Top Fifteen Best Most 90’s Albums

Since retro nostalgia goes in about a 20 year time cycle (the time it takes a generation to move from tender impressionistic teenage years to being the dominant workers and consumers in a culture) right now the 90s are big and will probably stay big within our backwards directed (non)culture for awhile.  So to add fuel to the 90s retro pyre, I will now make a list of my favorite nineties albums, because that’s what was truly important back then – sitting around and listening to whole albums.  Sadly I can’t remember the last time I just sat down and just listened to a whole ‘Long Player’ the whole way through while not doing anything else, but back when I did these were the albums that mattered to a midwest kid living in a sonic cocoon made out of college radio (KJHK!) brit pop hype(NME!) and music reviews in magazines(EW!)

Top 15 90’s Albums

  1. Built to Spill – Keep It Like a Secret

    Next Step:  There’s Nothing Wrong with Love
  2. Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

    Next Step: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
  3. Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin

    Next Step:  Clouds Taste Metallic
  4. Radiohead – OK Computer

    Next Step: The Bends
  5. Pavement – Crooked Reign Crooked Reign

    Next Step: Brighten the Corners
  6. Magnetic Fields – The Charm of the Highway Strip

    Next Step: Future Bible Heroes – Memories of Love
  7. Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand

    Next Step: Alien Lanes
  8. Elliott Smith – XO

    Next Step: Either/Or
  9. DJ Shadow – Entroducing..

    Next Step: Unkle – Psyence Fiction
  10. Wilco – Summerteeth

    Next Step: Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Ave.
  11. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs
  12. Sparklehorse – Good Morning Spider
  13. Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over the Sea

    Next Step – On Avery Island
  14. Sigur Ros – Ágætis byrjun
  15. U2 – Zooropa

    Next Step: Achtung Baby

Also Worth A Listen

  • My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
  • Air – Moon Safari
  • Divine Comedy – Casanova
  • REM – Automatic for the People
  • Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
  • Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  • Mogwai – Fear Satan
  • Bjork – Post / Homogenic
  • Pulp – Different Class



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