The ’90s were great, would they say they weren’t? So bleeding great. It was the decade that gave us Forrest Gump, Dolly the sheep, Friends, the N64 and Harry Potter. It additionally gave us Marilyn Manson, Korn, Machine Head and Rage Against The Machine, who are still a portion of the greatest names in shake and metal. Essentially, we adore the ’90s. What’s more, to praise our undying love for the ’90s we (alongside a portion of your most loved groups) chose to tally down the 100 best melodies of the decade. It took AGES. In any case, we think this is practically the best ’90s playlist you’re consistently going to discover. If it’s not too much trouble note, we had one manage set up: Only one melody for each collection permitted.
- Mr Bungle – Carousel (Mr. Bungle, 1991)
Coming on like Madness playing with Frank Zappa, Carousel provided an outlet for Mike Patton’s crazier musical ambitions that didn’t need to be approved by his colleagues in Faith No More. Given free rein, he comes up with song that gets increasingly more eventful as it proceeds but never loses its grip on melody. Like a midget circus colliding with a horror flick colliding with Willy Wonka’s sinister uncle.
- Snot – Snot (Get Some, 1997)
Frontman Lynn Strait might have tragically died in a car accident in 1998, but his legacy lived on in this dancefloor filler and nu metal classic. The first track from Snot’s only album with him, Get Some, it shoved his talent and attitude in your face.
- Faith No More – The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies (King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime, 1995)
One of Mike Patton’s finest performances. He starts like a crooner, continues with the kind of sinister voice John Wayne Gacy might have used to lure victims into the basement, and climaxes by proving that he can really, really sing. It’s possible this song invented System Of A Down all by itself.
- Testament – Riding The Snake (The Gathering, 1999)
Bringing Dave Lombardo in on drums, The Gathering helped Testament sign off the 90s in style, and Riding The Snake has gone onto become one of the Bay Area behemoths’ all-time great anthems.
- Voivod – Jack Luminous (The Outer Limits, 1993)
Getting into Voivod is like staring at a Magic Eye puzzle; defocus properly and a whole new dimension comes into being. Bringing in 1950s sci-fi sound effects and lusher textures to orbit around their off-kilter axis, Jack Luminous‘s slower pace allowed an easier entry point into their spectacular compound-eye vision of thrash dystopia.
- Emperor – Thus Spake The Nightspirit (Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk, 1997)
Taken from the band’s sophomore album, Thus Spake The Nightspirit is a prime example of how Ihsahn and co. were able to meld blistering, speedfreak black metal with the grandiosity of symphonic metal. Still terrifying, though.
- Life Of Agony – Lost At 22 (Ugly, 1995)
Dark, grungy melodies swirled around angsty lyrics about a person desperate to find their own path without giving into conformity. This downbeat, outsider alt-metal would become the New York quartet’s hallmark.