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Smapti
03-18-2015, 11:23 AM
Alright, time for things to start getting good again.

The year is now 1996, and in contrast to the last few charts, I'd say we have some really good ones here, and a surprising amount of alternative in the Top 40. There are several double-A-sides in this list, giving us a total of 34 songs for this poll.

What's your favorite?

* denotes one half of a double A-side

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RikWriter
03-18-2015, 11:53 AM
Lot of good stuff produced in 1996...including my son. ;-)
I voted for You Oughta Know, but there were a half dozen others I could have picked.

Freudian Slit
03-18-2015, 11:58 AM
I went with "Til I Hear It from You" (I'm a sucker for Empire Records), but agree--there were a lot of other great tracks I could have gone with.

Les Espaces Du Sommeil
03-18-2015, 01:49 PM
Hey, several worthy contenders here.

Still, my choice was easily made: Everything But the Girl 's Missing is quite simply one of the most beautiful songs of the decade. I don't know whether this entry refers to the original song or the (even better) remix but I'm happy with both.

Alanis Morrissette's You Oughta Know is a close second with Ironic tied with Tracy Chapman's Give Me One Reason a bit further behind. Even Breakfast At Tiffany's is pleasant enough.

I Love You Always Forever wins the 1996est Song of the Year Award.

Interestingly, 1996 also boasts (?) one of the most annoying song of the decade: Joan Osborne's One Of Us. Anemic guitar motif, grating voice, stupid lyrics, soulless singing, the works.

Smapti
03-18-2015, 02:07 PM
As much as I never thought I'd say this, I had to go with Celine Dion on this one, because anything written by Jim Steinman more or less wins by default.

(Meat Loaf's version is better, though (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8xTZIOAPhs).)

Baron Greenback
03-18-2015, 03:03 PM
Another vote for EBTG. I've always liked Tracey Thorn's voice, and Missing, particularly the remix, is a fine showcase for it.

Ponch8
03-18-2015, 03:05 PM
There may be a historic feat this year, once I make my decision: the same artist may win my vote for best song AND for the song that is dead-ass last. "You Oughta Know" is awesome, while "You Learn" is horrible.

panamajack
03-18-2015, 03:18 PM
What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Alessan
03-18-2015, 03:20 PM
What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?

I think I remember the film.










Come on - someone had to do it.

Barkis is Willin'
03-18-2015, 03:33 PM
Dishwalla got my vote, but I loved that Coolio song way back when. Goo Goo Dolls and Deep Blue Something were also in consideration. The Natalie Merchant song was pretty good, too.

RTFirefly
03-18-2015, 03:35 PM
Yeah, 1996 wasn't a bad year on the radio, even down in central Appalachia. The Gin Blossoms finally had enough good stuff out there that they overcame the loathing I had for them due to "Hey Jealousy." Even some of the more poppy stuff like "Where Do You Go" and "I Love You Always Forever" is pretty decent. Jewel had her one good song. Alanis had one really good song ("You Oughta Know", of course), and a coupla duds that got a lot of airplay too, even if they were like raiaiaian on your wedding day. And I'll get stuff thrown at me for this, but while I didn't think much of "One of Us" at the time, it's grown on me over the years. And I might vote for that song as a stand-in for everything on the Relish album that isn't here, especially "Right Hand Man" and her cover of Dylan's "Man in the Long Black Coat." Tracy Chapman and Dishwallah had good songs. And I'm gonna have to look up "Missing" on YouTube at home (can't get to it from work) because surely I heard it back at the time, but it's not ringing any bells.

Anyhow, undecided multiple ways for right now.

Nema98
03-18-2015, 04:32 PM
If there was a thread about songs you like by artists you don't care about, Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" would be a fine example. Great song, her voice really kicks ass, and the bridge buildup and chorus are very good.

That same year Celine hit #1 with "Because You Loved Me", which I would argue is her signature song, NOT the "Titanic" soundtrack. While the #1 song has been played to death, "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" has been relegated sadly to the music dustbin.


Same case with Coolio, "1 2 3 4" is more enjoyable than the iconic, yet played to death "Gangsta
s Paradise".

