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Best albums of 1994

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1. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
This should come as a surprise to no one. Looking at the rest of this list, a lot of Great albums came out in 1994 but nothing else compares to the album that made NIN a household name.

Favorite song: "the becoming"


See also the "Still" version, originally released in the deluxe version of And All That Could Have Been
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2. Portrait of an American Family - Marilyn Manson
NIN is to thank/blame for this one being so high on my list, and in fact for my buying it in the first place. In 1994, I saw both bands play together & found that Marilyn Manson was right up my alley...heavy, weird, theatrical, and impossible to ignore. I know every word on this album, including all the samples & the hidden answering machine message that closes it. It fostered an obsession with the group as I snatched up every interview I could & bought bootleg live albums in hopes of hearing more from them while waiting for their next proper album. Then the next album (Antichrist Superstar, as you may know) lost all the things that made me love them (a sense of fun beneath the darkness, an original sound, songs obviously written collaboratively instead of under Brian Warner's explicit directions, and aside from a few songs Daisy Berkowitz's guitar work) & it took a long time before I came back again.

Favorite song: "Snakeeyes and Sissies"
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People who added this item 155  Average listal rating (106 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
3. Purple - Stone Temple Pilots
Why isn't this album among the "1001 albums you need to hear before you die"? It should be.

Favorite song: "Kitchenware & Candybars"
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People who added this item 199  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
4. Vitalogy - Pearl Jam
The last Great Pearl Jam album. I love the experimentation throughout, and whatever drugs they were on were clearly working in their favor. After this everything started to sound like they were spinning their wheels to me & I'd be hard pressed to name a song written after Vitalogy. Oh yeah, "Worldwide Suicide" is one...beyond that???

Favorite song: "Satan's Bed"

NOTE: Lyrics available on youtube page for this song, not included in the video
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5. Ill Communication - Beastie Boys
I've always loved this album for the ways the B-Boys branch out their sound. There's a pair of hardcore/punk songs ("Heart Attack Man" and "Tough Guy"), some instrumentals, a little reggae, all of which seem to fit in nicely with their own unique brand of hip-hop. I also love this album for the lyrics, which are among their best.

Favorite song: "Get It Together"
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6. Rubberneck - Toadies
Favorite song: "I Burn" (though "Happyface" and "Velvet" tie for 2nd)


My thoughts on this album have already been expressed in the following lists: I was a preteen metalhead
Facts about my love for music

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7. Stranger Than Fiction - Bad Religion
One of the best punk albums of the '90s, and BR has still failed to create an album since that matches it.

Favorite song: "Hooray for Me"
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8. Weight - Rollins Band
Perhaps like many people, I got into Rollins Band via their most popular single "Liar", which came from this album. Pretty sure I first saw the video for it on Beavis & Butt-head too, a show that occasionally helped me find bands I wound up liking/loving regardless of their opinions on the songs. Anyway, I was pleased to find out that every song on here was just as good as that one & I keep coming back to the album even now. The only Rollins album that's better is End of Silence.

Favorite song: "Shine"
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9. John Henry - They Might Be Giants
TMBG expand their line-up beyond their original duo & turn out one of their best albums. Picking a favorite here wasn't easy.

Favorite song: "The End of the Tour"
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10. Natural Born Killers (Soundtrack) - Various artists
Trent Reznor hooks up with Oliver Stone & creates the audio version of Natural Born Killers. Dialogue from the film weaves in & out of each song, and despite the wide variety of song styles (among the artists included are Leonard Cohen, NIN, Jane's Addiction, Patsy Cline, Dr. Dre, Bob Dylan, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) it all works together well. Usually whenever I listen to this soundtrack in its entirety I feel like I've just watched the movie again by the end of it, rather than just a collection of songs.

Favorite song: "Sex Is Violent"
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11. Smash - Offspring
In 1994, this album came out along with Green Day's Dookie, and songs from both were unavoidable. I quickly got over Dookie & eventually decided it wasn't really that great, but Smash I've continued to enjoy ever since.

Favorite song: "Smash"
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12. Weezer (The Blue Album) - Weezer
I miss Weezer writing great songs.

Favorite song: "In the Garage"
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13. Liquor in the Front - Reverend Horton Heat
Possibly my favorite Rev. Horton Heat album.

Favorite song: "One Time for Me"


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14. Monster - R.E.M.
Rather than talk about this album I'll just say that the older I get the deeper appreciation I have for R.E.M.'s music.

