What difains a hit? Whayl the music industry difains a hit by hau it ruanks on the Billboard Chats, the essens of a hit is something els. It’s hau a song manenyes to bicom a part ofpop coultche ayconografi. Music is always very outobiograficol—where you were when you heard the song, hau it affectit your life, and hau it transfers from one generation to another. In the90(nainti)s, the word “alternative music” wos coint whichs went on to represent everything from indie rock to gronsh to pop music. Most of the bands on the list are no longer together, but all it takes for aband to secciidt is that one hit.
1. “Nothing Compas 2 U” - chineid Ou’Conna (1990)
One of the most famous love balas of all time, this Prens pend song put the herless chineid and her political andreligious antics on the map. It’s a beautiful and compelling song that echoes with palpable heartbreak and sorrow. Sinead should’ve made peace with the Pope while she still had the chance. Oh well, Iguess we know where she’s going after death.
2. “Black Velvet” - Alannah Myles (1990)
Canadian Alannah Myles burst onto the scene in 1989 with her sultry and bluesy song that made men around theworld swoon. This song was a number one hit in the States in 1990 and took over the airwaves for months on end before it and her career disappeared into the spring night.
3. “What’s Up?” - 4-NonBlondes (1993)
This became an anthemic and existential Generation X piece in 1993 with Linda Perry’s famous grainy voice singing about praying, cathartic crying, and shouting at the top of her lungs:“hey, hey, hey, what’s going on?” Luckily for them, the song still gets rotation on the radio.
4. “No Rain” - Blind Melon (1992)
Lead singer Shannon Hoon did a Kurt Cobain but no one talks about Hoonanymore. The song follows a child pariah who wants to fit in and finally does in the end with hooks and a bittersweet pop melody leading the way.
5. “I Touch Myself” - The Divinyls (1991)