Friday, September 18, 2009

Early 90's Music

One of my personal passions in life has become simply: keeping the 80's alive. But I have a dirty little secret, my passion for early 90's (who am I kidding? ALL 90's) music. Here are some of my favorite songs from the early 90's - some of which I've discovered through the amazing Sirius XM channel 90's on 9.

I wanted to pick songs that truly captured the early 90's - maybe some that have become a bit forgotten today.

Natural Selection - "Do Anything" (1991)

Although this song once reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, it isn't available on Itunes and I would never heard it except for 90's on 9. The vocalist does an excellent Prince impersonation, the female vocalist is straight out of Madonna's "Justify My Love", and the tune follows the clap-clap-skip rhythm of John Cougar. Oh, sorry, I mean John Mellencamp. So clearly, any 80's fan would love this song. Some excellent early 90's R&B.



Nelson - "(Can't Live Without Your) Love And Affection" (1991)
I could listen to this song on repeat - over and over and over again. Arguably one of the last mainstream hits of the hair metal genre, this song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. It is insanely catchy, I know every word, and I know I should be somewhat ashamed, but I am not. Because this song rocks! The hair, the cheesy videos, and the fact that they are twins...it's just too awesome.



Go West - "The King of Wishful Thinking" (1990)

The song that opens up "Pretty Woman" (great movie) and such a snapshot of the time. From those opening synthesizer beats, you already know you are in for a great 90's song! A #8 Hot 100 hit for the group.



Taylor Dayne - "Love Will Lead You Back" (1989/1990)

Couldn't you just hear this song as a slow dance at the Max as Zack and Kelly sway back and forth in each other's arms? A #1 hit and written by Diane Warren. Clearly a favorite of mine then!! This song is so quintessential early 90's lost love ballad that it warms my heart.