The worst songs of the '90s named in new poll -- Do you agree?

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Okay, get ready to argue: Rolling Stone just released its reader poll for the Worst Songs of the Nineties.

Yes, there are plenty of obvious choices from the Department of Terrible Novelty Songs (Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” at No. 9, Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” at No.8,  Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” at No. 2) along with a few picks that we’d argue fall into the Actually Pretty Great If You’re Not Too Snobby To Admit It category (Hanson’s “MMMBop” at No. 6 and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” at No. 10)

But the thing that struck us most was that this list seems to be comprised only of people who aren’t American rocker dudes. Nearly half the groups have at least one female member (Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” ranks at No. 7), more than half come from somewhere outside the U.S. (including Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” at No. 1, and Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” at No. 5), and with the exception of “What’s Up,” there’s not a single rock-guitar-driven song on the list (it’s dominated by pop, though it’s also got a soft spot for rap, with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” at No. 4, and country, with Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” at No. 3.)

Compare that with Rolling Stone‘s readers poll for the Top Ten Albums of the Nineties, which included only white-dude rockers. Though high-ranking bands like Nirvana and Radiohead are certainly worthy white-dude rockers, there’s no trace of the era’s great hip hop albums (Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic Biggie’s Ready to Die), or now-classic albums made by women (Hole’s Live Through This, PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville).

In the sake of fairness, shouldn’t the Worst Songs of the Nineties feature a few more rock-guy bombs? What about Creed’s “Higher”? Green Jelly’s “Three Little Pigs”? Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie”?

Of course, there are also plenty of pop songs that should’ve been recognized. Personally, I’d nominate Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a blow-by-blow account of the longest, most boring conversation of all time. (And then I said… and then she said… and then I said…) Oh, and this song should be way up there.

What else do you think should be on the list?

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  • Hilaryy

    MMMBop is a great song! Well crafted with a delicious hook. And written by guys who were at the time between the ages of 10 and 15. Music snobbery indeed.

    • crispy

      MMMBop sucks. It’s not snobbery, it’s just disposable pop garbage.

      • Twist

        “MMMbop” was written by 3 young kids. Were you really expecting “Dark Side of the Moon?”

      • crispy

        Nope. I don’t expect adults to listen to kids music.

      • Shiny

        Did you miss a memo? EW just had a list of Top 25 Men You’d Date that didn’t include a single man of any Color. Well, there was one color only, lets say the men were fairly homogenous. Pot, kettle, black?

      • Matt

        Thanks Rock Golf – I was just about to complain about the same things!

      • Bamm-Bamm Rubble

        I’ll take Ice Ice Baby over any song from Rihanna and Katy Perry! Celine’s MHWGO is better than any song in the Top 40 right now! You’rrrrrrre HERRRRRE! There’s NOTHINNNNG I FEAR! hehe

      • Sally

        90s = constipated burnouts complaining about society and worshipping goat skulls

      • Tim

        Jesus Jones needs to make a Comeback! lol

      • Tony

        I. Want. You. To-know. That. I’m. Hap-py. For. You. I. Want. Nothing. But. The-best. For. You-both. (and I’m going to just go be a lesbian now) … Gosh, how I miss the 90s.

      • Tony

        4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” should have been number one. Every song from the 90s was better than 4 Non Blondes one hit wonder.

      • Robin

        90s = youtube.com/watch?v=sEDw9xgSmSc

      • jets

        I concer with MMM Bop being a good song. Unlike tween bubble gum pop of today (Beitber, Selena, et all) Hanson wrote their own songs and played their own instraments. They defienetly deserve more credit and credibility then they get, and in a fair world they would have lastes as long as Britteny Spears, who despite whatever charms of hers is about as authentic as sliced cheese. …also hate when people take these polls too seriously and throw in a feminest slant, but all the Creed songs really were horrible.

      • Leslie

        jump jump jump jump jump-around jump up jump up and get down

      • C

        sorry hands down the most annoying band and song of the 90′s was Savage Garden and the single “Truly Madly Deeply”it was so sacharine it could cause cancer!

