The following are all Rock albums (with a few ‘Indie’ ones thrown in), released in an 8 year period between 1986 and 1993. Can anyone claim to having owned them all?
1) The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
The Smiths’ third album, and widely considered to be their best.
2) U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
Just take a look at the first 3 tracks on this album; ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, and ‘With Or Without You’. Enough said.
3) Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987)
Blistering rock from one of the definitive bands of the era. Kicking off with ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ and also featuring ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, this is an album never to be forgotten.
4) Pixies – Surfer Rosa (1988)
An inspirational album that Pixies fans will never get tired of listening to.
5) The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
The quality and consistency of the tracks on this album is quite sensational, ensuring that The Stone Roses debut would go down in history. Such a shame that the ‘Second Coming’ couldn’t live up to its name.
6) Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
Nasty, dirty, brilliant sounds from the genius that is Trent Reznor.
7) The La’s – The La’s (1990)
The genius of the troubled Lee Mavers shone through in this album that still sounds as good today as it did in 1990.
8) Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
What more is there to say about this album? A touchstone for a generation of music fans across the globe, this 24 million selling album could only increase in importance following Kurt Cobain’s death 3 years after its release.
9) My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
Two years in the making, My Bloody Valentine’s second album is considered by many to be a classic.
10) Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Sexy, funky rock from Anthony Kiedis and the rest of Chillis.
11) Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)
Pearl Jam’s debut album that included the classic tracks ‘Even Flow’ and ‘Jeremy’.
12) Metallica – Metallica (1991)
Commonly known as ‘The Black Album’, this was Metallica’s 5th offering that turned them into stadium headliners. Featured the classic tracks ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’.
13) Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
Rock meets dance in this seminal album that still sounds fresh 25 years later.
14) R.E.M. – Automatic For The People (1992)
The album that thrust R.E.M. into orbit, featuring the hits ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite’, ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Man On The Moon’.
15) Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine (1992)
Rock met hip-hop in this thrilling, politically motivated classic.
16) Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
As soon as you heard the ‘Cherub Rock’ riff start up you knew you were listening to something special, and the rest of the album didn’t disappoint either.