Top Ten Best Albums Since 1990

The Top Ten
American Idiot - Green Day American Idiot - Green Day Product Image

In 2004, Green Day were lurking on the fringes of world recognition, with several UK top 40 hits in the bag, but nobody was expecting just how much of an impact the world's first so-called 'punk rock opera', American Idiot, would make. The album received such high publicity and critical acclaim that it blew Green Day straight into the mainstream.

Could have also put in Dookie, but choose American Idiot as it is such a complete album. No bad songs, all great ones. Jesus of suburbia, American idiot and holiday, plus in my opinion the best Green Day song Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.

Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

Kurt Cobain always said that he felt that Nevermind was too soft for his liking, yet for everyone else in the '90's, it sparked a revolution, a new game-changer of music that was never anticipated to be so influential and cause such an unsettling of the mainstream. Alongside with Pearl Jam's Ten, this album made grunge the new classic rock, even with Nirvana's short reign ending in 1994 following Cobain's death.

It was hard to choose which album to place at number 1 to start the list. I put it at two, because it is an amazing album, so many great songs like In Bloom, Smells like teen spirit and Polly. One of the best and most influential albums of all time.R.I.P. Kurt Cobain

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come as You Are
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Polly
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On a Plain
12. Something In the Way

This has to be the greatest album of the 90's.
This also my favorite album from Nirvana.

I would say that it is a three way tie between Nevermind, Hybrid Theory, and Use Your Illusion II. Like them all equally.

Metallica - Metallica Metallica - Metallica Product Image

This in my opinion is the best album of all time. It doesn't have a single bad track, from start to finish it is amazing. Songs like Enter Sandman and Sad but True place it as an essential metal album. Other songs include Nothing Else Matter, maybe Metallica's best known song, and my personal favourites, Of Wolf and Man and The God that Failed. Incredible album must have for any music collection.

Is This It - The Strokes Is This It - The Strokes Product Image

Retro, raw and undoubtedly a classic for a modern age, the Strokes' 2001 debut album completely redefined the indie genre from its humble underground roots into an explosion of extravagance, stylishness and sense of freedom which paved a way for other indie bands such as the Libertines and Arctic Monkeys to follow. A single album rarely manages to turn the tables of the entire music industry, but this cool, classy, badass LP demonstrates that when the zeitgeist comes, it does just that.

Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park Product Image

2000 produced many great albums, non so more than Hybrid Theory. The Linkin park album debut is one history's greatest musical works. Great songs like In the end and Runaway, plus Crawling and One step closer. Defiantly deserves to be labelled as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand Product Image

First word that comes to mind? Dance! This beautifully cagey, funky album spawned classics such as Take Me Out and Dark of the Matinée, twisting the Strokes influence into a ridiculously catchy, fast-paced album that sticks in the memory for a long time after.

Smash - The Offspring Smash - The Offspring Product Image

My favourite all time punk album! Great songs, Self Esteem and Come out and play are the most notable, plus Bad Habit, Genocide and Smash. An Album that helps define the 90's and keep punk rolling on through the years.

Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers Product Image

Although it may be argued that their earlier effort Blood Sugar Sex Magik was the first stand-out funk rock album, this was the first one that caught people's attention. With roots heavily encompassing the blues and funk genres, Red Hot Chili Peppers turned what was once upon a time considered music for only black people into a near-perfect template for many more, less successfully attempting to mimic their style, enforcing the fact that this album is hard to beat.

Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam Product Image

It's difficult to imagine how a band could ever become so successful yet so shunning of the mainstream. Pearl Jam's attempts to keep a low profile could have stayed like that, but were never maintained due to the popularity of this, their '91 debut, which in time brought them to become one of the most revered rock bands ever.

Amazing album. Pearl Jam along with Nirvana and Alice in chains in my opinion defined grunge, the breakthrough genre of the 90's. Ten has so many pearl jam classics, Once, Alive, Black and Even flow are the highlights for me.

Wasting Light - Foo Fighters Wasting Light - Foo Fighters Product Image

Dave Grohl and his band seemed to be going downhill slightly, and a Grammy winning album was just what was required to a march back up to the top. Grohl said that the album was about how he felt 'like a survivor' and that it was a reflection of how despite knowing time's grip, the feeling of rejuvenation was still there. It certainly feels like it in this album, where Foo Fighters' originality and flair seem as present as ever.

The Contenders
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys Product Image

Breaking the record for the fasting-selling debut album of all time is quite something. But it is hardly a surprise when you listen to the album that did it in 2006. An unrelenting blend of rhythmic, incredibly catchy guitar riffs and the exceptional songwriting ability of frontman Alex Turner makes this one of the most popular indie albums there is, and hard to argue against as one of the best.

The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine Product Image

Such an essential metal album. If you haven't listened to Bullet For My Valentine before, start with this album, it's their first and best. The poison, 4words to choke upon, and one of the greatest songs of all time, Tears don't fall. Every song on this album is amazing though, from her voice resides to The End. More examples are cries in vain and spit it out, and my personal favourite Room 409.

Black Holes & Revelations - Muse Black Holes & Revelations - Muse Product Image

An often overlooked album, this seems to whisper a hint of space rock, but is undoubtedly alternative. The vocal talent of frontman Matt Bellamy is matched by his guitarist ability as well as Chris Wolstenholme's bass playing and Dom Howard's drumming. Muse's flair gives them a right to be bombastic in every way, and the pure energy of this album would alone make it a great album.

Indestructible - Disturbed Indestructible - Disturbed Product Image

Great album, great band. Disturbed have so many great songs, and a lot of them come from Indestructible. The title track Indestructible, perfect insanity, inside the fire and the night, all great songs.

Innuendo - Queen Innuendo - Queen Product Image
A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay Product Image

The early Coldplay always seemed to prefer slow melodies, and their humble, refined, but sensationally popular second album could easily compare the band to a less depressed version of Radiohead, yet in time all the more popular.

Fantastic album, amazing songs, amazing band. Songs like The Scientist, Clocks, In My Place, Green Eyes and the criminally underrated title track all make it a truly essential album for all people.

My Own Prison - Creed My Own Prison - Creed Product Image

Very powerful album. Creed in this album have created a genius piece of work. My own prison, Torn, One and Unforgiven are the standouts for me, but like all of the albums on this list, there are no bad songs on the album.

Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian Product Image
Let Go - Avril Lavigne Let Go - Avril Lavigne Product Image
My World - Avril Lavigne My World - Avril Lavigne Product Image
Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Product Image
The Best Damn Thing - Avril Lavigne The Best Damn Thing - Avril Lavigne Product Image
Goodbye Lullaby - Avril Lavigne Goodbye Lullaby - Avril Lavigne Product Image
Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne Product Image
Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne Product Image
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