What are your top ten favorite albums from the 90s?
By: Steve Crawford
- 10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991 by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Funky. It is impossible for me not to move to this gem.
- 9. Generation Six-Pack 1996 by Pure
Once the melodies of this album got their hooks into me, I find myself constantly returning to listen to it. Most people probably have not heard of Pure, but I think after a couple of listens, and you will be right in there.
- 8. Superunknown 1994 by Soundgarden
The true godfather of Grunge. This album is dark and moody. From start to finish my interest never ebbs. Very original. Very powerful music.
- 7. Nevermind 1991 by Nirvana
The Best three-piece in the 90s. An album to bang your head. Raw. Energy. Smells Like Teen Spirit.
- 6. Clumsy 1997 by Our Lady Peace
The music on this gets into your head and you end up hum a song for days. Awesome.
- 5. The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion 1992 by The Black Crowes
I can't help but move and sway to this album. A band that is unreal live, is unreal on this record. Rockin' Blues. This music is good for the soul.
- 4. Dirt 1992 by Alice In Chains
This album gets better after each listen. The minor key vocal and guitar, make this masterpiece totally original. My favourite tracks: Angry Chair, Rooster and Would?.
- 3. Stone Temple Pilots 1994 by Purple
One listen and I was hooked. Every song is solid.
- 2. Dig 1993 by I Mother Earth
Listening to this record is a real trip. The energy oozes out of the speakers. After seeing this band live, I think they have captured a real raw but tight performance on the album.
- 1. Siamese Dream 1993 by Smahing Pumpkins
The flow of this album is magical. Varying in tempo and effects, no other album comes close to sounding like it. The track "Rocket" gets me pumped up on the opening note. The song "Mayonaise" starting slow and soft, builds until you explode. Every track has it own special quality. I could listen to this album over and over.
I have picked my favourite album of these artists. I think the albums I picked, best represent these artist of the 90s. There was a lot of excellent music in the 90s: The Tragically Hip - Trouble at the Henhouse, Collective Soul - Collective Soul, Pearl Jam - Verses, The Tea Party - The Edges of Twilight, Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape, Sloan - Twice Removed, Veruca Salt - Eight Arms to You, Weezer - Weezer, Faith No More - Album of the Year, Tool - Undertow, Spacehog - Resident Alien, No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom, Green Day - Dookie, The Offspring - Smash, Overkill - Horrorscope, Megadeth - Rust in Peace, and 13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine
- 10. The Real Thing by Faith No More
Interesting music, and the cover of "War Pigs" rocks!
- 9. Generation Swine by The Motley Crue
Nothing to say, I just like it. Good techno.
- 8. Shake Your Money Maker by The Black Crows
Come on, this album kicks butt.
- 7. The Black Album by Metallica
Metallica's best album to date. Obviously talented musicians. Great solos.
- 6. Hellbilly Delux by Rob Zombie
Sometimes, it just feels good to hear some mind-blowingly loud music.
- 5. Anti-Christ Superstar by Marilyn Manson
Technically inept, but entertaining. He had something to say, and you'de better listen, dammit!!
- 4. Superunknown by Soundgarden
Melodic and complex. Just the way music should be.
- 3. Aenima by TOOL
Thought-provoking, but rock at the same time. Maynard's vocals are amazing.
- 2. Ten by Pearl Jam
Self explanitory. This album is genius and deseves to be on any list dealing with modern music.
- 1. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Melodic, angry, subtle, even beautiful at times. This album has it all.
I took special care to not include "Nevermind," by Nirvana. I assure you; listening to Kurt Cobain is NOT Nirvana.
- 10. Siamese Dream (1993) by Smashing Pumpkins
I think that this is their best album.. although some would argue that "Melancholy And The Infinite Sadness" is, I think that this one is better.
- 9. Life Is Peachy (1996) by KoRn
I am not much of a KoRn fan, but I think it's their kind of music that brought rock back. This is a pretty good cd too.
- 8. Dookie (1994) by Green Day
I don't like Green Day that much, but this album is pretty good.
- 7. Jagged Little Pill (1995) by Alanis Morrisette
Alanis has turned all sappy now, but "Jagged Little Pill" was great!
- 6. Janet. (1993) by Janet Jackson
Still one of my faves! This is just such a great cd. Janet rocks. The best Jackson by far.
- 5. CrazySexyCool (1994) by TLC
Even though I don't like this cd anymore, I remember being in 5th and 6th grade and really thinking it was great. It's definitely a cd people would remember when they look back at the '90s.
