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 Post subject: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:30 pm 
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Criteria: These albums were chosen for their immediate and lasting popularity, impact, influence, originality, and acclaim from critics and musicians.

Editor: Brian

1990
1. Fear of a Black Planet – Public Enemy
2. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Sinead O’Connor
3. AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted – Ice Cube
4. Ritual De Lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction
5. Violator – Depeche Mode
6. Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em – MC Hammer
7. Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J
8. Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes
9. Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches - Happy Mondays
10. Ragged Glory – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

1991
1. Nevermind – Nirvana
2. Ten - Pearl Jam
3. Achtung Baby - U2
4. Metallica (a.k.a. The Black Album) – Metallica
5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest
7. Out of Time – R.E.M.
8. Use Your Illusion I - Guns N Roses
9. Use Your Illusion II - Guns N Roses
10. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill

1992
1. Automatic for the People – R.E.M.
2. The Chronic – Dr. Dre
3. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
4. Dirt - Alice In Chains
5. 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… - Arrested Development
6. Unplugged – Eric Clapton
7. Check Your Head – Beastie Boys
8. What’s the 411? – Mary J. Blige
9. Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement
10. Vulgar Display of Power – Pantera

1993
1. In Utero – Nirvana
2. Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
3. Enter the Wu-tang (36 Chambers) – Wu-Tang Clan
4. Doggystyle – Snoop Doggy Dogg
5. Vs. - Pearl Jam
6. Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow
7. August and Everything After - Counting Crows
8. Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair
9. Debut – Bjork
10. Suede – Suede

1994
1. Dookie - Green Day
2. Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G.
3. Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
4. Superunknown – Soundgarden
5. CrazySexyCool – TLC
6. Illmatic – Nas
7. Definitely Maybe – Oasis
8. MTV Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
9. Weezer – Weezer
10. Grace - Jeff Buckley

1995
1. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
2. (What's the Story) Morning Glory – Oasis
3. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - Smashing Pumpkins
4. The Bends – Radiohead
5. Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt
6. Me Against the World – 2pac
7. Post – Bjork
8. Different Class – Pulp
9. To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey
10. Daydream – Mariah Carey

1996
1. The Score – Fugees
2. Odelay – Beck
3. All Eyez on Me – 2pac
4. Aenima – Tool
5. Sublime – Sublime
6. Reasonable Doubt – Jay-Z
7. Endtroducing… - DJ Shadow
8. Pinkerton – Weezer
9. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
10. ATLiens – Outkast

1997
1. OK Computer – Radiohead
2. Urban Hymns – The Verve
3. Life After Death – Notorious B.I.G.
4. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliot
5. Baduizm – Erykah Badu
6. Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
7. The Fat of the Land – The Prodigy
8. Dig Your Own Hole – Chemical Brothers
9. Yourself or Someone Like You – Matchbox 20
10. Blur – Blur

1998
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill
2. Aquemini – Outkast
3. Ray of Light – Madonna
4. Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys
5. Devil Without a Cause – Kid Rock
6. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Fatboy Slim
7. Live 1966 – Bob Dylan
8. Follow the Leader – Korn
9. Moon Safari – Air
10. Mezzanine – Massive Attack

1999
1. The Slim Shady LP – Eminem
2. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Supernatural – Santana
4. The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine
5. Play – Moby
6. The Man Who – Travis
7. Human Clay – Creed
8. Black on Both Sides – Mos Def
9. Mule Variations – Tom Waits
10. 2001 – Dr. Dre


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:36 pm 
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These lists were made to be consistent with the list for the decade. Below are the 20 highest ranking albums from the decade list that didn't make a top 10 of the year list. Note how many are from '94 and '91, especially '94. The first 13 are all from those 2 years.

1. Ill Communication - Beastie Boys (1994)
2. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam (1994)
3. Throwing Copper – Live (1994)
4. BadMotorFinger – Soundgarden (1991)
5. Parklife – Blur (1994)
6. Live Through This – Hole (1994)
7. Blue Lines – Massive Attack (1991)
8. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine (1991)
9. Dummy – Portishead (1994)
10. Smash – Offspring (1994)
11. Mellow Gold – Beck (1994)
12. Cracked Rear View – Hootie and the Blowfish (1994)
13. Screamadelica - Primal Scream (1991)
14. Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos (1992)
15. Korn – Korn (1994)
16. II – Boyz II Men (1994)
17. My Life – Mary J. Blige (1994)
18. Music Box – Mariah Carey (1993)
19. Garbage – Garbage (1995)
20. Last Splash – Breeders (1993)


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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Brian wrote:
These lists were made to be consistent with the list for the decade.


