#2 – Collective Soul – “December” – (1995)

The opening guitar here is so distinct that you have to recognize it immediately. Then the drums kick in and Ed Roland starts singing “Turn your head, now, baby just spit me out.” In fact, every time Ed Roland sings that, it should make you happy because it’s awesome. Collective Soul’s other big 90s hit that didn’t make the list was 1993’s “Shine.” It was off the album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid – and I am immensely proud of myself for figuring out what the title of that album is referring to on my own. Originally I had “December” as #1 but it didn’t seem quite right. I felt like I needed a huge song to top the list. So, see what you think.