The '90s Are Back, Or Whatever... : All Songs Considered It's been a big year for '90s bands. This week we revisit an episode we originally ran in early 2011 all about the return of the '90s.

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

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

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Pearl Jam (top left), Missy Elliott (top right), the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind (bottom right), PJ Harvey (bottom left), Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel (center). Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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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.

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

Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Grace

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From 'Grace'

By Jeff Buckley

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No Surprises

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From 'OK Computer'

By Radiohead

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Doo Wop (That Thing)

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From 'Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

By Lauryn Hill

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Holland, 1945

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From 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'

By Neutral Milk Hotel

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Shine

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From 'Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid'

By Collective Soul

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Black Hole Sun

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From 'Superunknown'

By Soundgarden

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Long Snake Moan

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From 'To Bring You My Love'

By PJ Harvey

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Hit 'Em Wit da Hee

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From 'Miss E...So Addictive/Da Real World/Supa Dupa Fly'

By Missy Misdemeanor Elliott

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Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work)

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From 'Mustt Mustt'

By Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Steal My Sunshine

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From 'You Can't Stop the Bum Rush'

By LEN

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1979

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From 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'

By The Smashing Pumpkins

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Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

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From 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road'

By Lucinda Williams

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Soul and Fire

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From 'Bubble & Scrape'

By Sebadoh

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Song 2

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From 'Blur'

By Blur

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Enter Sandman

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From 'Metallica'

By Metallica

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Brimful of Asha

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From 'Brimful of Asha'

By Cornershop

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The Fixer

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From 'Backspacer'

By Pearl Jam

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.

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When You Sleep

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From 'Loveless'

By My Bloody Valentine

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Delia's Gone

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From 'American Recordings'

By Johnny Cash

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Loser

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From 'Mellow Gold'

By Beck

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