14. Ugly Kid Joe
"Everything About You" (1992, Number Nine) and "Cat's in the Cradle" (1993, Number Six)
Named in direct opposition to L.A. leather-and-lace outfit Pretty Boy Floyd, this California group straddled the line between the hard-rock hookiness that was waning in popularity in Nirvana's Nineties and more au courant alt-rock surliness on their debut single, "Everything About You." It was basically a laundry list of reasons to be displeased with someone, but managed to allow singer Whitfield Crane to show off some not-too-bad MC skills on the bridge. As hard rock bands often did, Ugly Kid Joe followed up its feisty inaugural chart triumph with a weeper that performed even better, giving a pumped-up makeover to Harry Chapin's reflection on the frustrations of modern parenthood.