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    By: Camille
    • 10. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins
      Umm, its the Pumpkins! Great album. . .
    • 9. Ten by Pearl Jam
      This was my first concert. Well Pearl Jam was. And this is my favorite album that they have done.
    • 8. Dirt by Alice in Chains
      What more can I say?
    • 7. My Own Prison by CREED
      Great "debut" album. . . the first album of a band will always be the greatest. Practically every song is well written.
    • 6. Sublime by Sublime
      Excellent piece of work before Bradley's death. . .
    • 5. Live On by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
      Here again, every song is amazing
    • 4. Neon Ballroom by Silverchair
      Great CD, no matter what anyone says
    • 3. Trouble Is. . . by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
      Every song is great. Its an album you can listen ALL the way through, rather than skipping around. . .
    • 2. Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Always a classic. . . Its great
    • 1. Nevermind by Nirvana
      How can you NOT like this CD??? It basically opened the flood gates for music today, and finally got rid of GLAM-ROCK!

    There are so many albums that I think are awesome, but there just isn't enough space to right it all. . .There are a lot of albums that come close to these, but for me, these are the ones that I always take with me and that I always have in my cd player.
    By: RollingStoner
    • 10. Nola by Down
      This Pantera, COC, Eyehategod and Crowbar side project is New Orleans-style metal at its finest.
    • 9. Chemical Brothers by Dig Your Own Hole
      This made techno music a viable commercial form, although I think sales are the only thing stopping this from being legit underground dance.
    • 8. Burn My Eyes by Machine Head
      Machine Head's first release, it's melodic and ferocious but not quite as catchy as The More Things Change.
    • 7. Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
      This album made everything that followed possible.
    • 6. Times of Grace by Neurosis
      This is the soundtrack to my nightmares. Dark, intense, crazy trip - best if fueled by drugs. Sickly heavy.
    • 5. Fumbling Toward Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan
      Amazing talented woman, hella catchy songs, angelic voice.
    • 4. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden
      Chris Cornell and company released an amazing batch of intricate grunge masterpieces that would've pushed the band through the roof if it would have been released 2 years later.
    • 3. Aenima by Tool
      Amazing band that everyone has heard. No need to say more.
    • 2. Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss
      Redefined the entire "stoner rock" genre as we know it ... absolutely amazing piece of work. Only the lackluster "Thong Song" keeps it from #1.
    • 1. The More Things Change... by Machine Head
      Heavy yet melodic, intense as hell and completely off the hook, Machine Head's second album slays everything else released this decade.

    I wish I woulda had room to put a Slayer album or maybe the first Monster Magnet CD. Also Bjork - she's a friggin' genius. Oh well - maybe in a top 20.
    By: Meghann Hintz
    • 10. New Kids On The Block by New Kids On The Block
    • 9. Brittney Spears by opps I Did It Again
    • 8. Billy Gillman by Billy Gillman
    • 7. Nsync by Nsync
    • 6. Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys
    • 5. Peter Eddie by Peter Eddie
    • 4. Britney Spears by Britney Spears
    • 3. Backstreet Boys by Millenium
    • 2. Blessed Union of Soul by Blessed Union of Soul
    • 1. Nsync no strings attached by Blessed Union of Soul

    By: zoey
    • 10. deftones by around the fur
    • 9. aenima by tool
    • 8. remedy by basement jaxx
    • 7. homogenic by bjork
    • 6. mellon collie and the infiante sadness by smashing pumpkins
    • 5. still in hollywood by concrete blond
    • 4. galore by the cure
      so i snuck this one in. its a compilations , but it was re-released in 97 with 1 new song for the album
    • 3. the fragile-or everything by trent by nine inch nails
      one of the most complete and diverse albums ever written
    • 2. post by bjork
      eccentric lady land, shes great,soo cute
    • 1. little earthquakes-really everthing by tori by tori amos
      shes the godess of music

    By: Erik Heggem
    • 10. Machine Head by Burn my eyes
      blows (almost) every any other band of stage
    • 9. Weezer by Pinkerton
      yeah! great band
    • 8. Motorpsycho by Angels And Daemons At Play
      norwegian rock/indie band. deserves world domination
    • 7. Deftones by Around the fur
      another classic album.
    • 6. Nofx by Punk in Drublic
      the best (punk) band ever
    • 5. Korn by Korn
      Also a groundbreaking album!
    • 4. Beastie Boys by ill communication
      mixing hip hop, punk and other styles makes them my heroes
    • 3. Marilyn Manson by Mechanical Animals
      manson did a great album and provoced a lot of people :)
    • 2. Fear Factory by Demanufacture
      the only realy good industrial-metal album
    • 1. Pantera by Vulgar Display of power
      Groundbreaking, classic album from the one few true metal bands

