Mode’s Birthday Tunes: Music in 1995

90s music tape

We might be a bit biased, but we think 1995 was undoubtedly the best year for music in the 90s. Legends like Jeff Buckley and Tupac Shakur were still alive (although Kurt Cobain sadly passed the year before), boybands were all the rage, and it’s the year that Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise was unleashed upon the world.

Girls growing up in the 90s can all remember singing (ok, screaming) along to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and just learning what irony is, while older teens might have been horrifying their parents by playing Sympathy for the Devil (Guns N’ Roses) or Marilyn Manson’s Smells Like Children.

Shirley Manson was arguably at her best as Garbage released their album of the same name; “Only Happy When it Rains” spoke to millions of fans around the world – especially the 701,757 in the UK who realised they have no real choice on the matter.

Gwen Stefani looked… much as she does now but her magical anti-aging abilities weren’t so obvious yet. Don’t Speak from  the album, Tragic Kingdom reached #1 around the world the year after the album was released.

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? transformed Oasis from an indie act into rock gods after selling a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week. Wonderwall is still sung throughout the North at any given opportunity, and is heavily embedded in the British national consciousness. 1995 was just the start.

In short, 1995 was an incredible year for iconic albums and songs that genuinely stand the test of time. While we’ve lost some of the legends (RIP Michael Jackson), we’re still looking forward to albums from some of these artists in 2015. Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Gwen Stefani, Faith No More, Tool, Modest Mouse, and Bjork are all releasing hotly anticipated albums in the coming year and celebrating over 20 years in the music industry.

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