The year 1994 comes in at #18 in the XPN Greatest Year in Music countdown.
Pop punk, slacker rock, hip hop, brit pop – 1994 did it all and did it well.
Boyz II Men, Nas, Beastie Boys and Notorious B.I.G. all released heavyweight hip hop albums; the pop punk era is ushered into the mainstream via Green Day’s Dookie (surrounded by fellow punks The Offspring and Rancid); Weezer release their most beloved effort (and debut) The Blue Album; Pavement achieve perfection with Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain; Beck breaks through with “Loser” off of Mellow Gold; Oasis and Blur get Brit-pop started; TLC release career highlight CrazySexyCool and Aaliyah dropped her double platinum debut Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.
Closer to home, Bucks County’s Ween sharpened their “brown” sound with Chocolate and Cheese, while G Love and Special Sauce released their self-titled debut.
Johnny Cash makes a comeback with his 81st (!) album American Recordings, and Jeff Buckley releases his only studio effort Grace.
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