FREE Two-Hour Special Looks Back 20 Years at Best Rock of 1996

It was the year Tupac died, Michael Jordan starred in Space Jam and the Browns moved to Baltimore, but do you remember the songs that provided the soundtrack to 1996?

Envision Networks® The Core with Meltdown is celebrating the end of 2016 with a FREE two-hour special that looks back 20 years at the top 50 rock songs of 1996!

“Twenty years ago we carried pagers instead of cell phones, the internet only existed if you had AOL or Prodigy and eBay became the world’s largest garage sale,” said The Core’s producer Steve Black. “But the music was fantastic from metal bands like Pantera to the pop music of the Goo Goo Dolls to the musician’s favorites like King’s X and Screaming Trees and to the must have songs of Pearl Jam, 1996’s sound was exceptional.”

The Core’s panel of music experts calculated the amount of songs released in 1996 and blended the numbers with opinions to create the Top 50 songs of 1996.  Highlighted will be the Top 10 songs along with notable rankings throughout the 2-hour end of year special.  The list will also include songs from Alice in Chain’s Unplugged, Soundgarden’s Down on the Up Side, and Metallica’s Load and music from Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Sublime, Stabbing Westward and Tonic.

The Core’s Top 50 Songs of 1996 is available for broadcast beginning Friday, Dec. 23. Interested stations should contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or for broadcast details.

Hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF, The Core features music from such 90s rock artists as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and U2. As one of the first nationally syndicated shows to follow the PPM format, The Core is programmed with extended music plays and only two commercial breaks an hour. The Core uses weekly benchmarks to dig deeper into the roots of the bands that formed their sound in the 90’s by highlighting interview clips and actualities in the “Artist Profile,” remembering the big musical event of the week in rock history with the “Core Sample.”

Stations interested in more information can visit or contact Amber Wade at 216-831-3761 or

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