Time to throw on some headphones, put new batteries in your Walkman and load up the wayback machine.
Here are six album picks from 1996 that hopefully inform and inspire some further listening from a great era!
This album was released on July 30, 1996 two months after the death of frontman Bradley Nowell. The album would go on to become one of the most beloved albums of the 90’s and be certified 5× Platinum.
Evil Empire is the second album by Rage Against the Machine and was originally released on April 16, 1996. This solid sophomore offering solidified Rage as one of rock’s tops act as well as one of its most controversial and cutting edge.
On July 2, 1996 Blues Traveler drops “Live From the Fall” the bands first full-length live album. Showcasing the bands live sound. The recordings are from the bands memorable ’95 Fall tour and gave the public a taste of the band in a live setting that fans have come to prefer over the studio sounds from Blues Traveler.
The Score was released globally February 20, 1996, at a time when mainstream hip hop was at a turbulent time. This album with its radio-friendly songs and hooks provided by the vocals of Lauryn Hill have this album a fresh sound that would soon catch blending rap and her dynamic vocal range.
“All Eyez on Me” was the second album by 2Pac to chart at number 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts selling a staggering selling 566,000 copies in just the first week. Spin magazine gave the album 7 stars and said about it “As long as you don’t expect philanthropy from Tupac, you’ll find honesty and some pleasurably twisted scenarios.”
“Odelay” is the fifth album by Beck. He released it on June 18, 1996 and would go on to be the artist most successful album to date, largely due to the albums three singles “Where It’s At”, “Devils Haircut”, and “The New Pollution”, “Odelay” peaked at number sixteen on the Billboard 200.