What are your top ten favorite albums from the 90s?
By: Steph Coleman
- 10. DayDream (1995) by Mariah Carey
Beautiful Album And Her Songs Are Very Nice & It Sold Over 25 Million Copies
- 9. LETS TALK ABOUT LOVE (1996) by CELINE DION
1 OF THE BEST LOVE ALBUMS AND VOICES IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC PERIOD.,.....
- 8. HIStory (1995) by MICHAEL JACKSON
I LOVE SCREAM, THEY DONT REALLY CARE ABOUT US, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, SMILE, AND MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE ALBUM EARTH SONG & STRANGER IN MOSCOW VERY GOOD MICHAEL JACKSON
- 7. MUSIC BOX (1993) by MARIAH CAREY
UMMMM LETS SEE...... HERO, DREAMLOVER, ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND, WITHOUT YOU (ONE OF THE BEST COVERS EVER. GREAT ALBUM BY MIMI
- 6. The Bodyguard (1992) by Whitney Houston
The best damn song in history is on this album I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU & I HAVE NOTHING THOSE 2 SONGS ARE JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE ME PURCHASE BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR....SOLD OVER 45 MILLION COPIES
- 5. JANET. (1993) by Janet Jackson
OMG this was really one of the best albums that came out in her career and the 1990s.... the lead single thats the way love goes was just one of the best laid back songs of the 1990s and the single anytime, anyplace was just soooo sexuall and also the beautiful ballad agian and the club song called IF and You want This & Throb just an tight album..
- 4. My Life (1992) by Mary J. Blige
I Love this cd cause she speaks the truth of everything that was going on in her life at this point in her life and it one of those r&b albums you can just let it play.
- 3. The Miseducated Of Lauyrn Hill (1998) by Lauryn Hill
THE BEST ALBUM OF THE 1990s OUT OF ALL R&B SOUL HIP HOP ALBUMSSSSS
- 2. The Immaculate Collection (1990) by Madonna
This Album Has All Her Big Huge Hits And I Love Each And Every Song And Madonna Is A Very Nice Entertainer
- 1. Dangerous (1991) by Michael Jackson
This Album Has Black Or WHite, Will You Be There, Who Is It, Remember The Time, Heal The World, Jam, In The Closet..... Plus More Beautiful Songs From The King Of Pop And Michael Jackson Dangerous Album Was My Absolute Favorite....And It Sold Over 32 Million Copies
THIS IS MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE 1990s
- 10. Rubber Neck by Toadies
- 9. Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
- 8. Too Dark Park by Skinny Puppy
- 7. OK Computer by Radiohead
- 6. Dizzy Up the Girl by Goo Goo Dolls
Alternative rock at its finest. The highlight of the album is actually the phenomenal lyrics.
- 5. Odelay by Beck
A masterpiece of that classic 90's feel as well as of sampling, production, and just overall songwriting. "Loose ends tying a noose in the back of my mind..."
- 4. Angel Dust by Faith No More
Mike Patton is one of the few musicians still active who is on top of every genre. His vocal performance on Angel Dust is an incredible leap from that on The Real Thing. See early Mushroomhead and 216 for obvious inspiration. "You are an angel headed for a land of sunshine and fortune is smiling upon you."
- 3. The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails final hurrah as a great band. Trent Reznor peaked at this album combining his intellect, emotion, and experience to create what is in my humble opinion the best double album ever recorded. That's right, even better than The Wall. "The big comedown, isn't that what you wanted?"
- 2. 1965 by The Afghan Whigs
A very close second; touches on alot of the same sensual levels as Dusk. Makes me wonder if Dulli was inspired by Dusk at all. "Whatever did happen to your soul? I heard ya sold it."
- 1. Dusk by The The
Best album of the 90s without question. If I tried to describe why I think this, I'd only look like an idiot. "How could you believe, that the life within the seed that grew arms that reached, and a heart that beat, and lips that smiled, and eyes that cried could ever die?"
