Top 10 Albums of 1990

1990. It was the year that gave us the U.S. invasion of Panama, the merger that became Time Warner, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Windows 3.0, Universal Studios in Florida, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Gulf War.

1990 was also the year that I graduated high school.  Music was as much a part of my life than as it is now and a lot of great music was released that year.  Of course, there was a lot of horrible music that was released that year as well.

The biggest hits of the year were “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor (quite frankly, I like the Prince version better), “Vogue” by Madonna, and (yuck) “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. The highest selling album that year was Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.

Here is a list of my top 10 favorite albums that were released that year.  They are listed in chronological order by release date.

1. Flood – They Might Be Giants
Highlights: “Birdhouse in Your Soul” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” “Particle Man” “Whistling in the Dark” “Road Movie to Berlin”

2. Social Distortion – Social Distortion
Highlights: “So Far Away” “Story of My Life” “Sick Boys” “Ring of Fire” “Ball and Chain”

3. Violator – Depeche Mode
Highlights: “Sweetest Perfect” “Personal Jesus” “Halo” “Enjoy the Silence” “Policy of Truth”

4. Repeater – Fugazi
Highlights: “Turnover” “Repeater” “Blueprint” “Sieve-Fisted Find” “Greed”

5. Lucifuge – Danzig
Highlights: “Long Way Back from Hell” “Snaked of Christ” “Tired of Being Alive” “Her Black Wings” “Devil’s Plaything”

6. Pump Up the Volume Soundtrack
Highlights: “Everybody Knows” “Wave of Mutilation” “Kick Out the Jams” “Freedom of Speech” “Heretic”

7. Bossanova – Pixies
Highlights: “Cecilia Ann” “Velouria” “Allison” “Dig For Fire”

8. Raygun…Naked Raygun – Naked Raygun
Highlights: “Prepare to Die” “The Promise” “Holding You” “In My Head” “Terminal”

9. Against the Grain – Bad Religion
Highlights: “Modern Man” “Anesthesia” “Flat Earth Society” “Faith Alone” “Against the Grain” “Operation Rescue” “21st Century Digital Boy” “Walk Away”

10. Hold Me Up – Goo Goo Dolls
Highlights: “Laughing” “Just the Way You Are” “There You Are” “Never Take the Place of Your Man”

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