Though not a landmark year in terms of the introduction of new sounds, genres or trends, 1996 did give us a lot of good songs. Here are 30 of them.
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Inspired by the October 16 birthdays of Nico, Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould, Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Marie, John Mayer, Aswad’s Brinsley Forde, and Oscar Wilde; and the October 15 birthdays of Richard Carpenter, The Dead Milkmen’s Joe Genaro, The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Ginuwine, Marv Johnson, Barry McGuire and Jessie Ware.
Inspired by the August 18 birthdays of Mika, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, Aphex Twin, Wu-Tang Clan’s Masta Killa, Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne, The Orioles’ Sonny Til, House of Pain’s Everlast, The Toys’ Barbara Harris, The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Maxine Brown, The Primitives’ Tracy Tracy, and Martin Mull.
Inspired by the May 18 birthdays of Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Rick Wakeman, Butch Tavares, Robert Morse, Big Joe Turner, Rob Base, Ezio Pinza, George Strait, Martika, Enigma’s Michael Cretu, Albert Hammond, Perry Como, Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall, the Rubettes’ Paul DaVinci, Jack Johnson, and Broadway composer Meredith Willson.