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Re: Top 100 albums and songs of the 1990s

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Top 100 albums:

#100



Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)

Score: 1317 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos (#1), Tim (#20), Twister (#22)

Comments:

Catchy tunes. Not much substance behind the “catchy”, but catchy nonetheless. (Rendle)

Place in the 1995 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 69





#99



The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land (1997)

Score: 1334 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#1), Michel (#11), LonesomePanda (#21)

Comments:

Have some of the greatest singles of the decade ! (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1997 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 75





#98



Tool - Aenima (1996)

Score: 1339 points

Biggest fans:

Torsten and Anthony (#19), Jonah (#29)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 199





#97



Happy Mondays - Pills n Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)

Score: 1354 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#5), Twister (#21), Tim and Mitchell Stirling (#22)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 54





#96



Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Score: 1356 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#8), Henrik (#12), John (#22)

Comments:

Zach DeLaRocha annoys me. “Wake Up” is good though. (Rendle)

My other teenager love, "Killing in the name" kinda bore me now, but the rest is still great. And Tom Morello is magic ! (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1992 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 43





#95



Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

Score: 1362 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#6), Torsten (#15), Nicolas (#19)

Comments:

I find BSSM very long-winded. It could be better in my opinion. (Rendle)

The favourite album of my teenage and still one of my references, I could have lied, suck my kiss and breaking the girl are what RHCP did best. (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1991 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 36





#94



Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

Score: 1370 points

Biggest fans:

Vgrd (#13), Midaso (#15), Jonah (#26)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 71





#93



Beastie Boys - Check Your Head (1992)

Score: 1376 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#7), SuperFurry (#15), Torsten (#20)

Comments:

I love Paul's Boutique, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty… but I'm never be much a fan of Check Your Head, songs seems colorless. (LonesomePanda)

Addictive beats, powerfull ond original vocals and an impressively capacity of inovation in each, all sprinkled with too much acid humor, make this album a manual of how to make decent rap. (Toni)

Place in the 1992 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 64





#92



Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)

Score: 1384 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#4), Johan (#13), Fred (#19)

Comments:

This album’s all over the place, but that’s the charm. (Rendle)

Here we have The Stone Roses's legacy taken forwards.This is Blur showing which would be the essencial elements of the next rock movement to dominate England, and, sometimes, the world. It contains high guitars, but is a very sensititive and refinated album. Unfornately, in the time of its release, English had only eyes to Suede and couldn't see that the future was here. As the result, this is, until today, one of the most underrated albums of the 90s. (Toni)

Place in the 1993 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 255





#91



Blur - Blur (1997)

Score: 1385 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#8), Twister (#17), Midaso (#27)

Comments:

Yes, another Blur album in my top 10. This is a dificult album. All the dirty guitars and the experimental tracks make you need many auditions until you realize how good this is. And, then, you will see that this is not a group of songs put together to support Song 2's high sellings. Again Blur make an album with no bad track, this time playing with electronic sounds, hip-hop, a little psychedelia and much of their genuine rocks, sometimes with an american tendency, sometimes plenty of their usual sensibility. (Toni)

Place in the 1997 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 106

#90



Ride - Nowhere (1990)

Score: 1387 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#12), Collin (#17), EdAmes (#24)

Comments:

It’s a good album but Vapour Trail lets it reach beyond that. (Rendle)

Place in the 1990 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 190





#89



Suede - Coming Up (1996)

Score: 1388 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#13), Tim (#14), Honorio (#23)

Comments:

Brett Anderson overcame the challenge of the difficult third album and the desertion of Bernard Butler. But sadly it was his last great album. (Honorio)

Place in the 1996 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 265





#88



Travis - The Man Who (1999)

Score: 1389 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#8), Howlin' Andrew (#17), Paul manusama (#18)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 116





#87



Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See a Darkness (1999)

Score: 1410 points

Biggest fans:

EdAmes (#18), Henrik (#22), Paul Manusama (#23)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 59





#86



Soundgarden - Superunknown (1994)

Score: 1420 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#9), Chris (#13), Rocky Raccoon (#22)

Comments:

I try my best to ignore this album but it really is good. “My Wave”, “Limo Wreck”, and “The Day I Tried To Live” all show hard-grunge at its best. (Rendle)

Place in the 1994 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 128





#85



Wilco - Being There (1996)

Score: 1429 points

Biggest fans:

DrDre (#7), Howlin' Andrew and Paul Manusama (#19)

Comments:

Wilco decide to start getting experimental with their folk roots, leading to the genre that they one day would capitolize on. (Rendle)

Still their best album. Rootsy Americana, somewhat rough diamond. (DrDre)

Place in the 1996 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 126





#84



Blur - 13 (1999)

Score: 1434 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#4), Chris (#5), LonesomePanda and Slush (#18)

Comments:

Place in the 1999 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 155





#83



Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of… (1998)

Score: 1443 points

Biggest fans:

Howlin' Andrew (#3), Honorio (#5), rendler (#11)

Comments:

Yes, I know, “CrazySexyCool”, “Brown Sugar” and “Baduizm” were before, but it was Lauryn who brought the R&B to both the creativity pinnacle and the Grammys. But, contrary to posterior R&B divas, she didn’t need any producer or a rapper behind, she was able to rap, sing, write and produce her material. And brilliantly. (Honorio)

Place in the 1998 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 18





#82



Eminem - The Slim Shady LP (1999)

Score: 1452 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#4), Twister (#10), Howlin' Andrew (#18)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 79





#81



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Good Son (1990)

Score: 1453 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#12), Greg (#16), Michel (#28)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 152

#80



Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters (1995)

Score: 1454 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#6), Toni (#11), LonesomePanda (#13)

Comments:

It’s very good for a post-grunge album, ya gotta give it that. (Rendle)

Can't put it over Nevermind of course… but good grief might be one of the best "grunge" song ever (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1995 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 169





#79



Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)

Score: 1459 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#2), John (#14), Twister (#19)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 88





#78



Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go (1996)

Score: 1466 points

Biggest fans:

Johan (#1), SuperFurry (#7), Fred (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 84





#77



Beck - Midnite Vultures (1999)

Score: 1486 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo, Schwah and Toni (#14)

Comments:

One of those albums that fades in my estimation until I re-listen to it. I think because it pales in comparison to Odelay, Mutations, and Sea Change. However the tracks are really quite good. The problem is the joke wears thin over an entire album (but at the end, with "Debra," becomes funny again). (Schwah)

Place in the 1999 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 109





#76



Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)

Score: 1486 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#4), EdAmes and otisredding (#10)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 192





#75



Suede - Suede (1993)

Score: 1493 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon (#12), Fred (#17), Johan (#18)

Comments: None

Place in the 1993 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 83





#74



Neil Young - Ragged Glory (1990)

Score: 1508 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#13), Greg, Nicolas and Rocky Raccoon (#18)

Comments:

A renewed Young made the first great grunge album (before “Nevermind” and “Ten”) doing his usual album with Crazy Horse. But louder and dirtier. (Honorio)

Place in the 1990 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 85





#73



Sonic Youth - Dirty (1992)

Score: 1511 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#6), Torsten (#10), Johan (#14)

Comments:

For some reason I never warmed to Goo the same way I have to Dirty. I think it was because I was force fed Goo by a college roommate -- an important event in my musical education that woke me up from my blinding fixation on classic rock through high school. But I still resisted it as too much noise. Then when Dirty came out, I got it. I began to get the fun in it -- to hear the melody's relationship with the dissonance, rather than viewing them as antagonizing elements. Pavement soon followed. While Nirvana and Pearl Jam were blowing up for other kids my age, these were the landmarks for me. (Schwah)

Place in the 1992 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 134





#72



Sugar - Copper Blue (1992)

Score: 1514 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#1), EdAmes (#8), Harold Wexler (#20)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 118





#71



Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

Score: 1514 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#2), otisredding (#8), Henrik (#17)

Comments: None

Place in the 1997 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 70

#70



The Verve - Urban Hymns (1997)

Score: 1515 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos (#4), DrDre (#6), Chris (#11)

Comments:

“Bittersweet Symphony” starts off this bittersweet album. It has highs and lows like everything else. (Rendle)

In the shadows of OK Computer. First album half is top of the bill, second half is just great. (DrDre)

way overrated (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1997 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 32





#69



Moby - Play (1999)

Score: 1518 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos (#3), Henrik and Michel (#8)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 34





#68



Tom Waits - Bone Machine (1992)

Score: 1521 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#3), Greg (#5), tremolo (#9)

Comments:

Far from accommodating with age, Tom Waits approach was even more radical than before, with his hoarse voice coming straight from hell. (Honorio)

Place in the 1992 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 117





#67



The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps (1993)

Score: 1523 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#6), Dumbangel (#7), otisredding (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1993 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 132





#66



Nas - Illmatic (1994)

Score: 1523 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#1), Slush (#2), Vgrd (#8)

Comments: None

Place in the 1994 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 76





#65



Sonic Youth - Goo (1990)

Score: 1528 points

Biggest fans:

Torsten (#2), Nicolas (#6), Johan (#15)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 92





#64



Pixies - Bossanova (1990)

Score: 1534 points

Biggest fans:

John and Toni (#10), Fred (#13)

Comments:

Pixies avoided in the third album the quiet-loud-quiet structures replacing it with a delicate guitar work and a weird sci-fi imagery. (Honorio)