      • Tom

        Third Eye Blind.. They sucked. If I have to hear that crap just one more time I think I am going to hurl

      • Aunt Jemima

        Nothing compares to all Lady GaGa’s songs this era ;are mostly…garbage!!!!!!!!!

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Thank you. Thank you so much. Have you read these comments?? Who are these cretins?

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Jesus Jones needs to die.

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Thank you, man.

      • Tom

        4 Non Blondes was the worst. Hands down! They need to BURN IT WITH FIRE!!!

    • Aprilcot26

      I concur. I’m not asharmed to say that MMMBop is awesome. :)

      • Esox

        MMMBOP is the perfect pop song. And there’s nothing wrong with pop songs.
        I laugh at those who think it’s too cool to like pop.
        Cool is passe people. Uncool is the new cool. Now take those sunglasses off, you’re inside!

      • Tony

        HANSUN RULES!!!! OH YEAAAAHHH.. 90s!!!

      • Stormy

        Who’s Hansun? Solo’s kid?

      • JPX

        if I had a time machine and I could only use it once I would return to the beginning of Mmmbop and stop the boy band craze in its tracks like a boss

      • Anda

        I’m not afraid to say that I still love Hanson. They aged their music fairly well so it’s more appropriate to their age(unlike NKOTB who are still singing about dancing up on girls, you’re 40 guys, move on.).

      • WikiGleeks

        JPX: Totally agree! And I’d also make sure that Britney Spears’ video for Hit Me Baby One More Time never aired on MTV. I’d go back in time to the late 90′s, get a job working as an admin assistant for MTV, recieve that video when it arrived, and then when no one was looking, destroy it before anyone got a chance to see it!

      • Elizabeth

        Hanson is great. That sound may have been overplayed but their songs were totally addicting. Plus they have come out with albums since then and they are still awesome! They also stick together as a band unlike the Jonas Brothers.

      • Yvette

        MMMMBop is terrific for what it is — bouncy, fun, bubblegum pop. And yeah, there’s a lot of “Rockism” at work in a list that gives crappy rock stuff more credence than solid fun pop.

      • Mike38

        Gaga songs are 100x worse than those listed above!

      • talliamore

        agreed

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Well, you oughta be.

      • Tom

        I took a big crap on MMmbop. Hate the 90s.

    • e4ia

      When I read that MMMBop was on there, the list instantly lost all credibility. The list was obvious made up by people who think they are “way too cool” to like music that had any popular impact. And, come on… it may have been overplayed and not everyone’s cup of tea, but My Heart Will Go On was a well-written and performed song. Some of us are not such big music snobs to admit that.

      • @e4la

        Having popular impact does not make a song good. Mmmbop unleashed the boy “band” craze of the late 90′s/early 00′s and other tween tripe like Britney Spears. It deserves to be on the list for that alone.

      • sarah d

        Boy bands were around waaaay before Hansen came out. Also, Hanson was an actual band not a vocal quin or quartet so they don’t qualify as a boy band anyway.

      • Go-Go

        The chorus for “MMMBoop” may be nonsense, but the verse lyrics are actually quite smart and well-written.

      • crispy

        LOL! No they aren’t… low expectations much? The lyrics to MMMBoop sound like they were written for an episode of Barney & Friends.

      • Esox

        So according to Crispy, well crafted songs are not written for kids.

      • Tony

        My Dave Mathews Collection does not sound like it aged very well over the last 10-15 years… I played a few of them the other day, and I was kinda embarrassed at how it sounds in comparison to today’s music.

      • Rich

        Not enough AutoTune, eh Tony?

      • Leslie

        Not enough drugs probably.

      • WikiGleeks

        Eh, MMMBop was fun and catchy, but it got old fast. It’s a guilty pleasure, like most of the songs on this list.

      • Tom

        Hey now. You’re an all star. Get your game on. Blah blah blah. Hey now. Blah blah blah. Get your game on. Blah blah blah.

    • Winona

      Indeed. The Hanson-haters are just either jealous or bashing “MMMBop” out of habit. Might I ask what all of us were doing with our time when we were twelve? Racking up platinum albums and Grammy nominations? I know I wasn’t!

