Pitchfork's 50 Best Britpop Albums

Pitchfork's 50 Best Britpop Albums

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50. Denim - Back in Denim

Denim - Back in Denim
November 1, 1992
Indie Pop
Critic Score
95
2 reviews
User Score
NR

49. James - Laid

James - Laid
October 5, 1993
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
6 reviews

48. Echobelly - Everybody's Got One

Echobelly - Everybody's Got One
October 25, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
NR

47. Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing
October 12, 1998
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
78
42 reviews

46. The Divine Comedy - Casanova

The Divine Comedy - Casanova
April 29, 1996
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
92
4 reviews

45. Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern

Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern
February 17, 1997
Britpop
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
88
9 reviews

44. Edwyn Collins - Gorgeous George

Edwyn Collins - Gorgeous George
September 13, 1994
Pop Rock
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
87
2 reviews

43. Catatonia - International Velvet

Catatonia - International Velvet
February 2, 1998
Britpop
Critic Score
69
3 reviews
User Score
89
1 review

42. Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals

Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley Shoals
April 8, 1996
Britpop
Critic Score
63
2 reviews
User Score
NR

41. Space - Spiders

Space - Spiders
September 16, 1996
Britpop
Critic Score
68
2 reviews
User Score
81
1 review

40. The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps

The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps
August 31, 1993
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
92
3 reviews

39. Super Furry Animals - Radiator

Super Furry Animals - Radiator
August 25, 1997
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
5 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

38. McAlmont & Butler - The Sound of McAlmont and Butler

McAlmont & Butler - The Sound of McAlmont and Butler
November 27, 1995
R&B
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
NR

37. Sleeper - The It Girl

Sleeper - The It Girl
May 6, 1996
Britpop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
81
1 review

36. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix

Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
May 29, 1995
Power Pop
Critic Score
72
5 reviews
User Score
89
11 reviews

35. Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah

Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah
October 10, 1995
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
78
1 review

34. Ash - 1977

Ash - 1977
May 6, 1996
Britpop
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
85
10 reviews

33. Black Box Recorder - England Made Me

Black Box Recorder - England Made Me
April 20, 1998
Indie Pop
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
User Score
NR

32. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
May 20, 1996
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
83
30 reviews

31. Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha

Saint Etienne - Foxbase Alpha
September 1, 1991
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
86
4 reviews
User Score
83
19 reviews

30. Suede - Sci-Fi Lullabies

Suede - Sci-Fi Lullabies
October 6, 1997
Britpop
Critic Score
90
4 reviews
User Score
84
5 reviews

29. The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories

The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
April 21, 1997
Britpop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
77
9 reviews

28. Morrissey - Vauxhall and I

Morrissey - Vauxhall and I
March 14, 1994
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
87
22 reviews

Besides being one of Morrissey’s most vital solo albums, Vauxhall and I is also his first truly mature one, and flaws and all, it’s as essential—and as perversely alive—as ever.

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27. Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic

Super Furry Animals - Fuzzy Logic
May 20, 1996
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

26. The Verve - A Northern Soul

The Verve - A Northern Soul
June 20, 1995
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
83
16 reviews

25. Hefner - Breaking God's Heart

Hefner - Breaking God's Heart
July 6, 1998
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
4 reviews
User Score
NR

24. Supergrass - In It for the Money

Supergrass - In It for the Money
April 21, 1997
Britpop
Critic Score
84
8 reviews
User Score
84
9 reviews

23. Kenickie - At The Club

Kenickie - At The Club
May 12, 1997
Britpop
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
NR

22. Saint Etienne - So Tough

Saint Etienne - So Tough
March 9, 1993
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
4 reviews
User Score
83
9 reviews

21. Gene - Olympian

Gene - Olympian
May 20, 1995
Britpop
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
88
4 reviews

20. The Auteurs - New Wave

The Auteurs - New Wave
February 22, 1993
Britpop
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
82
7 reviews

19. Lush - Lovelife

Lush - Lovelife
March 4, 1996
Britpop
Critic Score
68
3 reviews
User Score
73
9 reviews

18. Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish

Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
May 10, 1993
Britpop
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
80
62 reviews

Modern Life remains a finely observed, tartly disillusioned snapshot of post-Thatcher Britain, buoyed by exquisite pop hooks.

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17. Shampoo - We Are Shampoo

Shampoo - We Are Shampoo
August 1, 1995
Pop Rock
Critic Score
73
2 reviews
User Score
63
1 review

16. Morrissey - Your Arsenal

Morrissey - Your Arsenal
July 27, 1992
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

15. Cornershop - When I Was Born for the 7th Time

Cornershop - When I Was Born for the 7th Time
September 8, 1997
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
94
1 review

14. The La's - The La's

The La's - The La's
October 1, 1990
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
94
4 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

13. Suede - Suede

Suede - Suede
March 29, 1993
Britpop
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
84
46 reviews

12. Supergrass - I Should Coco

Supergrass - I Should Coco
May 15, 1995
Britpop
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
86
20 reviews

11. Pulp - His 'n' Hers

Pulp - His 'n' Hers
April 18, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
86
24 reviews

10. The Verve - Urban Hymns

The Verve - Urban Hymns
September 29, 1997
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
87
81 reviews
The Verve's affirmant melodies dance and haunt. Vocalist Richard Ashcroft even looks and sounds like a ghost. Ironic that one of the year's best rock albums moves earth without excessive stroking of the guitar.
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9. Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Oasis - Definitely Maybe
August 30, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
94
6 reviews
User Score
86
146 reviews

8. Blur - Blur

Blur - Blur
February 10, 1997
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
82
77 reviews

7. Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Pulp - This Is Hardcore
March 30, 1998
Art Rock
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
User Score
84
34 reviews

6. Elastica - Elastica

Elastica - Elastica
March 13, 1995
Britpop
Critic Score
88
5 reviews
User Score
87
18 reviews
With its pithy, searing songs about sex, groupies, and ennui, the self-titled 1995 debut from Elastica captured the whirlwind of the early-’90s Britpop explosion.
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5. Suede - Dog Man Star

Suede - Dog Man Star
October 10, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
91
4 reviews
User Score
86
41 reviews

4. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
October 2, 1995
Britpop
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
86
182 reviews

3. Radiohead - The Bends

Radiohead - The Bends
April 4, 1995
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
88
647 reviews

2. Blur - Parklife

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

1. 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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