Was the '90s the greatest decade in music?
Australian music was incredible in the 1990s.
The so-called glory days of pub rock might have been a thing of the past, but the ethic that came with it remained. Bands wrote, recorded and toured tirelessly. They pushed themselves and, in turn, pushed each other, to make music that was on the cutting edge, that broke boundaries and that made us feel really damn good.
It signalled the end of the cultural cringe. Australian audiences realised that the music of our country was as good as what was happening in the rest of the world. Aussie bands could headline festivals, top charts and be all over the radio and it didn't have to be tokenistic.
The influence of grunge was prevalent early on, but shades of electronic music, power-pop, hip hop, worldbeat and the new breed of vital folk music all emerged in the best Australian music of the decade as well. The diversity of the sounds coming out of Australia meant that there was something for everyone.
We wanted to kick off our month-long celebration of the '90s with a celebration of Australia.
It won’t surprise you to hear that coming up with this list was tough. The entire Double J team all submitted their favourite Aussie songs from the decade, we tallied the votes and here's how it all came out. You might not necessarily agree with all of our choices, but we believe every song played a massive part in making Australian music such a brilliant force through the 1990s.
If you missed the broadcast, listen to the songs on Spotify.