Many of the albums that turn 30 in 2024 are considered classics. Honestly, it’s rather overwhelming to look back at all of the gold that came out in 1994.

To begin with, 1994 saw the release of Green Day’s mainstream breakthrough Dookie. The album has sold over 10 million copies in the United States along. Then again, when your album features hits like “Longview,” “Basket Case” “Welcome to Paradise” and “When I Come Around,” the success isn’t terribly shocking.

Alice in Chains had a major hit with their EP Jar of Flies. Released in January, Jar of Flies was the first EP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The EP features classic tracks “No Excuses,” “Don’t Follow” and “I Stay Away.”

Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nail found themselves releasing future classics on the same date. March 8, 1994 saw the release of Superunknown and The Downward Spiral, respectively. As far as who ranked where on the Billboard 200 album chart, Superunknown debuted at No. 1, with The Downward Spiral coming in at No. 2.

The world met Weezer in 1994 with their self-titled debut album (aka: The Blue Album). That LP featured a number of gems including “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly” and “Undone — The Sweater Song.” Also making their debut in 1994 was Oasis with their classic LP Definitely Maybe. The album is chock-full of hits including “Live Forever,” “Shakermaker,” “Supersonic” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.”

Believe it or not, we’re just scratching the surface with the above titles! Other acts to release major albums in 1994 include Nirvana, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Hole, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, Beck, Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, Korn, Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera and more! Keep scrolling to see the other albums that turn 30 in 2024!

  • Soundgarden - ‘Superunknown’

    Soundgarden’s hit fourth studio album, Superunknown, was released on March 8, 1994. The album features a number of the band’s signature tunes including, “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days” and “Black Hole Sun.”

  • Jeff Buckley - ‘Grace’

    Jeff Buckley’s sole album, Grace, was released on August 23, 1994. The legend of Grace has grown in the years since Buckley’s accidental drowning death in 1997. The album has been an influence on many singer-songwriters from Rufus Wainwright to Aimee Mann to Chris Cornell.

  • Nine Inch Nails - ‘The Downward Spiral’

    Nine Inch Nails released their second studio album, The Downward Spiral, on March 8, 1994. Notable tracks include “March of the Pigs,” “Mr. Self Destruct” and “Closer.”

  • Hole - ‘Live Through This’

    Hole’s second studio album, Live Through This, was released on April 12, 1994. The album features “Violet,” “Miss World” and “Doll Parts.”

  • Oasis - ‘Definitely Maybe’

    Oasis’s classic debut album, Definitely Maybe, was released on August 29, 1994. The album features a number of notable tracks including “Live Forever,” “Shakermaker,” “Supersonic” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.”

  • Nirvana - ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’

    Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York was released on November 1, 1994. It was recorded on November 18, 1993, and it aired on MTV on December 16, 1993. It was the first released following Kurt Cobain’s death in April 1994.

  • Beck - ‘Mellow Gold’

    Beck’s third studio album, Mellow Gold, was released on March 1, 1994. The album was Beck’s commercial breakthrough thanks to “Loser,” which peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Pearl Jam - ‘Vitalogy’

    Pearl Jam’s third studio album, Vitalogy, was released on November 22, 1994. The album features “Better Man,” “Corduroy” and “Not for You.”

  • Green Day - ‘Dookie’

    Green Day’s Dookie was released on February 1, 1994. The album was a massive breakthrough for the band and featured the hits “Longview,” “Basket Case” “Welcome to Paradise” and “When I Come Around.”

  • Beastie Boys - ‘Ill Communication’

    Ill Communication was the fourth studio album from the Beastie Boys. It features the classic tracks “Sabotage,” “Sure Shot” and “Root Down.”

  • Tori Amos - ‘Under the Pink’

    Tori Amos released her second studio album, Under the Pink, on January 31, 1994. The album went double platinum in the United States and features “Cornflake Girl,” “God,” “Pretty Good Year” and “Past the Mission.”

  • Alice in Chains - ‘Jar of Flies’

    Jar of Flies was an EP released by Alice in Chains on January 25, 1994. It was the first EP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The EP features classic tracks “No Excuses,” “Don’t Follow” and “I Stay Away.”

  • The Cranberries - ‘No Need to Argue’

    The Cranberries released their second studio album, No Need to Argue, on October 3, 1994. It features “Ridiculous Thoughts,” “Ode to My Family,” “I Can’t Be with You” and “Zombie.”

  • Stone Temple Pilots - ‘Purple’

    Purple, Stone Temple Pilots’ second studio album, was released on June 7, 1994. The album featured notable hits “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Big Empty.”

  • Pantera - ‘Far Beyond Driven’

    Pantera released Far Beyond Driven on March 22, 1994. It was the metal band’s seventh studio album, and it featured “I’m Broken,” “Planet Caravan,” “5 Minutes Alone” and “Becoming.”

  • Pink Floyd - ‘The Division Bell’

    The Divison Bell, Pink Floyd’s fourteenth studio album, was released on March 28, 1994. It would be the band’s penultimate album before 2014’s The Endless River.

  • Korn - ‘Korn’

    Korn’s self-titled debut album was released on October 11, 1994. It features “Blind,” “Need To,” “Shoots and Ladders” and “Clown.”

  • The Offspring - ‘Smash’

    Smash, The Offspring’s third studio album, was released on April 8, 1994. It’s sold over 11 million copies worldwide and features “Come Out and Play” and “Self Esteem.”

  • Weezer - ‘Weezer’ (The Blue Album)

    Weezer (aka: The Blue Album) was released on May 10, 1994. The debut album from Rivers Cuomo and Co. features “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly” and “Undone — The Sweater Song.”

  • Motley Crue - ‘Motley Crue’

    Motley Crue’s self-titled sixth studio album was released on March 15, 1994. The album is a notable departure from the Crue’s previous hair/glam work and features singer John Corabi.

  • Pretenders - ‘Last of the Independents

    Last of the Independents was the sixth studio album from the Pretenders. The album features “Night in My Veins,” “977” and “I’ll Stand By You.”

  • The Rolling Stones - ‘Voodoo Lounge’

    The Rolling Stones released Voodoo Lounge on July 11, 1994. It was their first album since 1989’s Steel Wheels. The album features “You Got Me Rocking” and “Love is Strong.”

  • Tom Petty - ‘Wildflowers’

    Tom Petty’s Wildflowers was released on November 1, 1994. The acclaimed second studio album from Petty featured “It’s Good to Be King,” “You Wreck Me” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels.”

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