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20 from 20 years ago: Alternative rock albums

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1994 proved to be a golden year for “alternative” music to hit the mainstream. It wasn’t easy to narrow the list down with plenty of albums that have stood the test of time.

We’ll just go in chronological order below:

Alice In Chains — “Jar of Flies” EP — Jan. 25, 1994

Other highlights: “Nutshell”“I Stay Away”

Green Day — “Dookie” — Feb. 1, 1994

Other highlights: “Longview”“Welcome to Paradise”“She”

Nine Inch Nails — “The Downward Spiral” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “March of the Pigs” — “Closer”

Soundgarden — “Superunknown” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “The Day I Tried To Live”“Black Hole Sun”“My Wave”

Various artists — “The Crow” soundtrack — March 29, 2014

Other highlights: Rage Against The Machine’s “Darkness (Of Greed)” — Violent Femmes’ “Color Me Once”

The Offspring — “Smash” — April 8, 1994

Other highlights: “Gotta Get Away”“Come Out and Play”

Hole — “Live Through This” — April 12, 1994

Other highlights: “Doll Parts”“Miss World”

Live — “Throwing Copper” — April 26, 1994

Other highlights: “White, Discussion” —  “Stage”“Lightning Crashes”

Sunny Day Real Estate — “Diary” — May 10, 1994

Other highlights: “In Circles”“Song About an Angel”

Weezer — “Weezer (The Blue Album)” — May 10, 1994

Other highlights: “Say It Ain’t So”“Undone — The Sweater Song”“In The Garage”

Beastie Boys — “Ill Communication” — May 24, 2014

Other highlights: “Sure Shot”“Root Down”

Stone Temple Pilots — “Purple” — June 7, 1994

Other highlights: “Unglued”“Interstate Love Song”“Big Empty”

Helmet — “Betty” — June 21, 1994

Other highlights: “Wilma’s Rainbow”“Speechless”“Rollo”

Kyuss — “Welcome to Sky Valley” — June 28, 1994

Other highlights: “Gardenia”“Conan Troutman”

Toadies — “Rubberneck” — Aug. 23, 1994

Other highlights: “Mister Love”“Velvet”“Backslider”

R.E.M. — “Monster” — Sept. 27, 1994

Other highlights: “Bang and Blame”“Crush With Eyeliner”

Smashing Pumpkins — “Pisces Iscariot” — Oct. 4, 1994

Other highlights: “Plume”“Hello Kitty Kat”

Nirvana — “MTV Unplugged in New York” — Nov. 1, 1994

Other highlights: “Polly” — “About A Girl” — “All Apologies”

Pearl Jam — “Vitalogy” — Dec. 4, 1994

Other highlights: “Not For You”“Immortality” —  “Better Man”

Bush — “Sixteen Stone” — Dec. 6, 1994

Other  highlights: “Everything Zen”“Little Things”

 

Missed the cut:

  • Ramones “Acid Eaters”
  • Meat Puppets “Too High To Die”
  • Beck “Mellow Gold”
  • Blur “Parklife”
  • Sonic Youth “Experimental Jet Set, Trash & No Star”
  • Rancid “Let’s Go”
  • NOFX “Punk in Drublic”
  • Dinosaur Jr. “Without A Sound”
  • Oasis “Definitely Maybe”
  • Bad Religion “Stranger Than Fiction”
  • Veruca Salt “American Thighs”
  • The Cranberries “No Need to Argue”
  • Korn “Korn”
  • Sublime “Robbin’ the Hood”
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