Soundtrack of the year: 1994

By offspringman offspringman
updated over 7 years ago

This is my personal list of stuff that came out in 1994. Not only was 1994 one of the greatest years of the 90's, but it was the best year in music. In 1994, there were many memorable and classic albums by a lot of mainstream artists like The Offspring, Green Day, Rancid, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Weezer, Beastie Boys, Nas and many others.

  1. Offspring* - Smash

    The Offspring takes the number one spot with this 90's punk rock classic. This is highly recommended for any rock fan or for those who are into any type of punk music. "Smash" was actually the first true Offspring album that gave them fame. "Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)" and "Self Esteem" are the classics.

  2. Weezer - Weezer

    Another rock masterpiece. Just like The Offspring album, Weezer's self-titled is highly recommended for any rock fan. Tracks from "My Name Is Jonas" to "Only in Dreams" = true classic!

  3. Rancid - Let's Go

    After one excellent debut album in 1993, Rancid returns with "Let's Go", where they really started gaining fame along with their peers The Offspring, Green Day, NOFX, Bad Religion, among others. "Let's Go" is another punk masterpiece and the classics include "Nihilism", "Radio", "Salvation", "Tenderloin", "Let's Go", "The Ballad of Jimmy and Johnny", "I Am the One", "Black and Blue", "Name", "7 Years Down" and many more I could mention.

  4. Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction

    Bad Religion had been getting better and better with each album. "Stranger Than Fiction" is one of their best albums and thanks to the success of Green Day and The Offspring, Bad Religion got more popular than ever. It's their only gold record and spawned the hits "Infected" and the re-recorded version of "21st Century (Digital Boy)". Unfortunately, after this record, Brett Gurewitz would be out of Bad Religion for 7 years.

  5. NOFX - Punk In Drublic

    After four excellent/half-average albums, NOFX returns one of the best punk albums of 1994. "Punk in Drublic" is the highlight of NOFX's music career. "Linoleum", "Leave It Alone", "Don't Call Me White" and "The Brews" are all classics.

  6. Green Day - Dookie

    This was one of the first albums I ever bought on CD. But how come it's not in the top 5? Well, I've always liked The Offspring better than Green Day, but Dookie is still a solid release and like The Offspring, they became one of the most popular punk bands in America. I don't even remember how many times I've listened to it back in the day, but it's still a great record, with classics like "Longview", "Welcome to Paradise", "Basket Case", "She" and "When I Come Around".

  7. Soundgarden - Superunknown

    One of the best grunge/metal/alternative albums ever made. Enough said. This album contains too many classics (including "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman"), but that doesn't mean that I don't like it. This is another one of the first CDs I've ever owned.

  8. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication

    A Beastie Boys album in my list? Well, they're one of my favorite rap artists and "Ill Communication" is actually my second favorite album by them (with "Licensed to Ill" in the lead and "Paul's Boutique" in third). "Sure Shot", "Root Down" and "Sabotage" are some of the classics.

  9. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple

    My most favorite STP album. All the songs from "Meatplow" to "Kitchen Ware & Candy Bars" = timeless classic record.

  10. Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley

    A truly remarkable metal album. Gotta love John Garcia's voice and Josh Homme's guitar solos. This one even had a lot of great songs like "Gardenia", "Supa Scoopa and Mighty Scoop" and of course "Demon Cleaner". These were the golden years of Kyuss.

  11. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

    Although Broken was technically the follow-up to Pretty Hate Machine, this was NIN's second album. I actually love this album a lot better than their other releases. The Downward Spiral is an enjoyable album for industrial fans and the classics are "March of the Pigs", "Closer" and "Hurt".

  12. Lag Wagon* - Trashed

    What an awesome punk rock album by Lagwagon. "Island of Shame" is one of the classics on this one.

  13. Nas - Illmatic

    Here's another great rap record. This time it's Nas' debut album Illmatic. Gotta love any good song on this one.

  14. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Creepin On Ah Come Up

    1994's best EP honor goes to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. They immediately became rap superstars and eventually went 4 times platinum with this recording, thanks to the success of "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" and "Foe Tha Love of $". Sadly, Creepin On Ah Come Up would be one of the last contributions of Eazy-E as he died from AIDS a year later.

  15. Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies

    The golden years of Alice in Chains, although when or by the time this EP was released, their singer Layne Staley became a serious drug addict. "Jar of Flies" is still a good record filled with classics like "I Stay Away" and "No Excuses".

  16. 311 - Grassroots

    One of my most favorite albums from 311. It even has some classics like "Homebrew", "8:16AM" and "Omaha Stylee".

  17. R.E.M. - Monster

    The last listenable R.E.M. album. The reason I said that is because I'm not really a fan of their post-Monster stuff. Some of the great songs on this album include "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", "Star 69" and "Bang and Blame".

  18. Down By Law (2) - Punkrockacademyfightsong

    I just happen to be one of the rarest Down By Law fans in the world. I don't know why, but I've been digging their music for a while and their Punkrockacademyfightsong album is their most ambitious effort ever.

  19. Danzig - Danzig 4P

    The last true best Danzig album. Why? Because after this record, John Christ, Eerie Von and Chuck Biscuits all quit the band, leaving Glenn Danzig as the only guy left. In my opinion, after 4P, Danzig has never released another good album. On this one, the classics are "Cantspeak" and "Until You Call on the Dark".

  20. Total Chaos (2) - Pledge Of Defiance

    I'm not a huge fan of Total Chaos, but this debut album is without a doubt their finest yet.