The first song on an album can really set the tone for what’s to come. These 90s leadoff cuts do just that. But which one’s the best?


This 12-Inch Poll came about almost by accident. It started with my guy Coach Leo on Twitter:


So? Is “Cherub Rock” the best side one, track one of the ’90s? My immediate reply was: no. Because I believe the answer to that question is “Them Bones” by Alice In Chains. Like Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Dirt was AIC’s sophomore release. They needed to make a statement right off the bat, in the wake of the Grunge explosion out of Seattle in the previous year. And boy, did they ever. Layne Staley belting it out over Jerry Cantrell and Company’s riffs in 7/8 time. Still hits 30 years later.


I had some people back me up on Twitter, but I had even more weigh in with their favorite ’90s leadoff cuts. And while a few of the selections were obvious, there were some that I’d completely forgotten about. And that’s saying something, seeing as I consider myself a bit of a buff when it comes to ’90s alternative rock.


90s Leadoff Cuts: 12-Inch Poll

So of course, I crowdsourced the hell out of everyone’s suggestions. And here we have this week’s 12-Inch Poll: 12 side one, track ones from the 90s. I even threw it back and included the music videos for each cut. So now it’s up to you: scroll through the list, get a dose or two of alt-rock nostalgia, and let me know: which 90s leadoff cut is the best of the batch? And, as always, if I didn’t include your favorite, let me know about it. ROCK 92.9’s Facebook is here, and our Twitter is here, and if it’s beween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on a weekday, I’m the guy minding the store.

  • Alice In Chains "Them Bones"

  • Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"

  • Foo Fighters "This Is A Call"

  • Jane's Addiction "Stop"

  • Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"

  • Metallica "Enter Sandman"

  • Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

  • R.E.M. "Drive"

  • Smashing Pumpkins "Cherub Rock"

  • Soundgarden "Rusty Cage"

  • Stone Temple Pilots "Dead & Bloated"

  • Weezer "My Name Is Jonas"

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