To celebrate this year's National Album Day 90s theme, members of the BPI team have put together their favourite, nostalgic 90s albums!
Dr Jo Twist OBE, Chief Executive - Primal Scream 'Screamadelica'
‘As a Scot, living in Edinburgh, having just left school there and entering Edinburgh Uni in 1992, Primal Scream was one of a trio of bands that were my go to. I played the album Screamadelica almost nonstop on CD and it still takes me back to the heady days of student life in one of the best cities in the world – Edinburgh’
Sophie Jones, Chief Strategy Officer - Air 'Moon Safari'
'I spent a year in the mid-1990s studying in Paris. French electronic/dance music was taking off (early Daft Punk too) and when this came out in 1998 it was reminiscent of that amazing time and so unmistakably French. It still takes me back to those heady student days!'
Chris Tams, Director of Independent Member Services - Oasis 'Definitely Maybe'
'It was one of the first records I worked on as a radio plugger and certainly one of my all-time favourites. I remember sending out the album and getting inundated with amazing feedback from every radio station – we all knew very early on this album would go on to be one of the biggest albums ever'
Laura Bower, Office Manager and EA to CEO and CSO - Take That 'Take That and Party'
'It was the first album that I specifically asked for and was the soundtrack to my 8th birthday party! It was on cassette tape and was a birthday present.'
Rob Crutchley, Insight and Analysis Plush 'More You Becomes You'
'When I bought ‘MYBY’, I was desperate to tell people how good it was, but could never articulate it. It’s an insanely talented man at a piano for half an hour and it sounds like one long song, although it isn’t. Nope, still can’t.'
Ruth Bujack, Senior Brand Partnerships Manager - Chemical Brothers 'Surrender'
'This album was about moving to the UK, my first festival and so many outdoor gigs. I got the CD from HMV on Oxford Street as I was working nearby at the time'
Hailey Willington, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leader - Sara Chang playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Brahms Hungarian Dances conducted by Sir Colin Davis with the LSO
'I started playing the violin in 1994 and I remember going to a CD shop with my mum to pick this recording out, it must have been one for the first CDs I ever owned!'
Now in its sixth edition, National Album Day sees the music community come together each year to celebrate and promote the art of the album. This year’s 90s theme will look to shine a light on a profoundly rich decade for music and album making that skipped between Britpop, Trip Hop and Hip Hop; gave us national treasures Take That and global phenomenon the Spice Girls; and saw diverse genres ranging from dance, house and techno to R&B, rap and reggae and to grunge and industrial rock, among many others, rise to reach their full cultural expression – in the UK and globally.