Wednesday Question: Best Album Of The 1990s?

Join our journey through music history and vote for your favorite albums of the 90s, the all-time peak of physical album sales.

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Following our awesome Best Album of the 2000s post, we want to continue our journey through music history and move on to the 1990s.

This weeks question is:

What were the best albums of the 1990s?

It was an exciting time for rock music. Contrived 80s hair metal dropped out of fashion when a new breed of rock acts stepped forward, namely Guns N' Roses and Nirvana who represented two new definitions of what it means to be a rock star.

Independent music was thriving, and for major labels invested in scores of genuinely exciting underground acts. The result: lots of high-energy rock albums recorded in premium studio facilities. Independent rock never sounded so good.

At the same time, music TV helped bring a wider audience to niche music genres. By 1997, music sales were at an all time peak, and experimental releases by bands like Radiohead signalled a new era of premium music production.

Little did they know that digital downloads would soon devastate the record industry.

The rules are simple: the album had to be released between 1990 and 1999. Name one nomination per comment, or the votes won't count.

Remember to upvote any nominations that your agree with. We'll stack up the results for an epic weekend playlist on Friday after trawling through your posts.

Over the coming year, we'll be visiting older decades. Keep an eye out for the Wednesday question posts if you want to join in.

Keep your nominations rolling in, and vote for as many as you can!

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    BobKubista
    sbroyo
    WOW, Out of Time got Number 1? How the people on this website would let that through (at least before I knew about Ultimate-Guitar, knowing all the obscure metal enthusiasts) hot damn
    veinsofmosquito
    Although Nevermind gets all of the recognition, In Utero is them at their best
    N-D
    Agree with you - I personally prefer "In Utero" for its "raw" sound - I think, it's more natural for Kurt.
    getawaygman
    rage against the machine self titled
    N-D
    Agree - but I prefer "The Battle Of Los Angeles" (1999) - I think, it's great album.
    gbrooks
    I think about how much i love albums like BSSM, Dirt, or OK Computer, but if the question is best overall album, RAtM is the only right answer
    Hebriqui
    Of course that would be: OK Computer from Radiohead.
    chrisa94
    I think The Bends is better, there's not one track on that album that I'd skip, whereas I'm not too keen on a couple from OK Computer.
    Galfadez
    Obviously it's OK Computer. How could an album with Paranoid Android, Exit, Let Down, Karma Police, Climbing up the Walls, Lucky, etc NOT be the album of the 90s. The Bends is good too though!
    N-D
    In my opinion, "Kid A" is definitely better, but if for 90's - yes for "OK Computer".
    VashKilgannon
    Blood Sex Sugar Magik