Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

Consumer Guide:
  User's Guide
  Grades 1990-
  Grades 1969-89
Books
Writings:
  CG Columns
  Rock&Roll& [new]
  Rock&Roll& [old]
  Music Essays
  Music Reviews
  Book Reviews
  NAJP Blog
  Playboy
  Blender
  Rolling Stone
  Billboard
  Video Reviews
  Pazz & Jop
  Recyclables
  Newsprint
  Lists
  Miscellany
Bibliography
NPR
Web Site:
  Home
  Site Map
  What's New?
Carola Dibbell
CG Search:
Google Search:
Twitter:

The 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll

Albums

1. PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (Island) 1492 (120)
2. Tricky: Maxinquaye (Island) 868 (71)
3. Moby: Everything Is Wrong (Elektra) 481 (44)
4. Elastica: Elastica (DGC) 450 (42)
5. Neil Young: Mirror Ball (Reprise) 440 (40)
6. Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (Roswell/Capitol) 407 (43)
7. Bjork: Post (4AD/Elektra) 371 (35)
8. Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad (Columbia) 358 (33)
9. Yo La Tengo: Electr-O-Pura (Matador) 333 (32)
10. Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (Epic) 295 (28)
11. Joan Osborne: Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury) 288 (28)
12. Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball (Elektra) 273 (23)
13. Son Volt: Trace (Warner Bros.) 269 (34)
14. Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Virgin) 267 (26)
15. Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx . . . (RCA) 260 (17)
16. Rancid: . . . And Out Come the Wolves (Epitaph) 249 (24)
17. Pavement: Wowee Zowee (Matador) 213 (18)
18. Sonic Youth: Washing Machine (DGC) 204 (21)
19. Garbage: Garbage (Almo Sounds) 202 (19)
20. Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun (Zoo) 201 (20)
21. D'Angelo: Brown Sugar (EMI) 200 (20)
22. PM Dawn: Jesus Wept (Gee Street) 194 (22)
23. Goldie: Timeless (FFRR) 193 (20)
24. The Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust (Astralwerks) 181 (16)
25. The 6ths: Wasps' Nests (London) 180 (18)
26. The Geraldine Fibbers: Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home (Virgin) 180 (17)
27. Buju Banton: 'Til Shiloh (Loose Cannon) 177 (16)
28. TLC: CrazySexyCool (LaFace) 173 (19) *
29. James Carter: The Real Quietstorm (Atlantic) 170 (17)
30. [File Under Prince]: The Gold Experience (Warner Bros.) 165 (19)
31. Dionne Farris: Wild Seed--Wild Flower (Columbia) 163 (17) *
32. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (Maverick/Reprise) 160 (16)
33. Guided by Voices: Alien Lanes (Matador) 159 (13)
34. Wilco: A.M. (Sire/Reprise) 157 (16)
35. The Bottle Rockets: The Brooklyn Side (ESD/Tag Recordings/Atlantic) 152 (12) *
36. Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Five (Passenger) 151 (13)
37. The Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass (American) 149 (16)
38. The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready To Die (Bad Boy) 148 (12) *
39. Ol' Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (Elektra) 144 (14)
40. Dwight Yoakam: Gone (Reprise) 142 (15)

*Includes 1994 votes: TLC 44 (5), Dionne Farris 78 (9), the Bottle Rockets 89 (8), the Notorious B.I.G. 63 (5).

This poll compiles ballots from 278 critics, who divided 100 points among 10 1995 albums. Points determined placement, with total mentions (indicated in parentheses) used for tie-breaking. Maximum per album: 30. Minimum: 5.

Singles

1. Coolio: "Gangsta's Paradise" (MCA Soundtracks) 81
2. Edwyn Collins: "A Girl Like You" (Bar/None/A&M) 48
Alanis Morissette: "You Oughta Know" (Maverick/Reprise) 48
4. Elastica: "Connection" (DGC) 39 *
5. TLC: "Waterfalls" (LaFace) 38
6. Joan Osborne: "One of Us" (Blue Gorilla/Mercury) 34
7. PJ Harvey: "Down by the Water" (Island) 31
8. TLC: "Creep" (LaFace) 30 *
9. Dionne Farris: "I Know" (Columbia) 22
Shaggy: "Boombastic" (Virgin) 22
11. Oasis: "Wonderwall" (Epic) 21
12. Foo Fighters: "This Is a Call" (Roswell/Capitol) 20
The Presidents of the United States of America: "Lump" (Columbia) 20
14. Method Man: "I'll Be There for You"/"You're All I Need To Get By" (Featuring Mary J. Blige) (Def Jam) 19
15. Foo Fighters: "I'll Stick Around" (Roswell/Capitol) 17
Matthew Sweet: "Sick of Myself" (Zoo) 17
17. Portishead: "Sour Times" (London) 16 *
Seal: "Kiss From a Rose" (ZTT/Sire/Warner Bros.) 16
Skee-Lo: "I Wish" (Scotti Bros./Sunshine) 16
20. Goo Goo Dolls: "Name" (Metal Blade/Warner Bros.) 15
Smashing Pumpkins: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" (Virgin) 15
22. Elastica: "Stutter" (DGC) 14 *
Filter: "Hey Man Nice Shot" (Reprise) 14
Garbage: "Queer" (Almo Sounds) 14
Luniz: "I Got 5 on It" (Noo Trybe) 14

*Includes 1994 votes: "Connection" 2, "Creep" 15, "Sour Times" 5, "Stutter" 1

Reissues

1. The Velvet Underground: Peel Slowly and See (Polydor) 57
2. John Coltrane: The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino/Atlantic Jazz Gallery) 44
3. Marvin Gaye: The Master 1961-1984 (Motown) 20
Love: Love Story 1966-1972 (Elektra Traditions/Rhino) 20
5. Joe Meek: It's Hard To Believe: The Amazing World of Joe Meek (Razor & Tie) 16
6. The Who: Live at Leeds (MCA) 13
7. Def Jam: The First 10 Years: Def Jam (11)
Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings (Prestige) 11
Harry Nilsson: Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (RCA) 11
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Playback (MCA) 11

Miles Davis's previously unreleased eight-CD Live at the Plugged Nickel received 15 reissue votes as well as one album mention.

Compilations

1. Macro Dub Infection--Volume 1 (Caroline) 28
2. Excursions in Ambience: The 4th Frontier (Astralwerks) 7
The Real Trip: Further Self-Evident Truths (Rising High) 7
The Rebirth of Cool Volume 3 (4th & B'way) 7
The Secret Museum of Mankind Vol. 1 (Yazoo) 7
6. Give 'Em Enough Dope Vol. 2 (C&S) 6
Headz (Mo' Wax import) 6
8. Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru (Luaka Bop/Warner Bros.) 5
Planet Squeezbox (Ellipsis Arts . . .) 5

Videos

1. Bjork: "It's Oh So Quiet" (Spike Jonze) 33
2. Michael Jackson: "Scream" (Mark Romanek) 26
3. PJ Harvey: "Down by the Water" (Maria Mochnacz) 20
4. The Beatles: "Free as a Bird" (Joe Pytka) 19
5. Madonna: "Bedtime Story" (Mark Romanek) 16
6. Elastica: "Connection" (David Mould) 13
TLC: "Waterfalls" (F. Gary Gray) 13
8. Skee-Lo: "I Wish" (Marty Thomas) 12
Smashing Pumpkins: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" (Samuel Bayer) 12
Yo La Tengo: "Tom Courtenay" (Phil Morrison) 12

Village Voice, Feb. 20, 1996


1994 Essay | Dean's List 1996