Thought I'd just do my first ever list here again, where I picked my top three albums from each year of the '90s. Feel free to leave your own picks below. As an added bonus, I will also note my favorite tracks from each album -- five from my number one picks of each year, four from my number two picks of each year, and three from my number three picks of each year. I have also made two playlists on Spotify based on this, one that consists of every song listed, and another that simply contains my favorite song from each album. They will both be linked in a comment below.
Nice list! I can't quite come up with one that runs on one appearance per band (or especially one album per genre) for the entire decade myself, but if I were to make one with one appearance per band, I think my '90, '93, '96, and '98 lists would be identical to what's on here, while '91 would include U2 and a Tribe Called Quest after RHCP, '92 would swap out NIN for Dr. Dre, '94 would swap out STP for Soundgarden, and '99 would include Rage Against the Machine and DMX after Eminem. Can't quite come up with '95 or '97 lists in this style off the top of my head, though...
Gyromania: "Tonight, Tonight" didn't make it in just because I only wanted to pick three songs from disc one. I wanted to make sure the two discs got (somewhat) even balance in terms of song picks. "Tonight, Tonight" is definitely in my top ten for disc one (not quite top five, I'd take "Galapogos" and perhaps "Muzzle" over it), but for me, "Zero" will always be the best single from Mellon Collie on disc one ("1979" is my favorite on the album).
1990: the klf - chill out
1991: mbv - loveless
1992: beat happening - you turn me on
1993: yo la tengo - painful
1994: nas - illmatic
1995: three 6 mafia - mystic stylez
1996: cryptopsy - none so vile
1997: i hate myself - ten songs
1998: mark hollis - s/t
1999: dr dooom - first come first served
never really ranked years like this, its quite a list lmao
1990: death - spiritual healing
1991: death - human
1992: aphex twin - saw 85-92
1993: black dog productions - bytes
1994: autechre - amber
1995: gza - liquid swords
1996: dr- octagon - dr. octagonecologyst
1997: summoning - nightshade forests
1998: boards of canada - music has the right to children
1999: drexciya - neptune's lair