The 1990s will be remembered as the birth of the internet, with computers coming into existence. Cars were also experiencing changes, such as airbags and ABS systems being fitted in standard models. Cars were transitioning into more organic designs, like the rounded lines and powerful haunches of the Dodge Viper GTS.
Meanwhile, grunge and hip-hop had taken over the music scene. Kurt Cobain sang about the teen spirit, while Warren G and Nate Dogg released the hit song Regulate.
Rev-Up Radio is a series that merges music and cars together to recapture a certain era. It includes a list of songs that’s sure to make you feel nostalgic while you’re driving. To celebrate the 90s, here are some of the greatest tunes.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Dubbed the ‘anthem of the apathetic kids,’ Smells Like Teen Spirit propelled Nirvana to superstardom. From the loud and quiet dynamic, to the hardcore lyrics, the song was a blueprint for alternative rock success.
Regulate by Warren G & Nate Dogg
Regulate is the perfect summer jam, with an addictive beat and imaginative lyrics. It’s the kind of song you can relax to on a Friday and get ready for the weekend. Warren G and Nate Dogg make a great team, so it’s little wonder Regulate became Def Jam’s biggest single.
Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio
Another classic hip-hop tune, Gangsta’s Paradise is a reflective song that’s ideal for a long drive. The song tells a story of being trapped in a certain way of thinking. Gangsta’s Paradise is one of the best selling tracks of all time, having sold 5.7 million tracks since it was released in 1995.
Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
Livin’ La Vida Loca is credited as being the first song that started the Latin Pop movement in 1999. The catchy rhythm and high-energy performance of Ricky Martin makes this track a must for any 90s playlist.
1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins
Few bands symbolise the 90s like The Smashing Pumpkins, and 1979 is one of their greatest songs. It captures the youthful spirit of the time, with everything being new and exciting. It can be played when you’re on a road trip with friends.
Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G.
Juicy has all the makings of a classic song because it has a great beat, quick flow and memorable lyrics. It’s a rags to riches story, with Biggie rapping about his dreams and rise to fame. The track is inspirational and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Live Forever by Oasis
Oasis dominated the English rock scene during the 90s, and Live Forever will be remembered as one of their greatest hits. The song offers an optimistic view of living in the moment, which is a feeling everyone can connect with. Noel Gallagher was definitely onto a winner when he wrote it.