Last week I was a watching a VH1 documentary on Nirvana and the music scene in the early 90s.  As they often do during shows like these, they'll flash up a quick image of the Billboard charts from when the band hit #1.

 

This particular chart, from December 1991, struck me as very poignant.  To me, I think the greatest year of music was probably 1991.  Many of my Top 20 favorite albums came out in 1991 (almost all of them came out between 1987-1992).  To me, this made me think that this could be the best-looking chart in the history of music.  Which chart do you prefer, the chart from December 1991, or December 2012?

December 1991*

  1. Nirvana - Nevermind
  2. Garth Brooks - Ropin the Wind
  3. M.C. Hammer - 2 Legit 2 Quit
  4. U2 - Achtung Baby
  5. Michael Jackson - Dangerous
  6. Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony
  7. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II
  8. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I
  9. Metalica - Metallica [The Black Album]
  10. Michael Bolton - Time, Love and Tenderness

 

December 2012~

  1. Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire
  2. Taylor Swift - Red
  3. One Direction - Take Me Home
  4. Phillip Phillips - The World From the Side of the Moon
  5. Rihanna - Unapologetic
  6. Kid Rock - Rebel Soul
  7. Pink - The Truth About Love
  8. Jason Aldean - NIght Train
  9. Keyshia Cole - Woman to Woman
  10. Mumford & Sons - Babel

 

*For the purposes of this article, the albums representing December 1991 actually came from January 1992

~For the purposes of the article, compilation discs and Christmas albums have been omitted