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The Best Albums Of The 1990’s, Re-Ranked!

We are in the last week of voting for The 2015 XRT Music And Movies Poll. What are the Best Albums, Best Songs and Best Movies of the year?Only you know, because you’re in charge. It’s all up to you.

We’ve been asking XRT Listeners to vote since 1974 and I was looking at past results. In 1989 you were invited to vote for The Best Album of The 80’s? The winner was U2’s “The Joshua Tree”. Hard to argue with the results of that one. The end of the 90’s did not inspire the same invitation. According to the Poll, the decade, at least early on, was dominated by R.E.M. and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Here’s the list of Number One Best Albums 1990-99.

1990: Midnight Oil – Blue Sky Mining
1991:R.E.M . – Out Of Time
1992: R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
1993: The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
1994: R.E.M. – Monster
1995: The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
1996: R.E.M. – New Adventures In Hi-Fi
1997: The Rolling Stones – Bridges to Babylon
1998: Liz Phair – whitechocolatespaceegg
1999: Santana – Supernatural

Notable albums that did not finish Number One:
U2 – Achtung Baby
Pearl Jam – Ten
Nirvana – Nevermind
Nirvana – In Utero
Liz Phair – Exile In Guyville
Urge Overkill – Saturation
Pearl Jam – vs
Counting Crows – August And Everything After
Wilco – Summerteeth
Radiohead – OK Computer

And I’m sure you can think of others. It’s interesting how a record’s stature often grows with time. If you could vote for your Number One Best Album of The 90’s now, what would it be? Let us know. And don’t forget to vote for 2015.


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