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Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

Hello, I've find the first version of this list. There is also the introduction ^^ !



Our list was totalled in the fairest way I could think of—I would send an e-mail out to all our reviewers and ask them to turn in a list of their personal Top 100 albums of the 1990s, ranked in order from #100 to #1. I specified that the list should not concern what the writers felt was the “most important,” “best” or “most influential” recordings of the decade, instead that it should be their favorite albums—the albums they most enjoyed listening to. All writers were encouraged to participate, but creating a list of 100 albums of any kind is not an easy thing to do. In the end, more than half of us got involved and worked our asses off until our lists were exactly (or as close as possible to) how we wanted them. (That’s how cool we are.) Brent DiCrescenzo did us all a great favor by figuring out a fair ponts system and compiling all our lists into a singular Top 100 that would represent the participants’ favorite albums of the decade. And here it finally is.

1. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
2. OK Computer by Radiohead
3. Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement
4. Bee Thousand by Guided by Voices
5. Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
6. Nevermind by Nirvana
7. Endtroducing... by DJ Shadow
8. Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
9. Odelay by Beck
10. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by Pavement
11. There's Nothing Wrong With Love by Built to Spill
12. Trompe le Monde by Pixies
13. The Bends by Radiohead
14. Weezer (Blue Album) by Weezer
15. How It Feels to Be Something On by Sunny Day Real Estate
16. Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
17. El Producto by Walt Mink
18. Homogenic by Björk
19. For Your Own Special Sweetheart by Jawbox
20. Grace by Jeff Buckley
21. Mellow Gold by Beck
22. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One by Yo La Tengo
23. XO by Elliott Smith
24. In on the Kill Taker by Fugazi
25. Flood by They Might Be Giants
26. Bonsai Superstar by Brainiac
27. TNT by Tortoise
28. Secaucus by The Wrens
29. Pony Express Record by Shudder to Think
30. Emperor Tomato Ketchup by Stereolab
31. Last Splash by The Breeders
32. Icky Mettle by Archers of Loa
33. Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices
34. Spiderland by Slint
35. Post by Björk
36. Everclear by American Music Club
37. Teenager of the Year by Frank Black
38. Ride the Fader by Chavez
39. Perfect From Now On by Built to Spill
40. Hips and Makers by Kristin Hersh
41. Keep It Like a Secret by Built to Spill
42. Emergency & I by The Dismemberment Plan
43. Frank Black by Frank Black
44. Bakesale by Sebadoh
45. Bossanova by Pixies
46. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
47. Bricolage by Amon Tobin
48. Mic City Sons by Heatmiser
49. I Could Live in Hope by Low
50. Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins
51. Silver Apples of the Moon by Laika
52. Repeater + 3 Songs by Fugazi
53. Mouth By Mouth by His Name Is Alive
54. A Series of Sneaks by Spoon
55. If You're Feeling Sinister by Belle & Sebastian
56. Bone Machine by Tom Waits
57. Mule Variations by Tom Waits
58. Ocean Beach by Red House Painters
59. Split Personalities by 12 Rods
60. Portishead by Portishead
61. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy by Jawbreaker
62. Miss Happiness by Walt Mink
63. Permutation by Amon Tobin
64. Red Medicine by Fugazi
65. Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
66. Ruby Vroom by Soul Coughing
67. Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements by Stereolab
68. Exploded Drawing by Polvo
69. The Charm of the Highway Strip by Magnetic Fields
70. The Great Escape by Blur
71. Dummy by Portishead
72. Anodyne by Uncle Tupelo
73. Tigermilk by Belle & Sebastian
74. Wasps' Nests by The 6ths
75. Radiator by Super Furry Animals
76. Diary by Sunny Day Real Estate
77. In Utero by Nirvana
78. Copper Blue by Sugar
79. Pinkerton by Weezer
80. Eccsame the Photon Band by Lilys
81. Downward Is Heavenward by HUM
82. 13 by Blur
83. The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses
84. No Pocky for Kitty by Superchunk
85. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
86. Cure for Pain by Morphine
87. Millions Now Living Will Never Die by Tortoise
88. Automatic for the People by R.E.M.
89. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
90. Dots and Loops by Stereolab
91. Dirty by Sonic Youth
92. The Comforts of Madness by Pale Saints
93. Dubnobasswithmyheadman by Underworld
94. Billy Breathes by Phish
95. Screamadelica by Primal Scream
96. Parklife by Blur
97. Mezzanine by Massive Attack
98.The Dream Is Over by MK Ultra
99. Con Art by Smart Went Crazy
100. Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

This list is so American-biased it's not funny...

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

Because it refuses to include Brit-Pop? I think it's refreshing that it's not included.

I don't know if that's what you are meaning, but there are a lot of us who think that Brit-Pop (in British terms) is rubbish...

There's...

stuff like Blur on there- wouldn't that be Brit-popish?

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

Yeah, you're right. Some staff must not have got the memo.

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

It looks like an AM forum poll list

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

I was about to write "pardon me do you have any Grey Pupon?" cuz they're kind of snobby but aeeing Tori Amos at #8 is pretty cool.

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

didn't they do another best albums of the '90s poll several years later? i remember ok computer and not loveless being on top

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Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

Yes - they actually felt the need to revisit this list just four years later. Henrik's list-of-lists has a link to the 2003 version but not to this one, so it's nice to have this. (Both versions are in the AM database.)

Re: Pitchfork's Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1990s (1999)

Four years is, you know, a lifetime apart, muzikally.