The Best Albums of 1995

In 1995, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s new band, the Foo Fighters, helped popularize the genre and define its parameters, becoming one of the most commercially successful rock bands in the US, aided by considerable airplay on MTV.[16] Some of the most successful post-grunge acts of the 90s were Candlebox, Bush, Collective Soul, Creed, Matchbox Twenty, Our Lady Peace, Foo Fighters, Live, and others. The genre would have another wave of successful acts throughout much of the early part of the next decade which includes bands like Nickelback, Creed, Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, and more. A famous album of the movement was the multi-platinum 1995 album Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette.  D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar was released in June 1995. Although sales were sluggish at first, the album was eventually a hit, due in large part to “Lady,” a top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, peaking at #10. Here are all of the 1995 albums ranked.

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10. The Infamous… (Mobb Deep)

“This is a defining act of East Coast hip-hop. A real unique take of the gangsta life, really coming into their own with super classy sampling, with properly refined narratives giving a clear insight into the life of these men. This is Mobb at their creative peak and they spin the tragedy and dangers of life so beautifully and tantalizingly, it’s so hard not to get caught up in the entire atmosphere of life in these times”

9. Elliott Smith (Elliott Smith)

“I disliked this on first listen. It wasn’t an attentive listen. Then I came back recently and focused on it. I liked it better. Then I found myself playing it on repeat. It’s fantastic, so tender, and more varied dynamically than Roman Candle. These songs build and grow while Roman Candle’s drone. I love both albums, but this one isn’t too short the way Roman Candle is.”

8. To Bring You My Love (PJ Harvey)

“Her best album in my opinion. It is also her heaviest and darkest, and she never fully returned to this sound again with only a few exceptions. Probably the most electric and interesting female artist in the past 25 years if you ask me, but I understand she isn’t for everyone, and a few of these songs, while they are all amazing, do go on just a wee bit too long.”

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7. Jagged Little Pill (Alanis Morissette)

“Very influential album packed with great tunes angst and anger. Great bass on the standout track you oughta know. ‘Are you thinking of me when you …. her’ probably not !!! Her new album is a return to form after her debut follows up disaster which was a dirge.”

6. Liquid Swords (GZA)

“A pure vintage that matures with age. The ultimate pairing of MC and producer. This slays even the best. Line after line. if you don’t think this is at the pinnacle then you possibly haven’t given it enough plays. I am the body dropper, heartbeat stopper, child educator plus head amputator…”

5. Post (Björk)

“This is my favorite Björk album I’ve heard yet. Every song is great, don’t know why people are saying it’s a mixed bag. There’s also a significantly darker tone than Debut or Vespertine, especially on the opener. Hyperballad is an amazing tune.”

4. Different Class (Pulp)

“Sophisticated, but at the same time brilliantly catchy. This album accomplishes what the Beatles did 50 years ago. While musically very different, the Beatles were able to merge pop/rock music with higher art/intellectual sensibilities, Jarvis Cocker here does the same with Different Class.”

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3. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins)

“It’s hard to rate this against Siamese Dream because Siamese Dream is almost a perfect album. I think it’s better just because there’s so much more to choose from though. Pop songs, soft songs, synth songs, heavy songs, grunge songs, etc. Not to mention, when I really think about it, I like the singles off Melon Collie better than the singles off Siamese Dream.”

2. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (Oasis)

“For me, this album is the best of everything what Oasis ever did. High quality remaster of songs like Don’t look back in anger, Wonderwall, Some might say, Morning glory, Cast no shadow and Champagne supernova? What’s more to say. Album with no flaws. Second disc contains “B”-sides like Talk tonight, The Masterplan or Acquiesce and some remixes.”

1. The Bends (Radiohead)

“The Bends is an easily discernible maturation for the group as the songwriting becomes more poignant and the musicianship undergoes a colossal leap forward. It was in the finest details of The Bends where the band had carved out their sound and, more importantly, their confidence.”