Friday, May 27, 2011

Top '90s Albums

While trying to wait out the end of the day and welcome the three-day weekend, I noticed Rolling Stone tweet a link to their 100 Best Albums of the '90s list. I won't quibble too much with individual placement of albums, as it is obviously a very subjective exercise to build a list like this one. However, there are some huge omissions. In fact, I'm pretty sure I can put together a top ten list that rivals RS's top 10, comprised entirely of omissions from their top 100.

RS Top 10Top 10 Snubs
  1. Nirvana - Nevermind
  2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  3. Radiohead - OK Computer
  4. U2 - Achtung Baby
  5. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
  6. Pearl Jam - Ten
  7. Nirvana - In Utero
  8. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
  9. Beck - Odelay
  10. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
  1. Weezer - Blue Album
  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  3. Toadies - Possum Kingdom
  4. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
  5. Pearl Jam - Vs.
  6. Alice in Chains - Dirt
  7. Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog
  8. Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
  9. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
  10. Bush - Sixteen Stone

Not to shabby, if I do say so myself. It's tough going against a list that includes two Nirvana albums and both Radiohead and U2's great leaps forward. But, pound for pound, I'd be pretty happy to own my top 10 against the RS top 10. Plus, don't forget that RS put the albums in my list behind 90 additional albums.


  1. Doing a little research, I also considered a pretty good list of honorable mentions that didn't make the RS 100: Rancid's ...and Out come the Wolves, Faith No More's Angel Dust, Harvey Danger's Where have all the Merrymakers Gone?, No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom, Live's Throwing Copper, Pearl Jam's No Code and Yield, Marcy Playground, Ben Folds Five's Whatever and Ever Amen, STP's Tiny Music and Purple, Mos Def's Black on Both Sides, Arrested Development's 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of..., three albums from Black Crowes, and Soul Asylum's Grave Dancers Union. Ludicrous that all of these albums got left off.

  2. This also reminds me that I don't think I included the Everclear or Ben Folds concerts in our Summer Concert Season post a while back. Both really good shows.

  3. Man, good '90s albums keep popping into my head now. Blind Melon, Bad Religion and Butthole Surfers. Plus albums that probably don't deserve top 100 consideration, but which I like nonetheless, such as Fastball, Better than Ezra, Collective Soul, the whole ska movement, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler. Plus, there's an album I really don't like, but which I know a lot of people love, Sublime's 40 oz. to Freedom.

    Why I am I just talking to myself...

  4. Rkorn said:
    Here are my top 10:
    1. Pearl Jam "Ten"
    2. Radiohead "Ok Computer"
    3. Nirvana "Nevermind"
    4. Green Day "Dookie"
    5. Metallica "Black"
    6. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Blood Sugar..."
    7. Pearl Jam "Versus"
    8. Dr. Dre "The Chronic"
    9. Rage Against the Machine
    10. Weezer "Blue"

    Honorable Mention: Nirvana "Unplugged," Green Day "Nimrod," Radiohead "The Bends," Pearl Jam "Vitalogy," Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication," Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie..." & "Siamese Dream," Deftones "Around the Fur," Rage Against the Machine "Evil Empire"

    Snubs (some already mentioned): Rage Against the Machine "Evil Empire" Pearl Jam "Yield" & "Vitalogy" No Doubt "Tragic Kingdom" 311 "311" Ice Cube "The Predator" Stone Temple Pilots (any), Deftones "Around the Fur", Bush "Sixteen Stone"

  5. RKorn said:

    other subs: Blink 182 "Dude Ranch" and AFI "Black Sails.."

  6. Guns n' Roses "Use Your Illusion 2", Pearl Jam "Vs"., & Stone Temple Pilots "Core" & "Purple" all could have been in the top 20.

    I took a look at Top 100 80s Albums. "Appetite For Destruction" not in the top 10 is ridiculous. Should have been #1 not #27.