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The A Lists: 1994 (73)

  • Latin Playboys: Latin Playboys (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  • Iris DeMent: My Life (Warner Bros.)
  • Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (DGC)
  • Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC)
  • Beck: Mellow Gold (Bong Load/DGC)
  • A Taste of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Earthworks)
  • Aretha Franklin: Greatest Hits (1980-1994) (Arista)
  • Hole: Live Through This (DGC)
  • Garth Brooks: The Hits (Liberty)
  • Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador)
  • M People: Elegant Slumming (Epic)
  • Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  • Sebadoh: Bakesale (Sub Pop)
  • Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five: Message From Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & the Furious Five (Rhino)
  • Khaled: N'ssi N'ssi (Mango)
  • Handraizer (Moonshine Music)
  • Sugar: File Under: Easy Listening (Rykodisc)
  • The Bottle Rockets: The Brooklyn Side (ESD)
  • L7: Hungry for Stink (Slash/Reprise)
  • Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog (Chess)
  • Moe Tucker: I Spent a Week There the Other Night (Sky)
  • Public Enemy: Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (Def Jam)
  • Heavens to Betsy: Calculated (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Archers of Loaf: Archers of Loaf vs The Greatest of All Time (Alias)
  • The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die (Bad Boy)
  • Cachao: Master Sessions Volume 1 (Crescent Moon/Epic)
  • Green Day: Dookie (Reprise)
  • White Country Blues (1926-1938): A Lighter Shade of Blue (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Jon Hassell and Bluescreen: Dressing for Pleasure (Warner Bros.)
  • R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Bros.)
  • Kwanzaa Music (Rounder)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Faithfull (Island)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock (MCA)
  • NOFX: Punk in Drublic (Epitaph)
  • Veruca Salt: American Thighs (Minty Fresh/DGC)
  • Cumbia Cumbia 2 (World Circuit)
  • Caetano Veloso e Gilberto Gil: Tropicalia 2 (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • John Fahey: Return of the Repressed: The John Fahey Anthology (Rhino)
  • FU-Schnickens: Nervous Breakdown (Jive)
  • El DeBarge: Heart, Mind and Soul (Reprise)
  • Dark City Sisters/Flying Jazz Queens: Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens (Earthworks)
  • Soundgarden: Superunknown (A&M)
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels (Reprise)
  • Dave Alvin: King of California (HighTone)
  • Ass Ponys: Electric Rock Music (A&M)
  • Victoria Williams: Loose (Mammoth)
  • Bill Frisell: This Land (Elektra Nonesuch)
  • Michael Hall: Adequate Desire (DejaDisc)
  • Oujda-Casablanca Introspections Vol. 1 (Barbarity import)
  • House of Pain: Same as It Ever Was (Tommy Boy)
  • Hüsker Dü: The Living End (Warner Bros.)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Blues (MCA)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw Live . . . My Truck Is My Home (Razor & Tie)
  • Digable Planets: Blowout Comb (Pendulum/EMI)
  • Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family: The Spring of Sixty-Five (Rounder)
  • Roaring Lion: Sacred 78's (Ice)
  • Technotronic: Recall (SBK)
  • Dance Hits U.K. (Moonshine Music)
  • Built To Spill: There's Nothing Wrong With Love (Up)
  • Nico Saquito: Good-bye Mr Cat (World Circuit)
  • Backbeat (Virgin)
  • Sam Mangwana: Rumba Music (Stern's Africa)
  • Etta James: Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday (Private Music)
  • Henri Bowane: Double Take--Tala Kaka (RetroAfric)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Liph' Iquinso (Shanachie)
  • Salif Keita: The Mansa of Mali . . . A Retrospective (Mango)
  • Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson (Capitol)
  • Matthew Sweet: Son of Altered Beast (Zoo)
  • Ahmad: Ahmad (Giant)
  • Turntable Tastemakers Vol. 1: The Sound of Cleveland City Recordings (Moonshine Music)
  • Skip James: She Lyin' (Genes)
  • Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (Epic)
  • Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (Grand Royal)

Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s, 2000


The A Lists: 1993 The A Lists: 1995