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These Songs Can Legally Drink Now

Okay so here’s my list of songs that can legally drink now.  They were born in 1990 and they rock. You gotta remember 1990 was all Wilson Phillips, Roxette, and Sinead O’Connor. Not to mention Paul Abdul, Bel Biv Devoe and New Kids on the Block. It’s didn’t take long for these bands to change all that.

1. Hard to Handle – The Black Crowes

This song pretty much destroyed the rock radio charts. It was so refreshing to hear it the barren landscape of pop, but it wasn’t until 1991 that it made it up to 26 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. That doesn’t mean anything though, everyone I knew was jammin out to this tune                                           

2.  Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil

I had to include this song cause it was a legacy hold out from the 80′s that had somehow held it’s own on the modern rock charts.  Who would’ve ever have thought the singer would eventually become “Minister of the Environment” in Australia. It’s good to have beliefs and to speak out about them I guess

3. Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails

MTV really helped this song. Pretty Hate Machine had been out for almost a year and was not selling much at all.  When this video hit, the song exploded.  It’s been a defining song for Nine Inch Nails and for a generation.

4. 911 is a Joke – Public Enemy

Not sure I have to state the obvious but Public Enemy’s social commentary hit home for many and at a time when rap was under attack this song went on the offensive.  MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice are mere parodies of rap next to Public Enemy. 

5. Ball and Chain – Social Distortion

Social D had been out of the scene for part of the mid 80′s and when they came back I didn’t even know them.  Good thing they got a major label deal and put out this song, now I love them. Unfortunately I never got to see the full band, Mike Ness is the only remaining member, but Social Distortion still has a new album coming out this month. Can’t wait to hear it!

6. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

With most things it took a year for this song to get into the “mainstream” but it was a game changer the music industry.  Seattle was on the tip of every one’s tongue and music was just about to change.  Weird how it happened in the change of a decade like it did.

7. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction

This is one of those songs I thought was fun but I really hated Jane’s Addiction. I still only like a couple songs, but I had to mention this song because even 21 years later I can crank it up on the radio and it sounds fun, and fresh.

8. Hangar 18 – Megadeth

To metalheads this is the holy grail song for Megadeth.  I mean if Bach or Beethoven wrote this it’s be a national anthem somewhere.  Hanger 18 still provides a sonic tale of aliens, and governmental cover-ups. 

9. 21st Century (Digital Boy) – Bad Religion

I’m a 21st Century Digital Boy / I don’t know how to live, but I’ve got a lot of toys

pretty much says it all about our gadget laden society

10. Thieves – Ministry

I know that Ministry got a little popular with NWO a couple years later, but this album and song in particular is one of the best sounding live recordings ever!  I know people are gonna say no, but I dare anyone to find a live album that is sonically, technically better.

Wow 21 years, I’ll buy each of these songs a shot of SoCo, drink a PBR with them any day.

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