What are your top ten favorite albums from the 90s?
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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... :-)
- 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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