The '90s Are Back, Or Whatever...

So far, 2013 has been a huge year for bands that make us think of the 1990s. My Bloody Valentine kicked things off with its first new album in more than 20 years. We've heard new music from Boards Of Canada and Pixies. Later this summer, Sebadoh is due to release its first new album in 14 years, and we'll hear new music from Superchunk, The Dismemberment Plan and many more '90s groups as well. It seemed like the perfect time to revisit an episode of All Songs Considered about the return of the '90s that we originally ran in early 2011. We had no clue at the time how serious the '90s revival would get.

Ann Powers joins co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, along with Stephen Thompson, to celebrate the '90s at their best, worst and weirdest, from the birth of grunge to the commercial rise of hip-hop, a batch of gutsy female songwriters and a few goofy one-hit wonders we'd mostly forgotten about, until now.

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Black Hole Sun

Smells Like Teen Spirit


No Surprises

Doo Wop (That Thing)


Long Snake Moan

Hit 'Em Wit da Hee

Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work)

Steal My Sunshine


Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Soul and Fire

Song 2

Brimful of Asha

The Fixer

Note: Ann Powers chose this song to play to show how Pearl Jam is still relevant 20 years after the band started. "The Fixer" is from the group's 2009 album, Backspacer.

When You Sleep

Enter Sandman

Delia's Gone


Holland, 1945

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