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    By: kathleen
    • 10. Follow the Leader by kOrN
    • 9. SUBLIME by Sublime
    • 8. Three dollar bill yall$ by Limp Bizkit
    • 7. Purple by Nine Inch Nails
    • 6. Unplugged In New York by NIRVANA
    • 5. Life Is Peachy by kOrN
    • 4. In Utero by NIRVANA
    • 3. AEnima by tool
    • 2. KoRn by kOrN
    • 1. Nevermind by NIRVANA

    By: Jimmy Madewell
    • 10. KORN by KORN
    • 9. Devik Without a Cause by Kid Rock
    • 8. Green Day by Green Day
    • 7. Nevermind by Nirvana
    • 6. Great Malenko by ICP
    • 5. Follow the Leader by KORN
    • 4. Three Dollar Bill Yalls by Limp Bizkit
    • 3. Issues by KORN
    • 2. Significant Other by Limp Bizkit
      Love the songs.Better than their first album.
    • 1. Enema of the State by Blink 182
      Kick ass band of the 90's

    By: Marius Austad
    • 10. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
    • 9. Bury The Hatchet by The Cranberries
    • 8. K by Kula Shaker
    • 7. Coming Up by Suede
    • 6. Be Here Now by Oasis
    • 5. 1977 by Ash
    • 4. Urban Hymns by The Verve
      Richard Ashcroft
    • 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
      Kurt Cobain. Can I say more?
    • 2. What's The Story Morning Glory? by Oasis
      Their bigger than God
    • 1. Definitely Maybe by Oasis
      Their the biggest

    Nobody can ever be so big like Oasis are.............face it. Tomorrow's gonna be just fine.Believe it.
    By: Adam Coe
    • 10. Crash by Dave Matthews Band
      This guy is a maniac...amazing arrangements, and great songs. Truly eloquent.
    • 9. Violator by Depeche Mode
      One of the best things Britain has ever done for us.
    • 8. In Sides by Orbital
      Try to duplicate this...Orbital are in their own world. Ridiculous.
    • 7. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden
      Rock on. Wicked guitar.
    • 6. Fully Completely by The Tragically Hip
      Again, one of the most original sounding groups, and for some reason basically unknown in the States. We in Canada adore these guys. Straight up rock and roll, and some of the best lyrics written.
    • 5. The Bends/OK Computer by Radiohead
      Too hard to rank one above the other...they're both amazing and truly original records. These guys continue to amaze.
    • 4. Metallica by Metallica
      Again, simply altered the course of grade school for me. Metallica is one of the bands that saved me from the New Kids and pop music as a whole.
    • 3. Pearl Jam by Ten
      Changed the course of Grade 7, and everything to come. The first album I ever bought on compact disc. Amazing.
    • 2. Nevermind by Nirvana
      It's hard to put a definitive ranking on ten albums...maybe view these as the best in no particular order. Nirvana was a band with simple songs, but a huge message and intergalactic appeal.
    • 1. Any and all by The Smashing Pumpkins
      I can't separate them because they all rule. Rock perfectly executed. There is nothing higher.

