50. “Better Off” – Pete Stewart (1999)
From his self-titled debut solo album, the former Grammatrain frontman shows off all of his strong suits on this one. Great guitar playing. Great songwriting. Great vocals. This is why Pete Stewart has been a favorite of mine for many years.
49. “Down in a Hole” – Alice in Chains (1992)
While it’s debatable if Layne Staley was writing this standout from Dirt about addiction, depression, or love (or all of the above?), there’s no debate that this is one of most haunting songs of the grunge-era.
48. “1,000 Yard Stare” – DoubleDrive (1999)
From their debut album of the same name. The riff in this song is just incredible. Is this butt-rock? It may qualify, but I don’t care. A great rock song is a great rock song. Hey Nickelback, it can be done.
47. “Crestfallen” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1998)
In my opinion, Adore is the most underrated Smashing Pumpkins album. It didn’t have the classic radio staple singles that the previous albums had, but there were several wonderful tracks sprinkled throughout, such as this one. Too slow and sad to be a radio hit, but just right for my headphones.
46. “Hold Me Jesus” – Rich Mullins (1993)
This beautiful cry for the peace and comfort that can only come for God is found on the album A Liturgy, A Legacy, and A Ragamuffin Band.
45. “On Bended Knee” – Boyz II Men (1994)
II is full of R&B Hits that I still really enjoy, so I’m pretty surprised that this is the only song from that album that placed in my top 100. To be honest, I’m surprised this is the only Boyz II Men song to make it, although “End of the Road” was a near miss. Maybe their music hasn’t aged with me as well as I would’ve liked it to, but Boyz II Men will always have a special place in my heart for being one of the first music artists that I was genuinely a fan of.
44. “Arise My Love” – Newsong (1994)
This song was recorded several times, but the version from People Get Ready is my favorite. It has many features that I love, such as the slow build up and powerful vocal performance, but the fact that it’s about the most important event in history (The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ), makes it that much greater.
43. “Fall at Your Feet” – Crowded House (1991)
Well, these Australians caught me off guard with this one. It was originally released on Woodface, but I first heard it on a hits compilation I bought so I could own the only song I knew by them, “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, of course. The beautiful chorus of this song gripped me and I played it over and over.
42. “Never Meant” – American Football (1999)
Easily one of the best jams from the golden age of emo. This comes from their self-titled debut album, which is also the only album they have released thus far. The band recently reunited to play some shows, so maybe there’s hope for new tunes.
41. “1979” – The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
From Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, this is one of the songs that turned me into a fan of rock and alternative music. I had just started watching a lot of MTV when this song was in heavy rotation, and before I knew it, I was headed into a deeper fascination with music that was recorded with loud guitars and drums. Of course, the slower songs like this one and “Tonight, Tonight” are the ones that first caught my attention.