Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time: Nos. 10 to 1

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2) Social Distortion, Social Distortion (1990)
Released in 1990, Social Distortion's self-titled, major-label debut captures the moment when Mike Ness had bled the heroin out of his punk-rockin' veins and let the cool country influences of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams seep in to establish the band's crisp, hard punkabilly sound. Never mind that for many hardcore Social D. fans, the album also points to the moment when the band officially went mainstream with radio staples such as "Ball & Chain," "Story of My Life" and the band's cover of Cash's "Ring of Fire" hitting the KROQ rotation. Two decades after its release, Social Distortion's eponymous album still plays like the ultimate soundtrack to ditching class to party with a bottle of Jack Daniels down by the railroad tracks on a hot Cali day. (Tina Dhamija)
1) No Doubt , Tragic Kingdom (1995)
You can't make a Top 20 Greatest OC Albums of All Time list without mentioning this record. No Doubt are unarguably the biggest band to spawn from OC, and Tragic Kingdom is their most recognizable album, filled with radio hits that symbolized the FM domination of third-wave ska. Gwen Stefani defies America's perception of today's Orange County woman--who isn't always a blond millionaire MILF wearing designer treads . . . oh, wait. We still love you, and wish we were you, Gwen! Thanks for putting OC on the map. We'll always cherish the '90s image we have of you in that red dress, holding up an orange. (Jena Ardell)

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Mommys Little Monster is the better Social Distortion album; The Creeps, MLM, Anti Fashion, Moral Threat, Another State of Mind, all Orange County themed songs. 

Vandals Peace Through Vandalism; All songs about OC, Wanna Be Manor, Urban Struggle, The Legend of Pat Brown, and of course Pirates Life (Seven hits of L and nobody can tell so I spent every dime just to get to Anaheim).

I would also include TSOL Weathered Statues and though not technically an album The Middle Class Out of Vouge.


I'd put Offspring's Smash a little higher and I would include War's Why Can't We Be Friends in the top 20. Other than that, a solid top 20

Bobby D. Lux
Bobby D. Lux

Snoop Dogg? Seriously? You can at least make an argument about Sublime because of the punk/ska scene in OC, but Snoop? Nonsense. Or, maybe he was influenced by the emerging OC Gangsta Rap scene in the early 90s?

Tony Guillory
Tony Guillory

This is pathetic. By listing No Doubt as the best album to ever come out of this pathetic little suburb of Los Angeles, you have disgraced and insulted many talented musicians. Your opinion of "best" is so utterly flawed, you truly harm the reputation of the OC Weekly as a source of quality "alternative" arts.

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