Korn looking young as heck
1999 was 20 years ago.
TWENTY YEARS AGO, FAM! WTF?
We're old and so are you, but hey, 1999 had some iconic albums drop. Some of their songs still make it onto playlists today.
While this is certainly not a comprehensive list of everything badass released in '99, (Mogwai, Aphex Twin, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and Sufjan Stevens had notable collections of music), nor is it even our top ten. We wanted to put together ten albums that we think made a huge impact in culture, or were definitive of the generation.
So, if you're feeling nostalgic or curious to remember what was loaded up on your Sony Discman, here are 10 albums that came out in 1999 to make you feel old AF.
The Battle of Los Angeles – Rage Against The Machine
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Let’s kick this off with a banger. The third, highly-anticipated album from Rage Against The Machine, The Battle of Los Angeles,
hit just as heavy as the first two albums, but the spotlight was really on now-legendary guitarist Tom Morello as he pushed his already experimental guitar playing to the tenth degree.
The Slim Shady LP – Eminem
Arguably the biggest breakout rapper of that decade (and maybe even all time), Eminem’s debut mainstream album the Slim Shady LP
was so controversial that he got caught in the crossfires of blame for the Columbine shooting (something he addressed in his sophomore effort, the Marshall Mathers LP
Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Not that there weren’t chill tracks on their previous albums, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication
, showcased a more relaxed, less confrontational quartet with songs like “Scar Tissue,” “Otherside” and “Road Trippin’.”
…Baby one More Time – Britney Spears
Capturing the hearts of America, right before Napster and the age of downloading music would forever change the music industry, it’s safe to say Britney Spears was the last of a generation of pop stars that could make an enormous impact on the music world like she did with her breakout album.
Enema of the State – Blink-182
Blink 182’s iconic third album held a sacred spot in Case Logic CD binders of high-schoolers everywhere. Between “What’s My Age Again,” “Adam’s Song” and “All the Small Things,” Blink 182 proved that pop-punk wasn’t a trend dying anytime soon.
Significant Other – Limp Bizkit
The sophomore offering from Jacksonville, Florida nu-metal powerhouse Limp Bizkit returned with a more emotionally well-rounded record (definitely still angry, though), letting audiences digest some of frontman Fred Durst’s more melancholy lyrics.
Issues – Korn
Already secured as leaders of the nu-school, nu-metal icons Korn returned with Issues –
a much more mid-tempo and hip-hop-forward collection of music compared to their previous three records. And though Issues
may have been slower, there was a deeper darkness about the album, like maybe we could tell that frontman Jonathan Davis desperately needed to talk to a therapist soon.
Live with the San Francisco Symphony – Metallica
It’s not new that Metallica fans are divided on many issues regarding the beloved thrashers. One of those was whether or not fans really dug the band's live performance with the San Francisco Symphony, a rather epic and unexpected move for the quartet.
Play – Moby
Arguably one of the weirdest albums to get the mainstream attention that it did, Moby’s Play
harnessed elements of hip-hop, blues, country, folk and hardcore techno for a mix that was actually very pop and defined a sound for 1999.
Slipknot – Slipknot
Wearing masks and playing rock ’n’ roll wasn’t exactly a new concept, but somehow when Des Moines, Iowa’s 9-piece metal band Slipknot did it, it was scary as fuck. While the band had a DJ and used samples and scratching in their music, the onslaught of metal mixed with frontman Corey Taylor’s bone-shattering screams and almost tribal percussion textures was a recipe that captured the attention of an entire generation.
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