50 Best Songs of the Nineties

From Britney Spears and Ace of Base to Beck and Nirvana

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21. Smashing Pumpkins, "1979" (1995)

Billy Corgan's ode to the pangs of a generic suburban Midwestern adolescent summer, with a hook built around James Iha's guitar shimmer – the song not even Corgan-phobes could deny. Also known as "the one so good Pavement covered it." Faster than the speed of sound, faster than we thought we'd go.

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