5 Best Rock Albums Of The 90s
5. BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK by RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS
Sex is undeniably the essence of this record. Breaking The Girl and I Could Have Lied aside, which are about Anthony Kiedis failed relationships, the rest of Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a total wet dream plus signature ballad Under The Bridge. I remember being in elementary school and going to birthday parties where Give It Away was playing and none of us could understand what he was saying in that chorus. Blood Sugar Sex Magik. sir Psycho Sexy, Funky Monks, Suck My Kiss, Mr. Brownstone – they are all about sex. Even though Nick Cave called this album an absolute garbage, I couldn’t help but put it where it deserves to be.
4. IN UTERO by NIRVANA
Nirvana’s final studio album, as their other two album, has status of deity in the pantheon of rock music. It was supposed to be less refined than Nevermind, which did not hinder it from selling more than 15 million copies worldwide and spawning hit singles such as Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me, Pennyroyal Tea and All Apologies. I would add Dumb and Milk It as singles, but hey, the while record deserves to be heard. It is a bit difficult to write about Nirvana without admiration, but why hide it. Afterall, this was the most significant rock band of the 90s.
3. THE BENDS by RADIOHEAD
I already mentioned Radiohead is my favorite band, but it isn’t “nepotism” to place their phenomenal The Bends in the middle of this list. Can I suggest you start with utterly melancholic High and Dry and you will know why? Then continue in the same fashion with Fake Plastic Trees and (Nice Dream). What makes this album so relevant for the rock is its authenticity, homogeneity and influence it had on the music in general. Just and Street Spirit are more close to the vision rock we all have in mind, but do not be fooled by the forlorn quality of Thom Yorke’s voice. We are talking about one of the greatest rock bands of our generation.
2. WHAT’S THE STORY (MORNING GLORY) by OASIS
Oasis are the perfect manifestation of the 90s. Wonderwall is probably the only song you can hear a high school guitarist playing in the park at night. Wonderwall is probably the only 90s song visible from outer space. Solely that major tune makes What’s The Story (Morning Glory) an epic 80s rock album. And don’t get me started on Don’t Look Back In Anger or the title track. One of my personal favorites is the closing number Champagne Supernova that ends the fantastic record in the righteous manner. The album is truly the essence of the 90sBritish rock sprinkled with tiny bit of British pop.
1. NEVERMIND by NIRVANA
Yes. The second Nirvana album on this list. If there was a logo of the 90s, it should be the cover art of Nirvana’s Nevermind, or at least Kurt Cobain’s face. That’s how relevant they were. The album that gave birth to grunge is hands down the most important album for rock music of the 90s. Also, it transcends this genre and it it stands as possibly one of the best albums ever. Smells Like Teen Spirit is always at the top of the list of the decade’s most important songs, while numbers such as Come As You Are, Lithium, On The Plane and Something In The Way will forever be glorified as the highest musical masterpieces.