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Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1990s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 1990s

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100. Moby - Everything Is Wrong

Moby - Everything Is Wrong
March 14, 1995
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

99. Luna - Penthouse

Luna - Penthouse
August 8, 1995
Critic Score
62
2 reviews

98. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
September 16, 1997
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

97. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
September 7, 1999
Critic Score
91
10 reviews

96. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
March 7, 1994
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

94. Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
June 23, 1998
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

93. Air - Moon Safari

Air - Moon Safari
January 16, 1998
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

92. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
June 22, 1999
Critic Score
92
7 reviews
Their music isn't, how you say, universally accessible, and the weirdness gets same-y, but no one else has posited a parallel universe in which the Sixties and the Nineties exist simultaneously, allowing for a peculiarly convincing brand of monolithic robotic swirl.

91. Pixies - Bossanova

Pixies - Bossanova
August 13, 1990
Critic Score
85
5 reviews

90. Aaliyah - One in a Million

Aaliyah - One in a Million
August 27, 1996
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

88. R. Kelly - R. Kelly

R. Kelly - R. Kelly
November 14, 1995
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

87. De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead

De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
May 13, 1991
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

85. Pulp - Different Class

Pulp - Different Class
October 30, 1995
Critic Score
92
8 reviews

83. Fiona Apple - Tidal

Fiona Apple - Tidal
July 23, 1996
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

81. Björk - Post

Björk - Post
June 13, 1995
Critic Score
90
5 reviews

80. The Breeders - Last Splash

The Breeders - Last Splash
August 31, 1993
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

79. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand

Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
June 21, 1994
Critic Score
91
5 reviews

But the real miracle of Bee Thousand is that it not only celebrates the power of rock music, it also embodies it. "I am a lost soul/I shoot myself with rock & roll," Pollard sings on "I Am a Scientist," "but nothing else can set me free."

78. Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Oasis - Definitely Maybe
August 30, 1994
Critic Score
95
6 reviews

77. Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory
September 10, 1990
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

76. The Rolling Stones - Bridges to Babylon

The Rolling Stones - Bridges to Babylon
September 29, 1997
Critic Score
61
5 reviews

74. Rage Against The Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles

Rage Against The Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
November 2, 1999
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

Rage Against the Machine may never ignite the youth war they want to see. But at last, with The Battle of Los Angeles, they've managed to win a war within — one in which the band's notoriously feuding members have come together to produce a sound that's not quite louder than a bomb but that's definitely as loud as Led Zeppelin II.

73. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly

Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
July 15, 1997
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

71. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
November 19, 1996
Critic Score
96
8 reviews

70. Tricky - Maxinquaye

Tricky - Maxinquaye
February 20, 1995
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

69. Wyclef Jean - The Carnival

Wyclef Jean - The Carnival
June 24, 1997
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

68. R.E.M. - Out of Time

R.E.M. - Out of Time
March 12, 1991
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

There are no treatises on ecology or foreign policy, no oblique strategies or hidden agendas. There doesn't have to be; all of that is implicit in the atmosphere of entropy, of things falling apart, that's evoked and detailed candidly, with glimmering beauty and unsurpassable sadness, on Out of Time.

65. Erykah Badu - Baduizm

Erykah Badu - Baduizm
February 11, 1997
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

Baduizm was produced by, among others, newcomer Madakwu Chinwah and the Philadelphian rap instrumentalists Roots, who know something about making hip-hop with an organic feel. But Badu, of course, is the real focus here: Baduizm showcases the heart and soul of a bohemian B-girl who happens to have an effortless jazz swing.

63. Mary J. Blige - My Life

Mary J. Blige - My Life
November 29, 1994
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

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

Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
August 1, 1995
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

61. U2 - Zooropa

U2 - Zooropa
July 5, 1993
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

60. En Vogue - Funky Divas

En Vogue - Funky Divas
March 24, 1992
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

59. Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill

Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
August 13, 1991
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

58. Janet Jackson - janet.

Janet Jackson - janet.
May 18, 1993
Critic Score
72
4 reviews

57. Depeche Mode - Violator

Depeche Mode - Violator
March 19, 1990
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

Depeche Mode's more tranquil hymns do have an ambient charm. But when the boys in the band try to make you dance, they revert to morose pop psychology and then never tell you how come they're so sad.

56. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out

LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out
August 27, 1990
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

54. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad

Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad
November 21, 1995
Critic Score
66
4 reviews

53. Tom Waits - Bone Machine

Tom Waits - Bone Machine
September 8, 1992
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

52. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
November 22, 1994
Critic Score
86
4 reviews

But Vitalogy isn't Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, nor does it seem like a tossed-off interlude like Zooropa. It's more a portrait of an artist in crisis, a man who hasn't yet decided what direction to take next.

51. Massive Attack - Protection

Massive Attack - Protection
September 26, 1994
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-nineties-20110427
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