The 400 Best Albums of the 1990s Albums
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The 400 Best Albums of the 1990s

The Nineties were a glorious decade for music. I will never again consume as much music as I did in the 90s and the 00s (and I still listen to a LOT of music). It's pretty clear now how much better the 90s were than the decade that followed - not only did I get another 100 albums into my 90s list, but I would rate the quality of the Top 10/20/50/100 MUCH higher in the 90s than either the 80s or the 00s - I gave 16 90s albums a perfect 10 rating, but only 3 in the aughts. Indeed, for my tastes that only decade that I think will come close will be the 70s (the 70s will probably win, but it will be a good fight - stay tuned). It will be interesting to see if I can find 500 equally worthy records from the Seventies - I doubt the difference will be that great.

I'm a rock fan and not very interested in pop, hip-hop, or contemporary country or R&B, though there are always exceptions. I listen to a lot of jazz, but didn't find much that came out in the Nineties that transcended. Also, for those who might complain that I give too-high ratings, please keep in mind that I listened to at least 5,000 albums during the decade (I worked in the music industry for the whole decade and also co-owned a record store for half of it, so I was exposed to just about everything that came out). So less than 10% got a score of 7 or higher.
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  1. 1
    Oasis More
    10
    #17 on the original list
    A perfect document of its time and place.
  2. 2
    Pearl Jam More
    10
    #2 on the original list
    Ranking this #2 was a tough call, since I have heard these songs so many times I very, very ... more
  3. 3
    Radiohead More
    10
    #4 on the original list
  4. 4
    Jane's Addiction More
    10
    #54 on the original list
  5. 5
    The Verve More
    10
    #109 on the original list
  6. 6
    Crazy Horse, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Neil Young More
  7. 7

    Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home

    The Geraldine Fibbers More
    10
    In the mid-90s I had the good fortune to work for the Virgin record label for a few years, ... more
  8. 8
    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    #11 on the original list
  9. 9
    Nirvana More
    10
    #1 on the original list
    I was moving from IL to CA when this came out and for whatever reason I actually didn't buy it ... more
  10. 10
    The Prodigy More
    10
    #74 on the original list
    There really has never been anything quite like this record, either before or since.
  11. 11
    Pearl Jam More
    10
    #49 on the original list
    I remember the vinyl came out a week or two before the CD. This was a big deal in 1995 - and ... more
  12. 12
    Joan Osborne More
    10
    1995 was the year that the awesomeness of the decade really hit home to me. I was way into the ... more
  13. 13

    Black Love

    The Afghan Whigs More
    10
    Gentlemen got more acclaim, and some modicum of sales. But Black Love is the dark masterpiece. more
  14. 14
    U2 More
    10
    #19 on the original list
  15. 15
    Belle & Sebastian More
    10
    #145 on the original list
  16. 16
    Soundgarden More
    9.9
    #8 on the original list
  17. 17
    Built to Spill More
    9.9
  18. 18
    Nirvana More
    9.9
    #5 on the original list
  19. 19
    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    9.9
    #6 on the original list
    The highs on this album are as high as any record of its time - would be a perfect 10 save for ... more
  20. 20
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds More
    9.9
    #164 on the original list
    The most badass album from one of the biggest badasses in rock history.
  21. 21
    Nine Inch Nails More
    9.9
    #13 on the original list
  22. 22
    Green Day More
    9.8
    #12 on the original list
  23. 23
    Bob Dylan More
    9.8
    #140 on the original list
  24. 24
    The Black Crowes More
    9.8
    #125 on the original list
  25. 25
    Billy Bragg, Wilco, Billy Bragg & Wilco More
    9.8

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