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 Post subject: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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Criteria: These albums were chosen for their immediate and lasting popularity, impact, influence, 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
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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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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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Below is my first draft of the 100 greatest albums of 1990. First, the albums that are on the decade list, in the order that they appear there:

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
11. Behaviour – Pet Shop Boys
12. Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey
13. Goo – Sonic Youth
14. Bossanova – Pixies
15. The La's – La’s
16. People’s Instinctive Travels – A Tribe Called Quest

Then the rest of the list:

17. Heaven or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
18. Listen Without Prejudice – George Michael
19. Rust in Peace – Megadeth
20. The Rhythm of the Saints – Paul Simon
21. Still Got the Blues – Gary Moore
22. Reading, Writing and Arithmetic – Sundays
23. Step in the Arena – Gang Starr
24. World Clique – Deee-Lite
25. Nowhere – Ride
26. Flood – They Might be Giants
27. Cowboys From Hell – Pantera
28. Sex Packets – Digital Underground
29. Repeater – Fugazi
30. Seasons in the Abyss – Slayer
31. MCMXC a.D. – Enigma
32. Gonna Make You Sweat – C+C Music Factory
33. Facelift – Alice in Chains
34. The Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
35. Wilson Phillips – Wilson Phillips
36. Empire – Queensryche
37. Pornograffiti – Extreme
38. Johnny Gill – Johnny Gill
39. The Good Son – Nick Cave
40. One for All – Brand Nubian
41. Chill Out – The KLF
42. Social Distortion – Social Distortion
43. Time’s Up – Living Colour
44. Painkiller – Judas Priest
45. Poison – Bell Biv Devoe
46. Some Friendly – Charlatans
47. Bloodletting – Concrete Blonde
48. She Hangs Brightly – Mazzy Star
49. Against the Grain – Bad Religion
50. Born to Sing – En Vogue
51. Songs for Drella – Lou Reed and John Cale
52. Crazy World – Scorpions
53. Frigid Stars LP – Codeine
54. Pod – Breeders
55. I’m Breathless – Madonna
56. Firehouse – Firehouse
57. Dreamland – Black Box
58. Jordan: The Comeback – Prefab Sprout
59. No Depression – Uncle Tupelo
60. The Revival – Tony! Toni! Tone!
61. Flesh and Blood – Poison
62. Damn Yankees – Damn Yankees
63. Blue Sky Mining – Midnight Oil
64. Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em – Eric B. & Rakim
65. Persistence of Time – Anthrax
66. Graffiti Bridge – Prince
67. Brigade – Heart
68. The Future – Guy
69. Goodbye Jumbo – World Party
70. Blacks’ Magic – Salt-n-Pepa
71. DiVINYLS – Divinyls
72. Business As Usual – EPMD
73. X – INXS
74. Danzig II: Lucifuge – Danzig
75. Blaze of Glory/Young Guns II – Jon Bon Jovi
76. Ralph Tresvant – Ralph Tresvant
77. Stick It To Ya – Slaughter
78. Brick by Brick – Iggy Pop
79. Bellybutton – Jellyfish
80. Livin’ Like Hustlers – Above the Law
81. World Power – Snap!
82. Move to This – Cathy Dennis
83. Edutainment – Boogie Down Productions
84. Life – Inspiral Carpets
85. Gold Mother – James
86. Hammerheart – Bathory
87. Vol. II - A New Decade – Soul II Soul
88. Take a Look Around – Master Ace
89. After the Rain – Nelson
90. Frizzle Fry – Primus
91. I’ll Give All My Love To You – Keith Sweat
92. Enlightenment – Van Morrison
93. Short Dog’s in the House – Too $hort
94. Compositions – Anita Baker
95. Charmed Life – Billy Idol
96. Vision Thing – Sisters of Mercy
97. All Shook Down – Replacements
98. En-Tact – Shamen
99. Let Them Eat Bingo – Beats International
100. The House of Love – House of Love

Brian's choice - An unheralded great album from 1990:
Interiors – Rosanne Cash

Of the albums that I considered that aren't on the above list, the 2 that I think come the closest are Wanted: Dead or Alive by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo and Left Hand Path by Entombed. Also, I now think that The La's falls a little short of being worthy of inclusion on the decade list, and that Heaven or Las Vegas, Listen Without Prejudice, and Rust in Peace are all more deserving. So right now I'm leaning toward adding one of those three to the decade list, most likely HoLV, and dropping The La's from that list and to at least to #19 on this list.

I welcome input on the above points and also anything concerning the '90 list: misspellings, misstated album & artist names, albums that are in the wrong year, album placements, albums that could or should be added, and albums that could or should be dropped.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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I love the La's, but they looked high to me too. C&C Music Factory and Bell Biv Devoe both strike me as low; in addition to their popularity, both albums have a lot of influence on the emergence of more pop-oriented hip-hop.

Brett's Choice album:
Starring In...Standing In A Monkey Sea - A'me Lorain & The Family Affair


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Extricate - The Fall


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Brett Alan wrote:
I love the La's, but they looked high to me too. C&C Music Factory and Bell Biv Devoe both strike me as low; in addition to their popularity, both albums have a lot of influence on the emergence of more pop-oriented hip-hop.


And in C+C Music Factory's case, an influence on pop-oriented house, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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I'm thinking that I'll move Gonna Make You Sweat to #24, and Poison to #37. One other that I now think is a little low is The House of Love, which I plan to move to #92.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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I just came across an album that I overlooked for the 1990 list: Cherry Pie by Warrant. I'm leaning toward putting it at #59 and dropping Let Them Eat Bingo to make room for it.


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 Post subject: Re: Top 10 (& 100) Albums Of Each Year - 1990-1999
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I just came across another album that should probably make the 1990 list near the bottom: Circle of One by Oleta Adams. The albums by Anita Baker, Billy Idol, and The Replacements are all borderline for worthiness, but because the Baker album is also borderline adult contemporary, I'm leaning toward thinking that it's the that should be dropped to make room for Oleta.


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