The Playlist

For our honeymoon destination, my wife and I picked Port Townsend: A beautifully preserved, old Victorian town up along the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. While the reality of a four and a half hour drive wasn’t the biggest selling point, I came up with an idea to help keep us entertained during our long road trip: A 1990s iPod playlist!

Me (right), circa 1994.
Me (right), circa 1994.

At full disclosure, I am a hardcore music snob. You see, being a little older than my wife, I sometimes forget that the 90s I experienced were quite a bit different than hers. It’s a fact that never becomes more evident than when comparing our musical tastes. Sure, she knew and liked all the blockbuster bands of the era, but she was sadly deprived of some of the deeper cuts that fueled my collection of mix tapes.

I saw this playlist as not only an opportunity to relive the soundtrack to my high school years, but also to introduce my wife to some of the great music that she missed out on the first time around. To the surprise of both of us, she remembered quite a bit more than she anticipated, and the playlist reconnected her to some long forgotten tracks.

To loop my friends in on the fun, I solicited their votes on Facebook for songs that we should include. Thanks to their participation, I was able to add a few tracks that I had overlooked. The only ask from them in return was that I share the final playlist at the end, which I am happy to oblige!

Below is the curated playlist, as it occurred during our trip. This is by no means a complete list of the best tracks from the 90s, but it’s a pretty damn good start, if I do say so myself. J Here’s hoping that you’ll find an old track or two to rediscover. Long live the 90s!!

