Song Of The Week: The 96X Anthology

Eddie Vedder: still crazy after all these years.
Eddie Vedder: still crazy after all these years.

UPDATE: I posted this at 10AM on April 11.  At 1PM, Twitter erupted with the local news that 96X is back!  DID I JUST WILL THIS TO HAPPEN???

This is one of the weirdest and best days of my life.  I am even more excited for this series now!

Original post below.


Here are a few things you need to know about me:

1) I grew up in the 90’s in Memphis, Tennessee.

2) During that time, there was a “modern rock alternative” radio station that I listened to a lot.  It was called 96X.

3) I believe 96X was the greatest radio station in the history of radio and stations and a Top 5 all-time human achievement*.

4) I’m prone to hyperbole.

5) In an ongoing battle to understand my adolescence, I made an anthology of every song that would’ve been played on 96X during its existence.

6) It is fifteen volumes and 300 songs long.  It is called The 96X Anthology.

7) I have unimaginative titles.

Over several weeks, Song Of The Week will explore The 96X Anthology.  I’ll pick one song from each volume and plow through the hypercolor fog of my adolescence.

Can you get with this?

Starting Next Week: April 18

Volume 1: Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under The Bridge”

I feel stupid and contagious,


P.S. For those who didn’t have an equivalent station growing up, 96X was a “modern rock alternative.”  So, this station–and this anthology–covers anything under the nebulous “alt-rock” tent.  No rap/R&B/country/etc.  As much as I’d love to dedicate a post to, say, Blackstreet, that wasn’t on 96X.

(*Rest of that list: democracy, Gus’s fried chicken, collected works of William Shakespeare, collected works of Nick Saban.)


6 thoughts on “Song Of The Week: The 96X Anthology

  1. :) 96X was the best. I spent hours holed up in my room with that station and it was the only thing that played in my first ride.


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