A Long Listmaking Exercise For A Long Weekend

toys.jpgToday’s list that’s going around some blogs that I read: List the albums you like most from each year that you’ve been alive. It sounds simple, right? But in making a list like this, you realize things about yourself, like how Aerosmith’s peak for me came right around the year I was born, even though I didn’t really hear them until many years later. And how 2004 was something of a weak year for my personal canon, while 1989 was a really huge year for it, one where I had to pick between Like A Prayer, Doolittle, Cocked & Loaded, Full Moon Fever, and the album I finally wound up selecting. Anyway, peruse my list after the jump–Anthony made one too–and feel free to pick mine apart/make your own, although I should warn you that it took me a while to do. (I’m usually loath to use Wikipedia as a source, but its lists of album releases were helpful to cross-reference with Amazon, as were the Pazz & Jop rundowns on Robert Christgau’s site.) If people enjoy this exercise, maybe we’ll do singles lists next week! Or, hell, runners-up lists, since some of these “best” decisions were a lot harder than others.

1975 – Aerosmith, Toys In The Attic
1976 – Aerosmith, Rocks
1977 – Wire, Pink Flag
1978 – Van Halen
1979 – The Raincoats
1980 – Various artists, Wanna Buy A Bridge? comp
1981 – Motley Crue, Too Fast For Love
1982 – Michael Jackson, Thriller
1983 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dazzle Ships
1984 – Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
1985 – The Jesus & Mary Chain, Psychocandy
1986 – Janet Jackson, Control
1987 – Guns N’ Roses, Appetite For Destruction
1988 – Pixies, Surfer Rosa
1989 – Faith No More, The Real Thing
1990 – Mother Love Bone, Apple

(This is the point where things started getting tough, like three-solid-contenders-per-year tough.)

1991 – Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger
1992 – Unrest, Imperial ffrr
1993 – Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen
1994 – Pram, Helium
1995 – Helium, The Dirt Of Luck
1996 – Olivia Tremor Control, Music From The Unrealized Film Script Dusk At Cubist Castle
1997 – Built To Spill, Perfect From Now On
1998 – Pulp, This Is Hardcore

(Here the toughness subsides. Draw your own conclusions as to why.)

1999 – Mr. Bungle, California
2000 – PJ Harvey, Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
2001 – Aveo, Bridge To The Northern Lights
2002 – Ikara Colt, Chat And Business
2003 – S Prcss, MNML
2004 – Dogs Die In Hot Cars, Please Describe Yourself
2005 – Celebration
2006 – Scritti Politti, White Bread, Black Beer
2007 – Siobhan Donaghy, Ghosts
2008 – Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Vol. 1

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  • mhulot

    1981: DNA – A Taste of DNA
    1982: Flipper – Generic Flipper
    1983: R.E.M. – Murmur
    1984: Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive?
    1985: Double Dee & Steinski – The Payoff Mix/Lesson Two/Lesson 3
    1986: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
    1987: Prince – Sign “O” the Times
    1988: Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    1989: De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising / Pixies – Doolittle
    1990: Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
    1991: A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
    1992: Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
    1993: Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville / De La Soul – Buhloone Mindstate
    1994: Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    1995: PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
    1996: DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… DJ Shadow / Sleater-Kinney – Call the Doctor
    1997: Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
    1998: Outkast – Aquemeni
    1999: The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
    2000: Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
    2001: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot – Miss E… So Addictive
    2002: Sleater-Kinney – One Beat
    2003: The Wrens – The Meadowlands
    2004: Brian Wilson – SMiLe
    2005: The Go-Betweens – Oceans Apart
    2006: Ghostface Killah – Fishscale / Ornette Coleman – Sound Grammar
    2007: Burial – Untrue
    2008: Portishead – Third

    Some heartbreaking omissions, some indecisiveness (hence the occasional double listing), some e.p.s, and kind of a lot of repetition. The mid- to late-1980s were particularly great years for albums I’m obsessed with, and the early 80′s and early 2000′s pretty damn barren. Fun meme.

