5. Soundgarden, Black Hole Sun. I could have picked Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees, etc. The Seattle sound ruled rock in the early 1990s, which is now 20 years past and clearly worthy of “classic” designation. I chose this particular track because Soundgarden’s Superunknown was probably the biggest of the Seattle albums to cross over (with some apologies to Pearl Jam’s Vs.), and Black Hole Sun was a huge, all-over-radio-and-in-regular-rotation-on-MTV single that defined it. But lazy-ass classic rock radio has chosen to play only Neil Young-approved Pearl Jam and leave it at that. Unacceptable. Dump everything from overrated pop acts like REO Speedwagon, Kansas and .38 Special, and you’ d have plenty of room for rock that ruled both radio and video and actually mattered culturally.
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbBbFH9fAg