Nirvana was the shit, I don't know much about the time line except that it went down hill in the 90's too. But I'd agree with those Nirvana songs. And Mariah too, she was the absolute queen of the 90's.
I don't know the timeline, I wasn't even born in 1992. But I'd say there's a great chance a Mariah or Nirvana song was most popular.
Lol, I looked it up Here are a few Jump-Kris Kross Baby Got Back-Sir Mix-a-lot I can't make you love me-Bonnie Raitt I will remember you-Amy Grant Real love-Mary J Blige Free Your Mind-En Vogue Friday I'm in Love-The Cure Beauty and the Beast-Celine and Peabo Smells like teen spirit-Nirvana Can't let go-Mariah Carey I love your smile-Shanice I'm too sexy-Right Said Fred
• Ministry -- Jesus built my hotrod (... of special significance because I actually built hotrods)
• L7 -- Pretend that we're dead
• Stone Temple Pilots -- Creep
• Soundgarden -- Rusty Cage • Soundgarden -- Outshined (I owe lots of different people and things for getting me through the worst of my depressive days, but, Chris Cornell's voice is definitely up near the top of that list)
• Rage Against the Machine -- Killing in the Name...
• Live -- Pain Lives on the Riverside
• Pearl Jam -- Once I still think this is the best song from the "Ten" album, despite all the other mega hits from that album.
Incidentally, I went to the same high school as Snoop Dogg and Warren G and a few other heavy hitters of Long Beach hip-top, but most of that didn't crack the surface until '93 or '94. So, not listed here. (:
According to the Billboard Top 100's of 1992, the top 5 were 1 Boyz II Men - End Of The Road 2 Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back 3 Kris Kross - Jump 4 Vanessa Williams - Save The Best For Last 5 TLC - Baby-Baby-Baby
I liked listening to Nirvana (So #1 and #2). I also listened to a lot of R&B and hip hop back then. I liked TLC "What About Your Friends" #3, #4 En Vogue "Free Your Mind", and some dance music like Snap! "Rhythm is a Dancer" #5.
1992 I was into techno so you probably never heard of them. ACEN - Trip II The Moon, Jaydee - Plastic Dreams, Onscure FM - Michael Jackson Is in Heaven Now, 2 Unlimited - Twilight Zone, X Calibur - Love American Style, and a few hundred others I'm too lazy to list.
The 90s were great if you like grunge, alt rock, and R&B. For us AOR melodic rock fans however, the 90s really mark the beginning of the end. Within a year, most bands stopped using synthesizers, saxophones, put less emphasis on guitar tech, no longer feautured beautiful vocal harmonies etc.
For better or worse, the fact is the 90s changed the course of music forever