The Most Massive 90s-Themed Alt-Rock Playlist EVER

Hats off to whoever Naxuu is, a Medium user who has carefully constructed an 800 song, 55 hour playlist featuring alt-rock/indie songs from the 90s, all in chronological order.

The playlists are broken into three eras: 1990-94, 1995-96 and 1997-99. And Naxuu was very meticulous.

First, the playlist is split into three parts: 1990–1994, 1995–1996, and 1997–1999. They’re respectively around 300 tracks, 200 tracks, and 300 tracks, for a total of 800 tracks. The total running time is around 55 hours. I want to stress that it’s chronological on a micro level, with few exceptions. A track released on May 7, 1994 will come before a track released on May 14, 1994. The first track is “Birdhouse In Your Soul”, released on January 15, 1990. The last track is “Big Pimpin”, released on December 28, 1999.

This could take a while. The playlists appear on both Rdio and Spotify. Access them through the AV Club.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on “The Most Massive 90s-Themed Alt-Rock Playlist EVER

  • June 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    As someone who is constantly making, and changing, personal top 100 lists, this is a fantastic treasure. I’m going to have to dedicate the next couple of weeks to listen to this full list. Thank you for posting this one Alan, what a great find. I need to find it’s equal for the 80’s….or maybe that should be a personal project.

  • June 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    it had me until Mariah Carey came up…

  • July 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Annoying, so many tracks are coming up as unavailable in Canada.

    Great effort though, lots of stuff I love, and probably lots of stuff I’d forgotten I loved, or never knew the name of.


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