There are countless phenomenal albums from the 90s. Probably the greatest decade for music. Dinosaur Jr., Gin Blossoms, Primus, Pixies, Butthole Surfers, A Tribe Called Quest...All great bands from the 90s who deserve to be mentioned. There's so many more, I just can't think of them. Make sure you check out Dusk and 1965; my top two albums of all time.
By: Chris in Poky
- 10. Vulgar Display of Power by Pantera
Pure metal at it's finest. Mouth For War makes me want to tear my house apart when I hear it.
- 9. Devil Without a Cause by Kid Rock
Again, the way I like to remember Kid Rock, back when he kicked ass. Bawitdaba builds at the beginning of the song better than almost no other except for maybe Metallica's Enter Sandman.
- 8. The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters
Probably the best Foo Fighters album. Monkey Wrench is my favorite song on the album, it just rocks especially toward the end with the guitars.
- 7. Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G.
Probably the best 90s hip hop album from the east coast, with the Woo Tang Clan's debut a close second.
- 6. Dookie by Green Day
Green Day the way I like to remember them. Full of energy and more punk. Not like now since they have gotten too political.
- 5. Ten by Pearl Jam
Another of the great Seattle bands. A very strong album overall, especially the first six tracks.
- 4. Nevermind by Nirvana
The album that started it all. Brought the end of hair metal and the beginning of flannel and grunge.
- 3. No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne
Great comeback album by Ozzy. The title track has one of the greatest guitar solos of the 90s. Great road trip CD. when "Desire" comes on I start driving about 95 mph.
- 2. The Chronic by Dr. Dre
My favorite hip hop album of all time. The one that changed hip hop in the early 90s and put the West Coast on top.
- 1. Core by Stone Temple Pilots
STP sometimes doesn't get the respect that Nirvana, Pearl Jam and many of the Seattle Bands get. Bit this album rocks! One of the few albums where every song on the CD is good.
By: The Daug
- 10. Slanted and Enchanted by Pavement
The defining album of Pavement. Yes, Crooked, Rain, Crooked Rain and Brighten the Corners are good too, but nothing compared to Slanted. THE underground indie rock classic!
- 9. Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains
I miss AIC without Layne Staley. One of the most unique sounding lead singers ever. In my opinion, this was Alice in Chains best. A staple of the 90's!
- 8. Versus by Pearl Jam
Another Pearl Jam classic that has no weaknesses. Great guitar riffs, lots of heavy hitting songs, and a couple of slower catchy tunes (Daughter, Elderly Woman, etc.)
- 7. The Bends by Radiohead
This is Radiohead at their best. I know a lot of people love OK Computer and Kid A, but this is my favorite. Thom Yorke and the boys put out a gem with this one!
- 6. Purple by Stone Temple Pilots
STP in their prime. So many great songs on this album. A classic through and through.
- 5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
From the roaring guitars to the trippy dreamy sounds, this album is a masterpiece. Way ahead of it's time, it sounds like it should have been recorded 50 years from now. Everyone should own this album!
- 4. Villains by Verve Pipe
The most underrated album on my list. "The Freshmen" was the hit song on this album, but there are many more songs that are much better. Great top to bottom!
- 3. Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The first CD I ever owned. I know every song by heart. The Peppers finest album to date, and they have had a lot of great ones!
- 2. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
A phenomenal album that has it all! Grunge, grace, angst, and awesome guitar riffs.
- 1. Ten by Pearl Jam
My favorite album of all time. Every song on this album is great. THE classic album during the grunge era!
Great list! I enjoy seeing different people's top albums lists as well. Of course, I am biased to mine, but am intersted in seeing others opinions.
By: Devin Taylor
- 10. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
A conceptual Masterpiece. Jeff Magnum's voice is slightly grating which is why I put it at number ten.
- 9. If Your Feeling Sinister by Belle and Sebastian
Amazing lyrics and catchy melodies. The album flows very nicely also.
