Saturday, March 2, 2024

Best of 1995 Mix


 1995 was an interesting year in my life.  It was when I got my first full time IT job.  It was also when I had my first waiter job and worked at two different university libraries.  It was a very busy year in getting my work life sorted out.  It was also a big year for music for me as I found music a big crutch in my life.  Working in the stacks at both UPenn library and Drexel library I had plenty of time to listen to music.  This mix is an odd blend of music I was into in 1995 and like always music that would enter in my life later on.  

20. Philosophy by Ben Folds Five.  This song was a big favorite of my wife who I wouldn't meet until 1997.  
19. If I Were You by K.D. Lang.  I really liked this album but by 1995 she seemed to have dropped out of the public eye. 
18. One of Us by Joan Osborne.  When you think of 1995 it's hard not to think of this song.  
17. Just a Girl by No Doubt.  It's funny when No Doubt hit the scene with this album they had a feeling like a band that would have a decent run and they did. 
16.  Carnival by The Cardigans.  It's funny I don't remember how I stumble into this band, but all these years later I can put this song on and get a smile.  Never gets old.  
15. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.  It really was the year of Alanis Morissette or maybe one other artist.
14. Alice Childress by Ben Folds Five.  See comment above.  
13. Army of Me by Bjork.  There was a short run in 1995 where I was really into this album.  Still love this song.  
12. Don't Speak by No Doubt.  
11. This Here Giraffe by The Flaming Lips.  It wouldn't be until around 2002 before I discovered The Flaming Lips and this gem.  
10. Waitress Song by Freakwater.  Just listen to the lyrics on this one.  Brilliant.  
9. Santa Monica by Everclear.  Another influence from my future wife in 1997. 
8. 6,570 by Fleming & John.  This may have been my album of the year in 1995 when I think about it.  
7. That's Just What You Are by Aimee Mann.  This would be the start of a great run for Aimee Mann.  
6. Sexuality by KD Lang.  Such a fun song.  
5. 32 Flavors by Ani DiFranco.  I wouldn't really discover this song until it was covered a year later but it's a great song.  
4. Angry Johnny by Poe.  This song probably best defines 1996 for me, but it came out in 1995.  
3. Rain All Day by Fleming & John.  This album was so good and they had such an interesting sound.  
2. 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins.  To me the Smashing Pumpkins are a one hit wonder and this is the one hit. 
1. You Were Meant for Me by Jewel.  Really this was the year of Jewel and this was my album of the year.  I played this album to death.  


  1. I pretty much missed all of this music in 1995, but I came around to some of the songs later--"Santa Monica," "That's Just What You Are," "32 Flavors" and "1979," among others. In fact, "1979" became one of my favorite songs of about 1998.

    Incidentally, I remember your telling me--once I started listening to Jewel several years later--that the radio cut of "You Were Meant for Me" was less mournful than the album version, and you were totally right. I don't remember ever hearing the album version until today.

    1. That's why I put used it instead of the official video.