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KROQ Top 106.7 Countdowns by Year
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Top 300 Songs of the 90s 500 Most Requested of All-Time (Memorial Day 2006) KROQ's Labor Day 90's 500 (2007) KROQ Memorial 500 (Memorial Day 2008)

Countdown commentary

The KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 1996

Ranking

Artist Name

Song Title

Album Title

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1.

311

Down

311

Down

2.

The Smashing Pumpkins

1979

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

1979

3.

No Doubt

Spiderwebs

Tragic Kingdom

Spiderwebs

4.

Sublime

What I Got

Sublime

What I Got

5.

Rage Against the Machine

Bulls On Parade

Evil Empire

-

6.

Beck

Where It's At

Odelay

Where It's At

7.

Stone Temple Pilots

Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart

Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart

8.

Garbage

Stupid Girl

Garbage

Stupid Girl

9.

Porno For Pyros

Tahitian Moon

Good God's Urge

-

10.

Bush

Machinehead

Sixteen Stone

Machinehead

11.

No Doubt

Don't Speak

Tragic Kingdom

Don't Speak

12.

Butthole Surfers

Pepper

-

-

13.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Zero

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Zero

14.

Oasis

Wonderwall

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Wonderwall

15.

311

All Mixed Up

311

All Mixed Up

16.

No Doubt

Just A Girl

Tragic Kingdom

Just a Girl

17.

Soundgarden

Burden In My Hand

Down on the Upside

Burden in My Hand

18.

Green Day

Brain Stew

Insomniac

Brain Stew

19.

Bush

Swallowed

Razorblade Suitcase

Swallowed

20.

Alanis Morissette

Ironic

Jagged Little Pill

Ironic

21.

Cake

The Distance

Fashion Nugget

The Distance

22.

Stone Temple Pilots

Big Bang Baby

Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

Big Bang Baby

23.

Primitive Radio Gods

Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand

-

-

24.

Garbage

#1 Crush

-

-

25.

Rage Against the Machine

People Of The Sun

Evil Empire

-

26.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Tonight, Tonight

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Tonight, Tonight

27.

Lush

Ladykillers

-

-

28.

Bush

Glycerine

Sixteen Stone

Glycerine

29.

No Doubt

Happy Now?

Tragic Kingdom

Happy Now?

30.

Everclear

Santa Monica

Sparkle And Fade

Everclear - Sparkle and Fade - Santa Monica

31.

Gravity Kills

Guilty

-

-

32.

Alanis Morissette

You Learn

Jagged Little Pill

You Learn

33.

Soundgarden

Pretty Noose

Down on the Upside

Pretty Noose

34.

Jewel

Who Will Save Your Soul?

-

-

35.

Oasis

Champagne Supernova

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Champagne Supernova

36.

Tracy Bonham

Mother, Mother

-

-

37.

Nirvana

Aneurysm

Incesticide

-

38.

Poe

Angry Johnny

-

-

39.

Pearl Jam

I Got Id

-

-

40.

Alanis Morissette

Head Over Feet

Jagged Little Pill

Head Over Feet

41.

Tool

Stinkfist

Ænima

-

42.

Garbage

Only Happy When It Rains

Garbage

Only Happy When It Rains

43.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Muzzle

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Muzzle

44.

Eels

Novocaine for the Soul

Beautiful Freak

-

45.

The Cardigans

Lovefool

-

-

46.

Goldfinger

Here In Your Bedroom

-

-

47.

Spacehog

In The Meantime

-

-

48.

Social Distortion

I Was Wrong

White Light White Heat White Trash

Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash - I Was Wrong

49.

Iggy Pop

Lust For Life

-

-

50.

Sonic Youth

The Diamond Sea

Washing Machine

-

51.

Local H

Bound For The Floor

As Good As Dead

-

52.

Republica

Ready To Go

-

-

53.

Folk Implosion

Natural One

-

-

54.

Seven Mary Three

Cumbersome

-

-

55.

Radiohead

High And Dry

The Bends

Radiohead - The Bends - High and Dry

56.

Beck

Devil's Haircut

Odelay

Devils Haircut

57.

Marilyn Manson

Sweet Dreams

-

-

58.

The Cranberries

Salvation

To The Faithful Departed

The Cranberries - The Cranberries: Stars - The Best of 1992-2002 - Salvation

59.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

60.

