If an entire decade of music passed (you) by without notice, then there's either something wrong with you (ha), or something wrong with the music. Just kidding ...
I doubt that's the case, in all honesty. Perhaps you were pre-occupied or still getting over the music of the previous decade. No matter. Recorded music, now more accessible than ever, available 24/7, is there for the taking, and exploring; to me, it's almost more fun to play the catch up game and have my eyes opened after the crowds have dissipated and the publicity has all but vanished.
Here's a sample "Top Albums of the '90s" list that I found; I'm posting it for a baseline, and a baseline only. It's not supposed to be definitive, but rather, provides a quick take on some of the most ground-breaking albums from some of the signature bands of that decade.
Do you think the albums on this list have left an indelible mark?
10. OK Computer - Radiohead (1997)
9. Metallica - Metallica (1991) [commercial breakthrough]
8. Monster - REM (1994)
7. Weezer (aka The Blue Album) -- Weezer (1994)
6. Out of Time - REM (1991)
5. Ten - Pearl Jam (1991)
4. What's the Story, Morning Glory -- Oasis (1995)
3. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette (1995)
2. Never Mind - Nirvana (1991)
1. Blood Sugar Se x Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
Honorable mentions (for starters): Achtung Baby and Zooropa (U2 -- though not a nineties band); Siamese Dream (Smashing Pumpkins) ; Dookie (Green Day)
Many, many more ...
Overall, what's your reaction to the list?
What additional albums are on your radar for either "bests" or that represent the decade in terms of what was fresh and innovative?