The 100 Greatest Albums of the 90's: 81-100

Okay, so I like to make lists. I realize that most of the time they are pointless and arbitrary and just someones opinion but I like 'em. I like reading them and I like making them. This is one that I took off of my old blog on my Myspace page. So without further ado...

81. Ben Harper - Fight For Your Mind (1995)
Ben Harper hit the height of his career with his fabulous second album, Fight For Your Mind. Unfortunately he has gone spiralling out of control since. I thought after hearing this album that we were going to get the next great songwriter of our lifetime (Dylan, Lennon, Waits, etc.), boy was I wrong.
Best Songs: Oppression, Ground on Down, Excuse Me Mr.

82. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

Lucinda Williams' return after a six year hiatus was well worth the wait. Car Wheels may be her most produced album but the songs are great regardless.
Favorite Songs: Right in Time, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Drunken Angel

83. Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (1998)
Queens of the Stone Age's debut album is about as sexy as hard rock music can get. QOTSA debut album is a bit more subtle than it's followers and the vocals almost blend in rather than stand out. Favorite Songs: Regular John, Avon, Walkin' on the Sidewalks

84. Tori Amos - Under the Pink (1994)

Tori Amos took her formula from Little Earthquakes and expanded her sound a bit on her second album, Under the Pink. Not as personal as Earthquakes but still an absolutely gorgeous collection of songs.
Favorite Songs: Pretty Good Year, Baker Barker, Cornflake Girl

85. Dr. Dre - The Chronic (1992)
What more can be said about The Chronic? To be honest, I was never a huge fan of the west coast style of rap back in the day. Still I can't dispute the greatness and importance of this album.
Favorite Songs: Let Me Ride, Nuthin' But A "G" Thang, Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')

86. Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)
Oasis really are jackasses aren't they? Regardless, this album is a 90's rock classic. "Supersonic"might be the best song out of the UK that decade.
Favorite Songs: Supersonic, Rock 'N' Roll Star, Live Forever
87. Daft Punk - Homework (1997)
This is still the only Daft Punk album I can listen to all the way through without getting bored.
Favorite Songs: Revolution 909, Da Funk, Burnin'

88. Public Enemy - Apocalypse '91 the Enemy Strikes Black (1991)

Public Enemy continued a sting of absolute classic rap albums with Apocalypse 91. This is the first rap album I ever go into so it's got quite a lot of sentimental value for me. Favorite Songs: Nighttrain, By the Time I Get to Arizona, Shut 'Em Down

89. Urge Overkill - Saturation (1993)
It always killed me that Urge Overkill weren't huge. A return to the stadium rock of Thin Lizzy with the pop sensibilities of Big Star.
Favorite Songs: Sister Havana, Stalker, Positive Bleeding

90. Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening (1994)
Bob Mould's most melodic and poppy songs to date. Although now I may enjoy Copper Blue more, File Under: Easy Listening deserves a spot on this list.
Favorite Songs: Your Favorite Thing, Gee Angel, Believe What You're Saying

91. Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)

Faith No More's second Album disproved any worries that they were another band riding in on the rap-rock coattails of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Favorite Songs: Midlife Crisis, Everything's Ruined, Smaller and Smaller

92. Paul Westerberg - 14 Songs (1993)
Westerberg's first solo LP following his fantastic career with The Replacements continues his tradition of great songwriting. Favorite Songs: World Class Fad, Knocking on Mine, First Glimmer

93. Foo Fighters - The Coulour and the Shape (1997)

The song "Everlong" gets this album included on the list alone. Favorite Songs: Everlong, February Stars, My Hero

94. Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque (1991)

Power-pop at it's finest. The combination of catchy tunes coupled with distortion and fuzz is perfect. Favorite Songs: What You Do to Me, The Concept, Alcholiday

95. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend (1991)

Matthew Sweet reinvents that classic rock sound. "Girlfriend" is by far the greatest guitar song on any album on this list. Favorite Songs: Girlfriend, Winona, Evangeline

96. Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
Social Distortion may have "rocked up" their sound to get on the radio in the midst of the grunge era, but the tunes are still there. Favorite Songs: Dear Lover, I Was Wrong, When the Angels Sing

97. Tool - Undertow (1993)
Tool may be responsible for two things: Helping kill grunge by bringing metal back to radio; and spawning a long list of horrible wannabe's (Godsmack, Korn) Favorite Songs: Prison Sex, Sober, Undertow

98. Weezer - The Blue Album (1994)
Catchy-as hell mixture of The Pixies and Pavement. Also the only album of theirs I think is worth a damn. Favorite Songs: In the Garage, My Name is Jonas, Only in Dreams

99. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness (1995)

If you cut about half of the songs on this double album to make it a single LP, it might have been in the top 20. There is just way too much filler on these two discs. Favorite Songs: Tonight, Tonight, 1979, Thirty-Three

100. Soundbombing II (1999)

Once again, if you cut out all the skit's, phone calls, and crap that can fill a lot of rap albums you would have a serious classic. Appearances by Eminem, Talib Kweli, El-P, Common, Brand Nubian and Pharoahe Monch. Favorite Songs: B-Boy Document '99, 1-9-9-9, 7XL

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