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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

    rated: 7.1 The Crystal Method

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  2. 352

    rated: 7.1 Interiors Brad

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  3. 353

    rated: 7.1 Heavy Soul Paul Weller

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  4. 354

    #137 on the original list &rated: 7.1 Pixies

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  5. 355
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    rated: 7.0 Robert Miles

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  6. 356
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    rated: 7.0 Mood Elevator Jack Logan and Liquor Cabinet

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  7. 357

    rated: 7.0 Cornershop

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  8. 358

    #305 on the original list &rated: 7.0 Dave Matthews Band

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  9. 359
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  10. 360

    #389 on the original list &rated: 7.0 Metallica

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  11. 361

    #288 on the original list &rated: 7.0 Rush

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  12. 362

    rated: 7.0 Megadeth

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  13. 363

    #330 on the original list &rated: 7.0 Morphine

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  14. 364

    rated: 7.0 Primal Scream

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  15. 365

    rated: 7.0 PJ Harvey

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  16. 366

    rated: 6.9 DJ Shadow

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  17. 367

    rated: 7.0 Blue The Jesus Lizard

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  18. 368

    rated: 7.0 Set and Setting Bardo Pond

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  19. 369

    rated: 7.0 Unkle

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  20. 370

    rated: 7.0 Call the Doctor Sleater-Kinney

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  21. 371

    rated: 7.0 Weird Tales Golden Smog

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  22. 372
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    rated: 7.0 Roni Size & Reprazent, Roni Size

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  23. 373

    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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  24. 374

    #119 on the original list &rated: 7.0 Cake

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  25. 375

    rated: 7.0 Gillian Welch

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