22 Essential Albums Everyone’s Parents Owned In The ’90s

Because you can still hear the Forrest Gump theme song in your head when you sleep at night.

1. The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack

Sony Music

It’s easy to forget just how huge The Bodyguard film was, especially for kids growing up in the ‘90s, whose memories of the film are more closely associated with the epic soundtrack and, probably, their mom playing “I Will Always Love You,” over and over.

2. Céline Dion, “Falling Into You”

Sony Music

This album was a soccer mom essential. You probably can’t even hear “Because You Loved Me,” without instantly being transported to the back of your mom’s car, while being driven to soccer practice.

3. Pure Moods

Universal Music Group

You know why your parents owned this? Because of the commercial! It literally played non-stop.

4. Mariah Carey, Mariah Carey

Sony Music

Mariah Carey’s debut album was filled with PG-rated songs that were perfectly tailored for an adult-contemporary audience.

5. The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Walt Disney Records

Probably the only album on this list that both kids and their parents could equally enjoy together. Kids got to sing along to their favorite songs from the films, while the parents got three songs performed by Elton John.

6. Sheryl Crow, Tuesday Night Music Club

Universal Music Group

The perfect pop rock album that allowed parents to say, “Yes, I am totally into what the kids are into today.”

7. Hootie & The Blowfish, Cracked Rear View

Warner Music Group

With hit singles like “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” and “Only Wanna Be with You,” Hootie & the Blowfish dominated Top-40 radio and MTV in 1995, and probably your parents’ stereo as well.

8. Eric Clapton, Unplugged

Warner Music Group

Already a boomer parent favorite, Eric Clapton returned with full force in 1992 with his MTV Unplugged album, which included a reworked version of his classic song “Layla” and the haunting “Tears in Heaven.”

9. The Best of the Gipsy Kings

Warner Music Group

Grown-up dinner parties in the ’90s meant one thing: GYPSY KINGS! A lot of Gypsy Kings’ music playing in the background.

10. Buena Vista Social Club

Warner Music Group

Let’s be honest, your parents probably bought this album after being talked into it by the barista at Starbucks.

11. Beatles, The Beatles Anthology

With its mix of never-before-released demos, live performances, and the first new Beatles single in 25 years, “Free as a Bird,” The Beatles Anthology was a must for any boomer parent.

12. Kenny G, Breathless

Sony Music Entertainment

It’s easy to laugh off Kenny G as an easy listening cheese ball, but his 1992 album Breathless has sold more than 12 million copies. And who do you think bought all those copies?

13. Fleetwood Mac, The Dance

Warner Music Group

The first new Fleetwood Mac album (featuring the “classic line-up”) in a decade was essentially a live greatest hits album that probably took your parents back to their 1970s key party days.

14. Tracy Chapman, New Beginning

Warner Music Group

The folky and bluesy album sold on the strength of Chapman’s empowering break-up anthem, “Give Me One Reason.”

15. Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack

Sony Music

The ultimate boomer movie had the ULTIMATE boomer soundtrack. Of course hearing the “Forrest Gump Suite” meant one thing, the CD was over and your parents’ were about to hit the replay button (NOOOOO!!!).

16. Enya, Shepherd Moons

Warner Music Group

Much like the Gypsy Kings, Enya’s music was perfect for dinner parties.

17. Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, Chant

EMI Classics

Every parent in the ’90s owned a copy of this album, but, strangely they never seemed to play it. Was it the Christmas fruitcake of albums, just being regifted from one person to the next?

18. When My Heart Finds Christmas

Sony Music

Harry Connick Jr. had one of the biggest-selling Christmas CDs of the ’90s, and I am sure it’s still being played every holiday season by your parents.

19. Garth Brooks, Ropin’ the Wind

Universal Music Group

Country music in the ’90s meant one thing: GARTH BROOKS. And his album, Ropin’ the Wind, was so huge that chances are even non-country-music-liking parents might have felt the need to buy a copy.

20. Wilson Phillips, Wilson Phillips

Universal Music Group

Catchy pop songs by the daughters of classic ‘60s artists (Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, while Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.) made this album a must for boomer ’90s parents everywhere.

21. Shania Twain, Come On Over

Universal Music Group

You’re probably picturing your parents slow dancing to “You’re Still the One,” as you look at this album cover.

22. Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture

Sony Music

There’s only one reason your mom bought this, so she could play “My Heart Will Go On” over and over and over.

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