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(Paste Magazine)   The 90 best albums of the 90s. #5 really should be at #1   (pastemagazine.com) divider line 480
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2012-02-25 05:13:08 PM  

rickycal78: you are a puppet: rickycal78: kab: ecl: rickycal78: Leader O'Cola: scope1000: Metallica


Bullshiat.
That album is 100% emblematic of everything wrong with metal

Says the guy that thinks cookie monster crap is good music.

Says the Kid Rock fan.

boom-headshot.jpg

Dude makes ok songs, even if he does rip off other artists, so what? Funny though having someone who thinks Sarah McLachlan and Portishead should be on a best of the 90s list make fun of someone for liking a few Kid Rock songs. Taste really is subjective, amazing isn't it?

Not really. Kid Rock's music objectively sucks. Your tastes are objectively wrong.

You like Matchbox 20, your argument is invalid.


wtf. Damn it sometimes I forget I wrote my profile for maximum trolling
 
2012-02-25 05:14:21 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Aquemini better than ATLiens? It may have been more artistic, but it pales compared to ATLiens (1996) and even Stankonia (2000).


I was thinking that too. And The Roots Illadelph halflife is far superior to any releases after that. Im surprised they didn't throw Rahzel's goofy solo album in there just to piss every one off. Also, how is Dj Shadow's Endtroducing better than Wu Tang's 36 chambers. How is Cypress Hill's Black Sunday not on the list?! Tricky's album should have been higher too. I didn't see one beastie boys album which was disturbing.. But Green Day's dookie makes the list?! wtf. No primus?

Stupid list.
 
2012-02-25 05:14:49 PM  

you are a puppet: rickycal78: you are a puppet: rickycal78: kab: ecl: rickycal78: Leader O'Cola: scope1000: Metallica


Bullshiat.
That album is 100% emblematic of everything wrong with metal

Says the guy that thinks cookie monster crap is good music.

Says the Kid Rock fan.

boom-headshot.jpg

Dude makes ok songs, even if he does rip off other artists, so what? Funny though having someone who thinks Sarah McLachlan and Portishead should be on a best of the 90s list make fun of someone for liking a few Kid Rock songs. Taste really is subjective, amazing isn't it?

Not really. Kid Rock's music objectively sucks. Your tastes are objectively wrong.

You like Matchbox 20, your argument is invalid.

wtf. Damn it sometimes I forget I wrote my profile for maximum trolling


Uh huh, sure you did. At least I can cop to liking the stuff I do when it's unpopular.
 
2012-02-25 05:16:02 PM  

Mugato: Illu


Came here to say this. List fails without GnR.
 
2012-02-25 05:17:42 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-02-25 05:17:44 PM  

SumoJeb: wtf. No primus?


I keep seeing this in the thread. I like Primus, but they never had any really great albums. Too much farking around.
 
2012-02-25 05:17:44 PM  

rickycal78: Uh huh, sure you did. At least I can cop to liking the stuff I do when it's unpopular.


Just read dude's profile, he was max trolling, he put Little Caesars as a fancy restaurant.
 
2012-02-25 05:18:18 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

\otherside
 
2012-02-25 05:18:29 PM  

rickycal78: you are a puppet: rickycal78: you are a puppet: rickycal78: kab: ecl: rickycal78: Leader O'Cola: scope1000: Metallica


Bullshiat.
That album is 100% emblematic of everything wrong with metal

Says the guy that thinks cookie monster crap is good music.

Says the Kid Rock fan.

boom-headshot.jpg

Dude makes ok songs, even if he does rip off other artists, so what? Funny though having someone who thinks Sarah McLachlan and Portishead should be on a best of the 90s list make fun of someone for liking a few Kid Rock songs. Taste really is subjective, amazing isn't it?

Not really. Kid Rock's music objectively sucks. Your tastes are objectively wrong.

You like Matchbox 20, your argument is invalid.

wtf. Damn it sometimes I forget I wrote my profile for maximum trolling

Uh huh, sure you did. At least I can cop to liking the stuff I do when it's unpopular.


You're right, I really am a fan of "Nick L. Bach" and "The Fallout Boys"
 
2012-02-25 05:18:54 PM  
www.fearlessrecords.com
 
2012-02-25 05:22:28 PM  
Catherine Wheel - I think most people would pick Chrome, but I preferred Happy Days.

Manic Street Preachers - toss up ... The Holy Bible or This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours.

Just a couple off the top of my head. I won't get started on the lack of Canadian artists since I can write a novella on the subject, and no one needs to be subjected to that.
 
2012-02-25 05:25:54 PM  
No Pixies? No Kyuss?

/list fails
 
2012-02-25 05:37:12 PM  
I saw this has caused some pain in the U.K. Saw Parliament debating this last night on CSPAN....

Michael Shersby: Oasis at 21? Surely this is a mistake. Perhaps we can make them change the -

Betty Boothroyd: [ sternly ] Mr. Shersby!! You've been warned seven times this month to stop bringing up Oasis!

Michael Shersby: But is not Oasis the greatest British band since the Beatles? Can we not vote on this?!

