Best Rock Albums Of the 90's

Best Rock Albums Of the 90's

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  • 1.

    Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    The soccer mom's who loved "Under the Bridge" and "Breaking the Girl didn't know what had hit them withb they got to "Sir Psycho Sexy". A massive crossover hit record that blends outrageously poppy hooks with hard rock and funk.
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    The Bends - Radiohead

    Most pick Ok Computer as Radiohead's finest, but as a traditional rock album, The Bends is a masterpiece. With every single track a work of genius, this album is even more extraordinary when you consider it came of the back of their massive hit Creep, and their very average first album Pablo Honey.
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    Ten - Pearl jam

    Along with Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam defined the 'Seattle Sound', and their debut album 'Ten' was perfect shoegazing material for teenage boys everywhere.
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    What's the Story Monring Glory - Oasis

    With this album, and the very Beatle-esque Wonderwall, Oasis scaled the heights of Britpop once and for all. Anthemic, poppy stadium rock at its very best.
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    Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette

    Much derided, it would be fair to say Jagged Little Pill hasn't left a hugely enduring mark on the rock landscqape. It's massive success did spawn a number of female singer/songwriter copycats however, and there is certainly no shortage of catchy rock tracks on this album.
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    With the release of the 'Black Album', Metallica proved they were head and shoulders above all the other hair bands of the late 80's. 'Enter Sandman' and 'Nothing Else Matters' became formidable heavy metal classics.
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    Superunknown - Soundgarden

    Soundgarden had probably the most traditionally accessible rock sound of the major Seattle bands, and Superunknown is full of classic hard rock tracks.
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    Automatic For The People - REM

    R.E.M. went all acoustic and downbeat on this album, and became international superstars.
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    Dookie - Green Day

    With a string of hits (including the five week US number 1 'Basket Case', Dookie launched Green Day as punk rock superstars. It might not have been anything original musically, but it brought the joys of punk runk to whole new audience.
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    Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

    A mind blowing album that must have started more bar fights than any other in history. Angry. Anti-corporate. Even poetic. Elevator music this is not.
  • 11.

    Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

    Said to be mostly Billy Corgan's work, Siamese Dream is a majestic rock album. The glorious melodies of tracks like 'Today' and 'Disarm' contrast wonderfully with the full throttle rock of songs like 'Silverfuck' and 'Cherub Rock'.
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    Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters

    After the death of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl found himself an out for his considerable talents through his new band the Foo Fighters. Grohl is said to have composed and played everything on this album all by himself, and so began the phenomenal career of the Foo Fighters.
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    Murder Ballads - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    For rock as storytelling, you can't go past Nick cave's Murder Ballads. Featuring beautiful duets with Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey, Murder Ballads manages to combine exquisite pop rock with dark brooding songs about serial killers.
  • 14.

    Nevermind - Nirvana

    The album that made 'alternative' music mainstream. Arguably the most important and influential rock album of the 90's.
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    Dirty - Sonic Youth

    Dirty was the closest Sonic Youth came to breaking into the mainstream. Some Sonic Youth albums can be a little bit uneven, but Dirty really doesn't have a weak moment. The Sonic Youth album for the uninitiated.
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    In Utero - Nirvana

    After the massive success of Nevermind, Kurt Cobain's bitterness with fame and fortune is plain to see on In Utero. With a less produced sound than Nevermind, In Utero arguably has far greater depth than Nevermind.
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    Achtung Baby - U2

    After dominating the 80's, U2 had nothing left to do except reinvent themselves. Features some classic tracks: 'The Fly' 'One', and 'Mysterious ways', just to name a few.
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    The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Niles

    Not one for the fans of commercial rock, The Downward Spiral is nasty, noisy, and industrial. It's not an accessible album, but a very powerful one.
  • 19.

    Ritual De Lo Habitual - Jane's Addiction

    The standout of Jane's addiction all too short career, Ritual De Lo Habitual contains soaring rock epics that just make you want go out and drive fast.
  • 20.

    Life Thru a Lens - Robbie Williams

    Like Freddie Mercury reincarnated, Robbie Williams threw off his boy band past and took his place in rock's history books. The hit song Angel was a massive worldwide hit, with the notable exception of the USA.
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