Weekend Listening: Songs That Are SO 1992
Listen while you read (volume may be loud):
(There’s an Alt-1992 playlist if you’re more into Pearl Jam, Nirvana, U2, etc. Or listen to both. Listen to it all.)
I started this project awhile ago and meant to post it way before now. I have been wanting to do this series of time capsule playlists (1983 is next because it was my birth year) because I realized that there are a lot of songs I used to love that I don’t really remember. I will hear a song somewhere for the first time in twenty years and think “holy shit, this song! THIS SONG. Why did I ever stop listening to this song?”
I also realized there were a lot of great songs out there that I have never gotten to hear because not every song can get all of the attention. For every time I’ve mindlessly listened to “Stairway to Heaven” or “Hotel California” being played for the zillionth time on the radio, there’s some amazing song I’ve never heard because someone somewhere decided that these songs and a handful of others make up the Rock And Roll Canon(TM) and that these songs will be played in perpetua. That’s why I expanded my playlist project not just to include years that I might actually remember music.
But I jumped in with 1992 because it’s one of the first years that I really started to click with music. I remember having musical feels during 1992. I owned CDs from 1992. I was 9 and my adult tastes weren’t developed yet but my Disney tastes were dropping by the wayside.
My goal for this list wasn’t to find the obscure gems from 1992. I wanted to find the stuff that aired during my radio-obsessed days. I used to be a Top 40 fiend, listening to the countdown in my room every Sunday morning (with my blank cassette poised to catch my faves, of course), so I started with Top 40 lists, Billboard lists, and any other lists I could find that ranked singles rather than whole albums. (Also, if you have any research tips for me, slide them my way, yeah?)
The search didn’t disappoint. Not only did I put together a rad slice-of-’90s playlist that I bop to in my car, I found songs like “I Love Your Smile” by Shanice that I had forgotten existed and I remembered how much I used to love Amy Grant and fucking Paula Abdul. It’s full of pop music that nobody but people who lived in the 90s will probably give a shit about and that you will immediately remember if you listened to the radio in 1992.
Some of my faves from the list:
“Jump Around” by House of Pain
“Finally” by CeCe Peniston (I was OBSESSED with this song as a kid)
“Blowing Kisses in the Wind” by Paula Abdul (ALSO OBSESSED WITH THIS AS A KID. I had a cassette single and listened to it over and over and over and over and over and over)
“Everything About You” by Ugly Kid Joe
“If I Ever Fall In Love” by Shai (I listened to several versions before I found the a capella version for this playlist because it’s the one that is good)
“Live and Learn” by Joe Public
and of course, songs that are still in my rotation, like:
“I Can’t Dance” by Genesis (released in 1991 but made 1992 charts so I counted it)
“Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
“Baby Got Back” by Sir-Mix-A-Lot
“Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” by Patty Smyth and Don Henley
So, yeah. Here’s the playlist on Spotify for you to explore and reminisce about. I don’t have it set in any particular order, so shuffle might be your best bet. And if you want the more alternative list, I have you covered there, too.
What songs would you have added? What were you listening to in 1992?