List of best albums of the 1990s

November 30, 2010


Since I mentioned The Bends by Radiohead last week I thought I better clarify a one thing:

I count The Bends as a better album than Nevermind (only just). Nirvana were era defining (and the riff from Smells Like still makes the hairs on my neck stand on end) but in many ways so was The Bends.

Lines like:

“He used to do surgery / For girls in the 80s / But gravity always wins”

Have only become more relevant as the 21st century has ramped up and tv horror shows like Extreme Makeover have sprouted.

So, for reference, my top 10 albums of the 1990s are:

1. The Bends – Radiohead

2. Nevermind – Nirvana

3. Coming Up – Suede

4. Parklife – Blur

5. (What’s the story) Morning Glory – Oasis

6. Second Toughest in the Infants – Underworld

7. Garbage – Garbage

8. Live Thru This – Hole

9. Protection – Massive Attack

10. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers

Not far off the running were Dookie by Green Day , Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette and KE*A*H** by Ministry.

Feel free to disagree / list your choices…

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5 Responses to “List of best albums of the 1990s”

  1. Jon Says:

    Nice list – but how can you choose Whats the story over Defiantly Maybe?

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  3. gullyfoyle27 Says:

    Def Maybe was an amazing album, but I prefer Morning Glory – think it was constructed more to work together as an album whereas Def Maybe was a load of really great (era defining in some cases) songs put together.
    Someone else mentioned Pulp to me – was never big on His N Hers, loved some tracks on Different Class, (Common People, Disco 2000,Underwear, Something Changed, Sorted, Mis-shapes) but again not sure they hang together as an album.
    But, as ever, just my opinion!

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  4. James Says:

    This list distinctly dull and predictable.

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