I love Pixies, and this one shows again the capacity of making hermectic songs hidding layers and layers of inspired melodies and harmonies that they had developed in the 80s. (Toni)

Place in the 1990 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 129





#63



Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty (1998)

Score: 1535 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#5), Torsten (#7), Michel (#12)

Comments:

Ill communication might have been in my top 3, but this one is nearly as eclectic, mad and inventive (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 148





#62



Depeche Mode - Violator (1990)

Score: 1537 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#3), Honorio (#11), Chris (#17)

Comments:

The masters of 80s techno pop stepped with confidence into the 90s, delivering the first electronica masterpiece of the decade. (Honorio)

Place in the 1990 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 100





#61



Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994)

Score: 1547 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#5), rendler (#6), Chris (#15)

Comments:

I really do not like “Closer”. The rest of the album is really good though. I like the original version of “Hurt” better than Johnny Cash’s cover. (Rendle)

Place in the 1994 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 39

#60



Pulp - This Is Hardcore (1998)

Score: 1549 points

Biggest fans:

Twister and otisredding (#11), Dumbangel (#13)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 119





#59



R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)

Score: 1555 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#8), Neoptolemos (#13), Twister and Mo (#16)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 157





#58



Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children (1998)

Score: 1557 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#7), EdAmes (#11), Jonah and Mitchell Stirling (#12)

Comments:

Well, I only have listened to this one once, guess it could win a few steps on my list with other listening. (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 143





#57



Pavement - Wowee Zowee (1995)

Score: 1562 points

Biggest fans:

Torsten (#1), Michel (#2), Dumbangel (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1995 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 320





#56



Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994)

Score: 1563 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#4), Slush (#7), Schwah and Johan (#10)

Comments:

Well, it’s not Pinkerton, and it kind of sounds dated, or maybe I’e just worn it out. It’s such an odd album, so happy, but it feels like something’s being held back. (Rendle)

Three fantastic singles do not make a great album. So it is delightful when the deeper cuts are strong. A fun, poppy, rock album. (Schwah)

Place in the 1994 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 90





#55



Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991)

Score: 1577 points

Biggest fans:

Vgrd (#2), tremolo (#3), Johan (#7)

Comments:

So.................minimalistic........................the..............notes......................seem..............miles..........apart (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 104





#54



Belle and Sebastian - Tigermilk (1996)

Score: 1586 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#2), Johan (#4), Mo (#5)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 191





#53



Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

Score: 1587 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#1), Rocky Raccoon (#8), Vgrd (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 17





#52



PJ Harvey - Dry (1992)

Score: 1589 points

Biggest fans:

EdAmes (#5), Michel (#15), Torsten (#17)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 73





#51



Slint - Spiderland (1991)

Score: 1594 points

Biggest fans:

EdAmes (#2), Henrik (#7), tremolo and Rendle (#10)

Comments:

May possibly be the scariest and saddest album ever made. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 61

#50



The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)

Score: 1599 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#4), pop elton (#5), Anthony (#6)

Comments:

Half of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is brilliant, it has material up there with Siamese Dream, but the other half... not so much. Still good though. “Porcelina” and “Thru The Eyes OF Ruby” are epic Pumpkins at their best. (Rendle)

Would really be higher if there was just one disc with the best songs (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1995 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 42





#49



Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

Score: 1600 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#6), Rocky Raccoon (#7), DrDre (#12)

Comments:

If you like alternative country and rough voices, Lucinda is your woman. (DrDre)

Place in the 1998 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 37





#48



Weezer - Pinkerton (1996)

Score: 1611 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#5), Anthony (#8), Slush (#14)

Comments:

Love has never looked so ugly. (Rendle)

Upping the angst from The Blue Album, but lowering the fun slightly. (Schwah)

Place in the 1996 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 114





#47



PJ Harvey - Rid of Me (1993)

Score: 1624 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#4), Torsten (#5), tremolo and Schwah (#8)

Comments:

The uncompromising songwriting of PJ Harvey and the “take-no-prisoners” production of Steve Albini created this raw chef d’oeuvre. (Honorio)

A true artist. Not as great as Songs from the City, Songs from the Sea. But rawer, fresher, and more shocking. (Schwah)

Place in the 1993 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 63





#46



The La's - The La's (1990)

Score: 1625 points

Biggest fans:

DrDre (#3), Michel (#4), Tim (#10)

Comments:

Best britpop album ever! Too bad they only made one. (DrDre)

Place in the 1990 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 94





#45



Tindersticks - Tindersticks (1993)

Score: 1628 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#1), Torsten (#6), EdAmes (#7)

Comments:

The style of the Tindersticks debut could be called “nocturnal”, cause the impact of the music is stronger when the shadows around grows darker. (Honorio)

Place in the 1993 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 201





#44



Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

Score: 1654 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#1), Mitchell Stirling (#3), Vgrd (#7)

Comments: None

Place in the 1997 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 48





#43



Tricky - Maxinquaye (1995)

Score: 1659 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#7), Collin and Schwah (#9)

Comments:

Black Steel is great, but I don't enjoy the remaining songs as much (LonesomePanda)

I remember arguing at the time this came out with a Brit about the relative merits of Tricky, Portishead, and (post-Tricky) Massive Attack. I think I may still be in the minority on this one… Tricky (or at least Maxinquaye) is better. More sex, more tension, more anger. Portishead does have more pain in Beth Gibbons voice, but it's at a remove. An interesting, cinematic remove... but a remove nonetheless. Tricky has a bit too much of the hip-hop bravado about him, but not too much, and not enough to drown out the more important themes in his album. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 15





#42



Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)

Score: 1663 points

Biggest fans:

Anthony and Rendle (#1), Chris (#3)

Comments:

A nostalgic favorite. (Anthony)

Believe it or not, this is my favorite album of the nineties... hell it’s my favorite album of all time. Even my two favorite bands (The Beatles and Radiohead, respectively) only hold the second and third spots on my all time list (Kid A and Revolver, respectively). Ten is one of those albums where I think to myself why I like it so much. But I guess I just do because I do, it just fits so perfectly together. Grunge was never as dark as “Jeremy”, “Porch”, and “Once” and never as beautiful as “Black”, “Gardens” and “Release”. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 26





#41



Björk - Post (1995)

Score: 1667 points

Biggest fans:

Schwah (#6), Torsten and Nicolas (#8)

Comments:

Bjork -- who I adore as a voice, a personality, but above all as a musician -- never created an album that matches up to the sum of its parts, somehow. Post and Homogenic came close, though. (Vespertine, I felt, was not as good.) But with parts this good, I shouldn't complain. And of course, in Hyper-Ballad, it has quite possibly the greatest song of the 90's on it. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 55

#40



Bob Dylan - Time out of Mind (1997)

Score: 1670 points

Biggest fans:

Torsten and otisredding (#3), Neoptolemos (#8)

Comments:

A mature album if there’s one, with Dylan dealing with loneliness and death with bitter resignation, wrapped by a suitable atmospheric production by Daniel Lanois. (Honorio)

Place in the 1997 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 30





#39



Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun (1999)

Score: 1680 points

Biggest fans:

Chris (#8), Anthony (#9), pop elton (#11)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 45





#38



Wilco - Summerteeth (1999)

Score: 1682 points

Biggest fans:

Greg and Paul Manusama (#9), DrDre (#10)

Comments:

It’s the beginning of something, and that something certainly isn’t the ending... one step away from the full-on epiphone of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. (Rendle)

Smoother than Being There, first attempt to leave the Americana path. (DrDre)

Place in the 1999 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 86





#37



Primal Scream - Screamadelica (1991)

Score: 1685 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#3), rendler (#4), pop elton (#6)

Comments:

I know people say this is a drug album... well... yeah it is. But in this case it isn’t a bad thing. ZThe first half is the increasing high while the second half is the slow comedown. (Rendle)

Second most overrated album ever (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1991 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 6





#36



Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville (1993)

Score: 1709 points

Biggest fans:

Mike Kelly (#2), Schwah (#4), rendler (#8)

Comments:

When i first heard this album, the lyrics shocked me. But there’s more to shock factor here. This ‘Exile’ is more about exile than The Rolling Stone’s “Exile”. The Stones were exiled from England, Liz felt exiled from everything else. (Rendle)

A huge flash in the pan. I mean I actually do like Whip Smart, but boy did she not live up to early promise. And even on the evidence of this album, she is nowhere the equal as an artist of others below her (to take just female singers -- Bjork and PJ Harvey are ten times the artist Phair is). So why this high from me? It's not about the shock of "Fuck and Run" and her wanting to be my "blow job queen." Musically, she created songs and Brad Wood created a sound that bore deep, while still sounding spare and economical. Stand out tracks: "Divorce Song" and "Stratford-on-Guy," where the simple act of landing at O'Hare airport becomes a mystical, grand experience. (Schwah)

Place in the 1993 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 40





#35



Massive Attack - Mezzanine (1998)

Score: 1710 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#7), Slush (#8), LonesomePanda (#9)

Comments:

The dark underbelly of Electronica is met only with the standards of Mezzanine. (Rendle)

Well, "teardrop" alone would have make it in my top 10 anyway (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 58





#34



DJ Shadow - Endtroducing….. (1996)

Score: 1710 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#2), Mike Kelly (#8), Harold Wexler and Paul Manusama (#11)

