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.
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.
Ini Kamoze – Here comes the hot stepper
Here comes the hot stepper…and then a whole lot of jibberish, just a nonsensical and dumb song.
King Missile – Detachable Penis
I actually am not sure why I loved this song so much as a teenager. I blame it on weed, an underdeveloped brain and late night sessions watching Rage. It was outrageously funny to me and I loved this song for many years. Perhaps at that age secretly I wanted to have one of these
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.