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  • 10 BEST ALBUMS OF THE 1990S

    - Todd Proa -

  • A lot of people have nostalgia towards the 1990s. Many consider it Americas

    golden age, when the country seemed invincible, our economy was

    booming and everybody seemed happy

  • Not only that, but there was some great music to come out of that era as well. Here are, in my opinion the

    10 best albums of the 1990s

  • 1. TEN (PEARL JAM, 1991)

  • While Pearl Jams debut album wasnt an immediate success, it

    slowly earned its popularity, reaching number two on the

    Billboard 200 chart by late 1992

  • A wild success, Pearl Jams debut album was a major force in popularizing alternative rock

    into the mainstream

  • To this day, it remains Pearl Jams most commercially successful album

  • 2. SIAMESE DREAM (THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, 1993)

  • If you believe that the best art is something that you bleed into, then look no further than this

    album by the Smashing Pumpkins.

  • Despite delayed recording sessions characterized by extreme tension,

    Siamese Dream was a smash hit, selling millions of copies and establishing the Smashing Pumpkins as a major band.

  • 3. IN UTERO (NIRVANA, 1993)

  • While 1991s Nevermind was what shot Nirvana to stardom, most fans

    consider their third (and final) album, In Utero, to be their best work

  • Feeling that the sound of Nevermind was too polished for their liking, Nirvana decided to record their new album with

    a more abrasive and natural sound

  • To accomplish this, they hired noise-rock legend Steve Albini as the albums producer

  • The result was a raw, honest and hard-rocking masterpiece

  • 4. DOOKIE (GREEN DAY, 1994)

  • While punk rock was nothing new in the 1990s, it had yet to achieve mainstream popularity

  • However, the release of Dookie help jump-start the pop-punk craze that, in the later half of the decade,

    became a major phenomenon

  • Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tr Cool were able to create airtight, three-minute masterpieces that just beg to be

    listened to over and over again

  • 5. READY TO DIE (THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., 1994)

  • Ready to Die is considered by many to be one of the most iconic hip hop albums of all time, and the

    very best of the Brooklyn-based Notorious B.I.G.

  • In the years before the release of Ready to Die, the media almost exclusively paid

    attention to West Coast hip hop, yet this album was a complete game-changer,

    proving to music fans and the media alike that the East Coast hip hop scene was a

    force to be reckoned with

  • Sadly, this was the only one of Biggies albums to be released during his

    lifetime, as he was killed four years later as part of the East Coast/West

    Coast hip hop feud of the 1990s

  • 6. JAGGED LITTLE PILL (ALANIS MORISSETTE, 1995)

  • After a three-year hiatus following her break with her original record company, Alanis

    released this album, filled to the brim with instant classics such as Ironic, You

    Oughta Know and Hand in my Pocket

  • 7. (WHATS THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? (OASIS, 1995)

  • Even though critics werent big fans of this British bands second album, it was a major success, capturing the attention of

    listeners from the UK and beyond

  • The albums tracks, characterized by elaborate choruses, varied instrumentation

    and string arrangements, were wildly popular and made Oasis a worldwide phenomenon

  • 8. SUBLIME (SUBLIME, 1996)

  • Two months before the release of this album, the bands lead singer/guitarist

    Bradley Nowell died of a drug overdose

  • Despite the fact that the album had no live band to back it up, the

    album became a major success

  • Even when talking about such topics as drug addiction and riots, the

    album retains a friendly, laid-back California vibe to it that just begs to

    be enjoyed over and over again

  • 9. TOO FAR TO CARE (OLD 97S, 1997)

  • Over the course of their 20+ year career, the alt-country band Old 97s have never achieved mainstream success, yet theyve

    developed an extremely loyal cult following, especially in their native Texas

  • Fans and critics both agree that their best album is their third album, Too Far to Care, a tour-

    de-force that never stops for a moment and takes the best parts of rock music, alternative and country to create something truly amazing

  • 10. IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA (NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, 1998)

  • Inspired by the story of Anne Frank, this indie-rock instant classic is considered by

    many to be a musical landmark

  • The songs are just as catchy as they are dark, a dangerous combination indeed

  • Since the release of the album, the band hasnt released any new albums (with

    the exception of an 8-track EP in 2011)

  • - Thank You -