      • Elizabeth

        Agreed. Zac Hanson remains the youngest grammy nominated artist. I believe he was 11. They were hard working kids who wanted to make music.

      • Tom

        Hate is too strong a word to describe how little people will ever care about b s artists like Hanson.

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        What’s wrong with you people? Celine is stupid, and Hanson should have never happened. It’s a good thing that their careers ended quicker ‘n you could say, “Al Bundy.” And it is great to be alive to see Celine go down in beautiful flames. Hopefully that song won’t go on, so’s none of you can about this kibble.

    • Mephysto

      A list compiled by a magazine that hasn’t been relevant in almost 15 years.. Yeah, no thanks

      • DDubSolider

        Yep. And Breakfast at Tiffany’s is like,the best song! FU!

      • Acaseofgeo

        Not only that, but “My Heart Will Go On” is NOT a horrible song by ANY measure. It has a beautfiul, aching melody, a timeless message of love and loss, sung exquisitely by Celine Dion. I’m not a big Celine fan, but COME ON! This song is simply beautiful. And you’re wrong, It has aged extremely well. And so has the movie (TITANIC is actually BETTER now after all the over-hype has long died down. I’m not sure you will EVER say the same thing about AVATAR.)

      • Rachel

        how about “How Bizarre?” that song was awful. also LFO Chinese food makes me sick song. their list was not accurate. I get nostalgic for Tubthumping and ice ice baby. The worst songs are the ones we went nuts for and do not hold up now.

      • Ames

        The songs on the list aren’t necessarily bad, they were overplayed at the time. The reason they were overplayed is because a lot of people really liked them. Rolling Stone believes those people are the “wrong” sort of people who should be making an impact on our culture. But thank goodness, the people at Rolling Stone know who the ‘right’ people are — them! How lucky for us that they are willing to share their tastes with us Philistines.

      • Palooka Jones

        Rolling Stone….phffffft!
        Not that I think that this list is criminally wrong, but Rolling Stone is in no position to be dictating to us what songs are the worst of the 1990s. A magazine that puts The Jonas Bros. on its cover labels MMMBop as a bad 90′s song….um, O.K.! Today you have anything from Allmusic to Revolver Magazine to CMJ to a hundred other music sources…..
        ..so to Rolling Stone, here’s your cane and Metamucil. Enjoy your stay at the retirement home being roomies with Saturday Evening Post.

      • Esox

        How did you come to a figure of 15 years when it comes to it’s relevancy? My hunch that’s when your subscription ran out.

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Aw, thank you so much for that insight, Mephisto. You are king.

    • Ambee

      Mmmbop is pure nonsense pop at its best. I also really liked Tubthumping. This list… hm. I’m not a fan.

      • Acaseofgeo

        Yeah, just WHO are these “readers” who picked these songs? TUBTHUMPING is ICONIC. “I get knocked down, but I get up again, You’re NEVER gonna keep me down”….Who CAN’T relate to a rocking chant like that?

      • Tom

        You must be very old. Sad.

      • tvnut014

        Not true Tom. Not true.

      • Tom

        You could have fooled me. ha ha ha

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        I feel so sorry for you. I bet you like Disney too, huh?

    • jules

      Agreed. Mmmbop is a guilty pleasure. And at least those kids had the talent to write and perform their own music, unlike most of the prepackaged “talent” out today.

      • talliamore

        yep

    • Trisha

      Macarena?? Oh c’mon! It’s a classic

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Time out for you.

    • Aurora

      First off let me say that I absolutely love Hanson, they have done some wonderful albums since Middle of Nowhere. If you haven’t heard them since the 90′s, seriously check them out….you will be surprised. It upsets me that SOOOOO many people cannot get passed that song to give any of their music past 1997 a chance. I do love that album & I believe they have recorded a new live cut of that album. Now all that said I don’t care for the 1997 original recording of Mmmbop…..I do love the live version from their tour & I love the stripped down vocals only version which is just freaking great. Give them a listen before you judge that’s all I ask.

