20 Years Later: The 15 Best Albums of 1991
In last week's edition of our regular feature, The Conversation, Pete Freedman and Daniel Hopkins debated on whether 1991 or 1994 was the greatest music year of the '90s. It was an interesting read for sure.
And, since this week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of both Nevermind and The Low End Theory, we figured it fitting to put together a list of 1991's top 15 releases. Because whether you're on Team '91 or Team '94, it doesn't matter: '91 will still forever be considered one of the best years in music history.
After the jump, we prove once and for all just why it is and will forever be considered so damn great.
The 14th full-length from the band was also the last released with singer Freddie Mercury, who died only ten months later. While not one of their biggest hits, the title track was the longest single Queen ever released (35 seconds longer than "Bohemian Rhapsody") and eventually helped the album move 11 million units.
GNR's third and fourth studio efforts, released months apart, are often viewed as the double album that allowed the band to really show off their versatility; the album features tinges of country, blues, prog, and classical. Spastic frontman Axl Rose even manages to stop snake-dancing long enough to sit down at the piano for several tracks.