Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Decade In Rock 1990-1999

In preparation for my annual list of the "Year In Rock" at the end of this year, including a special list this year for a look back at the "Decade In Rock 2000-2009"; I thought I would look back at the 90's. I decided to compile the "Decade In Rock 1990-1999". A list of what I consider to be the Top 50 albums of the 90's. In the spirit of the "Year In Rock" I chose only one song from the album that was my favorite. There are numerous artists who released multiple albums throughout the decade, and although many of the albums they released would be a noble choice for this list, I elected to limit this list to the best album a particular artist released in the decade. So, there are 50 songs, from 50 artists, from 50 albums (if that makes any sense, you'll get the idea soon enough). This list has gone through countless revisions (as most of mine do) but I feel confident in saying this was the music that defined the 90's for me. Many of these albums have stood the test of time, and have become instant classics. Some of these albums were listened to at parties, hanging out late at night with friends, and countless road trips and mix tapes. But all of this music takes me instantly back to a different time and reminds me of good times. I hope you enjoy.

If you would like your own copy of this music, contact me. I have numerous ways of getting it to you.

Behold, the Decade In Rock, 1990-1999:

1. Weezer - The Blue Album ("Only In Dreams") (1994)
2. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream ("Hummer") (1993)
3. Radiohead - OK Computer ("Paranoid Android") (1997)
4. Sublime - 40 Oz. To Freedom ("Don't Push") (1992)
5. Ben Folds - The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner ("Don't Change Your Plans") (1999)
6. Nirvana - Nevermind ("In Bloom") (1991)
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic ("Under The Bridge") (1991)
8. Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape "Everlong" (1997)
9. Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind ("Motorcycle Drive By") (1997)
10. MxPx - Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo "For Always" (1998)
11. Beck - Odelay! ("Where It's At") (1996)
12. Goldfinger - Goldfinger ("Here In Your Bedroom") (1996)
13. Blink 182 - Dude Ranch ("New Hope") (1997)
14. Pearl Jam - Ten ("Black") (1991)
15. Collective Soul - Dosage ("No More No Less") (1999)
16. U2 - Achtung Baby! ("Zoo Station") (1991)
17. 311 - 311 ("Down") (1995)
18. The Refreshments - Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy ("Banditos") (1996)
19. Cake - Fashion Nugget ("The Distance") (1996)
20. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom ("Sunday Morning") (1995)
21. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine ("Darkness") (1992)
22. The Ataris - Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits ("San Dimas High School Football Rules") (1999)
23. Incubus - Make Yourself ("Stellar") (1999)
24. Jeff Buckley - Grace ("Last Goodbye") (1994)
25. Dave Matthews Band - Crash ("#41") (1996)
26. Bush - Sixteen Stone ("Alien") (1994)
27. Millencolin - For Monkeys ("Twenty Two") (1997)
28. Live - Throwing Copper ("Selling The Drama") (1994)
29. Counting Crows - August And Everything After ("Round Here") (1993)
30. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People ("Man On The Moon") (1992)
31. Better Than Ezra - Friction, Baby ("Desperately Wanting") (1996)
32. Reel Big Fish - Turn The Radio Off ("I'll Never Be") (1996)
33. Hum - You'd Prefer An Astronaut ("Stars") (1995)
34. Nada Surf - High Low ("Popular") (1996)
35. Soundgrarden - Super Unknown ("Black Hole Sun") (1994)
36. Blur - Blur ("Song 2") (1997)
37. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory ("Wonderwall") (1995)
38. NoFX - So Long And Thanks For All The Shoes ("All Outta Angst") (1997)
39. Green Day - Dookie ("She") (1994)
40. Unwritten Law - Unwritten Law ("Harmonic") (1998)
41. Tonic - Sugar ("You Wanted More") (1999)
42. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Coil ("Whatever I Fear") (1997)
43. Saves The Day - Through Being Cool ("Shoulder To The Wheel") (1999)
44. Silverchair - Frogstomp ("Tomorrow") (1995)
45. Superdrag - Regretfully Yours ("Sucked Out") (1996)
46. The Breeders - Last Splash ("Canonball") (1993)
47. Spacehog - Resident Alien ("In The Meantime") (1996)
48. The Offspring - Smash ("Gotta Get Away") (1994)
49. Face To Face - Face To Face ("I Won't Lie Down") (1996)
50. Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet ("God Shuffled His Feet") (1993)

6 comments:

Spence Family said...

#1 is still #1 in my heart :) I can rock out to that song any time any where...

melanie33 said...

clearly my name is jonas means something to our family...
but i had to smile when i saw cake. i would have been sure that i made you hate that album after listening to it EVERYSINGLEDAY in my car. and then there was that indigo girls song (shame on you) that had the sirens in it and someone would inevitabley turn around to see if we were being pulled over... good times.
i also believe that there are 5 people in the universe who love that refreshments album. you me dave bri and nate... do you know any others?

all in all, great list.

nickotron said...

Melanie,
I only know of 3 other people that love that album as much as us. Which bring the total to 8. But I love an album like that, it's just kind of your own thing. You make that Cake album what it is today for me, incredible. As far as that Indigo Girls album...that is all you. :)

Lindsay said...

That's SWEET Nick! I would LOVE a copy! You sent me the Year of Rock '08 album via the web and for some reason I can't play any of them.. :( Anyway, NICE!

Lindsay said...

P.S. I love the "popular" song and laugh every time I think about it!

Barry Cann said...

This is amazing...