The Bands of 90’s and 2000’s that Defined Me


Joseph Meyer

24 October 2020 1 comments

Most of us have a love for music as music allows each of us to feel a certain emotion even evoking memories of good and bad. I am no different as someone who is a generation X’er I have had many decades of music I can choose from. Mind you I don’t really listen to the music of today and its not because I think the music of today is bad or anything but I am truly stuck in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.

The fondest memories are probably from the 90’s and 2000’s as the eighties I honestly don’t remember but still love the music. Not to age myself but in the 90’s and 2000’s I was between the ages of 11 -to 25. Although we are still in the 2000’s I typically refer to the 2000’s from 2000 to 2010 which I found to be the periods in my life most memorable for good and bad memories.

The 90’s Bands I remember

The nineties where especially memorable being a time I had some major milestones in my life such as High school graduation and middle school, while 2000’s where really about graduating from college and building my life. But back to the music, which included some of my favorite bands such as:

  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • The Cranberries
  • Everclear
  • Green Day
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

As you see the list can go on and on and many of these bands have transcended time and are still around some are not but their songs live on.  These bands in my opinion each conveyed a feeling, an emotion of the time of what I was going through at the time which was really trying to grow up. Although due to my age much of lyrics may not have had the meaning they do today because many of these artist wrote catchy songs but for me I guess I didn’t pay to much attention to the lyrics until I got older.

Each band and song allowed us to feel certain emotions sometimes happiness, sometimes anger, and sometimes depression. I really tried to lose myself in music because simply I feel I didn’t have the happiest childhood; I was pretty much a loner at times so music was my comfort. My story may not seem all that original as many of us lose ourselves in music to escape the troubles of life, I am not different. To this day I feel I am stuck in the 90’s as a time that was fill with pain but many of the songs I listen to immediately bring up my spirit.

The 2000’s Band’s I loved

On the other hand when it comes to the 2000’s there were artist I found particularly important, Green Day was still one of them,  but

  • Nickelback (Don’t Laugh)
  • Bon Jovi
  • Linkin Park
  • The Black eyed Peas
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Green Day

So many to count but those artist continue to draw me in from those years.  As mentioned this part of my life was incredibly important, these were the years I graduated college, days I experienced some of the darkest periods in my life and even had some major blessings in my life so it was definitely a mixed bag of emotions. If I had to choose, I say the 90’s more resonates with me because those years were important and feel they really defined who I am today.


I am trying not to get stuck in the past, as today my music tastes still listen to these bands regularly, but I also love Opera, Hair bands from the 80’s , 90’s and 2000’s. You will notice that I have not listed any bands from today well that is because honestly I have not really had any interest but  am sure I am missing out to a certain degree or maybe not.

Still Stuck in Time

You see I am old fashioned that I choose not to listen to music with vulgarities that many today find enjoyable today. For me the 90’s and 2000’s may not have been all the memorable or exciting for many but that’s ok for me, I prefer to remember the simple times when each of us actually spoke to one another via telephone and not a text.

Those times I remember as being focused on the simple things like reading, and not wrapped up in social media and the lives of others, a time when I feel I had better focus.

Each of us will have different memories and many of you who ready this may have been young children in the early 2000’s and not even born yet in the 90’s and I will say you truly missed out, but you can always listen to the tunes and go back in time with me.

Thank you for going back to memory lane with me and I encourage you to listen to the bands I included in this piece. Many of you may be fully fledged in the bands of yesterday.

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One thought on “The Bands of 90’s and 2000’s that Defined Me

  1. Chris Hack

    Some great choices – Nickelback aside – and I’m totally with you on being stuck in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. I guess everyone tends to have the best connection with the artists and songs that they listened to growing up.

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