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Initial post: Jun 17, 2012 5:50:35 AM PDT
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Looking back on the formative years of my music listening I made this list with only one entry per artist/band - you can make a list the way you please or just discuss the subject or whatever... (my favorites are listed in no particular order).

Nirvana: Nevermind
Portishead: Dummy
Mogwai: Come on Die Young
Slayer: Seasons in the Abyss
Guns n Roses: Use Your Illusions 1 and 2
Dinosaur Jr.: Where You Been
Sonic Youth: Dirty
Lou Reed and John Cale: Songs for Drella
Sudue: selftitled debut
Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker
Melvins: Houdini
Possum Dixon: selftitled debut
Neil Young: Unplugged
U2: Achtung Baby
Mojave 3: Ask Me Tomorrow
deus: Worst Case Scenario
Pavement: Wowee Zowee
Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever
Helmet : Meantime
PJ Harvey: Rid of Me
Johnny Cash: Unchained
Beck : Mellow Gold
Leonard Cohen: The Future
Jesus and Mary Chain: Stoned and Dethroned

How could I forget:
The Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic
Oasis: Definitively Maybe

We might have had this discussion before, but I couldn't find it...
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Posted on Jun 17, 2012 6:17:43 AM PDT
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Mike B. says:
Top 10 favorites of the 90's:

- David Bowie - "Black Tie White Noise"
- Cindy Bullens - "Somewhere Between Heaven And Earth"
- John Cale - "Walking On Locusts"
- Johnny Cash - "Unchained"
- Kirsty MacColl - "Titanic Days"
- Van Morrison - "Hymns To The Silence"
- Graham Parker - "Struck By Lightning"
- Amy Rigby - "Diary Of A Mod Housewife"
- Todd Rundgren - "The Individualist"
- Pal Shazar - "There's A Wild Thing In The House"

And 10 runners-up:

- Kris Kristofferson - "A Moment Of Forever"
- Elliott Murphy - "Selling The Gold"
- Randy Newman - "Bad Love"
- John Prine - "In Spite Of Ourselves"
- Lou Reed w/ John Cale - "Songs For Drella"
- Jonathan Richman - "I, Jonathan"
- Buffy Sainte-Marie - "Coincidence And Likely Stories"
- Sparks - "Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins"
- Dave Van Ronk - "Going Back To Brooklyn"
- Brian Wilson w/ Van Dyke Parks - "Orange Crate Art"

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 8:13:19 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
Some of my favorites:
Fountains Of Wayne - 'Utopia Parkway' (#1!)
Joan Osborne - 'Relish'
REM - 'Automatic For the People'
Suzanne Vega - 'Nine Objects of Desire'
Billy Bragg & Wilco - 'Mermaid Avenue'
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - 'Painted From Memory'
Bob Dylan - 'Time Out of Mind'
Nick Lowe - 'The Impossible Bird'
The Dixie Chicks - 'Fly'
Patty Loveless - 'When Fallen Angels Fly'

Honorable Mentions (it was impossible for me to choose one album from each of these artists):
Kim Richey - 'Kim Richey' and 'Bitter Sweet'
Guided By Voices - 'Bee Thousand' and 'Alien Lanes'
Mary Chapin Carpenter - 'Come On Come On' and 'Stones in the Road'
Sheryl Crow - 'The Globe Sessions' and 'Sheryl Crow'
Lucinda Williams - 'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' and 'Sweet Old World'
Tom Waits - 'Mule Variations' and 'Bone Machine'
Richard Thompson - 'Rumor and Sigh' and 'Mirror Blue'
Kirsty MacColl - 'Electric Landlady' and 'Titanic Days'
Trisha Yearwood - 'Hearts in Armor' and 'The Song Remembers When'
Jonathan Richman - 'Having a Party With..." and 'I, Jonathan'

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 11:19:40 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
Petty's "Full Moon Fever" actually came out in '89...

