Top 5 Canadian Albums of the 90s

Posted: February 9, 2015 in 90s Music, Alternative, Canadian Music, Grunge, Lists, Rock
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In teenage years, every emotion is felt in extremes. You obsess over everything. That boy/girl you like: you know everything about him/her and his/her schedule. That band you love: you listen to their album a million times over and over until the music stays forever embedded in your mind. Here’s a look at a few Canadian albums that rocked my world back in the day.

5. TruthJoée


I don’t care who you are or what walk of life you’re from, there’s no way you didn’t lose your mind when you heard any of Joée’s techno singles off this album. Whether it was hearing “Feel It In the Air (Reconstruction Mix)” at all ages nights at Palazzo, or blasting “Do You Right” on your car stereo, Joée was where it was at. Admit it, you were a fan, and this track was your jam:

4. UnderdogsMatthew Good Band


A solid group of B.C. rockers, arising during the alternative era in Canadian music. They know how to rock out, they know how to put on a show, and Matt Good knows how to piss people off: a notorious prick in the Canadian music industry. The album jumped onto the scene with tracks like “Everything is Automatic” and “Indestructible,” which showcased their typical alt-rock sound. They did find time, however, to take this musical tangent which has soldered itself into my mind:

3. Scenery and FishI Mother Earth


If you didn’t own a copy of this album, I probably wasn’t your friend: it was huge for this band. Fronted by dreamy lead singer Edwin, they perfected the alt-rock-grunge sound on practically every single on this album, including “Another Sunday,” and “One More Astronaut,” which also landed a coveted slot on the first installment of MuchMusic’s Big Shiny Tunes. Edwin eventually went on to attempt a solo career, but IME found another lead singer in Bryan Byrne and continue to make music; none of which, however, will ever top this track:

2. CreatureMoist


For a lot of Moist fans, their first album Silver was thought to be the better one. But for me, it was this one. I can still make out David Usher’s voice in my mind and recognize it anywhere. It’s unique, and somehow perfectly Canadian.Moist was also part of the budding alt-rock scene in the mid-late 90s, and this album produced addictive track after addictive track. From “Leave it Alone” to “Tangerine” to my personal favourite:

1. Naveed and ClumsyOur Lady Peace



I have to hand it to these guys, because I couldn’t pick between their first two albums. They were both monumental in being my gateway albums into the Canadian grunge-alt-rock music scene. Not to mention, lead singer Raine Maida was a total babe. Naveed was a much more guitar-heavy album, with tracks like “Starseed” and “Hope.” Clumsy was a much more introspective and dramatic album, with songs like “Clumsy” and “4am.” But the overwhelmingly anthemic feel to the following track is truly what won me over:

  1. morganmg78 says:

    Great choices! I have to go listen to Matt Good now.

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