Best Albums of the 90s

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By request from @PFD who had the good idea.

Here's my personal list:

1) Radiohead, OK Computer
2) Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
3) U2, Achtung Baby
4) Nirvana, Nevermind
5) Dr. Dre, The Chronic
6) R.E.M., Automatic For the People
7) A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
8) Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
9) Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet
10) Built To Spill, Perfect From Now On

That's leaving out a lot. Any of those especially the top 4-6 I could just as easily put at number one. It's a conversation starter, I'd love to see everyone else's.
 
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I would add these in place of #2, 5, 7 and 9. The order would need to be adjusted.
Counting Crows- August and Everything After
Crash Test Dummies-God Shuffled His Feet
Alanis Morissette-Jagged Little Pill
Metallica-Metallica
Man I forgot about that Crash Test Dummies album. Dude had a deeeeeep voice.
 

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Think Blood Sugar Sex Magik deserves a spot as well as The Colour and the Shape.

Does A Boy Named Goo deserve a spot in that ten? Probably not, but I wouldn't be opposed to the next ten.

OK Computer gets that top spot for me as well, but The Bends has always been neck-and-neck for me. Love that album too.
 

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By request from @PFD who had the good idea.

Here's my personal list:

1) Radiohead, OK Computer
2) Pavement, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
3) U2, Achtung Baby
4) Nirvana, Nevermind
5) Dr. Dre, The Chronic
6) R.E.M., Automatic For the People
7) A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
8) Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
9) Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet
10) Built To Spill, Perfect From Now On

That's leaving out a lot. Any of those especially the top 4-6 I could just as easily put at number one. It's a conversation starter, I'd love to see everyone else's.
At least 3 of your Top 10 would be in my list. Radiohead, U2, PE.

Old 97’s “Too Far To Care” would be in my personal Top 5, but for the sake of conversation, are we more interested in personal opinion Top 90s Albums or more Widely Recognized By the Great Unwashed Masses Top 90s Albums?
 

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Top 10 (bit of a mix of personal and the masses):

1. Radiohead, OK Computer
2. U2, Achtung Baby
3. Alanis Morrisette, Jagged Little Pill
4. Rage Against the Machine, Self-Titled
5. Weezer, “Blue” Album
6. Pearl Jam, Ten
7. Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
9. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
10. The Fugees, The Score

11. Jeff Buckley, Grace

While not quite as high on my personal faves list, Nirvana’s Nevermind and Metallica’s “Black” album could be as high up as anyone cares to put them.
 

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Other phenomenal 90s albums outside my hybrid Top 10:

Old 97’s, Too far To Care
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Fight For Your Mind
Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
Lyle Lovett, I Love Everybody
Lyle Lovett, Road To Ensenada
Radiohead, The Bends
Beastie Boys, Check Your Head
Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
Arrested Development, 3 years 5 months...
Oasis, What’s the Story (Morning Glory)?
Foo Fighters, Colour and the Shape
Pearl Jam, Vs.
Cake, Fashion Nugget
The Toadies, Rubberneck
Lenny Kravitz, Mama Said
Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Ben Harper, Welcome To the Cruel World
Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen
Live, Throwing Copper
Natalie Merchant, Tigerlily
REM, Out of Time
REM, Automatic For the People
Chemical Brothers, Exit Planet Dust
Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole
Fatboy Slim, You’ve Come A Long Way Baby
Bjork, Post
Jane’s Addiction, Ritual De Lo Habitual
The Cranberries, There’s No Need To Argue
Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker
Living Colour, Time’s Up
Public Enemy, Apocalypse ‘91
Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints
Sinead O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
Urban Dance Squad, Mental Floss For the Globe
Guns n Roses, Use Your Illusion 1 & 2
Blind Melon, Blind Melon
Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Janet Jackson, Janet
Counting Crows, August and Everything After
Counting Crows, Recovering the Satellites
Nirvana, In Utero
Soundgarden, Superunknown
Presidents of the United States of America, Self-titled
Fiona Apple, Tidal
Weezer, Pinkerton
Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation Of
Blink 182, Enema of the State

And yes, I do deal with some obsessive tendencies.
 

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I don't think I could make a list of ten. I've never been any good at that, but here's a few that haven't been mentioned yet that I think could be somewhere in the conversation:

Beck, Odelay
Candlebox, Candlebox
Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers sneaks just into the decade

Two that probably wouldn't make a list but I appreciate all the same are Lemon Parade by Tonic and There is Nothing Left to Lose by Foo Fighters, which is actually my personal favorite album from them.
 
