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41 '90s Rock Songs To Listen To This Summer

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1. Len – "Steal My Sunshine"

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Best Listened To: At any time. This song is the perfect '90s summer songs no question, and it gets better every time you listen to in.

Iconic Summer Lyric: "I was lying on the bench slide in the park across the street / L-a-t-e-r that week"

2. Sugar Ray – "Fly"

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Best Listened To: While jumping off the diving board at a pool party.

Iconic Summer Lyric: "I just wanna fly / Put your arms around me baby, put your arms around me baby."

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3. Carlos Santana feat. Rob Thomas – "Smooth"

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Best Listened To: While sweating your ass off sitting on your front apartment stoop.

Iconic Summer Lyric: "Man, it's a hot one / Like seven inches from the midday sun"

5. Third Eye Blind – "Semi-Charmed Life"

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Best Listened To: On the last day of class before summer break.

Iconic Summer Lyric: "Do do do, do do do do / Do do do, do do do do / Do do do, do do do do / Do do do"

7. The Smashing Pumpkins – "1979"

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Best Listened To: Making out in the back of a car with the moonroof open.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"And poured cement, lamented and assured / To the lights and towns below / Faster than the speed of sound / Faster than we thought we'd go, beneath the sound of hope"

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8. New Radicals – "You Get What You Give"

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Best Listened To: Wandering aimlessly around a mall on a weekday.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "But when the night is falling / You cannot find your friend (friend) / You feel your tree is breaking / Just bend"

9. Fastball – "The Way"

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Best Listened To: Driving around in a convertible with the top down.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold / And it's always summer they'll never get cold / They'll never get hungry / They'll never get old and grey"

11. Pavement – "Cut Your Hair"

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Best Listened To: When you're getting your first super-short, super-thin haircut of the summer.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"I remember lying / I don’t remember a line / I don’t remember a word / But I don't care / I care / I really don't care / Did you see the drummer's hair?"

12. The Goo Goo Dolls – "Slide"

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Best Listened To: When you're practicing impressing your crush with your acoustic guitar skills.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"Why don't you slide into my room / Oh we'll run away run away run away"

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13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Scar Tissue"

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Best Listened To: When you're on a long (or not so long) road trip with your friends.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "With the birds I'll share this lonely view..."

14. Foo Fighters – "Learn to Fly"

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Best Listened To: When you're boarding a plane for your first summer vacation.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "I'm looking to the sky to save me / Looking for a sign of life / Looking for something to help me burn out bright"

16. Weezer – "The Good Life"

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Best Listened To: During a 10-minute break at your summer job.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"I don't wanna be an old man anymore / It's been a year or two since I was out on the floor / Shaking booty, making sweet love all the night / It's time I got back to the good life"

17. The Offspring – "Why Don't You Get a Job?"

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Best Listened To: When your friends without summer jobs keep asking you to pay for things.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all / But hey man free rides just don't come along every day"

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18. Presidents of the United States of America – "Lump"

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Best Listened To: When you wanna rock out with the band.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Lump was limp and lonely and needed a shove / Lump slipped on a kiss and tumbled into love"

19. Lit – "My Own Worst Enemy"

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Best Listened To: When you have to ask your friends what happened last night.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk? / I didn't mean to call you that"

20. Counting Crows – "Hanginaround"

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Best Listened To: Sitting at a bus stop while slurring your speech.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "We spent all day getting sober / Just hiding from daylight watching TV"

21. Gin Blossoms – "Hey Jealousy"

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Best Listened To: When you have to apologize for everything you did last night.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Tomorrow we can drive around this town / And let the cops chase us around"

22. Eve 6 – "Inside Out"

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Best Listened To: When it's raining at a diner? I don't know.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "So Cal is where my mind states / But it's not my state of mind / I'm not as ugly, sad as you"

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24. Sublime – "What I Got"

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Best Listened To: When you like Sublime. if you don't, please skip this one.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Well, life is (too short), so love the one you got /

'Cause you might get run over or you might get shot"

25. Lenny Kravitz – "Fly Away"

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Best Listened To: When you wanna get away with that someone special.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: Let's fade into the sun / Let your spirit fly / Where we are one / Just for a little fun"

27. Matchbox Twenty – "Real World"

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Best Listened To: On your headphones at a diner late at night.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Please don't change, please don't break / Cause the only thing that seems to work at all is you"

28. Oasis – "Don't Look Back In Anger"

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Best Listened To: Around the campfire.


Iconic Summer Lyrics:
"Step outside, summertime's in bloom / Stand up beside the fireplace / Take that look from off your face / You ain't ever gonna burn my heart out"

29. Smash Mouth – "Walkin' On The Sun"

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Best Listened To: When you're wondering whether or not you could actually fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "It ain't no joke / I'd like to buy the world a toke / And teach the world to sing in perfect harmony"

30. The Wallflowers – "One Headlight"

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Best Listened To: According to YouTube commenter Geo Wild Gamer, "I remember when I was 17 and taking acid for the first time, I went to a party with some older kids in my neighborhood and had a great experience on it, around 2 am I decided to walk home and I remember when I got to my bedroom I stumbled through the dark and managed to tun the tv on, and when the tv lit up I seen the mtv logo in the bottom of the corner and this music video had just started to play, at the time I didnt know the song or who The Wallflowers was but I remember watching the video and it making total sense to me, that night changed my life and really opened my eyes to the world. Also please sub to my channel i wanna do lsd all day and youtube." So yeah, hard to beat that.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Well it smells of cheap wine, cigarettes / This place is always such a mess / Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn"

31. Toadies – "Possum Kingdom"

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Best Listened To: When you need to jump around for a while.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "I can promise you / You'll stay as beautiful / With dark hair / And soft skin...forever"

33. Everclear – "I Will Buy You a New Life"

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Best Listened To: On payday when you have a whole summer weekend ahead of you.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "I will buy you that big house way up in the West Hills / I will buy you a new life, yes I will"

35. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – "The Impression That I Get"

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Best Listened To: When it's actually time to skank.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "I'm not a coward, I've just never been tested / I'd like to think that if I was I would pass"

36. Beck – "Loser"

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Best Listened To: When all of your friends are out of town, and you're bored at home with nothing to do.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: You can't write if you can't relate / Trade the cash for the beef, for the body, for the hate / And my time is a piece of wax fallin' on a termite / That's chokin' on the splinters"

39. No Doubt – "Sunday Morning"

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Best Listened To: When it's Sunday, but you remember you don't have to go to school tomorrow so whatever.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "You came in with the breeze / On Sunday morning / You sure have changed since yesterday"

40. Filter – "Take a Picture"

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Best Listened To: When you wake up hungover in your friend's backyard.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Awake on my airplane, awake on my airplane / My skin is bare, my skin is theirs"

41. Semisonic – "Closing Time"

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Best Listened To: When summer is coming to an end, but you need one more song for you and all your friends to sing along to.

Iconic Summer Lyrics: "Closing time / Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"

So here's a playlist for your next BBQ, pool party, rager or backyard lawn chair tanning session. Enjoy!

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