  • Big Me – Foo Fighters
  • Sliver – Nirvana
  • Spin the Bottle – Juliana Hatfield Three
  • 100% – Sonic Youth
  • Believe – Dig
  • Laid – James
  • Buddy Holly – Weezer
  • Celebrity Skin – Hole
  • Man in the Box – Alice in Chains
  • Into Your Arms – The Lemonheads
  • All the Small Things – Blink 182
  • If I Could Talk I’d Tell You – The Lemonheads
  • Far Gone and Out – Jesus and Mary Chain
  • Welcome to the Cheap Seats – The Wonderstuff
  • Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Monkey Gone to Heaven – The Pixies
  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys
  • Kill Your Television – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  • Miss World – Hole
  • Walk on the Ocean – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • I’ve Got a Feelin’ – Ivy
  • Basket Case – Green Day
  • Dream All Day – The Posies
  • Cut Your Hair – Pavement
  • It’s a Shame About Ray – The Lemonheads
  • Right Here Right Now – Jesus Jones
  • Jerry Was a Race Car Driver – Primus
  • Miss Misery – Elliot Smith
  • Brain Stew – Green Day
  • There’s No Other Way – Blur
  • All I Want – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Operation Spirit – Live
  • Detachable Penis – King Missile
  • Today – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Here Comes Your Man – The Pixies
  • My Name is Jonas – Weezer
  • My Sister – Juliana Hatfield Three
  • Verse Chorus Verse – Nirvana
  • Renaissance Affair – Hooverphonic
  • Ladyfingers – Luscious Jackson
  • Would? – Alice in Chains
  • Into the Fire – Sarah McLachlan
  • A Little Respect – Erasure (1988, but had a renaissance in the 90s)
  • Cannonball – The Breeders
  • Shimmer – Fuel
  • Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  • Am I Wrong – Love Spit Love
  • Window Pane – The Real People
  • Pets – Porno For Pyros
  • So What’cha Want – Beastie Boys
  • I’ve Been Waiting – Matthew Sweet
  • High – The Cure
  • I Think I’m Paranoid – Garbage
  • Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
  • What I Didn’t Know – Athenaeum
  • The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet
  • Naked Rain – This Picture
  • Twisterella – Ride
  • Bound for the Floor – Local H
  • The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get – Morrissey
  • Grey Cell Green – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  • Crank – Catherine Wheel
  • Taillights Fade – Buffalo Tom
  • Popular – Nada Surf
  • Ironic – Alanis Morissette
  • Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine
  • American Music – Violent Femmes
  • Until She Comes – The Psychedelic Furs
  • I Alone – Live
  • Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
  • I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters
  • Hit – The Sugarcubes
  • Thunder Kiss ’65 – White Zombie
  • Which Way Should I Jump? – The Milltown Brothers
  • Lullaby (Weren’t We Wild) – The Judybats
  • Ballerina Out of Control – The Ocean Blue
  • Here’s Where the Story Ends – The Sundays
  • Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
  • Creep – Radiohead
  • Unsung – Helmet
  • Mayor of Simpleton – XTC
  • Happy – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  • Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – PM Dawn
  • Sweet Surrender – Sarah McLachlan
  • Abuse Me – Silverchair
  • Mysterious Ways – U2
  • Adia – Sarah McLachlan
  • Tomorrow – Morrissey
  • Kool Thing – Sonic Youth
  • Spoonman – Soundgarden
  • Dizz Knee Land – Dada
  • Regret – New Order
  • You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
  • What Do I Have to Do? – Stabbing Westward
  • Nearly Lost You – Screaming Trees
  • Naked Eye – Luscious Jackson
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Debonair – Afghan Whigs
  • Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
  • Sadness (Pt.1) – Enigma
  • Simple Kind of Life – No Doubt (Technically 2000, but I’m counting it)
  • Machinehead – Bush
  • Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine
  • High and Dry – Radiohead
  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • Angry Johnny – Poe
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Vapour Trail – Ride
  • Say it Ain’t So – Weezer
  • Rush – Big Audio Dynamite
  • Siva – Smashing Pumpkins
  • My Hero – Foo Fighters
  • Poison – Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver – Primus
  • Kiss Them For Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Turn – Travis
  • Little Things – Bush
  • Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Rusty Cage – Soundgarden
  • Tomorrow – Silverchair
  • 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Glycerine – Bush
  • Sodajerk – Buffalo Tom
  • Sister – The Nixons
  • The Freshman – The Verve Pipe
  • More Human Than Human – White Zombie
  • Name – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Brick – Ben Folds Five
  • Watery Hands – Superchunk
  • Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
  • High – Feeder
  • Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley
  • Linger – The Cranberries
  • One – U2
  • Queer – Garbage
  • Everything Zen – Bush
  • Possession – Sarah McLachlan
  • Waltz #2 – Elliot Smith
  • Corduroy – Pearl Jam
  • Red – Treble Charger
  • Heart Shaped Box – Nirvana
  • Give it Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • From Your Mouth – God Lives Underwater
  • Late in the Day – Supergrass
  • Wild Horses – The Sundays
  • Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
  • Even Flow – Pearl Jam
  • Policy of Truth – Depeche Mode
  • Traffic – Stereophonics
  • Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  • Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy
  • A Long December – Counting Crows
  • Something’s Always Wrong – Toad the Wet Sprocket
  • Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Under the Milky Way – The Church
  • Pure Massacre – Silverchair
  • Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  • Changes – Sugar
  • River of Deceit – Mad Season
  • Undone (The Sweater Song) – Weezer
  • Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
  • Sober – Tool
  • Stars – Hum
  • Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
  • Hey Man Nice Shot – Filter
  • Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
  • Jeremy – Pearl Jam
  • Step On – Happy Mondays
  • Love Shack – The B-52’s (Right on the cusp of the decade, so I’m counting it)
  • Dirty Boots – Sonic Youth
  • Start Choppin’ – Dinosaur Jr
  • Alive – Pearl Jam
  • Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
  • Take a Picture – Filter
  • The Concept – Teenage Fanclub
  • Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode
  • Duel – Swervedriver
  • Angel – Massive Attack
  • Paranoid Android – Radiohead
  • Rhinoceros – Smashing Pumpkins
  • AEnima – Tool
  • Black Metallic – Catherine Wheel

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