Classic Mariah, at her best. Melodically this song has so many amazing flourishes and lifts. It takes me back to summertime in New Zealand where I'd turn this song up super loud in Mum's car.
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – Missy Elliot
The beat is crazy good in this song. It really highlights Timbaland as such a creative producer and beat maker from that era. This is also one of my favourite music videos from the 90s.
Don't Wanna Fall in love – Jane Child
I recently resurrected my huge love of Jane Child. The vocal arrangement here is amazing and there is such an explosive syncopation to the whole song. The synths are also incredible. I dream of one day covering this track.
Intergalactic – The Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were always so original and incomparable in their manic execution of hip-hop and production. Something about this song makes me feel so fearless and connected to my youth.
Tomorrow – Silverchair
Silverchair were by far the most influential band for me in the 90s, alongside my love of R&B. Lead singer Daniel Johns (who I collaborated with on my upcoming record The Golden Echo) has continued to inspire me, in particular the way his songs join highly emotional, melodic moments with such an aggressive, cathartic spirit. This song soundtracked youth angst for me and was the first of many amazing anthems I grew to love from Silverchair.
Every Little Step – Bobby Brown
My band and I covered this song for a while. It bounces in such a fun way and has a wonderful rhythmic momentum. For me this song sums up the "new jack swing" sound and highlights the amazing LA Reid and Babyface sound, which I recently also became obsessed with again.
No Scrubs – TLC
A straight-up classic from when I was growing up. TLC were the epitome of a boss girl group: attitude, swagger and an excellent ability to convey emotion in their music.
Remember The Time – Michael Jackson
I like ambient music and NPR for radio,
Although I go get sick of some of the news. But I like their news recaps and most of their other shows.
I also like a LOT of kinds of music, from the standards of the 30s and 40s to many types of classical, and lots of classic rock, lots from the 80s and 90s when I was in my teens and 20s, and some newer stuff.
I hate country (except classic stuff from a long time ago), R&B, and most new stuff that I know of (but I am ignorant about most new stuff).