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A follow up to the 80s 101 list.

Rules are the same: 1 album per artist, must be released between 1990-1999, must be hard rock or AOR, no best ofs or live albums, you must own a copy.

Plus one extra rule to keep it interesting: the artist must not have featured in your 80s 101 list.

So, in total this will add up to 202 releases from 202 artists across the two decades. 🙂

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  1. 21 Guns - Salute (1992)
  2. 24-7 Spyz - Strength in Numbers (1992)
  3. Alleycat Scratch - Deadboys in Trash City (1993)
  4. The Almighty - Powertrippin’ (1993)
  5. Arcade - Arcade (1993)
  6. Asphalt Ballet - Asphalt Ballet (1991)
  7. Baby Animals - Baby Animals (1991)
  8. Babylon A.D. - Nothing Sacred (1991)
  9. Backyard Babies - Total 13 (1998)
  10. Bad English - Backlash (1991)
  11. Baton Rouge - Lights Out on the Playground (1991)
  12. BB Steal - On the Edge (1991)
  13. Beggars & Thieves - Beggars & Thieves (1990)
  14. Big Bad Wolf - Big Bad Wolf (1998)
  15. The Black Crowes - Amorica (1994)
  16. Blackeyed Susan - Electric Rattlebone (1991)
  17. Bonfire - Fuel to the Flames (1999)
  18. Buckcherry - Buckcherry (1999)
  19. Candy Harlots - Five Wicked Ways (1992)
  20. Casanova - Casanova (1991)
  21. Charade - Charade (1998)
  22. Child’s Play - Rat Race (1990)
  23. Chrissy Steele - Magnet to Steele (1991)
  24. Crown of Thorns - Crown of Thorns (1994)
  25. Damn Yankees - Don’t Tread (1992)
  26. Dan Reed Network - The Heat (1991)
  27. Dare - Blood from Stone (1991)
  28. Demon Drive - Burn Rubber (1995)
  29. Don Dokken - Up from the Ashes (1990)
  30. Doro - Doro (1990)
  31. Empire - Empire (1994)
  32. Every Mother’s Nightmare - Wake Up Screaming (1993)
  33. Extreme - II: Pornograffitti (1990)
  34. Fiona - Squeeze (1992)
  35. FireHouse - 3 (1995)
  36. Freak of Nature - Gathering of Freaks (1994)
  37. Frontline - The State of Rock (1994)
  38. Gotthard - Gotthard (1992)
  39. Hardline - Double Eclipse (1992)
  40. Harem Scarem - Mood Swings (1993)
  41. Heavens Edge - Heavens Edge (1990)
  42. Heavy Bones - Heavy Bones (1991)
  43. Holy Soldier - Holy Soldier (1990)
  44. Hericane Alice - Tear the House Down (1990)
  45. Hurricane - Slave to the Thrill (1990)
  46. Jackyl - Push Comes to Shove (1994)
  47. Jailhouse - The Innocent (1997)
  48. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - Walking into Clarksdale (1998)
  49. Kane Roberts - Saints and Sinners (1991)
  50. Kik Tracee - No Rules (1991)
  51. Laos - We Want It (1990)
  52. Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)
  53. Little Angels - Jam (1992)
  54. Little Caesar - Influence (1992)
  55. Loud & Clear - Loud & Clear (1997)
  56. Love/Hate - Blackout in the Red Room (1990)
  57. Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation (1990)
  58. McQueen Street - McQueen Street (1991)
  59. Mind Bomb - Mind Bomb (1993)
  60. Mother Love Bone - Apple (1990)
  61. Mother’s Finest - Black Radio Won’t Play this Record (1992)
  62. Mr Big - Lean Into It (1991)
  63. National Velvet - Courage (1990)
  64. Nelson - After the Rain (1990)
  65. The Power Station - Living in Fear (1996)
  66. Pride & Glory - Pride & Glory (1994)
  67. Rhino Bucket - Get Used To It (1992)
  68. Rockhead - Rockhead (1992)
  69. Roxus - Nightstreet (1991)
  70. Roxy Blue - Want Some? (1991)
  71. Saigon Kick - The Lizard (1992)
  72. Saints & Sinners - Saints & Sinners (1992)
  73. Salty Dog - Every Dog Has Its Day (1990)
  74. The Scream - Let It Scream (1991)
  75. Shakra - Shakra (1998)
  76. Sic Vikki - Kiss Me In French (1993)
  77. Skew Siskin - Skew Siskin (1992)
  78. Slash’s Snakepit - It’s Five O-Clock Somewhere (1995)
  79. Slaughter - Stick It To Ya (1990)
  80. Slik Toxik - Doin’ the Nasty (1992)
  81. SouthGang - Tainted Angel (1991)
  82. Steelheart - Steelheart (1990)
  83. Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World (1999)
  84. Sven Gali - Under the Influence (1992)
  85. Sweet F.A. - Stick to Your Guns (1990)
  86. Talisman - Talisman (1990)
  87. The Throbs - The Language of Thieves & Vagabonds (1991)
  88. Thunder - Laughing on Judgement Day (1991)
  89. Tigertailz - Beserk (1990)
  90. Tour De Force - World On Fire (1995)
  91. Tower City - A Little Bit of Fire (1996)
  92. Trixter - Trixter (1990)
  93. Tuff - What Comes Around Goes Around (1991)
  94. Tyketto - Strength in Numbers (1994)
  95. Ugly Kid Joe - America’s Least Wanted (1992)
  96. Union - Union (1998)
  97. Vince Neil - Exposed (1993)
  98. War Babies - War Babies (1991)
  99. Westworld - Westworld (1999)
  100. White Trash - White Trash (1991)
  101. Wildside - Under the Influence (1992)
 

