To respond to Jeff's comment on my last blog about GNR's Use Your Illusion I/II, I thought of that. I did. But I've had the discussion with people many times about which double album was better, GNR or Smashing Pumpkins. I will say that Pumpkins had a better album and it will take an entire new blog to cover this point so I won't go into it here. Hell, I owned GNR and not Pumpkins, but Mellon Collie was still a better album.
And now back to the list:
If you were between the ages of 12 and 52, you wore this album out in the mid-90's. Wore it out! It introduced punk to a whole new demographic who didn't listen to the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, or The Ramones. The trio re-invented punk into the pop mainstream and created chart topping hits, which is unheard of for the genre.
Weezer-Weezer (The Blue Album)
Just listen to the opening chords of the album from My Name is Jonas. The simple guitar licks going into a rocking movement of electricity and drums will change your life. Money back guarantee. Each song makes you wonder if it's rock n' roll, pop, indie, or at times even beach music. Every track is addicting and laced with easy to rhyme lyrics that will have you singing in the shower. Weezer made it cool to be the geeky college kid again.
Ok. You might want to know why it's not Nevermind. When you can take a hard core alternative pioneer and give them acoustic guitars and they still kick ass, you have a legend. They even took a David Bowie tune, The Man who Sold the World, unplugged it, slowed it down, and still made it work. The entire album is genius.
Alanis Morrisette-Jagged Little Pill
Now some of you might disagree with this, but I promise you that 8 out of 10 people on the street owned this album. Including your grandmother. Alanis Morrisette was a welcome reprieve to the sappy women singers of the decade. She made angry chick rock cool again, but also showed her vocal talent on the few almost acoustic songs on the album. Jagged Little Pill is one of the last albums to hear a girl rock out without the bubble gum studio tracks behind it.
But that's just This Girl talking...