Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s

Pitchfork's Top 100 Albums of the 1990s

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100. The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
August 20, 1991
Electronic
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
87
15 reviews

99. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
August 1, 1995
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
90
52 reviews

98. KMD - Mr. Hood

KMD - Mr. Hood
May 7, 1991
Hip Hop
Critic Score
40
1 review
User Score
83
5 reviews

97. Mogwai - Young Team

Mogwai - Young Team
October 21, 1997
Post-Rock
Critic Score
93
4 reviews
User Score
88
78 reviews

96. Herbert - Around the House

Herbert - Around the House
July 27, 1998
Electronic
Critic Score
88
2 reviews
User Score
86
7 reviews

95. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

Massive Attack - Mezzanine
April 20, 1998
Trip Hop
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
89
229 reviews

94. Frank Black - Teenager of the Year

Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
May 23, 1994
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
86
9 reviews

93. Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind

Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
September 30, 1997
Folk
Critic Score
85
5 reviews
User Score
85
35 reviews

92. Scott Walker - Tilt

Scott Walker - Tilt
May 8, 1995
Experimental
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
90
16 reviews

91. Tortoise - TNT

Tortoise - TNT
March 10, 1998
Post-Rock
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
84
39 reviews

90. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
September 17, 1990
Dream Pop
Critic Score
92
4 reviews
User Score
90
107 reviews

89. Squarepusher - Music Is Rotted One Note

Squarepusher - Music Is Rotted One Note
October 12, 1998
IDM
Critic Score
86
4 reviews
User Score
86
8 reviews

88. Wilco - Being There

Wilco - Being There
October 29, 1996
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
83
59 reviews

87. GZA - Liquid Swords

GZA - Liquid Swords
November 7, 1995
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
3 reviews
User Score
91
142 reviews

86. Destroyer - City of Daughters

Destroyer - City of Daughters
June 1, 1998
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
2 reviews
User Score
71
8 reviews

85. Massive Attack - Blue Lines

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
August 6, 1991
Trip Hop
Critic Score
99
5 reviews
User Score
89
211 reviews

84. Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
July 28, 1997
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
4 reviews
User Score
88
25 reviews

83. Pixies - Trompe le Monde

Pixies - Trompe le Monde
September 23, 1991
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
84
88 reviews

82. Sonic Youth - Goo

Sonic Youth - Goo
June 26, 1990
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
86
127 reviews

81. The Breeders - Pod

The Breeders - Pod
May 28, 1990
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
85
21 reviews

80. The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
November 24, 1992
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
3 reviews
User Score
89
32 reviews

79. Dr. Dre - The Chronic

Dr. Dre - The Chronic
December 15, 1992
Hip Hop
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
89
128 reviews

78. Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet

Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
August 9, 1994
Electronic
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
82
13 reviews

77. Primal Scream - Screamadelica

Primal Scream - Screamadelica
September 23, 1991
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
95
5 reviews
User Score
87
125 reviews

76. Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
September 29, 1998
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
7 reviews
User Score
85
50 reviews

75. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
November 9, 1993
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
5 reviews
User Score
91
132 reviews

74. Ride - Nowhere

Ride - Nowhere
October 15, 1990
Shoegaze
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
88
90 reviews

73. Brainiac - Hissing Prigs in Static Couture

Brainiac - Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
March 26, 1996
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
84
4 reviews

72. Silver Jews - American Water

Silver Jews - American Water
October 20, 1998
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
82
17 reviews

In 1998, David Berman approached perfection. Absorbed in metaphor, ennui, and isolation, the loping music of American Water didn’t seem like it was trying to be art. It just was.

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71. Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst

Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst
May 6, 1996
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
88
29 reviews

70. Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart

Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
February 8, 1994
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
84
16 reviews

69. Jeff Buckley - Grace

Jeff Buckley - Grace
August 23, 1994
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
7 reviews
User Score
89
206 reviews

68. Elliott Smith - XO

Elliott Smith - XO
August 25, 1998
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
87
59 reviews

67. Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti

Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti
October 3, 1995
Electronic
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
84
11 reviews

66. Tricky - Maxinquaye

Tricky - Maxinquaye
February 20, 1995
Trip Hop
Critic Score
88
6 reviews
User Score
88
80 reviews

65. Daft Punk - Homework

Daft Punk - Homework
March 25, 1997
Electronic
Critic Score
76
6 reviews
User Score
83
192 reviews

Homework provides sixteen whole tracks of modern-day boom box bass n' drum and unlike your science project, it doesn't require a lot of intricate calculations to figure out how it works. It just does.

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64. The Breeders - Last Splash

The Breeders - Last Splash
August 31, 1993
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
83
45 reviews

63. De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
May 13, 1991
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
3 reviews
User Score
85
14 reviews

62. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
March 7, 1994
Ambient
Critic Score
74
3 reviews
User Score
80
63 reviews

61. Pulp - Different Class

Pulp - Different Class
October 30, 1995
Britpop
Critic Score
91
8 reviews
User Score
87
114 reviews

On 1995's Different Class, Pulp and Jarvis Cocker were arty outsiders worming their way into the lives of ordinary folk, and they became pop in its most democratically widespread sense.

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60. Palace Music - Viva Last Blues

Palace Music - Viva Last Blues
August 21, 1995
Folk Rock
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
User Score
82
9 reviews

59. Elliott Smith - Either/Or

Elliott Smith - Either/Or
February 25, 1997
Folk
Critic Score
86
6 reviews
User Score
90
146 reviews

58. The Jesus Lizard - Liar

The Jesus Lizard - Liar
October 10, 1992
Noise Rock
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
87
11 reviews

57. Brainiac - Bonsai Superstar

Brainiac - Bonsai Superstar
November 21, 1994
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
83
5 reviews

56. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
September 24, 1991
Hip Hop
Critic Score
97
3 reviews
User Score
90
240 reviews

55. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
June 16, 1997
Space Rock
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
89
172 reviews

54. Blur - Parklife

Blur - Parklife
April 25, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
90
5 reviews
User Score
86
170 reviews

53. Weezer - Pinkerton

Weezer - Pinkerton
September 24, 1996
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
89
261 reviews

Pinkerton might actually be a bit much for fans who were wooed with the clean production and immediately accessable sound of these guys' debut, but if given a chance, it might surprise even some anti-Weezer folk.

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52. PJ Harvey - Rid of Me

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
May 4, 1993
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
69
3 reviews
User Score
87
120 reviews

51. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
April 9, 1996
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
85
39 reviews
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