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‘Rolling Stone’ Readers Pick the Top 10 Albums of the Nineties

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ named Number One; Smashing Pumpkins only band to hit the list twice. Plus: Watch videos from each album

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' named Number One; Smashing Pumpkins only band to hit the list twice. Plus: Watch videos from each album

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7. Metallica – ‘Metallica (The Black Album)’

Metallica's army of hardcore fans found their 1991 self-titled disc to be a betrayal. Metal bands weren't supposed to score huge radio hits, or wind up playing stadiums alongside Guns N' Roses. They also weren't supposed to write songs as catchy as "Enter Sandman" or as gentle as "Nothing Else Matters." They may have lost some stubborn, old fans with The Black Album – but they more than made up for it by bringing in a whole generation of new ones. Twenty years later they're still one of the biggest bands in the world, and The Black Album remains their best selling disc.

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8. Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’

Jeff Buckley's 1994 debut LP Grace was highly acclaimed when it came out in May of 1994, but when Buckley tragically drowned just three years later it took on a whole new meaning to many listeners. Containing possibly the definitive rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the disc showcases one of the most stunning singing voices of the past few decades. It was re-released in 2004 with a slew of bonus tracks, including a surprisingly faithful cover of the MC5's "Kick Out The Jams."

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9. The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness’

It's been the great debate amongst depressed teenagers for over 15 years: What's the better Smashing Pumpkins album, Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness? Rolling Stone readers went with the former by a handful of votes. Mellon Collie does contain more classics, including "Tonight, Tonight," "1979," "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and "Zero." It was also the last disc with the classic line-up of Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and D'arcy Wretzky. Judging by Wretzky's recent mug shot and Corgan's recent statements, they'll almost certainly never come together again.

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10. Guns & Roses – ‘Use Your Illusion 1 and 2’

These are technically two different albums, but since they were released on the same side they are widely seen as a double album. Even most hardcore Guns N' Roses fans admit that it's bloated and all over the place, but the high points ("November Rain," "Civil War," "You Could Be Mine" "Don't Cry") rank among the best work the band ever did. The original group split after a long tour supporting the disc, and Axl Rose has made it quite clear that he will never again share a stage with Slash. GNR are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, so the world will finally be able to call his bluff.

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