Chrome's history menu lists your most visited sites and recently closed tabs, which is different from most other browsers. Extension Recent History gives you the history menu you're used to, listing your most recently viewed pages in a simple drop-down.
Depending on your browsing habits (and what you're used to from your pre-Chrome days), Chrome's history menu may leave you feeling annoyed. Navigating to the full history page all the time isn't exactly ideal. Recent History sits in your address bar and gives you the best of both worlds, with enough preferences to tweak it to your liking. Not only can you list your recently viewed pages, but you can still list recently closed tabs and most visited sites, just like Chrome's built-in history menu (plus you can decide how many of each you want it to list). The drop-down also features quick history clearing and searching.
Note, however, that Recent History does not actually access Chrome's history, it tracks your history separately. This means that when you clear your history from the drop-down, Chrome's built-in history will still be there and vice-versa. It's kind of puzzling why this is, but it's no more than a minor inconvenience to most, and still makes browsing your recently viewed pages much easier.
Recent History is a free download, works wherever Google Chrome does. Thanks, Muhammed!
Recent History [Google Chrome Extensions]