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7 Albums Turning 20 In 2014

Michelle Tiu |
February 1, 2014 | 11:22 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Green Day's 1994 album "Dookie," which turns 20 today, had a huge impact on modern day punk rock. (Twitpic)
Green Day's 1994 album "Dookie," which turns 20 today, had a huge impact on modern day punk rock. (Twitpic)
Today, Green Day's influential third album "Dookie" turns 20!

Released in 1994, this Grammy Award-winning record has been credited with shaping punk rock music into what it is today as well as reintroducing the genre into the mainstream after fading away in the late 70s and early 80s.

Without "Dookie," the Vans Warped Tour - America's longest running music festival - might not be around and without Warped Tour, bands like Yellowcard and blink-182 wouldn't even be here today!

In a Fuse article, Bayside bassist Nick Ghanbarian attributes the success of today's punk scene to the Green Day record: "Without 'Dookie,' I don't think blink-182 would have been welcomed into the mainstream so easily, and blink wound up helping break bands like Saves the Day, New Found Glory, and Taking Back Sunday. The whole trajectory of the past 20 years of pop-punk can be traced back to 'Dookie.'"

The members of Green Day weren't the only ones to drop a great record in 1994 though. Here are 7 more iconic albums that are turning 20 this year!

"Weezer," Weezer

While most people might only know Weezer thanks to the success of their 2005 single "Beverly Hills," the band's self-titled debut album (also known as "The Blue Album") is often considered one of the greatest albums of all time by music critics.

If you don't already own this record, you might at least recognize "My Name Is Jonas" and "Say It Ain't So" as tracks featured on the popular music video games series "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero."

Fun Fact: The music video for "Undone - The Sweater Song" - the first single from "Weezer" - was directed by Spike Jonze. You probably know him better as the screenwriter, director, and producer of the Oscar-nominated film "Her."

"CrazySexyCool," TLC

Another popular item on critics' Greatest Albums of All Time lists, TLC's second album "CrazySexyCool" is the girls' most well-known release to date, having spawned the hit single "Waterfalls."

With over 23 million copies sold worldwide, "CrazySexyCool" is only second to the Spice Girls' debut record "Spice" (1996) as best-selling album by a girl group in the world.

"Ill Communication," Beastie Boys

Most famous for its lead single "Sabotage," the Beastie Boys' fourth studio release was the group's second to hit number one on the Billboard 200 and was especially notable for its unique blend of genres like jazz and rock into hip-hop music.

The album also marked the group's transition away from the frat boy image and party anthems like "Fight for Your Right."

With lyrics like "I want to say something that's long overdue / The disrespect to women has got to be through / To all the mothers and the sisters and the wives and friends / I want to offer my love and respect to the end," the Beastie Boys' songs on "Ill Communication" were more socially conscious and mature than most of their earlier records.

"Ready to Die," The Notorious B.I.G.

This record is one of the most iconic in hip-hop history - and for good reason!

Not only is "Ready to Die" the Notorious B.I.G.'s debut record, but it is also the first ever release from Bad Boy Records, the label founded by P. Diddy (known back then as "Puff Daddy") in 1993.

The album is recognized as having brought East Coast hip-hop back into the mainstream in a time when West Coast acts like Dr. Dre and Tupac were dominating the scene. As a result, "Ready to Die" was also a huge factor in starting the infamous feud between the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac that ultimately resulted in their untimely deaths.

Regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, "Ready to Die" was unfortunately the Notorious B.I.G.'s only studio release during his lifetime - the rapper was murdered just days before the release of his second album (ironically titled "Life After Death") in 1997.

"All-4-One," All-4-One

To this day, R&B group All-4-One is still best known for the song "I Swear," which came off their self-titled debut album. The single was incredibly successful, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 straight weeks and also winning the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (so long-winded!).

Unfortunately, All-4-One has largely faded into obscurity and become known as a one hit wonder - though they're still active to this day! The 5 records they've released since 1994 haven't been nearly as successful as their first.

Fun Fact: "I Swear" is featured in the "Despicable Me 2" movie and soundtrack. The song is performed by the Minions during Gru and Lucy's wedding at the end of the movie.

"Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," Aaliyah

Despite her incredibly short career, Aaliyah left a huge mark on the genres of R&B and hip-hop when she dropped her debut release "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number" in 1994 and continues to do so today - almost 13 years after her passing.

Many of today's biggest hip-hop artists, including J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, have paid tribute to the late singer by sampling her most memorable tracks. One of the most well-known songs to do so is Drake's "Unforgettable (Thank Me Later)," which samples "At Your Best You Are Love."

"The Lion King" Soundtrack

Can you believe that this Disney movie and its soundtrack are turning 20 this year?

With hits like "Hakuna Matata," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and Elton John's classic "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," it's no surprise that "The Lion King" soundtrack went 10 times platinum by 1995.

"The Lion King" soundtrack was only the second animated movie soundtrack to ever reach number one on the Billboard Top 10 (the first ever being the "Aladdin" soundtrack in 1992).

Fun Fact: "The Lion King" was the highest grossing film of all time by Walt Disney Animation Studios... Until "Frozen" came and grossed over $810 million worldwide in its first 10 weeks.

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