- 4. Dude Ranch (1997) by Blink-182
Not many would remember this cd, unless you are a big fan of Blink's. Most will always remember "Enema Of The State," but that really isn't their best. "Dude Ranch" had semi-hits "Dammit" and "Josie." I just had to get Blink on my list!
- 3. Weezer (1994) by Weezer
Weezer just rules.
- 2. Nevermind (1991) by Nirvana
- 1. Tragic Kingdom (1995) by No Doubt
The best mix of rock and ska. Even though most of their fans would say that they "sold-out" when this album made it big, I don't really think that No Doubt did much selling out. It was an excellent cd and they deserve the credit that they got for it. Also, Gwen Stefani is one of the most notible faces of the the 1990s. My favorite band!
It was hard to pick 10 albums from the '90s that mean/meant a lot to me. Over all.. I tried to pick the ones that will bring back good memories or ones that were just exceptionally great. No *NSYNC or Britney on my list! (Yuck!) Those will be on my WORST list!
By: Andrew Mann
- 10. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
- 9. Blood, Sugar, Sex, Majik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
- 8. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
Very diverse album. It's good to see rappers who can play instuments.
- 7. Vitology by Pearl Jam
Best Pearl Jam album. Every song is good.
- 6. Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dog
Best rap album of the 90s. None of that soft Puff Daddy crap. Awsome grooves.
- 5. Mellow Gold by Beck
Very underrated album, every song is great.
- 4. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
Kicks more ass than any other album from the 90s. That fag Fred Durst can't touch this shit.
- 3. OK Computer by Radiohead
- 2. 40 Oz. To Freedom by Sublime
Great party album for stoners.
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
If you don't think so, your an idiot.
Anyone who likes Limp Bizkit, N' Sync, Kid Rock, Ricky Martin, Eminem, Destiny's Child, Sisquo and all of that TRL Carson Daly crap should die in a violent bloodbath and burn in hell because you an idiot.
By: Sean Teague
- 10. Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
Possibly one of the best hard rock albusm ever made.
- 9. Dirt by Alice in Chains
The second most difficult and uncomprimising album of the 90s (see number 1.)
- 8. Automatic For the People by REM
Their most emotionally direct album to date.
- 7. Achtung Baby by U2
Only U2 could survive the 80s AND the 90s.
- 6. Nevermind by Nirvana
Not as stunning and explosive as "In Utero," but the perfect culimination of Punk's history.
- 5. Parklife by Blur
British rock in a nutshell. Death to Oasis!
- 4. Ten by Pearl Jam
They must have drained their creativity dry fro this matserpiece, because their subsequent albums are no where near as good.
- 3. Odelay by Beck
The 90s junk culture in a nutshell.
- 2. OK Computer by Radiohead
It takes at least three listen to fully appreciate, but it is their most rewarding. An extremely close second.
- 1. In Utero by Nirvana
Criminally overshadowed by "Nevermind."
By: D.L. Noel
- 10. Everything Sucks by Descendants
Great punk album from one of the greatest punk bands ever...
- 9. Mallrats by Soundtrack
epitome of great 90's music - Bush, weezer, etc..
- 8. Losing Streak by Less Than Jake
My first introduction to ska..
- 7. Something to Write Home About by The Get Up Kids
if you like EMO get this album today!
- 6. Nevermind by Nirvana
First CD i ever owned
- 5. Ten by Pearl Jam
- 4. Pinkerton by Weezer
Such a great album that hardly anyone knows about
- 3. Blue Skies....Next 12 Exits by The Ataris
Great punk rock
- 2. Chesire Cat by Blink-182
essence of shitty yet so good so-cal punk
- 1. Weezer by Weezer
one of the greatest albums ever... EMO was created in this album..
- 10. The Man Who by Travis
Who can forget the first time they heard "why does it always rain on me" this album recreated the simplicity in life and love, all in the short span of 35 minutes, a magnificent little beauty
- 9. Enema of the State by Blink 182
this revitalised the Punk-pop of the late 90s and single handedly revitalised punk-pop back to the mainstream, and to wider audience, and despite the seemingly stupid acts of the band, and the sell-out live album that was to follow, this was the simplest and the best punk album of the 90s
- 8. Without You Im Nothing by Placebo
Molko's vocals seem to scream desperation, sarcasm, beauty and knowledge all at the same time, add this to the strange yet honest subject matter, and you have the formula for a great album
- 7. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
This Album just oozes quality, from the acclaim such as "the next Nirvana" Smashing Pumpkins exploded through these accolades and produced killer epics as Today, Disarm, and Soma, this album hides the genius that was to come, but gives the listener an incredible insight into great music
- 6. weezer by weeezr
this album was so sincere, taking the listener through a short but thrilling trip covering love, nerds, and surfing, what more could the average teen ask for and many teens fell in love with this geek-rock album.
