The 20 Most Influential Albums Turning 20

Twenty years ago, a wave of albums were released that have all gone on to become important cogs in the history of recorded music. That’s not even including all the important indie releases from the same year. Furthermore, you’d need at least 30 spots to even include some of rock’s biggest bands, including Bon Jovi, Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam, all who could have easily forced their way in.

1994 made a lot of record industry types and bands rich, as the majority of the albums on this list sold several millions of copies. To contextualize that, Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 has yet to sell 3 million units and that was the best selling album of 2013. Yup, everything’s changed. Blame downloading, the Internet or the lack of good bands, but no matter what, nothing can take away the fact that the albums on this list are turning 20 and are still getting play today.

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