1995: Garbage, Radiohead and PJ Harvey make it the Greatest Year in Music

There’s a swagger to 1995 that could push it to the top as the Greatest Year in Music.

No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom had a slow start but hindsight is 20/20 and the ska punk / alt rock LP produced several of the band’s most loved singles. And though not their strongest album, Wilco got their career started with A.M.

On the other hand, Radiohead got their career jumpstarted with The Bends, honing in on a sound that would set the bar for alt-rock for several years to come.

Further pros of 1995: The Roots’ Do You Want More?!!!??! was an instant success and is now considered a classic hip hop album, as was D’Angelo’s debut Brown Sugar.

Alanis Morissette released her international breakthrough Jagged Little Pill, PJ Harvey wowed fans with To Bring You My Love, Garbage spends over a year on the charts with their self-titled debut and Emmylou Harris had one of the biggest efforts of the decade with Wrecking Ball.

Joan Osborne recorded her career highlight “One of Us,” a song written by The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian in just one night.

…. and that’s just the beginning. Check out the list below for even more proof that 1995 was the Greatest Year in Music. Let us know if you agree in the comments below and across social media with #XPNGreatestYear.


Do You Want More?!!!??! – The Roots
The Great Annihilator – Swans
Leftism – Leftfield
Mobile Safari – The Pastels
Pygmalion – Slowdive
Cheshire Cat – Blink-182
Maxinquaye – Tricky
To Bring You My Love – PJ Harvey
Pieces of You – Jewel
Train a Comin’– Steve Earle
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx – Raekwon
Tilt – Scott Walker
My Brother the Cow – Mudhoney
Only Everything – Juliana Hatfield
Liquid Swords – GZA/Genius
Iaora Tahiti – Mouse on Mars
Mirror Ball – Neil Young
Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters
94 Diskont – Oval
Wowee Zowee – Pavement
Twisted – Del Amitri
Relish – Joan Osborne
Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris
Trace – Son Volt
…I Care Because You Do – Aphex Twin
THRAK – King Crimson
Electr-O-Pura – Yo La Tengo
Different Class – Pulp
Viva Last Blues – Palace Music
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins
Washing Machine – Sonic Youth
Garbage – Garbage
Brown Sugar – D’Angelo
Tomorrow the Green Grass – The Jayhawks
Ben Folds Five – Ben Folds Five
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette
Fun Trick Noisemaker – The Apples in Stereo
Red Medicine – Fugazi
I Should Coco – Supergrass
Alien Lanes – Guided By Voices
The Inevitable – Squirrel Nut Zippers
Tales from the Punchbowl – Primus
Grand Prix – Teenage Fanclub
Tigerlily – Natalie Merchant
The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
Post – Bjork
Sleater-Kinney – Sleater-Kinney
Exit Planet Dust – The Chemical Brothers
Not a Pretty Girl – Ani DiFranco
Elliot Smith – Elliot Smith
The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America
…And Out Come the Wolves – Rancid
Daydream – Mariah Carey
Disco Volante – Mr. Bungle
Insomniac – Green Day
Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt
Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot – Sparklehorse
The Great Escape – Blur
Forgiven, Not Forgotten – The Corrs
The Gold Experience – Prince
The Bends – Radiohead
Collective Soul – Collective Soul
Everything is Wrong – Moby
Me Against the World – 2Pac
100% Fun – Matthew Sweet
Ocean Beach – Red House Painters
A.M. – Wilco

Category: 90s


Article by: Julie Miller