Best Rock Anthems Of The 90’s

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The best rock anthems of the 90s were typically edgy, somewhat emotional, and spoke to a generation in a very heartfelt way. Sometimes they felt a little out of sorts, but they did mirror the feelings that people growing up in this era experienced.

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Losing My Religion-R.E.M.

It’s easy for a lot of people to ask “What the hell is he talking about?”. But once you figure it out the song makes a lot of sense.

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Zombie-The Cranberries

If you haven’t heard this song yet then there’s something terribly, terribly wrong. Rock anthems of the 90s didn’t always resonate right away, but years later they’re listed as nothing short of iconic.

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Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden

The legendary Chris Cornell was one of the best artists of his time, but he was seriously underrated. Black Hole Sun was an odd song, but it hit just right on many notes.

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Bitter Sweet Symphony-The Verve

The video for this song was kind of plain, but it made a lot of sense and hit on all the right cylinders. This decade saw a lot of people dealing with depression and angst in a way that was unheard of.

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Everlong-Foo Fighters

Did anyone expect that after Nirvana, Dave Grohl would find any further success? How many people can remember when this band first came out?

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The song doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it was a big hit anyway. This was released back when the M in MTV still stood for Music.

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Basket Case-Green Day

One late night, when there was nothing else on, a strange video came on with three guys in a nuthouse singing about…something. Since then, Green Day has skyrocketed to the top.

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What I Got-Sublime

It still brings a tear to one’s eye when thinking about the original frontman, Bradley Nowell. He and his band created something that many people still consider one of the greatest songs ever made.

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Freak on a Leash-Korn

Like many bands of the 90s, Korn was heard on the TV and over the radio repeatedly. It didn’t get old, which is why it’s still loved by so many people today.

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Closing Time-Semisonic

As a one-hit wonder, it’s fair to say that this band didn’t go on to greatness. But this song is still fun to hear now and again.

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Smells Like Teen Spirit-Nirvana 

It’s Nirvana…there’s nothing else to say. Okay, nothing except that people still talk about Kurt Cobain no matter how much is revealed.

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I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing-Aerosmith

Did you think Aerosmith wouldn’t find a place on this list? This band has stood out as one of the greatest for decades.

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One of Us-Joan Osborne

Equating yourself to God, or vice versa, sometimes triggers insanely devout people. But this song was great enough to ignore that kind of negativity.

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All Star-Smashmouth

Out of all the songs released in the 90s, this was one of the most fun. It was playful and still told an interesting story.

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Stay-Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb was one of those individuals who, during the 90s, showed a lot of promise. Unfortunately, as time went on she ended up as a good memory but not much more.

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Under the Bridge-Red Hot Chili Peppers

Raise your hand if you still sing along to this song. If your hand isn’t up you were probably born too far ahead of the 90s or after.

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Mary Jane’s Last Dance-Tom Petty

Here’s a good question. When was Tom Petty NOT great? I’ll wait.

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Come Out and Play-The Offspring

Thankfully, Dexter Holland changed his hairstyle after a while. But apart from that, The Offspring has enjoyed a steady career and is still loved by a lot of fans.

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Evenflow-Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam was one of the defining bands of this era without question. Even though this song is tough to understand without reading the lyrics first, it was still one of their best.

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Some people love this song, some hate it. No matter what, it was one of the rock anthems of the 90s that people still enjoy today.


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