- 5. The Bends by Radiohead
This album is simply beautiful, despite the simple stylings of 3 guitars, drums and a bass, and producing such varied pieces as this album is incredible
- 4. Nevermind by Nirvana
who could forget this album, it has such weight behind it, not only the single of the 90's, i think every kid who was growing up in the 80s owned a copy of SOME kind, at SOME point
- 3. Visual Audio Sensory Theatre by VAST
A Dark, Bleak and all cosuming album, this album is a pure description of darkness, forget Cradle of Filth, forget Marilyn Manson, these guys are the pure anti-christ of music
- 2. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins
with 28 tracks, how could there NOT be a song you wouldnt like, although pretencious, this is an epic craft of an album, that only someone like smashing pumpkins could pull off without it seeming gimmicky
- 1. OK Computer by Radiohead
The scope and beauty of this album is beyond description of words, every song is pure genius, and each time you listen to it youll get something new from it. bloody magnificent
this top 10 happens to neglect other great bands that deserve runner up mentions such as: the Beastie Boys, KoRn, Jeff Buckley, Everclear, Built to Spill, Foo Fighters, Bush, Ben Folds Five, Green Day, Powderfinger, Something For Kate, Tool, Portishead, U2, R.E.M., and Pearl Jam
By: Andy Cusack
- 10. Either/Or ('97) by Elliott Smith
The soundtrack for Good Will Hunting brought Elliott to a whole new audience by highlighting many songs from this album. Every song is great and introspective-- it doesn't have the best production (although he shows he is perfectly capable of accomplishing that with 'XO'), but it doesn't need it because its strength is honesty and emotion.
- 9. Pinkerton ('96) by Weezer
Just as fun as the first; it just wasn't as commercially successful because the hooks aren't as obvious and the songs are more personal. For these same reasons, however, I feel it is the better of the two.
- 8. Debut ('93) by Bjork
She puts her heart into every note she sings!
- 7. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea ('98) by Neutral Milk Hotel
I have never heard an album with so much raw emotion in it. I feel drained everytime I listen to it, and that's what makes this so powerful.
- 6. Black Star ('98) by Mos Def & Talib Kweli
Soulful hip-hop that is a result of two immenseley talented artists' frustrations with the excess-glorified music industry and social injustices. It puts political statements, fun, and sincerety back into the mix.
- 5. Odelay ('96) by Beck
This album grabs every aspect of 90's pop-culture and puts it together on an album. This guy is one creative mofo.
- 4. Slanted and Enchanted ('92) by Pavement
Nirvana made it possible for them to be heard...they took the sounds of bands like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine and twisted them into a quirky, catchy pop classic.
- 3. Nevermind ('91) by Nirvana
Nirvana didn't invent a new genre...they used styles of bands like the Pixies, the Melvins, Sonic Youth, the Vaselines, the Meat Puppets etc. etc. and incorporated them into their own unique sound...it didn't hurt that Kurt Cobain was one of the best songwriters to ever grace the planet, either. This album was great because it took many many influences, attitudes, and emotions and perfectly blended them into one phenomenon that spit in the face of the excess, insincerety, and insecurity of crap like the hair bands.
- 2. OK Computer ('97) / The Bends ('95) by Radiohead
Both these albums are brilliant in their own ways--and both are quite different from each other.
- 1. In Utero ('93) by Nirvana
Every song is great; this album does everything that 'Nevermind' did, yet its rawness makes it even more sincere. I cannot listen to only a few tracks at a time--it has to be the whole thing at once. The songs are diverse, Kurt's writing is brilliant, and it feels just as fresh as the previous effort. I just wonder how 'Nevermind' would have sounded if it had been produced in the same way.
- 10. Crazy,Sexy, Cool by TLC
This was the defining album for a staple band of 90s pop and R&B. This is the most success I believe they will ever have but they definitely will hold a place in everyones memories.
- 9. Bush by Bush
What a way to explode onto the rock scene! This album is often overlooked but it really defined mid-90s rock and pure rock this album was. It did not stray far from guitar and noice.
- 8. Mariah Carey by Marian Carey
Mariah's debut. She was still young, true to herself, and gaining confidence. She pretty much ruled the charts throughout a large part of the 90s after one of the most remarkable debuts in history
- 7. Nevermind by Nirvana
This band and this able were the icon of alternative rock. They may not have been the first but they truly set the stage for the Seattle grunge era which I believe was the best music to come out of the 90s
- 6. Dookie by Green Day
When alternative was at its height, this band brought back something that had not been heard since the eighties...popular punk. Dookie was suh a success and all-around fun album.