Comments:

The vibes on this album are surreal. They make you want to dance, but in a different way than all other music makes you dance... it’s strange. (Rendle)

Nothing sounded like this before, nothing did since ! (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1996 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 14





#33



Elliott Smith - XO (1998)

Score: 1711 points

Biggest fans:

John (#2), LonesomePanda (#4), Schwah (#7)

Comments:

A little too emphatic sometimes, but yet wonderful (LonesomePanda)

Great songwriting, and the arrangements and sweep is large. They are both so good that I find this to be a great sing-along album, even where I cannot quite nail what he's singing about. (Schwah)

Place in the 1998 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 113





#32



Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)

Score: 1713 points

Biggest fans:

Mike Kelly (#4), DrDre, John and Miguel (#8)

Comments:

It took accoustics to show what Nirvana were really made of. Such a ghostly album, especially the fact that many of the songs aren’t even theirs... mostly covers... but the covers are where they shine. (Rendle)

Breathtaking. It takes this unplugged session to realize how great their studio albums are. Excellent Bowie cover! (DrDre)

Place in the 1994 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 51





#31



R.E.M. - Out of Time (1991)

Score: 1717 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel and Johan (#5), Mo (#7)

Comments:

Very meh for R.E.M., luckily the follow-up is amazing. (Rendle)

A great R.E.M. album filled with pop gems and played with exquisite taste, unfairly underrated because the next album was even better. (Honorio)

Not timeless, as the title suggests, but a strong collection of songs, still good enough for 5 stars. (DrDre)

Place in the 1991 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 33

#30



Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (1997)

Score: 1719 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo and Miguel (#1), Collin (#3)

Comments:

You can hear the influence coming from every direction on this one. A mash-up of everything made up until 1997. (Rendle)

They are so versatile, and yet the songs all seem of a piece with one another on this album. So much beauty from such homespun figures; so much power from such an unassuming trio. (Schwah)

Place in the 1997 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 111





#29



Björk - Homogenic (1997)

Score: 1737 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#3), pop elton (#4), Nicolas (#5)

Comments:

Björk took her style further with the combination of lush orchestral arrangements with some electronic beats darker than before. (Honorio)

Homogenic hangs together wonderfully, but has a few too many songs not up to par. "Joga" and "Bachelorette" are great. (Schwah)

Place in the 1997 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 74





#28



Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs (1998)

Score: 1755 points

Biggest fans:

EdAmes (#3), Miguel (#6), Tim and Fred (#7)

Comments:

I can’t explain it properly but this album always reminds me of Christmas time. In fact last year I played it while my children and I were decorating the Christmas tree. But (fortunately) my kids don’t understand enough English to catch the sense of lyrics about eyes that “explode like two bugs on glass”. Poisoned lullabies. (Honorio)

Place in the 1998 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 38





#27



Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers (1993)

Score: 1757 points

Biggest fans:

Vgrd (#1), tremolo and Paul Manusama (#2)

Comments:

Greatest rap album of the 90's. Has get a little less impressive with time, but still has its great moments (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1993 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 29





#26



Nirvana - In Utero (1993)

Score: 1767 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon and Howlin' Andrew (#6), Twister (#7)

Comments:

Kurt takes us into a dark place with this one, as Nirvana get muddier, more experimental. (Rendle)

Place in the 1993 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 20





#25



Elliott Smith - Either/Or (1997)

Score: 1777 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#1), Miguel (#4), John (#5)

Comments:

Dark, raw, and angry. You could have sworn you hear a ghost. (Rendle)

My favourite album ever, simple but dense, intimate but generous… kind of creates a bubble wrapping me and protecting me from anything outside ! I will never have the words to describe how much I love this music ! (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1997 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 112





#24



Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

Score: 1809 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#2), Anthony and Rendle (#4)

Comments:

Jeff Mangum takes us on this odd journey through his dreams and fantasies it seems at first. It’s like those movies where you don’t realize what happened until the final scene, and plays out like that the whole way through. Jeff Mangum (or maybe the Two-Headed Boy, I should say) beautifully shows how he uses an obsession with Anne Frank to escape from his failiing relationships and sinking faith. A downward spiral has never been so bittersweetly displayed. (Rendle)

Place in the 1998 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 103





#23



Air - Moon Safari (1998)

Score: 1815 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#2), Slush (#6), Miguel (#10)

Comments:

Best non-US/UK album of the 90's. Still very nice to listen to. (DrDre)

Not even in my top 10 french albums of this decade (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 19





#22



Blur - Parklife (1994)

Score: 1823 points

Biggest fans:

Slush and Toni (#1), Johan (#2)

Comments:

The first half lags... the second half is where it picks up. “Trouble In The Message Centre”, “London Loves”, “This is a Low”, it really is all good. (Rendle)

Blur decided to vindicate proudly the glorious past of British music without being overtly revivalists, using the Kinks/Jam/Madness musical identities as the ground from where they built a new sound using the wry lyrics of Albarn and the versatility of the band, with “Parklife” as a peak. Somebody called this Brit-Pop. (Honorio)

My second favorite album of all time (behind the White Album), and the best album of my favorite band. It's like the band let each song search by itself for its best possible arrangentment. The result is an ecletic album, full of catchy harmonies and creative textures. Each second of the album is filled with sounds like chords, metals, backing vocals, keyboards, synthetizers and, best of all, Graham Coxon's well-aimed guitar lines, that never sound the same. But all this diversity compunds a very coherent sturcture, marked with an intense brit-feeling. Each song has a particular role, and it is impossible to imagine the album without any of these tracks. The album has moments of punk guitars, danceable beats, hardcore, video-game-like keyboards, european folcloric instrumental waltz, psychedelia, ballad, hymns, and much of the Britpop's auto-celebrative spirit. But the way, we've gotta remember that this may be called the official mark of Britpop's movement birth (although it was being generated since 93). Anyway, I don't think this makes the album any better, but it's good to see much that came after in the 90's England is influenced by this masterpiece. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 27





#21



Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted (1992)

Score: 1835 points

Biggest fans:

EdAmes (#1), tremolo (#4), rendler (#5)

Comments:

It’s like an experiement, a forty-minute experiment. (Rendle)

I was shocked at the people voting to take out Pavement in the Loophole round of Survivor. I think -- but may very well be wrong -- that some of them have only listened to this album and felt that the messiness overpowered the melodicism and songcraft. If that is the case, I see where they are coming from with this album, even if I do not agree. But I'd urge a listen to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Brighten the Corners before passing final judgment on Pavement. (Schwah)

Place in the 1992 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 16

#20



Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

Score: 1853 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry and Toni (#2), Twister (#3)

Comments:

More raw and possibly consistant than (WTS)MG?. Supersonic may be Oasis’s best track. (Rendle)

As I said in the commentary about Supersonic, this album, for me, seems to have nothing to be a masterpiece, but, somehow, it is able to touch millions (including me) in na intensity rarely seen in pop music history. Is has power, energy spilling over for all the sides in an impressive quantity of instantly rock hits, like Rock'n'Roll Star, Supersonic, Shakermaker, Cigarrettes & Alcohol and, my personal favorite, Up in the Sky. Not to mention the absolute classic Live Forever! (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 11





#19



Björk - Debut (1993)

Score: 1854 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#2), Mo and Toni (#6)

Comments:

The very first electronica album that I really loved, cause it supposed a brand new use of the voice in a predominantly instrumental style or dominated by soul divas. And the voice of Björk is possibly the most unique in pop history, balancing perfectly the confidence and the vulnerability, the virtuosity and the spontaneity, the craft and the extravagance. (Honorio)

More experimental music full of soul. (Toni)

Place in the 1993 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 24





#18



Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (1994)

Score: 1874 points

Biggest fans:

Schwah (#1), Mike Kelly (#3), EdAmes (#4)

Comments:

S&E may be the indie classic, but Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is Pavement’s true shining moment. With tracks like “Silence Kit” (Kid, Actually), “Stop Breathing”, “Gold Soundz” and “Fillmore Jive”, you can’t not love this one. (Rendle)

The perfect (and I mean PERFECT) marriage of the melodic and the shambolic. The punk hit and the epic sweep. The snot-nosed, cheap shot (just ask STP and Smashing Pumpkins) and the oblique album-long thesis on two themes: (1) Los Angeles and (2) rock itself. And following a month where "L.A.'s Desert Origins" have been in the news once again, it feels as fresh and unique as the day I saw them, drunk off their asses, finish off the Crooked Rain tour. I remain baffled why Slanted and Enchanted is more loved than this album, even though I do love S&E. S&E swings too much toward the messy side. They revealed greater ambition here, and succeeded in every way except, perhaps, commercially. No loss there. (Schwah)

Place in the 1994 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 44





#17



The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993)

Score: 1878 points

Biggest fans:

Collin and Jonah (#2), Rendle (#5)

Comments:

It seems like Smashing Pumpkins have been trying to piss off people since this release. Mellon Collie I guess did bring the grandeur of “Silverfuck” to grander levels on half of its tracks, but didn’t convey the shoegazing shine of “Today” and “Cherub Rock”, the sprawling epichol approach of “Hummer” and “Soma”, the over-the-top jaugernut of “Geek U.S.A.”, or the melancholy of “Mayonaisse”. (Rendle)

Place in the 1993 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 28





#16



PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love (1995)

