Top 10 Alternative Albums Of the ’90s

Pearl Jam perform at the Bonnaroo festival in 2016. Photo by RMV/REX/Shutterstock (5734314ag)

Remember the 90s? Regardless of whether you were around during that period or not, you probably know that those years were a pretty unusual time to be alive.

It was a period of history so distinctive and fascinating that is incomparable to any other before or after, and a turbulent ride that continues to inspire modern culture today.

The decade saw the rise of many new styles and a great evolution of the styles that dominated in the late 80s, making it one of the most musically fertile periods so far.

In the early 90s, grunge was sweeping the music scene, with bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana entering the mainstream with their raw, unpolished charm, but later into the decade, alternative rock took the lead.

But the 90s weren’t only the golden years of alt-rock (which is celebrated on our list today) – they also gave us some of the greatest artists in rap music ever. Starting with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, rap music’s popularity skyrocketed, giving birth to remarkable rap artists like Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Notorious BIG and many more.

In case you need a reminder, here’s out 10 favorite rock albums of the decade.

Nevermind – Nirvana (1991)

Ten – Pearl Jam (1991)

In Utero – Nirvana (1993)

Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

Metallica – Metallica (1991)

OK Computer – Radiohead (1997)

Dookie – Green Day (1994)

Superunknown – Soundgarden (1994)

Siamese Dream – The Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

Dirt – Alice in Chains (1992)