The Best Songs of the 1990s Defined the Restlessness of Gen X Via Angst-ridden Songs and Sentimental Ballads

The 90s were the last decade of true music revolution. As brief as it was, Grunge had managed to turn the musical world on its head – and it was about damn time. Post 80s-synthetics gave the 90s a renewed interest in the do-it-yourself attitude. There was a desire to return to something real, something that had value, not just monetary but spiritually, emotionally, mentally. The music that came out of the 90s was full of questions not in want of answers. Instead, merely asking the question was enough. These five songs charted the varying experiences of Generation X during the 90s, and provided a foundation for the strange ways the world was going.
The Best Songs of the 1990s Defined the Restlessness of Gen X Via Angst-ridden Songs and Sentimental Ballads
The 90s were the last decade of true music revolution. As brief as it was, Grunge had managed to turn the musical world on its head – and it was about damn time. Post 80s-synthetics gave the 90s a renewed interest in the do-it-yourself attitude. There was a desire to return to something real, something that had value, not just monetary but spiritually, emotionally, mentally. The music that came out of the 90s was full of questions not in want of answers. Instead, merely asking the question was enough. These five songs charted the varying experiences of Generation X during the 90s, and provided a foundation for the strange ways the world was going.
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Conclusion

Countess pages have been penned about the 90s – it was, after all, a decade that seemed to speed right by. Nirvana’s short lived but huge impact, combined with the swift rise and fall of Grunge turned the world on its head. These five songs forever changed music, and those who lived through the 90s at all are aware of the impact they had. To this day, these songs remain meaningful – not just for their nostalgia, but also for their timeless applicability to the fraught struggles of human existence in the modern world. “Oh well, whatever, nevermind” is still pointedly bandied about; “stupid girl” still cuts to the bone when spat out at an adversary; “the only thing I ask of you” still inspires desperation and sadness; “a” is still a feeling we frantically seek; and “I won’t tell ‘em your name” is still a promise we are desperate to keep.


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