1) Portishead - Roads
2) Pavement - Fillmore Jive
3) Jeff Buckley - Grace
4) Beastie Boys - Sure Shot
5) Beastie Boys - Sabotage
6) Kyuss - Supa Scoop and Mighty Scoop*
7) Jawbox - Savory
8) Ben Harper - Walk away
9) Portishead - It's a Fire
10) Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
11) Kyuss - Demon Cleaner
12) Supergrass - Caught by the Fuzz
13) Weezer - My Name is Jonas
14) Drive Like Jehu - Luau
15) Built to Spill - Car
The top 3 would be in my top 50 all time, only 97 and 2000 would have an as great top 3 for me.
Leaving those out is killing me, most of them would have made my list last year :
Beastie Boys - Alright Hear This
Beastie Boys - Flute Loop
Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
Blur - Parklife
Blur - To The End
Green Day - Basketcase
Hole - Doll Parts
Korn - Shoots and Ladders
Low - Words
Mano Negra - Santa Maradona
Mc Solaar - La Concubine de l'hémoglobine
Nine Inch Nails - Closer
Nirvana - Where did you sleep last night ?
Oasis - Live Forever
Prodigy - No Good (Start the Dance)
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
The Chemical Brothers - Chemical Beats
The Offspring - Self Esteem
TLC - Waterfalls
Weezer - Undone (the Sweater Song)
Wonderful year for songs and a good year for albums too (though only Dummy is fantastic from the start to the end)
Some remarks :
A bunch of these songs, mostly in the bubbling part, benefit from a melancholy factor, but I still think they all are pretty damn great.
*Supa Scoop and Mighty Scoop is a serious contender for having my favorite intro ever
I think Hurt by NIN is better than Johnny Cash's version, even though I could see why one thinks the opposite.
Henry, don't be surprised, neither Grace nor Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain will be in my top 15, though I will give one more chance to Pavement given that I only have a top 14 so far. And the most represented band here, the Beastie Boys, will only be 3rd, Ill Communication being a bit overlong.
The "Why" at the center of Sabotage and the 2nd "Boy" in Fillmore Jive might be my two favorite syllables in the History of music. I often feel at lack of words to describe Fillmore Jive, this song is so unique and powerful... I hope people will join Brad and me to help it reach next round.
And screw Hallelujah, Grace (the song) is Jeff Buckley's true masterpiece... I don't know a lot of songs so intense and sung with that much power and sincerity (plus it's in 3/4 which also is a good thing
so is Supa Scoop and Mighty Scoop's intro by the way. And so are Luau and My Name is Jonas while I'm at it.)