- 8. Blur by Blur
Had trouble deciding between this one and Parklife. They're both equally important but I perfer their heavier more experimental side.
- 7. The Slim Shady LP by Eminem
My favorite rap album. Completely twisted.
- 6. Gish by Smashing Pumpkins
My favorite Pumpkins album. Every song is amazing.
- 5. Mezzanine by Massive attack
Trippy as hell and a lot of fun.
- 4. It's a Shame About Ray by The Lemonheads
An Absolute masterpiece. And under an half an hour.
- 3. Loveless by My Bloody Vallentine
Best shoegazer album. Period.
- 2. His And Hers by Pulp
People often debate on whether this or Different Class is their masterpiece. They're both amazing albums but I'd choose this one by a mile.
- 1. Slanted And Enchanted by Pavement
Pavement's 1992 Twisted debut album is the definitive Lo-fi album and it sure is a grower. I didn't like it very much the first time I heard it but it gets better every play.
Honorable Mentions: Sebadoh- III, Blur- Parklife, Pavement- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, The Chemical Brothers- Dig Your Hole, Pixies- Tromp le monde, REM- Automatic For the People.
- 10. Enema of the State by Blink- 182
The strongest they ever put out... pure college party fun.. made the 90's go out on a bang.. great punk songs... amazing drumming
- 9. MTV Unplugged by Alice in Chains
Wow just wow.... to think such a heavy band like this could put down their power and sit down in front of less then 100 people and put on the show of their lives.... its dark, creepy and mind blowing... really got me into them alot more
- 8. BadMotorfinger by Soundgarden
Seattle put into a record... cornell is a mind blowing screamer and the band lets loose for a real heavy, down and dirty grunge record. One of my favs... Room A Thousand Years Wide.. is my personal strongpoint..... this band is friggen tight
- 7. New Miserable Expierence by Gin Blossoms
just a great feel good record... puts the nineties into nutshell...... from top to bottom just great songs... "Hey Jealousy, Allison Road".... the kind of album that sticks in your heart forever...
- 6. Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub
The Fannies' will really blow you away with this one.... the concept into satan ... its the greatest one.. two punch ever... power pop genius... paul john and george would be proud
- 5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
Listen to this... take a nap.... travel through a dream and be amazed... i never heard anything like this ever before... its so distinct and dreamy
- 4. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
Every musical component is put into this record ... its produced great and Corgan is amazing both instrumentally and lyrically... swirling guitar melodies to intense distortion filled choruses where Corgan throws his heart out.... very strong top to bottom.. easy listening
- 3. Frosting on The Beater by The Posies
By far the most underated band of the nineties... These guys in there heyday were pop genius's from the deep northwest .... songs like solar sister, definite door and love letter boxes are power pop greats .. full of swirling harmonies and reverb gretsch... its a guilty pleasure .. favorite of all time
- 2. (What's The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis
Holy shit is that the beatles??!?!?!?! pure genius, guitar driven rock n roll with heart and emotion.... these brothers changed the world
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
If i didn't put it i'd be lying..... from start to finish just pure energy .. and the beautiful ending of something in the way ... just wow
- 10. Atlantis Morisett by Jagged Little Pill
What a great voice.
- 9. mellow gold by Beck
An original and great artist
- 8. Green by REM
The best they've made IMO.
- 7. Sound Garden by Super unknown
- 6. Mothers Milk & Blood Sugar Sex Magic by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
I cannot choose which of these 2 I like more, so I put them in as a tie.
- 5. Jane' Addiction by Ritual De Lo Habitual
- 4. Faith No more by Angel Dust
What a great band! They deserve more love.
- 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
Do I really need to explain?
- 2. Grant Lee Buffalo by Might Joe Moon
Somewhat obscure but brilliant. Do yourself a huge favor and check it out.
- 1. GRACE by Jeff Buckley
Forget one of the best of the 90's, it is one of the best of all time. Period. He had a voice that could break your heart and did. Just Beautiful.