  • Lou Banjawi

    71: Sly & The Family Stone, There’s A Riot Goin’ On
    72: Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
    73: New York Dolls, s/t
    74: Big Star, Radio City
    75: Brian Eno, Another Green World
    76: Ramones, s/t
    77: Clash, s/t
    78: Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings And Food
    79: Clash, London Calling
    80: The Beat, I Just Can’t Stop It
    81: Elvis Costello, Trust
    82: Richard & Linda Thompson, Shoot Out The Lights
    83: Violent Femmes, s/t
    84: Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime
    85: Replacements, Tim
    86: XTC, Skylarking
    87: Prince, Sign ‘O’ The Times
    88: Pixies, Surfer Rosa
    89: De La Soul, 3 Feet High And Rising
    90: Yo La Tengo, Fakebook
    91: A Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory
    92: Freedy Johnston, Can You Fly
    93: Liz Phair, Exile In Guyville
    94: Nirvana, MTV Unplugged
    95: Elastica, s/t
    96: Belle & Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister
    97: Pavement, Brighten The Corners
    98: Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
    99: Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs
    00: New Pornographers, Mass Romantic
    01: Old 97s, Satellite Rides
    02: Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    03: Fountains Of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
    04: DJ Danger Mouse, The Grey Album
    05: Kanye West, Late Registration
    06: Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
    07: M.I.A., Kala
    08: ???

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    Hi, guys!

    1979: The Clash – London Calling
    1980: X – Los Angeles
    1981: Dead Kennedys – In God We Trust, Inc.
    1982: Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
    1983: Wild Style soundtrack
    1984: Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime
    1985: Husker Du – New Day Rising
    1986: Run-DMC – Raising Hell
    1987: Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
    1988: Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
    1989: Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    1990: Brand Nubian – One For All
    1991: Nirvana – Nervermind
    1992: Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts And Hip Hop
    1993: Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    1994: Beck – Mellow Gold
    1995: Faith No More – King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime
    1996: Dr. Octagon – Dr. Octagonecologyst
    1997: Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever
    1998: Boredoms – Super Ae
    1999: Old Dirty Bastard – N**** Please
    2000: Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
    2001: Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
    2002: Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet
    2003: David Banner – Mississippi: The Album
    2004: Kanye West – The College Dropout
    2005: Dalek – Absence
    2006: Girl Talk – Night Ripper
    2007: Battles – Mirrored
    2008: Portishead – Third

  • moomintroll

    1982- TALK TALK- the party’s over

    1983- COCTEAU TWINS- head over heels

    1984- MADNESS- keep moving

    1985- THE SMITHS- meat is murder

    1986- THE SMITHS- the queen is dead

    1987- NEW ORDER- substance

    1988- MY BLOODY VALENTINE- isn’t anything

    1989- PIXIES- doolittle

    1990- HAPPY MONDAYS- pills ‘n’ thrills and bellyaches

    1991- MASSIVE ATTACK- blue lines

    1992- PAVEMENT- slanted and enchanted

    1993- BLUR- modern life is rubbish

    1994- BLUR- parklife

    1995- PULP- different class

    1996- BELLE AND SEBASTIAN- tigermilk

    1997- RADIOHEAD- o.k. computer

    1998- AIR- moon safari

    1999- BLUR- 13

    2000- PRIMAL SCREAM- xtrmntr

    2001- GORILLAZ- gorillaz

    2002- DOVES- the last broadcast

    2003- BLUR- think tank

    2004- TV ON THE RADIO- desperate youth, thirsty babes

    2005- GORILLAZ- demon days

    2006- GNARLS BARKLEY- st. elsewhere

    2007- THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE QUEEN- the good the bad and the queen

    2008- M83- saturdays= youth

  • moomintroll

    Umm looks like Wilco had 2002 on lockdown! I don’t get it myself, I stand by my Doves.

  • KikoJones

    Here comes the old fart with his not very cool list, which is missing several crucial titles (1969 and 1986, were especially difficult to bring down to a sole album) but I’ll share it with you guys, nonetheless.

