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November 24, 2021


Of the ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,’ 22 are from the year 1999.

And it appears that I’ve reviewed all of them already!

Which 1999 albums are the most essential to hear again?

Ranked by their essential-ness, here’s how I’d prioritize revisiting these 22 albums, enjoy!



22. Basement Jaxx – Remedy. More likely to listen to The Black Crowes’ Remedy.

21. Les Rhymes Digitales – Darkdancer. Chances are I’d revisit Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark first.

20. Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin.

19. Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill.

18. Suba – São Paulo Confessions.

17. Slipknot – Slipknot. Wait & Bleed was a standout track.

16. Death in Vegas – Contino Sessions.

15. Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time. I am one day older than her.

14. Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun. I believe Iceland wins the prize for most 1001-listed albums per capita!

13. Incubus – Make Yourself.

12. Beth Orton – Central Reservation. If I hear this Beth calling, I’d be pleased to revisit.

11. Moby – Play. Also a recent artist of the week.



10. Le Tigre – Le Tigre. The Derek Zoolander Le Tigre ‘look’ association doesn’t hurt.

9. Metallica – S & M. Their 4th of 4.

8. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness.

7. Shack – H.M.S. Fable.

Both new-to-me & up my street.

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication. I suspected that their preferred state would be referenced once or twice – my hypothesis & study results are below!


My hypothesis


Actual results


5. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP. Hey kids, do you like Primus?

4. XTC – Apple Venus Volume 1. I could see listening to Easter Theatre being an annual holiday tradition.

3. Travis – The Man Who. Especially the first half.

2. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin. Their 1st of 2.

1. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs. Especially the Stephin Merritt vocal tracks.


Verbalize the Positive

I’ve had Blur’s End of a Century in my head as I typed this 1999 list – and that’s far from a complaint!

From → 1990s

  1. Goodness me. I have three of your top four. Amazing!

    • You may be a man of the 90s after all, Bruce!
      And if you’re only going to have 3 from the list, those are 3 fine ones to have

  2. A lot of this stuff I’m indifferent to, but Easter Theater and The Soft Bulletin is an amazing top end.

    • I think we’re of one mind – most other 90s years would be superior in terms of overall quantity + quality. But the standouts here, amazing!

  3. Love the RHCP visuals here Geoff! Great stuff!

    • My thanks, Deke – I was pleased to be proved wrong that the RHCP lyrics did have a bit more variety than anticipated!

  4. Metallica, RHCP and Britney…that is a great list!!! I was really getting back in to music again by this point and Napster was in full swing…I believe!

    • I believe this was the peak Napster era!
      It’s funny, this was when I was starting to drift a bit from current music. So if you missed some of the mid-90s acts & I missed the later years, between us, we’ve got the decade covered!

  5. jprobichaud permalink

    The hidden track on The Man Who might still be my favourite by the group.

    • I also appreciated how they anticipated criticism of sounding like wonderwall by referencing wonderwall in the opening lyrics!

  6. Shack XTC and the Flaming Lips. Enough said.

    • I sometimes think these late 90s years were weaker overall – but when the albums (like those) were good, they were great!

  7. Very cool. Of course I’d put RHCP in the top 5, and probably that Sigur Ros too (at the risk of sounding pretentious lol).

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