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37 Alt Rock Songs You Haven’t Thought About Since The Late ‘90s

Once upon a time, these were your anthems.

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1. Filter, "Take a Picture"

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Late '90s Like: Goatees, leather pants, hit acoustic ballads by hard rock bands.

2. The Dandy Warhols, "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth"

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Where You Listened to It: Over the speakers at the cool record store your cool older sibling brought you to.

3. No Doubt, "New"

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Why You Were Excited About This Track: This track from the Go soundtrack was the first new No Doubt song in four years.

4. Sneaker Pimps, "6 Underground"

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Lyric That Still Gets You: "Take me doooooown / six underground / the ground beneath your feet."

5. The Smashing Pumpkins, "Eye"

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Most '90s Fact About This Song: The instrumental was originally meant for a Shaquille O'Neal record.

6. David Bowie, "I'm Afraid of Americans"

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Most ‘90s Thing About It: Three-way tie between Bowie’s frosted tips in the video, those Big beat drums, and the fact it was on the Showgirls soundtrack.

7. Alanis Morissette, "Uninvited"

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Where You Probably Heard This: The City of Angels soundtrack.

8. Foo Fighters, "Walking After You"

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Lyrics That Perfectly Captured Your Broken Teenage Heart: Weren't you adored

/ I cannot be without you, matter of fact / Ooo... / I want you back

9. R.E.M., "The Great Beyond"

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How You Probably Got Into This Song: After watching the music video on VH1 on a random Saturday morning.

10. U2, "Sweetest Thing"

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Where You Heard This Song the Most: On the copy of the mixtape you gave your crush.

11. The Verve Pipe, "The Freshmen"

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Where You Listened to It: Sitting on some roof somewhere, staring out into the distance, getting all misty-eyed.

12. Ben Folds Five, "Brick"

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The One Thing You Never Realized Until Someone Pointed It Out: That the lyrics were about a teenage couple secretly getting an abortion.

13. Everlast, "What It's Like"

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What You Couldn't Wrap Your Head Around: That the guy who sang this was the same guy from House of Pain — the group that were best known for their hit "Jump Around."

14. Counting Crows, "A Long December"

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The One Thing You Associated With This Song: Courteney Cox, who was dating lead singer Adam Duritz at the time and appeared in the music video.

15. Blondie, "Maria"

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Best Thing About This Song at the Time: It reminded you how great Blondie was.

16. Fastball, "The Way"

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Where You Heard It Most: On almost every radio station during the spring of 1998.

17. Eve 6, "Inside Out"

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Lyric That You Still Remember By Heart: "Wanna put my tender / heart in a blender / watch it spin around to a beautiful oblivioooooon."

18. Citizen King, "Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)"

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Band You Probably Thought Sang This Song: 311.

19. Veruca Salt, "Volcano Girls"

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Thing It Makes You Miss Most About '90s Music: All the great songs with chunky power chords and sweet female vocals.

20. Superdrag, "Sucked Out"

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What This Song Reminds You Of: Dudes with moptops made great music in the '90s.

21. Local H, "Bound for the Floor"

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Thing This Song Taught You: The word "copacetic."

22. MxPx, "I'm OK, You're OK"

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Fact This Song Reminds You Of: Pop-punk was mainstream in the '90s.

23. Green Day, "Redundant"

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Part Where Billie Joe Armstrong's Faux-British Accent Is The Strongest: Where he sings "Choreographed and lack of passion."

24. Republica, "Ready to Go"

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'90s Soundtrack You Could Totally Imagine This Being On: Hackers

25. Bush, "The Chemicals Between Us"

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Most Late '90s Thing About This: The music video looked like outtakes from The Matrix.

26. Moby, "Bodyrock"

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Balding '90s "Electronica" Producer Who This Isn't: Fatboy Slim

27. The Flys, "Got You Where I Want You"

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Place You Most Likely Heard This Song For The First Time: On the overhead speaker system at Tower Records.

28. Nada Surf, "Popular"

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Other '90s Things This Reminds You Of: Weezer, ringer tees

29. Butthole Surfers, "Pepper"

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Things You Definitely Knew About This Song: 1. It was fuckin' weird. 2. You loved it.

30. Beck, "Deadweight"

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Very '90s Fact About This Song: "Deadweight" was nominated for a 1998 MTV Video Music Award but lost to Will Smith's "Men in Black."

31. Cake, "Never There"

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Best Monotone '90s Vocalist Who Wore Bucket Hats: The guy from Cake.

32. Space, "Female of the Species"

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Things You Knew About This Band Other Than This Song: *crickets*

33. Placebo, "Every You Every Me"

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Most Unexpected Place You Heard This Song: During the opening credits of Cruel Intentions. And then you immediately told all your friends you knew who they were before they went all mainstream.

34. White Town, "Your Woman"

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Things You Remember Most About This Song: That insanely catchy muted trumpet sample; the cool black-and-white video.

35. Garbage, "#1 Crush"

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Where You Heard This Song The Most: Aside from the radio, your constant replaying of the Romeo + Juliet CD.

36. Mono, "Life in Mono"

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Where You Recognize This Song From: The Ethan Hawke–Gwenyth Paltrow remake of Great Expectations.

37. Primitive Radio Gods, "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in my Hand"

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The Coolest Part of This Song: That "evvvvvver since the day we met" sample.

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