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    1994--your top 20

    What a great fucking year--the best year in music in my lifetime, IMO. Pick your top 20.

    20. R.E.M.- Monster
    19. Gilby Clarke- Pawnshop Guitars
    18. Black Sabbath- Cross Purposes
    17. Smashing Pumpkins- Pisces Iscariot
    16. The Beastie Boys- Ill Communication
    15. The Cult- The Cult
    14. Jeff Buckley- Grace
    13. Beck- Mellow Gold
    12. Bush- Sixteen Stone
    11. Green Day- Dookie
    10. The Crow Soundtrack
    9. Hole- Live Though This
    8. Motley Crue- Motley Crue
    7. Pearl Jam- Vitalogy
    6. Stone Temple Pilots- Purple
    5. Alice In Chains- Jar of Flies
    4. Nirvana- Unplugged
    3, Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
    2. Tori Amos- Under the Pink
    1. Soundgarden- Superunknown
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    It's a damn shame that Pantera's Far Beyond Driven is not on that list... o_O

    EDIT: and yes, agreed that that's (easily) the greatest one year for album releases. A ton of amazing films as well (Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber, Shawshank-) just to name a few.

    Isnt there a similar thread of 1994 now that I think of it?...
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    Shit. I can't really do a top 20. Will a top 10 suffice?

    Aphex Twin-Selected Ambient Works Volume II
    Beastie Boys-Ill Communication
    Low-I Could Live In Hope
    Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds-Let Love In
    Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral
    Nirvana-MTV Unplugged in New York
    Slowdive-Souvlaki
    Various Artists-Clerks OST
    Various Artists-Natural Born Killers OST
    Various Artists-Pulp Fiction OST

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    OK...

    1. NIN-The Downward Spiral
    2. Suede-Dog Man Star
    3. Jeff Buckley-Grace
    4. Nirvana-MTV Unplugged in New York
    5. Soundgarden-Superunknown
    6. VA-Natural Born Killers OST
    7. Marilyn Manson-Portrait of An American Family
    8. VA-The Crow OST
    9. Blur-Parklife
    10. Oasis-Definitely Maybe
    11. Pearl Jam-Vitalogy
    12. Pop Will Eat Itself-Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
    13. Prodigy-Music for the Jilted Generation
    14. Hole-Live Through This
    15. Aphex Twin-Selected Ambient Works Vol. II
    16. Pantera-Far Beyond Driven
    17. VA-Pulp Fiction OST
    18. Stone Temple Pilots-Purple
    19. Tori Amos-Under the Pink
    20. Beastie Boys-Ill Communication
    21. Alice in Chains-Jar of Flies
    22. Pink Floyd-The Division Bell
    23. Korn-S/T
    24. R.E.M.-Monster
    25. Bush-Sixteen Stone

    Honorable Mentions: The Stone Roses-Second Coming, Green Day-Dookie, The Offspring-Smash, & VA-Murder was the Case OST.

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    I remember the coolest thing about that year and being 12 years old at that time was the ability to get nearly every album mentioned on this thread via BMG music and Columbia House on only a paper boy's salary. Those two companies were a godsend to a kid back then. You didn't have the coin to drop $60 at a record store whenever you felt the urge, and there were no mp3s and or cd burning at the time. If you didn't have the album or a friend to make you a copy on cassette, you were pretty much fucked.

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    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    Bedhead - WhatFunLifeWas
    Codeine - The White Birch
    Bark Psychocis - Hex
    Lync - These Are Not Fall Colors
    Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Dirty Three - Dirty Three
    Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
    Portishead - Dummy
    Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
    Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
    Rodan - Rusty
    Caustic Window - Caustic Window LP
    Low - I Could Live In Hope
    Nas - Illmatic
    Three Mile Pilot - The Chief Assassin to the Sinister
    Disco Inferno - D.I. Go Pop
    Built to Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
    Shellac - At Action Park
    Harvey Milk - My Love Is Higher Than Your Assesment What My Love Could Be

    Some great, underrated stuff this year. The "grunge" stuff has not aged well with me. I'd love to go through and do other years from the 90s as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazy View Post
    It's a damn shame that Pantera's Far Beyond Driven is not on that list... o_O

    EDIT: and yes, agreed that that's (easily) the greatest one year for album releases. A ton of amazing films as well (Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber, Shawshank-) just to name a few.

