90s Icon
World Events

Music Poster Books

Check out ChuckyG's reviews of books about concert posters and other music picture books.

Top Ten Albums of the 90s

70s Icon
70s Top Ten Albums
80s Icon
80s Top Ten Albums

What are your top ten favorite albums from the 90s?

    By: chris
    • 10. Vs. by Pearl Jam
    • 9. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 8. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
    • 7. Achtung Baby by U2
    • 6. Odelay by Beck
    • 5. Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
    • 4. Wildflowers by Tom Petty
    • 3. Unplugged In New York by Nirvana
    • 2. The Bends by Radiohead
    • 1. Ten by Pearl Jam

    By: Wes W.
    • 10. Throwing Copper by Live
      I don't no why people didn't include this album but they are one of the best alternative bands ever.
    • 9. Crash by Dave Matthews Band
      See Above
    • 8. Before These Crowded Streets by Dave Matthews Band
      When Dave Matthews use is at his best theres no beating him. Hes has the most unique since of music in the industry.
    • 7. Americana by Offspring
      This album kicked serious ass...talk about punk this one delivered...best punk album since Dookie.
    • 6. Clumsy by Our Lady Peace
      This album really made me think about life in general when i first listen to it...its one of those hooks ya the first time ya hear it albums
    • 5. Ok Computer by Radio Head
      Pure genius...this a great listen.
    • 4. Godsmack by Whatever
      Some people don't appreciate the album but I love it...Whatever itself puts me in a good mood.
    • 3. Whats the Story Morning Glory by Oasis
      Champainge Supernova still goes threw my head daily.
    • 2. Dookie by Green Day
      Another one of those great albums ive enjoyed and still listen to.
    • 1. Metallica by Metallica
      This album made me a Metallica fan and completely changed my outlook of music! to bad metallica sold out.

    I wish there was room for more but in my opinion these are my favroites...Honorable metnions Sublbime/sublime 3 dollar bill yall/Limbizkit Beatles Anthologys 1+2+3(would have been in the top 10 but weren't origional albums) and Ten by Pearl Jam!
    By: Gerge
    • 10. garage inc. by METALLICA
      great cd for any time
    • 9. human clay by creed
      just awesome
    • 8. dude ranch by blink182
      this cd is my life story
    • 7. what's the story morning glory by oasis
      when oasis was cool
    • 6. collective soul by collective soul
      a little mellow, but rocks
    • 5. master of puppets by METALLICA
      great metal!
    • 4. dookie by green day
      found it in my sis' room and have had it ever since
    • 3. nevermind by nirvana
      classic rock
    • 2. appetite for destruction by guns 'n roses
    • 1. Blackest album by METLLICA
      this has to be # 1.

    METALLICA, rock on,
    By: john
    • 10. sublime by sublime
      another one of those albums youve never listened to sober....man i cant remember the last party ive been to where i havent heard this record
    • 9. transister by 311
      21 tracks (22 if your lucky) to trip out on....its easy to overlook bands like 311 and their music...next time your toking it up at a party give a listen to whats blaring from the stereo
    • 8. the bends by radiohead
      excellent record...still inferior to ok computer, but what isnt?
    • 7. melon collie and the infinate sadness by smashing pumpkins
      the defintive angst album of the nineties...sums up everything everyone else was saying in the mid ninties in one record
    • 6. kerplunk/dookie by green day
      definitive, impressive, simple...proved that three chord music will live on forever
    • 5. rage against the machine by rage against the machine
      before they were on mtv a little band from l.a. released a record that changed the mood of the nineties from angst to anger....limp bizkit and korn and all those other lousy hard bands can trace all of thier success to this album
    • 4. weezer/pinkerton by weezer
      c'mon, weezer is awesome.
    • 3. how it feel to be something on by sunny day real estate
      who the hell is sunny day real estate you ask? the best band you've never heard of....and i cant say that it bothers me you dont know who they are :)
    • 2. ok computer by radiohead
      ranks number three on my all time list behind the white album and nevermind just above dark side of the moon....this is one incredibly powerful record
    • 1. nevermind by nirvana
      before nevermind alternative music was confined to a small rack in the back of my local record shop...nevermind changed EVERYTHING

