There's a book called Rolling Stone: The 90s, which was released this week. it features articles from RS issues, and in the back of the book, it has a ranked list of the top 100 albums of the 90s. Previously, RS had a non-ranked best of the best for the decade, in different genres.
Shockingly, Nevermind is the No. 1 album.
if someone doesn't get a hold of it, perhaps I'll jot down the list next time I'm at Borders.
I'll pick this book up either over the weekend or order it from Amazon to get it next week. Can't wait to see the list, even though we can basically make up the top 10 list already.
Some of the albums appeared in the Essential Albums feature RS had for the 90s, but it's nice that RS went ahead and compiled a ranked list for the decade. I wonder if Slant also will do an albums list when it posts its singles list early next year. Maybe I should ask.
The whole list with the usual suspects is available at this link with the comments...Enjoy...
Click the "look inside" logo and scroll down...
the "Look Inside" option wasn't yet available when I saw it on the site. :)
G N' R's two albums are listed as one entry, note.
1. Nirvana, Nevermind
2. Dr. Dre, The Chronic
3. Radiohead, OK Computer
4. U2, Achtung Baby
5. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
6. Pearl Jam, Ten
7. Nirvana, In Utero
8. The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die
9. Beck, Odelay
10. Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
11. Outkast, Aquemeni
12. Tom Petty, Wildflowers
13. Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
14. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle
15. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
16. Metallica, Metallica
17. Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt
18. R.E.M., Automatic For the People
19. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
20. Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
21. Radiohead, The Bends
22. Jeff Buckley, Grace
23. The Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
24. Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted
25. Sublime, Sublime
26. Nas, Illmatic
27. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
28. Madonna, Ray of Light
29. Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)
30. Green Day, Dookie
31. Bob Dylan, Time Out of Mind
32. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
33. Eminem, The Slim Shady LP
34. Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
35. Wilco, Being There
36. A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
37. Johnny Cash, American Recordings
38. Soundgarden, Superunknown
39. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
40. Neil Young, Harvest Moon
41. Guns N' Roses, Use Your Illusion I and II
42. PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
43. TLC, CrazySexyCool
44. Fugees, The Score
45. Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Piull
46. Jay-Z, Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
47. Portishead, Dummy
48. Weezer, Pinkerton
49. Sleater-Kinney, Call the Doctor
50. 2Pac, All Eyez on Me
51. Massive Attack, Protection
52. Pearl Jam, Vitalogy
53. Tom Waits, Born Machine
54. Bruce Springsteen, The Ghost of Tom Joad
55. Jane's Addiction, Ritual de lo Habitual
56. LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out
57. Depeche Mode, Violator
58. Janet Jackson, janet.
59. Cypress Hill, Cypress Hill
60. En Vogue, Funky Divas
61. U2, Zooropa
62. Raekwon, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
63. Mary J. Blige, My Life
64. Sinead O'Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
65. Erykah Badu, Baduizm
66. The Notorious B.I.G., Life After Death
67. Counting Crows, August and Everything After
68. R.E.M., Out of Time
69. Wyclef Jean, The Carnival
70. Tricky, Maxinquaye
71. DJ Shadow, Entroducing
72. The Chemical Brothers, Dig Your Own Hole
73. Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Supa Dupa Fly
74. Rage Against the Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles
75. Belle and Sebastian, If You're Feeling Sinister
76. The Rolling Stones, Bridges to Babylon
77. Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory
78. Oasis, Definitely Maybe
79. Guided By Voices, Bee Thousand
80. The Breeders, Last Splash
81. Bjork, Post
82. The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
83. Fiona Apple, Tidal
84. Marilyn Manson, Antichrist Superstar
85. Pulp, Different Class
86. Yo La Tengo, I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
87. De La Soul, De La Soul is Dead
88. R. Kelly, R. Kelly
89. Tom Petty, Into the Great Wide Open
90. Aaliyah, One in a Million
91. The Pixies, Bossanova
92. The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin
93. Air, Moon Safari
94. Billy Bragg and Wilco, Mermaid Avenue
95. Nirvana, MTV Unplugged in New York
96. Aphex Twin, Selected Ambient Works, Volume II
97. The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs
98. Buena Vista Social Club, Buena Vista Social Club
99. Luna, Penthouse
100. Moby, Everything is Wrong
Wow, two Oasis albums (fail) and one Pulp album, but no Blur? I don't understand how a publication can have a list of 90s music like this and omit Blur. That's just laughable.
well for me personally I'm a huge fan of both britpop and shoegaze but I'd wouldn't even rank Blur or MBV amongst my top 10 favorite britpop and shoegaze bands. It's still odd to see them omitted while Tom Petty, Janet Jackson and the Stones are included.
Cheeky entry for 69 Love Songs at the end there. Surprised RS included that, not that I'm arguing.
I'm surprised that Moby's "Play" is absent, but they included his "Everything Is Wrong."
I am also surprised that "The Chronic" out-ranked "OK Computer."
Also surprised that Tom Petty's "Wildflowers" made #12 (currently bubbling under at AM)
so....no Neutral Milk Hotel, no Weezer (Blue) and The Soft Bulletin lingering in the #90s?
that very well may be.
RS did include Wildflowers in its Essential Recordings of the 90s feature- but that album wasn't an acclaim blockbuster or anything.