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The 40 Best Albums of the '90s

A. Sheets "music lover"
The list author says: "As with my other lists, this represents my own personal taste more than anything else. In other words, I am not an expert."
Unchained
Unchained
"Perhaps the hardest rocking record of Cash's career (and this is a man who recorded for Sun Records in the '50s). Help from members of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (who he covers) and Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Spiritual" is the most heartfelt performance I have ever heard and that is coming from somebody who rejects traditional Christianity."
Ten
Ten
"Nirvana are more respected, but Pearl Jam's Ten is the greatest grunge album ever."
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
"This album and its successor (see below) seperated Petty from the pack of classic rockers struggling to find success in the '90s, by throwing a dash of alternative rock into Petty's signature sound, courtesy of Rick Rubin."
In Utero
In Utero
"Nirvana expands upon themes presented in Nevermind and make an even better record."
American Recordings
American Recordings
"Just an acoustic guitar and Cash's voice, but its one of the most powerful recordings ever. If you own nothing else by Cash, buy the albums produced by Rick Rubin from 1994-2004 as well as At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin."
She's The One
She's The One
"Petty delves even further into the '90s alternative scene, covering Beck and Lucinda Williams, but the highlighs are his originals like "Walls", "Angel Dream", and "Grew Up Fast" (which is classic angsty punk with a rock edge)."
Whenever We Wanted
Whenever We Wanted
"Mellencamp's best pure rock album since Uh-Huh but with more political overtones."
Bringing Down The Horse
Bringing Down The Horse
""One Headlight" is of course a masterpiece, but the rest of the album nearly equals it."
Ragged Glory
Ragged Glory
""The Godfather of Grunge" shows that he is still relevant in the age of grunge."
Human Wheels (Remastered)
Human Wheels (Remastered)
"Mellencamp gives a definite R&B vibe to this collection of personal songs which present some of the best lyrics of his career."
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
"The best album of Williams' career. It brought her from underground genius to (slightly) mainstream status and critical respect."
Nevermind
Nevermind
"There is nothing I can say about this album that hasn't already been said."
Mirror Ball
Mirror Ball
"Neil Young and Pearl Jam hook up to make a hard rock masterpiece."
Mr Happy Go Lucky
Mr Happy Go Lucky
"The darkest album of his career (until 2008, that is), but one that shows he was listening to the music coming out at the time and could mix it with his signature style."
The Ghost of Tom Joad
The Ghost of Tom Joad
"Stripped down folk giving a great portrait of 1990s America."
Fear Of A Black Planet
Fear Of A Black Planet
"Not as good as there debut, but then again no rap album is."
Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion I
"Ignore The Spaghetti Incident and Chinese Democracy. The Use Your Illusion albums were Guns 'n Roses' magnum opus."
Use Your Illusion II
Use Your Illusion II
"See above."
Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind
"Dylan's triumphant return to relevance after a decade and a half with no direction."
MTV Unplugged in New York
MTV Unplugged in New York
"One of the great live albums ever and extremely emotional."
The Slim Shady LP
The Slim Shady LP
"Eminem is the voice of today's generation and this album displays his storytelling ability and his gift for personal tales."
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
"The anger of '60s folk meets '90s rock."
Grace
Grace
"One of the great debut albums ever."
Dookie
Dookie
"Green Day brought punk back into the mainstream, but with a catchy mainstream rock twist."
Devil Without A Cause
Devil Without A Cause
"Say what you will about his subsequent work, which is good at its best and awful at its worst, this is one of the defining albums of the '90s. Funny and edgy at the same time."
Mama Said
Mama Said
"Kravitz stands alone as the only mainstream '90s rock act who would have recieved airplay in the '60s or '70s."
All Eyez on Me
All Eyez on Me
"Another talent like Buckley and Cobain who left a void the industry has still not completely recovered from."
Blue Moon Swamp
Blue Moon Swamp
"Fogerty makes his first studio album in 11 years and it sounds like his work from 30 years before."
Odelay
Odelay
"Alt rock classic."
Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
"Morissette establishes herself as a great lyricist and the heir to the "confessional singer-songrwriters" of the early '70s, but with a rougher edge."
The Chronic
The Chronic
"He has retired from performing it seems, but this will give you a glimpse of what he could do when he was still rapping."
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
""Nothing Compares 2 U" was a major hit, but the rest of the album equals it."
The Battle of Los Angeles
The Battle of Los Angeles
"Their best album and Morello's guitar work is amazing."
Vitalogy
Vitalogy
"This is the album which transformed Pearl Jam from a grunge band to a great rock band."
Superunknown
Superunknown
"One of the most emotional recordings you will ever hear."
They're All Gonna Laugh at You
They're All Gonna Laugh at You
"Probably the best examination of the high school life ever put on record."
Eric Clapton Unplugged
Eric Clapton Unplugged
"This album introduced Clapton to a new generation."
The Fire Inside
The Fire Inside
"The title track is a lyrical masterpiece and the rest of the album finds Seger experimenting with his signature sound and stretching it to the limit."
If There Was a Way
If There Was a Way
"An amazing record. One of the most depressing country albums ever, which is saying a lot."
5 (REISSUED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS)
5 (REISSUED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS)
"Probably Kravitz's most succesful album and with good reason."