1994 In Music

On April 8, 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle. Pictured here, Cobain at MTV unplugged, released a live album in November of the same year. Photo Credit: MTV

Twenty-five years ago, 1994 played a pivotal role in music. On this edition of Music 101, we’ll take a look at some of the music that left an indelible mark on our culture, including some unforgettable moments. 

 
 

“Ninety-four” was the year we lost Kurt Cobain, a generation-shifting tragedy that still has tremors well into today. 

There were moments of great release and triumph, too, including the landmark “Sabotage” from the Beastie Boys, merging rock, rap, and indie music in a way that would influence all those genres at once. 

And if the 90s gave us anything at all, it opened us up to not take ourselves too seriously, and fortunately, we have Weezer for that.  

Here is the full playlist of the songs featured in the episode.

Green Day | “When I Come Around”
Weezer | “Buddy Holly”
Beastie Boys | “Sabotage”
Sonny Sharrock | “Theme From Space Ghost Coast To Coast”
Hole | “Doll Parts”
Liz Phair |  “Supernova”
Maria McKee | “If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags)”
Lisa Loeb | “Stay (I Missed You)
Soundgarden | “Fell On Black Days”
Nirvana | “The Man Who Sold The World”
R.E.M. | “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”
Music out: Jeff Buckley | “Hallelujah”