Here are some of my favorite 90's albums:

Living Colour - Time's Up (their best overall imo)
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
Queen - Innuendo
Jeff Beck - Who Else!
Roger Waters - Amused To Death
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Morphine - Cure For Pain
Rage Against The Machine - s/t debut
Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Prince - Emancipation
Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
Tom Petty - Into The Great Wide Open

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 11:46:46 AM PDT

Damn it - you are right.

I'm glad you mentioned Into The Great Wide Open as a replacement.

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 11:55:45 AM PDT
exr09 says:
Although I couldn't hope to pick a personal list, I'm a bit disappointed nobody mentioned Bush's Sixteen Stone

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 12:03:09 PM PDT
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Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
Steve Earle - I Feel Alright, Train A-Comin', El Corazon
Alice In Chains - Dirt

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 3:46:24 PM PDT
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1. Rust In Peace-Megadeth-Countdown To Extinction is also a classic
2. Painkiller-Judas Priest
3. Seasons In The Abyss-Slayer
4. Cowboys From Hell-Pantera-Vulgar Display Of Power and Far Beyond Driven close behind.
5. Horrorscope-Overkill
6. Strange Highways-Dio
7. Jar Of Flies-Alice In Chains-Dirt close second.
8. Arise-Sepultura
9. Fear Of The Dark-Iron Maiden
10. 1916-Motorhead

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 4:08:35 PM PDT
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Zaplightning says:
I like that metal list^

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 4:13:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2012 4:49:02 PM PDT
Zaplightning says:
Pentagram - Be Forewarned
Electric Wizard - Come My Fanatics
Orange Goblin - Frequencies From Planet Ten
Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
Cathedral - The Ethereal Mirror
Cathedral - Carnival Bizarre
Acid King - S/T
Acid King - Zoroaster
Phantom Blue - Built To Perform

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 5:12:50 PM PDT
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Ride - Nowhwere
Shawn Colvin - Fat City
Son Volt - Trace
Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Aimee Mann - Whatever

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 5:15:51 PM PDT
TW says:
Everything Corrosion of Conformity did
Everything Tool did
Everything Faith No More did
Everything Kyuss did
Everything Monster Magnet did
And one sleeper
The Obsessed - The Church Within

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 9:36:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2012 9:42:06 PM PDT
These are my thirty favorite albums of the 1990s:

1. RITUAL DE LO HABITUAL, Jane's Addiction
2. ADORE, The Smashing Pumpkins
3. LOVELESS, My Bloody Valentine
12. THE SOFT BULLETIN, The Flaming Lips
13. VS., Pearl Jam
14. RAGGED GLORY, Neil Young And Crazy Horse
15. SUPERUNKNOWN, Soundgarden
19. THE BOY WITH THE ARAB STRAP, Belle And Sebastian
20. THE POWER OF PUSSY, Bongwater
21. 13, Blur
22. BLACK FOLIAGE, The Olivia Tremor Control
23. URBAN HYMNS, The Verve
24. UP THE DOWNSTAIR, Porcupine Tree
25. ODELAY!, Beck
26. CALIFORNICATION, The Red Hot Chili Peppers
27. SONGS FOR A BLUE GUITAR, The Red House Painters
28. SIAMESE DREAM, The Smashing Pumpkins
29. GOOD GOD'S URGE, Porno For Pyros
30. THE BENDS, Radiohead

Best US band of the decade: The Smashing Pumpkins
Best UK band of the decade: Blur

I liked the 90s, especially the 1991-95 period. I really love these thirty albums, and there's plenty of runners up I can think of ("Is This Desire?", "Millions Now Living Will Never Die", "Nucleus", "Stupid Dream", "Marching Already", "Hunger's Teeth", "Four Calendar Cafe", "Us", "Kiko", "Blues For The Red Sun"...)

