XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 199010) All Shook Down – The ReplacementsAll Shook Down is the seventh and final studio album by the band, and earned them a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19909) Violator – Depeche ModeThe band recorded this album in Milan seeking a new process to avoid boredom in song writing. According to Producer Flood, “The idea was to work hard and party hard and we all enjoyed ourselves to the full."
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19908) Time’s Up – Living ColourThe band’s second album features a wide range of genres and also includes cameo appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, and many others.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19907) Ragged Glory – Neil YoungYoung’s twentieth studio album features many long, extended guitar jams, and earned Rolling Stone’s Kurt Loder’s approval, raving that it was "a monument to the spirit of the garage - to the pursuit of passion over precision.”
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19906) Rhythm of the Saints – Paul SimonThe prime influences on this album were Latin American, West and Central African rhythms, which earned two nominations for the 34th Grammy Awards — Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19905) Goodbye Jumbo – World PartyFrom World Party’s second album, the single "Way Down Now" spent five weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, and the follow-up "Put the Message in the Box" reached number 8. The latter still gets featured Fridays and Mondays on Lin’s Bin’s intro!
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19904) Stolen Moments – John HiattHiatt’s tenth album was his highest charting solo album upon its release, peaking at #61. Artists that would later cover tracks from the album include Joan Baez, David Crosby, and Earl Thomas Conley.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19903) Family Style – The Vaughan BrothersJimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s blues-rock album fulfilled a dream for Stevie Ray to play with his brother, although it was released nearly a month after his death. The liner notes end with "Thanks Mama V. for letting us play."
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19902) I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Sinead O’ConnerThe artist’s second album was one of the best-selling records in the world in 1990, and ended up selling 7 million copies worldwide. It was also nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance, yet O'Connor refused to accept the nominations and the award.
XRT Listener Poll: Best Albums Of 19901) Blue Sky Mining – Midnight OilThe voters of the 1990 XRT Listener Poll weren’t the only ones to recognize The Oil for their work on this album. At the ARIA Music Awards in 1991, Midnight Oil won a total of 5 awards for Blue Sky Mining: Best Group, Best Cover Art, Best Video, Album of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement. It’s no wonder Manager Gary Morris gave an acceptance speech lasting a whopping 20 minutes.