The 90s were the pinnacle of pop and full of feel good music as a result. However, perhaps if were inclined back then to dig a little deeper, we would’ve noticed that some of our favorite hit songs were full of tragic details. Here’s a look back at these songs along with their backstories to reveal that they weren’t all written for the sake of pop!
1. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden.
Singer, Darren Hayes was in the middle of a divorce when he was writing the lyrics to their second album and so most of the songs were about heartbreak. Even so, the label wanted a deeper ballad to follow up on the band’s 1997 hit, “Truly Madly Deeply” and so he went even deeper into his emotions and wrote, “I Knew I Loved You”. What happened was a sweet song based on the ruins of his former marriage.
2. Loser – Beck.
He was a struggling musician in the early 90s who would make up raps on the fly at his many pointless gigs just to see if anyone was paying attention. “Loser” was a result of hearing how bad his raps were.
3. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms.
This song took them to the Top 40’s list and it was written about guitarist, Doug Hopkin’s alcoholism and suicidal depression. However, some lyrics were changed. For example: “You can trust me not to think” was originally written as, “You can trust me not to drink.”