This one was much tougher than expected. I’m sure we left out some of your faves…so please let us know what you think.
Here are the ALL-TIME BEST 10 ALBUMS OF THE 90’S
10. The Man Who (1999), Travis
Travis is a little-known band in the states, but was and is huge in the UK and Europe. The Man Who delivers from top to bottom and is the influence for contemporary Euro pop-rock. Whenever you hear bands like Coldplay, you can’t help but think of Travis’s influence.
9. Dookie (1994), Green Day
Green Day’s album was the perfect model of modern punk hitting on all cylinders. Furthermore, Dookie resulted in a bigger spotlight for alternative rock as a whole. With an unrelenting pace amidst lyrical malaise, Dookie is a perfect tome for Generation X.
8. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill
Out of The Fugee’s came Lauryn Hill, a ridiculously talented musician who did her best work fusing reggae, soul, and hip-hop. People often forget that this one actually came out in the late 90’s and not the 2000’s, as it was so ahead of its time.
7. Californication (1999), Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not the RHCP album you expected, right? While Blood Sugar Sex Magik was incredible, you’ll struggle to find a more complete Chili Peppers album than Californication. You’ve got your hits: “Otherside,” “Californication”, “Scar Tissue”. You’ve also got some amazing lesser-known tracks like “Savior” and “Easily” to round out RHCP’s most mature and introspective album.
6. Automatic for the People (1992), R.E.M.
How to you follow-up 1991’s breakthrough, Out of Time. Well, you do it with this one. R.E.M. was all-over the place in Automatic for the People, an album that really showed the band’s range and talent. Man on the Moon is a standout, but the whole album represents the final transformation from their Athens days.
5. Ten (1991), Pearl Jam
Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam was spearheading the grunge movement. It and Nevermind though, are about as different as albums could be. While the former was primal rage, Ten was much more brooding.
4. Achtung Baby (1991), U2
What a difference four years made for U2. The band went pop, but it was a strange, funky version of pop music. Top to bottom, the album is amazing, but “One” song stands out amongst the others. Seriously, people stop playing this song at weddings. It’s a break-up song.
3.The Chronic (1992), Dr. Dre
What Nevermind was to grunge, The Chronic was to hip-hop. A well-polished masterpiece that shot Dre into the stratosphere. With infectious beats and unforgettable lyrics, the album was a hit in the hood and the ‘burbs.
2. Metallica (1991), Metallica
More famously known as “The Black Album,” this one represented a shift towards the mainstream for Metallica. Die-hard fans will always debate whether this was the band’s best or the moment they jumped the shark. Nonetheless, with songs such as “Enter Sandman,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Nothing Else Matters” the band was able to gain a greater following worldwide.
1. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana
I don’t feel like I have to defend this one at all. Multiply the explosion that was G&R’s Appetite For Destruction by 100 and you’ll get this groundbreaking album. In the early 1990’s people were sick of the fluff that was 1980’s hair metal. They needed something real, something true. In many ways, Cobain was the Bob Dylan of his era (this coming from one Dylan’s biggest fans). He saw something he didn’t like and he kicked its ass. With Nevermind’s immense popularity, it seems that he was right in doing so.