Top alternative albums of the 1990s

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  1. SirNoseDVoid

    SirNoseDVoid Forum Resident

    Olivia Tremor Control / Dusk at Cubist Castle
    Tortoise / Millions Now Living Will Never Die
    Stereolab / Dots and Loops
    Pavement / Brighten the Corners
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  2. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    People are just listing albums of the 1990s now.
  3. Alf.

    Alf. Forum Resident

    My favourite half dozen; no particular order:

    Chumbawamba - Anarchy
    Bikini Kill - Revolution Girl Style
    L7 - Bricks Are Heavy
    Hole - Live Through This
    Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
    Fugazi - Repeater
  4. That80sBaldAsianBadGuy

    That80sBaldAsianBadGuy Well-Known Member

    orange county
    The most underappreciated album of the 90s is Catherine Wheel's Chrome
  5. villiers terrace

    villiers terrace Forum Resident

    Another vote here for the Mazzy Star albums - all brilliant. I’d also add Beth Orton’s Trailer Park and Central Reservation.
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  6. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Some favorites :)
    Front 242-Tyranny >For You<, 1991
    Front Line Assembly's entire 90's output
    Utah Saints-S/T, 1992
    Treble Charger-Maybe It's Me, 1997
    The Shamen-Entire 90's output
    The Refreshments-Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, 1996
    The Psychedelic Furs-World Outside, 1991
    The Other Two-The Other Two & You, 1993
    (See)-The Ocean Blue, 1996
    The Ocean Blue-Beneath The Rhythm And Sound, 1993
    The Mock Turtles-Turtle Soup/Two Sides, 1990/1991
    Lightning Seeds, all of their 90's output
    Swallow-Blow/Blowback, 1992
    Skinny Puppy-Too Dark Park, 1990
    Second Voice-Approaching Luna/Murder She Said, 1993/1992
    Revolting Cocks-Linger Ficken' Good, 1993
    Revenge-One True Passion, 1990
    Peter Murphy-Cascade, 1995
    Nitzer Ebb-Showtime, 1990
    My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult-Confessions of a Knife, 1990
    Monaco-Music For Pleasure, 1997
    Lush-Spooky, 1992
    Lead Into Gold-Chicks & Speed-Futurism EP, 1990
    KMFDM's 90's output
    Killing Joke-Pandemonium, 1994
    Curve-Doppelganger, 1992
    Bigod 20-Steel Works!, Supercute, 1992/1994
    I have a ton of 90's stuff I love, I could go on and on..... :laugh:
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  7. Chief

    Chief Over 10,000 Served

    I mostly disliked this era, and eventually sold most of the "Alternative" CDs I owned in the mid-90s, but.....

    Pixies: Tromp Le Monde (underrated)
    Frank Black: S/T, Teenager Of The Year
    Throwing Muses: The Real Ramona
    Jane's Addiction: Ritual de Lo Habitual
    Weezer: "Blue Album"
    Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily
    Firehose: Flyin' The Flannel
    Morrissey: Your Arsenal, Vauxhall and I
  8. zphage

    zphage Beatard

    Bucks County, PA
    Laurie Freelove Smells Like Truth
    Dharma Bums Welcome
    Sundial Other Way Out
    Dylans S/T
    Plimsouls Kool Trash
    Autumn Leaves Treats and Treasures
    House of Love: S/T (Butterfly)
    Billy Joe Shaver Tramp On Your Street
    Sundial Reflecter
    Jayhawks : Hollywood Town Hall
    Loop: Gilded Eternity
    Hedingarna Kaksi!
    Deep Jimi and the Zepcreams Funky Dinosaur
    Bevis Frond Superseeder
    The Droogs Mad Dog Dreams
    Sky Cries Mary This Timeless Turning
    Paladins Slippin' In
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  9. LoveYourLife

    LoveYourLife Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Suede's first three albums: Suede (1993), Dog Man Star (1994) and Coming Up (1996). Soundtracked the decade for me.
  10. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I don't want to hear it. I've included EPs. This alternative music. An EP is an alternative LP. Any arguments, take it up with Trent Reznor. :agree:

