February 18, 2006

Results of the 90's music survey

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 18, 2006 4:45 PM

Last month I asked for recommendations of essential 90's albums, and received an enthusiastic and comprehensive response. I've collected the results of that comment thread into a wonderfully eclectic list of 115 albums, which I've posted below the fold.

Some commenters went beyond the scope of the original question, either more broadly (by recommending artists without a specific album) or more narrowly (by citing individual songs). I've put these in their own lists. Finally, there were a few albums mentioned outside of the 1990-1999 range, which are also listed separately.

And of course, late additions to these lists are also welcomed!

Singles:
They Might Be Giants, "Why Does The Sun Shine?" (1993)
OMD, "Walking on the Milky Way" (1996)
Beastie Boys, "Intergalactic" (1998)
Depeche Mode, "Only When I Lose Myself" (1998)

Artists: (either cited without an album or with all albums recommended)
Ace of Base
Barenaked Ladies
Beastie Boys
Better than Ezra
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Cake
Phil Collins
Hootie and the Blowfish
Loreena McKennitt
Moxy Fruvous
Tupac Shakur

Albums:
Presented by year; [s/t] indicates a self-titled album.

1990
Depeche Mode, Violator
Paul Simon, The Rhythm of the Saints
They Might Be Giants, Flood

1991
Cause & Effect, Another Minute
Erasure, Chorus
Guns N Roses, Use Your Illusion
Metallica, [s/t] (Black Album)
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Nirvana, Nevermind
Pearl Jam, Ten
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
R.E.M., Out of Time
Roxette, Joyride
Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger
Spin Doctors, Pocket Full of Kryptonite
U2, Achtung Baby
Violent Femmes, Why Do Birds Sing?

1992
Eric Clapton, Unplugged
Faith No More, Angel Dust
Genesis, The Way We Walk, Vol. 1: The Shorts
Guided By Voices, Propeller
Maceo Parker, Life in Planet Groove
Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
Rage Against the Machine, [s/t]

1993
10,000 Maniacs, MTV Unplugged
Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen
Billy Joel, River of Dreams
Counting Crows, August and Everything After
Depeche Mode, Songs of Faith and Devotion
Duran Duran, [s/t] (Wedding Album)
Genesis, The Way We Walk, Vol. 2: The Longs
Primus, Pork Soda
Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Tears for Fears, Elemental
The Cranberries, Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't We?

1994
Bush, Sixteen Stone
Cause & Effect, Trip
Collective Soul, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid
Dave Matthews Band, Under the Table and Dreaming
Elton John, Tim Rice, The Lion King OST
Green Day, Dookie
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
Nirvana, Unplugged in New York
Soundgarden, Superunknown
Stone Temple Pilots, Purple
The Cranberries, No Need To Argue...
The Eagles, Hell Freezes Over
The Offspring, Smash
Tom Petty, Wildflowers
Violent Femmes, New Times
Ween, Chocolate and Cheese
Weezer, [s/t] (Blue Album)

1995
Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
Collective Soul, [s/t]
Enya, Memory of Trees
Everclear, Sparkle and Fade
Foo Fighters, [s/t]
Goo Goo Dolls, A Boy Named Goo
Gza, Liquid Swords
Jawbreaker, Dear You
No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom
Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory
Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
"Weird Al" Yankovic, Bad Hair Day

1996
Beck, Odelay
Dave Matthews Band, Crash
Eels, Beautiful Freak
Lyle Lovett, The Road to Ensenada
Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire
Shawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs
Sublime, [s/t]
The Wallflowers, Bringing Down The Horse
They Might Be Giants, Factory Showroom
Tool, Aenima
Weezer, Pinkerton

1997
Aerosmith, Nine Lives
Belle & Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister
Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen
Bjork, Homogenic
Buena Vista Social Club, [s/t]
Cartoon Network, Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que
Crystal Method, Vegas
Daft Punk, Homework
David Bowie, Earthling
Delerium, Karma
Depeche Mode, Ultra
Elliott Smith, Either/Or
Enya, Paint the Sky with Stars
Prodigy, The Fat of the Land
Radiohead, OK Computer
Sarah Brightman, Time To Say Goodbye
Savage Garden, [s/t]
Sleater-Kinney, Dig Me Out
Soundgarden, A-Sides
The Offspring, Ixnay on the Hombre
The Pixies, Death to the Pixies
Third Eye Blind, [s/t]

1998
Afghan Whigs, 1965
Cartoon Network, Space Ghost's Surf & Turf
Eagle-Eye Cherry, Desireless
Eels, Electro-Shock Blues
Eve 6, [s/t]
Fugazi, End Hits
Goo Goo Dolls, Dizzy Up The Girl
Jets to Brazil, Orange Rhyming Dictionary
Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Best of NCATBS
The Offspring, Americana

1999
Mindless Self Indulgence, Tight
Muse, Showbiz
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication
Santana, Supernatural
Smash Mouth, Astro Lounge
The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin
Wilco, Summerteeth

Non-90's Albums:
Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987)
U2, The Joshua Tree (1987) [Embarrassingly, from my original list; I was fooled by a reissue date]
R.E.M., Eponymous (1988)
Bloodhound Gang, Hooray for Boobies (2000)
Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want (2000)
Coolio, Fantastic Voyage (2001) [Although this is a compilation of mostly 90's tracks]
Daft Punk, Discovery (2001)

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Comments

wow 1997 seem to double all other year for number of albums

Posted by: shellock | February 18, 2006 7:10 PM

That list is kinda heartening; people always have disparaged recent music, and it's nice to see that there was a lot of decent stuff, it just got buried under the crap.

Posted by: Lanth | February 18, 2006 7:21 PM

There's at least one (and probably several) that I forgot: We Can't Dance, Genesis, 1991 and Sex & Misery, Voice of the Beehive come to mind.

There's also the generic 'greatist hits' albums from several artists, but you might as well wait a decade (or a year of real time) for the more relevant discussion. There is an important classes of exceptions: greatest hits albums of artists where the word "hit" is said loosely.

Also, some of the ones listed separately also included all the albums. For one other artist, I was just too lazy to check if one of the particular albums came out in the 90s, so I took the safe route with what I wrote.

Posted by: Mason | February 18, 2006 11:41 PM

I don't remember seeing any of the Boss on the list. This will not stand, ya know, this will not stand, man. So I suggest you add "Tunnel of Love."

Posted by: JSpur | February 19, 2006 9:55 AM

Tunnel of Love was released in 1987, a year which now has as many nominations as 1990. Clearly it was a year ahead of its time.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 19, 2006 12:15 PM

Whoops. But still. Springsteen had to have something out in the 90s that belongs on the list. Not that I can think of what it would be.

Posted by: JSpur | February 19, 2006 12:22 PM

According to the Wikipedia entry, his 90's releases are Human Touch, Lucky Town, MTV Unplugged, and The Ghost of Tom Joad, although they don't seem to be very popular. Also the "Streets of Philadelphia" single.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | February 19, 2006 12:35 PM

Okay. Maybe we'll save him for the 80s list.
Turns out this will stand after all.

Posted by: JSpur | February 19, 2006 12:50 PM

The Jerry McGwire theme was a good song by the Boss from the 90s. Also, I believe his studio version of "Murder Incorporated" (which he supposedly had been singing in concerts for years) didn't show up on an album until the 90s.

The Boss does show up vicariously---he cowrite "Because the Night", which 10000 Maniacs since on their MTV unplugged album.

Posted by: Mason | February 19, 2006 1:36 PM
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