Ever wish all those Columbia House CDs you ordered in the ‘90s could be compiled into one super long digital playlist?
A Medium user called naxuu has created an 800 track chronological playlist of alternative and indie rock music from the 1990s. It’s 55 hours long and segmented into three parts—1990 to 1994, 1995 to 1996, and 1997 to 1999. The first track is “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants, which was released on January 15, 1990, and the last track is Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin,” which was released on December 28, 1999.
Naxuu writes in the post, “The inspiration for this playlist came from seeing one too many of those nostalgia-bait pieces aimed at my cohort: ‘You totally forgot about these 20 amazing hits from the 90's’ where it’s all stuff you really haven’t forgotten at all, because if you were young throughout that period then the songs you heard are forever embedded in your consciousness.”
While the tracks are in chronological order and with a loose genre-lean, that doesn’t mean subjective opinion and curation don’t come into play. Naxuu didn’t include Korn, Limp Bizkit, Hanson, Spice Girls, or Hootie & the Blowfish, for example, but Savage Garden and Slipknot made the cut.
To kick off the nostalgia trip and subsequent arguments, click here.