Top 10: Songs from the 90s

I have to admit something; sometime in the mid-90s I just about stopped listening to music altogether.  I wasn’t like much of the stuff being put out, and so if I listened to music it was to my old C.D.s.  That being said, there were some exceptions, mostly from Audio Adrenaline or D.C. Talk, maybe a bit of Newsboys, but for the most part, I was an early 90s music fan.  Here are my favorites from that decade (secular and Christian).  None of these include my favorite country songs as I’ve already posted those here. Is it bad that my top 5 favorites are all secular?

10. Jesus Freak

I enjoyed this entire album, but I thought Jesus Freak itself was a great song. Others must have as well as it went on to be the name of D.C. Talk’s devotional book as well.

9. Walk on the Ocean

I don’t know what it is about this song by Toad the Wet Sprocket that I find so appealing, whether it is the music or the lyrics or both.  I just like it.  It’s catchy.

8. Big House

Here is the first of two (the only artist that appears twice on my list) from Audio Adrenaline.  I know there is nothing I can point to in Scripture that would affirm their view of heaven, but it is a fun song.  I remember this being the song that started off every morning one year at the Christian camp “Impact” that I went to in Toccoa, GA when I was a young teenager.

7. Underdog (couldn’t find an “Official Music Video”)

Here’s the second one by Audio A! This was by far the group’s best album.  Soon after this one was released, the group split and has over the past few years come back together with D.C. Talk’s Kevin Max. It’s just not the same though.  Every song on this album is great, but this is the greatest.

6. Breakfast (couldn’t find an “Official Music Video”)

In case you were wondering, Newsboys cleared it up for us all: “They don’t serve breakfast in hell.”  If I have a bad theological song about heaven, why not hell as well, right? Of course, there’s probably a better argument to be made about not serving breakfast in hell than playing football in heaven. Of course, we do know there is lots and lots of food in heaven, so there’s that.

5. I Would Do Anything for Love (Live version, not the official video, due to official being “R rated”)

Funny story about this video for me: I kept wondering what “that” was that he wouldn’t do.  I kept racking my brain–for years–trying to figure it out.  It wasn’t until Dr. Pepper came out with their commercial using this song, that I finally realized that “that” is different for each person.

4. I‘m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Who doesn’t love this song!? If this is my number 4, you know 3-1 are going to be great.  I remember as a very young teen watching “Benny and Joon” for the first time and hearing this song.  This was the only thing I remembered about the movie until a few years ago when I watched it again.  The movie is pretty good too.  This song though, it’s bound to put me in a good mood.

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Guess what! They don’t serve breakfast in hell, but they also don’t serve breakfast at Tiffany’s. Hence, in the video, you see Deep Blue Something setting up a breakfast table in front of the store.  Love the song.  It was this song that taught me that “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was actually a movie.  I tried watching it a few months ago, as I recall I think I didn’t like it.

2. Everything I Do (I Do it for You)

This song is my wife and my song (technically we have two songs), and I know it is terrible that it’s my number two song from the 90s.  That just goes to show how great a song my number one is.  That being said, Bryan Adams’ hit from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” is a great song for couples. I would have sung this at our wedding but saying that I would lie for Katie was not something I wanted to sing in church.

1. Runaway Train

Soul Asylum’s song Runaway Train is by far the best song of the 90s. I don’t care what anyone else says.  If this song was played on the radio, I’d crank it loud. If the video came on MTV or VH1, I stopped what I was doing immediately just to watch and listen.  Scattered throughout the video were pictures of children, runaways or abducted.  In total 36 children were shown on three different videos. At the end of the video was a number to call if anyone had seen (or was) one of the “lost children.”  It is reported that 26 of the children featured were found.

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