    By: Kevin Schneider
    • 10. Metallica by Metallica
      Definitely a classic. My kids will listen to this CD, and right now Im 19
    • 9. King for a Day, Fool for a lifetime by Faith no More
      They do it again, completely change their sound, but keep producing some of the best, detailed and smartest music on the market.
    • 8. Album of the year by Faith No More
      their last album, and truelya masterpeice. Why did they have to break up? Oh yeah i remember now
    • 7. Nirvana by nevermind
      i don;t need to ay anything else about this one
    • 6. Mr. Bungle by Mr. Bungle
      This record is a great intro to the world and sounds of Bungle. Wonderfully themed, and the tunes can make you want to dance, headbang, or puke. No one can match Mr. Bungle
    • 5. Freakshow by silverchair
      Can you argue with silverchair. Everyone likes them, and they are still very young. This album is awesome and they have so much potential still.
    • 4. Odelay by Beck
      Beck is such a solid, sound musician. On Odelay, he creates a groove to and get high to rhapsody of notes and noises. A+
    • 3. Disco Volante by Mr. Bungle
      Bungle is again able to redefine music and create a sound never heard before, and only they can duplicate it. They are the best band of the 90's
    • 2. S.C.I.E.N.C.E. by Incubus
      "redefine" sets the bar for the rest of the album. Science is wonderfully themed, and nearly a musicla masterpeice.
    • 1. California by Mr. Bungle
      I agree, everyone should have this album. Bungle keeps outdoing themselves, and California is an instant classic.

    I judged my choices on creativity, and overall talent of the band. Record sales do not determine if a band is really good or not. It s not what you sell, it what you make. I am biased to bands that can produce a sound unique to only them. i.e. Mr. Bungle, Incubus, Beck
    By: Nathan
    • 10. ChimChim's Badass Revenge by Fishbone
      Chaotic and manic set from these delightfully insane ecletics. These guys have the most energy of any band on this list. They are incredibly underrated...they have also endured despite an industry that likes to put black artists in the inescapable R-and-B/rap box. This album is their least commercial, but it is their best! Oh yeah, this band is the best live band EVER.
    • 9. Wish by The Cure
      Beautiful melodies with alienated morose lyrics. The result is an album that can move you to tears if you're not careful. It is very easy to relate to this too, which is a little scary to think about.
    • 8. BloodSugarSexMagick by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      The funkiest album of the 90's. They need to make another album like this and drop the pop crooning of Californication. Easily the best album from a group of Hollywood freaks who became famous and mainstream. Maybe there is some justice in the industry.
    • 7. Ritual de lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction
      The best album from a band that unfortunately self-destructed. (Lemme guess...was the reason drugs? Yawn...)Amazing dichotomy of sublime beauty and utter decadence. Perry Farrell is one of the best frontmen in the last 30 years.
    • 6. Achtung Baby by U2
      U2's successful reinvention hasn't aged a day since its release. Wonderfully crafted futuristic Euro-edged pop, with the occasional classicist U2 song.
    • 5. Henry's Dream by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
      Cave in top apocalyptic form. Angst ridden, cathartic, gothic blues with heavy drama. Occasionally veers on the edge of melodrama, but still a powerful and compelling effort from a great band and an incredibly underrated (and possibly a bit disturbed) performer/poet/vocalist. Formerly of the goth-punk pioneers the Birthday Party.
    • 4. The Night by Morphine
      The last effort from a great band. These guys had so much more offer, but unfortunately Mark Sandman passed away too soon. This album is their most beautiful and far-reaching, but all of them are great.
    • 3. OK Computer by Radiohead
      This album is stunningly beautiful. If you're in the right mood, this one can always make you cry. A breathtaking masterpiece from a band that is continuing to push the envelope. (See "Kid A")
    • 2. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out by Yo La Tengo
      A luminary act of the indie community that has sustained its integrity. The Velvet Underground of the 80s and 90s. This album is their best.
    • 1. Mule Variations by Tom Waits
      Tom is an absolute genius, and his latest release proves it convincingly.

