After the metal and synth-pop dominance of the 1980s, the world was overdue for a new generation of artists that would change the trajectory of music forever. Leather jackets, hair spray, and tight pants were becoming passe in exchange for flannel, baggy jeans, and Converse. A strong argument can be made that 1991 was one of the most important years in music - with bands such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, the Smashing Pumpkins, and My Bloody Valentine (just to name a few) putting out game-changing records.
The most notable scene that formed in the early '90s was the Seattle grunge scene, which saw many bands break through with their gloomy, apathetic music. Grunge had become synonymous with "1990s music," but it wasn't just Seattle that was changing music forever. Even bands like Metallica and U2 were changing direction, adapting to a new decade that offered less neon, more black. Everything was starting to form under the blanket of "alternative rock," which would stay popularized until the 2010s.
Here are some albums of extreme significance that made music history back in 1991. Vote up the ones that still matter to you.
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