    • Cygnus

      Mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

      • Michelle

        OMG Cygnus…WORST SONG EVER!!!!

      • Tom

        What’s up is the worst song ever.

      • L

        Oh agreed. Ugh.

    • Lisap

      I think Hansen is a really good example of a lot of things wrong with the music industry in general (trying really hard not to go totally bitter here). Middle of Nowhere has a lot of songs that are exactly what you would expect of an album written by a bunch of teenagers (then again, they were selling to teenagers who LOVED MMMbop). BUT it also contained some pretty great songs, especially considering 3 kids were the driving force behind the whole thing (writing, playing, etc.).

      Then a few years later Hansen, who had already proved their writing ability as kids, went to their record label and literally had over 100 songs they had written rejected. So they trusted themselves when the big label wouldn’t, left, and formed an indie label.

    • retired Papa

      Those song aren’t bad.

      All Lady Gaga songs… are actually garbage!

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        All the songs were bad, and Lady Gaga is still garbage. You were half right. ;)

    • talliamore

      Hil I agree. I remember walking into my store and hearing Shania Twain and thinking “Damn those hanson kids put a damn good ballad down. MMMBOP was our New Orleans jam then…and still is

    • sFgsd

      @Hilaryy NO IT ISN’T! YOU MORON!

  • Gerry

    I’ve always despised 4 Non Blondes “What’s Going On.” Hate it so much.
    Creed’s “Higher” is a really good pick.
    .
    My personal choice: Blind Melon’s “No Rain.” I know it’s probably bad to bash it since Shannon Hoon’s dead, but boy do I hate that song with every fiber of my being. And I always hated that Bee Girl too!

    • erin

      Agree about No Rain, but blame part of my hatred on the fact that MTV played the video constantly.

      • Zed Mezcalhead

        Yup!!

    • Craig

      wow so many choices, lol. surprised no one mentioned Gerardo’s “Rico Suave” truly horrible and somewhat racist, also Crash Test Dummies “Mmm” made my ears bleed

      • jc

        amen…..

    • tot

      omy gash!!!! that is to true!!! :D

    • HTC

      There is nothing worse than “Tubthumping.” And it would be nice if people would finally stop buying into that stupid story about Chumbawumba being anarchists. That whole concept was cooked up by some guy wearing a suit in the P.R. dept. of EMI records. Anarchists signing with EMI? Really?

    • Courtney

      I DESPISED that song as well! Someone here was singing it the other day and I was like AHHH SHUT UP! Then I saw this article today and I was like HA! Take that! :)

    • Aurora

      Now the 90′s over I love No Rain….but thats the case with a few at the time overplayed songs!!! Lol!!!

      • Indah

        Cause that’s the dtciripeson of life…In an odd way (but good way) you might sound like the beatles. I like it.

    • Tony

      Anything by Bush is really lousy too. They needed some laxatives.

    • etm

      OMG, me too Gerry. I HATE that song (What’s Going On)!

      • etm

        Oops, I mean What’s Up.

  • PeterBilt

    Whats Going On is defnitely deserving

    • rerun

      What’s Going On is THE #1 worst song. And MMmbop doesn’t belong on this list. Breakfast at Tiffany’s should definitely take its place.

      • Acaseofgeo

        The song is WHAT’S UP, NOTTTT WHAT’S GOING ON. What’s Going On is the Marvin Gaye CLASSIC and it is ICONIC PERFECTION. As for What’s Up, It’s pretty damn good.

      • Tony

        I named my band Belly. We sound like ___. Buy our album.

    • Meier

      We wouldn’t have P!nk without 4 Non Blondes.

      • Tony

        I sincerely doubt that.

      • Rich

        1) Pink, a huge 4 Non Blondes fan, tracks down Linda Perry at her house in the early 2000s.
        2) Perry agrees to work with her and basically writes Pink’s entire second, breakthrough album.
        3) Pink enjoys long, thriving career… thanks to “What’s Up.”