- 5. Weezer by Weezer
Positively the most interesting development to come out of the 90s. This band was the perfect blend of bubble gum pop and alterno rock. This album was so unique to everything of its time. "Buddy Holly" is timeless. "Say It Ain't So" is inbedded in the memories of so many who were youth during this time.
- 4. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
This IS rap! Todays stuff is great but this was the best rap album ever made. Witty, hard, and catchy nothing will ever live up to this in my eye.
- 3. Bjork by Post
In my opinion, Bjork is the most unappreciated artist EVER! But that works perfectly for her. This album explores ever reach of the music galaxy: big band swing, pure alternative, trip-hop, industrial, simple pop...and all with one of the most interesting voices in the world. This is a must for every collection. No one will ever be her and I am yet to see someone try!
- 2. Mellon Collie and the Infininate Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins
The end of the golden era of alternative music. This album provided us with everything that rock was going towards. Hard chord blended with strings, gut-wretching lyrics, and intriguing electronica. While the Pumpkins have not lived on, their ideas paved the way for rock of the new day while ending the best of alternative rock. This being the best selling double album ever other than a Beatles album proves my point.
- 1. The Bodyguard by Whitney Houston
Anyone with any sense knows that pop is always the top of the music world. This was the best pop album of the 90s. Houston will always go down in history as a classic voice and this will always be her defining hit. Thank Dolly Parton for giving the world "I Will Always Love Y�u." No Celine Dion song will ever express this kind of emotion. Other beautiful tunes like "I Have Nothing" and "I'm Every Woman" made this album the most beautiful to come out of the 90s. This was TRUE pop. Nothing like the cheese pop propelled by younger artist in the late 90s. In the period that brought you Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Sarah McLaughlin, Whitney Houston still proved that she was the diva in charge.
Notice none of that late 90s crap. So many popular bands of the late 90s brought NOTHING new to music. Their sound was not unique. They did not define the 90s. The 90s were ruled by alternative rock and sultry pop ballads and not unimaginative boy bands and princesses of the late 90s.
- 10. Happiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch by Our Lady Peace
This canadian band will become the icon of canadian music soon , cause their music is excellent and their metaphors are awesome, if you are loookinf for great alternative music, well, buy this album. Best SOngs: One Man Army, Thief, Is Anybody Home?, Blister, Waited, Happiness And The Fish.
- 9. Nevermind by Nirvana
Its an incredible record, but not as great as it has become since Cobain's Death, the best songs are : Come as you are, In bloom, Lithium, Territorial Pissings, Lounge Act, Smells like teen spirit, Breed.
- 8. Dirt by Alice In Chains
GRUNGE, GRUNGE, GRUNGE, This album is a grunge masterpiece, just listen to Down in a hole, Rooster, Would?, Dam that River, Angry Chair, Them Bones.
- 7. Purple by Stone Temple Pilots
One of the Best alternative band needs to appear in this list, and it was very hard for me to choose between all their Albums, i decided purple, because i prefer the cover of this one than the others. Meat Plow, Unglued, Interstate Love Song, Still Remains, Kitchenware & Candy Bars, Army Ants.
- 6. Collective Soul by Collective Soul
Great Lyrics and Music, The World I Know and Where The River Flows are two of the best songs of the 90's, also listen to Simple, Gel, December, She Gathers Rain.
- 5. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan is a genious, all the SP albums are amazing but this one, this one is a masterpiece. Bullet with Butterfly wings, Zero, Tonite, Bodies, Here is no why,1979,X.Y.U, Love, Beautiful.
- 4. Throwing Copper by Live
"It's easier not to be great..." but they only make great stuff, if you dont believe me listen: Selling The Drama, I Alone, Pillar Of Davidson, Lightning Crashes, Shit Towne, Iris, Stage.
- 3. V.S. by Pearl Jam
This Cd rocks, forget a bout ten and vitalogy, this one is fucking awesome, Vs and Yield are the best Pearl Jam albums. Rear View Mirror, Animal, Blood, Rats, Go, Daughter, Leash...
- 2. Darkest Days by Stabbing Westward
I cried while hearing this album, If you are in depression, dont listen to this album cause you will shoot yourself... but it would be worth it hear it before dying. This cd contains 16 songs, i love 14, but the best are Save Yourself, Waking Up Beside You, Drugstore, Sometimes It Hurts...etc just buy this godamn CD.
- 1. Sixteen Stone by Bush
Gavin Rossdale is one of the best songwritters alive.Best songs: Comedown, Everything Zen, Little Things, Glycerine, Machinehead, Monkey.
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