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 10:17:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 8:56:13 PM PDT
S. O'Brien says:
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion 1 & 2
Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves
Pantera - "Far Beyond Driven" and "Vulgar Display Of Power"
Social Distortion - "Social Distortion", "Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell", and "White Light White Heat White Trash"
The Cramps - Flamejob
Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge
The Supersuckers -"The Sacrilicious Sounds of the Supersuckers", "Must've Been High", and "La Mano Cornuda"
Marilyn Manson - "Antichrist Superstar" and "Mechanical Animals"
Page and Plant - Walking Into Clarksdale
Johnny Cash - "American Recordings" and "Unchained"
Tesla - Five Man Acoustical Jam Buckcherry - Buckcherry
Prince - Crystal Ball
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Mazzy Star - "She Hangs Brightly", "Among My Swan", and "So Tonight That I Might See"
Aerosmith - Get A Grip
Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing
Blondie - No Exit
Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Motley Crue - Generation Swine
Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
AC/DC - The Razor's Edge
Megadeth - "Countdown To Extinction" and "Rust In Peace"
T-Model Ford - Pee-Wee Get My Gun
Reverend Horton Heat - The Full-Custom Gospel Sounds Of

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 11:24:29 PM PDT
Miss B says:
Now we're talking! Hard to disagree with most of what I read before this post, but you're really hitting on something! The late '80s & '90s was an incredibly creative time for rock & roll: grunge, rap/rock & punk-funk, gangsta rap & black rock 'native tongue' & conscious rap, brit pop & garage, the expanding parameters of hip-hop & metal as showcased annually at Lollapalooza, etc., etc.! Its almost as if 9/11 marked the death of Rock. So much music, now, is digitally produced (sans musicians) and compressed for earbud listening. Its all so thin & twee & tuneless now. Classic (or analog) Rock (broadly, anything with a back beat), never sounded so good. Hell, Nashville Rock (nee: Country), with its use of professional sidemen, has never sounded so good! Never thought I'd be sayin' that! And, yes, there are exceptions too numerous to name, but, pre-9/11, the exception was the rule. I'm just sayin'...

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 12:10:58 AM PDT
Brian says:
Toad the Wet Sprocket- "Fear", "Dulcinea"
Oasis- "Definitely Maybe", "(What's the Story) Morning Glory"
Weezer- "Pinkerton", "Blue"
Counting Crows- "August and Everything After"

I'll post more if I think of more
Truly a GREAT decade for music!...

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 6:45:11 AM PDT
So many great albums. Here's the ones I can remember:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
Enigma - MCMXC a.D.
Enigma 3 - Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Madonna - Erotica
Madonna - Ray of Light
Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear
Information Society - Hack
Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Garbage - Garbage
Sarah Brightman - Dive
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
The Cranberries - No Need to Argue
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 9:00:53 AM PDT
B L T says:
No order...

Gillian Welch - "Hell Among the Yearlings"
Ian Anderson - "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God"
Roger Waters - "Amused to Death"
Eric Clapton - "Unplugged"
Jethro Tull - "Roots To Branches"
Neil Young - "Harvest Moon"
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - "Left of Cool"
Santana - "Supernatural"
Bob Dylan - "Good As I Been To You"
David Friedman, Anthony Cox, Jean-Louis Matinier - "Other Worlds"
Bob Dylan - "World Gone Wrong"

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 10:13:54 PM PDT
Brian says:
Another great '90s album is Third Eye Blind's self-titled debut (forgot about that one).

I'm really missing the '90s, so many great bands like Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Wallflowers. Fastball, Semisonic, Oasis, and Gin Blossoms and many more...

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 11:33:04 PM PDT
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JKat says:
I'm a little tired of some of these and they're hard to listen to now, but I remember the impact they had on me and music in general when they came out, so the order is based on that. I also made this list with only one entry per artist/band even though a lot of them had several great albums in the 90s.

1. Nirvana - Nervermind
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
3. Pearl Jam - Ten
4. Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual
5. Metallica - Metallica (aka The Black Album)
6. Tool - Aenima
7. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Sprial
8. Alice In Chains - Dirt
9. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
10. Sublime - Sublime
11. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
12. Primus - Frizzle Fry
13. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
14. Soundgarden - Super Unknown
15. Radiohead - OK Computer
16. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
17. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
18. Corrosion Of Conformity - Deliverance
19. 311 - Transistor
20. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
21. Green Day - Dookie
22. King's X - Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
23. Dave Matthews Band - Crash
24. Helmet - Meantime
25. Foo Fighters - Colour & The Shape