When I was calculating the top tens for the 80s it took forever before I got to an album for 1981. It was the Go-Gos debut and it was only at #52 for the decade.


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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1991 desperately needs Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. It may not have sold as well as the other albums on that list, but it's influence is massive and undeniable. Much more so than the UYI albums I'd say.


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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boo boo wrote:
1991 desperately needs Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. It may not have sold as well as the other albums on that list, but it's influence is massive and undeniable. Much more so than the UYI albums I'd say.


Brian's got it at #13 for the year.


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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I still say it's top 10 worthy.

Loveless defined a new movement in alternative rock music, and Smashing Pumpkins in particular were greatly inspired by it. Not to mention the sheer amount of critical acclaim it has, compared to the mixed opinions on the UYI albums.


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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boo boo wrote:
I still say it's top 10 worthy.

Loveless defined a new movement in alternative rock music, and Smashing Pumpkins in particular were greatly inspired by it. Not to mention the sheer amount of critical acclaim it has, compared to the mixed opinions on the UYI albums.


According to acclaimedmusic.net, you have a good point. It's their #3 most acclaimed album of the year, and it's in the top 100 of all time. It's also a strong #1 for the year at RYM and #29 of all time there.

What do you think, Brian? Should it move up?


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 Post subject: Re: Top Ten Rock Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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The UYI albums beat Loveless in popularity by a huge margin. Loveless beats the UYI albums in everything else, but by smaller margins. So it's not an easy call. But as far as influence goes, MBV had developed their basic sound on the previous album, and the shoegaze scene formed at that time. Loveless should still be credited with some influence, because they did do some new things, and its greater popularity gave their sound wider exposure. But with the trip hop movement forming in response to Massive Attack's Blue Lines album, also from 1991, I think it is a more influential album than Loveless. Blues Lines is also even higher than Loveless at acclaimedmusic.net, and BL went 2x platinum in the UK, where Loveless is uncertified, with neither being very popular in the US. So I don't see how Loveless goes ahead of Blue Lines. It could be that they should both be higher on the decade list. Here's the part of that list bracketed by the albums under discussion:

42. Use Your Illusion I - Guns N Roses (1991)
43. Use Your Illusion II - Guns N Roses (1991)
44. Ill Communication - Beastie Boys (1994)
45. Doggystyle – Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993)
46. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam (1994)
47. Aenima – Tool (1996)
48. Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
49. 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… - Arrested Development (1992)
50. Vs. - Pearl Jam (1993)
51. Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt (1995)
52. Supernatural – Santana (1999)
53. Unplugged – Eric Clapton (1992)
54. Check Your Head – Beastie Boys (1992)
55. Violator – Depeche Mode (1990)
56. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1991)
57. Throwing Copper – Live (1994)
58. Baduizm – Erykah Badu (1997)
59. BadMotorFinger – Soundgarden (1991)
60. Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow (1993)
61. August and Everything After - Counting Crows (1993)
62. Sublime – Sublime (1996)
63. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliot (1997)
64. Parklife – Blur (1994)
65. Ray of Light – Madonna (1998)
66. Hello Nasty – Beastie Boys (1998)
67. Live Through This – Hole (1994)
68. The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine (1999)
69. What’s the 411? – Mary J. Blige (1992)
70. Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan (1997)
71. Me Against the World – 2pac (1995)
72. Blue Lines – Massive Attack (1991)
73. Post – Bjork (1995)
74. Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement (1992)
75. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine (1991)

I think there are other albums from this group that should fall behind Loveless sooner than the UYI albums do, and other albums that should move ahead of the UYI albums sooner than Loveless. I'll take a look at the arrangement of this group, and of course others are welcome to share their thoughts. But one thing that strikes me right away is that Post is at #73, Bjork's Debut is at #84, and Debut should probably be the higher of the 2.


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