Monday, December 24, 2007

100 Greatest Songs Of The 90's

Here's the list of VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's. I had quite a few issues with their 80's list, so let's see if this one is any better:

01. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
02. U2 "One"
03. Backstreet Boys "I Want It That Way"
04. Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"
05. Madonna "Vogue"
06. Sir Mix-A-Lot "Baby Got Back"
07. Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time"
08. TLC"Waterfalls"
09. R.E.M. "Losing My Religion"
10. Sinéad O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U"
11. Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
12. Alanis Morissette "You Oughta Know"
13. Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang"
14. Mariah Carey "Vision of Love"
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge"
16. MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This"
17. Destiny's Child "Say My Name"
18. Metallica "Enter Sandman"
19. Beastie Boys "Sabotage"
20. Hanson "MMMBop"
21. Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On"
22. Beck "Loser"
23. Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue "Whatta Man"
24. House of Pain "Jump Around"
25. Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"
26. Eminem "My Name Is"
27. Counting Crows "Mr. Jones"
28. Ricky Martin "Livin' la Vida Loca"
29. Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby"
30. *NSYNC "Tearin' Up My Heart"
31. Radiohead "Creep"
32. BLACKstreet "No Diggity"
33. Spice Girls "Wannabe"
34. Third Eye Blind "Semi-Charmed Life"
35. Oasis "Wonderwall"
36. C+C Music Factory "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
37. Green Day "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
38. Christina Aguilera "Genie In A Bottle"
39. Goo Goo Dolls "Iris"
40. Color Me Badd "I Wanna Sex You Up"
41. Spin Doctors "Two Princes"
42. Collective Soul "Shine"
43. En Vogue "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
44. The Fugees "Killing Me Softly With His Song"
45. Hootie & the Blowfish "Only Wanna Be With You"
46. Shania Twain "You're Still the One"
47. Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch "Good Vibrations"
48. Matchbox Twenty "3 AM"
49. Jewel "Who Will Save Your Soul"
50. Alice in Chains "Man in the Box"
51. Tupac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) "California Love"
52. Sugar Ray "Fly"
53. Naughty by Nature "O.P.P."
54. Joan Osborne "One of Us"
55. Fiona Apple "Criminal"
56. L.L. Cool J "Mama Said Knock You Out"
57. Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule "Can I Get A..."
58. Sophie B. Hawkins "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"
59. Weezer "Buddy Holly"
60. Bell Biv DeVoe "Poison"
61. Sheryl Crow "All I Wanna Do"
62. Live "I Alone"
63. The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Mase & Puff Daddy "Mo Money Mo Problems"
64. The Presidents of the United States of America "Peaches"
65. Digital Underground "The Humpty Dance"
66. Edwin McCain "I'll Be"
67. Deee-Lite "Groove Is In The Heart"
68. Will Smith "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
69. Korn "Freak on a Leash"
70. Jamiroquai "Virtual Insanity"
71. Arrested Development "Tennessee"
72. Barenaked Ladies "One Week"
73. Marcy Playground "Sex and Candy"
74. Cher "Believe"
75. Kris Kross "Jump"
76. Blues Traveler "Run-Around"
77. Ice Cube "It Was a Good Day"
78. Lenny Kravitz "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
79. Meredith Brooks "Bitch"
80. Right Said Fred "I'm Too Sexy"
81. Paula Cole "I Don't Want to Wait"
82. Geto Boys "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
83. The Breeders "Cannonball"
84. Snow "Informer"
85. Cypress Hill "Insane In The Brain"
86. The Cranberries "Linger"
87. Billy Ray Cyrus "Achy Breaky Heart"
88. Duncan Sheik "Barely Breathing"
89. Liz Phair "Never Said"
90. New Radicals "You Get What You Give"
91. Sarah McLachlan "Building a Mystery"
92. Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke"
93. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories "Stay"
94. Fastball "The Way"
95. Montell Jordan "This is How We Do It"
96. Nelson "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection"
97. Prince & The New Power Generation "Gett Off"
98. EMF"Unbelievable"
99. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
100. Gerardo "Rico Suave"

I can't complain about No. 1 or No. 2, although if I had to choose between the two, I'd always pick U2. But No. 3 "I Want It That Way" and No. 7 "Hit Me Baby One More Time" in the Top 10? Hells no. I also think "Vogue" is too high and "Losing My Religion" too low. "Stay" at 93 is about 90 places too low. "Say My Name" at No. 17 is ridic. When I think of the 90's, Destiny's Child, who began to become popular in 1999, does not come to mind. And how in the hell do stupid songs like "Rico Suave" and "Achy Breaky Heart" even make this list? And "Gett Off"?

And it is total madness that Boyz II Men is not on this list at all. And one of the biggest singles of all-time - "One Sweet Day" - which spent something like 14 weeks at No. 1 got totally snubbed. Also missing is "Hypnotize" by Notorious B.I.G. and "California Love" by 2Pac. Harumph!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lachey La Winner; LaBelle La Diva

Nick Lachey became the second reality show winner from his family, directing the winning choir in NBC's Clash of the Choirs. Nick's younger brother Drew, of course, won Dancing with the Stars Season 2.

Nick's choir - Team Lachey from Cincinnati - won $250,000 for Cincinnati's Children's Hospital a day after singing (yes, singing) "Flight of the Bumblebee" a capella. You can watch it here on YouTube:

Of the five celebrity-led choirs, Team Lachey was the most CHOIR-like, singing as a group for their performances, whereas the other choirs at times seemed to be just background vocals backing a soloist. And they, and especially Nick, exuded so much joy and fun in their performances. They were my favorite from the very first show when they made me like "Unwritten" again.

Hopefully this helps rejuvenate Nick Lachey's career. I've always liked him (and 98 Degrees). He just seems like such a nice, regular guy. Loved him on Newlyweds, especially when he gave Jessica the "Are you really that stupid?!" look. It was so fun watching him direct his choir. He looked SO into it and so choir geek. And he got choked up twice on the show. Awww!

Patti LaBelle's choir came in second, and Diva was NOT happy. After Tracy Morgan butchered made the announcement of the winner, Patti just shook her head and arched her eyebrow. And as the other groups streamed onto the stage to congratulate Team Lachey, you could see Patti walk off stage. Sore loser much?!

It's pretty easy to see why her team lost. For one, Patti LaBelle may be a legendary singer, but she's not exactly the most likeable celebrity. Especially after seeing the practice footage they showed last night. It didn't seem like her group would have been too much fun to be in. Also, while Team LaBelle was technically very good, there were way too many solos, not enough group. That is not a choir to me. And when they had the celebrity sing with the choir, Patti didn't let her group do much of anything during her histrionics. Then there was tonight, when she decided to have her choir sing "We Are The Champions" (with a really bad soloist). Uh, presumptive much?

Congrats to Team Lachey, and may Maria Menounos never host a live show ever again. Whoah. That chick was awful. She made Samantha Harris look like Tom Bergeron.