And I agree with others that have said that the music of the 90s was billion times better than what's come out since then. With an exception of a few original bands like The White Stripes, System Of A Down, and Queens Of The Stone Age, this last decade or so has been mostly generic, formula, radio-friendly, copy-cat bands.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 1:48:42 AM PDT
Songs from Northern Britain and Thirteen- Teenage Fanclub
Soft Bulletin - Flaming Lips
Tomorrow the Green Grass and Hollywood Town Hall- The Jayhawks
Between Us - Jules Shear (and Various Artists-Duets)
John Henry and Flood- They Might Be Giants
Out of Time and Automatic for the People - REM
Whatever and Ever Amen - Ben Folds Five
Bellybutton and Spilt Milk- The Jellyfish
Fountains of Wayne and Utopia Parkway by FOW
All the Pain Money can Buy - Fastball

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 5:49:37 AM PDT
Darth Wader says:
My top 50...
1. Nirvana: Nevermind
2. Green Day: Dookie
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Majik
4. Rage Against The Machine: S/T
5. Weezer: S/T (The Blue Album)
6. Counting Crows: August And Everything After
7. Radiohead: OK Computer
8. Blink 182: Enema Of The State
9. R.E.M.: Automatic For The People
10. Pearl Jam: Ten (had to put Ten as #10!)
11. No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
12. GNR: Use Your Illusion I & II
13. Sunny Day Real Estate: Diary
14. Jimmy Eat World: Clarity
15. Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream
16. Rancid: ...And Out Come The Wolves
17. MxPx: Life In General
18. Garbage: S/T
19. Sublime: S/T
20. Delirious: Cutting Edge
21. Live: Throwing Copper
22. The Beastie Boys: Ill Communication
23. Alice In Chains: Dirt
24. STP: Core
25. Nirvana: In Utero
26. Beck: Mellow Gold
27. Foo Fighters: The Colour And The Shape
28. Pearl Jam: Vs.
29. Oasis: (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
30. Metallica: S/T (The Black Album)
31. Bush: Sixteen Stone
32. Elliott Smith: Either/Or
33. Soundgarden: Superunknown
34. Weezer: Pinkerton
35. NIN: The Downward Spiral
36. Social Distortion: S/T
37. Hootie & The Blowfish: Cracked Rear View
38. Foo Fighters: S/T
39. Matchbox Twenty: Yourself Or Someone Like You
40. U2: Actung Baby
41. Radiohead: The Bends
42. Hole: Live Through This
43. Offspring: Smash
44. Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
45. REM: Out Of Time
46. Oasis: Definitely Maybe
47. Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle
48. Nirvana: Unplugged in NY
49. Foo Fighers: There In Nothing Left To Lose
50. Social Distortion: Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 6:10:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 21, 2012 5:39:55 PM PDT
U2 - Achtung Baby
REM - Automatic For the People
Pearl Jam - Ten
Nirvana - Nevermind
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Live - Throwing Copper
Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
Collective Soul - Collective Soul
Bush - 6teen Stone
Radiohead - OK Computer
Counting Crows - August and Everything After
Offspring - Smash
Social Distortion - White Light White Heat White Trash
Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 7:14:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2012 7:14:59 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
John Hiatt has my two favorite records of the 90's:
-Perfectly Good Guitar
-Walk On

Two others that were more popular that I liked:
-Automatic for the People--REM
-Actung Baby--U2

Any record that opens with the line...
"Are you ready, ready for the laughing gas" is right in my wheelhouse.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 7:31:26 AM PDT
Fischman says:
Eric Johnson -- Ah, Via Musicom!
Rik Emmett -- Absolutely, Ipso facto
Flotsam and Jetsam -- Cuatro, Drift
The Jeff Healy Band -- Hell to Pay
Rush -- Roll the Bones
Fates Warning -- Parallels
Steve Morse -- Southern Steel, Stressfest
Buddy Guy -- Damn Right I Got the Blues
Dream Theater -- Images and Words
Mind Over Four -- Half Way Down
Sass Jordan -- Rats, Racine
Alex Lifeson -- Victor
Helmet -- Aftertaste
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