    Sadly I left out amazing records by Nine Inch Nails (the downward spiral), Beck (Odelay), as well as a host of others who made wicked music. I could maybe do a top 25 or 30 and even that would be tough.
    By: Rob Hofmann
    • 10. 40 Oz. to Freedom by Sublime
      Skunk Records, 1992. Probably the most underappreciated album on my list. I defy anyone to not enjoy this album.
    • 9. Play by Moby
      V2, 1999.
    • 8. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
      Sony, 1998. I was floored when I heard this album. It singlehandedly made hip-hop fresh again.
    • 7. (tie) 36 Chambers and The Chronic by Wu-Tang Clan and Dr. Dre
      RCA, 1993, and Death Row, 1992, respectively. The two best rap albums of the 90s. The Wu-Tang Clan entered uncharted territories with the RZA's spare, dark beats and the distinctive and innovative rapping of all 9 members on "Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers". "The Chronic" set a blueprint for all g-funk albums of the era with Dre's knowledgable production and the introducion of previously unknown Snoop Doggy Dogg. Its misogynist and homophobic lyrics make it easy to denounce, but its groundbreaking music makes it impossible to ignore. "36 Chambers" is by far the better album, but "The Chronic" is probably more important.
    • 6. Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
      Matador, 1993. I was surprised not to see this album on more lists.
    • 5. G. Love & Special Sauce by G. Love & Special Sauce
      OKeh, 1994. Philly-born-and-bred G. Love mixes blues, hip-hop, and alternative in a tasty mix of styles. "Cold Beverage," "Baby's Got Sauce," and "Shooting Hoops" will always make me smile, while "This Ain't Living" is a socially-conscious masterpiece. My favorite part of the album, however, is the simple, sincere closer, "I Love You".
    • 4. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
      R&S, 1993. A debut album rather than a greatest hits, as the title would lead you to believe, AMG calls Selected Ambient Works "a watershed of ambient music... it reveals no influences and sounds unlike anything that preceded it."
    • 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
      DGC, 1991. Yeah, I know, it's on everybody's list, but that's for a very good reason.
    • 2. The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner by Ben Folds Five
      Sony/550, 1999. A vastly underplayed album. I had been into Ben Folds Five from the get-go, having won their 1995 debut from a radio station before it hit stores. I enjoyed the novelty of a guitarless rock band, and their powerpop sensibilities. Their second album showed some maturity in Folds' songwriting, as evidenced by the hit single, "Brick". Nothing, however, prepared me for the artistic breakthrough of their third album. It's simply a delicate masterpiece, a perfectly formed gem in pop music. "Don't Change Your Plans" is an elegant and sweeping yet fragile and personal song, the best on the album. Other highlights include the energetic "Army", the powerful "The Magic That Holds the Sky Up From the Ground", and the perfect closer, the beautiful "Lullabye".
    • 1. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
      Atlantic, 1991. I don't think anything I could say about this album could possibly do it justice.

    Aargh! It's so hard to make a Top 10... I'm much more comfortable with a Top 20, so I've decided to list my 11-20 albums as "Honorable Mention" 11. Weezer - "Weezer" (commonly known as "the blue album") 12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Bloodsugarsexmagik" 13. My Bloody Valentine - "Loveless" 14. Björk - "Post" 15. R.E.M. - "Automatic For the People" 16. Nine Inch Nails - "The Downward Spiral" 17. Blackstar - "Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar" 18. Smashing Pumpkins - "Siamese Dream" 19. A Tribe Called Quest - "The Low End Theory" 20. Matthew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
    By: Sam Lachterman
    • 10. Tape Head by King's X
    • 9. Fight For Your Mind by Ben Harper
    • 8. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
    • 7. Grace by Jeff Buckley
    • 6. The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion by The Black Crowes
    • 5. Images and Words by Dream Theater
    • 4. Ten by Pearl Jam
    • 3. Ritual de lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction
    • 2. Nevermind by Nirvana
    • 1. Metallica (Black Album) by Metallica

    The Led Zeppelin Live BBC Sessions were released in 1997, but I included only original albums.
    By: Jules
    • 10. Crash by Dave Matthews Band
    • 9. Pieces of You by Jewel
    • 8. Smash by Offspring
    • 7. To the Faithful Departed by Carnberries
    • 6. Blood Sugar Sex Magic by Red Hot Chilly Peppers
    • 5. Joshua's Tree by U2
    • 4. Nevermind by Nirvana
    • 3. Automatic for the People by R.E.M.
    • 2. Subilme by Subilme
    • 1. Californication by Red Hot Chillt Peppers

