The 1990’s was a great decade for music.The incredible amount of successful
artists creating different genres of music was astounding.We saw the true emergence of punk rock,
grunge, and hip-hop music in the 90’s. Here is a collection of some great albums from the 1990's.
10. Tom Petty -
Greatest Hits (1993)
Tom Petty is
an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.He is the front man of Tom Petty and the
Heartbreakers and has had a successful solo career. Petty has recorded numerous hit singles and
is an influential rock music pioneer. He is also known for his live performances.In 1993, Tom
Petty released a compilation album. The album featured some of the bands most famous hit singles, but also some
new tracks, including the massively successful Mary Jane’s Last Dance.It is Petty's best selling album to date and was certified 10x Platinum.
9. The Notorious
B.I.G - Ready to Die (1994)
Ready to Die is the debut studio album of rapper The Notorious B.I.G.It was
released on September 13, 1994, under Bad Boy Records.This was The Notorious B.I.G.'s only album released during his life.He was murdered in 1997, and his second album Life After Death
was released days after his death. Christopher Wallace needed only two albums to cement himself as one of the best
MCs of all time.The lyrics and beats used in Ready to Die were amazing. This album is routinely
listed as one of the greatest and most creative of all time. Ready to Die spawned many classic rap songs, but Juicy
and Big Poppa paved the way for commercial success.Other notable hip-hop albums of the 1990’s
are Tupac’s All Eyez on Me, Eminem’s The Slim
Shady L.P., and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle.To date, Ready to Die has sold around 5 million copies
- Supernatural (1999)
Supernatural is a concept album released by Santana in 1999.It was conceived
by Clive Davis and featured Santana on guitar surrounded by various vocal and instrumental stars.Some
of the musicians featured on the album include Rob Thomas, Wyclef Jean, Eric Clapton, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill,
Dave Matthews, and Cee-Lo. In late 1999 the album reached the #1 spot for 12 non-consecutive weeks.It is one of the top selling records of the 1990’s and to date has sold 27 million records worldwide.
The album won 8 Grammy Awards, including album of the years.Santana and Rob Thomas won for their
collaboration on the song Smooth, while Santana and Everlast won for the song Put Your Lights On.
7. Dr. Dre
- The Chronic (1992)
The Chronic is the debut album released by hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre.It was released on December 15, 1992.The Chronic was recorded by Dr. Dre following his departure from N.W.A and Ruthless Records over a financial dispute.Dr. Dre's production on the album is noted for founding and popularizing
the G-funk sub-genre within gangsta rap.The Chronic is widely considered to be the best and most
influential hip-hop record of all time. However, it has sold fewer copies then any other album on this list.It has total sales reaching 4 million units worldwide.
6. Celine Dion
- The Colour of My Love (1993), Falling Into You (1996), & Let’s Talk About Love (1997)
revolutionized the world of love ballads and pop music in the 1990’s.She was one of the best
selling artist of the 90’s and her three albums The Colour of My Love (1993), Falling
Into You (1996), and Let's Talk About Love (1997) sold a combined 83 million copies worldwide.The legacy of her albums will not die and in 2007 Celine was named the best selling female artist of all
time.She has sold over 200 million records worldwide.This goes to show that people
of all cultures, faiths, and identities can relate to a good love song.
5. The Lion King Soundtrack
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated feature produced by Walt Disney. The music
is written by Elton John and Tim Rice, with a score composed by Hans Zimmer.The songs Circle of Life,
Hakuna Matata, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight highlight a great children’s album.The
Lion King soundtrack was the best-selling album of 1994.By 1995, it had sold over 10 million copies
in the United States and quickly became the highest selling soundtrack from an animated feature.The
album also won the Academy Award for Original Score and Original Song.
Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Jagged Little Pill
was the third studio album released by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.It was a break-through album
and spent twelve non-consecutive weeks at number one.In 1996, it became the best-selling album
of the year and had five hit singles, You Oughta Know, Ironic, You Learn, Hand in My Pocket, and Head over Feet.It was the second-best-selling album of the 1990s, behind Shania Twain's Come on Over.By January 2005, the album had sold 33 million units worldwide.Morissette’s music is
also extremely popular in Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Portugal, Sweden, and many other areas of the world.Jagged Little Pill was ranked 327 on a recent list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
3. Green Day
- Dookie (1994)
is the third studio album and the major label debut by American punk rock band Green Day.It was released
on February 1, 1994.The album helped to propel Green Day into mainstream success.Dookie
is one of the most complete records ever created. Every song on the album is exceptional and every member of the band
contributes to their sound. Dookie produced five hit singles, Longview, Welcome to Paradise,
Basket Case, She, and When I Come Around.Many of the musical videos made from this album became
extremely popular. Dookie has sold over 15 million records worldwide. The album also won the Grammy Award for Best
Alternative Music Album in 1995.
- Self Titled Album (1991)
Metallica is an American
heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1981.Metallica's early releases included
fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive beats that placed them as one of the "big four" of the thrash metal
subgenre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.The band earned a growing underground fan base in
the 1980’s and reached large scale success with the release of their fifth studio album, titled Metallica.
It would become one of the greatest achievements in rock history.The powerful guitar, bass, and drums,
surrounded by James Hetfield’s lyrics are amazing. The albums first single Enter Sandman
is routinely listed among the best rock songs ever created.Other great tracks on this record are
The Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters, Wherever I May Roam, and Sad but True.The album spent four
consecutive weeks at #1 and is the band’s best selling album to date.It has sold 22 million
- Nevermind (1991)
Nevermind is the second studio album by the American
rock band Nirvana.It was released on September 24, 1991.The record became a surprise
success, largely due to the popularity of the first single Smells Like Teen Spirit.By January
1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts,
which immediately revolutionized popular music and the grunge scene.Nevermind was responsible
for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and critics strongly regard it as one of the best rock
albums of all time.It clearly set the tone for 1990’s rock music.Geffen Records
originally released 46,251 copies of the album.As of 2009, it has sold over 26 million worldwide.