Monday, August 29, 2005


(stolen from pitchfork) topselling albums of the 90's

1. Shania Twain - Come On Over
2. The Bodyguard OST
3. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
4. Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
5. Garth Brooks - No Fences
6. Garth Brooks - Double Live
7. Santana - Supernatural
8. Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys
9. Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind
10. Britney Spears - ...Baby On More Time

and I just checked to compare that to the top selling albums of the 80's, which is from some random googled source and could be wrong:

1. Thriller
2. Back in Black
3. Born in the USA
4. Appetite for Destruction
5. Whitney Houston-Whitney Houston
6. No Jacket Required-Phill Collins (could this be true?)
7. Purple Rain
8. Live 75-85-Broooooocce!
9. Brothers in Arms-Dire Straits
10. Hysteria-Def Leppard

I'm gonna check on this further because this second list seems questionable but it sure is a stark contrast to the 90's list. At least 4 albums that are fucking great as opposed to...none on the 90's list. In fact everything on the 90's list is a total piece of shit, and Conway, I don't want to hear anything about Shania being exempt from that statement!


Anonymous said...

I won't say she is exempt, but I will implore you, once more, to hear past the terrible Mutt Lang production of that album to the pure and potent raw talent and beauty of her voice and songwriting skills. Not to mention the best mid-drift in popular music. And what about Ropin' The Wind?


Anonymous said...

That Collins album was huge. it was a hit machine.
I can believe that back in black is 2 and above born in the USA. I would be surprized if it was on a list of top ten albums from the 80s, bough IN the 80s. I would think there would be stuff liek Cyndi Lauper and lots of Madonna that sold better than acdc.


DB said...

EW did a list of the top 25 selling albums of ALL TIME several years back, and Back in Black was on there.

Erik said...

Top selling in the US or world-wide? You get very different results if you search for top-selling 80's records in the UK, for example.

But as for the lists - practically no country artists in the 80's (Dire Straits possibly in some ways, but not officially), whereas 4 out of 10 in the 90's. Wild.

Anonymous said...

what about the 70's


Anonymous said...

These lists could be an emperical argument for the idea that while the 80s seem like the endtimes while they were going on, Things Overall could be getting even worse.

Anonymous said...

yeah what about the 0070s AD?

alice said...

i'm pretty sure that killer love song "i'm a roman, you're a jew" was big back in the 0070s AD. but i don't remember who wrote that hit.