 

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For those who like stats., my list (obviously) favoured the early years, very lean in the middle famine years and began to pick up in the latter 2 years again.

1990 = 23, 1991 = 24, 1992 = 18, 1993 = 9, 1994 = 8, 1995 = 4, 1996 = 2, 1997 = 2, 1998 = 6, 1999 = 4.

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Another Quality list mate.

I'm not going to go through the mental turmoil and anguish by compiling my own list, but If I did, it wouldn't be too far removed from that.

I know it's hard compiling lists like this, but I'm surprised not to see "XYZ - Hungry".

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30 minutes ago, Darkstone said:

Another Quality list mate.

I'm not going to go through the mental turmoil and anguish by compiling my own list, but If I did, it wouldn't be too far removed from that.

I know it's hard compiling lists like this, but I'm surprised not to see "XYZ - Hungry".

Had their self titled in the 80s list, otherwise they'd be in for Hungry mos def.

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2 hours ago, auslander said:

For those who like stats., my list (obviously) favoured the early years, very lean in the middle famine years and began to pick up in the latter 2 years again.

1990 = 23, 1991 = 24, 1992 = 18, 1993 = 9, 1994 = 8, 1995 = 4, 1996 = 2, 1997 = 2, 1998 = 6, 1999 = 4.

the story of the 90s 😒

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2 hours ago, auslander said:

For those who like stats., my list (obviously) favoured the early years, very lean in the middle famine years and began to pick up in the latter 2 years again.

1990 = 23, 1991 = 24, 1992 = 18, 1993 = 9, 1994 = 8, 1995 = 4, 1996 = 2, 1997 = 2, 1998 = 6, 1999 = 4.

might not do this one as will basically be dominated by 90/91/92 but I cannot believe you don't have Boulevard - Into The Street 😳

That is one of my favourite AOR albums of all time.

Also I would always pick the Harem debut over Mood Swings 😉

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15 hours ago, Glen said:

might not do this one as will basically be dominated by 90/91/92 but I cannot believe you don't have Boulevard - Into The Street 😳

That is one of my favourite AOR albums of all time.

Also I would always pick the Harem debut over Mood Swings 😉

Fair call. Mood Swings gets my nod on the strength of my favorite song of theirs, "No Justice". I can't get enough of that song. Love it.

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Ahh, the 90s...after 92, it was kind of a musical wasteland, but there were some good releases along the way.

Quite a few more indies feature on this list as opposed to the 80s, as well as artists who push the boundaries of what qualifies as hard/melodic rock; I had to broaden the horizon a bit, or I wouldn't have gotten to 101 :blink:

