All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The '90s : All Songs Considered While Bob Boilen's out, Katie Presley and All Songs intern Julian Ring are replaying their favorite episodes of the podcast. Today: A look back at the '90s.

All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The '90s

All Songs Rewind: The Legacy Of The '90s

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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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Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are both out this week, and in their absence All Songs Considered contributor Katie Presley and ASC intern Julian Ring have done what any respectful colleagues would do in similar circumstances: They have taken control of the entire show.

This week Katie and Julian will share their favorite memories and episodes of All Songs, starting with one of the podcast's most popular shows ever, a 2011 episode that revisits the music of the 1990s: the best, worst and weirdest from a hugely divisive era in music.

This retrospective charts the birth of grunge, the commercial rise of hip-hop, a batch of gutsy female songwriters and a few goofy one-hit wonders we'd mostly forgotten about. This episode is also Ann Powers' debut as a member of NPR Music, and she and Stephen Thompson join Bob and Robin to take a look back at the decade of flannel and spice.

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

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit

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    From 'Nevermind'

    By Nirvana

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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 'When I Was Born For The 7th Time'

    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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