Betty Boothroyd: Enough! Enough!! No votes will be taken on the subject of Oasis!

//obscure?
//I am old?
 
2012-02-25 05:39:51 PM  

steveGswine: [userserve-ak.last.fm image 174x174]

/why doesn't this list get a job


As much as I loved Americana, Ixnay on the Hombre was the better album. Cool to Hate should be the official song of the internet.

Also, Counting Crows? Really? You can argue Nevermind was crap but you can't debate its influence, CC was just crap.
 
2012-02-25 05:43:39 PM  
Radiohead is awesome....people just have to deal with that.


The list really misses the boat on Hip-Hop/Rap.

Too many albums from the same artists. We don't need that much Wilco.

Monster by REM is better than Automatic For The People.


1991-1996 was probably the best time for music in this sense:

I don't know if I have ever seen so many different types of music have mainstream appeal. Everything was top ten back then, Rap, Hip-Hop, Pop, Rock, Metal, Grunge, it all had moments. And even the sort of knock-Off versions of that music was decent. I think it started with "Nevermind" and ended when Matchbox 20 hit it big. Not that there is anything wrong with Matchbox 20, but they sort of personify the commercialization of the 90's.

I felt like at that time I went from hearing U2, REM, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Tupac, Biggie, Ice Cube, Tool, Peter Gabriel, Alice in Chains, Guns n Roses, TLC, Lauryn Hill, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, etc, etc, etc to hearing Marchbox 20, No Doubt, Green Day, Third Eye Blind, etc, etc, etc.

Not that there is anything wrong with those other bands, but they were much more commercial friendly in image and sound. They sort of began to blend together for me. Once the late 90'shiat, it seemed like the desire for different genres in the mainstream began to wane, and by the mid-2000's it was gone.

Now, we mostly have songs which are a strange hip-hop/pop/rock hybrid that makes the charts, and for the most part while it may be okay to listen to, none of it makes an impression.

The 90's were pretty good for music, and they helped wipe away the crap of the late 80's (and while I have some love for the nostalgia of hair bands, we can all safely say that was a good thing).

i think to dismiss the 90s music is very short sighted.
 
2012-02-25 05:47:16 PM  

FREDIOHEAD: Ok Computer is just the best album ever made. You're just going to have to deal with it.

Ok Computer was so good that it even made Radiohead wonder what the hell they were going to do next. It made other bands wonder if there was any reason to try to make music anymore.


... You know, that explains why pop music kept getting worse after that album.
 
2012-02-25 05:49:12 PM  
it looks like I wrote late 90'shiat.....but I meant to write late 90s hit
 
2012-02-25 05:58:27 PM  

piney: i think to dismiss the 90s music is very short sighted.


People forget that every decade is dominated by crappy music. I believe certain decades have more standout albums than others, especially when discussing mainstream music. The 90s were very dynamic, as they had eras where various types of music "dominated," as opposed to this decade where the predominant popular music is basically computerized disco with more inept lyrics and worse singers. Hell, even freaking COUNTRY music had some slightly different sounds to it. Rap? From Compton to Detroit to Brooklyn.
It was also one of the final eras before computerized music, autotune, and Clear Channel made it so one can't listen to a terrestrial radio anymore.
 
2012-02-25 06:02:04 PM  
I knew that list would be bad, but leaving Alice in Chains' Dirt album off any best of 90's list is damn near criminal.

No Skinny Puppy either? Both Too Dark Park and Last Rights are better than 99.9 of the stuff on that list.
 
2012-02-25 06:02:44 PM  
No Pantera :(
 
2012-02-25 06:04:35 PM  

germ78: Neutral Milk Hotel at #2? Who the fark are they?


You really should check that album out. I heard people talk about it on a baseball forum I read, and was blown away when I listened to it.

Oh Comely.
 
2012-02-25 06:17:14 PM  
90s>80s>00s

Somebody listed Sarah McLachlan's Fumbling earlier - good call.

Mellon Collie was great, but I can see why people found it disjointed. To be honest, I listen to the compilation of the Aeroplane b-sides more often than the actual album at this point. But it should have been on the list.
 
2012-02-25 06:18:40 PM  
Illmatic is probably the single greatest hip-hop record I've ever heard.
 
2012-02-25 06:21:43 PM  

Major Broca: Depeche Mode Violator...


This! Violator was the album that made me love music! Also surprised not to see The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. However, I agree that OK Computer is the best album of the 90s, and probably my favorite album period.
 
2012-02-25 06:27:22 PM  
A few more:

i42.tinypic.com

i39.tinypic.com

i39.tinypic.com
 
2012-02-25 06:29:38 PM  

puffy999: piney: i think to dismiss the 90s music is very short sighted.

People forget that every decade is dominated by crappy music. I believe certain decades have more standout albums than others, especially when discussing mainstream music. The 90s were very dynamic, as they had eras where various types of music "dominated," as opposed to this decade where the predominant popular music is basically computerized disco with more inept lyrics and worse singers. Hell, even freaking COUNTRY music had some slightly different sounds to it. Rap? From Compton to Detroit to Brooklyn.
It was also one of the final eras before computerized music, autotune, and Clear Channel made it so one can't listen to a terrestrial radio anymore.


