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Tune into a 1990s music station and feel the thrill of the diverse music styles. The 90s had everyone from George Strait and Kurt Cobain to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and TLC, creating a unique sound to that decade of iconic music. Here is a list of the most influential music albums of the 1990s.


Alanis Morisette, Jagged Little Pill- 1995


Jagged Little Pill was something most people have never heard—Alanis Morisette’s unique music style combined with songs that were different. The album sold 33 million copies internationally. The singles were such hits they lasted two years. This album showed female anger in a totally different way. Women felt empowered by the songs. This masterpiece of Alanis Morisette’s is one of the best albums of all time.


Madonna, Ray of Light – 1998


Madonna wasn’t going anywhere after her 80s hits, hitting back hard with Ray Of Light. Madonna blew everyone away with her different mainstream dance electronic music. She separated herself from the pop bunch with songs like “Mer Girl.” “Frozen” was the breakout single of this album, but there were so many amazing songs on it that you can’t single out too many.


TLC, CrazySexyCool – 1994


TLC had everyone fooled that they were a pop group. They proved with CrazySexyCool that they weren’t one-hit-wonders. It was one of the best hip-hop albums ever and one of the best selling of all time. With “Creep” and “Waterfalls,” they showed that women could play the game. Everything they sang seemed to turn to gold.


Eminem, The Slim Shady LP – 1999


Eminem hit the stage at the end of the 90s with The Slim Shady. He busted out of the shadow of Vanilla Ice as a white rapper that could rap with the best of them. He had unique lyrics with a gangster style, and his rap songs climbed the charts quickly and didn’t go anywhere. Some people hated his lyrics while others praised them. Eminem was the Real Slim Shady.


Nirvana, Nevermind – 1991


Nirvana defined grunge music. This alternative rock sound was new and different, selling 30 million copies around the world.  This one album produced many memorable singles, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” became an anthem to many. Kurt Cobain was officially a breakout star.