs. X: wow, we didn’t even have a motto!

  7. Your list brings up such memories of my freshman year of college! I loved Shoop and Whatta Man, and will admit that I kind of adored Ace of Base. But I’ve always copped to my horrid taste in music.

    Mrs.X: I will look past the fact that you kind of adored Ace of Base. I seem to be in the minority for not liking them.

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  9. Okay … totally had to do this on my blog, too. I have to admit though … I think I like the songs on your list better than mine!

    But yes, I was more of an alternative gal too. LOOVED the Pixies (and still do).

    And by the by, whatever happened to good old alternative music?! I think the stuff out there that’s considered “alternative” these days is CR*P! In my opinion, anyway …

    Mrs. X: Ah, there was a ten year period there where I was convinced that ‘good’ alternative music was dead. It’s slowly coming back, but I don’t think we’ll ever see the sheer variety that there was in the 80s and early 90s. Sniff.

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