A History of Popular Music - The 1990s

A History of Popular Music – The 1990s

The nineties were allusive years when the alternative became main-stream, the underground crept onto terra firma, and when previously segregated subgenres aligned more closely with club DJs than with pop charts and traditional radio jocks. The Cinderella story of the day was how an unlikely experiment called hip hop became the guiding light for a new generation tired of old methods, with samples and break-beats emerging as the most influential evolution in music since the rise of the electric guitar.
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      1990s on the Radio

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Mogwai – Yes! I am a Long Way From Home
The Sundays – Can’t Be Sure
Cornershop – Wog
Boards of Canada – In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Everything But the Girl – Low Tide of the Night
DJ Vadim – London Mind State
DJ Shadow – Stem/ Long Stem
Portishead – Mysterons
Monolake – Mass Transit Railway
Scott Walker – Bolivia ‘95
Julian Cope – Las Vegas Basement
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Love Spirals Downwards – Will You Fade
Julee Cruise – Falling
Smog – Teenage Spaceship
Massive Attack – Exchange
Air – Ce Matin La
Lemon Jelly – His Majesty King Raam
Paul Weller – Above the Clouds
The Chemical Brothers – One Too Many Mornings
Nightmares on Wax –Nights Introlude
Pulp – Ladies Man
Melaaz – Non, Non, Non
Tricky – Makes Me Wanna Die
The Cardigans – Happy Meal
The Olivia Tremor Control – NYC-25
Mercury Rev – Holes (Jonathan)
Stereolab – Anonymous Collective
Blur – To the End
Sigur Ros – Svefn-G-Englar
D’Angelo – Africa
Shai – If I Ever Fall In Love (Original Acappella Version)
Basic Channel – Mutism
Rhythm & Sound – Distance
Irmin Schmidt – Dreambite
Aphex Twin – (Rhubarb)
REM – Nightswimming
The Verve – Drive You Home
Daniel Johnston – Some Things Last a Long Time
Arthur Russell – Another Thought
Songs: Ohia – Soul
Terrance Blanchard feat. Brandford Marsalis – Mo Better Blues
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If the ingredients of dance music had all been added to the pot by the end of the eighties, the 1990s were when their flavours fully emerged. Young and clumsy genres like house and techno acquired a European pedigree with the fetish of German minimalism, the flourish of Parisian jazz, and with the force of the most influential British music scene since the sixties. In America, New Jack Swing marked a marriage between hip hop and r&b that crept upon standard radio pop and redefined mainstream charts forever.
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      1990s on the Dancefloor

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Leftfield – 21st Century Poem
Happy Mondays – Step On (Twisting My Melon Mix)
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew Weatherhall Remix)
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley Remix)
La Funk Mob – 357 Magnum Force
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
Soul II Soul – Back To Life (12 Inch Version)
The Blueboy – Remember Me
Bell Biv Devoe – Let Me Know Something
Boyz II Men – Motownphilly (12 Inch Version)
Chubb Rock – Treat ‘em Right (Cribb Mix)
Daft Punk – Teachers
Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Armand Van Helden – The Funk Phenomena
Sneaker Pimps – Spin Spin Sugar (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix)
The Kid Chris – Big Time (Carlito’s Dream)
Hardrive – Deep Inside
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Cassius – Feeling For You
Les Rythmes Digitales – Sometimes
Pet Shop Boys – Being Boring
Underworld – Cups (Salt City Orchestra’s Vertical Bacon Vocal)
Roy Davis Jr. – Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
MJ Cole – Sincere
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
The Orb – Blue Room (7 Inch Mix)
Deee-Lite – What Is Love?
Olive – You’re Not Alone (Rolo and Sister Bliss Remix)
Artful Dodger – Rewind (Bump & Flex Remix)
DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit of Luck (Oracles Remix)
Goldie – Timeless (Inner City Life)
Roni Size and Reprazent feat Bahamadia – New Forms
The KLF – Church of the KLF
Aphex Twin – Windowllicker (Acid Edit)
Isolee – Beau Mont Plage
Round Two feat Andy Caine – New Day (Club Vocal Mix)
Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt
Plastikman – Consumed
Maurizio – M-4A (Full Length)
Jeff Mills – Fly Guy
Speedy J – Beam Me Up!
F.U.S.E. – Theychx
Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song (EK 12 Inch Mix)
Blunted Dummes – House For All
MRM – Walking In Memphis (Club Mix)
DHS – House of God ($50 Mix)
Fila Brazillia – New Chaos
Autechre – Lowride
Sagat – Funk Dat (Philly Smooth Hip-Hop Edit)
The Herbaliser – A Mother (For Your Mind)
Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
Beastie Boys – Something’s Got To Give
The Future Sound of London – Domain
Blaze – Lovelee Dae (20/20 Vision Accapella)
LTJ Bukem – Horizons
Pulp – Ladies Man
Guardians of Dalliance – Blue Green
Global Communication – Sensorma
Flex – It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Reprise)

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By the 1990s, a generation of artists had been brought up on the notion that the music video was as essential to an albums release as the quality of its first single, a concept they would eventually grow tired of. Even the dominance of the almighty MTV was being challenged by an audience increasingly divided by culture and genre subsets. What would eventually become the death of the coaxial experience was given a last burst of creative inspiration at the end of the decade when directors like Chris Cunningham, Michael Gondry, and Hype Williams inspired a new aesthetic for music television’s impending digital age.

Pulp – This Is Hardcore
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Kiss Them For Me
Blur – Parklife
Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Daft Punk – Around the World
News Report – Chicago Rave Scene
Massive Attack – Protection
Nightmares on Wax – Les Nuits
DJ Shadow – Midnight in a Perfect World
DJ Roc Raida – DMC Championship
Juice – Trailer
Digable Planets – 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
In Living Colour – Main Titles
Twin Peaks – Georgia Coffee Commercial
Julee Cruise – Falling (Twin Peaks Video)
Air – All I Need
Bjork – It’s Oh So Quiet
Kids – Trailer
Spiritualized – Let It Flow
UNKLE feat. Thom Yorke – Rabbit In Your Headlights
News Report – Kurt Cobain Dies
Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
The Stone Roses – Spike Island 1990
The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored
The Verve – On Your Own
The Sundays – Here’s Where the Story Ends

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The Decade By Genre

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