    Tool - Undertow and Aenima
    Social Distortion - S/T and Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
    Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
    Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty and Tossing Seeds
    Iggy Pop - Brick by Brick
    Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
    Red Hot Chili Pepers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik & Californication
    The Cure - Wish
    Beastie Boys - Check Your Head & Hello Nasty
    Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted, Watery, Domestic, & Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Helmet - Meantime
    Sonic Youth - Goo
    Blake Babies - Sunburn & Nicely, Nicely
    Yo La Tengo - Fakebook and Painful
    The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
    Jawbreaker - Unfun, Bivouac, 24 Hour Revenge Therepy, Dear You
    Nine Inch Nails - Broken, The Downward Spiral, & The Fragile
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish, Siamese Dreams, Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness, & Adore
    Nirvana - Nevermind, In Utero, & MTV Unplugged in New York
    Slint - Spiderland
    Sugar - Copper Blue
    Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink, Boys for Pele, & From the Choirgirl Hotel
    Fiona Apple - Tidal
    Ministry - ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & The Way to Suck Eggs
    Urge Overkill - Stull ep
    Belly - Star
    Alice in Chains - Dirt & Jar of Flies
    Rage Against the Machine - S/T, Evil Empire, & The Battle for Los Angeles
    U2 - Achtung Baby & Zooropa
    Rancid - Let's Go & ...Out Come the Wolves
    Green Day - Kerplunk! & Dookie
    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Extra Width, Orange, & Now I Got Worry
    Liz Phair - Excile In Guyville
    Porno for Pyros - Good God's Urge
    Pearl Jam - Ten & Vs
    Weezer - Blue Album & Pinkerton
    The Chemical Brother - Exit Planet Dust & Dig Your Own Hole
    Sleater-Kinney - Call the Doctor, Dig Me Out, & The Hot Rock
    All - Pummel
    Foo Fighters - S/T & The Colour and the Shape
    Sinead O'Connor - Gospel Oak EP
    Blink 182 - Dude Ranch
    Southern Culture on the Skids - Ditch Diggin' & Dirt Track Date
    Radiohead - The Bend & OK Computer
    Beck - Mellow Gold, Odelay, & Midnight Vulture
    Hothouse Flowers - Home
    Moby - Play
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  11. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk If You Fly A Flag Of Hate You Ain't No Kin To Me

    Gilbert Arizona
    Well if I go by albums I think of as alternative I did not participate but if I go by some of the albums posted here I represented.
  12. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    My personal favorite 50 alternative rock of the 1990s, if I was to make a thoughful list, but not go through lists of everything I have to check to see if it's perfect.

    One can get down a slippery slope of defining virtually anything with an electric guitar released between 1990 and 1999 not made by a legacy band as "alternative" so the scope I used was for any bands typically thought of as alternative *at the time*, as well as anything released in the 1990s considered grunge, shoegaze, Britpop, and Madchester. If something was on the fence I just went with what felt right, which is why I included Beck (who sampled and sometimes kind of rapped but who was solidly part of the alternative rock scene in the mid 1990s) but not Wilco or Stereolab. I didn't go for anything that was "alt"+ something else, like alt-country. I didn't include heavy metal, even if it got played on MTV with the grunge stuff (so no Tool) and nothing that would more properly be defined in a genre ending in "core." With the exception of what is now considered "post-hardcore," which is inclusive of Fugazi. But Fugazi was in the alternative mix back in the early '90s, so I included them. Did not include albums that sounded grunge or alternative by bands that had already established an identity as non-alternative (that's U2, but not REM). No electronica (and its sub-genres, like trip-hop), no post-rock, and no hip hop.

