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Rocktology! Top CDs of the ’90s tournament

Compact Disc logo and symbol, meaning, history, PNGIt’s Rocktology! Our Top CDs of the ’90s tournament.

This tournament is as much about the audio format as it is about the artists who released these albums. The 1990s and the compact disc (CD) will be forever linked in pop culture history. Record companies were able to make more of these discs faster and cheaper than vinyl records, and could sell them at a premium. The rise of video and the global mega star in the ’80s, amplified by this new digital technology, set the stage for a blockbuster bonanza throughout the ’90s.

Additionally, the development of Soundscan technology, which tracks record sales by bar code, was also a boon to the music industry. With the accurate data generated by tracking actual sales, record companies realized that there was a huge demand for styles of music previously viewed as niche. “Urban” styles, country, Christian, latin and what came to be known as “alternative” rock. Marketing and development dollars flooded into these splintering genres and redefined the music industry.

The ’90s were also a golden age for creativity. These and many other records sold well because they were created by great artists at the top of their game. Of equal importance, each of these projects was carefully produced. Producers like Rick Rubin and production teams like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis became superstars in their own right.

This year, you have two ways to vote: 

You can vote right on our site – 360degreesound.com (hello, you’re here). Each bracket group has its own post that contains all the matches. In each match, click on your choice and then click VOTE (very important).

You can also vote on Twitter @360degreesound (but you’re already here, so…). We’ll put up a Twitter poll for each match anyway, since we like to be accommodating to your modern lifestyle.

Each poll will be open for 48 hrs. Once the Twitter poll ends, we will stop counting votes on the site. We’ll tabulate the votes from the two sources and post the results right here in the master post. You can keep track as the tournament progresses.

In another new wrinkle for this year, you can also win a handsome 360 Sound t-shirt. Go to the Contact page and email us your prediction for the Final 4. For tie-break purposes, also include your prediction for the ultimate champion. We’ll give away a dozen shirts to the 12 people who are the most right. Check out the brackets below and place your side bet!

Get involved, vote your favorites and follow along. Help us crown the champion of one of the wildest, most-overheated decades in music history.

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Rocktology! Group D Final poll: Top CDs of the ’90s tournament

Final Four

FINAL FOURFINALSCHAMPIONFINALSFINAL FOUR
Come on Over – Shania Twain (49%)(56%) Nevermind – Nirvana
Metallica (black album) – Metallica (51%)Metallica (black album) – Metallica (56%)Metallica (black album) – Metallica(44%) Nevermind – Nirvana(44%) Ten – Pearl Jam

Group A

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4
No Fences – Garth Brooks (49.9%)
Come on Over – Shania Twain (50.1%)Come on Over – Shania Twain (64%)
Come on Over – Shania Twain (68%)
Illmatic – Nas (30%)Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – Wu-Tang Clan (36%)
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – Wu-Tang Clan (70%)
Come on Over – Shania Twain (68%)
Grace – Jeff Buckley (58%)
Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair (42%)Grace – Jeff Buckley (68%)
Grace – Jeff Buckley (58%)
Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet (66%)Girlfriend – Matthew Sweet (32%)
Surfacing – Sarah McLachlan (34%)
Superunknown – Soundgarden (72%)
Rust in Peace – Megadeth (28%)Superunknown – Soundgarden (59%)
Superunknown – Soundgarden (44%)
Achtung Baby – U2 (51%)Achtung Baby – U2 (41%)
Supernatural – Santana (49%)
Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G. (32%)
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette (50.1%)
Weezer (blue album) – Weezer (49.9%)Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette (38%)
Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G. (56%)
All Eyez on Me – 2Pac (43%)Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G. (62%)
Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G. (57%)

Group B

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4
Dig Your Own Hole – Chemical Bros (50.1%)
The Fat of the Land – The Prodigy (49.9%)Dig Your Own Hole – Chemical Bros (36%)
Baduizm – Erykah Badu (11%)
Baduizm – Erykah Badu (56%)Baduizm – Erykah Badu (64%)
My Life – Mary J Blige (44%)
Metallica (black album) – Metallica (75%)
The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails (58%)
OK Computer – Radiohead (42%)The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails (43%)
Metallica (black album) – Metallica (89%)
Aenima – Tool (26%)Metallica (black album) – Metallica (57%)
Metallica (black album) – Metallica (74%)
Odelay – Beck (67%)
Aquemini – Outkast (33%)Odelay – Beck (83%)
Odelay – Beck (28%)
Relish – Joan Osborne (40%)II – Seal (17%)
II – Seal (60%)
Dirt – Alice in Chains (25%)
Dirt – Alice in Chains (73%)
Purple – Stone Temple Pilots (27%)Dirt – Alice in Chains (77%)
Dirt – Alice in Chains (72%)
The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest (28%)Ill Communication – Beastie Boys (23%)
Ill Communication – Beastie Boys (72%)

Group C

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4
Dummy – Portishead (50.1%)
Blue Lines – Massive Attack (49.9%)Dummy – Portishead (35%)
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill (18%)
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill (63%)Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill (65%)
The Score – The Fugees (37%)
Nevermind – Nirvana (67%)
Nevermind – Nirvana (82%)
The Colour and the Shape – Foo Fighters (18%)Nevermind – Nirvana (82%)
Nevermind – Nirvana (82%)
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis (42%)Out of Time – REM (18%)
Out of Time – REM (58%)
Homework – Daft Punk (58%)
Different Class – Pulp (42%)Homework – Daft Punk (45%)
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow (59%)
Cracked Rear View – Hootie and the Blowfish (49%)Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow (55%)
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow (51%)
Tuesday Night Music Club – Sheryl Crow (33%)
Under the Table and Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band (45%)
August and Everything After – Counting Crows (55%)August and Everything After – Counting Crows (69%)
August and Everything After – Counting Crows (41%)
II – Boyz 2 Men (40%)janet. – Janet Jackson (31%)
janet. – Janet Jackson (60%)

Group D

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4
Play – Moby (48%)
You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – Fat Boy Slim (52%)You’ve Come a Long Way Baby – Fat Boy Slim (30%)
CrazySexyCool – TLC (50.1%)
Brown Sugar – D’Angelo (47%)CrazySexyCool – TLC (70%)
CrazySexyCool – TLC (53%)
CrazySexyCool – TLC (21%)
Dookie – Green Day (66%)
Smash – The Offspring (34%)Dookie – Green Day (54%)
Dookie – Green Day (49.9%)
Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins (61%)Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins (46%)
Crooked Crooked Rain – Pavement (39%)
Ten – Pearl Jam (67%)
Being There – Wilco (33%)Ten – Pearl Jam (66%)
Ten – Pearl Jam (73%)
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (72%)Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (34%)
BloodSugarSexMagik – Red Hot Chili Peppers (28%)
Ten – Pearl Jam (79%)
Violator – Depeche Mode (46%)
Ritual de lo Habitual – Jane’s Addiction (54%)Ritual de lo Habitual – Jane’s Addiction (51%)
Ritual de lo Habitual – Jane’s Addiction (27%)
The Chronic – Dr Dre (68%)The Chronic – Dr Dre (49%)
Doggy Style – Snoop Doggy Dog (32%)

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