Flashback: The Songs That Rocked 1993

08/13/2013
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(Gibson) 1993 doesn't seem all that far away to me. But when you stop and think about it, a lot has happened in the world of rock music over the past two decades. Twenty years ago the glam rock acts of the eighties were desperately trying to hold on as the spotlight moved towards Seattle and the bands associated with grunge rock. Music was shifting from light-hearted hair-metal, to introspective music by bands like Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. Here are several huge tracks from 1993.

Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way": Lenny Kravitz had been building a steady following with his first two releases, but it was with his third album Are You Gonna Go My Way that he became one of the biggest rock acts on the planet. The title track, which was written by Kravitz, and his long-time guitarist Craig Ross, reached number 4 on the charts in the UK. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" has become one of Kravitz' biggest hits and is a must at all his concerts

Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box": "Heart-Shaped Box" was the first release from what was to become Nirvana's last studio album, In Utero. The band was under pressure to follow up the hugely successful Nevermind; an album which basically set the tone for a whole new generation of band's. Courtney Love has said that Kurt Cobain would lock himself in the closet while working on the riff to "Heart-Shaped Box." The song's name was apparently inspired by an actual heart shaped box that Cobain had gotten from Love.

Aerosmith - "Livin' On The Edge": Aerosmith released their 11th album, Get A Grip, in 1993. The album was a huge success, producing several massive hits, like the ballad trio "Cryin'," "Amazing," and "Crazy." But the big rocker from the album was "Livin' On The Edge." This was when MTV still played music, and Aerosmith put a lot of effort in to making over-the-top videos to accompany the singles.

Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush": Although Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album Core in 1992, the single that would make them a household name, "Plush," was released in 1993. The song, which is characterized by its slow rock-groove by the DeLeo brothers and drummer Eric Kretz was a huge hit for the band. The slow riffing in the song make it a great tune for beginners to learn on acoustic guitar.

Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train": When Soul Asylum reached international fame thanks to the song "Runaway Train" in 1993, it wasn't an overnight success for the band. Having formed in Minneapolis in 1983, the band had released five albums before hitting the big time with Grave Dancers Union. The band's singer David Pirner started dating Winona Ryder, and was even featured in the nineties drama-comedy Reality Bites. Since then Soul Asylum has sort of faded back in to obscurity. They still tour and release new music, but it is hard to imagine them ever returning to the success of 1993. See more songs that had an impact in 1993.

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