    Isnt there a similar thread of 1994 now that I think of it?...
    Kind of hard to narrow it down to 20!

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    I was actually thinking about this the other day. Absolutely my best year for music. I turned 17 in '94 and it seemed like there was so much good stuff.

    01 The Downward Spiral (Obvs)
    02 Troublegum - Therapy?
    03 Vauxhall & I - Morrissey
    04 Dummy - Portishead
    05 Music For The Jilted Generation - The Prodigy
    06 The Holy Bible - Manic Street Preachers
    07 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos - Pop Will Eat Itself
    08 Dog Man Star - Suede
    09 No Quarter - Page & Plant
    10 Natural Born Killers Soundtrack
    11 Point Blank - Nailbomb
    12 The Crow Soundtrack
    13 If The Beatles Had Read Hunter... - The Wonder Stuff
    14 Snivilisation - Orbital
    15 Under The Pink - Tori Amos
    16 Safe Sex, Designer Drugs... - Baby Chaos

    Not sure I can add any more albums that I love from that year, but I know there was stuff from Nick Cave, The Auteurs... the My Iron Lung single from Radiohead... plus there was a lot of stuff carrying over from '93, but that's another list.
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    Im not looking back through rose tinted glasses, it was a landmark year for music but it was a nasty fucking year for the world geopolitically in general. A very harsh year and the groundbreaking dark powerful music released in 94 oddly mirrored that.
    20 records is not even enough room for the amount of good music that year its insane.

    1..NIN.. Downward Spiral
    2..Portishead..Dummy
    2..Manic Street Preachers..Holy Bible
    4..Massive Attack.. Protection
    5..Autechre..Amber
    6..Machine Head..Burn my Eyes
    7..Jeff Buckley.. Grace
    8..TLC..Crazy Sexy Cool
    9..Notorious BIG..Ready to Die
    10..NAS..Illumatic
    11..The Fall.. Middle Class Revolt
    12..Aphex Twin..Selected Ambient Workings
    13..Air Liquide..The Increased Difficulty of Concentration
    14..Soundgarden..Superunknown
    15..Global Communication..76.14
    16..Kyuss..Sky Valley
    17..Hole..Live Through This
    18..Trent Reznor..Natural Born Killers
    19..Lush..Split
    20..Prodigy..Music for Jilted Generation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exocet View Post
    Im not looking back through rose tinted glasses, it was a landmark year for music but it was a nasty fucking year for the world geopolitically in general. A very harsh year and the groundbreaking dark powerful music released in 94 oddly mirrored that.
    20 records is not even enough room for the amount of good music that year its insane.
    But isn't every year pretty bad for people around the world? But yeah, the zeitgeist of that era was pretty dark.

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    Rough order:

    Bark Psychocis - Hex
    Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
    Massive Attack - Protection
    Orbital - Snivilisation
    Cranes - Loved
    Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral
    Portishead - Dummy
    Difference Engine - Breadmaker
    Bikini Kill - The C.D. Version of the First Two Records
    Seefeel - Starethrough EP
    Disco Inferno - D.I. Go Pop
    Lync - These Are Not Fall Colors
    Low - I Could Live In Hope
    Nas - Illmatic
    Godflesh - Selfless
    Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
    Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
    Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
    Moss Icon - Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly
    Melt-Banana - Speak Squeak Creak

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    God, what a year. I won't try to make a top 20 since it would be pretty hard for me, but I will say The Downward Spiral, The Crow Soundtrack, and Portishead- Dummy were very formative records in my musical tastes.

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    I'm not sure it was such a great year, as I wasn't able to find 20 I would listen now with similar enjoyment.

    (No order)
    NIN - The Downward Spiral
    Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Let Love In
    Milla Jovovich - The Divine Comedy
    Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
    Rollins Band - Weight
    Massive Attack - Protection
    Slayer - Divine Intervention
    Nirvana - Unplugged in New York
    At the Drive-In - Hell Paso EP
    Korn - s/t

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    On a related note, the most memorable concert that I ever attended was Green Day's free show at the Hatchshell in Boston in September of 1994. I was right up front and got crushed. I started high school the following week, so I see this as the official start of my high school years.

