#60 The White Stripes, The White Stripes (1999)
And so it begins….They didn’t achieve widespread acclaim until their 2002 album, but this debut remains to be one of their best.
#59 Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Maybe it is overplayed, but by god it’s catchy as hell.
#58 Extreme, Pornograffiti (1990)
They were known mostly for “More Than Words”, but that was an anomaly. They are actually a respectable, skilled metal group.
#57 U2, Achtung Baby (1991)
U2 hit their peak with this one, before starting to make Lite FM albums. “One” still makes me cry.
#56 Manic Street Preachers, Lifeblood (1994)
Another great British band that never seemed to catch on in the US.
#55 Van Halen, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991)
Many may kill me, but I prefer the Sammy Hagar VH to the David Lee Roth VH. Especially when they can write great pop songs. Yea, you heard me, this was a pop album. And a damn good one.
#54 The Verve, Urban Hymns (1997)
I rest my case. The US would not know good music if it slapped us in the face.
#53 A.F.I., Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes (1997)
Before A.F.I. were the poster children for suburban mall emo, they played pretty good punk. I do enjoy their major-label stuff as of late, but they knew how to be a punk band first.
#52 Metallica, The Black Album (1991)
I think it’s okay to sell out if your stuff is still good. “Unforgiven” and “Noting Else Matters”? So good I could cry.
#51 R.E.M., Monster (1994)
I know that you may be surprised that this is on here and not Automatic for the People. This was was a but more sublime and I like that.
#50 Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream (1991)
#49 Soul Asylum, Grave Dancers Union (1992)
I played the shit out of this one. Forget “Runaway Train”; “Somebody to Shove” would be in my top ten songs of the 90s. Maybe of all time.
#48 Ozzy Osbourne, No More Tears (1991)
Before he was a cartoon version of himself with no dignity, Ozzy actually knew how to make good metal. This is one of the best radio-friendly metal albums I’ve heard that doesn’t compromise its raaaaawwwkness.
#47 Elastica, Elastica (1994)
They enjoyed a very short window of US success, but I have loved this one forever.
#46 Old 97s, Wreck Your Life (1996)
If all country music sounded like this, I’d move to Alabama.
#45 Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Don’t Know How to Party (1993)
Remember those five minutes during the 90s when ska was popular? That never went away with me.
#44 Soundtrack, Velvet Goldmine (1998)
How I wish these artists were real.
#43 Placebo, Without You I’m Nothing (1998)
Without Placebo, I’m nothing.
#42 Beck, Odelay (1996)
Right before Beck got full of himself.
#41 Spoon, A Series of Sneaks (1998)
Indie rock patron saints.