20 Music Albums From the 90s That Deserve Your Attention
08th July, 2020
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From The Slim Shady LP to Reasonable Doubt and more, these 20 albums from the ‘90s live fresh in memory even to this day. Let’s walk down memory lane. Nothing outshines music—not even the bleak reality we’re facing right now. The soulful art form reverberates at a fundamental level, dampening the worst of our emotions. As a result, many take refuge in its many harmonics, turning back time to reminisce over the golden age gone by. The ‘90s, arguably, offered way more than any era, with fans still overwhelmed and bouncing to its beats all night long! Tag along, as we share 20 best albums from the decade that defined and refined music forever.
Nevermind - Nirvana En.wikipedia.org
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Nevermind - Nirvana
Throughout the ‘80s, Michael Jackson’s rendition of pop shone through, with no one really willing to venture forward and reshape the genre like Jackson did. However, that changed when Nirvana released their second studio album, Nevermind, a smashing masterpiece that knocked MJ’s Dangerous off its perch. Soon, grunge became a mainstay, with songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Ten - Pearl Jam En.wikipedia.org
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Ten - Pearl Jam
Released a month before Nirvana’s Nevermind, Ten didn’t exactly have the greatest start, thanks to the popularity of grunge music. However, close to a year later, the album got the credit it rightfully deserved, due to singles like “Jeremy,” “Alive,” and “Even Flow.” Billy Ray Cyrus’s debut album was the only thing that stopped Ten from topping the US charts in 1992.
Reasonable Doubt - Jay Z En.wikipedia.org
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Reasonable Doubt - Jay Z
Originally titled “Heir To The Throne,” the 1996-album was a big hit for hip-hop, and it also established Jay Z as one of the premier rappers of the age. The artwork and music are revolutionary, as it beautifully narrates a hustler’s physical and mental state. Reasonable Doubt sold over a million copies and is still widely recognized as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.
Ray of Light - Madonna Theultimaterabbit.com
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Ray of Light - Madonna
Music critics often regard Ray of Light as Madonna’s most adventurous album. The popstar tried her hand at multiple genres in the LP, ranging from electronic to pop. The former grew immensely popular thereafter, and now forms a huge part of pop culture. The album, as a whole, focused on spiritual transformation and went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide.
The Slim Shady LP - Eminem En.wikipedia.org
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The Slim Shady LP - Eminem
Rap and hip-hop were already quite crowded when Marshall Bruce Mathers III, aka Eminem, stepped in the late ‘90s. His first album was a shocking failure and seemed to have doomed him until Slim Shady saved the day. In December 1997, Eminem made his major-label debut, and boy, he stole the show! The album sold over a million copies, with critics lavishing praise at Eminem’s dark humor and provocative personality.
Use Your Illusion I and II - Guns N' Roses Loudwire.com
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Use Your Illusion I and II - Guns N' Roses
Both albums were worthy successors to the band’s ultra-successful debut Appetite for Destruction. Use Your Illusion II sold more copies than the first part. The 30 songs in the second part had to be rigorously edited before being sold at retail outlets at that time. Songs like “Right Next Door to Hell,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” are still loved today.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis En.wikipedia.org
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(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
With singles such as “Roll With It” and the ever-glorious Wonderwall, Oasis’ 1995-album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is every inch sensational and deserves a listen. The album propelled the band to new heights, selling a record-breaking 345,000 copies in the first week itself. The Beatles and Queen were the only artists that performed better than Oasis’ creation.
The Bends - Radiohead En.wikipedia.org
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The Bends - Radiohead
Exploring the cultural and social mess in Britain in 1995, The Bends is undoubtedly the English band’s most influential work to date. Thom Yorke and Co., moved between alternate rock, Britpop, and post-grunge unknowingly, inspiring a generation of artists, like Coldplay. The album sold well over two million copies by 1996, with songs like “Fake Plastic Trees,” “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” and “High And Dry.”
Dookie - Green Day En.wikipedia.org
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Dookie - Green Day
As grunge declined, punk grew popular, becoming a part of mainstream music, thanks to Dookie’s unprecedented popularity. Green Day, as a result, went from the band next-door to serious stardom, with the album selling a whopping 20 million copies as of 2014. Basket Case is the most popular single, as it was close to the band members and explores Billie Joe Armstrong’s sexual identity.