Gin Blossoms, Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, Quad City DJs, Donna Lewis, Keith Sweat, Everything But the Girl, and Brandy could have gotten my vote.

I will say in regards to Everything But the Girl that "I Will Follow You" is better in my eyes to "Missing". Alanis would have gotten my vote had "Head Over Feet" been here, but it never charted on the Hot 100, and those two songs I don't like much.

Eric Clapton had a good comeback and that is a good song, but I won't vote for it. Same case with La Bouche, but it was fun not good. Dishwalla got my love in the Alternative #1 poll a few months back, and I won't vote for the same song on these polls.

Hate Joan Osborne.

Celine Dion wins this election!

pulykamell
03-18-2015, 04:36 PM
Gotta be You Oughta Know. I'm not the biggest Alanis fan, but that song takes me back to 1996.

panamajack
03-18-2015, 05:22 PM
I think I remember the film.


Well, that's one thing we got.

I'm surprised that I almost voted for "You Oughta Know", because I didn't really like it back then.

I also thought the Refreshments might have been on here, but it looks like they never made it off the Rock charts.

Ponch8
03-18-2015, 08:01 PM
There may be a historic feat this year, once I make my decision: the same artist may win my vote for best song AND for the song that is dead-ass last. "You Oughta Know" is awesome, while "You Learn" is horrible.

I've made my decision, and this is indeed what happened. "You Oughta Know" is best, and "You Learn" is dead-ass last.

Honorable mentions go to "Give Me One Reason," "I Love You Always Forever," and "Missing."

Dishonorable mentions go to the following pieces of shit: "Counting Blue Cars," "One of Us," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

MrDibble
03-19-2015, 01:30 AM
Mmm, no other Natalie Merchant fans, I take it...

tripthicket
03-19-2015, 01:37 AM
Mmm, no other Natalie Merchant fans, I take it...

Wellll.....

Catamount
03-19-2015, 07:40 AM
There are entirely too many good songs on this list. Eventually I settled on "Follow You Down" because it made me inordinately happy to see Gin Blossoms listed. Twice, even!

JKellyMap
03-19-2015, 08:39 AM
A good year! I went with Natalie Merchant -- love her, love that whole Tigerlily album -- but Alanis' "You Oughta Know" and that song "Where Do You Go?" (never knew the band's name until now) were close behind.

SaharaTea
03-19-2015, 08:45 AM
I'm really surprised Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know" did not hit #1.

I went with "Missing" by EBTG. Fond memories of listening to that song in my college dorm room while mooning over the guy of the month.

Leaffan
03-19-2015, 09:02 AM
Songs I recognize.

Alanis Morissette - "Ironic"
Alanis Morrissette - "You Learn"*
Alanis Morrissette - "You Oughta Know"*
Joan Osborne - "One Of Us"

I'm too old to vote.

Angel of the Lord
03-19-2015, 12:41 PM
Celine Dion. Completely outside my usual tastes, but I played that single nonstop for months. I drove my mom nuts in the process. I have to give it to her. Fantastic song.

JRDelirious
03-21-2015, 10:40 AM
This is a pretty good spread, there are many worth voting for. EBTG, Deep Blue Something, Joan Osborne, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, Gin Blossoms... that said, though, one extremely angry little hatesong that got bits censored on radio was and is a trip, and eked out my vote. Alanis oughta know.

actualliberalnotoneofthose
03-22-2015, 01:36 AM
Gotta be You Oughta Know. I'm not the biggest Alanis fan, but that song takes me back to 1996.

Takes me back to 1995. I remember hearing it at work all the time in the Summer of 1995. A few of the other songs are much more 1996 to me, especially the Dishwalla and Deep Blue Something songs.

Critical1
03-22-2015, 02:18 AM
Joan Osbourne "One of Us" has got to be one of the most rancid ass songs ever to chart, Which is really disappointing considering the rest of that album is fantastic.

I voted for something else

lel
03-22-2015, 11:38 AM
I could just vote for any of them, quite many deserving. Then again, it could be fond nostalgia.

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