i dont know if this has already been discussed/argued, but i was flipping through my CDs tonight and decided to compile a list: 10. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP -- controversial, yes, but he is, IMO, the most talented rapper to date. this is his first major studio album, and being that, it is true to who he really is. this was recorded before everyone could comment on his lyrics and before he could feed off the media's infatuation with him, which angered his tone a little and caused a declination in his work. 9. Pearl Jam - Ten -- a great CD that everyone loves. they, along with Nirvana, helped usher in the era of grunge. 8. Metallica - S&M -- although others have tried, none sounded better with a live orchestra than Metallica. the 2-discs in this set are extraordinary works of art! Metallica is one of the best bands in the past 30 years, and their hits never sounded better on this live masterpiece. i highly recommend picking up the concert on DVD-- it's absolutely breathtaking! 7. Rage Against the Machine (self-titled) -- another music-shifting album that paved the way for alot of the popular rap-metal bands today. Rage were pioneers of rock, as well as completely fundamentalist liberals. they sang and played about stuff they truly believed in, and they very much deserve the #7 spot. 6. Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets -- raw talent in its most refined state. it's hard not to love this band! 5. Radiohead - OK Computer -- hailed as the band's best work by many, i believe it provided a great transition from the more grungy The Bends to their newer work. an excellent album...after you listen to it a few times. 4. Nirvana - Nevermind -- Nirvana brought about one of the largest changes in music history with this album. long-haired alcoholic acts like Guns 'n Roses were on the way out as a new era of grunge was brought to the mainstream. 3. Live - Throwing Copper -- i can still listen to this CD start to finish a hundred times and still love it. many dont own it or dont listen to it all the way through: go buy it or pull it back out of your collection and give it a listen twice through. you'll understand why it's #3. 2. Dave Matthews Band - Crash -- Dave is the man. plain and simple: these guys have the most talent of any group i have ever heard. (i'm a huge Zeppelin fan and i actually think Dave's band has more overall talent). they cannot categorized (until their new CD Everyday came out, which is VERY un-Dave and a total sellout disc). Crash is by far their best, most soul-filled work, and was barely edged out for the #1 spot by the next band. ...and my favorite album of the '90s: 1. Radiohead - The Bends -- what can i say that hasnt already been said? they rule! this CD is a complete work of art that takes a few listens to truly appreciate. play it twice, wait a few days, then play it again and you will be utterly amazed at how brilliant these guys are. Other noteworthy: Green Day - Dookie Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming After Five - Within the Walls (an truly good local band!) Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album) Stone Temple Pilots - Core Limp Bizkit - Significant Other R.E.M. - Automatic for the People Weezer - Weezer Beck - Odelay these are, of course, all MY opinions and are MINE alone. i am really interested in hearing others' input on this, so please feel free to comment. as i said, i dont know if this has already been discussed, but it's late at night and i had this on my mind, so here's a good 30 minutes' worth of my opinion. thanks for reading this far and for your responses!!