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Forty '90s Albums That Still Hold Up

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30. Live - Throwing Copper (1994). If I never hear the three hits again, I'll be fine. But the rest of the album still kicks ass all the way through. Mental Jewelry still holds too.

29. U2 - Achtung Baby (1991). Even though the hits from Joshua Tree made me mildly hate U2, this album somehow melted my animosity. One of the few number ones on the list (in case you don't remember, the decade's hit music was really, really bad)

28. Phish - Picture of Nectar (1991). Did you know Phish didn't just play concerts? Like the Grateful Dead, they are more famous for their shows than their albums, but this one still holds up as a recording. One of the coolest bands I've ever met.

27. Queensryche - Empire (1990). Say it with me: Queenryche is NOT a hair band.

26. Soul Hat - Good to Be Gone (1994). Yeah, I know -- you've never heard of them. Well, if you are a jam band fan, you should "hear of them" right now.

25. Widespread Panic - Everyday (1993). WSP made a bunch of good albums in the '90s. This is the best of 'em. Try "Diner."

24. Crowded House - Woodface (1991) Second only to '88's Temple of Low Men, this album still pleases me greatly.

23. Horace Silver - The Hardbop Grandpop (1996) The recently deceased Mr. Silver truly lives up to his name on this jamming little hard-bop classic. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

22. Uncle Tupelo - No Depression (1990). I didn't even hear it until the end of the decade. Jeff Tweedy pre-Wilco. One my former business partner's many timeless recommendations.

21. Jamiroquai - The Return of the Space Cowboy (1994). I keep waiting for the sort of dance vibe to wear out on me, but it has not. I'm not heading to any clubs any time soon, but I dig this sort of funk.

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