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My Favorite Alternative Songs of the 90’s


My Favorite Alternative Songs of the 90’s

What makes alternative music so great? Personally, I always appreciated it for it’s “non conformist” attitude and independent mentality that differs so much from mainstream music.

Alternative music is incredibly popular today and has found its way onto top 40 stations. However, is still fairly new if you look at the history of music. Stemming from the 1980’s came “underground” music, which was a stark contrast between disco hits of that time. As people transitioned into the 90s, “underground” music became immensely prominent in the music scene. The term “alternative” music was coined as a way to distinguish itself from the “mainstream” rock of the 80’s and 90’s (think Eric Clapton or Quarterflash.)

As an ode to the classic alternative hits of the 90’s, here is a playlist of some of my favorites that you may not have remembered have existed. These bad boys will always be the OG for me.

“Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure.

“Criminal” by Fiona Apple

“She Don’t Use Jelly” by The Flaming Lips

“Self Esteem” by the The Offspring

“Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” by The Offspring

“Walk This World” by Heather Nova

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve

“Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction

“Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

“Kiss Them For Me” by Siouxsie & the Banshees

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Alexandra Rothman is a media and journalism student studying at the University of Miami. She currently is spending her spring semester in Los Angeles, where she is taking classes and working as an intern for a public relations firm. Her two favorite things are music, and her yorkie-poo named Maci.


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