I think one other point that I overlooked which also had a lot to do with it was that until, what, 1997, we didn't have the internet in every household...music downloading was in its infancy.

While there are great benefits to music on the internet today, I think the lack of the internet meant everything made it to the radio. Brit Pop to Grunge to Pop to Rap.

Also, because of this, even though there were the one-hit wonders, it was the last decade, in my opinion at least, where an entire album mattered.

They don't anymore.
 
2012-02-25 06:39:02 PM  
Pretty clear that the 90's was a shiat decade for music. The only people who can tolerate are the people who were teenagers when Clinton was President. The decade of douche baggery.
 
2012-02-25 06:40:21 PM  
I truly love the geniuses who call artists like Radiohead and Beck "hipster" and then procede to list a bevy of obscure metal albums.

/can't disagree much with the list
//even if I think In Utero is better than Nevermind
///or that Summerteeth should be in the top ten
////as should Richard D. James Album
 
2012-02-25 06:47:23 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.google.com
/hot
 
2012-02-25 06:50:37 PM  
List is also missing Hieroglyphics and Herbaliser. '93 til infinity is one of the best hip hop albums ever made. And Blow your headphones was a great album, much better than many on the list.
 
2012-02-25 06:50:47 PM  

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: I have a deep understanding of music that most people don't.


In case anybody missed this little gold nugget earlier in the thread.
 
2012-02-25 07:01:16 PM  
That list reeks of smelly hipsters. No reason why Nevermind should not have been #1. Radiohead? REally? REALLY? noooooooo don't think so
 
2012-02-25 07:07:57 PM  
Seen this in the top 10 of other lists. ec1.images-amazon.com
still a favorite of mine, and the source of my nic.
 
2012-02-25 07:09:25 PM  

Whiteston: That list reeks of smelly hipsters. No reason why Nevermind should not have been #1. Radiohead? REally? REALLY? noooooooo don't think so


See what I mean? Jesus Christ people, Radiohead is one of the most popular rock bands in the world. Calling them "hipster" is like calling Foo Fighters "hipster."
 
2012-02-25 07:14:01 PM  

JustFarkingGreat: Seriously?


Such a great album. Mike Patton is the man
 
2012-02-25 07:15:26 PM  
Paste sucks. I only listen to bands that Pitchfork tells me to like.
 
2012-02-25 07:18:43 PM  
#73...give me a break. Copper Blue isn't even Sugar's best album?

991.com
 
2012-02-25 07:21:38 PM  
no hum?
no jeff buckley?
 
2012-02-25 07:22:32 PM  
This list is far too American for my taste. Some good records though. Anyway, here are some Canadian records from the time to add to the mix:

Rheostatics. Whale Music. A masterpiece. One of the greatest records of all time by anyone:

www.2112.net

Barenaked Ladies. Gordon. I still play the tape:

addictedtovinyl.com

The Lowest Of the Low. Shakespeare My Butt. Love these crazy tunes:

torontoist.com
 
2012-02-25 07:24:42 PM  
i44.tinypic.comi41.tinypic.com
i42.tinypic.comi54.tinypic.com
i44.tinypic.comi43.tinypic.com
 
2012-02-25 07:25:03 PM  

extra echo: no hum?
no jeff buckley?


Jeff Buckley's Grace was #4. It helps to look at the whole list.
 
2012-02-25 07:26:21 PM  
List needs more Afghan Whigs:

Gentlemen
Black Love
1965
 
2012-02-25 07:34:36 PM  
#88 Old 97's -Fight Songs is probably my #2. I love that album so so much. Lots of good alt-country made the list, as it should be, because Paste used to focus heavily on Americana and Alt. Country.
My #1 is Scud Mountain Boys-Massachusetts

Cake - Fashion Nugget would be in my top 5.

Jayhawks -Tomorrow The Green Grass belongs in there too.
 
2012-02-25 07:36:02 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Neil Finn cracking off a fart is more melodic than two-thirds of that list.
 
2012-02-25 07:37:09 PM  
Psalm 69.
 
2012-02-25 07:40:17 PM  
www.michaelwilsonphotographer.com

Either this or "Joshua Judges Ruth" or both, and I'm not even counting "Step Inside This House" because it's a covers album.
 
2012-02-25 08:01:49 PM  
Not one mention of filter?
Title of Record should be wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy up there

Too much hipster BS on this list--
 
2012-02-25 08:06:36 PM  
Glad to see the thread so far has covered most of the notable omissions, might I add:
www.freecodesource.com

One of the first CD's I ever owned and introduced me to bands like Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, Bad Religion, and more.
 
2012-02-25 08:07:02 PM  

Gulper Eel: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 500x500]

Neil Finn cracking off a fart is more melodic than two-thirds of that list.


Neil Finn is one of the greatest songwriters of the last 25 years--without question.
Try Whistling This from '98 is better than anything on that damn list too
 
2012-02-25 08:14:28 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
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