Top Ten Best Albums Since 1990

The Top Ten

1 American Idiot - Green Day

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. - Nightlock

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.

2 Nevermind - Nirvana

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.

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. - EmperorCales

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 - Nightlock

I would say that it is a three way tie between Nevermind, Hybrid Theory, and Use Your Illusion II. Like them all equally. - Alpha101

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3 Metallica - Metallica

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. - Nightlock

4 Is This It - The Strokes

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.

5 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

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. - Nightlock

6 Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

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.

7 Smash - The Offspring

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. - Nightlock

8 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

9 Ten - Pearl Jam

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. - Nightlock

10 Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

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 Newcomers

? Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Frusciante is the best guitarist since Hendrix.

? 10,000 Days - Tool

The Contenders

11 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys

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.

12 The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

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. - Nightlock

13 Black Holes & Revelations - Muse

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.

14 Indestructible - Disturbed

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. - Nightlock

15 Innuendo - Queen


16 A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

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. - Nightlock

17 My Own Prison - Creed

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. - Nightlock

18 Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian
19 Remember Me - Sage the Gemini
20 The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

Seriously guys, one of the best rap albums in history!

21 Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
22 Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi
23 Dookie - Green Day

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24 Weezer - Weezer
25 MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana - Nirvana
26 Endgame - Rise Against
27 Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age

My favourite album of all time. - finspark123

28 1 - The Beatles
29 Rust in Peace - Megadeth
30 Origin of Symmetry - Muse
31 Blackbird - Alter Bridge
32 Shogun - Trivium
33 Throwing Copper - Live
34 Frogstomp - Silverchair
35 The Colour and the Shape - Foo Fighters
36 Illmatic - Nas
37 Up All Night - One Direction
38 Use Your Illusion II - Guns N Roses

One of the best rock albums of all time! - Alpha101

39 Artpop - Lady Gaga
40 Paris - Paris Hilton
41 Dream with Me - Jackie Evancho
42 Harem - Sarah Brightman
43 Come Away with Me - Norah Jones
44 Dirt - Alice in Chains

This is number 1 in my book - Sabbath

45 Up the Bracket - The Libertines
46 Octavarium - Dream Theater
47 In Absentia - Porcupine Tree
48 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
49 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
50 The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails
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Top Remixes

1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Dookie - Green Day
3. Metallica - Metallica
1. Nevermind - Nirvana
2. Smash - The Offspring
3. Metallica - Metallica
1. Metallica - Metallica
2. Nevermind - Nirvana
3. Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park


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