10) Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The album’s first single, “Learning to Fly” became a joint longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks charts after holding the number one spot for six weeks.
9) Whenever We Wanted - John Mellencamp
Of his eleven albums, this was the first credited to his real name. "It's very rock 'n' roll," Mellencamp said of Whenever We Wanted. "I just wanted to get back to the basics."
8) Storyville - Robbie Robertson
This was Robbie Robertson's second solo album and he mainly focused on parts of the south, in particular the famous jazz homeland of New Orleans.
7) Doubt - Jesus Jones
The booklet of this album indicated it took only seven days to record and warned listeners of "possible damage to musical equipment". According to Jesus Jones this album is about hope, optimism, and enjoying everything around you.
6) Woodface - Crowded House
Woodface is the third studio album from Crowded House. It was produced by Mitchell Froom and released by Capital. The album was also listed at No. 3 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums, in 2010.
5) Black and White - BoDeans
The BoDeans set out to find a new sound to their music and began by recording with David Z. The album's new electronic-influenced sound was a vast change from their previous albums. The first track, “Good Things” became their best-known song.
4) Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
Kurt Cobain hoped to create a sound outside the margins of the Seattle grunge scene with the album’s hit single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Critics regard Nevermind as one of the best albums of all time and claim it brought alternative rock to a large mainstream audience.
3) Luck of the Draw - Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt escaped to North Carolina for a song-writing boot camp in preparation for this album. This creative retreat allowed her to create her biggest-selling record to date.
2) Achtung Baby - U2
U2 took this opportunity to bounce back from harsh criticism on their previous album by shifting their sound and incorporating influences from alternative rock, industrial music, and electronic dance music. Achtung Baby is one of U2's most successful records and debuted as number one on the US Billboard 200 Top Albums.
1) Out of Time - REM
R.E.M’s seventh album spent 109 weeks on American album charts worldwide. The album won two Grammy Awards; one as Best Alternative Music Album and two for the first single, “Losing my Religion”.