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Top 30 favorite albums from the 90’s

If you know me well, you know that I’m a sucker for 90’s indie rock as well as old school emo and hip hop from those good ol’ days. Here is a list I’ve compiled of my absolute favorite albums from that decade:

30. Seam – Are You Driving Me Crazy? (1995)

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29. Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)

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28. Archers of Loaf – Icky Mettle (1994)

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27. Superchunk – Foolish (1994)

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26. Sebadoh – Bakesale (1994)

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25. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)

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24. Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind (1991)

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23. Mineral – The Power of Failing (1995)

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22. Sleater-Kinney – The Hot Rock (1999)

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21. Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children (1998)

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20. Polvo – Today’s Active Lifestyles (1993)

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19. Red House Painters – Red House Painters (Rollercoaster) (1993)

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18. The Promise Ring – Nothing Feels Good (1997)

17.  A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991)

16. Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary (1994)

15. Sonic Youth  Washing Machine (1995)

14. Elliott Smith – Roman Candle (1995)

13. Slowdive – Souvlaki (1993)

12. Fugazi – Red Medicine (1995)

11. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)

10. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

 

9. Pavement  Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)

8. Nas – Illmatic (1994)

7. Slint – Spiderland (1991)

6. American Football – American Football (1999)

5. Built to Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love (1994)

4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor  F♯ A♯ ∞ (1998)

3. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (1997)

2. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (1999)

1. Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)

Honorable mentions: The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame about Ray, The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs, Radiohead – The Bends and OK Computer, The Mountain Goats – Full Force Galesburg

Melalbums: Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. Why?Mumps, etc.

49. Cat Power Sun

48. Twin ShadowConfess

47. P. O. SWe Don’t Even Live Here

46. Sharon van EttenTramp

45. Port St. WillowHoliday

44. PinbackInformation Retrieved

43. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

42. MiloMilo Takes Baths

41. Torche Harmonicraft

40. Mount EerieClear Moon

39. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself

38. Fang IslandMajor

37. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

36. Purity Ring Shrines

35. Mac DeMarco – 2

34. Liars – WIXIW

33. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind

32. Sun Kil MoonAmong The Leaves

31. Beach HouseBloom

30. Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL

29. BurialKindred EP

28. Kendrick Lamar –  good kid, m.A.A.d city

27. WaxahatcheeAmerican Weekend

26. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth

25. Aesop RockSkelethon

24. Shearwater Animal Joy

23. Grizzly Bear Shields

22. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes

21. LazerbeakLava Bangers

20. Lone Galaxy Garden

19. Wild NothingNocturne

18. TNGHTTNGHT EP

17. The EvensThe Odds

16.  Death GripsThe Money Store

15. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now

14. Frank Oceanchannel ORANGE

13. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light

12. Tame ImpalaLonerism

11. Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It

10. Dark Time SunshineANX

9. Alt-JAn Awesome Wave

8. Matthew DearBeams

7. Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn’t

6. DeerhoofBreakup Song

5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

4. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory

3. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

1. SwansThe Seer

Honorable mentions: Joie De VivreWe’re All Better Than This, GrimesVisions, Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship, Screaming FemalesUgly, SerengetiC.A.R., The Sea and Cake Runner, StarsThe North, MoonfaceHeartbreaking Bravery

***For some reason or another, I found these albums to be enjoyable but inconsistent in some way. They each had some incredible songs, but as a whole they didn’t resonate with me as strongly as the 50 albums I chose above.

What are YOUR favorite albums of 2012? I’m sure I missed out on a ton of albums, so please let me know any ones you think are worth checking out that didn’t make it onto my list.

Melalbums of 2012 list (in no particular order)

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Swans – The Seer

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

Perfume Genius- Put Your Back N 2 It

Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man in America

Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

TNGHT – TNGHT EP

Dark Time Sunshine – ANX

Mount Eerie – Clear Moon

Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

Burial – Kindred EP

Why? – Mumps, Etc.

Cat Power – Sun

Deerhoof – Breakup Song

Waxahatchee – American Weekend

Milo – Milo Takes Baths

Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Grizzly Bear – Shields

Lone – Galaxy Garden

Death Grips – The Money Store

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

Beach House – Bloom

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

Wild Nothing  – Nocturne

Screaming Females – Ugly

Fang Island – Major

The Men – Open Your Heart

Liars – WIXIW

Matthew Dear – Beams

Joie De Vivre – We’re All Better Than This

Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

Pinback – Information Retrieved

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

Torche – Harmonicraft

Shearwater – Animal Joy

Mission of Burma – Unsound

Port St. Willow – Holiday

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here

…to be continued…