The 100 best rock songs of the 1990s

Music 27/05/2022

We end our week of counting down the best rock songs of the last 50 years with a decade that gave us a ridiculous amount of songs that will no doubt stand the test of time.

Nirvana, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, Tool, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the list of acts that dominated the 90s rock scene goes on and on.

Looking at this list makes you realise just how musically blessed we were in the 90s - so many legends in their prime. 
Enjoy. 

The songs featured in this list have been chosen based on the international singles charts of the time, radio airplay here in NZ and abroad, and by referencing previous Rock countdowns.

The 100 best rock songs of the 1990s

  • 1: Killing In The Name - Rage Against The Machine (1992)
  • 2: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (1991)
  • 3: Enter Sandman - Metallica (1991)
  • 4: November Rain - Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • 5: Everlong - Foo Fighters (1997)
  • 6: Sober - Tool (1993)
  • 7: Home Again - Shihad (1996)
  • 8: Black - Pearl Jam (1991)
  • 9: Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden (1994)
  • 10: Thunderstruck - AC/DC (1990)
  • 11: Creep - Radiohead (1993)
  • 12: Under The Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
  • 13: The General Electric - Shihad (1999)
  • 14: Wonderwall - Oasis (1995)
  • 15: Daughter - Pearl Jam (1993)
  • 16: Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
  • 17: When I Come Around - Green Day (1994)
  • 18: Nothing Else Matters - Metallica (1991)
  • 19: Stinkfist - Tool (1996)
  • 20: Hunger Strike - Temple Of The Dog (1991)
  • 21: My Hero - Foo Fighters (1997)
  • 22: Better Man - Pearl Jam (1994)
  • 23: Freak On A Leash - Korn (1998)
  • 24: Plush - Stone Temple Pilots (1992)
  • 25: Would? - Alice In Chains (1992)
  • 26: No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne (1991)
  • 27: Self Esteem - The Offspring (1994)
  • 28: Say It Ain't So - Weezer (1994)
  • 29: Nookie - Limp Bizkit (1999)
  • 30: Pacifier - Shihad (1999)
  • 31: Come As You Are - Nirvana (1991)
  • 32: Walk - Pantera (1992)
  • 33: Learn To Fly - Foo Fighters (1999)
  • 34: Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
  • 35: Champagne Supernova - Oasis (1995)
  • 36: Tomorrow - Silverchair (1995)
  • 37: Last Kiss - Pearl Jam (1999)
  • 38: 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
  • 39: Man In The Box - Alice In Chains (1990)
  • 40: Lightning Crashes - Live (1994)
  • 41: Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots (1994)
  • 42: Got The Life - Korn (1998)
  • 43: Bomb Track - Rage Against The Machine (1992)
  • 44: Glycerine - Bush (1994)
  • 45: Du Hast - Rammstein (1997)
  • 46: Mama I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne (1991)
  • 47: Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
  • 48: The Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson (1996)
  • 49: What's My Age Again? - Blink 182 (1999)
  • 50: My Own Prison - Creed (1997)
  • 51: Santeria - Sublime (1996)
  • 52: Zombie - Cranberries (1994)
  • 53: Song 2 - Blur (1997)
  • 54: Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden (1994)
  • 55: You Could Be Mine - Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • 56: Nutshell (Unplugged) - Alice In Chains (1996)
  • 57: Forty Six & 2 - Tool (1996)
  • 58: Rooster - Alice In Chains (1992)
  • 59: With Arms Wide Open - Creed (1999)
  • 60: Estranged - Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • 61: Even Flow - Pearl Jam (1991)
  • 62: Break Stuff - Limp Bizkit (1999)
  • 63: The Unforgiven - Metallica (1991)
  • 64: Bro Hymn - Pennywise (1991)
  • 65: Symphony Of Destruction - Megadeth (1992)
  • 66: Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters (1997)
  • 67: Lithium - Nirvana (1991)
  • 68: Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1993)
  • 69: Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam (1992)
  • 70: Know Your Enemy - Rage Against The Machine (1992)
  • 71: Heart-Shaped Box - Nirvana (1993)
  • 72: Dammit (Growing Up) - Blink 182 (1997)
  • 73: Cowboys From Hell - Pantera (1990)
  • 74: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) - Green Day (1997)
  • 75: Alive - Pearl Jam (1991)
  • 76: Moneytalks - AC/DC (1990)
  • 77: Livin' On The Edge - Aerosmith (1993)
  • 78: Mysterious Ways - U2 (1991)
  • 79: King Nothing - Metallica (1996)
  • 80: Wait And Bleed - Slipknot (1999)
  • 81: See You On The Other Side - Ozzy Osbourne (1995)
  • 82: Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
  • 83: Fuel - Metallica (1997)
  • 84: Don't Cry - Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • 85: Lay Down Your Guns - Jimmy Barnes (1990)
  • 86: Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead (1995)
  • 87: Guerilla Radio - Rage Against The Machine (1999)
  • 88: You Oughta Know - Alanis Morrisette (1995)
  • 89: Today - Smashing Pumpkins (1993)
  • 90: Cryin' - Aerosmith (1993)
  • 91: What I Got - Sublime (1996)
  • 92: Spoonman - Soundgarden (1994)
  • 93: All Apologies - Nirvana (1993)
  • 94: Learning To Fly - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1991)
  • 95: My Mind's Sedate - Shihad (1999)
  • 96: Pressure Man - The Feelers (1998)
  • 97: Sad But True - Metallica (1991)
  • 98: Jeremy - Pearl Jam (1991)
  • 99: Civil War - Guns 'N' Roses (1991)
  • 100: Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due - Megadeth (1990)