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The 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. Hole: Live Through This (DGC) 1552 (121)
2. Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador) 859 (77)
3. R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Bros.) 634 (66)
4. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) 552 (50)
5. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels (Reprise) 520 (49)
6. Liz Phair: Whip-Smart (Matador) 499 (44)
7. Johnny Cash: American Recordings (American) 482 (47)
8. Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand (Scat) 464 (41)
9. Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (Nothing/TVT/Interscope) 460 (43)
10. Beck: Mellow Gold (DGC) 450 (44)
11. Soundgarden: Superunknown (A&M) 411 (37)
12. Green Day: Dookie (Reprise) 368 (35)
13. Freedy Johnston: This Perfect World (Elektra) 359 (37)
14. Portishead: Dummy (Go Discs/London) 351 (36)
15. Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (Grand Royal) 318 (35)
16. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Orange (Matador) 274 (25)
17. Victoria Williams: Loose (Mammoth) 265 (27)
18. Iris DeMent: My Life (Warner Bros.) 263 (24)
19. Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis (Virgin) 248 (23)
20. Sebadoh: Bakesale (Sub Pop) 241 (25)
21. Sugar: File Under: Easy Listening (Rykodisc) 229 (21)
22. Warren G: Regulate . . . G Funk Era (Violator/RAL) 214 (22)
23. Jeff Buckley: Grace (Columbia) 211 (21)
24. Kristin Hersh: Hips and Makers (Sire/Reprise) 193 (16)
25. Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (Epic) 192 (19)
26. Madonna: Bedtime Stories (Maverick/Sire) 191 (19)
27. Latin Playboys: Latin Playboys (Slash/Warner Bros.) 189 (22)
28. Lisa Germano: Geek the Girl (4AD) 181 (19)
29. The Magnetic Fields: The Charm of the Highway Strip (Merge) 177 (16)
30. Luscious Jackson: Natural Ingredients (Grand Royal) 162 (19)
31. Elvis Costello: Brutal Youth (Warner Bros.) 161 (15)
32. Grant Lee Buffalo: Mighty Joe Moon (Slash/Reprise) 158 (11)
33. Nas: Illmatic (Columbia) 149 (15)
34. Digable Planets: Blowout Comb (Pendulum/EMI) 146 (17)
35. The Mavericks: What a Crying Shame (MCA) 146 (16)
36. K. McCarty: Dead Dog's Eyeball (Bar/None) 145 (12)
37. Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Bros.) 129 (13)
38. Ted Hawkins: The Next Hundred Years (DGC) 127 (13)
39. Shara Nelson: What Silence Knows (Chrysalis) 126 (14) *
40. Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu (Hannibal) 124 (12)

*Includes 1993 import votes: 23 (3).

This poll compiles ballots from 298 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1994 albums. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used for tie-breaking. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5.

Singles

1. Beck: "Loser" (DGC) 89 *
2. Veruca Salt: "Seether" (DGC) 46
3. Coolio: "Fantastic Voyage" (Tommy Boy) 42
4. Warren G: "Regulate" (Violator/RAL) 40
5. Beastie Boys: "Sabotage" (Grand Royal) 35
6. R.E.M.: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" (Warner Bros.) 30
7. Pavement: "Cut Your Hair" (Matador) 29
8. Hole: "Doll Parts" (DGC) 28
Liz Phair: "Supernova" (Matador) 28
10. Offspring: "Come Out and Play" (Phantom) 10
11. Sheryl Crow: "All I Want To Do" (A&M) 25
12. Ini Kamoze: "Here Comes the Hotstepper (Heartical Mix)" (Columbia) 24
Salt-n-Pepa: "Whatta Man" (Next Plateau) 24 *
14. Craig Mack: "Flava in Ya Ear" (Bad Boy) 21
Nine Inch Nails: "Closer" (Nothing/TVT/Interscope) 21
16. The Cranberries: "Zombie" (Island) 20
Hole: "Miss World" (DGC) 20
18. Des'ree: "You Gotta Be" (Columbia) 19
Madonna: "Secret" (Maverick/Sire) 19
Soundgarden: "Black Hole Sun" (A&M) 19
21. Blur: "Girls & Boys" (SBK/ERG) 18
Freedy Johnston: "Bad Reputation" (Elektra) 18
Mary Lou Lord: "Some Jingle Jangle Morning" (Kill Rock Stars) 18 *
Pretenders: "Night in My Veins" (Sire) 18
Snoop Doggy Dogg: "Gin and Juice" (Death Row/Interscope) 18
Bruce Springsteen: "Streets of Philadelphia" (Columbia) 18 *
Crystal Waters: "100% Pure Love" (Mercury) 18

*Includes 1993 votes: "Loser" 3, "Whatta Man" 7, "Some Jingle Jangle Morning" 11, "Streets of Philadelphia" 2.

EPs

1. Pizzicato Five: Five by Five (Matador) 15
2. Helium: Pirate Prude (Matador) 13
3. The Afghan Whigs: What Jail Is Like (Elektra) 12
Guided by Voices: Fast Japanese Spin Cycle (Engine) 12
Palace Songs: Hope (Drag City) 12
The Raincoats: Extended Play (Smells Like) 12
7. Matthew Sweet: Son of Altered Beast (Zoo) 11
8. Suede: Stay Together (Nude import) 9 *
9. Archers of Loaf: Archers of Loaf Versus the Greatest of All Time (Alias) 8
Bratmobile: The Real Janelle (Kill Rock Stars) 8
Elastica: Stutter (DGC) 8
Guided by Voices: I Am a Scientist (Scat) 8

*Includes one vote for domestic version on Nude/Columbia by "the London Suede."

Videos

1. Beastie Boys: "Sabotage" (Spike Jonze) 66
2. Nine Inch Nails: "Closer" (Mark Romantic) 32
3. Lucas: "Lucas With the Lid Off" (Michelle Gondry) 28
Weezer: "Buddy Holly" (Spike Jonze) 28
5. Soundgarden: "Black Hole Sun" (Howard Greenhalgh) 23
6. Beck: "Loser" (Steve Hanft) 19
7. Hole: "Doll Parts" (Samuel Bayer) 13
8. Coolio: "Fantastic Voyage" (F. Gary Gray) 10
Pavement: "Cut Your Hair" (D. Koretzky & R. Murphy) 10
10. Salt-n-Pepa/En Vogue: "Whatta Man" (Matthew Ralston) 9

Reissues

1. Louis Armstrong: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: 1923-34 (Columbia/Legacy) 34
2. The Sun Records Collection (Rhino) 24
3. Esquivel: Space-Age Bachelor Pad Music (Bar/None) 21
4. The Doo Wop Box (Rhino) 20
5. George Jones: The Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country (Legacy/Epic) 19
6. The Everly Brothers: Heartaches and Harmonies (Rhino) 18
Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear (Motown) 18
8. Sam Cooke: Sam Cooke's SAR Records Story (Abkco) 16
9. Bootsy Collins: Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (Warner Archives) 14
The Temptations: Emperors of Soul (Motown) 14

Village Voice, Feb. 28, 1995


1993 Essay | Dean's List 1995