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I was a teenager in the 90’s, so my tastes weren’t as diversified as they are now.

Sublime, Sublime
Tupac, All Eyes on Me
Pearl Jam, Ten
Nirvana, Nevermind
Weezer, Blue Album
Toadies, Rubberneck
Alanis Morrisette, Jagged Little Pill
Hootie, Cracked Rearview
Eric Clapton, Unplugged
Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie
Fugees, The Score
Stone Temple Pilots, Core
Sheryl Crow, Tuesday Night Music Club
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sex Sugar Magic
Counting Crows, August and Everything After
Dr. Dre, 2001
 

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Damn, looking at these lists I forget how good some of the music was and how much of it I still listen to.
That decade is straight up my wheelhouse. I’ve actually listened to Live’s Throwing Copper, Collective Soul and Foo Fighters on the drive to work this week. Can’t wait to take a moment to ponder my top 10. Gonna be difficult, but AAEA by Counting Crows is likely #1 for me.
 

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That decade is straight up my wheelhouse. I’ve actually listened to Live’s Throwing Copper, Collective Soul and Foo Fighters on the drive to work this week. Can’t wait to take a moment to ponder my top 10. Gonna be difficult, but AAEA by Counting Crows is likely #1 for me.
Live had so much promise. What the hell happened to them? Throwing Copper is a very good album. The Presidents of the... is a really interesting album. With songs like Kitty, Lump and Peaches, how could you go wrong?
 

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Who knew SA was a 90s music connoisseur. I was born in 84 so early and mid 90s was a little before my time started to hit my stride more
Late 90s early 2000s.

I loved no doubt tragic kingdom, oasis what’s the story morning glory and definitely maybe were also favorites. Also huge weezer fan.
 

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Live had so much promise. What the hell happened to them? Throwing Copper is a very good album. The Presidents of the... is a really interesting album. With songs like Kitty, Lump and Peaches, how could you go wrong?
As far as Live goes, I still really love “The Distance to Here,” but I may be one of the few. Ed kinda took over the band, they all started fighting with him and then broke up for a while. They are back together and touring again. Saw them at ACL last year and in Austin with Counting Crows. They are still fantastic in concert if you get a chance to see them. I think I’ve seen them about 15 times since 1995 or so. They do have a 5 song EP out, though I haven’t bought it yet.
 
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Who knew SA was a 90s music connoisseur. I was born in 84 so early and mid 90s was a little before my time started to hit my stride more
Late 90s early 2000s.

I loved no doubt tragic kingdom, oasis what’s the story morning glory and definitely maybe were also favorites. Also huge weezer fan.
Not a big rap/hiphop fan, with the exception of a few earlier artists Grand Master Flash, Beasties, RunDMC and LL Cool J, to name a few. Most everything else from mid-50's up to now, is appreciated.
 

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Who knew SA was a 90s music connoisseur. I was born in 84 so early and mid 90s was a little before my time started to hit my stride more
Late 90s early 2000s.

I loved no doubt tragic kingdom, oasis what’s the story morning glory and definitely maybe were also favorites. Also huge weezer fan.
There's a lot of things about SA people don't know. There's also a lot of things about SA people don't want to know.
 

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it's impossible to grab 10. let me try it this way:

indie rock category:

pavement - crooked rain
belle & sebastian - the boy w/ the arab strap
my bloody valentine - loveless
dinosaur jr - where you been
built to spill - perfect from now on
teenage fanclub - bandwagonesque
afghan whigs - gentlemen
spiritualized - ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space
jon spencer blues explosion - orange
jawbreaker - 24 hr revenge therapy

rap:
gza - liquid swords
dr dre - the chronic
outkast - aquemini
ugk - ridin dirty
biggie - ready to die
tribe called quest - midnight marauders
redman and method man - blackout!
mos def and talib kweli - blackstar
2pac - all eyez on me
pharcyde - bizarre ride


stuff that stopped being indie rock because it was huge and amazing:
nirvana - nevermind
weezer - blue album
soundgarden - superunknown
radiohead - ok computer
janes addiction - ritual de lo habitual
smashing pumpkins - siamese dream
hole - live through this
nine inch nails - downward spiral
beck - odelay
sonic youth (they got onto mtv?!) - goo or dirty

britpop, etc.
oasis - definitely maybe...but really all 3 albums
blur - parklife and modern life is rubbish
pulp - different class
massive attack - blue lines
stone roses - stone roses
the verve - urban hymns
supergrass - i should coco
morrissey - vauxhall and i
boo radleys - giant steps
suede - dogmanstar
 