    Honorable mentions: Julian Cope "Jehovahkill", the Slackers, Beck "Mellow Gold" or "Odelay", Bad Brains "Spirit Electricity", Nirvana "Nevermind" (for none of the obvious reasons), Living Colour "Stain", Tom Waits "Bone Machine", RHCP "One Hot Minute", Butthole Surfers "Independent Worm Saloon"...Lastly, I would like to add that this listener is largely disgusted with the sacharrine, uninspired state of pop music and the pre-packaged nature of the majority of the artists on the charts. There needs to be some type of musical movement that destroys these corporate foundations. "What can I say about politics...I'm an anarchist." -Angelo Moore, Fishbone
    By: Paul Nolan
    • 10. Emergency On Planet Earth by Jamiroquai
      Their debut, and great. Unfortunately, things went downhill since Travelling Without Moving, but at least they produced 3 great albums.
    • 9. Ultra Violet by Bananarama
      Great stuff. Not as good as WOW or Deep Sea Skiving but then they were classics.
    • 8. Travelling Without Moving by Jamiroquai
      Another good relaxation album. 'High Times' is probably the top track on this great CD
    • 7. Northern Star by Mel C
      She's come a long, long way since her Spice Girls days (thankfully) and has made some great tracks (Goin' Down excluded)
    • 6. Nightlife by Pet Shop Boys
      Okay, so it's not their best album (they came in the 80s), but it's still brilliant. Neil's melancholy drone is perfect for relaxation (I meant that in a good way)
    • 5. Killing Time by Tina Cousins
      Tina is brilliant. She is one of the few artists who manage to get above the SAW cheesy pop line and produce something special.
    • 4. Cheapness and Beauty by Boy George
      A definite modern classic. 'Il Adore' is one of his best songs and brings a tear to my eye whenever I hear it.
    • 3. Steptacular by Steps
      (I know, I know...) We can't take ourselves seriously all the time. Steps are fun and they must have something or they would have just disappeared (look at the disaster that was Scooch). I've loved steps since '5,6,7,8' and although they'll never be as good as Bananarama, they are one of the 90s' redeeming features. (pluss they took a mediocre BeeGees song and made it one of the biggest hits of the decade)
    • 2. Martyr Mantras by Jesus Loves You
      One of George's best. This vies with 'Colour By Numbers' as his best work.
    • 1. Don't Mind If I Do by Culture Club
      Quite different from their earlier albums - definitely more mature - but still great, especially 'Back Comedy' and the cover of 'Starman', which is nearly as great as the original (and I love Bowie, so that's a huge compliment!)

    I know my list contains a lot of cheese, but I've one thing to say. If you say you don't like cheesy pop then I think you're fibbing, and you're too embarrased to come out (and I bet you know the steps for Tragedy, anyway... :-)
    By: Andrew
    • 10. posthumous by xenophobe
      this band fucking rules!!!!!!!!
    • 9. sublime by sublime
    • 8. smashing pumkins by adore
    • 7. parachutes by coldplay
      this band rocks and has great lryics
    • 6. batlle of L.A. by rage agians the machine
    • 5. pinkerton by weezer
      i listened to this hole album all the way through when i go it thats good!!!
    • 4. in utero by nirvana
      common its nirvana
    • 3. Weezer by weezer
      as soon as i heard these guys i got hooked to thier great lryics and amazing talent as a band
    • 2. white pony by deftones
      this is their latest album..
    • 1. Around the fur by deftones
      this band is the rock band around these days and dont get any credit for their hard work!!!

    dont wait for the mucis to come to you go out and find it!!!!!
    By: Roderick O'Neil
    • 10. Superfuzz Bigmuff by Mud Honey
      Best Track: Touch Me I'm Sick
    • 9. Foo Fighters by The Color And The Shape
      Best Track: Everlong
    • 8. REM by Automatic For The People
      Best Track: Everybody Hurts
    • 7. OK Computer by Radiohead
      Best Track: Exit Music (for a film)
    • 6. Performance and Cocktails by Stereophonics
      Best Track: Is Yesterday Tomorrow Today?
    • 5. Ten by Pearl Jam
      Best Track: Garden
    • 4. Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls
      Best Track: Iris
    • 3. 100 Broken Windows by Idlewild
      Best Track: Roseability
    • 2. In Utero by Nirvana
      Best Track: All Apologies
    • 1. The Bends by Radiohead
      Best Track: The Bends

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