Score: 1888 points

Biggest fans:

Rocky Raccoon (#1), Henrik (#2), Harold Wexler (#6)

Comments:

Polly Jean diminished a little the rawness of her previous works and transforms herself into a glamorous, theatrical and sophisticated diva. And not losing the edge along the way, replacing the explicit representation of female sexual desires by no less disturbing tales of twisted loves and unsettling religious imagery. (Honorio)

Last album from this list with 5 stars at RYM (i.e. in my favorite top 50). Her albums before this one were kind of great, but not as consistent and coherent as this one. What a voice. (DrDre)

PJ Harvey on a theatrical bent. Marred by a few less than par songs, but her genius shines through. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 25

#15



Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs (1999)

Score: 1893 points

Biggest fans:

Greg (#2), Dumbangel and Honorio (#3)

Comments:

This triple album is an ambitious tour de force that widely succeeds. From Cole Porter to Abba, from roots to avant-garde, from laughter to tears, no style or sensation is missing in this trip with “love” as common thread. I completely agree with James Hunter from New York Observer about Stephin Merritt: “The greatest living American songwriter right now”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1999 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 35





#14



Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

Score: 1899 points

Biggest fans:

Anthony (#3), Neoptolemos (#5), Tim (#6)

Comments:

Even if just for “Morning Glory” and “Champagne Supernova” it’s great. (Rendle)

Beatles revival in the mid-90's. They should have stopped at their highest, i.e. after this album. (DrDre)

Well, I think this one has, actually, more standout tracks then its antecessor. Oasis could spend at least 3 years only selling singles from this album, cause all tracks here are perfect. But there's one point here: it looks more like an agglomeration of hits than like an album as a unit. However, the tracks are so brilliantly enjoyable that the album is still one of my 10 favorite albums of his decade. (Toni)

Place in the 1995 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 9





#13



Portishead - Dummy (1994)

Score: 1944 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#1), LonesomePanda (#3), DrDre (#5)

Comments:

Dummy is the film-noir of music. “Glory Box” never fails to send chills down my spine. (Rendle)

The Bristol scene was an essential part of the 90s sound. Massive Attack were undoubtedly the pioneers and Tricky took the sound further, but it was Portishead with its debut album and its dark but smooth mixture of electronic and organic, of eccentric pop and soundtrack music who gave a masterpiece to the trip-hop style. (Honorio)

Best trip-hop album ever. (DrDre)

Beauty of depression ! An incredible voice, magical samples, perfect songs (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1994 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 8





#12



U2 - Achtung, Baby (1991)

Score: 1944 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos (#2), Rocky Raccoon, Midaso and Toni (#3)

Comments:

U2 reinvent themselves. (Rendle)

U2's greatest acheivement -- better than the early singles and Joshua Tree. They -- and particularly the Edge -- expanded the palate. Most importantly, Bono better learned the power of understatement. His delivery on "One" and my favorite track "Until the End of the World" shows greater maturity. (Schwah)

I listen to this whenever I feel like getting some fresh climate. I love the experimentation in here, the guitarfull introduction of some songs, that look most like interludes between some of them, the urgent rocks and the full-of-soul ballads. Besides, it contains one of, at least, my 20 favorite songs of all time, that is The Fly. (Toni)

Place in the 1991 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 10





#11



Pulp - Different Class (1995)

Score: 1958 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#2), Tim and Harold Wexler (#5)

Comments:

Smart, sexy, british... what more can you ask for? (Rendle)

I have never enjoyed any Pulp song except Common People (LonesomePanda)

Anchored by two mammoth songs ("Disco 2000" and, of course, "Common People") so good that they pull up the worth of the rest of the album. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 21

#10



Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

Score: 1970 points

Biggest fans:

Tim, pop elton and Miguel (#3)

Comments:

A Scottish band commanded by Stuart Murdoch that brought back the sensitivity and fragility to 90s indie pop, brought influences like Nick Drake or Burt Bacharach not so usual till then and conquered the bedroom and the heart of many young people with the smart but heartfelt songs from “If You’re Feeling Sinister”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1996 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 62

#9



Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)

Score: 1983 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#1), Twister (#2), Midaso (#4)

Comments:

Jeff Buckley has the voice of an angry angel, which is perfect for his music because if anyone else attempted it, it would be child’s play. (Rendle)

The early death of Buckley turned his debut album into his testament, an ambitious and sweeping record with a voice in state-of-grace. (Honorio)

Place in the 1994 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 13

#8



The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin (1999)

Score: 2011 points

Biggest fans:

Dumbangel and Midaso (#2), Mo and Johan (#3)

Comments:

Wayne Coyne at his most vulnerable. (Rendle)

The eccentric world of The Flaming Lips found in Dave Fridmann the perfect allied for fully realizing its adventurous projects. (Honorio)

Well… I have discovered them with a live song on a french show, and I found it boring and pretentious… for this poll I have gave them another try and well… I guess there is something but I still don't really get it (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1999 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 22

#7



Radiohead - The Bends (1995)

Score: 2029 points

Biggest fans:

Collin and DrDre (#4), Paul Manusama and Rendle (#6)

Comments:

The Bends, over the years, has gotten the raw deal. Fans have clumped this one together with Pablo Honey after every album since then. The thing is though, that The Bends is almost on their level. The Bends’ title should show you what you’re in store for as it’s a nickname for ‘decompression sickness’. The album works on sleepy ballads and hypnotizing guitar-based anthems that keep you in an eternal floating sense for an ineternal 48-minutes. (Rendle)

Their second best album behind OK Computer. (DrDre)

High and Dry, Street Spirit, Fake Plastic Trees… 3 reasons to worship this album (LonesomePanda)

No OK Computer. Fake Plastic Trees and High & Dry are transcendent. Some other of there songs on this album are not so good. I realize how heretical this is, but I could never tell too much difference between "Street Spirit" and a 70's ballad from Kansas. And yet it's in my top-20. I guess that's how good Radiohead are. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 12

#6



Massive Attack - Blue Lines (1991)

Score: 2049 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#2), Slush (#3), Vgrd and SuperFurry (#5)

Comments:

Addictive, that’s all I have to say... well also that “Unfinished Sympathy” is beyond amazing. (Rendle)

A tasty delicacy cooked using a lot of juicy ingredients (dub, house, hip-hop, deep reggae, soul) that created a new flavour for the 90s. (Honorio)

1991 was a very strong year, with 6 albums in my top 100. This album maybe being the most groundbreaking of them? (DrDre)

Of course, it created the genre, but Mezzanine is so much enjoyable. (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1991 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 3

#5



My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)

Score: 2077 points

Biggest fans:

Greg and rendler (#1), Mo (#2)

Comments:

I’m going to be honest, the first time I heard Loveless, I said to myself “that was just about the worst twelve bucks I’ve ever spent.” After many repeated listens since then, I’ve come to love the crafted distortion of it. From the punch-in-the-face opening of “Only Shallow” all the way to the dance-off of “Soon”, we’re treated to an emotional rollercoaster that treats the word “alternative” like a son. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 7

#4



Beck - Odelay (1996)

Score: 2137 points

Biggest fans:

Schwah (#2), Jonah, Harold Wexler, John and SuperFurry (#3)

Comments:

Experimental, fun, crazy, [...], you know you can’t really describe Odelay, just listen to it. (Rendle)

The trademark Beck musical melting pot never got better than in “Odelay”, with apparently disparate styles fluidly intertwining. (Honorio)

Odelay does not hang together as an album as well as his later albums (particularly Mutations, Midnite Vultures, and especially Sea Change). His fertile musical imagination was running in too many directions at once for that. But as a collection of songs, it is nearly unparalleled. And I've said it before on these boards: the greatest lyric of all time is "Silver foxes looking for romance/In their chain smoke, Kansas, flashdance, ass pants." (Schwah)

Beck, here, is the apogee of his capacity of composing his killer experimental sing-along hits. I, particularly, love the tracks in which he flerts with rap. (Toni)

Place in the 1996 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 5

#3



Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

Score: 2319 points

Biggest fans:

Howlin' Andrew and Mike Kelly (#1), Rocky Raccoon and Chris (#2)

Comments:

As “the album that saved music”, it gets a lot of press, maybe too much for an album that’s essentially a collection of great songs, but I’ll be damned if those songs aren’t GREAT in capital letters. Mainstream Music has never sounded this raw ever since. (Rendle)

The soundtrack for the generation X, filled with ferocious guitars and angrily shouted lyrics but with an undeniable high amount of hooks. (Honorio)

Place in the 1991 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 1

#2



R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (1992)

Score: 2565 points

Biggest fans:

DrDre (#2), Greg, rendler and Vgrd (#3)

Comments:

Welcome to the R.E.M. orchestra! (Rendle)

“Berlin” in the seventies, “Nebraska” in the eighties and “Automatic for the People” in the nineties. Just when they were at the height of its popularity, R.E.M. were bold enough to release an album filled with moody and somber songs, with delicate arrangements and deeply cryptic lyrics. And they succeeded again. (Honorio)

Their second best album behind Murmur. (DrDre)

Place in the 1992 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 4





#1



Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)[size=100]

Score: 3019 points

Biggest fans:

Collin, Jonah, Twister, DrDre, Dumbangel, Honorio, Harold Wexler, pop elton, John, Midaso, Mo, Chris and Mitchell Stirling (#1)

