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The 1990 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Neil Young: Ragged Glory (Reprise) 1282 (104)
2. Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Chrysalis) 1070 (87)
3. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam) 1026 (82)
4. Sonic Youth: Goo (DGC) 659 (63)
5. Living Colour: Time's Up (Epic) 606 (51)
6. Ice Cube: AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority) 533 (45)
7. Paul Simon: The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Bros.) 486 (42)
8. Rosanne Cash: Interiors (Columbia) 461 (42)
9. L.L. Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out (Def Jam) 457 (40)
10. Prince: Graffiti Bridge (Paisley Park) 417 (43)
11. Replacements: All Shook Down (Sire/Reprise) 366 (36)
12. The Chills: Submarine Bells (Slash/Warner Bros.) 349 (25)
13. Deee-Lite: World Clique (Elektra) 327 (36)
14. Queen Latifah: All Hail the Queen (Tommy Boy) 278 (29) *
15. World Party: Goodbye Jumbo (Chrysalis) 259 (23)
16. Red Hot and Blue (Chrysalis) 255 (23)
17. Lou Reed/John Cale: Songs for Drella (Sire/Warner Bros.) 249 (24)
18. A Tribe Called Quest: People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive) 247 (27)
19. Yo La Tengo: Fakebook (Restless/Bar/None) 242 (25)
20. Digital Underground: Sex Packets (Tommy Boy) 229 (27)
21. Los Lobos: The Neighborhood (Slash/Warner Bros.) 234 (23)
22. Lisa Stansfield: Affection (Arista) 218 (22)
23. The Carl Stalling Project (Warner Bros.) 202 (22)
24. Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual (Warner Bros.) 198 (19)
25. Youssou N'Dour: Set (Virgin) 188 (20)
26. Iggy Pop: Brick by Brick (Virgin) 188 (19)
27. Faith No More: The Real Thing (Slash/Warner Bros.) 186 (14) *
28. Van Morrison: Enlightenment (Mercury) 182 (18)
29. Pixies: Bossanova (4AD/Elektra) 168 (18)
30. The Neville Brothers: Brother's Keeper (A&M) 164 (17)
31. The Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker (Def American) 160 (14)
32. Robin Holcomb: Robin Holcomb (Elektra Musician) 159 (11)
33. 3rd Bass: The Cactus Album (Def Jam) 150 (16) *
34. Guy: The Future (MCA) 149 (15)
35. Pet Shop Boys: Behaviour (EMI) 141 (13)
36. Was (Not Was): Are You Okay? (Chrysalis) 139 (17)
37. Texas Tornados: Texas Tornados (Reprise) 139 (14)
38. Eno/Cale: Wrong Way Up (Opal/Warner Bros.) 138 (16)
39. Bob Dylan: Under the Red Sky (Columbia) 133 (10)
40. Midnight Oil: Blue Sky Mining (Columbia) 129 (13)

This poll compiles ballots from 289 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1990 albums. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used for tie-breaking. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5.

*Includes 1989 votes: Queen Latifah 173 (18), 3rd Bass 77 (9), Faith No More 67 (5)

Singles

1. Deee-Lite: "Groove Is in the Heart"/"What Is Love" (Elektra) 74
2. Sinéad O'Connor: "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Chrysalis) 69
3. Digital Underground: "The Humpty Dance" (Tommy Boy) 40 *
4. Madonna: "Vogue" (Sire/Warner Bros.) 39
5. Faith No More: "Epic" (Slash/Warner Bros.) 33
Lisa Stansfield: "All Around the World" (Arista) 33
7. Black Box: "Everybody Everybody" (Deconstruction) 32
8. Madonna: "Justify My Love" (Sire/Warner Bros.) 29
9. Soho: "Hippychick" (Atlantic) 27
10. Public Enemy: "Welcome to the Terrordome" (Def Jam) 26 *
11. DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega: "Tom's Diner" (A&M) 25
12. The B-52's: "Roam" (Sire/Warner Bros.) 23 *
Boogie Down Productions: "Love's Gonna Getcha (Material Love)" (23)
En Vogue: "Hold On" (Atlantic) 23
15. Public Enemy: "911 Is a Joke" (Def Jam) 22
16. Paul Simon: "The Obvious Child" (Warner Bros.) 21
17. Snap: "The Power" (Arista) 20
18. Jane's Addiction: "Been Caught Stealin'" (Warner Bros.) 19
19. Power Jam Featuring Chill Rob G: "The Power" (Wild Pitch) 17
20. Iggy Pop: "Candy" (Virgin) 16
21. Bell Biv Devoe: "Poison" (MCA) 15
C & C Music Company Featuring Freedom Williams: "Gonna Make You Sweat" (Columbia) 15
Monie Love: "Monie in the Middle" (Warner Bros.) 15
24. Sonic Youth: "Kool Thing"/"That's All I Want Right Now" (DGC) 14
World Party: "Put the Message in a Box" (Chrysalis) 14

*Includes 1989 votes: Public Enemy 10, Digital Underground 2, B-52's 1.

EPs

1. The Mekons: F.U.N. '90 (A&M) 27
2. Ice Cube: Kill at Will (Priority) 25
My Bloody Valentine: Glider (Sire/Warner Bros.) 25
4. Pavement: Demolition Plot J-7 (Drag City) 15
5. N.W.A.: 100 Miles and Runnin' (Priority) 12
6. Two Nice Girls: Like a Version (Rough Trade) 11
7. Fishbone: Bonin' in the Boneyard (Columbia) 10
8. Billy Bragg: The Internationale (Elektra) 9
9. Ride: Smile (Sire/Warner Bros.) 8
Screaming Trees: Something About This (Epic) 8

*Includes album vote: 1.

Reissues

1. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings (Columbia) 108
2. The Byrds: The Byrds (Columbia/Legacy) 62
3. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (Capitol) 40
4. Bo Diddley: The Chess Box (Chess) 34
5. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic) 26
6. Gang of Four: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century (Warner Bros.) 23
7. Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years (Capitol) 21
8. Frank Sinatra: The Reprise Collection (Reprise) 20
9. Elvis Costello: Girls, Girls, Girls (Columbia) 14
Miles Davis: Pangaea (Columbia) 14

*Includes album votes: Johnson 6, Davis 3

Videos

1. Deee-Lite: "Groove Is in the Heart" (Hiroyuki Nakano) 35
Madonna: "Justify My Love" (Jean-Baptiste Mondino) 35
3. Madonna: "Vogue" (David Fincher) 26
4. Jane's Addiction: "Been Caught Stealing" (Casey Niccoli) 17
5. Public Enemy: "911 Is a Joke" (Charles Stone II) 16
6. Faith No More: "Epic" (Ralph Ziman) 15
7. Sonic Youth: "Kool Thing" (Tamra Davis) 13
8. Neneh Cherry: "I've Got You Under My Skin" (Jean-Baptiste Mondino) 12
9. Billy Idol: "Cradle of Love" (David Fincher) 10
10. Ice Cube: "Dead Homiez" (Eric Meza) 8
Janet Jackson: "Love Will Never Do Without You" (Herb Ritts) 8
The Simpsons: "Do the Bartman" (Brad Bird) 8

Village Voice, Mar. 5, 1991


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