Favorite song: "Crush with Eyeliner"
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15. Betty - Helmet
Helmet takes their hardcore/metal/punk sound & throws some jazz into the mix, which results in one of the best albums ever recorded.

Favorite song: "Vaccination"
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16. Far Beyond Driven - Pantera
The only thing holding this one back from a perfect score for me is the Black Sabbath cover that closes the album out. For whatever reason it's always felt out of place to me, and I've never cared much for it.

Favorite song: "Good Friends and a Bottle of Pills"


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17. Dummy - Portishead
I'm convinced that it's impossible for Portishead to create a bad album. Now let's hope they never prove me wrong.

Favorite song: "Roads"
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18. Korn - Korn
I loved Korn when they first came out, but over time their albums got progressively worse until I finally quit giving them a chance. Anyway, this album is still damn near perfect, the only "flaw" being that the final track "Daddy" goes on WAY longer than necessary & eventually wears out its welcome.

Favorite song: "Clown"
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People who added this item 30  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
19. Whip-Smart - Liz Phair
The first Liz Phair album I ever bought, and it launched one of the biggest crushes I've ever had on a musician. I like every song on this album, but I don't listen to it as often as I used to anymore.

Favorite song: "Support System"
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20. Rotting Pinata - Sponge
Fun fact: I bought tickets to 2 different concerts that Sponge played while touring behind this album. The first one was a day-long radio station festival where the weather was so awful we left right before their set. The second time around I didn't have anyone else to go with me & wasn't confident enough yet to drive to a show in downtown Dallas by myself, so I stayed home & missed it. Both shows I wanted to go to for other bands, though I would have watched Sponge play too had either one worked out. As a result I didn't buy this album until after I saw them in concert for their 2nd album in 1996.

Favorite song: "Miles"
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People who added this item 216  Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
21. Under the Pink - Tori Amos
A lot of Tori's fans will tell you that Little Earthquakes is a Great album. While I do like most of the songs on it, I feel like the two albums that followed it (this one and Boys for Pele) were better all around & thus more worthy of being deemed Great albums.

Favorite song: "Space Dog"
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22. Get It On - Tripping Daisy
A little live EP with only 5 songs on it, two of which came from Tripping Daisy's debut album Bill. The others are a cover of Bad Religion's "We're Only Gonna Die" and two original songs that to my knowledge can't be found on any of their other (official) releases.

Favorite song: "It's Safe, It's Social"
(Couldn't find any music for this EP.)

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23. Point Blank - Nailbomb
Nailbomb's short-lived career started here, with a blistering album of industrial thrash metal. Still brutal even now.

Favorite song: "For Fuck's Sake"
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24. Pulp Fiction - Various artists
Much like the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, this one has dialogue from the film. Unlike the aforementioned soundtrack, the dialogue only appears between songs but never during any of them. Doesn't matter though, as every song on here's a good one (the only one I'm not so crazy about is Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town", but I wouldn't say I dislike it).

Favorite song: "Flowers on the Wall" by The Statler Brothers
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25. Live Through This - Hole
Maybe Courtney ripped these songs off from Kurt, maybe not. I'm just glad it got recorded because there's not a bad song on here.

Favorite song: "She Walks On Me"
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Local Favorites


Rather than list these albums with the rest, I've split them off into their own section. If I hadn't lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area at the time, I would not have heard these albums & therefore don't expect anyone else to have heard them either.
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36. Love American Style - Caulk
Favorite song I could find: "Take It Down"
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37. Initiation - Course of Empire
I saw these guys live & fell in love with their sound instantly. Too bad they never got popular (and being on Zoo Records alongside Tool, Green Jello & others should have helped), though that may possibly be to blame on the cheesiness of the video for the single off this album, "Infested!".

Favorite song: "Apparition"
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
38. ...So Called the Cupboard's Bare - Doosu
Favorite song I could find: "Missle Toe"
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Comments

Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 8 8:22
Obviously it's not surprise to you that we share the same #1 spot. And on most days we share the same favorite song. Happy to see Purple and Vitology in the top 5 as well.

Stranger than Fiction is my favorite Bad Religion studio album. And then of course I love All Ages.

Pretty sure that if you were a teenage male geared toward the opposite sex and didn't have a crush/infatuation/lust for Liz Phair during the mid 90s then... that person just wasn't paying attention. But I think we've discussed that.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 10 1:03
That "Shine" song from Rollins Band is awesome! Under the Pink is my favorite Tori Amos album of the five I've heard. Also, the Weezer video's not working for me.

Lots of great artists picked for this one!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 11 1:07
@PK - Changed the Weezer video. Should be working now. :)

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