With old-school rhyme schemes, lo-fi punk, a little Latin flavor and a lot of their trademark pop culture snark, Beastie Boys unleashed a mid-'90s masterpiece.
Inspired by the scenic Zuma Beach where Perry Farrell and Porno For Pyros recorded it, their atmospheric second album still sounds ocean-sized.
Smashing Pumpkins didn't rocket to stardom with their 1991 debut, but 'Gish' set an elaborate (and psychedelic) stage for Corgan and Co. to explore.
Although plenty of subsequent Bowie collections are far more comprehensive, none captured a specific moment in Bowie's evolution better than the first.
In 1996, Sublime became one of the biggest bands on the planet after the release of their self-titled major label debut. But Bradley Nowell was already gone.
The second album from Damon Albarn's virtual band secured their spot among the most evocative on the planet – despite the fact that they don't really exist.
Frontman Jakob Dylan could never escape the shadow of his legendary dad, but for a good chunk of the '90s, he became an icon entirely on his own.
Foo Fighters' 1997 sophomore album is their first as an official band, but it also turned Dave Grohl into a household name anywhere FM radio reached.
Following the rampant success of 1994's 'Superunknown,' Soundgarden released a darker, self-produced album in 1996 and it (temporarily) served as their swan song.
Two years after their trippy 2008 album with Danger Mouse, the Black Keys went back to basics and released their self-produced, blues-fueled breakthrough.