Best of 1990

Top 20 albums of 1990:

1. The Connells- One Simple Word

When taking an art class as a freshman at Samford University the professor gave us the freedom to play music of our choice. In hindsight, I can't believe he did this, but what an amazing opportunity to share and discover. My friend Mike brought in One Simple Word, and I fell in love with instantly. In fact, me asking him what album it was might have been the beginning of our friendship. Over the next few years I would go on to see the Connells in concert a couple times, once in Birmingham and once in Chattanooga.

2. The 77's- Sticks and Stones

3. Toad the Wet Sprocket- Pale

Debatably a 1989 release, as it had a short independent run before being widely released in 1990.

4. The Sundays- Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

5. Adam Again- Homeboys

6. The Swoon- The Swoon

7. The Choir- Circle Slide

8. Fugazi- Repeater

9. Helmet- Strap It On

10. Depeche Mode- Violator

11. The Breeders- Pod

12. Jane's Addiction- Ritual de lo Habitual

13. Cocteau Twins- Heaven or Las Vegas

14. Sinead O'Connor- I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

15. The Pixies- Bossonova

16. The La's- The La's

When researching this post, I had never heard any other song by the La's except for "There She Goes." This album is strong all the way through though, and had the band lasted longer they would be known for more than their one hit. As I have written about extensively, I has always been upset Sixpence None the Richer recorded and released a cover of "There She Goes." Now I am even more upset because the song was only seven years old! Argh.

17. Sonic Youth- Goo

18. A Tribe Called Quest- People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

19. Public Enemy- Fear of a Black Planet

20. Petra- Beyond Belief

I can't imagine listening to this album in full today, and it might be embarrassing for me to even mention it here. However, Petra was the first rock band I was a fan of, and another Petra album was the first compact disc I ever purchased. My Petra phase only lasted a couple years, but they led me to discovering more "legitimate" music.