    By: Canuck - Top Ten Canadian Albums of the 90s
    • 10. This Child by Susan Aglukark
      A First Nations woman, Aglukark neatly blended her roots with modern music to create a fascinating album. The result is a disc that I still play all the time; the music is bright and invigorating, with that great exotic edge.
    • 9. Naveed by Our Lady Peace
      Thanks to this album, OLP slowly but surely climbed to a secure position at the top of the Cdn alternative music hill. Interesting songs with a compelling drive to them (the most-played was 'Starseed').
    • 8. The Ghosts That Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies
      A surprise hit in the early part of the decade, the Superman Song was played nonstop on the airwaves (not to mention in my home). It's not often a voice like that comes onto the pop music scene - if the lead singer sang any lower, it would be beneath the range of human hearing. The vocals make your bones rattle.
    • 7. Dear Dear by 54.40
      A solidly classic Cdn band. This was one of their most popular discs released in the 90s, and deservedly so.
    • 6. whatever the hell that first album was called by The Tea Party
      Although I can't recall the darn name, their debut disc recieved much attention. Interesting trance-y music, slow and densem, with cool vocals which some said were a ripoff of some earlier band, but hey, they were the only ones doing it in the 90s so who cares?
    • 5. Shakespeare My Butt by Lowest Of The Low
      Not as well known as other 90s Cdn bands (I'm not sure they're still around, either), they were nonetheless one of the best finds in the scene. I played this disc until it wore out. Extremely witty lyrics, feel-good tunes with an edge of seriousness.
    • 4. Gordon by Barenaked Ladies
      If you never knew what to do if you had a million dollars, just listen to this disc. Buy a llama? Eat more Kraft Dinner? Buy a green coat (but not a real green coat - that's cruel)? Extremely fun, enjoyable band exploded onto the scene with this disc; not only masters of musical humor, but also very talented instrumentalists and vocalists.
    • 3. Surfacing/Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan
      Can't decide between the two. A driving force in furthering the Cdn music industry; we have her to thank for Lilithfair.
    • 2. The Visit by Loreena McKennitt
      An incredibly talented vocalist, this was her first album to really be recognized (she finally got some airplay with The Mummer's Dance off of her newest disc, "The Book of Secrets". Truly unique music, ethereal and complex, rich with world influences and interesting instruments.
    • 1. Fully Completely by The Tragically Hip
      The undisputed kings of Cdn rock. Fathers of Another Roadside Attraction, which helped launch a number of other bands in this list. Also extremely entertaining to see live, thanks to the lead singer and his beatific facial expressions.

    As I was trying to make up my Top Ten 90s Albums list, I kept coming up with Canadian music that I am not sure ever made it far beyond our borders, but was undoubtedly important to the decade. So I thought I would make up a list of purely Canuck music of the 90s. Some of this may be familiar to American listeners, some not, but I encourage anyone to check these bands and discs out. Honorable mentions go to: Colin James and The Little Big Band (1 and 2), Tom Cochrane, Great Big Sea (Up), Corky and the Juice Pigs, Moxy Fruvous, Rhymes with Orange, Headstones, I Mother Earth, Killjoys, Junkhouse, Moist, and the Watchmen, among others.
    By: ~*Caroline*~
    • 10. Wonderworld by Molly's Yes
      This is the coolest pop album I have ever heard, and I hate pop. This is a mix of pop and alternative, with awesome drum solos and cool lyrics.
    • 9. Dosage by Collective Soul
      If you feel philosphical, listen to this. The lyrics are very deep and thought-provoking. But it also rocks.
    • 8. Dizzy Up The Girl by Goo Goo Dolls
      This album is so cool. It's the best one from the Goo Goo Dolls so far.
    • 7. Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind
      This is the best album for parties. Third Eye Blind is so awesome and they have great songs too.
    • 6. Follow The Leader by KoRn
      KoRn rocks!! This album is so awesome!!
    • 5. Americana by Offspring
      This is the first cd I ever bought on my own, I think. I was 13 and memorized almost the entire thing. It is so awesome!!
    • 4. So Much For The Afterglow by Everclear
      Everclear is so cool. This album is full of great songs and plenty of anger. Good album to listen to when you are pissed off.
    • 3. Nevermind by Nirvana
      This band rocks!!!! Smells Like Teen Spirit is definitely a great song and the video is so cool!!!
    • 2. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      This album is so awesome!! It's the best chili peppers album out there.
    • 1. Enema of The State by blink-182
      this is like the album that defines 1999. blink is so awesome!!

    Just for the record, all those stupid boy bands have no talent whatsoever. They don't write their own songs or play their own music. They all suck.
    By: Twelve Gauge God
    • 10. Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson
      This album came out during a very dark point in my life, and for some reason, it helped me through it.
    • 9. Undertow by Tool
      A great concept album from the most underapreciated rock bands of the 90's.
    • 8. Surfacing by Sarah McLachlan
      Deeply moving and melancholy.
    • 7. Boys For Pele by Tori Amos
      Although considered by most critics and fans to be her worst album, it was the one that made me a fan of hers. I find it dark and disturbing, and always enjoyable.
    • 6. Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson
      The ultimate album of sin, hate, and debauchery. I feel dirty after I listen to it. But I think that's the point.
    • 5. The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails
      One of the best, most creative albums of the 90's. Gives me faith in the future of music.
    • 4. Karma by Delerium
      I know no one has heard of them, but Delerium is truly beyond definition. This album is almost a religious experience. Check them out.
    • 3. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
      Epic journey through despair and self-hatred. One of the most influential albums of all time.
    • 2. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
      Her debut album is still her best.
    • 1. Aenima by Tool
      This album, quite simply, rocks.

