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Top Hits of the 90s: Absolute Hits

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The 19 tracks collected here may not actually constitute the top hits of the 1990s (where, for instance, is anything by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, the Smashing Pumpkins or any of the other bands associated with the so-called grunge explosion?), but it's still full of melodic ear worms like the Rembrandts' "I'll Be There for You" and the Bodeans' "Close to Free," as well as Marc Cohn's over-dramatic but effective "Walking in Memphis," meaning there's plenty to be nostalgic about, but it's bound to be fleeting since only a part of the decade's pop music story is being presented.

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