      • Michelle

        Rich did his “E True Hollywood Story” and “Behind the Music” research

      • WikiGleeks

        However, prior to her work with Perry, P!nk had already released one album, several hit songs, and also covered Patti LaBelle’s 70′s classic “Lady Marmalade” with several other singers, including superstar Christina Aguilera, and won a Grammy for that cover. The song was also featured in the blockbuster movie “Moulin Rouge.” So yeah, we’d still have P!nk without What’s Up, although she might sound different.

      • Kenne

        Linda Perry didn’t write all of her 2nd album, Pink co-wrote all of the hit singles with the other producers.

  • Jeff C.

    I disagree with you in that Nookie shouldn’t be on the list. As dumb as it is, it’s actually Limp Bizkit’s best song. “Rollin,” however, is definitely one of the worst songs of all time.

    • jc

      well, considering limp bizkit is the worst band EVER it makes sense.

      • Tony

        but without limp bizkit we wouldn’t have bands like insane clown posse or system of a down.. lol

      • Cassie

        Ya know, that would be fine with some people.

      • Mr Hathaway

        ICP is the height of musical evolution.

    • etm

      Rollin is horrible.

    • Lisap

      Nookie is not their best song. Lip Bizkit was a horrible and pointless band. But at least when I come home from a bad day and I play “Break stuff” it feels a little cathartic.

  • Jenn

    “Summer Girls” by LFO. UGH.

    • aleksa

      THIS.

    • Blonde South

      That song is terrible, definitely worse then some on this list. Seriously no one can get away with saying “Chinese food makes me sick” for no reason during the middle of the chorus of their song. No one.

    • Lee

      Agree!!! The whole song is like a commercial for Abercrombie & Fitch!

      • Tom

        Brrrroooooooo.. Dudeeeeeee.. Brooooooooo.. Dudeeeeeee.. Broooooooooo.. Whats upwhat’s up what’s up

    • krikky

      TOTALLY AGREE! UGH! I just got a shiver of digust reading the “chinese food makes me sick” line. Hate this song with a hot, hot passion.

    • Teri

      Good pick!

  • TracyR

    Ween’s “Push the Little Daisies needed a spot.” UGH!

    • jules

      Oh, man, I had blocked that out!!! Thanks for bringing back an awful memory, Tracy! ;)

    • casey

      I agree. Push the Little Daisies was the first song that popped into my head as soon as I saw the article title. A few of my cousins loved that song. It made me ashamed they were family? I also agree with What’s Up.

    • Tony

      I have blocked out most of the 90s. My body just can’t handle that puedo shock gimmicky bs for one more second.

      • Voodoo

        Nooo, the last 10 years have been sooooo brilliant.

        \end sarcasm

      • Rex

        Yes, anything is better than better than listening to What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes.

    • deedeedragons

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! You’ve made me remember that stupid song exists!

      • TracyR

        LOL! Sorry, you all! : )

    • TracyR

      Also, I heard Crash Test Dummies’ “Mmm Mmm Mmm” this morning and nearly drove off the road while frantically trying to change the station. That one is SO much worse than “What’s Up?”

    • Dean Ween

      Actually Ween is an awesome band

  • C

    The one that always comes to mind is “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis. She sounds like Smurfette having an asthma attack. I have an overwhelming desire to do very very bad things when I hear this song.

    • Teri

      That was a cute song!

    • I actually like the song but

      your analogy about Smurfette is hilarious.

      • Allison

        I probably didn’t change the radio station back then, probably would now, but I too love the Smurfette comparison.

    • Alan

      I HATE HATE that song by Donna Lewis. I cringe just thinking about it.

    • Jen

      Not gonna lie – I actually own Donna Lewis’s album, just for “I Love You Always Forever.” I was 17 the summer that album came out and had just started dating my first love. It was always on the radion when we talked on the phone at night, so we decided it was our song and he bought me the album. So I can’t hate that song for that reason. Not to mention the fact that 15 years later that guy is now my husband, so the song must have some staying power. ;-)

      • Acaseofgeo

        Jen this is the sweetest post in a sea of snarky comments defending and vilifying various songs. The song is quite adorable and I’m glad the history it has for you!!!!!!