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    I went through the list on Wikipedia and found 12 that truly marked my 1994.

    1. NIN - The Downward Spiral
    2. Green Day - Dookie
    3. The Offspring - Smash
    4. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
    5. Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction
    6. NOFX - Punk In Drublic
    7. Lagwagon - Trashed
    8. Our Lady Peace - Naveed
    9. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
    10. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
    11. Bush - Sixteen Stone
    12. Aerosmith - Big Ones * (Greatest Hits)
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    20 wow, this is gonna be fun and tough haha
    In no order, cept maybe the first few

    1. Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains
    2. Superunknown - Soundgarden
    3. Definitely Maybe - Oasis
    4. Portrait of an American Family - Marilyn Manson
    5. KoЯn - KoЯn
    6. NIN - Downward Spiral
    7. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
    8. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
    9. blur - Parklife
    10. Smashing Pumpkins - Pisces Iscariot
    11. Mercyful Fate - Time
    12. Beasite Boys - Ill Communication
    13. Portishead - Dummy
    14. Slayer - Divine Intervention
    15. Refused - This Just Might Be...the Truth
    16. REM - Monster
    17. Live - Throwing Copper ( I am SHOCKED this hasn't been mentioned yet!)
    18. Beck - Mellow Gold
    19. Sonic Youth - Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
    20. Weezer - The Blue Album (another one I am surprised is not mentioned yet!)

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    weird to see 'sixteen stone' on here so much. it was a joke at the time and a real shit stain on alternative radio.

    nothing activates my gag reflex faster than fucking "glycerine".

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    I tried my best to narrow it down to just twenty. In no particular order:

    Cradle of Filth – The Principle of Evil Made Flesh (my favourite)
    Satyricon – The Shadowthrone
    Dimmu Borgir – For All Tid
    KoЯn - KoЯn
    Marilyn Manson – Portrait of an American Family
    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    Suspiria - Tragedy
    Fear Cult - A Bouquet of Songs
    Sopor Æternus - ...Ich Töte Mich Jedesmal Aufs Neue…
    Christian Death - Sexy Death God
    Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
    Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
    Satyricon - Dark Medieval Times
    Graveland - Carpathian Wolves
    Graveland - The Celtic Winter
    Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom. Sathanas
    Abigor - Verwüstung / Invoke the Dark Age
    Ancient - Svartalvheim
    Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
    Gehenna - First Spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by xmd 5a View Post
    Rough order:

    Bark Psychocis - Hex
    Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
    Massive Attack - Protection
    Orbital - Snivilisation
    Cranes - Loved
    Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral
    Portishead - Dummy
    Difference Engine - Breadmaker
    Bikini Kill - The C.D. Version of the First Two Records
    Seefeel - Starethrough EP
    Disco Inferno - D.I. Go Pop
    Lync - These Are Not Fall Colors
    Low - I Could Live In Hope
    Nas - Illmatic
    Godflesh - Selfless
    Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
    Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
    Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
    Moss Icon - Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly
    Melt-Banana - Speak Squeak Creak
    apologies for stealing half your list here, but you had to figure we'd have a ton of overlap :


    Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
    Disco Inferno - D.I. Go Pop
    Difference Engine - Breadmaker
    Bark Psychosis - Hex
    Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
    Massive Attack - Protection
    Orbital - Snivilisation
    Cranes - Loved
    Low - I Could Live In Hope
    REM- Monster
    Aphex Twin- Selected Ambient Works Vol. II
    Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral
    Portishead - Dummy
    Hole- Live Through This
    Manic Street Preachers- The Holy Bible
    Suede- Dogmanstar
    Nick Cave & the Badseeds- Let Love In
    Lush- Split
    Saint Etienne- Tiger Bay
    Smashing Pumpkins- Pisces Iscariot
    Dead Can Dance- Toward the Within

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    No one has yet mentioned Melvins - Stoner Witch.

    And Bush? After hearing those shitty pandering fake Nirvana wannabe singles I avoided their album. I have a hard time believing it belongs anywhere beyond a shittiest albums list.

    Nice Baby Chaos reference: I liked them, but to me they never quite lived up to the hype.

    Also yes, I do believe we did have a 1994 thread, maybe on the old board. We're getting ewld.

