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37 Alt-Rock Songs You Loved In 1997

Hard to believe, but yes, you've been rocking out to these songs for 20 years!!!

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10. Jewel, "You Were Meant For Me"

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Frustrating thing about this track: The song was different from the one on the album — it was slightly remixed for radio to be a bit faster and poppier — so if you owned the album, but wanted this version, you were forced to buy the CD single.


15. Smash Mouth, "Walkin' On The Sun"

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What this song made you wonder: What the hell were they singing about..."You might as well be walkin' on the sun" were basically the only lyrics you could comprehend.


24. David Bowie, "I am Afraid of Americans"

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’90s soundtrack you could totally imagine this being on: The soundtrack to American History X — but, believe it or not, it was actually on the soundtrack to Showgirls.

33. White Town, "Your Woman"


Interesting fact: That insanely catchy muted trumpet was NOT sampled from Star Wars' "Imperial March." According to White Town, it was actually sampled from a 1932 song titled "My Woman."

37. The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony"

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What the hell was all the controversy at the time about this song? Well, it was about money. The Verve had gotten permission to use a five-note string sample from an obscure orchestral version of the Rolling Stones song, "The Last Time." After the song became a hit the former-manger for the Rolling Stones, Allen Klein, who also happened to own the copyright for the song, sued the band. Klein alleged that the band used more the agreed upon five-notes. Eventually the Verve just settled the lawsuit, it gave co-songwriting credits to both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and handed over 100% of their royalties.

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