      • @Jen

        Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!! :)

    • asher

      I love that Donna Lewis song, really beautiful IMO!

    • PN

      I liked Donna Lewis’ 1996 album. She had such solid, light and creative pop songs. Wanted the follow up Without Love to do well as I Love You Always Forever, but it stalled at No. 41! Never hit the top 40. I thought her 1998 followup was edgy and chance taking, opposite of her clean pop.

  • SC

    The hate for “My Heart Will Go On” gets tiresome. Was it overplayed in 1997? You betcha. But it’s a fine exampel of its genre.

    • Jennifer

      Indeed it is – if that genre is “Songs that really suck”

      • Jenifa Taught Me

        +1

      • SC

        Its genre is “power ballad”.

      • Esox

        It can’t be a song that “sucks” just because it’s a pop ballad. in that case, wouldn’t all of Babra Streisand’s songs suck too?

      • jules

        nice!

      • Fairfield

        K so this song that really sucks won several grammy awards, a golden globe and an oscar… yeah okay. you people make me sick… that song is amazing. you people dont know what good music is… and also Celine Dion is one of few singers that are true vocalists.

      • Cassie

        People make me sick because they don’t like the same songs as me! Ugh, you HAVE to like all the same things I do. Waaah.

      • Mr Hathaway

        Riverdance!!!!!

    • PN

      I think it got on there because it was played a whole lot in late 1997 and early 1998 and a particular group still can’t stand hearing it to this day. But to me, it’s a beautiful pop ballad, a career making record for Celine Dion and made her sell millions of albums long after that, even her past and later albums.

      • Katie M

        Well, yes, it got on the list because a particular group still can’t stand heariing it to this day. A group of people who think it sucks. And it does.

      • Jennifer

        And we also blame it for making Celine Dion’s career. Because some of us do not care at all for her style of singing. But like all the songs on the list, it’s a matter of personal preference. I suppose there is someone out there who thinks the Macarena was a great song.

      • SC

        It didn’t ‘make’ Celine Dion’s career; she was already a big deal. Her breakthrough was the adult contemporary version of “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.

      • Kat

        @Jennifer- Celine had several huge hits prior to that song. Actually My Heart Will Go On was one of her last big hits. I can think of maybe 2 that came after it.

      • Youl

        Celine had several hits before MHWGO: Top tens: Where Does my Heart Beat Now, If You Asked Me To, When I Fall in Love; # 1s I’ll be your Angel, The Power of Love, Because you Loved me. The thing is that MHWGO became her biggest hit and the anthem for the then biggest grossing film of all time, but yeah, she had a pretty solid career pre-Titanic.

      • Eileen

        Actually, Celine Dion won Album of the Year at the 1997 Grammys for her 1996 album Falling Into You, a full nine months before MHWGO or Titanic were released. She had also had two previous #1 hits, “The Power Of Love” in 1994 and “Because You Loved Me” in 1996, and another 1996 hit, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” never reached #1 but was stalled at #2 for six or eight weeks because it ran up against the “Macarena” (which wholly deserves its place on the list). Celine’s style of singing is not for everyone, and I personally much prefer her much more diverse (i.e., non-power- ballad) recordings in French, but it’s inaccurate to suggest that she didn’t already enjoy a thriving career prior to MHWGO.

    • Michael

      I agree. Although I love Celine Dion, I think the Titanic machine was so overexposed. That is why when it came down to movie songs that I love, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You is #1 in my book.

      • Kathy

        Dolly Parton’s original version of “I Will Always Love You” is SOOOOOO much better than Whitney’s caterwauling and screaming and screeching!!

      • Acaseofgeo

        Kathy, you make a good point. Whitney Houston Bludgeoned, Slaughtered and Dismembered Dolly’s classic plaintive song. THE ONLLLLLYYYYY good thing about her remake is that it made a TON of $$$$ for Dolly Parton, because as Dolly says, “It takes a LOT of money to look this cheap”…….

    • Lisap

      No one hated “My Heart Will Go On” the first time they heard it (maybe not no one at all, but very few). It was the fact that you couldn’t escape it for the entire year. Every listen to one of the instrumental versions on the Titanic sound track? It’s actually a very beautiful song.

