#5 Oasis, What’s the Story Morning Glory? (1995)
Oasis peaked very quickly, and were the next Beatles (in fact, I think they are better than the Beatles). “Wonderwall” is pure genius.
#4 Superdrag, Regretfully Yours (1996)
How in the holy crap are they not huge? They have the patent on fuzzy guitars and great melodies.
#3 Weezer, Pinkerton (1996)
The beginning of the end. Most people would pick their debut album as their best, but this is the pure genius one, and the biggest commercial failure. The band should have taken the cue there, and instead made three incredibly shitty albums. Rivers Cuomo poors his nerdy little heart out about his obsession with half-Japanese girls.
#2 Rancid, ….And Out Come the Wolves (1995)
Rancid rode the coattails of Green Day’s mainstream success but only the true informed know that they keep punk alive. Former members of Operation Ivy form a band that may be…even better? If only Tim Armstrong would stop hanging out with dumb celebs.
and, of course-
#1 Nirvana, Nevermind (1992)
Ok, I know, this is so expected and almost compulsory. But if a band single-handedly changes the direction of rock n’ roll and creates a new movement and a new way commercial music is produced, you can’t ignore it. Kurt Cobain was regarded as a savior, a hero, and a spokesperson, and ultimately that’s why he killed himself. Who knows if they would be making good music if they were still around? Still, nothing could live up to this.