I was a young teenager at the time, and so the music of 1993 heavily influenced my taste in music today. Two decades later, I still feel the music holds up well. This is a look back at some of the best songs from that year.
A Tribe Called Quest, "Oh My God"
Midnight Marauders is one of my favorite albums of all time, so it's hard to pick just one song off of it.
2Pac, "I Get Around"
All respect to those who break they neck to keep they hos in check.
Snoop Dogg, "What's My Name?"
It's not Snoop Lion.
Janet Jackson, "If"
This is still one of my favorite songs of all time. It's a badass video too.
Haunting song. Even more haunting video.
Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"
This is a song I would not fully appreciate until much, much later as an adult.
Lenny Kravitz, "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"
Little known fact: I was in a band in college, and we did a great cover of this song.
Nirvana, "All Apologies"
The acoustic version of this song gets more airplay. I like the amp'ed album version better.
Well, Radiohead had to start their career somewhere. Is it possible that Pablo Honey is somehow underrated?
The Roots, "The Anti-Circle"
The legendary Roots crew also had their debut album in 1993.
Us3, "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"
That debut album from The Roots makes more sense when you take into context how huge "Cantaloop" was.
Björk, "Big Time Sensuality"
Björk's debut album was even named Debut. (Later re-releases of this album includes one of my favorite Björk songs, "Play Dead".
Run-DMC, "Down With The King"
I like to think of this as the natural sequel to "Run's House"
Heavy D & The Boyz "A Buncha Niggas"
This song also featured Gang Starr, Notorious BIG, Busta Rhymes and more. Read that again.
Souls of Mischief, "93 'til Infinity"
This is how we chill from '93 til...
As I've grown older, many of U2's songs have lost their emotional edge on me. Not this one; this one still feels raw and angst-ridden. Love this song.
Wu-Tang Clan, "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuck Wit"
If you want beef, then bring the ruckus.
Lots of guilty pleasure singles from this year, too, like Bell Biv Devoe's "Gangsta", Onyx's "Slam", Sarah McLachlan's "Possession", Me'shell Ndegeocello's "If That's Your Boyfriend", Tag Team's "Whoomp There It Is". The Cranberries debuted this year (though I preferred their second album). Great albums too by Pearl Jam, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Cracker, Belly, Counting Crows, Salt-N-Pepa, Smashing Pumpkins...