      • Eileen

        Agreed completely, Lisap. The two major issues I see the general public having with this song today are 1) it was WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY overexposed, and 2) it’s not considered “cool” to like power ballads by pop divas like Celine, no matter how technically skilled and emotional she is as a singer.

      • L

        I did. The version that I heard was cut with sound bites from the movie. Argh.

  • Steven

    Anything by 311.

    • Stephanie

      311 is awesome and still making great music today!

      • Tony

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      • Tony

        amber is the energy? well now her name is frank and she is a truck driver. Stay tuned for more of what happened to the people from the 90s.. after this commercial break.

    • PN

      They just put a new album out this year. I like and still like their eclectic mix of rock and reggae in their songs. And that they’re continuing to record and perform.

  • Peter

    Most of these aren’t so bad for a listen or two. But how about “Iesha” by Another Bad Creation? Unlistenable even once.

    • PN

      I liked that song, but Playground, the follow up single by ABC? Repetitive and annoying, even from kids who were 8 to 12 at the time rapping and singing to that song.

  • aleksa

    “Barbie Girl” definitely deserved #1.

    • e4ia

      Total agreement on that!

      • HTC

        Yeah, it’s annoying, but do novelty songs really count here?

    • MDS

      The firs song that came to my head when I heard about this list.

      • WikiGleeks

        Mine too!

  • Al

    Adding what are obviously novelty songs like Barbie Girl and I’m Too Sexy is silly. They should have only considered songs that bands took seriously; such as anything by Creed and a misogynistic band I personally hate, Sublime.

    • Blonde South

      I totally agree with everything you said except the thing about Sublime because I love them.

    • Tony

      Including Creed really does not make a lot of sense. Their music was horribly overplayed, which is why they are so underrated now, but “Higher” is a quality rock song at its core. Their first album is among the best 25 albums of the 90s in my opinion.

      • Forever Alone

        Oh Tony, you cant be serious.

      • Mephysto

        Lol!

      • daisy

        Scott is that you?

        Please, Creed is THE worst band of the 90′s hands down. Lots of the others on this list were one hit wonders for novelty songs, but Creed deserves to be drug through the streets and beaten for their music. Scott Stapp is a d o u c h e. With Arms Wide Open is their worst song, but Higher runs a close second

      • Esox

        “Higher” is a quality rock song at its core

        The core…that’s the part you throw out and don’t eat right?

      • M

        Actually I agree with Tony. I invite any Creed haters to at least give their first two CDs a full listen (and not judge based on the overplayed singles that weren’t even their best work) and then get back to me. I’m willing to bet the opinion will change for the better. I’m not even a Creed fan, but even I can acknowledge that they were an underrated band and do not belong alongside crap like “Mmmbop” and “Achy Breaky Heart.”

      • bake6798

        Creed is the worst band of the 90′s, 00′s. They are like a bad Seattle cover band except all those bands that they ripped off changed and grew musically. Basically Creed copied Ten, Superunknown, and Dirt over and over again. It shows, My Own Prison is an okay song and like a copy of a copy of a copy the quality continues to diminish until you get pretty much the Creed catalog.

    • Go-Go

      “I’m Too Sexy” is deliberately funny. People need to lighten up on that one.

      • fish eye no miko

        So is “Barbie Girl”. Heck, Aqua actually made a parody of it themselves!
        And as for “I’m Too Sexy”: As a straight woman, I appreciate that everyone and their sister has made fan videos featuring hot guys using that song. So even if you wanna say it sucks, at least something good came out of it. (-:

      • Lisap

        Agreed. Frig, all you need to do is watch the video for “Barbie Girl,” it’s pretty obvious the band had a sense of humour about the song and themselves.

    • jc

      sublime = overrated

      • Tony

        when someone describes their manly parts in terms of a “mushroom tip” I usually try to get as far away from that person at a party as possible

    • BT

      Im sorry, but disparaging Sublime is blasphemy. STFU.

