I still contend the music revolution started in 1989, but 1991 was probably the most significant movement towards where we are today. The five albums I list we epic, defining and told us that things were changing whether we were listening to pop radio or the newly debuted Alternative radio. I can still remember the first time I heard "The Fly," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Give it Away," "You Could Be Mine," and "Losing My Religion." I knew it was all changing. U2 redefined themselves, the Chili Peppers evolved their music, R.E.M. revealed beauty in the fringe, Nirvana kicked all of our asses and Guns 'n Roses broke all the rules. 1991 set the tone for grunge, alternative rock, the death of hair metal and did it all in our backyards. I have a feeling we might see some of these artists again as I progress through the 1990's.
1. Achtung Baby - U2
2. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3. Out of Time - R.E.M.
4. Nevermind - Nirvana
5. Use Your Illusion I & II - Guns 'n Roses
Honorable mention: Ten, Pearl Jam; Metallica (The Black Album), Metallica; Soul Cages, Sting; Fear, Toad the Wet Sprocket.
What do you think? Did I forget something you think changed the landscape?