I started this series to shine a light on some stellar records from the '90s that may have been overlooked. Now that a few decades have passed, we can get some perspective and see how they've held up over the years.
Some of these songs are mediocore, others are unbearably awful, but they all share one similarity; they all don't deserve the publicity they have unrightfully received.
If some of these are unfamiliar, take a listen -- they might just change your life for the better as they did mine twenty some years ago.
Today, many of these tracks have fallen into obscurity, but they deserve another listen, as they still sound incredible. In alphabetical order, here are my picks for the 90's best singles that missed the Top 50 (with accompanying video links).
If your kids are like mine, they were just born and can't remember these seminal events. But thankfully, many of the places these events took place still exist and you can relive them with your children. Here is a coast-to-coast road trip of fabulous '90s landmarks.
I imagined that the battle between Sega and Nintendo would be similar to the classic rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: a story of two great competitors who ultimately gain respect for each other.
Continuing to rely on the same old wired telephone regulations to govern a world where consumers communicate in different forms, and over various platforms and services, no longer makes sense.
This probably isn't what our grandmas had in mind. Yes, we all have degrees. Some of us are well traveled. We have nice things too. We might also own homes and make a really nice salary. Sure, these things are fantastic. Having the choice to obtain them is key. They need to be part of the buffet, but we should start to shift towards balance earlier on.
1. Don't worry so much about what your parents think -- they secretly want you to be free and frolic in streams and make love and find God and pursue ...
People my age are so obsessed with the 90s because, for the first time, we feel our childhoods slipping away. The toys that we liked, the clothes that we wore, the foods that we ate are all becoming relics.
Bizarrely, I found myself last weekend sharing a stage with Nirvana's bassist, Krist Novoselic, which, absent context, anyone who knew me when Nirvana was changing the musical world would say is just about the least likely thing that could ever happen to me.
When we finally kissed on the back porch where I used to eat cherry Popsicles as a kid and the leap year moon was full, I knew nothing would ever be the same again.
As I stare down 40 and gear up for another phase of life, I find myself going back to the things that comforted me when I really was a teenager.
I used to glorify what it must feel like to be a teenager -- what magazines they read, what music they listen to, how lust and rebellion, or flirtation and innocence caused for daydreaming, leaving me with pangs of curiosity.
For those of us who became parents in the 1990s, there are things that we experienced that young parents of today will never understand. Like how devastating it could be when a VCR tape broke. Or when a roll of film was over-exposed and none of the pictures from your kid's birthday party came out.
Turns out some still hold up. Others prove that kids sometimes have really dumb tongues.