10 Albums that turn 25 in 2019

Virgin Radio

31 Dec 2018, 07:22

Some years are better than others for music, and 1994 was a fine vintage.

Britpop was born, making Oasis and Blur household names but grunge still held on strong.

As 2019 begins, take a look back at some of the iconic records that turn 25 this year.

Green Day 'Dookie' The band's third album became their best seller, and arguably catapulted them to stardom and provided a new platform for punk rock bands in the 90s. It was their first major-label release, and spawned the likes of 'Basket Case', 'When I Come Around' and 'Welcome To Paradise'

Pulp 'His 'n' Hers' Widely regarded as Pulp's breakthrough album, 'His 'n' Hers'went into the charts at number 9 and won them legions of fans. It was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize but lost out to M People (yes, really.) Singles from the record include 'Lipgloss', 'Do You Remember The First Time' and 'Razzmatazz'.Blur 'Parklife' The record saw a return to form for Damon Albarn and co, helped by the singles 'Girls & Boys', 'End Of A Century', 'To The End' and 'Parklife' . The latter was the subject of the infamous Britpop head to head chart battle with Oasis the following year in 1995 that saw them claim victory over their Mancunian rivals.

Manic Street Preachers 'Holy Bible' Quite unlike anyone else on the scene at the time, Manics carved their own path. 'Holy Bible' was their third studio album, and the last one recorded before Richie Edwards' disappearance in February 1995. It didn't sell as well as their previous records but has become the subject of critical acclaim over the years and is regularly named as one of the best albums of all time.

Oasis 'Definitely Maybe' The album that started it all for Oasis, and what a debut it was. It's hard to imagine a time when we didn't know who the Gallagher brothers were with their now infamous squabbling, but this is the album that saw them become tabloid fodder and launched parkas into the mainstream. Singles included 'Supersonic' 'Live Forever' and 'Cigarettes & Alcohol'.

Massive Attack 'Protection' This was the band's second studio album, and the last to feature Tricky before they went their separate ways. He went on to release solo music, and the band later released a remixed version of the record, 'No Protection' in 1995.R.E.M. 'Monster' Album number 9 for R.E.M. saw a dramatic shift in style for the band, and it was a deliberate decision to try something new, with louder guitars and simpler musical arrangements.  It features singles 'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?', 'Bang and Blame' and 'Tongue' and the band went on tour again for the first time since 1989.

The Cranberries 'No Need To Argue' The album that made everyone sit up and take notice, after the quiet release of 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We', their second record sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. It features their most successful single, 'Zombie'. Pulp Fiction - OST One of the most iconic films of the 90s was helped in no small part by the incredible soundtrack and the poster that adorned student dorms everywhere. Somewhat unusually, the album only featured nine songs from the movie, interspersed with dialogue. 7 other songs from the film were missed off, but one of the breakout tracks was Urge Overkill's cover of Neil Diamond's 'Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon'.Nirvana 'MTV Unplugged' Something a bit different for Nirvana, this acoustic performance was recorded for MTV in New York in 1993. Unlike other band's performances on the MTV series, Nirvana opted to play lesser-known songs of theirs plus covers of David Bowie, Lead Belly and Meat Puppets songs.