100 Years of Li.st (1994) 🕰
What's a better way to know about 1994 than music?? Of course there's a lot of songs to choose from but that would be a long li.st. @jakebrandman
- •"Stay" by Lisa LoebAnd have this coincide with the BEST representation of 1994 and Gen X, Reality Bites (rent it via Blockbuster and know how to define "irony")! Loeb was discovered by Ethan Hawke who starred in Bites. The classic angst of a Gen X-er can be defined by this song. This is truly a great start.
- •"Loser" by BeckSpontaneously made but brilliantly remembered. Makes no sense except the chorus. Being a "loser" was made cool and acceptable as long as you knew you were a loser.
- •"Whoomp! (There It Is!)" by Tag TeamThis was THE jam... Sometimes. A lot of movies. Most notably, D2: The Mighty Ducks. You couldn't go to any sporting event without hearing this song. It's right up there with Queen's "We Are the Champions"... Not really but you know what I mean.
- •"Gin and Juice" by Snoop Doggy DoggHe was SNOOP DOGGY DOGG so get that "Snoop Dogg" and "Snoop Lion" shit out of your head. At this point we were introduced to this legit "gansta" although he denied being a real Crip. And it was more than Crips vs. Bloods... There was the infamous East Coast vs. West Coast, Bad Boy vs. Deathrow rivalry that would eventually cause Hip-Hop to lose two of its greatest rappers. But this song was a laid back anthem that signifies a house party in the LBC.
- •"Back & Forth" by AaliyahThe debut single from a then young teen. Introduced her to the world and, at the time, controversy due to her relationship with the writer and producer... R. Kelly. Luckily this didn't define her and her talent but her life was cut short a few years later.
- •"Zombie" by The CranberriesLet me take you back to some real shit that was going on around the world. This song was about two boys killed in an IRA bombing. A lot of Gen X, chill and party songs make you forget that there were real problems going on, more than this li.st can list. Real shit brought to you in an angry song.
- •"I'll Stand By You" by The PretendersYou'll feel like you have friends, a support system, someone who gives a shit. No matter what you're going through someone will be by you. Okay, it's corny but this is like the charity anthem and you know you sing this in the car alone. This also shows you that 1994 had some heart.
- •"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II MenBabyface, yes Babyface, wrote this song that would eventually spawn many of you li.sters out there. If you wanted to get it on, this was the song. Truthfully, I don't consider this their best but it was a baby making machine. So, thank Boyz II Men for your parents being able to make love to each other.
- •"Closer" by Nine Inch NailsOpposite of the one listed before, this is a different type of love making. Actually it's not love making at all. BUT Trent Reznor says there's a different meaning behind this great rock song. Either way this was a great transition to a new rock genre that got drowned out by the ridiculous rap-rock genre of the late 90s. Plus, who doesn't want to fuck like an animal??
- •"Whatta Man" by Salt-N-Pepa feat. EnVougeBy far my favorite Salt-N-Pepa song of all time! Just fun and up beat and looking at men as pieces of meat. This song runs through my mind every time my husband is shirtless... Yup... It's happening right now.
- •"The Sign" by Ace of BaseReleased in 1993 it was the NUMBER 1 song for the entire year of 1994 per Billboard. Hard to believe? Had to add to the list just for that reason. Catchy for sure. Totally 90s sound and vibe. And they're Swedish!!
- •"Sabotage" by Beastie BoysOther than this classic from Beastie Boys, they have an AMAZING video. Bad wigs, big sunglasses and takes place in the 70s... It's a parody... Just go on VEVO. Directed by Spike Jonze.
- •"Kiss From A Rose" by SealSeal hated this song. Never intended to release it. Then a producer messed with it and turned it into a massive hit for Seal. The following year it was used in Batman Forever (Val Kilmer). A power balled for sure, it has become one of those great Karaoke songs where you move your hands while you sing. It's also a beautiful song.
- •"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton JohnJust one of many great songs by Sir Elton John from the epic Disney movie The Lion King. You'll hear it as you see two childhood friends clearly start falling in love. It's just the sweet love song that John meant for it to be. I feel a tear coming 😭
- •"Return to Innocence" by EnigmaThis. Song. Is. Everything. Even though there was a little bit of a legal issue with this song the feeling you get when listening to it overshadowed it. Unique for its use of an Amis chant (Google it), it's a nice change in this year's music style. And who can forget the moment when Farrah Faucet walked down the aisle to marry Chevy Chase (Google it)?! This is the perfect song to feel good about yourself and the perfect end to this 1994 soundtrack.