A look back at the best rock music hits of 1994. From Nirvana to Pearl Jam to Stone Temple Pilots, 1994 was a great year for rock music.
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was one of the most popular rock songs of 1994. The song’s success helped Nirvana’s album, “Nevermind,” become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
One of the most iconic rock songs of the 1990s, Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” was released as a single in 1992 and quickly became a fan favorite. It wasn’t until 1994 that the song truly took off, reaching #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s success propelled Pearl Jam to superstardom and cemented their place as one of the most important rock bands of the 1990s.
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Stone Temple Pilots were one of the most popular rock bands of the early 1990s. They broke through with their debut album, “Core,” in 1992 and followed it up with the even more successful “Purple” in 1994. The lead single from “Purple,” “Interstate Love Song,” was a massive hit, spending 16 weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It remains one of the band’s most iconic songs and is often considered one of the best rock songs of the 1990s.
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Rock fans were mourning the loss of Kurt Cobain when “Black Hole Sun” hit the airwaves in 1994. The song, from Soundgarden’s album Superunknown, quickly became a hit, and its signature riff is now instantly recognizable.
Alice In Chains – I Stay Away
Alice In Chains is one of the most iconic bands of the 1990s, and their song “I Stay Away” is one of the best rock hits of 1994. The song was released as part of the band’s second album, Dirt, and it quickly became a fan favorite. The song is a perfect example of Alice In Chains’ signature sound, with its heavy guitars and dark lyrics. If you’re a fan of Alice In Chains or just want to hear one of the best rock songs of the 1990s, “I Stay Away” is a must-listen.
Green Day – Basket Case
Green Day’s “Basket Case” was one of the biggest hits of 1994. It was the second single from their album Dookie, and it helped make them one of the most popular bands in the world. The song is about frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s struggles with anxiety, and it resonated with many fans who were going through similar issues. “Basket Case” was nominated for two Grammy Awards and won the award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The Offspring – Come Out and Play
In 1994, the American rock band The Offspring released their third studio album Smash. The album was a commercial success, selling more than six million copies in the United States. It is also considered to be one of the best rock albums of all time. One of the hit singles from Smash was “Come Out and Play”, which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Weezer – Buddy Holly
The power-pop rockers from L.A. broke through to a mainstream audience with this lead single from their second album, Pinkerton. “Buddy Holly” was a huge hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and helping Pinkerton go on to sell over two million copies in the U.S.
R.E.M. – What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
In 1994, the American rock band R.E.M. released their ninth studio album, ” Monster.” The first single from the album, ” What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?,” quickly rose to the top of the Billboard charts, becoming one of the band’s most iconic and well-loved songs.
Blur – Girls & Boys
Blur, an English alternative rock band, rose to fame in the 1990s. “Girls & Boys” is a single from their 1994 album Parklife. It was released in April 1994 and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart.