15 REASONS WHY 1993 WAS THE BEST YEAR IN MUSIC.
Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" becomes the longest-running #1 single of all time, Counting Crows debuts, Nirvana play their MTV Unplugged, and Crash Test Dummies dominate with that "Mmm Mmm Mmm" song. Meanwhile, these are 15 albums from 1993 that shaped music, culture, and who I am today. Whoomp! There it is.
- •Primus :: "Pork Soda"What I loved about '90s music was the experimentation. Genres bended and scenes collided. Primus was so strange and unique in their stoney funky way - I'm not sure how Les Claypool and Co. would be received today. Every album got better, their sound crystallized, until this one finally broke through to mainstream radio with "My Name is Mud" and "DMV."
- •Cypress Hill :: "Black Sunday"Hip-hop was also testing its boundaries as these stoner Latino L.A. locals topped the charts with "Insane in the Brain." Their cover art was foreboding and lent to the music's dangerous nature. The parental advisory sticker was the cherry on top.
- •Judgment Night - soundtrackSome say this is where rap-rock originated. A totally forgettable Emilio Estevez movie begets a landmark album of rockstars and rappers collaborating on a new, innovative sound. Slayer and Ice-T. Pearl Jam and Cypress Hill. Helmet and House of Pain. In 1993, having this tape in your backpack was tantamount to contraband.
- •Quicksand :: "Slip"Post-hardcore/metal outfit Quicksand is a Top 5 favorite band of mine, so maybe this one's a little subjective. But not if you ask indie/hardcore/emo kids who were around at the time. Quicksand crossed borders in the punk underground and developed a raw sound and style that has yet to be replicated.
- •Radiohead :: "Pablo Honey"Their Britpoppy debut that gets swept under the rug compared to their later seminal work. But I adore this album, even as much as I hate "Creep." At their heart, Radiohead is a saccharine, melodic rock-and-roll band.
- •Snoop Doggy Dogg :: "Doggystyle"Snoop's first album - completely misshaped my world view on women, weed, and the West. And I loved every second of every track.
- •Frank Black :: "Frank Black"This was his first album after departing from The Pixies. "Los Angeles" is on here. Lots of UFO stuff also.
- •Janet Jackson :: "janet."Beyoncé before Beyoncé.
- •A Tribe Called Quest :: "Midnight Marauders"Following up their classic "Low End Theory," "Midnight Marauders" was also met with resounding critical acclaim, and solidified Tribe in the annals of hip-hop history.
- •Tool :: "Undertow"Basically, this entire list could be the next Coachella lineup, but Tool should be the headliner.
- •Björk :: "Debut"A misnomer, this is actually the Icelandic singer's sophomore effort, and would become her best-selling of all. Her biggest hits "Human Behaviour" and "Big Time Sensuality" are on this record.
- •Pennywise :: "Unknown Road"Throughout the '90s, this record was what wife-beatered bros with bleached spikes and Arnette sunglasses would listen to as they tailgated in their white pickup trucks in the snowboarding resort parking lot. The soundtrack to the Southern California boardsports explosion.
- •10,000 Maniacs :: "Unplugged"Natalie Merchant also announces she's quitting the band.
- •Wu-Tang Clan :: "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)"The Wu enters. One of the greatest rap albums of all time? Yes.
- •Souls of Mischief :: "'93 til Infinity"These Bay Area hometown heroes were the centerpiece of the world famous Hieroglyphics crew - my favorite hip-hop collective (yes, even over Wu). They knew all the way back then that '93 was gonna make its mark on music history.