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Top of the Pops: Five 90s Albums You Must Own

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Grand Prix - Teenage Fanclub

Glasgow's finest produced the 90s' most underrated album and their best with this 1995 effort. Full of catchy melodies, signature guitar pop and pitch-perfect harmonies it became a benchmark for other bands to follow, although few ever did. Surprisingly still not everyone in the world has heard it and therefore it remains waiting to be discovered by another generation of 'fannies'.

Defining Track -

- The most sublimely perfect pop song ever.

Hidden Gem -

- A tinkling guitar riff brings a great track full circle.

What's the Story? (Morning Glory) - Oasis

Taking all the headlines the same year though was the Manchesterboy's career defining high point. After the critical success of "Definitely Maybe" Noel Gallagher created 10 tracks which were sung out across student halls, rowdy pubs and crowded terraces.

Defining Track -

- Probably everyone can play it.

Hidden Gem -

should have been just as huge.

Different Class - Pulp

Obviously a stand out year for albums, 1995 also saw Britain's third most popular Britpop band wow Glastonbury and release this darkly comic record. Crammed with Jarvis Cocker's lyrical wordplay and some very catchy tunes, it became their biggest seller and a Mercury winner.

Defining Track -

- Any student of the 90s can sing this word for word.

Hidden Gem -

- A three minute anti-love love song which stands out among their best.

OK Computer - Radiohead

After the success of The Bends Radiohead waited two years to release their best album, the epic OK Computer. With its genre-shifting 'Paranoid Android' leading the way they tapped into the musical yearning of a generation disappointed by Oasis' third effort and gave us something to love being sad about.

Defining Track -

- Probably one of the best songs ever written. No argument.

Hidden Gem -

has beautiful melodies, haunting harmonies anda legion of quiet admirers.

New Adventures in Hi-Fi - REM

Probably not the 90s REM album everyone owns - that would be Automatic for the People - but this darker effort ranks alongside their better early works. The fact that it was recorded while promoting the Monster tour speaks volumes about their creativity, although the album has an extra special significance, being the last with all four original members. If you own the more successful Automatic... and have never heard this better 'sequel' of sorts then get ready for the new adventure.

Defining Track -

showcases the band's dark acoustic sound.

Hidden Gem - Any of the others, although a rare Michael Stipe Love song in Be Mine is a forgotten classic.

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oooh Dan you've opened a can a worms with this one. Are we saying these are the 5 best albums of the 90s? Nirvana - Nevermind?

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I actually rate His 'n' Hers over Different Class. It's still a great album though.

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Sorry - I'm not a Nirvana fan so in answer to your original question YES! I do like His 'n' Hers though!

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Actually, This is Hardcore also rates as a classic in my book. I loves me some Pulp!

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Interesting stuff. I have to disagree about 'No Surprises' though - 'Airbag', 'Paranoid Android', 'Karma Police', 'Lucky', and of course 'Let Down' are all better songs imho.

I think if I had to name 5, off the top of my head, I'd go for Grand...

Interesting stuff. I have to disagree about 'No Surprises' though - 'Airbag', 'Paranoid Android', 'Karma Police', 'Lucky', and of course 'Let Down' are all better songs imho.

I think if I had to name 5, off the top of my head, I'd go for Grand Prix, Pavement's Crooked Rain, Pixies' Trompe Le Monde, The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs and Bjork's Post. Oh, and His 'n' Hers.

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It's almost impossible to pick just 5 from a whole decade but I'll go for, in no particular order, Nirvana - Nevermind, Beck - Odelay, Radiohead - The Bends, Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual and Beastie Boys - Ill Communication. Then...

It's almost impossible to pick just 5 from a whole decade but I'll go for, in no particular order, Nirvana - Nevermind, Beck - Odelay, Radiohead - The Bends, Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual and Beastie Boys - Ill Communication. Then again I could say Daft Punk - Homework, DJ Shadow - Endtroducing, Rage Against The Machine and Suede debuts, Pavement - Crooked Rain, Slint - Spiderland, Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet, Sonic Youth - Dirty, Pulp Different Class. I could go on and on...

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ooh Dan, not sure about any of those, I'd even say all except Radiohead have made a better album that the one's listed (e.g Pulp-This is Hardcore, TFC-Bandwagonesque etc)
My five would be:
1. Low - Secret Name
2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3....

ooh Dan, not sure about any of those, I'd even say all except Radiohead have made a better album that the one's listed (e.g Pulp-This is Hardcore, TFC-Bandwagonesque etc)
My five would be:
1. Low - Secret Name
2. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
3. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
4. Sebadoh - Bakesale
5= Telstar Ponies- In the Space of A Few Minutes
5= Stereolab - Tranisent Random Noise Bursts With Annoucements

closely followed by: Bjork - Homogenic, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Barafundle, Piano Magic - Low Birth Weight, Mercury Rev-Yerself Is Steam, Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One - I recommend them all very highly and like Bob I could go on and on and on....

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I'd also put a vote for Magoo - Vote The Pacifist Ticket Today - a fav of John Peel and lo-fi at its finest

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It's obviously tricky to pick just five albums from the 90s but here goes;

1. Blur- Modern Life is Rubbish (1993)
2. Sparklehorse- Good Morning, Spider (1998)
3. Bongwater- The Power of Pussy (1990)
4. Pixies- Trompe Le Monde (1991)
5. Mansun-...

It's obviously tricky to pick just five albums from the 90s but here goes;

1. Blur- Modern Life is Rubbish (1993)
2. Sparklehorse- Good Morning, Spider (1998)
3. Bongwater- The Power of Pussy (1990)
4. Pixies- Trompe Le Monde (1991)
5. Mansun- Six (1998)

I'd say those five were pretty essential...

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Ooookay... After careful deliberation, I think my top five would be:

1. When I was Born for the Seventh Time - Cornershop
2. His 'n' Hers - Pulp
3. Tigermilk - Belle & Sebastian
4. Modern Life is Rubbish - Blur
5. Parklife - Blur

That's...

Ooookay... After careful deliberation, I think my top five would be:

1. When I was Born for the Seventh Time - Cornershop
2. His 'n' Hers - Pulp
3. Tigermilk - Belle & Sebastian
4. Modern Life is Rubbish - Blur
5. Parklife - Blur

That's right, I went for double Blur! Wotchoogonnadooboutit? Just bubbling under: Protection - Massive Attack, Dummy - Portishead, Moon Safari - Air

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