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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. 351
    The Crystal Method More
    7.1
  2. 352

    Interiors

    Brad More
    7.1
  3. 353

    Heavy Soul

    Paul Weller More
    7.1
  4. 354
    Pixies More
    7.1
    #129 on the original list
  5. 355
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    Robert Miles More
    7.0
  6. 356
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    Mood Elevator

    Jack Logan and Liquor Cabinet More
    7.0
  7. 357
    Cornershop More
    7.0
  8. 358
    Dave Matthews Band More
    7.0
    #253 on the original list
  9. 359
    Kyuss More
    7.0
  10. 360
    Metallica More
    7.0
    #340 on the original list
  11. 361
    Rush More
    7.0
    #297 on the original list
  12. 362
    Megadeth More
    7.0
  13. 363
    Morphine More
    7.0
    #316 on the original list
  14. 364
    Primal Scream More
    7.0
  15. 365
    PJ Harvey More
    7.0
  16. 366
    DJ Shadow More
    6.9
  17. 367

    Blue

    The Jesus Lizard More
    7.0
  18. 368

    Set and Setting

    Bardo Pond More
    7.0
  19. 369
    UNKLE More
    7.0
  20. 370

    Call the Doctor

    Sleater-Kinney More
    7.0
  21. 371

    Weird Tales

    Golden Smog More
    7.0
  22. 372
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    Roni Size, Roni Size & Reprazent More
    7.0
  23. 373
    Deep Purple More
    7.0
    The 90s didn't treat dinosaur rock reunions kindly, but this record is still worth a listen ... more
  24. 374
    Cake More
    7.0
    #106 on the original list
  25. 375
    Gillian Welch More
    7.0

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