Comments:

What can I say? One of the greatest albums ever made. (Chris)

I’d be lying to if I said that OK Computer didn’t live up to the hype. Around this time last year is when I first discovered it. I really didn’t get it. It took me about three months to see it as more than ‘that overrated album with a few good songs on it’. Now, to me, it’s twelve (yes I’m even counting “Fitter, Happier”) perfectly crafted songs about the future of technology and where humanity is headed. (Rendle)

The big step forward for both Radiohead and indie rock. Recorded in a Victorian mansion (formerly property of actress Jane Seymour) using the natural echoes of the different rooms, working with electronic textures, adding rhythmic and lyrical complexities and expanding notably their music palette, Radiohead created an astonishing masterpiece that deals with modern world alienation with an impressive deepness. (Honorio)

Best album of the last 2 decades. (DrDre)

The probable winner of this poll really deserve all its acclaims ! (LonesomePanda)

I don't have anyting to add to what has already been said about what will be the #1 album in this poll. The Bends had a few transcendent singles, but was (and is) entirely overrated as an album. This was an evolutionary leap. (Schwah)

Place in the 1997 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 2

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Re: Top 100 albums and songs of the 1990s

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Top 100 Songs

#100



Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing (1990)

Score: 949 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#12), Chris (#26), Toni (#29)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 84

#99



House of Pain - Jump Around (1992)

Score: 963 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#11), Mo (#13), Schwah (#19)

Comments:

Seven years after this came out, there still was no song that would pack the dance floor at clubs in Boston like this song. Nah, it's not real hip hop, but it's a damn fine party anthem. (Schwah)

Place in the 1992 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 55

#98



Fugees - Ready or Not (1996)

Score: 1005 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos (#16), Honorio (#22), Henrik (#31)

Comments:

Yes, Lauryn, I’m ready, tell me. “So while you’re imitating Al Capone / I’ll be Nina Simone / and defecating on your microphone” Wow! (Honorio)

Place in the 1996 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 100

#97



2Pac ft. Dr. Dre - California Love (1996)

Score: 1014 points

Biggest fans:

John (#2), Howlin' Andrew (#9), Vgrd (#11)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 98

#96



Blur - For Tomorrow (1993)

Score: 1014 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#7), Collin and Fred (#10)

Comments:

I can't think of a better song (musically speaking, although I love it's lirics, either) to translate the atmosphere of a reflexion about future. The ironic lirics united to the hope and joyfull melody and arrangements make this song a really emotional masterpiece and one of the peaks of this incredible band's carreer. Also, it's one of the first singles to contain all the elements of what would be called Britpop in the next year. It's quite of a very underrated song. (Toni)

Place in the 1993 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 64

#95



Charlatans - The Only One I Know (1990)

Score: 1020 points

Biggest fans:

DrDre (#5), otisredding (#12), tremolo (#20)

Comments:

My favorite britpop song of the 90's. (DrDre)

Place in the 1990 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 125

#94



Primal Scream - Come Together (1990)

Score: 1022 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#5), Rendle (#19), Tim and MightyMadMax (#30)

Comments:

I really find no interest in this album (LonesomePanda)

It’s like one great party that you feel you’re part of.

Place in the 1990 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 300

#93



Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness (1992)

Score: 1037 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#19), Rendle (#21), Toni (#23)

Comments:

Sounds like FM crap to me (LonesomePanda)

I don’t know what to write about this song except that it makes me feel really good when listening to it. A feeling I don’t know about. (Rendle)

Place in the 1992 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 112

#92



Eminem - My Name Is (1999)

Score: 1047 points

Biggest fans:

Fred (#13), Howlin' Andrew (#18), Henrik (#26)

Comments:

Before this, some goofy white man rapping was a novelty. (Rendle)

Place in the 1999 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 17

#91



Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You (1998)

Score: 1056 points

Biggest fans:

Neoptolemos and Slush (#10), otisredding (#19)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 24

#90



Happy Mondays - Step On (1990)

Score: 1060 points

Biggest fans:

Mitchell Stirling (#13), Fred (#17), LonesomePanda and Michel (#21)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 37

#89



Hill, Lauryn - Doo Wop (That Thing) (1998)

Score: 1071 points

Biggest fans:

Howlin' Andrew (#2), Mike Kelly (#8), Vgrd (#16)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 34

#88



Beastie Boys - Intergalactic (1998)

Score: 1075 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#6), John and Michel (#20)

Comments:

How hip-hop should always be (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 22

#87



Aphex Twin - Windowlicker (1999)

Score: 1084 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#5), Vgrd and SuperFurry (#12)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 38

#86



Blur - This Is a Low (1994)

Score: 1092 points

Biggest fans:

Slush (#2), Mitchell Stirling (#3), Fred (#16)

Comments:

This one I only began to like last year, after many and many auditions of Parklife. And now I understand why people love it so much. It's grand, magnificent. When it proposes itself to be delicate, it's the most delicate possible; when it has to be sad, it's sad like no other song; and so when it has to be clamorous, or has to explode is a guitar riff. All is very intense. Even Damon's melodies and Coxon's guitar lines here are better than in the other tracks. It's the grand finale Parklife deserves. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 93

#85



Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know (1995)

Score: 1093 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#4), Neoptolemos (#11), DrDre (#12)

Comments: None

Place in the 1995 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 43

#84



Basement Jaxx - Red Alert (1999)

Score: 1099 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#13), otisredding (#18), MightyMadMax (#20)

Comments:

Vibrant and frantic nu-house at the end of the decade. “And the music keeps on playin’ on and on!”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1999 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 107

#83



Beck - The New Pollution (1996)

Score: 1133 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#6), Howlin' Andrew (#11), Mitchell Stirling (#18)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Bubbling under

#82



Pulp - Babies (1992)

Score: 1135 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#7), Mitchell Stirling (#11), Mo (#21)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#81



Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun (1996)

Score: 1143 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#4), SuperFurry (#8), Mitchell Stirling (#12)

Comments:

One of the best electronic songs ever (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1996 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 66

#80

Pearl Jam - Black (1991)

Score: 1153 points

Biggest fans:

Chris (#1), Anthony (#4), Jonah (#13)

Comments:

Best track on Ten besides “Jeremy”. Shows that Pearl Jam were more than loud. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Bubbling under

#79



Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge (1991)

Score: 1158 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler (#13), Henrik (#20), Chris (#22)

Comments:

Many RHCP songs would have been way higher ! (LonesomePanda)

Makes BSSM almost worthwhile (Rendle)

An absolutely dreadful song. (Mitchell Stirling)

Place in the 1991 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 28

#78



Beck - Nobody's Fault But My Own (1998)

Score: 1163 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#5), Twister (#9), John (#17)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 286

#77



Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (1992)

Score: 1163 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#8), Toni (#10), Nicolas (#14)

Comments:

I have to confess that I uncredibly had never listened to this song before this poll, and I first listened to it with bad expectatives. And now it 's surprisingly in a great position in my list. Full of energy song! (Toni)

Place in the 1992 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 99

#76



Prodigy - Firestarter (1996)

Score: 1164 points

Biggest fans:

SuperFurry (#2), Henrik (#11), LonesomePanda (#15)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 16

#75



Beck - Sexx Laws (1999)

Score: 1168 points

Biggest fans:

Nicolas (#11), Fred and SuperFurry (#14)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 308

#74



Blur - The Universal (1995)

Score: 1169 points

Biggest fans:

Schwah (#8), Mo (#9), Toni (#18)

Comments:

I don't know why I like this song so much. If I really spent some time to think about it, it might drop in my estimation. But I'm a fool for orchestrated pop-rock, and this is a prime example. (Schwah)

Love it's dramaticity. The violins provide a climate of imense ampleness like the title sugests. And then it explodes in the chorus, with all that metals, women choir and the peak of the melody that grows along the first part of the song. Pure emotion. (Toni)

Place in the 1995 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 465

#73



Primal Scream - Loaded (1990)

Score: 1170 points

Biggest fans:

Dumbangel (#5), Vgrd (#6), Fred and Michel (#18)

Comments: None

Place in the 1990 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 42

#72



Primal Scream - Higher Than the Sun (1991)

Score: 1181 points

Biggest fans:

Rendle (#7), Mitchell Stirling (#9), Dumbangel (#17)

Comments:

Very minimalistic song from such an over-the-top album, surprisingly my favorite though. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 44

#71



The Cure - Friday, I'm in Love (1992)

Score: 1185 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#6), Tim (#7), Henrik (#13)

Comments:

Timeless and classic pop song from a band you couldn’t expect such straightforward song. But even in the weirdest Cure albums Robert Smith always hided a pop heart. (Honorio)

One of the weakest Cure singles ever ! (LonesomePanda)

The Cure have done far, far better. (Rendle)

Place in the 1992 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 297

#70



Nine Inch Nails - Closer (1994)

Score: 1191 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#3), Harold Wexler (#9), Schwah (#12)

Comments:

Why this is their biggest hit, I’ll never know. (Rendle)

Not a NIN fan in general, but this is a great hit. Oh man, love that dinky toy piano sound after the industrial sludge. (Schwah)

Place in the 1994 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 75

#69



New Radicals - You Get What You Give (1998)

Score: 1193 points

Biggest fans:

Anthony (#1), Neoptolemos (#4), Vgrd (#10)

