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Question #91786 posted on 11/07/2018 11:48 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are the top 5 80s/90s rock bands and their best songs? I am in need for some new music and enjoy this genre very much.
Oh and what are your thoughts Piano Man by Billy Joel? I just started to listen to it again and I am in love with it.

-Old Soul


Dear Betty White, 

I tried to narrow it down to top fives, but I couldn't do it. I figured if you're already a fan of the genre the chances are you've already heard the best. Now, rock is such a MASSIVE genre, and I wasn't sure what type of "rock" you are looking for... So instead, I will supply you with my list of best 80s bands (in general) and their best songs. It seems like you're looking for recommendations, so this should get you started down your own path of discovery. Also, I'm less familiar with 90s rock, so that list is shorter. 


Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody (duh), Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust, and Don't Stop Me Now. 

Journey: Don't Stop Believin', Any Way You Want It, Separate Ways, and Faithfully. 

Styx: Come Sail Away, Boat on the River, Too Much Time on My Hands

Pat Benatar: We Belong, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love is a Battlefield, Heartbreaker

U2 (80s songs):  With or Without You, All I Want is You, Desire, Pride, I Will Follow... and basically everything on this album.

Billy Joel: Vienna, The Stranger, Uptown Girl, She's Always A Woman,  (Piano Man)

Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is, Juke Box Hero, Cold As Ice

Genesis: Invisible Touch, That's All

Boston: More Than A Feeling, Peace of Mind, Amanda, Cool the Engines

Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City

AC/DC: Thunderstruck, Highway to Hell (I'll never understand why they have to be on this list)

Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, It's My Life

Van Halen: Jump, Panama, Eruption

Aerosmith: Dream On, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Sweet Emotion... And Walk This Way, I guess...

Def Leppard: Rock of Ages, Pour Some Sugar on Me

The Police: Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Every Breath You Take

Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love 

Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall, Wish You Were Here

Blondie: Heart of Glass, Call Me, One Way or Another

The Cars: Just What I Needed, Good Times Roll, You Might Think, My Best Friend's Girl 

... aaaaand I think we'll stop there or else I'll keep this list going forever. This is a very thorough introduction to the best of the best. 



Linkin Park: Waiting For the End, In the End, Sorry for Now

Green Day: Still Breathing, 21 Guns, American Idiot

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Snow, Can't Stop

INXS: Need You Tonight, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart

U2 (90s songs): One, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Discotheque, Staring at the Sun  

Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Heart Shaped Box

Pearl Jam: Black, Alive

Foo Fighters: The Pretender, Everlong

... if we're honest, the 90s were not a golden era for rock. The hiphop and pop that came out of this era is much better. But you asked, so there it is. 


As for my thoughts on "Piano Man," I think it is a beautiful classic with a lot of heart. Billy Joel is one of those artists that really ought to be canonized. His music is timeless and just awesome.



Guesthouse (80s music lover)

posted on 11/12/2018 11:46 a.m.
Since many of the 90s bands that Guesthouse listed only had songs from the 2000s and beyond, I thought I'd chime in with a few bands I think are worthwhile. These would probably all fit as "alternative rock", which I would argue is certainly better than 90s pop. :)

Linkin Park is not really a 90s band, but those are good songs.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' best 90s songs certainly include Under the Bridge, Soul to Squeeze, Give it Away, and Scar Tissue.

Green Day's best 90s songs include Welcome to Paradise, Basket Case, When I come Around, and Good Riddance.

I'd also suggest adding a few more:

R.E.M. 80s: The End of the World as We Know It, Stand
R.E.M. 90s: Losing My Religion, Shiny Happy People, Everybody Hurts
Smashing Pumpkins 90s: Today, Almost any song from "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" like 1979; Tonight, Tonight; and Bullet with Butterfly Wings

There are lots more 90s alternative bands that are worth your time if you like the other 90s alternative music, like The Cranberries, Live, Counting Crows, Collective Soul, No Doubt, Offspring, Radiohead.

90s rock definitely has a different feel from 80s rock, but there are a lot of great songs to explore as well.

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