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Aerosmith, Crazy, and Family: WITHIN proof that, sometimes, rock & Loside and uplift a creative sensi- Fact is, your Reserve vr We eant Repayment Proe You serve it. So you Car an mean valkee Think ab Then thin lifetime. THE TOP S0 ALBUMS OF 1990 aps the most significant work by a tist this year came from Trish- éad O'Connor. In 1987, O'Con- ed a stunning debut album, The QUINCY JONES 25 Back on the Block Warner Bros he Cobra, featuring songs of em- love-and-sex and wrought-up r* * TOM PETTY 2A Full Moon Fever-MCA y, sung in a fierce, feral voice as elic pain and as modern as punk Dlease Hrar HURT JOHNNY GILL e much of the most exciting mu- last decade or so, The Lion and was music that was formidable win a fierce cult and yet too e to enter pop's mainstream. chis year's I Do Not Want What Got, O'Connor delivered an al- explored harder truths - about faith, betrayed love and mur- 25 Johnny Gill-Motown See your r YOUNG M.C. 26 Stone Cold Rhymin'-Delicious Vinyl/Island FAITH NO MORE 27 The Real Thing-Slash/ Reprise KEITH SWEAT 28 rlGive All My Love to You Elektra BABYFACE sm - and she managed to sing 29 Tender Lover Solar/Epic M.C. HAMMER 1 stunned-sounding voice that Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em- Capitol MADONNA 30 I'm Breathless: Music From and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy' Sire ne of the biggest and most sur- PHIL COLLINS iences of the year. It was the 2 cess nobody could have pre- it showed how the barriers be- 3 mainstream and the margins But Seriously-Atlantic ANITA BAKER TCompositions - Elektra MICHAEL BOLTON Soul Provider- Columbia PUBLIC ENEMY ng to collapse in pop. 32 Fear of a Black Planet-DefJam/Columbia JANET JACKSON A Rhythm Nation 1814-A&M most of the valuable pop jour- ar, O'Connor's wasn't an easy 5 33 LISASTANSFIELD Affection-Arista WILSON PHILLIPS g the summer, when she re- ow the national anthem to be ne of her performances in , local and national media major news. Over- were calls for her to be de- | 7 to Ireland; radio stations an- Wilson Phillips- SBK SLAUGHTER 34 Stick It to Ya-Chrysalis AEROSMITH 6 Pump-Geffen POISON 35 Flesh and Blood- Enigma/ Capitol event as NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Hangin' Tough-Columbia TECHNOTRONIC 36 Pump Up the Jam: The Album-SBK SINEAD O'CONNOR IDo Not Want What I Haven't Got-Chrysalis were boycotting her music; vilified by other celebrities HEART 37 Brigade-Capitol ank Sinatra) and harassed in 9 and over, irate Americans BELL BIV DeVOE Poison-MCA 38 ALANNAH MYLES Alannah Myles-Atlantic ame question: What did ave against the anthem? 10 MARIAH CAREY Mariah Carey-Columbia is easy, and fairly innocent: to nationalism of BILLY IDOL 39 Charmed Life-Chrysalis PAULA ABDUL 1l Forever Your Girl- Virgin opposed in fact refused to pose with or a photo session for ROLL- rlier in the year.) But there question that wasn't asked Bould have been: Namely, in ck was treated as subversion nerican lawmakers and pun- JON BON JOVI A0 Blaze of Glory/Young Guns II-Mercury 12 DEPECHE MODE Violator-Sirel/Reprise BOBBY BROWN AI Dance... Ya Know It-MCA 13 BONNIE RAITT Nick of Time-Capitol GEORGE MICHAEL AL Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 - Columbia 14 THE B-52'S Cosmic Thing-Reprise da performer be forced to nation that is so reluctant to 43 DIGITAL UNDERGROUND Sex Packets-Tommy Boy 15 ERIC CLAPTON Journeyman-Reprise rights of its own artists? was another reminder that ous times to advertise one- MIDNIGHT OIL 44 Blue Sky Mining-Columbia Soundtrack-EMI 45 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE tent in American pop cul- 16 PRETTY WOMAN also a reminder that rock's st heroes aren't about to confronted by indignant 18 DON HENLEY 17 The End of the Innocence-Geffen Ragged Glory- Reprise A6 LIVING COLOUR Time's Up-Epic cking against social repres- apidity that's an activity e years now, rock & roll do better than virtually any tainment form. But at this only LINDA RONSTADT Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind-Elektra 47 PRINCE Graffiti Bridge- Paisley Park 19 BILLYJOEL Storm Front-Columbia 48 INXS X-Atlantic MILLI VANILLI 20 Girl You Know It's True-Arista ces that would not cail or silence that impulse anything, spirit of inso- 49 THE VAUGHAN BROTHERS Family Style- Epie THE 2 LIVE CREW 21 As Nasty As They Wanna Be-Luke Skywalker 1990 taught e rock as a MOTLEY CRÜE Dr. Feelgood-Elektra WARRANT 50 Cherry Pie-Columbia e time has come to form those who would gladly 22 Found this in the 1990 Rolling Stone Yearbook. You can almost smell the coming of Nirvana...
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Petty, Reddit, and Slayer: How I feel when my mix goes from Slayer to Dolly Parton to Too $hort to Tom Petty

How I feel when my mix goes from Slayer to Dolly Parton to Too $hort to Tom Petty

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