Toad the Wet Bracket
Salt-N-Pepa- "Whatta Man" - Remember how Veruca Salt's first single from their following album actually REPRISED part of "Seether?"
Beck- "Loser" - I remember thinking after hearing "Mellow Gold" that Beck would be a one-hit wonder. I'm not clairvoyant.
Montell Jordan- "This Is How We Do It" - I hate both choices.
Goo Goo Dolls- "Iris" - See above.
Hanson- "Mmmbop" - Harmless enough.
Chris Isaak- "Wicked Game" - Just for a boner-ific video.
Kris Kross- "Jump" - Hey guys, did you know that Jewel used to live in her car? She only mentioned it in 1,000 interviews.
Deee-Lite- "Groove Is In The Heart" - I remember losing a group danceoff where we performed to this song.
Jamiroquai- "Virtual Insanity" - That was an impressive video, huh?
Ricky Martin- "Livin La Vida Loca" - As much as we all hate to admit it, at one time or another you have caught yourself singing "She's into superstitions/Black cats and voodoo dolls," then were horrified at yourself.
Sixpence None The Richer- "Kiss Me" - Gangsta rap was mostly lost on me in the '90s.
L.L. Cool J- "Mama Said Knock You Out" - ...But at least L.L. was accessible.
Fiona Apple- "Criminal" - I actually like her cover of "Across the Universe."
Weezer- "Buddy Holly" - Weezer's "Blue Album" is actually my favorite album of the '90s. There, I said it.
Mariah Carey- "Dreamlover" - Can't remember the song, but I'll pick the lesser of two evils. "Fantasy" was alright.
Jay Z- "Can I Get A..." - Don't know either song, but I like Jay's "December 4th" song from the '00s.
Give Me One Region To Stay Here
Nirvana- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - Grohl's drumming is intense and fantastic on this one. Makes the whole song. Plus, it awakened me to music that wasn't just "Weird" Al and Nintendo songs.
Blink 182- "Dammit" - I picked their most innocuous song.
Blur- "Girls and Boys" - "Song 2" reminds me of an insufferable girl who would sing the "Woo-hoos" incessantly.
Stone Temple Pilots- "Interstate Love Song" - Hopefully "Plush" isn't the one that goes "I know you want what's on my mind," or else I voted wrong. But I won't take it back.
Smashing Pumpkins- "1979" - Everything by this band is wretched, but I'll go with this one.
Seal- "Kiss From A Rose" - Don't remember the other tune, but at least this one was on the same soundtrack as the Flaming Lips' "Bad Days."
The Cranberries- "Linger" - Tough, but I realized I like "Dreams" best as Girl Talk's reworking of it.
No Doubt- "Spiderwebs" - Boy, this band's work didn't age well. Not even "Hella Good" from the '00s, their best song, is listenable anymore.
Alanis Morissette- "You Oughta Know" - This was like choosing between contracting canceraids and flaming canceraids.
Green Day- "Basket Case" - "Basket Case" got overplayed, but still beats the pants off "Good Riddance."
Oasis- "Wonderwall" - Once again, would you rather have the canceraids or the flaming canceraids?
R.E.M.- "Losing My Religion" - I remember watching people cry while listening to "Everybody Hurts." Awkward.
Chumbawumba- "Tubthumping" - I like how everyone who thinks this song is romantic believes they're saying "kissing the night away."
Tom Cochrane- "Life Is A Highway" - Yes, I do hate Bush that much.
Third Eye Blind- "Semi-Charmed Life" - This tourney's just full of these lose/lose decisions.
Blind Melon- "No Rain" - Can't say I know the Black Crows tune.
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Aerosmith- "Cryin'" - Even shell-of-themselves Aerosmith can beat TLC.
Soundgarden- "Black Hole Sun" - Tolerable Cornell, where have ye gone?
MC Hammer- "U Can't Touch This" - "Their song goes 'do do do dodo doo doot/do do do dodo doo doot.' Mine goes 'do do do dodo doo doot /*DO* do do dodo doo doot.'"
Spacehog- "In The Meantime" - I always did like the baseline in this. Made me think of SNES' "Stunt Race FX" somehow.
Salt-N-Pepa- "Shoop" - Could two Peppa songs not named "Push It" go to the second round?
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince- "Summertime" - I did have a friend with a crappy car. He drove two miles an hour. Everybody saw him.
2Pac- "California Love" - I don't understand songs that break momentum for a dumb skit even more than I don't understand dumb skits on albums. "...Baby One More Time" is one of these songs.
Spice Girls- "Wannabe" - I can't believe George Bush pardoned the Fugee in jail. Maybe he's a fan?
Bryan Adams- "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" - lolerskates.
The Verve- "Bittersweet Symphony" - I guess the string loop is the best thing going on in this pairing.
Beastie Boys- "Sabotage" - Anyone remember Better Than Ezra's third single, "Rosalia?"
Spin Doctors- "Two Princes" - Yeah, I had this album once.
Offspring- "Self Esteem" - Slightly better than when Offspring decided to write all joke songs.
Soul Asylum- "Runaway Train" - Has there ever been a follow-up on the kids in that video?
Semisonic- "Closing Time" - I'll go with the (awful) one I've heard.
Red Hot Chili Peppers- "Under The Bridge" - I think "Gel" might be Collective Soul's best song.
Damn! I Wish I Was Your Bracket
Radiohead- "Creep" - I totally ruled this one in "Rock Band" this one time.
Presidents of the United States of America- "Lump" - What a perfect little piece of pop-rock, clocking in at under three minutes.
Pearl Jam- "Evenflow" - Probably the best song from "Ten," but I was never too keen on that album.
New Radicals- "You Get What You Give" - That New Radicals album is awful, but this song was a great single.
Pras (ft. Maya & ODB)- "Ghetto Superstar" - Dr. Evil did the definitive version of Osbourne's song.
Sinead O'Connor- "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Again, I like the turn this song took in the hands of Girl Talk.
Nada Surf- "Popular" - I should go download this from iTunes. Awesome novelty track.
Faith No More- "Epic" - Haha, Marcy Playground.
Guns N Roses- "November Rain" - I'll be damned, they actually grabbed the brass ring they reached for on this one.
Arrested Development- "Tennessee" - I would have preferred "Mr. Wendel," myself.
Everclear- "Santa Monica" - If Everclear could write songs that didn't sound like each other, they'd probably still be relevant. Unfortunately for Everclear, they're Everclear.
Ben Folds Five- "Brick" - All I have to say about Folds is in the "Way to Normal" thread.
Fastball- "The Way" - It takes guts to name your band "Garbage," then suck, knowing all the obvious jokes that will follow.
Juvenile- "Back That Azz Up" - Awful choices here.
4 Non Blondes- "What's Up" - I must say that I never understood the lovefest for "Everlong." I'd like someone to explain it to me, please. I've tried with that tune, but it never grabbed me.