15 Albums You Won’t Believe Are Now Three Decades Old

You know you’re getting old when you find out that the films, TV shows and music albums you still enjoy as an adult were originally released decades and decades and decades ago. Every single one of the 15 albums listed below was released in 1991, which believe it or not was 30 whole years ago. How many of these musical masterpieces do you remember listening to as a child or a teenager? And which was your absolute favourite?


15. Simply Red – Stars

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Stars by Simply Red, which features the group’s hit single Something Got Me Started in addition to its gorgeous title track, is one of the best selling albums of all time in the UK with nearly three and a half million copies sold.

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14. Roxette – Joyride

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Referred to as “the work of two pop artists at the top of their game” by one reviewer, Roxette’s Joyride reached the number one spot in seven countries.

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13. Michael Jackson – Dangerous

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An album that spawned an incredible nine hit singles, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous is one of the best selling albums of all time with sales of over 32 million.

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12. Nirvana – Nevermind

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Nirvana’s 30 million-selling Nevermind was one of the most influential albums of the 1990s, introducing grunge and alternative rock music to a mainstream audience across the globe.

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11. Erasure – Chorus

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Chorus was Erasure’s third consecutive number one album in the UK, and it gave the synth-pop duo four top 20 singles in the form of Chorus, Love to Hate You, Am I Right? and Breath of Life.

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10. Queen – Innuendo

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Queens 14th album and the last to be released before the death of their lead singer Freddie Mercury, Innuendo reached the number one spot in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland.

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9. Seal – Seal

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Seal was massive towards the end of the 1980s, but his peak was surely this self titled 1991 album which contained the hit singles Killer and Crazy.

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8. Vanilla Ice – To the Extreme

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Featuring the single Play That Funky Music as well as the worldwide smash hit Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme spent an impressive 16 week atop the US Billboard chart.

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7. Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion

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Split into two albums which were both released on the same day, Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion was the band’s first release following the departure of their drummer Steven Adler.

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6. Michael Bolton – Time, Love & Tenderness

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Time, Love & Tenderness is the seventh album by Michael Bolton and it gave the American crooner four hit singles, including a cover of Percy Sledge’s When a Man Loves a Woman.

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5. U2 – Achtung Baby

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Featuring five hit singles in the form of The Fly, Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, U2’s Achtung Baby is one of the Irish rock band’s most successful albums.

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4. Belinda Carlisle – Live Your Life Be Free

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Live Your Life Be Free was the first Belinda Carlisle album to fail to chart in the US, but it fared slightly better in the UK reaching number seven.

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3. R.E.M. – Out of Time

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A breakthrough album for R.E.M, Out of Time gave the band their biggest US hit single with Losing My Religion, and it went on to sell an impressive 18 million copies across the globe.

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2. Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

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A Greatest Hits album that brought together 11 songs from Chris Isaak’s first three releases, Wicked Game gave the singer a massive hit single with its breathtaking title track.

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1. Beverley Craven – Beverley Craven

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Its success was mainly down to it featuring her biggest ever hit single Promise Me, but Beverley Craven’s self titled debut album featured a number of stunning tracks.