The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Tag 25 years old

CLASSIC ’90s: Nas – ‘Illmatic’

Arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Nas’ 1994 debut ‘Illmatic’ is a perfect distillation of the genre’s essence.

CLASSIC ’90s: Green Day – ‘Dookie’

A flagstone for the mainstream success of pop-punk in the Nineties, the youthful energy of Green Day’s third album ‘Dookie’ is timeless.

CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’

With the addition of Darren Emerson and the release of 1994’s seminal ‘dubnobasswithmyheadman’, Underworld went from has-beens to pioneers.

CLASSIC ’90s: Björk – ‘Debut’

25 years later, Björk’s breakout album ‘Debut’ still sounds stunningly modern and forward-thinking.

CULT ’90s: Liz Phair – ‘Exile In Guyville’

‘Exile In Guyville’, Liz Phair’s witty, detailed, and emotional vision of male-dominated society, makes living in one much easier.

Liz Phair’s ‘Girly-Sound To Guyville’ 25th Anniversary Box Set

Matador’s 25th anniversary box set is both a formal acknowledgment of the importance of Liz Phair to American indie history, as well as her early experimental songwriting.

CULT ’90s: Blur – ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’

While it may dwell in ‘Parklife’s shadow in terms of its wider popularity, ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ is the most indispensable album of Blur’s career, and formed a key thematic plank for Britpop.

CLASSIC ’90s: Suede – ‘Suede’

The impact of Suede’s 1993 debut album ‘Suede’, one of the first masterpieces of Britpop and which introduced one of the most hyped British bands ever.