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    Yes, there was something in the water in 1994. I only listed 10 albums, though.

    1. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
    2. Pearl Jam, Vitalogy
    3. Morrissey, Vauxhall And I
    4. R.E.M., Monster
    5. Jeff Buckley, Grace
    6. Soundgarden, Superunknown
    7. Stone Temple Pilots, Purple
    8 Slowdive, Souvlaki
    9. Mark Lanegan, Whiskey For The Holy Ghost
    10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Let Love In

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    No-Man's Flowermouth came out that year. It was the first really solid album Steven Wilson was part of, partly eschewing the group's ambition for commercial success and instead indulging in their more expansive influences.


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    The Cure - Burn (from the Crow OST). "Dredd Song" is OK too, from Judge Dredd- The OST was 1995 but the movie was '94. (note: not nominating the movie!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by perceptionnexus View Post
    I remember the coolest thing about that year and being 12 years old at that time was the ability to get nearly every album mentioned on this thread via BMG music and Columbia House on only a paper boy's salary. Those two companies were a godsend to a kid back then. You didn't have the coin to drop $60 at a record store whenever you felt the urge, and there were no mp3s and or cd burning at the time. If you didn't have the album or a friend to make you a copy on cassette, you were pretty much fucked.
    oh man ... i dicked those two companies over soooo many times as a broke asshole kid. even a 14-year-old knows that contracts with minors aren't binding. nothing was better than getting home from school and having a big box with eight cd's (or cassettes at first) in the mailbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c0f3d View Post
    weird to see 'sixteen stone' on here so much. it was a joke at the time and a real shit stain on alternative radio.

    nothing activates my gag reflex faster than fucking "glycerine".
    I was never a fan of Sixteen Stone when it was popular. About ten years later I bought it used for two bucks (out of nostalgia) and found that I really enjoyed it. Yes, they were a Nirvana rip-off, but they wrote catchy, rocking songs and Rosdale has a lot of charisma. And in hindsight, Bush were a lot better than what was to follow for the next few years on AOR stations--Limp Bizkit, Stained, etc.

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    There were plenty of great albums from 94. A few personal favorites not already mentioned.
     
    Regulate... G Funk Era - Warren G

    Murder Was the Case (The Soundtrack) - Snoop Doggy Dogg

    Rubberneck - Toadies

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    What a great fucking year--the best year in music in my lifetime, IMO. Pick your top 20.

    20. R.E.M.- Monster
    19. Gilby Clarke- Pawnshop Guitars
    18. Black Sabbath- Cross Purposes
    17. Smashing Pumpkins- Pisces Iscariot
    16. The Beastie Boys- Ill Communication
    15. The Cult- The Cult
    14. Jeff Buckley- Grace
    13. Beck- Mellow Gold
    12. Bush- Sixteen Stone
    11. Green Day- Dookie
    10. The Crow Soundtrack
    9. Hole- Live Though This
    8. Motley Crue- Motley Crue
    7. Pearl Jam- Vitalogy
    6. Stone Temple Pilots- Purple
    5. Alice In Chains- Jar of Flies
    4. Nirvana- Unplugged
    3, Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
    2. Tori Amos- Under the Pink
    1. Soundgarden- Superunknown

    Thanks for having the balls to put Motley on there. GREAT overlooked album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivisection13 View Post
    Thanks for having the balls to put Motley on there. GREAT overlooked album.
    Yeah--it flopped, but MC94 has always had its fans and is kind of a cult album.

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    Really good list:
    https://uproxx.com/music/best-alt-rock-albums-of-1994/

    Looking for 25th anniversary deluxe editions of Nirvana Unplugged and STP's Purple.

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    1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    2. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
    3. Beck - One Foot In The Grave
    4. Beck - Mellow Gold
    5. Ice Cube - Bootlegs & B Sides
    6. Beck - Stereopathic Soulmanure
    7. Dinosaur Jr - Without a Sound
    8. Snoop Dogg - Murder Was The Case
    9. Gary Numan - Sacrifice
    10. Nirvana - Unplugged
    11. Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies
    12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Let Love In
    13. Sebadoh - Bakesale
    14. Sonic Youth - Experimental Jet Set Trash
    15. Jesus & Mary Chain - Stoned & Dethroned
    16. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
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