Comments:

The best pop single of the past 15 years - brilliantly written (Anthony)

It seems a very much comercial and fool track, but I've always liked it very much. Although, I don't listen to it very much, since I know I can easily become tired of it. (Toni)

Place in the 1998 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 54

#68

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See a Darkness (1999)

Score: 1196 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#2), SuperFurry (#5), John (#15)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#67



Blur - Girls and Boys (1994)

Score: 1206 points

Biggest fans:

Slush (#1), Dumbangel (#8), Howlin' Andrew and Mike Kelly (#10)

Comments:

I think the secret of this song is the inovative crossing beetween the funky bass, the rock guitar and the electronic drums, cause I find the melody sung by Damon quite boring in its own. Anyway, after years listening to this, now I like it too much, although continue not understanding why this is Blur's second most acclaimed song. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 20

#66



Oasis - Supersonic (1994)

Score: 1209 points

Biggest fans:

Dumbangel (#1), Toni (#3), MightyMadMax (#12)

Comments:

I don't know which elements are so special in this song's construction, as in much other tracks from Definitely Maybe. They were all supposed to be very awful moments in Oasis' debut. But Supersonic, like all those others, is an irresistable track, not to mention it's the starting point of a meteoric carreer that can't pass unnoticed by no one. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 67

#65



Weezer - Buddy Holly (1994)

Score: 1220 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#1), Paul Manusama (#6), John (#13)

Comments:

One of the few songs I think I loved in the very first audition. Perferct melody and very amazing unexpectable moments. Surely, it's pure inspiration. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 80

#64



Björk - Venus as a Boy (1993)

Score: 1224 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#4), Vgrd (#8), Nicolas (#13)

Comments:

Indian strings and music boxes. Lunatic world music. Or should I say moon music? Or maybe music from Planet Venus? (Honorio)

Well, Bachelorette would have been quite high, but I can't stand nearly all the others Bjork songs ! (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1993 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 95

#63



Björk - Human Behaviour (1993)

Score: 1230 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#6), John (#7), Vgrd (#13)

Comments:

Such a cool song, best Bjork, no doubt. (Rendle)

Place in the 1993 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 168

#62



Underworld - Born Slippy (1995)

Score: 1231 points

Biggest fans:

Slush (#3), Midaso (#5), MightyMadMax (#13)

Comments:

dogboydogboydohudhsfubdusofhdizofudsighfuds, etc. I don’t really know what to make of Born Slippy.NUXX except that it’s out of this world. (Rendle)

Place in the 1995 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 11

#61



Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes (1999)

Score: 1233 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#1), SuperFurry (#4), Tim (#5)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 370

#60



Air - Sexy Boy (1998)

Score: 1237 points

Biggest fans:

Collin (#8), Miguel (#13), SuperFurry (#15)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 78

#59



Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun (1994)

Score: 1238 points

Biggest fans:

John (#3), Dumbangel (#11), Mike Kelly (#12)

Comments: None

Place in the 1994 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 39

#58



The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work (1997)

Score: 1243 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#4), Anthony (#10), Honorio (#14)

Comments:

I didn’t know that it was about his father’s death from cancer with no help from the drugs. Without knowing it it’s still an amazing song. (Honorio)

Place in the 1997 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 113

#57



R.E.M. - E-Bow the Letter (1996)

Score: 1245 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#3), Mike Kelly (#6), MightyMadMax (#10)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 375

#56

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me (1993)

Score: 1256 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#3), tremolo (#4), Schwah (#7)

Comments:

“Lick my legs / I’m on fire”. Till the arrival during the nineties of PJ Harvey (and Liz Phair) we were not used to such a raw expression of female desires. (Honorio)

I was just voting out Metallica for Survivor, thinking about how undangerous they are. PJ, on the other hand, is actually dangerous. I mean she's going to tie me up and make me lick her injuries, for God's sake. That's a hell of a lot scarier than the freaking Sandman. I love how she takes and uses the male fear of true female sexuality and ratches up the stakes. And she's got the chops, the theatricality, and the balls... er, ovaries to follow through. (Schwah)

Place in the 1993 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 41

#55



Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box (1993)

Score: 1256 points

Biggest fans:

Mike Kelly (#5), John (#11), Twister (#13)

Comments:

Makes the rest of In Utero sound like “Bleach” in comparison. (Rendle)

Place in the 1993 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 30

#54



Björk - Hyperballad (1995)

Score: 1260 points

Biggest fans:

Schwah (#1), Nicolas (#6), Paul Manusama (#13)

Comments:

Drink (or smoke) a few, dim the lights, put on your headphones. Stop thinking… save that for after the last strings give way. I hope that you were as swept away as I was. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Bubbling under

#53



Massive Attack - Protection (1994)

Score: 1262 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo and pop elton (#8), Vgrd and Nicolas (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1994 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 178

#52



The Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (1993)

Score: 1263 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#3), Anthony (#6), Slush (#12)

Comments: None

Place in the 1993 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 284

#51



Blur - Coffee and TV (1999)

Score: 1267 points

Biggest fans:

Collin, Chris and Rendle (#5)

Comments:

Blur’s best song. Very claustrophobic compared to say “Girls & Boys”. (Rendle)

Simple song with amazing guitars conducting it. It's the song which made me know Blur and was one of the first good rock songs I really liked! (Toni)

Place in the 1999 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 473

#50



The Flaming Lips - Waitin' for a Superman (1999)

Score: 1222 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#4), Collin (#7), Jonah (#11)

Comments:

Bizarre, spacey, hallucinatory, eccentric are some of the adjectives usually used to describe The Flaming Lips. I could add lucid after reading <a href=http://www.flaminglips.com/content/discography/a/10_notes.php?sid=4880a3b35034ee3b7f35907f242e59fa>this</a>. Exploring new ideas “just using our ears to guide us, not music culture” they came with something as strangely commercial as “Waitin’ for a Superman”. In Wayne Coyne own words: “Reality is like that. The more you think about it the less real it seems”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1999 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#49



Pavement - Summer Babe (1991)

Score: 1243 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#3), Slush (#4), Rendle (#8)

Comments:

Very similar to MBV’s “Only Shallow” intro-wise, very shoegaz-y. Pavement have said that they were just messing around when they were making this at the time. Showing that messing around can lead to good things. (Rendle)

Much greater heights yet to be reached, and I'd even venture to say that this is below average for Malkmus. But given that this is the only entry for the greatest band of the 90's, I had to put it in the top-20. (Schwah)

Place in the 1991 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 49

#48



Beck - Devil's Haircut (1996)

Score: 1258 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo and Harold Wexler (#10), Collin (#11)

Comments:

This was not an Odelay standout for me at first. I've grown into loving it, though. Lyrically, not close to his best. But a great rock and roll stomper. (Schwah)

Place in the 1996 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 120

#47



The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight (1995)

Score: 1270 points

Biggest fans:

Anthony (#3), LonesomePanda (#7), Tim (#9)

Comments: None

Place in the 1995 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Bubbling under

#46



The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (1995)

Score: 1277 points

Biggest fans:

pop elton (#1), Jonah (#8), Collin and Anthony (#14)

Comments: None

Place in the 1995 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 47

#45

Belle and Sebastian - Like Dylan in the Movies (1996)

Score: 1298 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio (#2), Miguel (#4), Mo (#8)

Comments:

“If they follow you don’t look back / like Dylan in the movies”. Fragile and sensitive pop from Scotland, with references to “Don’t Look Back”, the D.A. Pennebaker documentary about Dylan. A band of braggarts (being heavy-metal or hip-hop) would have not been bold enough to talk about the fear you feel when somebody follows you down the street. But is fear what you feel, don’t you? (Honorio)

Place in the 1996 poll: 10

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#44



My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow (1991)

Score: 1299 points

Biggest fans:

Rendle (#2), Vgrd and Harold Wexler (#7)

Comments:

Like a heart-attack ready to uncoil, it’s distorted freak-out intro and icy riffs keep my attention on blast full time. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 7

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 62

#43



Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Highway (1998)

Score: 1300 points

Biggest fans:

Mo (#2), Miguel (#7), Mitchell Stirling (#8)

Comments:

Dreamy masterpiece, the resurrection of Mercury Rev thanks to the King Midas of space-pop, Dave Fridmann. (Honorio)

What a melody and what an interpretation! One of the good discoveries of mine during this top 90s poll. (Toni)

Place in the 1998 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 211

#42



Manic Street Preachers - A Design for Life (1996)

Score: 1302 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#2), pop elton (#7), otisredding (#10)

Comments:

The violins that appear unexpectably all the song are terrific. Didn't use to like this song so much before this poll. (Toni)

Place in the 1996 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 82

#41



Beastie Boys - Sabotage (1994)

Score: 1310 points

Biggest fans:

Toni (#2), LonesomePanda (#3), otisredding (#8)

Comments:

One of the greatest hip-hop band creating one of the greatest guitar riff (LonesomePanda)

I remember rocking out every time I saw this on VH1 Megahits. I miss that channel, well at least I still have th song. (Rendle)

Put aside the fun video for a second. This messy, punky smash works. Thank God they don't play their instruments particularly well on this track. (Schwah)

I used to like rap songs some years ago and, as I gradually become a rock fan, I passed to think all of that genre's songs were discardable. That was until I came to this one. It's very distant from all of those cliches the bad rappers use to follow. Love the volcals here. (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 23

