1997 Modern Rock 500

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The most important songs in Modern Rock, as determined by WOXY staff in 1997.

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1 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
2 U2 - New Years Day
3 REM - Radio Free Europe
4 Smiths - How Soon is Now
5 Cure - Boys Dont Cry
6 Elvis Costello - Whats So Funny Bout
7 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
8 David Bowie - Space Oddity
9 Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women
10 Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole
11 Smashing Pumpkins - Today
12 Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
13 Cure - Just Like Heaven
14 Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun
15 Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
16 Janes Addiction - Jane Says
17 Cracker - Teen Angst
18 Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink
19 REM - Losing My Religion
20 Depeche Mode - Route 66
21 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
22 Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime
23 Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
24 Pearl Jam - Jeremy
25 Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes
26 Green Day - Longview
27 Elvis Costello - Alison
28 U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
29 Breeders - Cannonball
30 Squeeze - Tempted
31 Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
32 Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
33 Royal Crescent Mob - Get on the Bus
34 Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
35 Yaz - Situation
36 Nirvana - All Apologies
37 Beck - Loser
38 XTC - Dear God
39 Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
40 New Order - Blue Monday
41 B52s - Rock Lobster
42 Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
43 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm
44 Soft Cell - Tainted Love
45 Offspring - Gotta Get Away
46 Beck - Where Its At
47 Police - Roxanne
48 Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again
49 Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
50 Oingo Boingo - Dead Mans Party
51 Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Elvis is Everywhere
52 Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With
53 Talking Heads - Take Me to the River
54 Tori Amos - Caught a Light Sneeze
55 10000 Maniacs - Candy Everybody Wants
56 REM - Dont Go Back to Rockville
57 Counting Crows - Mr Jones
58 Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed
59 Pearl Jam - Even Flow
60 Clash - Train in Vain
61 Devo - Whip It
62 Modern English - I Melt With You
63 Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
64 Dead Milkmen - Bitchin Camaro
65 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Relax
66 Icicle Works - Whisper to a Scream
67 New Order - Love Vigilantes
68 Gary Numan - Cars
69 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
70 Pretenders - Brass in Pocket
71 Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling
72 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
73 Green Day - Brain Stew
74 Simple Minds - Dont You Forget About Me
75 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule The
76 Jonathan Richman Modern Lovers - Dodge Veg O Matic
77 Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
78 Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
79 Pearl Jam - Daughter
80 Romeo Void - Never Say Never
81 10000 Maniacs - These Are Days
82 Talking Heads - Life During Wartime
83 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give it Away
84 Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
85 Dave Matthews Band - What Would You Say
86 Clash - Rock the Casbah
87 Cranberries - Dreams
88 REM - Its the End of the World
89 U2 - One
90 B52s - Love Shack
91 INXS - Devil Inside
92 Porno For Pyros - Pets
93 Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
94 Proclaimers - Im Gonna Be 500 Miles
95 Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
96 Eurythmics - Would I Lie to You
97 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust
98 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
99 Madness - Our House
100 Depeche Mode - People are People
101 Cure - Lets Go to Bed
102 REM - Man on the Moon
103 Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
104 Talk Talk - Talk Talk
105 Echo and The Bunnymen - Bring on the Dancing Horses
106 Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side
107 Pearl Jam - Alive
108 Pretenders - Message of Love
109 Police - Message in a Bottle
110 Clash - Lost in the Supermarket
111 Smiths - Queen Is Dead
112 Blind Melon - No Rain
113 Alarm - 68 Guns
114 Replacements - I Will Dare
115 Elvis Costello - Radio Radio
116 Blondie - Call Me
