We start the RizzoMusic's Top 100 Songs of the 1990s countdown with a song that just sneaked in not only into the rankings but into the decade as Title of Record was released on August 24, 1999. "Take My Picture", off the Title of Record album, is by far Filter's biggest hit, topping the Hot 100 charts at #12 and #3 on the Modern Rock charts. Filter was made famous back in 1995 with their minor hit, "Hey Man, Nice Shot". "Take My Picture" is a song that was a minor hit in the spectrum of the whole decade but I feel that encapsulates that classic '90s sound.
Born at the end of the decade, it was a product of post-grunge perfection. Not only does it have a classic sound, but the music video is even more classic. Filter made sure to include everything that would make this video a typical 90s music video: a burning wrecked airplane, shots of the band underwater, a mermaid, rooftop bongo drumming, and of course, a room filling up with water. All kidding aside, it was a rather original video and definitely not boring. It's a very catchy tune and has been featured in The Girl Next Door, Little Nicky and Saving Grace.
Though it is very likely you have not heard anything by Filter since "Take My Picture", they are set to release a new record this March. The new album is called Anthems for the Damned, which features an all new supporting cast for lead singer Richard Patrick. Patrick fresh off his side project, Army of Anyone, recruited former Limp Bizkit guitarist and current Black Light Burns vocalist Wes Borland, John 5 formerly of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, and drummer Josh Freese formerly of Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nails, for the new album. That's about all I have to say for this one - typical 90s band, great song, a solid start for the list. Check out the video!
Interested in other songs from the countdown? Check out the other Top Songs of the 1990s.
After watching VH1's Greatest Songs of the 90s, I was inspired to start up a series of posts with my picks for the Top 100 Songs of the 1990s. I am going to skip out on the rap songs since I am not that big of an expert on that field of music. I am tempted to include some pop from the 90s but we will see if any of it actually makes the list. I am going to set out a few ground rules for the list and link back to this post for every entry.
Rules (subject to change):
1) An artist can only have up to a maximum of three songs on the list.
2) No rap, Hip-Hop, or R&B will be included on this list.
3) Only singles will be considered for this list.
4) I will accept suggestions but this list is in no way comprised of results from a poll or any form of voting process. It is strictly the opinion of Rizzo Music.
5) And obviously the song must have been released between Jan 1st 1990 and Dec 31st 1999.
Each song will get it's own post with a little history of the song (chart positions, band trivia, song trivia ect.) and the music video. I will constantly update this post with links to each post so that this article may be used to find any song on the list. With each article I will link back to this article so to provide easy access to each song. I hope to write about 1 article pertaining to this list a week so that should set a preliminary completion date for the list on August 20, 2009. It would be nice to finish the list before then but that seems like a realistic date for the amount of work required for this sort of project. Comments? Suggestions? I would love to hear them. Thanks!
Links (More Coming Soon)
Song #100: "Take A Picture" by Filter
Song #99: "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn
Song #98: "How Bizarre" by OMC
Song #97: "Meet Virginia" by Train
Song #96: "Down" by 311
Song #95: "Found Out About You" by Gin Blossoms
Song #94: "Greedy Fly" by Bush
Song #93: "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Song #92: "Don't Go Away" by Oasis
Song #91: "Touch, Peel and Stand" by Days Of The New
Song #90: "Hanginaround" by Counting Crows
Song #89: "Man on the Moon" by R.E.M.
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This week I want to dedicate this playlist to all those minor alternative radio rock hits that got some well deserved air play but not enough in my mind. You have probably have heard these but let them fall through the cracks. There are some solid tracks here and hopefully this playlist will give some new life to these great songs. I just want to point out one song in particular that I think you should check out. "I Think God Can Explain" by Splender is just one of those songs that I am really glad that I rediscovered. Hope you find at least one song that brings back some memories. Thanks for listening.
Top 10 Songs You Should Know - Week 14 - Feb. 19-25 20071. Toadies - Possum Kingdom2. Splender - I Think God Can Explain3. Filter - Take A Picture4. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand5. Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in L.A.6. Stroke 9 - Little Black Backpack7. Deftones - Change (In the House of Flies)8. OPM - Heaven is a Halfpipe9. Spacehog - In the Meantime10. White Town - Your Woman
Here's the link for the whole playlist: 90's Minor Hits Playlist
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