1999 Modern Rock 500

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The most important songs in Modern Rock, as determined by WOXY staff in 1999.

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

Combinations

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