The brilliant debut album from Ben Folds Five which was just completely out of time, unlike Daz I was never really an ELO fan so this was pretty much a new sound for me but I just totally went with it,introduced to me by my DJ mates just loved 'Underground' so much. The album didn't chart though.
This is the album were Prodigy really arrived for me, just full of dance anthems, this is some of the best dance music of the 90s and you can see why they became as big as they did with tracks like 'Poison' which crossed over to rock/industrial fans and then they had pure house tracks like 'One Love' but the one I feature is my favourite. This their 2nd album was a UK number one.
There is no denying that one track is just in a different league from everything else on this record so much so that maybe I should not have included this, and certainly not above 'Midnite Vultures' which was a more complete album. You can see sparks of genius but really its all about this song. The album reached #12 in the Us and #41 in the UK.
In 1993 classic rock and hair metal was not going down quitely and Aerosmith managed to make one last great album, I think its very underated as it barely has a weak track but these days it is most famous for its big power ballads featuring Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler in the video. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK and has sold about 7 million worldwide.
Its almost been like Brit Pop never happened so far in this top 300 but here is the first true Brit Pop band, Cardigans of course were honorary members of the scene. Well what an album this is , just full of indie disco bangers. I hate that they were so derided as they were masters of the 4 minute indie floorfiller and of course one of the very best Brit Pop ballads so many good songs it is hard to choose a video. This their second album was their biggest hit reaching #8 in the UK. Ok lack of vids on YouTube means we will use this.
You know when people say do you support Rangers or Celtic, I say Aberdeen or if they say would had the best Brit Pop single Blur or Oasis, I will say Pulp. Well people ask who was the best grunge band Nirvana or Pearl Jam and I say Screaming Trees. Yes I am awkward and contrary. I loved doing that I felt they were my little secret, Mark Lanegan is one of the best rock vocalists ever though. This album is only so low as I have not played it enough lately. It reached #32 in the UK.
After the difficult listen of 'Rid Of Me' I was glad that P J Harvey made a more accessible third album and this album has probably my 3rd favourite P J Harvey song on it. The album reached #12 in the UK and #40 in the US and went gold.
Controversial I know but I really am not that into Paul Weller anymore. His 90s singles and this album in particular was a major soundtrack of my student and Edinburgh days but i feel no great urge to play it now.But it was a big part of my life so it had to be included.The album reached #2 in the UK.
The term before their time gets bandied about a lot but The Beloved where really head of the curve being a pop band who made dance music and also a sound which wouldn't get bigger until later in the 90s which is the sound of Ibiza. 'Happiness' has ambient dance tracks and full blown pop anthems. Both sides are so different I can't decide which sound to feature as the video. The album reached #14 in the US.
The Brit Pop era through up many different sounds on the fringes and made many unlikely bands successful. None were more odd that the 60s styled french vocalled Stereolab. I guess they were the ultimate hipster band, stick on Stereolab album for instant indie cool. But in with the weird instruments and sounds they are beautiful and catchy songs. They have more records to come, thistheir 4th album reached #27 in the UK. Lets have them on Jools Holland.
We have such a long way to go on this. Well they are back in my chart but this is their debut album from 1996, which features all their early singles as well as their breakthrough hit ' Inbetweener'. Sleeper have that same thing that many Brit Pop bands have for em now, they just don't excite me anymore. I really believe modern indie music is so much better than this. Only early single 'Swallow' and live favourite 'Bedhead' have any kind of edge to it. The album reached #5 in the UK. Only high quality video is this, she was lovely though.
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Their 2nd more pop focused second album, I missed 'Forgiven not Forgotten' which was a really good album as well. I guess Corrs are viewed as a guilty pleasure, i don't see why, as they just make quality folk pop music. this album reached number one in the UK. As I prefer the folk stuff over the pure pop, I have to feature this.
Another appearance for Carter they have one more to come. I must admit I thought their debut album was much better and I really wasn't a big fan of most of the singles they chose but as an album it was great. The album reached #8 in the UK and I will feature this Pet shop Boys influenced single.
With grunge still very big, Dinosaur Jnr made their most commercial album yet and probably ever. Full of MTV anthems like 'Start Choppin'. It is arguable that they have made better albums, but this is possibly their best single. It reached #10 in the UK and #50 in the US.
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It is interesting to see who I still listen to 20 years later and although I don't really play Sleeper or Carter, I often play this album. They never got the acclaim of fellow trip hoppers Portishead, Tricky or Massive attack and are often only remembered for the remix of 'Spin Spin Sugar' but I like the lighter moments, just love her voice. The album reached #27 in the UK.
First of we can say that this was not the album we wanted from Pulp at the time but in hindsight it was the right way to go, in listening to it now its not a million miles away from the last Arctic Monkeys album, all Bowie and lounge influences and a bit of darkness. Most of these songs still sound fresh unlike the played out 'Common People' and 'Disco 2000'. It still of course went straight to number one.
Their previous two albums would probably both be in my top 20 albums of the 80s certainly top 40 but maybe due to the cheese fest of 'All I Wanna Do..' I didn't buy this album at the time. I have since listened to it a lot in the Spotify age and its a very fine record but maybe we were all just moving on. It still made #3 in the Us and UK. Their next album though I have still never listened to and neither did many others, lost in the new world of grunge, it may have some gems on it. Possible Haven Factor entry maybe..they would storm the sing offs.
Wow I haven't listened to this in a long long time, it is damn classy. I think the slower moments and the less obvious collabs sound the best these days but it is a bit of an electronica classic but must admit there was only one song I remembered without playing the album again. The album reached #4 in the UK and the featured track i think is the best thing Ian Brown has done outwith The Stone Roses.
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we will have a few second wave grunge bands on this list and Live were certainly one of the better ones. This was their 2nd album and worldwide breakthrough. If you were a fan of Pearl Jam you liked Live as well and this album as so many anthems on it. It was a US chart topper in 1994 but didn't fair so well here only reaching #37.