1. Firehouse - S/T 1990
2. Warrant - Dog Eat Dog 1992
3. Nelson - After the Rain 1990 
4. Damn Yankees - S/T 1990
5. Harem Scarem - Mood Swings 1993
6. The Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker 1990
7. Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation 1990
8. Extreme - Pornograffitti 1990
9. Winger - Pull 1993
10. Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes 1990
11. Pearl Jam - Ten 1991
12. Alice in Chains - Dirt 1992
13. Kid Rock - Devil Without a Cause 1998 
14. Stone Temple Pilots - Core 1992
15. Creed - Human Clay 1999
16. Beggars & Thieves - S/T 1990
17. Arcade - S/T 1993 
18. Slaughter - Stick It to Ya 1990
19. Steelheart - S/T 1991
20. Buckcherry - S/T 1999
21. Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill 1995
22. Britny Fox - Bite Down Hard 1991
23. Danger Danger - Screw It! 1991
24. Copperhead - S/T 1992 
25. The Storm - S/T 1991
26. Shotgun Messiah - Second Coming 1991 
27. Live - Throwing Copper 1994
28. Widowmaker - Stand By for Pain 1994
29. Vince Neil - Exposed 1993
30. Soundgarden - Superunknown 1994
31. House of Lords - Demons Down 1992
32. Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You 1996
33. Godsmack - S/T 1998
34. Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire 1990
35. Wildside - Under the Influence 1992
36. Tyketto - Don't Come Easy 1991
37. Shaw/Blades - Hallucination 1995
38. Blackeyed Susan - Electric Rattlebone 1991 
39. Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 1998
40. Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View 1994
41. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? 1995
42. Collective Soul - S/T 1995
43. Kingofthehill - S/T 1991
44. Richie Sambora - Stranger in This Town 1991
45. Trixter - Hear! 1992
46. Hardline - Double Eclipse 1992
47. Surrender - S/T 1991
48. Desperado - Bloodied, But Unbowed 1996
49. McQueen Street - S/T 1991
50. Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire 1997
51. Vixen - Rev It Up 1990
52. Thunder - Backstreet Symphony 1990
53. Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World 1999
54. Candlebox - S/T 1993
55. Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo 1995
56. Union - The Blue Room 1999
57. Funny Money - S/T 1998
58. Southgang - Tainted Angel 1991
59. Trouble Tribe - S/T 1990
60. Friction - Baby Talk 1990
61. KK Wilde - Rock n Roll 1990
62. Joker - Cool Deal 1992
63. Roxy Blue - Want Some 1992
64. Sage - Luv n Lust 1992
65. Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals 1998
66. Wicked Kin - Born Killers 1995
67. Rumble Tribe - Fire, Water, Earth & Stone 1994
68. Victory - Temples of Gold 1990
69. The Screaming Jets - All For One 1991
70. The Offspring - Ixnay on the Hombre 1997
71. Mennen - S/T 1994
72. Nova Rex - Ain't Easy Being Cheesy 1994
73. Original Sinners - Love or the Money 1992
74. War & Peace - Time Capsule 1993
75. Electric Boys - Groovus Maximus 1992
76. Rock Boulevard - S/T 1990
77. Tangier - Stranded 1991
78. Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul 1990
79. Sleeze Beez - Screwed Blued and Tattoed 1990
80. Kip Winger - Down Incognito 1999
81. Daryl Braithwaite - Rise 1990
82. UDO - Holy 1999
83. Tim Feehan - Full Contact 1990
84. Monster Magnet - Powertrip 1998
85. Cry Wolf - Crunch 1990
86. Kane Roberts - Saints & Sinners 1991
87. Tuff - What Comes Around Goes Around 1991
88. Jesse Strange - S/T 1992
89. Love/Hate - Black Out in the Red Room 1990
90. Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite 1991
91. D'Priest - Playa Del Rock 1990
92. Roadhouse -S/T 1991
93. Tigertailz - Bezerk 1990
94. Hericane Alice - Tear the House Down 1990
95. Shy - Misspent Youth 1990
96. Damned Nation - Road of Desire 1999
97. Big House - S/T 1991
98. Bride - Snakes in the Playground 1992
99. Every Mother's Nightmare - Wake Up Screaming 1993
100. Kik Tracee - No Rules 1991
101. Fight - War of Words 1993

Yearly Breakdown
1990 - 27
1991 - 21
1992 - 15
1993 - 8
1994 - 7
1995 - 6
1996 - 2
1997 - 2
1998 - 6
1999 - 7

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1 hour ago, whiplash1972 said:

Ahh, the 90s...after 92, it was kind of a musical wasteland, but there were some good releases along the way.

