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Best Alternative Music of 1995

Updated on March 4, 2018
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The author has been listening to rock music his whole life and took to alternative/grunge music in 1994.

1995 My Year for Music

In no particular order at all, these are the best alternative rock tracks of 1995. Billboard ratings, my current taste, and my taste at the time were all taken into consideration. During this this year I became a teen and music meant a lot to me. Also, there were plenty of significant events that occur during this time such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, OJ Simpsons being found innocent, and the first planet outside our solar system was found. At least these are types of things that go through my head when I think of 1995. I hope this list brings back as many memories for you as it did for me enjoy while putting it together!

Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Friends

Coming off the album One Hot Minute, "My Friends" was a Red Hot Chili Peppers smash hit in 1995. It was the only song from One Hot Minute that was included on the greatest hits album. This song became featured on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for four consecutive weeks.

Weezer - Say it Ain't So

One of my personal favorites "Say It Ain't So" is a song written by Brian Bell of Weezer. This was released in 1994 and was ranked 72 on Rolling Stones The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. Brian came up with the song by saying "say it ain't so" when he found that his step father beat up his friends mother.

Goo Goo Dolls - Name

"Name" was created by the Goo Goo Dolls and released in September of 1995. It features on the album A Boy Named Goo. The was the band's first hit reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot

"Hey Man Nice Shot" is a Filter Single that made its way to the charts in 1995 The label Reprise Records teamed with Filter to release this song as the first single off the album Short Bus. The song is reportedly about Budd Dwyer's suicide while written before the band ever had a record deal. There was widespread rumors that the song was about the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain.

Pearl Jam - Better Man

"Better Man" is written by Pearl Jam and made it first appearance on album, Vitalogy in 1994. "Better Man" reached the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and was number 1 for over 7 weeks.

Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

"Hurt" was created by Nine Inch Nails and was add the album The Downward Spiral in 1994. Later the song was released as a single in 1995. "Hurt" received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996, but ultimately lost to Morissette for the song she has on this list. Johnny Cash did a cover of "Hurt" in the early 2000's which help him receive a lot attention before his death in 2003.


Oasis - Wonderwall

"Wonderwall" by the band Oasis written by guitarist Noel Gallagher. The song made its debut (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in 1995. "Wonderwall" topped the charts in Spain,Australia and New Zealand. The single was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Later it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullets With Butterfly Wings

"Bullet with Butterfly Wings" is written by the Smashing Pumpkins and the lead single off of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness double album. This song won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance and Top 40 U.S. hit, peaking at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. " Bullet with Butterfly Wings was also named 91st best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Toadies - Possum Kingdom

"Possum Kingdom" by the Toadies released as the second single from their album Rubberneck in 1994. The song written about northern Texas folklore. Possum Kingdom in actually a lake in North Texas near Fort Worth.

Bush - Everything Zen

"Everything Zen" the single, was released by bush January 28th 1995. The single originally came from Sixteen Stone album. The music video was Bush's first ever."I hadn't even seen that many videos before making this because I never had MTV. I just remember that it felt weird miming with all those people standing around, but you soon get over that. Obviously, this video was hugely important in breaking us in America." ~Gavin Rossdale.

Silver Chair - Tomorrow

"Tomorrow," written by the Australian band Silverchair, was released in September 1994. "Tomorrow" appeared on their album titled Tomorrow and later appeared on their full album Frogstomp in March 1995. With this song Silverchair won the 1995 ARIA Music Award for Single of the Year and Highest Selling Single. The song was written by lead guitarist and lead vocalist Daniel Johns and drummer Ben Gillies. Tomorrow made No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.


Rob Zombie - More Human Than Human

More Human than Human was created by White Zombie and the single from the Astro-Creep: 2000 album. You'll find that the lyrics in this song reference the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Another cool reference in the song is the moaning in the intro. It came from a post apocalyptic porn movie Café Flesh directed by Stephen Sayadian. "More Human than Human" quickly became White Zombies' highest rated single of their career. The song earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1995 and also named the 68th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

No Doubt - Just a Girl

When No Doubt released "Just a Girl" in 1995 they made headlines. The new sound was the result of losing their old tone when Eric Stefani left the group. They did good with the change by making 23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.


Green Day - When I Come Around

"When I Come Around," released by Green Day, was featured on their Dookie album and released in 1995. This track was played live as early as August of 1992. This was the band's most popular radio single at the time and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for a record of seven weeks.

Alanis Morissette - You Ought to Know

"You Oughta Know," written by Canadian-American Alanis Morissette was a hit. It was the top song from Jagged Little Pill which came out July 7, 1995. Morissette and Glen Ballard co-wrote the song and recorded in L.A. What some people don't know about this track is that Flea and Dave Navarro of the Red Hot Chili Peppers played on this track.

© 2018 Joshua Crowder

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