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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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  2. 352

    #446 on the original list &rated: 7.0
    Metallica

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  3. 353
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  4. 354

    rated: 7.0 Megadeth

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  5. 355

    rated: 7.0 Morphine

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  6. 356

    rated: 7.0 Primal Scream

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  7. 357
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  8. 358

    rated: 6.9 DJ Shadow

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  9. 359

    rated: 7.0 Blue The Jesus Lizard

  10. 360

    rated: 7.0 Set and Setting Bardo Pond

  11. 361

    rated: 7.0 Unkle

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  12. 362

    #336 on the original list &rated: 7.0
    Sleater-Kinney

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  13. 363

    rated: 7.0 Weird Tales Golden Smog

  14. 364

    rated: 7.0 Roni Size & Reprazent, Roni Size

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  15. 365

    rated: 7.0 Deep Purple The 90s didn't treat dinosaur rock reunions kindly, but this record is still worth a listen

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  16. 366
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  17. 367

    rated: 7.0 Gillian Welch

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  18. 368

    Bring It On

  19. 369
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  20. 370
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  21. 371
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  22. 372

    rated: 7.0 Home Improvements Fluf

  23. 373

    rated: 7.0 100% Fun Matthew Sweet

  24. 374
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  25. 375

    rated: 7.0 Damn Yankees

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  26. 376

    rated: 7.0 Dopesmoker Sleep

  27. 377

    rated: 7.0 Lift to Experience

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  28. 378
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  29. 379

    #448 on the original list &rated: 7.0
    The Jesus Lizard

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  30. 380

    rated: 7.0 Self Titled LP Karp

  31. 381
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  32. 382

    rated: 7.0 Trick Question Caustic Resin

  33. 383
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  34. 384

    rated: 7.0 Gaza Strippers

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  35. 385

    Xpander EP

  36. 386

    rated: 7.0 Satyricon

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  37. 387

    rated: 7.0 Futureworld Trans Am

  38. 388

    rated: 7.0 Falling in Love Is Wonderful Jimmy Scott

  39. 389

    #43 on the original list &rated: 7.0
    The White Stripes

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