For fifty weeks over the next year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, David Dye is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1995.
Between Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Elastical, the year 1995 saw the rise of Britpop in the alternative rock world, but that’s not all that was going on. Singer songwriters broke through in a big way, like Alanis Morissette and Joan Osborne on Jagged Little Pill and Relish. Heritage artists like Randy Newman, Paul Weller, and Annie Lennox made compelling new work, while hip-hop like Coolio and Shaggy ruled the charts.
On TV, the comedy News Radio debuted, Northern Exposure ended its five year run, and Seinfeld aired its 100th episode.
Popular films included Clueless, Golden Eye, 12 Monkeys and the very first Pixar film, Toy Story.
Listen to a 64-song playlist of the music of 1995 below.
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