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1995 Stevie Ray Vaughan's Greatest Hits.
1995 Kenny Wayne Sheppard...Ledbetter Heights
1998 Kenny Wayne Sheppard....Trouble Is
1997 Johnny Lang....Lie to Me
1992 Clapton....Unplugged
1999 Clapton....Blues
1999 Clapton/King....Riding with the King
1990 Candy Duffler....Saxuality
1992 ZZ Top ....Greatest Hits
1992 George Strait....Pure Country
1992 Alan Jackson....A Lot about Livin

I absolutely despise Rap/Hip Hop.
These are all CD's I have had for over 25 years.
And I cannot believe I am the only guy here who listened to SRV and Clapton.


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Other phenomenal 90s albums outside my hybrid Top 10:

Old 97’s, Too far To Care
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Fight For Your Mind
Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
Lyle Lovett, I Love Everybody
Lyle Lovett, Road To Ensenada
Radiohead, The Bends
Beastie Boys, Check Your Head
Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
Arrested Development, 3 years 5 months...
Oasis, What’s the Story (Morning Glory)?
Foo Fighters, Colour and the Shape
Pearl Jam, Vs.

Cake, Fashion Nugget
The Toadies, Rubberneck
Lenny Kravitz, Mama Said
Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way?
Ben Harper, Welcome To the Cruel World
Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen
Live, Throwing Copper
Natalie Merchant, Tigerlily
REM, Out of Time
REM, Automatic For the People
Chemical Brothers, Exit Planet Dust
Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole
Fatboy Slim, You’ve Come A Long Way Baby
Bjork, Post
Jane’s Addiction, Ritual De Lo Habitual
The Cranberries, There’s No Need To Argue
Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker
Living Colour, Time’s Up
Public Enemy, Apocalypse ‘91
Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints
Sinead O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
Urban Dance Squad, Mental Floss For the Globe
Guns n Roses, Use Your Illusion 1 & 2
Blind Melon, Blind Melon
Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Janet Jackson, Janet
Counting Crows, August and Everything After
Counting Crows, Recovering the Satellites
Nirvana, In Utero
Soundgarden, Superunknown
Presidents of the United States of America, Self-titled
Fiona Apple, Tidal
Weezer, Pinkerton
Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation Of
Blink 182, Enema of the State

And yes, I do deal with some obsessive tendencies.
Yasssssss
 

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Albums I wore out in the 90's
rock-
pearl jam-10, vitalogy, vs.
alice in chains-dirt
tool-undertow, aenima
sweet water-superfriends
rage against the machine
korn
deftones-adrenaline
soundgarden-badmotorfinger

rap-
outkast-any of their 90's releases
tupac-all eyes on me, makaveli
wu tang-36 chambers
dmx- dark and hell is hot
biggie-ready to die
gza- liquid swords
fugees-the score
goodie mob-soul food
e40-in a major way
 
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I was 17 when the 90s ended and for the first half of the decade I wasn't very familiar with mainstream pop/rock tunes of the day, let alone the most acclaimed albums, but there are a number from that decade that I came to know and appreciate later.

Radiohead - OK Computer
Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
Seal - self-titled (1994)
Peter Gabriel - Secret World Live
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
U2 - Achtung Baby (has a very solid case for being U2's greatest album)
Third Eye Blind - Blue (their self-titled debut had some great late 90s alt-rock numbers as well)
Dave Matthews Band - Crash and Before These Crowded Streets (I don't think they've released an album better than either of those in the last 20 years)

I was a big fan of instrumental movie soundtracks at that time and these were a few of my faves of movies from the 1990s:
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Braveheart
The Mask of Zorro
Titanic
The Last of the Mohicans
First Knight

During my high school years (the late 90s) I spent a lot of time listening to contemporary Christian music, a lot of which hasn't aged well and wasn't very good even then, but I still love some albums that era of CCM, such as:
dc Talk - Jesus Freak
Jars of Clay - self-titled debut and Much Afraid
Michael W. Smith - Live the Life
Geoff Moore & the Distance - Threads
Chris Rice - Deep Enough to Dream
 
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