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Know 40 Reasons Why the '90s Rocked

A guide by El Drewderino (Grand Rapids, MI)

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I like to think of myself as a fan of most eras of music, especially rock music, but I always find myself coming back to the 1990s as my favorite decade of tunes. There were many fantastic artists that started out or reached their peak during the decade. I have listed here some amazing albums that I fully recommend to anyone seeking to hear the basics as well as branch out into some possibly lesser-known but still equally vital artists. This is by no means definitive (and undoubtedly includes some cliched picks), but I think it gives a good scope of the decade's best. I hope this is helpful and that maybe it leads you to check out some music from what, to me, is the best decade of alternative music!

Gentlemen
Tidal
In Casino Out
Midnite Vultures
Homogenic
Teenager of the Year
Grace
Perfect From Now on
Let Love in
Violator
Emergency & I
Endtroducing
Angel Dust
Dance the Devil
Red Medicine
Is This Desire
Ritual De Lo Habitual
Dear You
Whatever
So Tonight That I Might See
Young Team
The Fragile
Brighten The Corners
Yield
Billy Breathes
Dummy
Frizzle Fry
Queens of the Stone Age - (Censored)
OK Computer
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Dust
Pony Express Record
Call the Doctor
New Moon
Ruby Vroom
Sunny Day Real Estate
Foolish
Laughing Stock
Dulcinea
Pinkerton

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9.  Let Love in  by Nick Cave
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El Drewderino (Grand Rapids, MI)
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Last updated: 2/26/11
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