Wildflowers - Tom Petty Albumism.com
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Wildflowers - Tom Petty
The 1994-release is widely considered as Tom Petty’s best work. All 15 songs have a distinct feel, right from the serene acoustics of the title track to the powerful and upbeat music in “You Wreck Me.” The album also features Ringo Starr and Carl Wilson as guest artists and is recognized as a 3x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The Chronic - Dr. Dre En.wikipedia.org
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The Chronic - Dr. Dre
All great rappers agree that The Chronic gave birth to hip-hop. Despite being well ahead of its time, it was flawless and is still considered the benchmark for every album in the genre. The album sold over three million copies in the country and around eight million worldwide. “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang” is one of the most popular singles from the album.
Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan En.wikipedia.org
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Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan
After seven years, the prolific Bob Dylan blasted through the charts with the terrific Time Out of Mind in 1997. The album beat anything and everything in front of it, grabbing three Grammy Awards and was hailed as one of Dylan’s greatest works. “Million Miles,” “Dirt Road Blues,” and “Standing in the Doorway” are a few fantastic singles from the LP.
CrazySexyCool - TLC En.wikipedia.org
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CrazySexyCool - TLC
There’d be no R&B without TLC. The ‘90s girl-gang defined an entire decade with CrazySexyCool regarded as their finest and best album of the last few decades. It sold 11 million copies, making LaFace and Arista Records richer by a spellbinding $75 million. The sophomore album, which includes singles like “Intro-lude” and “Creep,” remains the highest-selling album by a girl group.
Achtung Baby - U2 Discogs.com
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Achtung Baby - U2
Like all great albums, Achtung Baby looked uncertain once. The band had some difficulty handling the fame that came with being the next big thing in rock music. Recording sessions, too, didn’t get off to the best of starts, shrouding the future of the band. However, the band held it together and delivered a true gem. Songs like “One” and “The Fly” remain popular to this day.
Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg En.wikipedia.org
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Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
The unapologetic Snoop Dogg set the world alight with his very first album, selling over 800,000 copies within the first week of its release, a record for a debuting artist until Eminem. Doggystyle is often closely linked with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic mainly because both have similar schemes. Moreover, Dre produced the album. “The Shiznit”and “Bathtub” are two prominent singles from the album.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill En.wikipedia.org
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The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill
Hip-hop was shockingly male-dominated in the ‘90s, with the likes of Jay Z and Eminem transforming the genre single-handedly. While they were successful, a certain artist by the name of Lauryn Hill did her bit, expanding the genre and adding religious bits that most rappers dared not do. “To Zion,” “Final Hour,” and “Lost Ones” are all seamless singles from the album.
Automatic for the People - R.E.M Spectrumculture.com
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Automatic for the People - R.E.M
The band didn’t have to have a fresh set, as their previous album Out of Time was smashing records all over and didn’t look like it was about to stop. Nonetheless, Michael Stipe and Co., went ahead with Automatic for the People in October 1992, and thank the music gods they did! The mature album was deeper than anything they produced, selling 18 million copies worldwide.
‘...Baby One More Time’ - Britney Spears Billboard.com
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‘...Baby One More Time’ - Britney Spears
With the millennia just two years shy of completion, an unknown 16-year-old came out of absolutely nowhere to establish herself as one of the greatest pop icons of the 21st century. ...Baby One More Time was Britney Spears’s debut album. The album was released when there was already substantial material in the genre, and it still became a supreme-hit, selling well over 25 million copies worldwide.
All Eyez on Me - Tupac Shakur En.wikipedia.org
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All Eyez on Me - Tupac Shakur
After having spent 11 months in jail, 2Pac was hungry to speak and All Eyez on Me was his stage. The album and its many songs reveal how he had eyes on him, but he also celebrated his unapologetic lifestyle. 2Pac completed the double-disc album in just two weeks, collaborating with artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg.
Metallica - Metallica Desktopbackground.org
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Metallica - Metallica
Sometimes called The Black Album, Metallica has been the band’s most successful album to date. It sold over 15 million copies and is certified 16x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. “Enter Sandman,” one of the best singles from the album, remains fresh in memory and is inspired by a European fable, where the sandman grants children peaceful sleep.