117 Nirvana - Come As You Are
118 Nails - Things You Left Behind
119 REM - Superman
120 Depeche Mode - Strangelove
121 Cracker - Low
122 Tears For Fears - Shout
123 Devo - I Cant Get No Satisfaction
124 Violent Femmes - American Music
125 Peter Gabriel - Steam
126 Radiohead - Creep
127 Vapors - Turning Japanese
128 Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
129 Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
130 Social Distortion - Ball and Chain
131 The - This is the Day
132 Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
133 Talking Heads - Burning Down the House
134 Ben Folds Five - Battle of Who Could Care Less
135 Bauhaus - Bela Lugosis Dead
136 Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
137 Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
138 Concrete Blonde - Joey
139 Cure - Why Cant I Be You
140 Smashing Pumpkins - Drownedit
141 English Beat - Save it for Later
142 Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
143 Soul Asylum - Somebody to Shove
144 Public Image Limited - Rise
145 Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
146 Pretenders - Talk of the Town
147 REM - One I Love
148 Duran Duran - Girls on Film
149 Cure - Pictures of You
150 They Might Be Giants - Dont Lets Start
151 Live - Lakinis Juice
152 Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
153 Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want
154 Peter Gabriel - Red Rain
155 Love and Rockets - No New Tale to Tell
156 Smiths - Ask
157 Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
158 Cake - Distance
159 Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
160 Boomtown Rats - I Dont Like Mondays
161 Depeche Mode - Policy of Truth
162 Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless
163 Smithereens - Blood and Roses
164 English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom
165 Blondie - Rapture
166 Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
167 Shriekback - Nemesis
168 Cure - Friday Im in Love
169 Belly - Feed the Tree
170 James - Laid
171 Jesus Jones - Right Here Right Now
172 Elvis Costello - Pump It Up
173 Bob Marley - Jamming
174 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground
175 Living Colour - Cult of Personality
176 Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma
177 Crowded House - Chocolate Cake
178 Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey
179 U2 - Pride In the Name of Love
180 Sugarcubes - Birthday
181 Afghan Whigs - Rebirth of the Cool
182 REM - Orange Crush
183 Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd
184 Church - Under the Milky Way
185 Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
186 Sinead OConnor - Mandinka
187 David Bowie - Lets Dance
188 Cranberries - Zombie
189 Big Country - In a Big Country
190 Dada - Dizz Knee Land
191 Charlatans UK - Only One I Know
192 David and David - Welcome to the Boomtown
193 Adrian Belew - Oh Daddy
194 Stereo MCs - Connected
195 INXS - Dont Change
196 Cure - Lovecats
197 Clash - London Calling
198 Peter Gabriel - Digging in the Dirt
199 U2 - Mysterious Ways
200 Ramones - Do You Remember Rock N Roll
201 Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
202 Pretenders - My City Was Gone
203 Hüsker Dü - Makes No Sense At All
204 Time Zone - World Destruction
205 Morrissey - Tomorrow
206 Cult - Love Removal Machine
207 Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
208 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
209 Tears For Fears - Change
210 REM - Pretty Persuasion
211 Missing Persons - Words
212 Godfathers - Birth School Work Death
213 10000 Maniacs - Trouble Me
214 Foo Fighters - Winnebago
215 Blur - Song 2
216 Sinead OConnor - Last Day of Our Acquaintance
217 Too Much Joy - Crush Story
218 Offspring - Self Esteem
219 Hoodoo Gurus - Miss Freelove 69
220 The - Infected
221 Echo and The Bunnymen - Killing Moon
222 Indigo Girls - Least Complicated
223 B52s - Private Idaho
224 Billy Bragg - Waiting for the Great Leap Forward
225 Sting - All This Time
226 Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking
227 Peter Schilling - Major Tom Coming Home
228 Guadalcanal Diary - Always Saturday
229 Stone Roses - Fools Goldedit
230 Talk Talk - Its My Life
231 Jam - Thats Entertainment
232 Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
233 Pretenders - Middle of the Road
234 Erasure - Chorus
235 Stan Ridgway - I Wanna Be a Boss
236 Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
237 Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose
238 Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
239 Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
240 Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
241 Psychedelic Furs - Heaven
242 Suzanne Vega - Luka
243 Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours
244 Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
245 The - Uncertain Smile
246 10000 Maniacs - Whats the Matter Here
247 Eurythmics - Love Is a Stranger
248 Everclear - Santa Monica
249 Love and Rockets - So Alive
250 Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
251 Til Tuesday - Voices Carry
252 Cure - Close to Me
253 Call - Walls Came Down
254 Indigo Girls - Galileo
255 Bjork - Human Behaviour
256 UB40 - Red Red Wine
257 U2 - Lemon
258 Smiths - Is It Really So Strange
259 Police - King of Pain
260 Patti Smith - Gloria
261 Soup Dragons - Im Free
262 Barenaked Ladies - Be My Yoko Ono
263 Sundays - Heres Where the Story Ends
264 Peter Gabriel - Biko
265 Erasure - A Little Respect
266 Billy Bragg - Sexuality
267 Toad the Wet Sprocket - Walk on the Ocean
268 Bodeans - Dreams
269 XTC - Senses Working Overtime
270 Jesus and Mary Chain - Head On
271 Clash - Police and Thieves
272 They Might Be Giants - Istanbul Not Constantinople
273 Human League - Dont You Want Me
274 Cure - Never Enough
275 Pretenders - Time the Avenger
276 Talking Heads - And She Was
277 Police - Dont Stand So Close to Me
278 Morrissey - November Spawned a Monster
279 REM - Stand
280 Alarm - Rain in the Summertime
281 Midnight Oil - Forgotten Years
282 Urge Overkill - Sister Havana
283 INXS - Original Sin
284 Roxy Music - Love is the Drug
285 U2 - With or Without You
286 Toad the Wet Sprocket - One Wind Blows
287 B52s - Good Stuff
288 Guadalcanal Diary - Watusi Rodeo
289 Lenny Kravitz - Always on the Run
290 Paula Cole - Where Have All the Cowboys Gone
291 Violent Femmes - Prove My Love
292 Bodeans - Black White and Blood Red
293 Oasis - Wonderwall
294 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kiss Them For Me
295 Go Gos - We Got the Beat
296 Replacements - Alex Chilton
297 Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want
298 Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
299 Killing Joke - Eighties
300 Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
301 Live - Pain Lies on the Riverside
302 Talk Talk - Lifes What You Make it
303 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Show Me Your Soul
304 Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
305 Katrina and The Waves - Walking on Sunshine
306 Toad the Wet Sprocket - Hold Her Down
307 Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
308 INXS - New Sensation
309 Adam and The Ants - Antmusic
310 U2 - I Will Follow
311 Blondie - Heart of Glass
312 Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
313 Lemonheads - Mrs Robinson
314 Iggy Pop - Candy
315 Duran Duran - Hungry Like the Wolf
316 Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
317 Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
318 Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
319 Erasure - Oh Lamour
320 Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
321 Green Day - Welcome to Paradise
322 B52s - Planet Claire
323 Wallflowers - One Headlight
324 Sinead OConnor - I Want Your Hands on Me
325 Ass Ponys - Earth to Grandma
326 Jam - Town Called Malice
327 BT - Blue Skies
328 Wilco - Box Full of Letters
329 Timbuk 3 - Futures So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
330 David Bowie - China Girl
331 Devo - Jocko Homo
332 Judybats - Saturday
333 GoGos - Our Lips are Sealed
334 Sarah McLachlan - Into the Fire
335 Paul Westerberg - Waiting for Somebody
336 Juliana Hatfield - My Sister
337 Split Enz - I Got You
338 Heads - Damage Ive Done
339 Love and Rockets - Kundalini Express
340 Human League - Things That Dreams Are Made Of
341 Specials - A Message to You Rudy
342 Matthew Sweet - Ive Been Waiting
343 Housemartins - Happy Hour
344 Enya - Caribbean Blue
345 Arrested Development - Mr Wendall
346 Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger
347 Single Gun Theory - From a Million Miles
348 Seal - Crazy
349 Beastie Boys - Sabotage
350 Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek a Boo
351 Depeche Mode - Just Cant Get Enough
352 Judybats - Being Simple
353 Primus - Jerry was a Race Car Driver
354 Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Two Tribes
355 Cure - Hot Hot Hot
356 DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner
357 REM - Bang and Blame
358 Talking Heads - Stay Up Late
359 Smithereens - A Girl Like You
360 Waterboys - Whole of the Moon
361 Elvis Costello - Angels Wanna Wear
362 Bogmen - Suddenly
363 Bears - Fear is Never Boring
364 Soul Asylum - Black Gold
365 Clash - Police on my Back
366 World Party - Is It Like Today
367 Big Head Todd and the Monsters - Broken Hearted Savior
368 Marshall Crenshaw - Someday Someway
369 Breeders - Divine Hammer
370 EMF - Unbelievable
371 XTC - Making Plans for Nigel
372 B52s - Summer of Love
373 Farm - Groovy Train
