1990`larda rock ve metal bir başkaydı. O zamanların ruhunu yakalamak günümüzde pek mümkün olmuyor. 90`lı yıllara, müzikseverlerin kült albümler edindiği bir zaman aralığı diyebiliriz.

Kurt Cobain Nirvana ile bir jenerasyonun sesi oldu. Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain`in trajik ölümünün ardından Foo Fighters`ı kurdu ve şimdi büyük rock grupları arasında. Bunun yanı sıra, Pantera heavy metal bayrağını taşıyan grup olarak öne çıktı. Yükselen grunge trendi metali tehdit etmeye başladığında da Korn kendini gösterdi ve nu-metal terimi hayatımıza girdi. Daha sonra black, death metal gibi türlerde de hareketlenmeler oldu.

Loudwire, 90`lı yılların en iyi albümlerini şöyle sıraladı:

90. Gwar – Scumdogs of the Universe

89. White Zombie – La Sexorcisto

88. Melvins – Houdini

87. Incubus – Make Yourself

86. Helmet – Meantime

85. Eyehategod – Take as Needed for Pain

84. Godsmack – Godsmack

83. Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten

82. Deftones – Around the Fur

81. Death – The Sound of Perseverance

80. Green Day – Insomniac

79. Cynic – Focus

78. Soundgarden – Down on the Upside

77. Cannibal Corpse – Tomb of the Mutilated

76. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse

75. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity

74. Immortal – Pure Holocaust

73. Guns N` Roses – Use Your Illusion I

72. Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger

71. Alice in Chains – Alice in Chains

70. Sepultura – Roots

69. Ministry – Psalm 69

68. Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles

67. Suffocation – Pierced From Within

66. Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill

65. Stone Temple Pilots – Core

64. Alice in Chains – Facelift

63. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters

62. At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul

61. Kid Rock – Devil Without a Cause

60. Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger

59. Carcass – Necroticism Descanting the Insalubrious

58. Korn – Korn

57. Faith No More – Angel Dust

56. Sepultura – Arise

55. Rancid – …And Out Come the Wolves

54. Opeth – Still Life

53. Offspring – Smash

52. AC/DC – The Razor`s Edge

51. Queensryche – Empire

50. Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

49. Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

48. Guns N` Roses – Use Your Illusion II

47. Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

46. Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory

45. Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder

44. Rammstein – Sehnsucht

43. Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe

42. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses

41. Pearl Jam – Vs.

40. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication

39. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals

38. Jane`s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual

37. Tool – Undertow

36. Pantera – Far Beyond Driven

35. Dissection – Storm of the Light`s Bane

34. Korn – Follow the Leader

33. Soundgarden – Superunknown

32. Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape

31. Social Distortion – Social Distortion

30. Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction

29. Death – Human

28. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

27. System of a Down – System of a Down

26. Hole – Live Through This

25. Anthrax – Persistence of Time

24. Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire

23. Dream Theater – Images and Words

22. Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears

21. Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar

20. Fugazi – Repeater

19. Nirvana – In Utero

18. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell

17. Slipknot – Slipknot

16. Morbid Angel – Covenant

15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

14. Sublime – Sublime

13. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

12. Judas Priest – Painkiller

11. Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss

10. Pearl Jam – Ten

9. Megadeth – Rust in Peace

8. Alice in Chains – Dirt

7. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine

6. Tool – Ænema

5. Green Day – Dookie

4. Metallica – Metallica

3. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

2. Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

1. Nirvana – Nevermind