The 90′s was the last real golden age for music. This isn’t a jaded, cynical and age related statement. Many younger fans, who are very serious about their music will agree. The last fourteen years has spawned some fairly significant, if somewhat, isolated movements, and truly classic releases but nothing as like the fertile, three or four decades that preceded them.

In this article we only are going to look at fifty albums from the 90′s, that not only had a lasting musical legacy, but had a huge cultural impact as well. This is not going to be easy, when you think that it works out at only five albums per year, in a time when there was literally several landmark releases a month. This is by no means in order of importance, as it will be listed from 1990 at one end to 1999 at the other.

There will be albums left out that will break my heart to do so, but thoughts have to be on the above mentioned brief, and not just because they were incredible. For example, a truly brilliant album such as ‘Let the Rhythm Hit ‘em’ by Eric B and Rakim from the 1990 is a glaring omission, but was it really as important as other releases from the same year? Of course, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section.

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This article was first posted on September 16, 2013