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10 Most Underrated Rock Songs of the 90s

In the decades to come, the 90s should be remembered as the decade rock turned a new leaf. When it came to the 80s, you could tell the early, reckless abandonment of rock and roll was in desperate need of an upgrade, which was kicked into high gear once the alternative movement kicked in. . Hell, some of them did so well that even some really great songs ended up being relegated to others.

In any other era, these types of tracks would have been the classics of their generation, if not absolute game changers in their respective fields. However, when you’re overloaded with classic material, these have managed to get lost in the shuffle, only appearing at 90s retrospective parties and even on the odd compilation album if they’re lucky. It’s a shame too considering some of the awesome cuts we were missing.

Besides just being well-written tracks, many of them marked a changing of the guard for rock, either opening things up to a new genre or shifting the direction of rock altogether. In the end, some of them are just great songs that have only been around for a little while. You might remember the band, you might even remember the decade… but it’s time to give them a second listen.

Most classic rock stalwarts would have killed for having Tom Petty’s career in the 90s. Few other artists can claim to have been stars in the 70s and continued to ride the tide and have hits two decades later. While Wildflowers is considered a career highlight for most Petty fans, Honey Bee takes it back to much grittier territory.

Compared to the usual acoustic sounds throughout this solo record, it’s the kind of down and dirty blues track that’s made for the garage rock circuit. Starting with a fireball of a guitar lick, Petty is in full rock star mode for this one, as he approaches the bee metaphor with a kind of swagger you’d normally see from someone like Mick Jagger at his peak.

Aside from a few television appearances, this track was largely ignored by audiences, wanting to hear something more like You Wreck Me. Although performing it on Saturday Night Live with future Foo Fighter Dave Grohl certainly didn’t hurt his chances of being recalled. Of all the classic rock schlocks that were happening around the same time, this is the kind of gritty rock and roll the Stones would have liked to do at this point in their evolution.