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Fifteen Years Chillin’: Music From 1995 is Still All That and a Bag of Chips

Fifteen Years Chillin’: Music From 1995 is Still All That and a Bag of Chips
    written by
    Aleksandra Sekinger

    The mid-90s witnessed a
    time of condensed, raw talent
    bursting onto the international music scene on all fronts. In the
    post-grunge
    world, music spanning genres of punk, ska, rock, reggae and rap all
    aimed to
    express their take on the world pre-millennium. With such a rich variety
    of
    music styles, music history hasn’t been the same since.

    The following ten albums were all
    released in 1995 and
    have been an inspiration to contemporary artists of different genres
    today. Check
    out these classic hits; reminisce about your youth and the past era of
    some
    truly inspiring music.


    The Bends

    by Radiohead

    At the start of
    the year, Radiohead released The Bends, which had a more lyrical,
    multi-dimensional sound than their debut album Pablo Honey with tracks like ‘My Iron Lung’ and ‘Street Spirit.’ The
    harsher guitar sound paired with the new addition
    of keyboard complemented the album’s abstract lyrics of transient
    concepts and
    philosophical journeys. The Bends
    represented a major shift in music history and has had a tremendous
    influence
    on other rock bands like Coldplay and The White Stripes, who both rose
    to fame
    in the 2000s.

    Insomniac
    by
    Green Day

    Green Day’s fourth
    album Insomniac represented a shift towards a darker, heavier
    punk sound
    for the band with tracks like ‘Geek Stink Breath‘and ’Brain Stew/
    Jaded’. The
    album jumpstarted a more abrasive punk revival in the late 1990s and
    2000s,
    which led to pop punk bands like Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical
    Romance.

    Jagged
    Little Pill
    by Alanis Morrissette

    Alanis Morissette released this debut album
    at the
    ripe age of nineteen, documenting the fascinating road of an intelligent
    and
    independent young woman very much in tune with her emotions. She gave
    the
    strong, outspoken 90s girl a voice with tracks like ’You Oughta Know‘
    and ’Head
    Over Feet’. Alanis’ sensual and staccato voice styles are still echoed
    in
    contemporary solo artists like Regina Spektor and bands like Dresden
    Dolls and
    Eisley.

    Melon Collie
    and Infinite Sadness
    by the Smashing Pumpkins

    This album was a spin-off in a new
    direction for the
    Smashing Pumpkins. Experimental beats and multi-dimensional rhythms
    aimed to
    define the emptiness of disaffected youth. Tracks like ‘Beautiful and
    ‘Lily’
    demonstrate the Pumpkin’s crooning love song side amid mostly rock and
    roll
    anthems. These sounds influenced other alternative rock bands like
    Placebo and
    Interpol.

    Boombastic
    by
    Shaggy

    Who on Earth didn’t find the single
    ‘Boombastic‘ contagious
    in 1995? Not only did the single jumpstart a movement towards reggae
    pop, but
    the reggaeton explosion in the 2000s was inspired by artists like
    Shaggy. Sean
    Paul, Nina Sky and Don Omar are just some of the contemporary reggae
    artists
    carrying on the legacy.

    Pieces of
    You
    by Jewel

    In
    1995, Jewel was the voice of poetic justice. Her impassioned
    lyrics and fairy-like voice inspired many to develop their own poetic
    talents.
    Tracks like ’Who Will Save Your Soul?’ and ’You Were Meant For Me’
    became
    timeless guitar ballads. Jewel has given birth to a new era of beautiful
    voices
    with poetic verse including Joss Stone, KT Tunstall and Michelle Branch.

    The Great
    Escape
    by Blur

    Blur’s fourth album made its mark on the mid-90s
    British pop scene with their retro, Beatles-inspired beats. Many of the
    tracks
    discuss the desperate loneliness of 90s youth. Tracks like ’Country
    House‘ and ’The
    Universal‘ inspired much of the British indie rock explosion later in
    the 2000s
    like Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura.

    Gangsta’s
    Paradise
    by Coolio

    This album included the massive hit single by the same
    name. Featured on the soundtrack for Dangerous
    Minds
    , the melody haunted the mid-1990s with larger questions of
    social
    class and mass inequality. Simply put, this album made being a gangster
    cool,
    which influenced later rap, R&B and hip-hop artists like Jay-Z,
    Snoop Dog
    and 50 Cent.

    Adios
    Amigos!
    by the Ramones

    After a 21-year run, the Ramones released their final
    album in 1995. The music legacy of the Ramones is difficult to grasp,
    but let’s
    just say that Green Day members have named their children after this
    epic band.
    And when pop punk began to rise on the scene, tracks like ‘I Don’t Want
    to Grow
    Up’ and ‘Born to Die in Berlin ’
    kept old school punks and hardcore bands like Rammstein inspired.

    Tragic
    Kingdom
    by No Doubt

    When No Doubt landed on the international scene,
    everyone was positively addicted to the high-energy sound of tracks like
    ‘Just
    a Girl‘ and ’Spiderwebs’. Gwen Stefani was as pretty as she was punky,
    and she
    certainly held her ground against the all-male team. No Doubt has
    influenced
    plenty of rock-pop contemporary bands like the Black Eyed Peas and solo
    artists
    including Marina
    and the Diamonds, Avril Lavigne and Pink.

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