Hey everyone! Looks like it’s time for another throwback Thursday, and today I want to look at my favourite 90s albums. The 90s were an amazing time for the punk, rock and metal world, with bands such as Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Biffy Clyro, Blink-182, and Linkin Park forming during the decade.
A lot of the albums released during the 90s have gone on to become cornerstones of modern punk, rock and metal; if you’ve never listened to Nevermind, for example, most people would look at you like your head was on backwards.
Plus, even if you only listen to music from the noughties onwards, chances are that your favourite artists were influenced by, or grew up listening to some of the albums I’m gonna list today. So, let’s start the countdown!
9: The Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
Honestly, the members of this band probably sweat pure rock and roll. Whilst not their best album, The Razor’s Edge produced a whole host of anthems which could easily fill stadiums. Plus, the slow-burning opening to Thunderstruck is enough to send shivers down my spine.
8: Dookie – Green Day
From start to finish, this album is an explosion of angry pop-punk. What’s not to love about that? In fact, I don’t think I even need to say any more about Dookie. Go listen to it, and let it speak for itself.
7: Enema of the State – Blink-182
This album is pure, unadulterated awesome. Plus, the singles it produced – Adam’s Song, What’s My Age Again? and All The Small Things – have become anthems even hermits that never listen to the radio are probably well aware of.
6: Showbiz – Muse
This album is quirky as hell, and that’s why I like it. Showbiz turned out to be a pretty good indication of what direction Muse would be going in; that direction being completely throwing out the rule-book and creating completely original music with every album.
5: Parklife – Blur
This list wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of Britpop. Parklife and Girls and Boys are instantly recognisable even 20 years on, and the whole album in general is infectiously good.
4: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
When I decided I was going to write this post, ITAOTS was one of the first albums I considered for it. It’s weird, yes, and the lyrics are pretty difficult to get your head around on the first listen, but gems like Holland, 1945 and King of Carrot Flowers Part 2 & 3 combined with the weirdness is what makes this album great.
3: Nevermind – Nirvana
I bet you saw this one coming, didn’t you? To be honest, I’m not a massive fan of the rest of Nirvana’s discography, but Nevermind is legendary and pretty damn difficult to fault.
2: The Colour And The Shape – Foo Fighters
Quite frankly, this album has it all, and is probably one of the Foo’s best albums. If you can listen to this album without singing along, or at least tapping your foot to bangers like Monkey Wrench and Everlong then you have more willpower than I do.
1: System of a Down – System of a Down
This album just goes to show that System of a Down were at the top of their game from the very beginning. I saw SOAD at Reading Festival last year: they closed the set with Sugar, and it was one of the highlights of the day. If you don’t have this album on your iPod, then I’m seriously judging you.