#40



Blur - Song 2 (1997)

Score: 1312 points

Biggest fans:

Howlin' Andrew and Michel (#5), Slush (#11)

Comments:

Like someone said, it's the band who estimulated the opposition creating one of the most purely grunge songs ever. I like it's intensity and the concentration of too much noise in too few time. (Toni)

Place in the 1997 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 12

#39



R.E.M. - Drive (1992)

Score: 1315 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah and pop elton (#2), Mo (#16)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 126

#38



Eels - Novocaine for the Soul (1996)

Score: 1323 points

Biggest fans:

Miguel (#3), Mo and Michel (#6)

Comments: None

Place in the 1996 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 154

#37



R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts (1992)

Score: 1330 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#5), Mike Kelly (#6), Jonah and Neoptolemos (#14)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 116

#36



Oasis - Don't Look Back in Anger (1995)

Score: 1331 points

Biggest fans:

Tim (#2), Toni (#6), DrDre (#9)

Comments:

OK, Beatles-cloning, but still a very strong song, Oasis' best song. (DrDre)

One of the best melodies of this tournament. It's grandioquent, emotional, simple, creative and one of that kind of melodies that seems that was somewhere waiting a genius to discover it. (Toni)

Place in the 1995 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 180

#35



Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence (1990)

Score: 1355 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#1), Neoptolemos (#6), John and Chris (#10)

Comments:

A simple but fabulous guitar from Martin Gore added emotion to the electronic beats and the deep voice of Gahan singing “Words are very unnecessary / they can only do harm”. (Honorio)

Very possibly the best synth-pop single. (Rendle)

Place in the 1990 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 176

#34

Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

Score: 1369 points

Biggest fans:

MightyMadMax (#3), Mitchell Stirling (#6), Honorio, Dumbangel and pop elton (#10)

Comments:

Chamber-pop or space-pop? Well, really both. The hypnotic drones of the previous albums get mixed here with chamber strings and a classic structure of canon. The “spiritual” feel and the narcotic effect that produces fits perfectly with the album cover art: a pharmaceutical package wrapping a big drug. (Honorio)

Place in the 1997 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#33



Nirvana - Lithium (1991)

Score: 1372 points

Biggest fans:

Mike Kelly (#3), Harold Wexler and John (#8)

Comments: None

Place in the 1991 poll: 8

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 151

#32



Deee-Lite - Groove Is in the Heart (1990)

Score: 1372 points

Biggest fans:

otisredding (#1), DrDre (#2), Schwah (#5)

Comments:

“We’re going to dance / and have some fun”. An irresistible dance groove, some distinguished collaborations (Bootsy Collins on bass, Q-Tip on rap and samples from Maceo Parker brass) and Lady Miss Kier as the perfect disco diva made one of the best dance numbers ever. “Just de-lovely and delicious”. (Honorio)

My favorite dance track of the 90's. Groovy video clip as well. (DrDre)

If dance music mavens weren't so damned insular so much of the time, we could have had many other perfect dance pop gems like this one… although they would have needed to recruit Maceo, Bootsy, and Q-Tip as well. (Schwah)

Place in the 1990 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 19

#31



Sigur Rós - Svefn-G-englar (1999)

Score: 1386 points

Biggest fans:

Chris (#8), MightyMadMax (#9), Henrik (#10)

Comments: None

Place in the 1999 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 208

#30



R.E.M. - Man on the Moon (1992)

Score: 1390 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#2), Vgrd (#3), DrDre (#4)

Comments:

Highlight of the outstanding Automatic album. (DrDre)

Place in the 1992 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 73

#29



Pulp - This Is Hardcore (1998)

Score: 1396 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#2), Vgrd (#4), pop elton (#5)

Comments: None

Place in the 1998 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 137

#28



My Bloody Valentine - Soon (1990)

Score: 1401 points

Biggest fans:

tremolo (#3), Collin, Mitchell Stirling and otisredding (#4)

Comments:

Leave it to MBV to make a dance song, from it’s dueling keyboard riffs to soundwall riff, it emphasizes on loud and soft even better than Nevermind did. (Rendle)

Place in the 1990 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 102

#27



Foo Fighters - Everlong (1997)

Score: 1410 points

Biggest fans:

Rendle (#4), Mike Kelly (#7), Schwah (#10)

Comments:

I might overrate it… but I don't care (LonesomePanda)

The best thing The Foo’s ever did. No question. (Rendle)

The greatest song Dave Grohl has ever been any part of. (I'm talking to you, Nirvana fans.) This song is also inextriably linked to its wonderful Gondry-directed video for me. Not fair to bring that into play, perhaps, but the song is good enough to stand on its own, I think. (Schwah)

Place in the 1997 poll: 9

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 173

#26



Nirvana - All Apologies (1993)

Score: 1410 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah (#4), Howlin' Andrew (#7), Miguel (#8)

Comments:

Cobain’s testament. Now it’s quite easy to understand the lyrics. “What else should I write? / I don’t have the right / What else should I be? / All apologies”. (Honorio)

Place in the 1993 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 59

#25



The Smashing Pumpkins - Today (1993)

Score: 1425 points

Biggest fans:

Collin (#2), Slush (#6), Chris (#7)

Comments: None

Place in the 1993 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 88

#24



R.E.M. - Nightswimming (1992)

Score: 1430 points

Biggest fans:

Fred and Chris (#6), Harold Wexler (#12)

Comments: None

Place in the 1992 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: Not listed

#23



Radiohead - Creep (1992)

Score: 1449 points

Biggest fans:

Mike Kelly (#4), DrDre and LonesomePanda (#8)

Comments:

Despite the overexposure it retains an unstoppable force coming from an ugly man exposing his rage and anger after years of bearing other people jokes. Ugly ones of the world, united! (Honorio)

Hit that got them in the picture, in times where Grunge and Nirvana ruled. (DrDre)

One of the 2 real anthems of the 90's… (LonesomePanda)

Q: Have you ever heard of Radiohead?; A: Have I? Thay’re great!; Q: Really, what’s your favorite song by them?; A: Well, I’ve only heard one song... but “Creep” is awesome, isn’t it?; Q: errrrr.... [I don’t know what it is about Creep. Other people like it, but me, not so much.] (Rendle)

Even brainy Radiohead can hit a primal, rock-loving pleasure center in the brain. Don't believe me? Listen to the experts: "Beavis: 'Don't worry Butthead, it gets cool in a minute.' Butthead: 'It better start rocking or I'll really give him something to cry about.' Beavis: 'Shut up Butthead, it's cool. Check it out, check it out! Here it comes...' [Metallic guitars ejaculate into a chorus of 'I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo, I don't belong here.'] Beavis: 'Yes! Yes!' Butthead: 'This is pretty cool.' Beavis: 'Yeah yeah yeah yeah.' Butthead: 'Uh?...Uhh?' [The soft guitars return.] Beavis: 'What... what's going on...? How come they don't just, like, play that cool part through the whole song?' Butthead: 'Well, Beavis, if they didn't have, like, a part of the song that sucked, then, it's like, the other part wouldn't be as cool.' Beavis: 'Really? You're pretty smart Butthead. Hey, here it comes again. Yes! Yes! Raaawk...!'" (Schwah)

Place in the 1992 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 14

#22



The Breeders - Cannonball (1993)

Score: 1455 points

Biggest fans:

Dumbangel and Schwah (#2), SuperFurry (#3)

Comments:

You know that Kim had it in her. (Rendle)

This song is just pure fun. A simple, fun, groove-filled, sing-along hit. Songs like that are really important too, you know. (Schwah)

Place in the 1993 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 18

#21



Oasis - Wonderwall (1995)

Score: 1455 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#3), Dumbangel and Neoptolemos (#7)

Comments: None

Place in the 1995 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 10

#20



Radiohead - Karma Police (1997)

Score: 1479 points

Biggest fans:

Twister (#6), Nicolas (#10), Paul Manusama (#11)

Comments:

The “Sexy Sadie” of the nineties. (Lazy OK Computer/White Album comparison, pt. 2) (Rendle)

Writing this I wonder why did I put OK Computer so low ranked in my list... I can't anymore think which of this 4 I like most and least. Well, this one is a delicious guided-by-piano track. We can say that much of the New Acoustic style that would dominate the 00s has its basis here, although it is far from being a gratuitous ballad like most that are spread on radios today. It's a very deep and well constructed song, with also an astonishing videoclip. (Toni)

Place in the 1997 poll: 5

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 106

#19



The Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize (1999)

Score: 1481 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama, Mitchell Stirling and Miguel (#5)

Comments:

Probably there isn’t any antecedent in rock music of a song with that lyrical theme, a song about “two scientists racing / for the good of all mankind”. (Honorio)

Proof that The Soft Buelltin twists your brain like no other album just from its weird stringy riff. (Rendle)

Place in the 1999 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 195

#18



Massive Attack - Teardrop (1998)

Score: 1492 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda (#2), Collin (#3), Tim (#8)

Comments:

Close to perfection (LonesomePanda)

Place in the 1998 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 136

#17



Beck - Loser (1993)

Score: 1496 points

Biggest fans:

Michel (#2), Schwah (#3), Dumbangel (#4)

Comments:

