Top 10 Gin Blossoms Songs

Gin Blossoms Songs

This Top 10 Gin Blossoms Songs list presents the best Gin Blossoms songs including “Hey Jealousy,” “Follow You Down” and many more. While the band was formed in 1987,  the band Gin Blossoms did not reach mainstream success until 1992. The success of the band was fueled by the release of the album New Miserable Experience (1992). Charity begins at home was a mantra deep in the band’s ethos, having the original lineup showcase its talent first at its hometown Phoenix.

Gin Blossoms’ fame grew beyond its local area, prompting the band to start touring countrywide. While Gin Blossoms’ career seemed promising, no record label approached the band during the ‘80s. The band took it upon itself to record a studio album independently in 1989. The album Dusted released in 1989 was received warmly by the band’s fanbase and critics, helping Gin Blossoms become even more popular.

Eventually, Gin Blossoms was signed by A&M Records. The band started working on its debut major release under a record label. Releasing an album at this time proved quite tough for the band. The band released the EP entitled Up and Crumbing in 1991 to quench the thirst of its eager fans. Up and Crumbling  saw the band take on power pop sounds, a gamble that still paid off.

The much-awaited major release after signing with A&M Records was out. New Miserable Experience released in 1992 catapulted the band to mainstream success. The album featured some reworked songs from the album Dusted which also included some new tracks. Critics praised the album for its fresh and incredible pop sound. Most of the songs on the album are categorized under the alternative rock genre.

However, the band spices up some of the songs with jangle-pop elements. New Miserable Experience (1992) rose to the peak of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. It also managed to rise to number thirty on the Billboard 200. Some of the prodigious releases from the LP include “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” and “Until I Fall Away.”

Unfortunately, lead guitarist and primary songwriter Doug Hopkins didn’t get to reap the benefits of his hard work. After recording songs for New Miserable Experience (1992), Doug was fired following alcohol abuse that affected his performances. Doug’s mental health took a nosedive leading him to commit suicide in 1993. While his death affected the success of the acclaimed album, New Miserable Experience (1992) was Platinum-certified four times in the US.

The band later released a new LP, Congratulations I’m Sorry, in 1996. Congratulations I’m Sorry (1992) is the best performing album by the band on the charts. The album peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. However, it failed to surpass the sales of New Miserable Experience (1992), only being Platinum-certified once.

Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996) is home to the band’s highest-charting track on the Billboard Hot 100, “Follow You Down.” The album also featured a single track Gin Blossoms had released for the soundtrack to the 1995 movie Empire Records, “Til I Hear It from You.” “As Long as It Matters” is yet another remarkable release from the band. The song earned Gin Blossoms its first Grammy Award nomination in 1997.

However, Gin Blossoms disbanded at the peak of its career. Robin Wilson and Phillip Rhodes went on to form a pop-rock ensemble under the moniker Gas Giants. Members of Gin Blossoms later reunited in 2001, placing Gas Giants into an indefinite hiatus. The band later released a new LP, Major Lodge Victory, in 2006. Major Lodge Victory (2006) is home to great hits such as “Learning the Hard Way.” The album peaked at number one hundred and fifty-nine on the Billboard 200.

Gin Blossoms has released two other albums, No Chocolate Cake (2010) and Mixed Reality (2018). However, neither of the albums has surpassed the feats achieved with albums released by the band under A&M Records. The band Gin Blossoms defined a sound in the early 1990s that was the opposite of the grunge scene filled with bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. It was nice to have a band following their own style at the time  Here are the best Gin Blossoms songs that bring the band’s best of alternative rock, power pop, and jangle pop sounds.

#10 – Face the Dark

Ushering us to the top 10 Gin Blossoms songs list is the impressive hit “Face the Dark.” The song is featured on the band’s most recent album Mixed Reality (2018). “Face the Dark” is a fast-paced alternative rock penned by the band’s lead vocalist Robin Wilson. The vocalist revealed in an interview that the song is his work of love project. “Face the Dark” shines brighter than most of the songs from the album, thanks to the great musicianship exhibited by the band members.

#9 – Allison Road

“Allison Road” is one of the best Gin Blossoms songs that bring the true vibe of the band’s alternative rock sound infused with some jangle pop elements. The song was inspired by a real road that Wilson and a friend met as they journeyed from the South by Southwest Festival in 1989. “Allison Road” is among the great releases from the band’s best-selling album New Miserable Experience (1994).

The song’s lyrics allude to a lady that the singer feels is the one for him. Thanks to its romantic intent, “Allison Road” is played gently on one of the scenes in the 2014 romantic drama movie The Best of Me. The song managed to rise to the twentieth position on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

#8 – Miss Disarray

Coming in at the eighth spot on our top 10 Gin Blossoms songs is the brilliant track “Miss Disarray.” The band released the song on its fifth LP, No Chocolate Cake (2010). “Miss Disarray” brings the band’s smooth blend of alternative rock and power pop. The song finds the singer expressing his angst about unrequited love. “Miss Disarray” received some airplay in the contemporary rock radio stations.

#7 – Learning the Hard Way

“Learning the Hard Way” is an upbeat power pop song from the band’s LP Major Lodge Victory (2006). The song was penned by the then-lead vocalist Jesse Valenzuela. Jesse was inspired to pen the lyrics to the song after taking a lengthy drive. “Learning the Hard Way” is one of the band’s favorite show openers. The song peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart.

#6 – Til I Hear It from You

Number six on our top 10 Gin Blossoms songs is the nostalgic track “Til I Hear It from You.” The song was penned by Robin Wilson and released on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Empire Records. “Til I Hear It from You” has been described by critics as one of the flawless pop ballads. The song has also been lauded for its infectious melody that adds to its catchiness. “Til I Hear It from You” topped the Canada Top Singles chart. It also managed to rise to the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was released as a bonus track on the band’s LP Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996).

#5 – Until I Fall Away

On the fifth spot on our top 10 Gin Blossoms songs is the brilliant track “Until I Fall Away.” The song was released on the band’s first major release New Miserable Experience (1992). “Until I fall Away” alludes to a diverged relationship where the singer tries to resolve some personal calamity. The song peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Alternative Airplay chart.

#4 – As Long As It Matters

“As Long As It Matters” is one of the best Gin Blossoms songs that brings the band’s power-pop sound. The song is featured on the band’s LP Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996). “As Long As It Matters” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. However, the song lost to “Free as a Bird” by The Beatles. The song peaked at number seventy-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

#3 – Found Out About You

The third track on our top 10 Gin Blossoms songs list is the captivating hit “Found Out About You.” “Found Out About You” is a musical gem featured on the band’s LP New Miserable Experience (1992). The song was previously released on the band’s debut album Dusted (1989). “Found Out About You” was penned by the late Doug Hopkins with the lyrics based on his encounters with his past girlfriends. The song peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

#2- Follow You Down

“Follow You Down” is one of the best Gin Blossoms songs based on the love/relationship theme. The song is featured on the band’s album Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996). “Follow You Down” has been lauded by critics for its awe-inspiring pop hooks. Gin Blossoms saw the song top the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the band’s highest-peaking song on the Billboard Hot 100.

#1- Hey Jealousy

Number one on the top 10 Gin Blossoms songs list is the charming hit “Hey Jealousy.” The song is featured on Gin Blossoms’ LP New Miserable Experience (1992). Initially, the song was featured on the band’s debut album Dusted (1989). The song was penned by the late Doug Hopkins, with its lyrics showing his desire to resolve his issues with ex-girlfriend Kathy. Kathy had initially left Hopkins owing to his alcohol addiction. The song peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

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