The 1990s carry a pretty terrible reputation when it comes to music. While the 1980s gave us hair metal and synthesizers, it was the 1990s that gave birth to pop starlets and boy bands, taking music to a dark place that the world has never rightly recovered from. But as with most things, it wasn’t all bad; it was just, you know…mostly bad. With that in mind, we here at Goliath have put together a list of 10 stellar albums, all released in the 1990s, to prove that while the decade may have the distinction of launching the careers of folks like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, it was equally important to artists in the rock, folk and grunge genres.
10. Pinkerton (1996) – Weezer
Poorly received upon its initial release (due in part to its harsh departure from the successful sound the band had found on its debut, The Blue Album), Weezer’s Pinkerton (1996) has since been recognized as a seminal album of the 1990s. Eschewing a radio-friendly sound for a darker, more confessional tone that has since been identified as a maturation in both song writing and musical complexity, Pinkerton is now consistently cited as a prominent step forward for Weezer, a step that was important in creating the sound for which the band would ultimately become known. While they would eventually revert back to a more rock and roll sound on later albums, Pinkerton‘s popularity among fans endures partially because the album hits so close to home for so many listeners. Affective and brave, the album is a must-listen for anyone looking to delve into the sounds of the 1990s.