Drum machines and slide guitars. Hip hop and talking blues. Rap-folk? Well, “soy un perdedor / I’m a loser, baby / so why don’t you kill me?” (Honorio)

Would this song be as good if he didn't go on to prove that this mix-and-match style could be the template for a truly great career? It's hard for me to judge, because it wasn't long after I heard this that I heard the even-greater "Beercan," and I was hooked from then on. (Schwah)

Place in the 1993 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 5

#16



Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)

Score: 1502 points

Biggest fans:

Henrik (#4), Neoptolemos (#5), Michel (#8)

Comments:

The power of a tear. The best cover of the nineties (along with Buckley’s “Hallelujah”) also with a haunting vocal performance. Cry, baby, cry. (Honorio)

Before Sinéad arguably ruined her career forever, she did this. You can hear her soul crying on this one people. (Rendle)

Place in the 1990 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 9

#15



The Beta Band - Dry the Rain (1997)

Score: 1592 points

Biggest fans:

Jonah, Fred and Michel (#1)

Comments:

The highest ranked song I did not know before the poll (LonesomePanda)

Slightly overrated after High Fidelity, but only slightly. (Schwah)

Place in the 1997 poll: 6

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 327

#14



Elliott Smith - Waltz #2 (1998)

Score: 1598 points

Biggest fans:

LonesomePanda and John (#1), Fred (#2)

Comments:

Discovered this precious little diamond quite late, but not too late. (DrDre)

The song that I will always think has been written for me (LonesomePanda)

I like the bigger arrangements of XO better than the stripped-down Smith of Either/Or. This song, with the screeching strings at the end, is a good example of how his songs and gorgeous melodies are strong enough to carry the bigger sound. (Schwah)

Place in the 1998 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 248

#13



The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (1997)

Score: 1610 points

Biggest fans:

MightyMadMax and Neoptolemos (#2), Midaso (#6)

Comments: None

Place in the 1997 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 3

#12



Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees (1995)

Score: 1616 points

Biggest fans:

Paul Manusama (#3), pop elton and Schwah (#4)

Comments:

The beautifully-constructed slow building and the achingly vocal rendering by Thom Yorke were two of the many features of this awesome song. (Honorio)

Highlight of the outstanding Bends album. (DrDre)

Radiohead at the higher of their carreer (LonesomePanda)

This song was ahead of its time. It’s so beautiful and moving it makes you wonder why anyone could dislike the Bends in any way. (Rendle)

As great and important as their triumphant experimentalism has been post-Bends, I am glad that Radiohead recorded this song before then. Sometimes a song - to be great - simply needs a strummed acoustic guitar building into screaming, epic electirc guitars. (Schwah)

Place in the 1995 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 35

#11



Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy (1991)

Score: 1632 points

Biggest fans:

Vgrd (#1), Miguel (#2), Honorio and otisredding (#5)

Comments:

Massive Attack designed the everlasting electronic hymn of the 90s, equally apt for dancing madly on the dance floor (courtesy of its house rhythm and hip-hop scratching) and for listening quietly in your bedroom (courtesy of its amazing string arrangements and the soulful Shara Nelson vocals). (Honorio)

Every time I listen to Blue Lines and this comes on, it hits me like a brick in the face. That’s how powerful it is. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 4

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 6

#10



Oasis - Live Forever (1994)

Score: 1691 points

Biggest fans:

Midaso (#2), Twister (#3), MightyMadMax, Toni and Fred (#4)

Comments:

Sublime (Toni)

Place in the 1994 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 7

#8



U2 - One (1991)

Score: 1720 points

Biggest fans:

Anthony (#2), Henrik, DrDre and Neoptolemos (#3)

Comments:

Beautiful and timeless. (DrDre)

I don't know why I and so much other people like this one so much. (Toni)

Place in the 1991 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 8

#7



The La's - There She Goes (1990 -- original version 1988)

Score: 1729 points

Biggest fans:

Rendle (#3), Michel (#4), Mo (#5)

Comments:

This song creates addiction. But don’t blame it to heroin, blame it to the secret ingredient of the formula of pop, the one that makes you sing along and hear the song again and again, the one that makes this style superior to any other (in my opinion). By the way, I don’t know the secret ingredient. If I knew it maybe I would be Paul McCartney. Or Lee Mavers. (Honorio)

Amazing pop song. (Rendle)

Too catchy melody. And the vocals make me guess they had listened very much to the madchester bands! (Toni)

Place in the 1990 -- original version 1988 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 26

#6



Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (1994)

Score: 1762 points

Biggest fans:

Twister and SuperFurry (#1), MightyMadMax and Nicolas (#5)

Comments:

The most renowned track from the excellent album “Grace” was a cover of a Leonard Cohen song and only features voice and electric guitar. But, what a voice! A voice that justifies all the acclaim (and more), a voice that manages to be simultaneously sweet and passionate, immaculate and chilling, natural and stylish, calmed and poignant… (Honorio)

"Grace" would have been in my top 10 songs easily (LonesomePanda)

One of the best cover songs of all time. Period. (Rendle)

Place in the 1994 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 329

#5



Radiohead - No Surprises (1997)

Score: 1809 points

Biggest fans:

Honorio and Paul Manusama (#1), Chris (#3)

Comments:

Morrissey recommended us to hang the DJ “because the music that he constantly plays / it says nothing to me about my life”. Songs are pieces of other’s lives that only gets its true sense when are integrated in yours. That’s why I’ve decided that “No Surprises” talks about my life. About the job that slowly kills me. About my pretty house and my pretty garden. About my life with no alarms and no surprises. (Honorio)

You can hear the tiredness in Tom’s voice, as if he’s actually speaking for himself. (Rendle)

My favorite part of this song is the guitar's harmony with Yorke as he repeats the chorus at the end. (Schwah)

The perfect song to listen before sleeping. I find it's very fresh and relaxing (I, curiosly, don't find none of this 4 Ok Computer songs sad as much people do!). Another masterpiece from this incredible album. (Toni)

Place in the 1997 poll: 3

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 241

#4



R.E.M. - Losing My Religion (1991)

Score: 1830 points

Biggest fans:

DrDre and Howlin' Andrew (#1), Harold Wexler, Mike Kelly and Nicolas (#2)

Comments:

“Life is bigger / bigger than you”. Michael Stipe sending out a string of inscrutable confessions. “That’s me in the spotlight / losing my religion”. Peter Buck playing a timeless mandolin. “Consider this / the hint of the century”. The poetic (and commercial) zenith that R.E.M. were pursuing from the middle eighties. But “I’ve said too much / I haven’t said enough”. (Honorio)

My #1 song of the 90's too and ended #3 in my personal bracketology. (DrDre)

It has one of the gratest arrangements among this 100 songs, and that's all. The main melody itself doesn't have anything of so special in it, but that mandolin and the acustic guitars creat a too much touching, pungent climate. The time music begins to grow in its end, however, is the moment in which I feel this is definitely one of my favorite 90's songs. (Toni)

Place in the 1991 poll: 2

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 2

#3



Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (1991)

Score: 1996 points

Biggest fans:

Harold Wexler, Nicolas, Rendle and Mike Kelly (#1)

Comments:

The main features of the generation X anthem are the generational-angst lyrics (“here we are mow / entertain us”) and the Pixies-style loud-quiet-loud structure. But the thing that grabbed my attention when I heard it for the first time on the radio was this “silly” two-note (d-f) guitar line during the verses and the contrast with the ferocious riff during the chorus. (Honorio)

Kicked off the nineties like a bullet. (Rendle)

Place in the 1991 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 1

#2



Radiohead - Paranoid Android (1997)

Score: 2015 points

Biggest fans:

MightyMadMax (#1), Vgrd (#2), Dumbangel (#3)

Comments:

The “Happines Is A Warm Gun” of the nineties. (Lazy OK Computer/White Album comparison, pt. 1) (Rendle)

The song that could almost give prog rock a good name. (Schwah)

Everything is perfect here. All the melodies song by Thom Yorke are total inspiration and are gave the interpretation they deserve. The arrangement are able to be even best: the obscure backing vocals, the guitar lines (specially those in the begging of the song and the riff that sporadically appears). And, of course, the auspicious structure of the song, following the idea from Happiness Is a Warm Gun of joining diferent themes in the same song in a perfectly fluent progression. It isn't coincidence that everytime I think about OK Computer, this song is which imediately come to my mind. (Toni)

Place in the 1997 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 36

#1



Pulp - Common People (1995)[size=100]

Score: 2278 points

Biggest fans:

Tim, tremolo, Neoptolemos, Mitchell Stirling and Midaso (#1)

Comments:

Jarvis Cocker embellished a real story about a fellow student from a Greek rich family. But in real life she never said “I want to sleep with common people like you”. (Honorio)

Last song from this list with 5 stars (i.e. in my favorite top 100). If only 'pulp' could be as good quality as this. (DrDre)

Probably the only Pulp song I really like, yet the summit of brit pop (LonesomePanda)

One of the songs that you’ve got to love for the lyrics. (Rendle)

I find this song to be audacious because the story it tells could have been such holier than thou nonsense. Cocker's British wit saves the song, and the arrangement maks it great. (Schwah)

Perfect song. Full of electronic sounds that help to construct both a dancable hit and a dramatic piece. One of the greatest Britpop tracks. (Toni)

Place in the 1995 poll: 1

Acclaimed Music 1990s rank: 4


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