    Other great artists of the 90's: Soundgarden, Metallica, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains, Garbage, Rammstein, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, Creed, too many to mention.
    By: Robin Bird Fly
    • 10. Backstreet Boys (1995) by Backstreet Boys
      Did you have any doubt I'd mention them again?! They are defintily the artists of the 90's in my opinion and I'm sure many other people would agree, and not just teenage girls. Their music can be heard by everyone and even though this particular album was imported from overseas and didnt make it very big in the US its still one of my favorite albums of all time. Love you BSB!!!
    • 9. Unleash The Dragon(1999) by Sisqo
      What can I say? The "Thong Song" was the Spring Break song of 2000!! Major props out to Sisqo!
    • 8. 5ive(1998) by 5ive
      5ive didnt get as much recognition in the states as I thought they would. I think they're a great new boy band with music that has a different feel to it and sets them apart from other boy bands as well as other artists period.
    • 7. Devil Without a Cause(1998) by Kid Rock
      More Detroit pride comin' from Kid Rock who has been an artist for 10 years but never recognized until this album was released. Songs like "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy" really made their mark and who can forget the beautiful ballad "Only God Knows" Kid has certainly managed to not be a forgotten artist any longer!!
    • 6. Oooo on the TLC Tip(1993) by TLC
      This funky and independant "girl group" really made me cross over from the music I was currently listening to and broaden my horizons to new peaks. I think it's really wonderful how they can express themselves so freely and not worry about what critics and haters think.
    • 5. Enrique (1999) by Enrique Iglesias
      Forget Ricky Martin, Enrique should've hit a lot bigger than he did. With catchy tunes like "Baliamos" and "Rhythm Divine" he shouldve blown "La Vida Loca" out of the water. He has definitly proven not to be in his father's shadow any longer!
    • 4. Backstreet's Back (1997) by Backstreet Boys
      Again I have to give it up for BSB. They set the new generation of the trend teenage girls are STILL going nuts for--the whole boy band thing. If people can get pass the stereotype of "boy bands" and listen to the talented vocalists in BSB they would truly respect them as artists and realize that theyre NOT NKOTB and theyre gonna be around for many years to come.
    • 3. LFO (1999) by LFO
      LFO has clever lyrics and a nice blend of R&B, pop and a little bit of rap thrown in with it.
    • 2. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) by Eminem
      Eminem is the best rapper of all time in my opinion. He has definitly topped the Slim Shady LP by far. He's just such a talented writer and artist. I admire him very much.
    • 1. Millennium (1999) by Backstreet Boys
      They're the only REAL boy band!! Not only are they serious about music and dancing they also write. This album was the bomb and deserves to be heard EVERYDAY!!!!

    By: dwayne stone
    • 10. rascal flatts by rascal flatts
      there a new country group with a new beat and some good songs prayin for daylight is one that everyone should give a chance
    • 9. devil with out a cause by kid rock
      hes bad ass all the songs are great
    • 8. marshall mathers by eminem
      cause i am the real slim shady and new kids on the block sucked a bunch of dick and hes a white rapper thats cool
    • 7. super hits by brooks & dunn
      all there greatest hits togethor thats alot of songs
    • 6. breathe by faith hill
      it doesnt matter what shes singing as long as you can see her while shes singing it
    • 5. westlife by westlife
      swear it again has become one of my favorite songs now i sing it to my girl and it always makes her happy
    • 4. no strings attached by nsync
      bye bye bye and this i promise you are two great songs if you want the girl sing i this i promise you and your set trust me
    • 3. double live by garth brooks
      hey two cds of countrys greatest hits what could be better
    • 2. unleash the dragon by sisqo
      The thong song chart topper and great rythm what else do you need out of a song about the finer things in life
    • 1. lonely grill by lonestar
      you might think i like country i do but lonestars amazed is the greatest song to listen to listen to along with everthings changed, smile, lonely grill and what about now five great songs on one cd

    yo i like country but i can rap too just countrys a personal favorite
    By: Jarrett McCall
    • 10. Pork Soda by Primus
    • 9. Vs. by Pearl Jam
    • 8. Homework by Daft Punk
    • 7. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
    • 6. Mellow Gold by Beck
    • 5. Bee Thousand by Guided by Voices
    • 4. Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices
    • 3. Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab
    • 2. Dots and Loops by Stereolab
    • 1. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

    Previous List or Next List

We also have pages on this topic devoted to the 70s and 80s

Would You Like To Add Something We Missed?

Please use the submission page to submit information to be used on this page.

The Official amIright
Misheard Lyrics Book

Hold Me Closer Tony Danza and other Misheard Lyrics

Email Siteowner, Privacy Statement

Copyright 2000-2012, by Charles R. Grosvenor Jr.