Karen Mason Blair

The 10 most important albums since 1991

25 years of great New Music Discovery

August 23, 2016

New Music Discovery has always been at the core of what we do here at The End. Having 25 years under our belt, you could say we got pretty good at finding what's next.

We got our heads together to decide which 10 albums in the last 25 years have had the biggest impact. In no particular order, here is what we came up with for the top 10 albums since The End came to be on August 23, 1991. 

1. OK Computer - Radiohead (1997)

"Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police" might as well have punched us in the face in 1997 when Radiohead released OK Computer. It's Radiohead's third album and it received critical acclaim from literally everyone who ever heard two seconds of the record. It was

2. Dookie - Green Day (1994)

The only unanimous album to make our list, Dookie obviously holds a special place in our hearts at The End. Although the list is in no particular order, this obviously had to be number two.

 

3. Nevermind - Nirvana (1991)

Nevermind was Nirvana's first album with Dave Grohl and produced "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which is essentially the anthem of the 90s and the diving-in point kids who are still being introduced to Nirvana's full catalogue. It is credited with being responsible for bringing Grunge and Alternative Rock to the masses, and happens to only be one month older than 107.7 The End! 

4. Funeral - Arcade Fire (2004)

Funeral was on so many end-of-decade best lists that it was easy to lose count. It often only finished second to Radiohead's Kid A, which is a feat in itself. It was nominated for Album Of The Year in 2004, only to lose to the masterpiece Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, from OutKast.

5. Songs For The Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age (2002)

BRB, listening to "No One Knows" on repeat.

6. Transatlanticism - Death Cab For Cutie (2003)

You could debate for days which Death Cab album is best (don't trust anyone who says Kintsugi), but Transatlanticism often finds itself at the top of many lists and for good reason. Another Seattle band, so call us biased, but Death Cab had to make the list somewhere.

7.   Room On Fire - The Strokes (2003)

Room On Fire gave us "Reptilia" and even has a song called "The End Has No End" which is pretty awesome to us.

8. Vampire Weeknd - Vampire Weekend (2008)

Vampire Weekend debuted their self-titled album in 2008 and helped put some light indie music into the traditional "Alternative Music" listeners playlist. 

9. Tragic Kingdom - No Doubt (1995)

Gwen Stefani and the boys helped bring back Ska, and Tragic Kingdom is ranked in the top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone. No Doubt brought some fire with a feminist perspective that alternative music desperately needed at the time.

10. Ten - Pearl Jam (1991)

Another obvious choice. Just scroll through the track list and try not to start belting out every song. Pearl Jam will forever be a legendary End band, plus Ten came out three days after The End began broadcasting in 1991. We are practically twins.