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Songs of the Year: 1994

The year alternative rock took over. It’ll definitely last forever!



It’s the greatest year in the history of alternative music: Superunknown, Grace, Parklife, Blue Album, Purple, Live Through This, Definitely Maybe, Dookie, Downward Spiral, Mellow Gold, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Dummy, Vitalogy, The Holy Bible, Jar of Flies, Dog Man Star, Under the Pink, Throwing Copper, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love, Ruby Vroom, Welcome to Sky Valley, Teenager of the Year, Music for the Jilted Generation, Dummy.

That’s just the young guns. We also had albums from Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, REM and Megadeth.

It was also an incredible year for hip-hop as Illmatic, Ill Communication and Ready to Die dropped.

The Billboards were still a little bit of a mess though. Ace of Base’s The Sign was the song of the year, followed by I Swear from All-4-One and I’ll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men. There was a distinct lack of alternative rock on the charts thanks to the Billboard’s antiquated rules. If there was a winner for 94, it would be Ace of Base, which deposited three tracks in the top 10 for the year. Elton John, Prince, R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey also enjoyed plenty of success.

However, despite the “official” rankings. 1994 was the year of alternative rock and nobody can tell us differently.

THE RULES: It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

Standings So Far …

Joe enjoyed his first delicious taste of victory since 1989 thanks to Smashing Pumpkin’s Cherub Rock, which doubled up the competition. This year, we have a first. It’s probably the most exciting thing ever to happen on our channel and I can’t give away any secrets. Have fun voting!

Joe: 17
Jason: 15.5
Kramzer: 9.5


Which Jeff Buckley Song is the Best Song of 1994?

  • Hallelujah (39%, 78 Votes)
  • Grace (34%, 67 Votes)
  • Lover, You Should've Come Over (27%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 199

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