1994 was a great year for music (and I can’t believe it’s already been 20 years already).
So here is a 20th anniversary list of the best albums of that year. They are listed here in alphabetical order.
1. American Recordings – Johnny Cash
Highlights: Delia’s Gone. Thirteen. The Beast in Me.
2. American Thighs – Veruca Salt
Highlights: Seether. All Hail Me. Victrola. Sleeping Where I Want. Spiderman 79.
3. Betty – Helmet
Highlights: Wilma’s Rainbow. Milquetoast. Sam Hell. Vaccination.
4. The Crow Soundtrack – Various artists
Highlights: Big Empty (Stone Temple Pilots). Dead Souls (Nine Inch Nails). Darkness of Greed (Rage Against the Machine). Color Me Once (Violent Femmes). Ghostrider (Rollins Band). Milktoast (Helmet). The Badge (Pantera).
5. Divine Intervention – Slayer
Highlights: Killing Fields. Sex Murder Art. Fictional Reality. Dittohead. Divine Intervention.
6. The Division Bell – Pink Floyd
Highlights: What Do You Want From Me. Take It Back. Keep Talking. Lost for Words. High Hopes.
8. Ill Communication – Beastie Boys
Highlights: Sure Shot. Root Down. Sabotage.
9. Monster – R.E.M.
Highlights: What’s the Frequency Kenneth. Crush with Eyeliner. Strange Currencies. Bang and Blame.
8. Punk in Drublic – NOFX
Highlights: Linoleum. Don’t Call Me White. Perfect Government. The Brews.
10. Purple – Stone Temple Pilots
Highlights: Vasoline. Interstate Love Song. Pretty Penny. Big Empty. Unglued. Army Ants.
11. Stranger Than Fiction – Bad Religion
Highlights: Incomplete. Stranger Than Fiction. Tiny Voices. Infected. Individual. Marked. Inner Logic.
12. Superunknown – Soundgarden
Highlights: Let Me Drown. Fell on Black Days. Superunknown. Black Hole Sun. Spoonman. Limo Wreck. The Day I Tried to Live.
13. Throwing Copper – Live
Highlights: The Dam at Otter Creek. Selling the Drama. I Alone. Lightning Crashes. Shit Towne.
14. Weezer – Weezer
Highlights: My Name is Jonas. The World Has Turned and Left Me Here. In the Garage. Holiday. Only in Dreams.
Some Honorable Mentions:
Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star – Sonic Youth
Jar of Flies – Alice in Chains
Bakesale – Sebadoh
Reality Bites Soundtrack – Various artists
The Good, the Bad & the Argyle – The Bouncing Souls
Weight – Rollins Band