Counting Crows

A Long December

Recovering The Satellites

Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites - A Long December

61.

Stabbing Westward

What Do I Have To Do?

Wither Blister Burn & Peel

-

62.

The Cure

Mint Car

Wild Mood Swings

-

63.

Toadies

Possum Kingdom

-

-

64.

Salt

Bluster

-

-

65.

Soundgarden

Blow Up The Outside World

Down on the Upside

Blow up the Outside World

66.

Oasis

Don't Look Back In Anger

(What's The Story) Morning Glory?

Don't Look Back In Anger

67.

Alice In Chains

Again

Alice in Chains

Again

68.

The Wallflowers

6th Avenue Heartache

Bringing Down the Horse

6th Avenue Heartache

69.

Marilyn Manson

The Beautiful People

-

-

70.

Dishwalla

Counting Blue Cars

-

-

71.

Nada Surf

Popular

-

-

72.

Fun Lovin' Criminals

Scooby Snacks

-

-

73.

R.E.M.

E-bow The Letter

New Adventures In Hi-Fi

R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi - E-Bow the Letter

74.

The Presidents Of The United States Of America

Lump

The Presidents Of The United States Of America

Lump

75.

The Fugees

No Woman No Cry

-

-

76.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Friends

One Hot Minute

My Friends

77.

Ruby

Tiny Meat

-

-

78.

Green Day

Walking Contradiction

Insomniac

Walking Contradiction

79.

Pearl Jam

Who You Are

No Code

Who You Are

80.

Sublime

Santeria

Sublime

Santeria

81.

The Cranberries

Free To Decide

To The Faithful Departed

The Cranberries - The Cranberries: Stars - The Best of 1992-2002 - Free to Decide

82.

The Verve Pipe

Photograph

-

-

83.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Thirty-Three

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Thirty-Three

84.

Counting Crows

Angels Of The Silences

Recovering The Satellites

Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites - Angels of the Silences

85.

Orbital

The Box

-

-

86.

Collective Soul

The World I Know

Collective Soul

Collective Soul - Collective Soul - The World I Know

87.

Voodoo Glow Skulls

Fat Randy

-

-

88.

R.E.M.

Bittersweet Me

New Adventures In Hi-Fi

R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi - Bittersweet Me

89.

Stone Temple Pilots

Tumble In The Rough

Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

Tumble in the Rough

90.

Sheryl Crow

If It Makes You Happy

-

-

91.

Foo Fighters

Big Me

Foo Fighters

Big Me

92.

Garbage

Supervixen

Garbage

Supervixen

93.

Alice In Chains

Heaven Beside You

Alice in Chains

Heaven Beside You

94.

Tori Amos

Caught A Lite Sneeze

Boys for Pele

-

95.

Bush

Greedy Fly

Razorblade Suitcase

Greedy Fly

96.

Natalie Merchant

Jealousy

-

-

97.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Aeroplane

One Hot Minute

Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute - Aeroplane

98.

Stone Temple Pilots

Lady Picture Show

Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

Lady Picture Show

99.

Fiona Apple

Shadowboxer

Tidal

Shadowboxer

100.

Pearl Jam

Hail, Hail

No Code

Hail, Hail

101.

Sponge

Wax Ecstatic

-

-

102.

Stabbing Westward

Shame

Wither Blister Burn & Peel

-

103.

Jars of Clay

Flood

-

-

104.

Superdrag

Sucked Out

-

-

105.

Pearl Jam

Smile

No Code

Smile

106.

Magnapop

Open The Door

-

-

106.7.

Dash Rip Rock

Let's Go Smoke Some Pot

-

-

Commentary

bulletOne of the great tragedies in rock & roll was the untimely death of Sublime's Bradley Nowell, which came right before the release of what was to be their breakthrough self-titled album.  The album went on to be a huge success and a terrific album despite no band to tour behind it.  One thing I found amusing was the way the album combined dark and often violent lyrics with cheerful melodies (e.g. Santeria).  I wonder how many people never listened closely to the words and completely missed that.
bulletI love Cake's The Distance (#21).  It showcased their unique sound--crunchy guitars, goofy lyrics, keyboards, trumpet, etc.  However the formula gets tedious after a while and all of their subsequent albums follow it way too closely.