Quite a few more indies feature on this list as opposed to the 80s, as well as artists who push the boundaries of what qualifies as hard/melodic rock; I had to broaden the horizon a bit, or I wouldn't have gotten to 101 :blink:

1. Firehouse - S/T 1990
2. Warrant - Dog Eat Dog 1992
3. Nelson - After the Rain 1990 
4. Damn Yankees - S/T 1990
5. Harem Scarem - Mood Swings 1993
6. The Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker 1990
7. Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation 1990
8. Extreme - Pornograffitti 1990
9. Winger - Pull 1993
10. Don Dokken - Up From the Ashes 1990
11. Pearl Jam - Ten 1991
12. Alice in Chains - Dirt 1992
13. Kid Rock - Devil Without a Cause 1998 
14. Stone Temple Pilots - Core 1992
15. Creed - Human Clay 1999
16. Beggars & Thieves - S/T 1990
17. Arcade - S/T 1993 
18. Slaughter - Stick It to Ya 1990
19. Steelheart - S/T 1991
20. Buckcherry - S/T 1999
21. Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill 1995
22. Britny Fox - Bite Down Hard 1991
23. Danger Danger - Screw It! 1991
24. Copperhead - S/T 1992 
25. The Storm - S/T 1991
26. Shotgun Messiah - Second Coming 1991 
27. Live - Throwing Copper 1994
28. Widowmaker - Stand By for Pain 1994
29. Vince Neil - Exposed 1993
30. Soundgarden - Superunknown 1994
31. House of Lords - Demons Down 1992
32. Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You 1996
33. Godsmack - S/T 1998
34. Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire 1990
35. Wildside - Under the Influence 1992
36. Tyketto - Don't Come Easy 1991
37. Shaw/Blades - Hallucination 1995
38. Blackeyed Susan - Electric Rattlebone 1991 
39. Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 1998
40. Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View 1994
41. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? 1995
42. Collective Soul - S/T 1995
43. Kingofthehill - S/T 1991
44. Richie Sambora - Stranger in This Town 1991
45. Trixter - Hear! 1992
46. Hardline - Double Eclipse 1992
47. Surrender - S/T 1991
48. Desperado - Bloodied, But Unbowed 1996
49. McQueen Street - S/T 1991
50. Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire 1997
51. Vixen - Rev It Up 1990
52. Thunder - Backstreet Symphony 1990
53. Steelhouse Lane - Slaves of the New World 1999
54. Candlebox - S/T 1993
55. Goo Goo Dolls - A Boy Named Goo 1995
56. Union - The Blue Room 1999
57. Funny Money - S/T 1998
58. Southgang - Tainted Angel 1991
59. Trouble Tribe - S/T 1990
60. Friction - Baby Talk 1990
61. KK Wilde - Rock n Roll 1990
62. Joker - Cool Deal 1992
63. Roxy Blue - Want Some 1992
64. Sage - Luv n Lust 1992
65. Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals 1998
66. Wicked Kin - Born Killers 1995
67. Rumble Tribe - Fire, Water, Earth & Stone 1994
68. Victory - Temples of Gold 1990
69. The Screaming Jets - All For One 1991
70. The Offspring - Ixnay on the Hombre 1997
71. Mennen - S/T 1994
72. Nova Rex - Ain't Easy Being Cheesy 1994
73. Original Sinners - Love or the Money 1992
74. War & Peace - Time Capsule 1993
75. Electric Boys - Groovus Maximus 1992
76. Rock Boulevard - S/T 1990
77. Tangier - Stranded 1991
78. Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul 1990
79. Sleeze Beez - Screwed Blued and Tattoed 1990
80. Kip Winger - Down Incognito 1999
81. Daryl Braithwaite - Rise 1990
82. UDO - Holy 1999
83. Tim Feehan - Full Contact 1990
84. Monster Magnet - Powertrip 1998
85. Cry Wolf - Crunch 1990
86. Kane Roberts - Saints & Sinners 1991
87. Tuff - What Comes Around Goes Around 1991
88. Jesse Strange - S/T 1992
89. Love/Hate - Black Out in the Red Room 1990
90. Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite 1991
91. D'Priest - Playa Del Rock 1990
92. Roadhouse -S/T 1991
93. Tigertailz - Bezerk 1990
94. Hericane Alice - Tear the House Down 1990
95. Shy - Misspent Youth 1990
96. Damned Nation - Road of Desire 1999
97. Big House - S/T 1991
98. Bride - Snakes in the Playground 1992
99. Every Mother's Nightmare - Wake Up Screaming 1993
100. Kik Tracee - No Rules 1991
101. Fight - War of Words 1993

Yearly Breakdown
1990 - 27
1991 - 21
1992 - 15
1993 - 8
1994 - 7
1995 - 6
1996 - 2
1997 - 2
1998 - 6
1999 - 7

Lots of grunge and alt rock but you know what, I like it!

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