The most embarassingly shit songs of my 90’s adolescence

The Thrill of The Hunt for Cassettes in the 80's and 90's The most embarassingly shit songs of my 90's adolescence

This list is inspired by Anthony Fantano AKA The Needle Drop‘s list of the most cringe-worthy songs that he loved as a teenager. In case you don’t know of his channel, Anthony normally reviews amazing music both new and old in a really interesting way.

Every generation has its own Steps 5,6,7,8 but here it is to remind you of all of the shit music everyone listened to in the 90’s

Nickleback – How You Remind Me

I have to say that this song belongs on every shitty 90’s throw-back soft rock compilation.

Ween – Push Th’ Little Daisies

A song about weird semi-retarded…oh I mean…you know…people. Back when it was ok to openly mock people who weren’t actually all there. At the time it seemed appropriate to watch this on Rage late at night, sink a bucket bong and laugh. It does not stand up to sobriety, maturity and the test of time.

Wayne G – Twisted

Drunken dance floors in 90’s nightclubs erupted to people singing the lyrics to this song. I thought I was super rebellious singing this. Oh god…

Run DMC & Jason Nevins

The song itself here is actually pretty solid and has some great beats. The video clip though is pure late 90’s cringe.

SASH! Adelante

King of Eurotrance in the late 90’s, SASH! (exclamation mark included in his name) was riding high with his intense avaitor sunglasses, Matrix-inspired long coats and pan-European voiceovers – this one in Spanish.

Adelante was a song particularly redolent with exploding canons, torrents of water and lightning along with dancers. I actually really loved SASH! as a teenager. I thought nightclubs would look like in this video clip. The answer is – yes, they do if you are on something.

Crazy Town – Butterfly

Actually I always hated this song. But many others loved it and bought the single. It was on the radio everywhere and I wanted to kill myself every time I heard it. It’s that fleeting, hip-hop/rock/metal fusion of the late 90’s that didn’t last long -thank god. Also in Anthony Fantano’s list. Listen to the lyrics…it’s about the most queasy thing you will ever hear.

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

I hated everything about this song. It was the most emo, most revoltingly overly emotional and overly romantic pile of shit ever, just listen to the lyrics!!! Also the name Goo Goo Dolls…just so over the top. WHat the hell happened for a while there in the 90’s with all of these overly sad and emo love songs?

White Town – Your Woman

I’ll take your pop music and raise you some hip-hop fusion with an old sounding voice singing over it and some trip hop and jazz grooves thrown in. Honestly…the most musically strange and confusing combination with so many moving parts – it’s a complete cacophany and one it’s difficult to even understand, let alone like.

Every era has bad songs. Do you have any songs you loved as a teenager than make you cringe now? There are many songs that sit right at the very edge of cringe, they are both good and bad. Let me know your thoughts below…

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6 thoughts on “The most embarassingly shit songs of my 90’s adolescence

    1. Hehe, yeah the 60’s and 70’s also had a lot of really bad and cringey music too, I would say a lot of disco like
      Rasputin by Boney M is a bit embarassing. It will be fun to try and dig up some embarrasing music from the 60’s and 70’s for this blog, if you have any other suggestions please let me know 🙂


  1. I guess The Spice Girls might be suitable for an embarassing 90s pop list! Although I think they are getting reevaluated (with the recent live concerts) much like ABBA were.


    1. Yeah I could have easily included ABBA or Spice Girls, especially any of the individual solo efforts of Scary, Baby or Ginger – they were particularly mediocre. Not surprising that the Spice Girls wnt to make a come back either


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