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|My Top 40 albums of 1994|
1994 is one of my favorite years in all of music. Here's my favorite albums from it-if the list was longer Frank Black, Helmet, Morrissey and a few other's would've made it too, but yaknow.
Lemme know what you think/what i forgot
|1||The Notorious B.I.G.|
Ready to Die
One of my favorite hip hop albums (definitely my favorite debut of all time). Big's flow was extremely unique and ahead of his time, and he was probably the realest to ever do it. His raw delivery mixed with the impeccable production and his skill for finding a good hook left an album that was visceral, sprawling, dark, and yet extremely accessable. Shame he only put out one more album, but it definitely keeps his legacy intact as this debut is the stuff of legend.
|2||Nine Inch Nails|
The Downward Spiral
This one was neck-and-neck with Ready to Die, but it's just as great. The thing remains Reznor's sole masterpiece for my tastes; even though he has a solid discography nothing comes close to touching this monster. One of the few concept albums about suicide (and one of the weirdest to hit the top of the charts), this album is just a blueprint for Trent's warped musical vision as he goes from slow and maniacal ("Piggy") to dark and sexy ("Closer") to straight up bipolar ("March of the Pigs"). Everything flows beautifully and the album comes to a perfect end with "Hurt", still one of the most moving songs I've ever heard.
The perfect pop album-10 songs of pure, calculated bliss, with just the right amount of snark and irony. Rivers Cuomo, the nerd who had an equal love of eccentric 70s power-pop and 80s arena rock ("my favorite rock group Kisssss") weaved his lyrics along with jagged overblown Marshall stack riffs to complete the perfect nerd love odyssey. "Undone-The Sweater Song" remains one of my favorite riffs ever, while "Say It Ain't So" might be my favorite song of the 90s. Seeing the band perform the album in full last year was a real treat and just cemented my love for it once more.
It's pretty insane to think that this is the only year where any of the top 10 could've placed number one in any other year for me, but it makes sense. I mean, Grace is fucking number 4. And that's not to diminish it, because it's a masterpiece. Too emotional for grunge, too overblown for emo, Buckley's weaving, drawn out t playing style mixed with his ungodly vocals proved to be an influence on everyone from Radiohead to John Mayer, and from the first notes of "Mojo Pin" you understand that this is something special. Equally containing the best elements of the past three decades from rock music and yet preceding many imitators, this album was extremely unique and every song and note is impeccably crafted, Buckley's tender voice handling each note with care, whether it be a soft falsetto in "Hallejulah" or a screaming roar in "Grace." Shame he went so soon, especially considering he was reportedly working with Tom
Verlaine on a follow-up, just imagine...
One of the greatest albums of all time ends up at number 5 on the year list. There you go. Is there much that needs to be said at this point? Illmatic changed the game and blueprint for hip-hop entirely; an album so far ahead of its time that history in the genre is actually measured by pre- and post- its existence. Nas is a master of wordplay and no matter how many biters he has to this day, none come close to reaching the magic of Illmatic.
Is this really grunge? When a stoner rock band with heavy blues/punk influence reaches their widest scope and creative peak and makes a spaced out masterpiece...is there really a genre to label this? Do I care. No. From the beginning of "My Wave" things are clearly 1000x bigger for Soundgarden than they've ever been, guitars, drums, hooks, everything sounds HUGE. "Fell On Black Days", the best slow burner to ever exist, locks into its meloncholy groove so hard it's downright disgusting. The well guided use of multiple pedals on every song here is to note, every guitar crisp and lovely but still flanged out and fuzzed to no end. "Spooman" and "Black Hole Sun" are both immortalized by now, but the real standout is "The Day I Tried To Live", the best thing the band has done and will ever do.
Best major label debut by a punk band ever, bar none. People cried "sellout!" to no end (ha, just wait 'til 21st Century Breakdown...if only they knew) but is the ability to reach a wider audience by writing hit after hit really selling out or just sharing your craft? Green Day stayed true to their punk roots on this one while keeping the hooks intact, the bass lines wonderful (see "Longview" or "Welcome to Paradise" which is obviously the reason new and old fans alike hold it in such high regard. Which they should.
Even the best Blur album only ranks 8...damn. This shit is so good it hurts, the moment when Damon hit both his emotional and songwriting stride, resulting in winners all around see "This is a Low" "Parklife". Boasting snarky lyrics about society and politics but still sounding huge as ever, the album proved to be Blur's biggest across the pond, and also broke them here as well.
The definition of ahead of its time "Mysterious" and "Sour Times" sound light years away from whatever was going on on our planet in 1994. The first true trip-hop masterpiece (this is before Mezzanine, remember) the song cemented the movement as one that truly mattered. Damn was it sad, and damn was it great. Besides, who doesn't love "Glory Box"
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Arguably their best album, and their biggest-though most people alive just recall this for seeing the "Cut Your Hair" video on MTV, this quirky indie rock masterpiece hit a sweet spot within the changing music landscape and charted quite well, and got Pavement big exposure on a main stage Lollapalooza slot the next summer. Sure, they got booed off the stage half the tour, but the people who got it got it, and the people who didn't sure are kicking themselves now.
Hard to Earn
24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Welcome to Sky Valley
For Your Own Special Sweetheart
At Action Park
|19||Guided by Voices|
Far Beyond Driven
Punk in Drublic
Live Through This
Chocolate and Cheese
|25||Drive Like Jehu|
Music for the Jilted Generation
|29||Jeru the Damaja|
The Sun Rises in the East
Without a Sound
In the Nightside Eclipse
Burn My Eyes
Stranger Than Fiction
Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II
|37||Sunny Day Real Estate|
Up on the Sun
|40||Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds|
Let Love In
|Diary, without a sound, and SAW 2 are def my favs from 94|
|Been digging Parklife lately, album brings the charm |
|Lol 21 came out in 1992, you must be thinking of Far Beyond Driven?|
|Nirvana's MTV Unplugged?|
Props for 40 though
|Day for Night should be in here somewhere.|
|Parklife is fantastic...|
and FUCK I meant Far Beyond Driven. My bad haha
I don't really consider MTV Unplugged to be a studio album, which is the basis I went off of for these
And I never got into the Tragically Hip, where should I start?
|"Best major label debut by a punk band ever, bar none"|
|Nice mix - amazing year as your list doesn't contain some of my favourites - The Holy Bible, Troublegum, Hex, Purple, Jar of Flies, Ruby Vroom, Korn...|
|Didn't jar of flies come out this year?|
Great list. Thank you for including dookie green day gets a lot of hate they don't deserve (except of course the newer stuff dos is especially horrendous) and chocolate and cheese is one of my favorite albums
|32 is 1|
I like these too:
Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
Organized Konfusion - Stress: The Extinction Agenda
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
Low - I Could Live in Hope
Bark Psychosis - Hex
Global Communication - 76:14
|was a dope year|
|Bee Thousand is my favourite from this list. I would add Hvis Lyset Tar Oss and Transilvanian Hunger|
|I think Built to Spill released their second album 'There's Nothing Wrong With Love' this year too. That's a great listen.|
|Green Day has been shit for awhile but they honestly had a good 10 years...and Jar of Flies was alright but not better than anything here (in my opinion)|
Forgot about that Built to Spill album, still not sure if it would make my list though. Their next 2 albums are much better