Top Ten Albums of the 90’s

Top Ten Albums of the 90’s

Currently, I have three or four partially written blogs about really important spiritual things – you know what I mean –  the kind of stuff pastors are supposed to write about. I’ll finish those sooner or later, but I thought I’d deviate a bit from normal.

Truthfully, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic tonight while sipping on cheap chardonnay so I thought I’d share with you (in light of my church’s current 90’s themed series “It’s The End of The World As We Know It”) my top ten albums of the 90’s!

Here we go…

Bleach – Self-titled 

Hands down, no doubt about it, my all-time favorite Christian band. In an era when the Christian market was simply trying to create alternatives to secular bands, Bleach was doing their own thing. Their self-titled album found them finally comfortable in their own skin. While their fourth album, “Again, for the First Time” is my personal favorite, it didn’t make the cut as it was released in 2002.

Third Eye Blind – Self-titled

Motorcycle Drive By. God of Wine. Those two songs. Need I say more?

Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape

There are so many things to love about this album. It’s nearly perfect from top to bottom. Every Foo album is measured against this one, and let’s be honest, they never measure up. If I were forced to choose my favorite 90’s album, this would be hard to argue against.

Cake – Fashion Nugget

Has a band existed with a more defined sound?

“You don’t know how lucky you are – though my record may say it – no one will play it – sad songs and waltzes aren’t selling this year”

Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever, Amen

Ben Folds is a genius. Over the years I’ve grown more partial to his solo work, but Whatever and Ever, Amen was my introduction to Folds, so it had to make the list. Folds holds the place of “Ryan’s second favorite songwriter” and if you knew me as a college junior I probably forced you to watch his live DVD in my friend Seth’s living room.

Counting Crows – August & Everything After

In a previous blog I mentioned that I tried to name my son, Asher, “Duritz” after the Counting Crows’ front man. Where Ben Folds holds the title “Ryan’s second favorite songwriter” Duritz has, for as far back as I can recall, been my favorite. To me, August & Everything After is a perfect album.

Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Just a great album, from beginning to end. Who doesn’t love “wonderwall”… even if we have no idea what it’s actually about?

Weezer – Pinkerton

This was a hard one. The blue album is a classic… but this is my top ten list! So Pinkerton makes the list. I don’t know if the rumors are true but I heard that Rivers Cuomo laid down all the guitar parts on his first take… that in and of itself is pretty remarkable.

(Ten minute break while I google if that’s true or not)

Ok, I don’t think that’s true.

Jimmy Eat World – Clarity

Before Bleed American caught everyone’s attention JEW had already written an album that should have caught everyone’s attention. Get on Spotify right now and listen to this record. So good. So, so good.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

A double disc album with multiple hits. Huge hits. This album tugged at all the emotions. It made you angry and sentimental all at the same time. You probably want to listen to it right now, don’t you?

There you go! What’s your top ten?

Husband to Jenn. Dad to Story, Journey, Asher. Lead pastor at First Christian Church, Canton.



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