    • WikiGleeks

      Creed didn’t really become popular until 2000.

  • Blonde South

    Who Let the Dogs Out isn’t even from the 90′s. Wasn’t it popular in like 2001?? Anyway, I don’t think My Heart Will Go On is actually a bad song. It’s just a little over played. Mmmbop is also not bad.

    • Little comment

      2000 – but then again Rolling Stone is biased because Nirvana’s overrated

      • Peter

        I can tell you with certainty that I heard it in 1999, but I was in the Caribbean. Baha Men’s popular version of it was 2000.

    • ice

      Who Let the Dogs Out: released 1998. Look it up.

      • C

        The Baha Men version we all know and love was an American re-release of a Carribean mix that was slowly gaining popularity at sporting events worldwide. It wasn’t released here until 2000, when it appeared on the “Rugrats” movie soundtrack. The 1998 version was a different song, by different people. Look it up.

    • carrie d

      All I know is that I remember the cute boy at the locker by mine my sophomore year of high school used to sing that song..I graduated in 1999.

  • Faris

    I don’t agree with Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” as one of the wrost. It’s truely a classic song.
    The song that should replace it is “How Bizzare”….The latin sound with annyoing rap….”how bizzare…how bizzare”.

    • Aaron

      I HATED “How Bizzare”! Ugh, you’re totally right, that song made me want to take a nail gun to my temples.

      • etm

        Yes, hated How Bizzare!!

      • Tony

        if I have to hear that stupid How Bizarre song just one more time I think my head will implode

    • salma

      well i don’t think that “my heart will go on” is a classic, a classic is something that resist the test of time and this song aged very poorly

    • PN

      I liked How Bizarre and its sarcastic humor. And it even borrows the bassline beat section from Whoomp There It Is during one part of the song.

      • Leslie

        Whoomp There It Is is even worse!!!

    • talliamore

      faris I gotya back bro. i walked out of titanic and grabbed that disc. Titanic was good to me

  • Sam L

    Melissa, do you read Rolling Stone? I’m guessing you don’t, because if you did, you’d be well aware that RS has an extreme pro-white male bias. Their picks for the Best Albums of the Nineties versus their latest consensus isn’t a surprise–it merely confirms their status quo of lauding white male rockers while bashing women and minorities. What else is new in the universe according to Jann Wenner?

    • Fatima

      Yep, I’m a U2 fan even, but RS revealed itself to be embarrassingly out of touch when it put their “No Line on the Horizon” near the top (or maybe even the very top, I don’t remember) of their 2009 best album list when barely anyone was talking about it.
      They didn’t even bother reviewing a finished copy of the latest Erykah Badu album before they gave it a mediocre review, whereas legitimately open minded music sites like Pitchfork recognized it as one of the best of the year. Rolling Stone is as dead as the 60s.

      • DRG

        Not that I want to defend RS or anyting — but just because “barely anyone is talking about” an album doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy.

      • Fatima

        @DRG
        Very true, but in the case of a band like U2 that gets attention easily, that’s a bit of a bad sign. I guess I meant the music press didn’t seem nuts over it other than RS. It was a fine album, but seeing it at the top of their list just kind of confirmed to me how they’re sticking to some sort of ideal that isn’t exactly around anymore.

      • asher

        @Fatima – RS ticked me off with their lame, luke-warm reviews of Erykah’s last 2, truly brilliant albums. They gave her albums the same score (or less) as Britney Spears’s last couple of albums, which to me is beyond comprehensible. Don’t get me wrong, I can enjoy some Britney from time to time, but her songs are not even in the same league as Badu’s art.

      • PN

        And what’s even worse about U2′s well reviewed 2009album–they were shut out at the Grammys in 2010! They didn’t win a single award for their album or a song from it even from those nominations.

      • Sam L

        Excellent observation, Fatima. U2 is my favorite band of all time, but “No Line on the Horizon” is easily their worst album since “October”! Not a single original concept in it–and THIS from the band whose experiments with rock music in the 1990′s were similar to what the Beatles did in the 1960′s!!! Shame on U2, and on RS for exalting it!

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