List: Top albums of the 90s #100-81

Following the fun I had doing the Top albums of the 20th Century, it makes sense that I would start a list for the 90s. This one will be harder, because I feel like it is such a wide range. In the same century, I bought both a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch album as well as a Death Cab for Cutie album. Some of the albums, quite frankly, I didn’t really discover until after the 90s were over (my musical revolution began in 2001). I’ve basically taken a look at my collection and the albums I own that were released in the 90s and ordered them by enjoyability, quality of the record, impact on the music scene, and how much it affected me. You’ll also notice there are a lot more pop albums on this list, because that is what I listened to and I feel pop music was of better quality then. I’ve also included only one album per artist, because otherwise I would list all the Fugazi albums, Oasis albums, and Pixies albums and call it a day. I’ll shut up and start it.

#100 Nelson, After the Rain (1990)

Ok, I’ll admit this album is pretty bad. I had I had to find a way to squeeze this on the countdown because I listened to the shit out of this when it came out. Deal with it, I was twelve in 1990. The Nelson brothers are prettier than I will ever be.

#99 Cathy Dennis, Move to This (1994)
Uh, she performed at the 90210 prom, you know

#98 The Charlatans, Up to Our Hips (1994)
Yay Britpop!

#97 Spice Girls, Spice World (1997)
How can you not utter “nineties” and “Spice Girls” in the same sentence.

#96 Gin Blossoms, New Miserable Experience (1992)
Shut up, you know you probably own it.


#95 Baenaked Ladies, Born on a Pirate Ship (1996)

If you went to a state school on the East Coast it was required that you like the BNLs.


#94 Veruca Salt, Eight Arms to Hold You (1997)

Two Jewish women fronting an alterna-rock band: awesome!

#93 Trans Am, Surrender to the Night (1997)
One of the best from the DC scene.

#92 Tonic, Sugar (1999)
This was very underappreciated. “Mean to Me” is amazing.

#91 Portishead, Dummy (1994)
They are so much more than “Sour Times”.

#90 Warrant, Cherry Pie (1990)
If you ignore the misogynist anthem, Warrant write pretty good pop rock songs. I had to sneak this one home from the mall.

#89 Goldfinger, Hang-Ups (1997)
I miss ska/punk!

#88 Frank Black, Teenager of the Year (1994)
Frank Black was the singer for the Pixies, so this sounds like a Pixies album. I’m okay with that.

#87 Shakespeare’s Sister, Hormonally Yours (1992)
I think I am the only one who ever bought this album


#86 Saigon Kick, The Lizard (1992)

One of the best of the hair metal bands. Almost on the verge of grunge.

#86 Reel Big Fish, Why Do They Rock So Hard? (1998)
More ska!

#85 l7, Hungry for Stink (1994)
Riot Grrrrrl


#84 Shudder to Think, Pony Express Record (1994)

Another great DC band.

#83 Dido, No Angel (1999)
Along with providing the awesome theme to Roswell, there is not a band track on this.

#82 Enigma, The Cross of Changes (1994)
Remember when Gregorian chants were all the rage?

#81 Soundtrack, Clueless (1995)

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4 thoughts on “List: Top albums of the 90s #100-81

  1. 99. I love Cathy Dennis, and appreciate her evermore for having become a pretty hot producer since then–best known for Kylie’s “Cant Get You Out of My Head.” I used to like “Touch Me” best, but now I think it’s “Just Another Dream.”

    97. Interesting that you picked Spiceworld over Spice, but I would have to agree it’s better. The filler on Spice is all middling R&B/pop but the Spiceworld non-singles have a lot more attitude and variety. Plus you get “Viva Forever” and “Stop,” which are classic.

    96. I so do.

    91. I love Portishead, especially the track that was featured in Out of Sight, “Roads.” Love it.

    87. Don’t own the album, but I did love “Stay.”

    83. Interesting. This didn’t break out really until 2001 with “Thank You,” so I never think of it as a ’90s album. I really like Dido, especially “Here With Me.”

    82. I was really into Enigma at one time, but I have to say I think “MCMXC-AD” was a better album, although I do really like “I Love You…I’ll Kill You,” as it’s very sexy.

  2. You’re far from alone. That Shakespeare’s Sisters album was part of a core group of albums that saw me through my time in the Air Force. Thanks for listing it!

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