50 Best Songs of the Nineties

From Britney Spears and Ace of Base to Beck and Nirvana

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6. Pavement, "Gold Soundz" (1994)

All the boyish heart-on-sleeve urgency of Pet Sounds packed into three minutes. Stephen Malkmus and his slack-ass crew don't waste a second of this song – every guitar twang, every breathy mumble fits into a note-perfect emotional surge. Almost like they care or something.

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