Okay, get ready to argue: Rolling Stone just released its reader poll for the Worst Songs of the Nineties.
Yes, there are plenty of obvious choices from the Department of Terrible Novelty Songs (Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” at No. 9, Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” at No.8, Los Del Rio’s “Macarena” at No. 2) along with a few picks that we’d argue fall into the Actually Pretty Great If You’re Not Too Snobby To Admit It category (Hanson’s “MMMBop” at No. 6 and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” at No. 10)
But the thing that struck us most was that this list seems to be comprised only of people who aren’t American rocker dudes. Nearly half the groups have at least one female member (Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” ranks at No. 7), more than half come from somewhere outside the U.S. (including Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” at No. 1, and Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping” at No. 5), and with the exception of “What’s Up,” there’s not a single rock-guitar-driven song on the list (it’s dominated by pop, though it’s also got a soft spot for rap, with Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” at No. 4, and country, with Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achy Breaky Heart” at No. 3.)
Compare that with Rolling Stone’s readers poll for the Top Ten Albums of the Nineties, which included only white-dude rockers. Though high-ranking bands like Nirvana and Radiohead are certainly worthy white-dude rockers, there’s no trace of the era’s great hip hop albums (Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic Biggie’s Ready to Die), or now-classic albums made by women (Hole’s Live Through This, PJ Harvey’s To Bring You My Love, Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville).
Of course, there are also plenty of pop songs that should’ve been recognized. Personally, I’d nominate Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a blow-by-blow account of the longest, most boring conversation of all time. (And then I said… and then she said… and then I said…) Oh, and this song should be way up there.
What else do you think should be on the list?
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