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Forty '90s Albums That Still Hold Up

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40 '90s Albums That Still Hold Up

If you've ever read one of my lists, you know I need to clarify the process. I take these stinkin' lists seriously.

The rules of the list:

  • One album per group. Although many of these groups have more than one '90s album that holds up (Widespread Panic, Tragically Hip, etc.) for the sake of diversity, it's one per list.

  • Even though there are numbers, it's not a ranking.

40. Fountains of Wayne - Utopia Parkway (1999). Still as catchy and hilarious as ever.

39. Blind Melon - Blind Melon (1992). Forget the fucking bee girl from the video, this album is guaranteed to get your blood pumping.

38. Barenaked Ladies - Gordon (1992). Brilliant lyrics and a harmony that I haven't heard since. They never matched it.

37. Big Head Todd and the Monsters - Midnight Radio (1991) Where were the critics on this one? Recorded in his basement, it still sounds fresh.

36. Dada - Puzzle (1992) I hear my 16-year old son cranking this often (especially "Dog"). Except for "Dizz Knee Land," I love it all.

35. Whiskeytown - Stranger's Almanac (1997). Ryan Adams is still great, but the creative period between this album and his solo Gold will never be beaten.

34. Guru - Jazzmatazz, Volume 1. (1993) Believe it or not, I've heard a lot of hip-hop over the years. This is one of the only hip-hop albums I still put on.

33. Diana Krall - All For You (1996). Tough call between Love Scenes and this one, but I'll take the Nat King Cole tribute from this living jazz legend.

32. Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast (1993). Again, tough call between this and Girlfriend... so I'll take the least obvious of the two. Such a solid artist.

31. Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1992). Brilliant. Perhaps my favorite album of the '90s? Let me think about that for another 20 years.

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