September 7, 2011

90s Music: Celine, Achy Breaky, Barbie...


I love love 70s and 80s music, from Linda Ronstadt to the Eagles to Fleetwood Mac to one-hot wonder Vicki Lawrence. I play it constantly in our house; you can ask my husband, who can usually be found in another room.

Yet 90s music is not such a big thing for me; the 90s produced some of my favourite albums, like Rosanne Cash's The Wheel, but overall there just wasn't much of an impression left.

Pop culture dinosaur Rolling Stone magazine has just published their readers' poll for the worst songs of the 90s:

10 - 4 Non-Blondes, What's Up?
9 - Right Said Fred, I'm Too Sexy
8 - Baha Men, Who Let The Dogs Out?
7- Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On
6- Hanson, Mmmbop
5-Chumbawamba, Tubthumping
4- Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby
3- Billy Ray Cyrus, Achy Breaky Heart
2- Los Del Rio, Macarena
1- Aqua, Barbie Girl

Yes the Baha Men song totally blows. But I actually like Tubthumping, and isn't the Celine song horribly overplayed rather than horrible?

And okay the Barbie song was annoying, but it wasn't hideous, and I loved the fact that Barbie-maker Mattel was so pissed off they sued the unknown band. And if you can get past the mullet, actually get past the whole video, Achy Breaky is forgettable rather than awful. And all I remember about the Macarena was being at a friend's wedding where the bride (my friend) danced it with everyone. Poorly. They're divorced now, probably a total coincidence.

There was way worse stuff than Mmmbop in the 90s... What about Michael Bolton? Bush? Creed? Anything by Limp Bizkit? Eiffel 65 Blue? Kriss Kross? Britney? Hootie and the Blowfish? So many choices...

What were your worst songs of the 90s?