    all i can say is that these are the albums i just can't get sick of listening to. love them all
    By: Zoey
    • 10. Double Live by Garth Brooks
      This cd has all of his biggest hits on it.....just really good music.
    • 9. Self Titled Debut by Christina Aguliera
      this girl can SING.....
    • 8. No Strings Attached by N Sync
      Good sophomore album...even though many of the songs sound similar, it shows talent (especially the acapella song) and, hey, they CAN dance...
    • 7. Backstreet Boys by Backstreet Boys
      This was my favorite cd for the longest time...it's one of those cds that you can just put on and let it play through...
    • 6. Chapter 1: A New Beginning by The Moffatts
      Great cd....too bad they're not really popular in the US (they're a Canadian band) This cd has everything from pop songs to rock to ska...
    • 5. The Science of Things by Bush
      This cd is sooooooooooo good! the mix of the music and gavin rossdale's vocals is purely magic.
    • 4. Enema of the State by Blink 182
      AWESOME cd!!!! the songs are genius and the guys rock!
    • 3. Back at One by Brian McKnight
      I can't say enough how much i love this album....
    • 2. Significant Other by Limp Bizkit
      GREAT album!!!
    • 1. Millenium by Backstreet Boys
      I HAD to add this cd...it broke records, made them even more popular and really shows their talent. Definately one of my favorites...

    I know i put a lot of newer cds on my list but i can't really think of any cds that really made a impact on me from the early 90s (unless New Kids on the Block count...hehehe)
    By: Josh S.
    • 10. Dookie by Green Day
      This album is punk in it's purest form. Great music, cheesy teen-angst lyrics, and the artwork is great. The cover is very entertaining, I used to stare at it for hours. It's like a page out of Where's Waldo? Anyway, it's just cool.
    • 9. Cracked Rear View by Hootie And The Blowfish
      This is the first album I ever owned, so I had to include it. When I listen to it, I get very nostalgic. It's just awesome!
    • 8. Ten by Pearl Jam
      This is the grunge album of the 90's. Not Nevermind, which wasn't even close to this. Pearl Jam was a lot more talented than Nirvana, and it's a shame that they weren't recognized as much as Nirvana. They are still a great band.
    • 7. Crash by Dave Matthews Band
      This is a good album to play when you are just chilling with a couple of good friends. I love this style of music. Actually, I think that DMB is the only band that's DOING this style of music.
    • 6. No. 4 by Stone Temple Pilots
      In my opinion, this is the best album by STP. The songs can be heavy, but at the same time, they're slow. It's a great album, that's all I can say.
    • 5. My Own Prison by Creed
      This album just rocks. Whether you are in an angst ridden mood, or just want to chill, this is a great album to have playing in the background.
    • 4. The Bends by Radiohead
      This album is genius. It begins with Planet Telex, an incredible song, and just keeps on going to the end. Yorke's vocals are fantastic, he's extremely emotional on this album, especially on the track Fake Plastic Trees. Great record.
    • 3. Recovering The Satellites by Counting Crows
      I enjoy just about every song on this record. The songs are very relaxing, and the lyrics are introspective. And having Adam Duritz on vocals doesn't hurt at all.
    • 2. Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind
      I'm not a big fan of the several of the tracks on it. Actually, I only like one of the singles. But the last few songs, and a couple of the first, are so incredible, I had to put it on the list.
    • 1. Clumsy by Our Lady Peace
      This is undoubtedly the best album of all time. Every single song on this album is incredible. It changed my life. The songs "Carnival" and"4am" truly stand out. Even the cover art is good. There is not one thing wrong with this album.

    There are a ton of albums not included, like Naveed/Our Lady Peace, Navy Blues/Sloan, Triptych/The Tea Party, etc. In my opinion, the 90's were a great time for music. I realize that there were A TON of sellouts in the 90's, such as Britney, Limp Bizkit, Ricky Martin, Eminem, N'Sync. But in this new decade, let's hope that they disappear, and true artists begin to get the credit that they deserve.
    By: Ryan
    • 10. Psycho Circus by Kiss
      great comeback for a group that has not played together in over 15 years!
    • 9. Dirt by Alice in Chains
      great Group Great Album
    • 8. Supernatural by Santana
      Oustanding comeback For the guitar legend
    • 7. Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters
      amazing debut.
    • 6. Metallica by Metallica
      The best Metallica album ever.
    • 5. Devil Without A Cause by Kid Rock
      His First Big Album In His 10 Year Career.
    • 4. Blood Sugar Sex Magic by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
      Big Breakthrough For this Band
    • 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
      The Album That changed the 90's
    • 2. Evil Empire by Rage Against the MAchine
      Great Album And It finally got them noticed.
    • 1. Significant Other by Limp Bizkit
      Greatest 90's album ever. i've never seen an album get so popular in a short amount of time.

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