While it's true that every year is good for music, 1994 stands out as one of the all-time greatest years in the history of popular music, up there with 1967, 1971, 1987 and 2003. It wasn't just that the year overflowed with excellent music that has stood the test of time, but that these 12 months established a new crop of stars across all genres who went on to become the foundation of rap, rock, indie, electronic and R&B music as we know it today. Here's why.
A Victory Lap For Grunge!
A Hip-Hop Renaissance!
Indie Rock Thrives!
R&B Is Reinvented!
Alt-Rock Rules The Radio!
Completely Weird Stuff Could Become Really Popular!
The Best Cheesy Pop!
This 100-song playlist covers the highlights of 1994, with music from across all genres. Major hits are side by side with cult favorites, and stuff you might consider a "guilty pleasure" is slotted along with critical darlings. You can stream it all on Rdio...
And here's a version of it on Spotify...
It's also on Songza, if you're into that.
1994 was clearly an amazing year for music. Did we miss anything?