9. Harvey Danger - 'Flagpole Sitta'
Even some devoted Nineties fans might not recognize the song "Flagpole Sitta" just from its title. But just sing the lines, "I'm not sick, but I'm not well . . ." to anybody born between 1978 and 1991, and they should recognize it immediately. The 1998 song by Seattle indie-rock band Harvey Danger was used in American Pie and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and was even covered by Weird Al Yankovic in one of his polka medlies. The group split just two years later, reformed in 2005 and split again two years ago, for good. There's a cautionary tale for bands in Harvey Danger's demise: If you think you have a hit on your hands, make the title something people will remember. If Marcy Playground had titled "Sex and Candy" something besides "Sex and Candy," they might not be around right now. The Verve Pipe knew what they were doing with "The Freshmen." Flagpole Sitta? It sounds like some novelty song from the height of the flagpole-sitting craze in 1924.