|First posted 2/26/2021.|
The Top 100 Albums, 1990-2021
In 1996, Billboard magazine launched its adult alternative chart, which was tracked radio stations focused on playing rock-oriented heritage artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp, as well as newer artists like Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Matchbox 20.
This list reflects albums which charted at least 3 songs on the adult alternative chart or, in the case of pre-1996 releases, albums which likely would have accomplished the feat based on those artists’ accomplishments on the post-1995 charts. More than 150 albums made the criteria. The top 100 have been ranked here, based on their overall status in Dave’s Music Database.
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1. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
11. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)
21. Live Throwing Copper (1994)
31. David Gray White Ladder (2000)
41. Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
51. Dave Matthews Band Crash (1996)
61. Beck Colors (2017)
71. fun. Some Nights (2012)
81. Cage the Elephant Social Cues (2019)
91. Death Cab for Cutie Plans (2005)
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