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November 8, 2021


Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 21 are from the year 1990.

To my pleasant surprise, it appears I’ve reviewed them already!

Which 1990 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 21 albums, enjoy!



21. Shamen – En-tact.

20. Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches.

Not really in a dancing mood to start the 1990 list? Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the mondays!

19. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out. Do Ladies Love Cool James? My focus group provided mixed results!



18. Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. It’s been (slightly longer than) 7 hours and 15 days since my last revisit.

17. Deee-Lite – World Clique. How do you say?

16. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. This Q-Tip is good for your ears!



15. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas. Their second of two.

14. Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour. Their second of three.

13. Megadeth – Rust in Peace. Their second of two.

12. Digital Underground- Sex Packets. Intriguing debut/concept album.

11. Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted. His first of two solo albums on the list.

10. Pixies – Bossanova. Their third of three.

9. Ride – Nowhere. Andy Bell would also go on to play in Oasis.

8. The Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker. AKA, Artist of the Week V #44!



7. Depeche Mode – Violator. Their 2nd of 2.

6. Sonic Youth – Goo. Or as Billy Madison would say, Goo!

5. The La’s – The La’s. Another quality self-titled debut.

4. Janes Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual. Their second of two.

3. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Ragged Glory. Not just a clever name, it is indeed both ragged & glorious.

2. George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. His second of two.

1. Public Enemy- Fear of a Black Planet. Their 2nd of 3 on the list, their finest hour in my opinion.


Verbalize the Positive

Somewhat surprisingly, I ended up going to my first concert in ages on Saturday.

And completely unsurprisingly, Blue Rodeo put on a great show, as they always do!

From → 1990s

  1. Crowes, Megadeth and Dee-Lite! Hows that for a triple play? lol. Cool you got out to a live show. Must have felt somewhat normal..

    • It was a bit surreal at first – and it was interesting to see the gratitude of the crowd.
      Normally for an opening act, there’s still a lot of empty seats. But this time, it was full from the start, we were all so happy to be back hearing live music!

  2. How diverse is that Top 5 and yet all so good!!

  3. Ragged Glory and Money Maker top two!

  4. There are a lot I don’t know very well here – Heaven or Las Vegas is my favourite of the albums I do know.

  5. I own more records from 1990 than any other year.

  6. Congrats on going to your first concert in a long time! I hope you stayed safe!

    • Thank you, Lana – it was good to be back, the masks didn’t reduce my enjoyment at all!

      • That’s good to know! I was curious about the masks myself, so thanks for bringing that up. I know some outdoor events don’t require masks, so I assumed indoor concerts would require masks.

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