1992: Big names and big debuts

It’s a safe bet that some of your favorite artists released records in 1992.

There were albums from Indigo Girls, R.E.M., Los Lobos, The Cure, Tori Amos, Lucinda Williams, Morrissey, Ween, Bruce Springsteen and The Flaming Lips, just to name a few.

We were in the early days of a “third wave ska” revival, promulgated by releases from No Doubt, Sublime, Rancid and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Debuts from Pavement, Mary J Blige, TLC, Stone Temple Pilots, Common, 4 Non Blondes, Rage Against the Machine and Dr. Dre (as a solo artist) promised an exciting and varied crop of new artists.

It was a also a year pop culture controversy: while hosting Saturday Night Live, Sinead O’Connor tears up a photo of the Pope on live TV.

Check out some of 1992’s biggest songs below and let us know if it was the Greatest Year in Music in the comments or across social media with #XPNGreatestYear.


Kiko – Los Lobos
It’s a Shame About Ray – The Lemonheads
Pure Guava – Ween
Generation Terrorists – Manic Street Preachers
Kerplunk – Green Day
The Chronic – Dr. Dre
Spooky – Lush
Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos
Come On Come On – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Sap – Alice in Chains
(Love Symbol Album) – Prince
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell – Social Distortion
Congregation – The Afghan Whigs
Rancid – Rancid
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
What’s the 411? – Mary J. Blige
Change Everything – Del Amitri
Love Deluxe – Sade
Your Arsenal – Morrissey
Bigger, Better, Faster, More! – 4 Non Blondes
Our Time in Eden – 10,000 Maniacs
Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
Dry – PJ Harvey
Sweet Old World – Lucinda Williams
99.9° – Suzanne Vega
Bone Machine – Tom Waits
No Doubt – No Doubt
Gordon – Barenaked Ladies
Hit to Death in the Future Head – The Flaming Lips
Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip – TLC
Dirty – Sonic Youth
Black Eyed Man – Cowboy Junkies
More Noise and Other Disturbances – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
A Picture of Nectar – Phish
New Miserable Experience – Gin Blossoms
Divine Madness – Madness
The End of Silence – Rollins Band
Uh-Oh – David Byrne
Doppelganger – Curve
Check Your Head – Beastie Boys
Going Blank Again – Ride
Down Colorful Hill – Red House Painters
Peng! – Stereolab
Hey Babe – Juliana Hatfield
Blind Melon – Blind Melon
Hollywood Town Hall – The Jawhawks
Ingenue – kd lang
Honey’s Dead – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Apollo 18 – They Might Be Giants
Automatic for the People – REM
Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen
Totally Krossed Out – Kriss Kross
Henry’s Dream – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Rites of Passage – Indigo Girls
Soul Rotation – The Dead Milkmen
The Woman I Am – Chaka Khan
Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement
Wish – The Cure
Nonsuch – XTC
Lazer Guided Melodies – Spiritualized

Category: 90s


Article by: Julie Miller