    Ass Ponys - Electric Rock Music
    Beck - Odelay
    Beck - Mutations
    Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
    Boredoms - Super AE
    Built to Spill - Perfect From Now On
    Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret
    Calexico - The Black Light
    Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been?
    Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
    Flaming Lips - Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
    Flaming Lips - Soft Bulletin
    Fugazi - Red Medicine
    Fugazi - End Hits
    Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
    Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes
    Guided By Voices - Mag Earwhig!
    The Jesus Lizard - Liar
    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Orange
    L7 - Bricks are Heavy
    Latin Playboys - St
    Luna - Penthouse
    Ministry - Psalm 69
    Morphine - Cure For Pain
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    Nirvana - In Utero
    Pavement - Crooked Rain
    Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
    Pavement - Wowee Zowee
    Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
    Pixis - Bossanova
    Pulp - Different Class
    Radiohead - The Bends
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    REM - Automatic For the People
    REM - New Adventures in Hi Fi
    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    Screaming Trees - Dust
    Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
    Sonic Youth - Goo
    Sonic Youth - Dirty
    Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
    Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
    Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
    Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
    Super Furry Animals - Radiator
    Yo La Tengo - Painful
    Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart...
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  13. tagomago

    tagomago Original Wrapper

    Any 90ies list without a Ween record is false.
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  14. nedwho

    nedwho Forum Resident

    Hong Kong
    I don’t know about ‘top’, but these got the most play from me as a teenager in the early to mid 90s:

    Blur ‘Parklife’
    Curve ‘Doppelgänger’
    The Divine Comedy, ‘Promenade’
    Dinosaur Jr. ‘Where you Been’
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin ‘Are You Normal?’
    The Stone Roses ‘Turns Into Stone’
    Radiohead ‘The Bends’
    Smashing Pumpkins ‘Siamese Dream’
    Suede ‘Dog Man Star’
    The Wonder Stuff ‘Never Loved Elvis’

    I retain a lot of affection for the above, but my taste got a bit more diverse over the years!
  15. Crimson jon

    Crimson jon Forum Resident

    I'm going to go out on s limb here and guess that you are from the UK based on your list?
  16. Porkpie

    Porkpie Forum Resident

    Belly - Star
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  17. Guapito

    Guapito Forum Resident

    Soundgarden-Badmotorfinger, Superunknown and Down On The Upside
    Depeche Mode - Violator and SOFAD
    U2-Achtung Baby and Zooropa
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine
    R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
    Suede-Dog Man Star
  18. FredHubbard

    FredHubbard Forum Resident

    are U2 considered 'alternative' ??
  19. FredHubbard

    FredHubbard Forum Resident

    or indeed Depeche Mode ??
  20. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    The 90's stuff I like (& there's a fair bit) must be alternative to the alternative that is listed here because there has been very little listed that I like.

    The 1990's was an excellent decade for blues albums.
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  21. Leonthepro

    Leonthepro Skeptically Optimistic Autodidact Debater

    Uppsala Sweden
    Do you happen to have a box set of NMH?
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  22. The_Windmill

    The_Windmill Forum Resident

    Don't hate me, but as a kid in the Nineties those seemed pretty mainstream to me, not really alternative.

    I mean, they were everywhere. And MTV kept regurgitating them. With a partial exception for Placebo, maybe.
  23. vinylphile

    vinylphile Forum Resident

    The 90s was the decade where “alternative” became mainstream. That’s gotta make yer head spin a little...
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  24. levi

    levi Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    North Carolina
    Guided By Voices -- Under the Bushes Under the Stars
    Pavement -- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Built to Spill -- Keep It Like a Secret
    Jayhawks -- Hollywood Town Hall
    Neutral Milk Hotel -- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

    Radiohead -- OK Computer
    Yo La Tengo -- I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
    Smashing Pumpkins -- Siamese Dream
    Flaming Lips -- The Soft Bulletin
    Teenage Fanclub -- Songs from Northern Britain

    Wilco -- Summerteeth
    Silver Jews -- American Water
    Olivia Tremor Control -- Dusk at Cubist Castle
    Whiskeytown -- Strangers Almanac
    Liz Phair -- Exile in Guyville

    Luna -- Penthouse
    Sleater-Kinney -- Dig Me Out
    Sugar -- Copper Blue
    Breeders -- Last Splash
    Elastica -- s/t
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  25. Sondek

    Sondek Forum Resident

    Oasis weren't alternative. They were mainstream rock / Britpop.

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