“Go” by Pearl Jam (1993)

If anyone thought that success would’ve mellowed Pearl Jam out, all they had to do was press play on the Seattle band’s second album, Vs. Talk about coming in hot! “Go” comes after you with the strength and speed of the train that runs those kids off the track in Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” video. It’s… Read More “Go” by Pearl Jam (1993)

“Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

Sure, we can blame the soundtrack of the forgettable film Judgment Night for spawning the rap/rock movement that gave us Korn and Limp Bizkit. We can also laud it for commendably bridging what were thought of as two disparate musical worlds (save for the Beastie Boys, who defy all logic); alternative rock and hardcore hip-hop.… Read More “Fallin'” by De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub (1993)

“Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest (1993)

Hip-hop songs about sex and romance have become a bit more easy to take as the genre has matured (and its artists have matured along with it), but well into the ‘90s, hip-hop’s attempts to discuss love and its attendant relationships tended to go to one of two extremes. They were either extremely mushy (“I… Read More “Electric Relaxation” by A Tribe Called Quest (1993)

“Down With The King” by Run-D.M.C. (1993)

Hip-hop was barely a decade old when Run-DMC scored an unheard of triple-patty success with 1986′s Raising Hell. Run, D and Jay were the vanguard-selling millions of albums, appearing on TV, filming a movie, appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. Then they fell off. Hard. Between Raising Hell and the release of Tougher Than Leather… Read More “Down With The King” by Run-D.M.C. (1993)

“Disarm” by The Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

The majestic sweep of “Disarm” captured me before I even figured out its title. It’s beautiful. Hearing it now, I’m wondering when the last time a string arrangement in a pop song captured my attention. I missed Gish the first time around, discovering it years after its release (and to this day not being incredibly crazy… Read More “Disarm” by The Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

“Come On (Motherfucker)” by The Notorious B.I.G. & Sadat X (1999)

Upon commercial release, the “motherfucker” was left off of “Come On”’s original title. Although it didn’t officially see the light of day until 2000 (on the Notorious one’s posthumous Born Again CD), the duet between two of NYC’s finest emcees was recorded seven years prior. At the time, Biggie was on the come up, sprinkling the underground… Read More “Come On (Motherfucker)” by The Notorious B.I.G. & Sadat X (1999)