374 Stranglers - Skin Deep
375 Kirsty MacColl - Walking Down Madison
376 Ministry - Stigmata
377 Sugar - If I Cant Change Your Mind
378 INXS - What You Need
379 Del Amitri - Always the Last to Know
380 Presidents of the United States of America - Lump
381 Police - So Lonely
382 Berlin - Sex Im a
383 Los Lobos - I Got Loaded
384 They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse in Your Soul
385 XTC - Mayor of Simpleton
386 Peter Gabriel - Big Time
387 Hothouse Flowers - Im Sorry
388 Hole - Doll Parts
389 Brian Setzer Orchestra - Hoodoo Voodoo Doll
390 Love and Rockets - Ball of Confusion
391 Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star
392 B52s - Dance This Mess Around
393 X - Hungry Wolf
394 Replacements - Here Comes a Regular
395 Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
396 Over The Rhine - How Does It Feel
397 MC900FT Jesus - City Sleeps
398 Depeche Mode - Walking in My Shoes
399 Adrian Belew - Pretty Pink Rose
400 Cowboy Junkies - Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park
401 Cranberries - Linger
402 Bob Mould - See a Little Light
403 U2 - Gloria
404 Pixies - Here Comes Your Man
405 Blind Melon - Tones of Home
406 Yaz - Dont Go
407 David Bowie - Modern Love
408 Eurythmics - Whos That Girl
409 Primus - Tommy the Cat
410 Tones on Tail - Go Club Mix
411 Pearl Jam - Crazy Mary
412 Squeeze - Cool for Cats
413 Butthole Surfers - Pepper
414 Blues Traveler - Hook
415 Royal Crescent Mob - Happy at Home
416 Concrete Blonde - God is a Bullet
417 Son Volt - Drown
418 Ministry - Work For Love
419 Charlatans UK - Weirdo
420 Sinead OConnor - Emperors New Clothes
421 Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
422 Dinosaur Jr - Start Choppin
423 Afghan Whigs - Debonair
424 Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill
425 Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious
426 Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
427 Psychodots - Big Love Now
428 Camper Van Beethoven - Pictures of Matchstick Men
429 Ben Folds Five - Underground
430 Meryn Cadell - Sweater
431 Enigma - Sadeness
432 Dead Milkmen - Youll Dance to Anything
433 Urban Dance Squad - Deeper Shade of Soul
434 Smashing Pumpkins - Siva
435 Howlin Maggie - Alcohol
436 Liz Phair - Supernova
437 Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book
438 Devo - Through Being Cool
439 Blur - Theres No Other Way
440 Los Lobos - Will the Wolf Survive
441 Alice in Chains - Would
442 Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion
443 Joe Jackson - Im the Man
444 Ass Ponys - Little Bastard
445 Living Colour - Elvis is Dead
446 Electronic - Get the Message
447 REM - Cant Get There from Here
448 INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
449 DBs - A Spy in the House of Love
450 Screaming Trees - Dollar Bill
451 U2 - Bad Live
452 Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
453 Goo Goo Dolls - We Are the Normal
454 Firehose - Sometimes
455 Fishbone - Party at Ground Zero
456 Pogues - Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
457 L7 - Pretend Were Dead
458 Connells - Slackjawed
459 Ultravox - Reap the Wild Wind
460 Midnight Oil - Power and the Passion
461 Soho - Hippychick
462 Reverend Horton Heat - Its Martini Time
463 Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
464 INXS - Need You Tonight Mediate
465 David Bowie - Changes
466 X - See How We Are
467 Flaming Lips - She Dont Use Jelly
468 Bob Mould - Sunspots Wishing Well
469 Weezer - Buddy Holly
470 Warren Zevon - Angel Dressed in Black
471 Replacements - Ill Be You
472 Trip Shakespeare - Slacks
473 REM - Driver 8
474 U2 - Fly
475 Tori Amos - God
476 They Eat Their Own - Like a Drug
477 Dada - Dorina
478 Smiths - Panic
479 Ramones - Pet Sematary
480 Soup Dragons - Divine Thing
481 Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
482 Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child Wild One
483 Haircut 100 - Love Plus One
484 Soul Coughing - Super Bon Bon
485 Gin Blossoms - Found Out About You
486 Fishbone - Everyday Sunshine
487 Joe Jackson - Five Guys Named Moe
488 Geraldine Fibbers - Dragon Lady
489 Too Much Joy - Donna Everywhere
490 Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
491 Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela
492 Peter Gabriel - I Dont Remember
493 Rancid - Time Bomb
494 Wilco - Outtasite Outta Mind
495 Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
496 Trio - Boom Boom
497 Happy Mondays - Step On
498 Poi Dog Pondering - Be the One
499 U2 - Staring At the Sun
500 Machines of Loving Grace - Butterfly Wings
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Combinations

Here is one massive combined countdown with all songs from every year of the countdown, ranked by average position (1394 songs in all).