Wednesday Question: Top 10 Albums Of The 90s

artist: Misc date: 06/13/2012 category: ug news
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Time to rate! Here in this issue of Wednesday Question we're trying to figure out who was the best back in the day. Many of us kinda miss the 90s era when rock music was alive, people were actually buying CDs, watching cool videos on MTV and going to 100,000 arena shows. Not without a fight, several members of UG Team have compiled their "Top 10 Albums Of The 90s" List as follows below. If you think our list is unfair or lacking something, please give us your version of the Top below in the comments. For obvious reasons, we did not consider Celine Dion or Britney Spears records to the list. Not that these artists are bad, but we're Ultimate Guitar, or are we not? So, here it goes:

01. R.E.M. - Out Of Time (1991)

Michael Stipe and co. were among the first ones to prove that alternative music can have great meaningful lyrics and popular catchy melodies. Simply to mention, "Losing My Religion" has won 1992 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, whereas "Out Of Time" itself has won the same year's Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

02. Metallica Black Album (1991)

If you still think that Metallica has "sold out" with this record, go tread on someone else. On "Black Album," they've reached a perfect balance between "thrash," "metal" and "melody." Million sales, 3-year world tour and sold-out arenas were about to follow.

03. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)

With this album, Nirvana has wiped hair-metal bands along with Michael Jackson off the charts, set the mood for decade ahead and generally changed musical landscape forever.

04. Green Day Dookie (1994)

The same day world found out Kurt Cobain had killed himself, Green Day were filming music video for "Longview," preparing to take the lead. Almost 20 years after its inception in the 70s, punk has finally broken big and gone platinum.

05. Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)

Pavement have brought a new meaning to the word "indie" and actually "paved" the way for many great rock'n'roll bands, all of which followed the same pattern: critically acclaimed album low record sales, critically dismissed album high record sales.

06. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (1994)

Not exactly a classic rock album, still it epitomized everything "industrial" that's been floating around since late 80s, concentrating in a highly energetic and musically diverse record. Watch NIN's Woodstock 1994 performance if you're not convinced yet.

07. Korn Korn (1994)

In 1994, five guys from Bakersfield, CA took their 7-string guitars, 5-string slappy bass, scat vocals and recorded a groundbreaking record. Korn were responsible for inventing a new genre of "nu-metal," defining it musically/lyrically/visually and bringing it to mainstream. Let alone thousands of bands they've influenced and/or promoted along the way.

08. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)

This neurotic Canadian teen is responsible for bringing feminine power back into rock. Whether you're a fan of Liz Phair or PJ Harvey, you cannot disagree, that Jagged Little Pill is the most accomplished and solid record by a female singer since Patti Smith's Horses.

09. Oasis (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

"Best British rock act since the Beatles," "Seminal band," or even "Wankers" - whatever you call Oasis, they're not. What they are here on 'Morning Glory' is a beautiful combination of vintage rock'n'roll riffs, punk attitude and powerful grungy vocals.

10. Sublime Sublime (1996)

Too bad Bradley Nowell didn't live long enough to see his band breaking through. Sublime are considered to be the pioneers of third-wave ska, yet on this record they've messed up with so many styles and genres it's impossible to categorize it. "Summertime, when the livin's easy..."
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