The list author says: "The 90's was a good decade for music but it was far from great. I am sorry, but anybody who tells you that the 90's was a great decade for music isn't too familiar with the history of pop music in general. Wait a second, I take that back. I have OK Computer at #7. If a great album like THAT is #7, it must be an absolutely GREAT decade for music right??? Thing is, no matter how many times I listen to the album, I can't help but to feel that the album is slightly overrated. It's the kind of album that I have tried time and time again to fall head over heels in love with, but just seem to not be able to. Although the 90's pales in comparison to the three decades before it, some genres were at their very best, particularly British alternative and hip-hop. The first three albums on my list are the only three from the decade that I would consider "all-time classic"."
"This is the kind of album that is close to my heart and I don't care at all what the critics say. This is a pop album about characters and their problems containing the best music, lyrics, vocals, and production that 90's Britpop has to offer. Everything about The Great Escape resonates."
"The most original album of the 90's, Mezzanine is trip-hop at its finest. Paranoia brought on by the effects of autism are channeled through the beats, vocals, and lyrics to create a one-of-a-kind electronic work of art."
"This is the kind of album where I smile the whole way through. It's a funky album that is serious and entertaining at the same time. Chuck D tackles important issues that plague our society with uncanny aplomb and perspective."
"The best guitar album of the 90's, the band beats Sonic Youth at their own game. The masterful guitar work and usage of distortion recalls the Velvet Underground at their best. Few albums have the ability to conjure up a dreamlike state of consciousness like this one does."
"The best big-beat techno album of all time, the Chemical Brothers keep the vocals to a minimum and experiment with different song structures and end up revolutionizing the possibilites of electronic music in the process."
"If you have read the above paragraph, you know how I feel about this album. The critics have their opinion and I have mine. I will give it credit however; the lyrics were considered revolutionary due to their experimental nature in the context of alternative music at the time. "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", and "Let Down" are three of the greatest songs of the 90's."
"Biggie keeps the braggadocio down to a minimum and keeps the personal storytelling to a maximum. All the songs are rich in detail and perspective and "Juicy" is one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time. Biggie introduced a new voice, flow, and sense of humor to the hip-hop world with this one."
"Probably the most confident debut album in the history of hip-hop, the beats and lyrics come at you hard and fast. This is the album where Jay-Z had something to prove so naturally he didn't have much to brag about, keeping the annoyance factor down to zero."
"Beck's ambitions reached their zenith on this one. In the hands of the Dust Brothers, each song gets the golden treatment. It's Beck's magnum opus of his bizarre pop culture fantasies blended with rich musical diversity."