Honorable mentions to Bare Naked Ladies- (Gordon) & Smash Mouth's- (Astro Lounge), as well as Garbage's self titled CD.
By: Rachel L.
- 10. Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind
A lot of hits off of this album.
- 9. Californiacation by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Everyone knows this one.
- 8. Dizzy Up the Girl by Goo Goo Dolls
My favorite Goo Goo Dolls album. A lot of memories from these songs.
- 7. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrissette
So many clever lyrics.
- 6. Gish by Smashing Pumpkins
One of the best debut albums of all time.
- 5. Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains
So many great songs on here.
- 4. Dirty by Sonic Youth
Not the best Sonic Youth album, but the best of the 90s.
- 3. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
Best Pumpkins album in my opinion.
- 2. Live Through This by Hole
Could listen to this one over and over again. Courtney Love kicks ass!
- 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
Kurt Cobain lives on!
I'm a big rock and alternative music fan and was born in the mid 90s so even though I don't remember the decade completely, I think that it was the best decade for music by far.
- 10. 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest are the greatest hip hop groups EVER. that is all
- 9. Achtung Baby by U2
If you hate U2, you watch too much South Park
- 8. Things Fall Apart by The Roots
By the late 90's, hip hop had become nothing but party music ever since the death of pac and BIG. The Roots were one of the few hip hop artists to keep it real from the beggining. Check out their new material too, this aint even their best album, just the best of the 90's
- 7. G. Love and Special Sauce by G. Love and Special Sauce
im 99.9 percent sure not one person readin this owns this album. i dont care how you get it, this is a must listen
- 6. Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
Do i really gotta explain? its RATM, every single thing they do is MAGIC!
- 5. Loveless by My Blody Valentine
PLEAAASSEEE PLLLEEEAAASSEE MBV. Its been 20 bloody years. FINISH THE ALBUM ALREADY!
- 4. Enter the 36 Chambers by Wu Tang Clan
Fuck gangsta rap, hardcore is where its at, if youre into that REAL shit, pick up this album today
- 3. Pinkerton by Weezer
I love how rolling stone originally gave this work of art 2 stars, now they call it an essential alternative album of the 90's. FUCK ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
- 2. Ready to Die by Notorious BIG
Personally i think BIG was really overrated both today and back in the day, but their is no oubt Ready to Die is one, if not THE greatest hip hop album of the 90's
- 1. OK Computer by Radiohead
My favourite album of all time, an essential album for any fan of music
Honourable Mentions, A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory, Radiohead - The Bends, Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication, Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, Gang Starr - Moment of Truth, Pearl Jam - Ten, Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger, Beastie Boys - Ill Communication, Oasis - Definitley Maybe, Beck - Odely,and of course Vanilla Ice.... LOL
- 10. Clumsy by Our Lady Peace
Yes no PJ or Nirvana or Chili Peppers. Those would be in my top 20, but this album just had something that sounded truer to me
- 9. Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morisette
It wasn't cool for a boy to like this. Definantly better then PJ Harvey or Liz Phair in my book.
- 8. Around the Fur by Deftones
They get lumped in the rap rock thing, but this album and what they do now is awesome
- 7. Gentleman by Afghan Whigs
So dark yet beautiful
- 6. The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters
Brillant. Grohl has done more then Cobain ever would have
- 5. Pinkerton by Weezer
I was in the fan club from Blue album but this truly is the best they ever did
- 4. So Much for the Afterglow by Everclear
People forget how big this was and it was good to boot
- 3. Blur by Blur
A middle ground for the band, best of both worlds
- 2. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
Just good song writing, no excess of production
- 1. The Bends by Radiohead
I don't listen to anything else besides a little OK Computer. but this album is perfect
Things I didn't put on, not because others would, but because they didn't rank that high for me were Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Chili Peppers, NIN. Pixies. Pavement. I would have put them in the top 20.
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