    Cheers!

    1966 – THE BEATLES Revolver
    1967 – THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Are You Experienced?
    1968 – THE BEATLES ‘The White Album’
    1969 – THE BEATLES Abbey Road (*all-time fave)
    1970 – PAUL McCARTNEY McCartney
    1971 – TODD RUNDGREN Runt: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren
    1972 – YES Close to the Edge
    1973 – PINK FLOYD Dark Side of the Moon
    1974 – KING CRIMSON Red
    1975 – LED ZEPPELIN Physical Grafitti
    1976 – PETER FRAMPTON Frampton Comes Alive
    1977 – SEX PISTOLS Nevermind the Bollocks…
    1978 – VAN HALEN [self-titled]
    1979 – THE POLICE Zenyatta Mondatta
    1980 – THE PRETENDERS [self-titled]
    1981 – KING CRIMSON Discipline
    1982 – RUSH Signals
    1983 – YES 90125
    1984 – THE SMITHS Hatful of Hollow
    1985 – SCRITTI POLITTI Cupid and Psyche ’85
    1986 – PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Album
    1987 – GUNS N’ ROSES Appetite For Destruction
    1988 – LIVING COLOUR Vivid
    1989 – XTC Oranges and Lemons
    1990 – JANE’S ADDICTION Ritual de lo Habitual
    1991 – NIRVANA Nevermind
    1992 – PAUL WELLER [self-titled]
    1993 – JELLYFISH Spilt Milk
    1994 – SOUNDGARDEN Superunknown
    1995 – FOO FIGHTERS [self-titled]
    1996 – THE POSIES Amazing Disgrace
    1997 – RADIOHEAD OK Computer
    1998 – BECK Mutations
    1999 – THE FLAMING LIPS The Soft Bulletin
    2000 – AIMEE MANN Bachelor No.2
    2001 – DAVE NAVARRO Trust No One
    2002 – BECK Sea Change
    2003 – NADA SURF Let Go
    2004 – MATTHEW SWEET Kimi Ga Suki
    2005 – BECK Guero
    2006 – THE LEMONHEADS [self-titled]
    2007 – THE NOISETTES What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?

  • alec_baldwin

    You guys are awesome! Too bad my ADD prevents me doing lists unless I’m getting paid.

  • Tauwan

    1984 – Purple Rain/Prince
    1985 – Whitney Houston/Whitney Houston
    1986 – Control/Janet Jackson
    1987 – Sign O’ the Times/Prince
    1988 – Forerver Your Girl/Paula Abdul
    1989 – Rhythm Nation 1814/Janet Jackson
    1990 – The Immaculate Collection/Madonna

    The beginning of my “what’s with you and all this ‘white people music’” period [save Mary J.'s album of course]:

    1991 – Nevermind/Nirvana
    1992 – What’s the 411?/Mary J. Blige
    1993 – In Utero/Nirvana
    1994 – MTV: Unplugged in New York/Nirvana

    Junior High School living with only the finest and/or best commercial/popular hip-hop and R&B:

    1995 – CraxySexyCool/TLC
    1996 – All Eyez on Me/2Pac
    1997 – Supa Dupa Fly/Missy Elliot

    The start of my ongoing teenage love affair with the musical output of Marilyn Manson and Trent Reznor.[Also known as the "dark years"]:

    1998 – Mechanical Animals/Marilyn Manson
    1999 – The Fragile/Nine Inch Nails

    Older, wiser, the coming of college:

    2000 – I Am Shelby Lynne/Shelby Lynne
    2001 – The Blueprint/Jay-Z

    “Look at me, I’m a college student. I work for my radio station. I know good music. I fancy myself a real music critic”:

    2002 – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot/Wilco
    2003 – Elephant/The White Stripes
    2004 – Good News for People Who Love Bad News/Modest Mouse
    2005 – The Best Party Ever/The Boy Least Likely To
    2006 – Rabbit Furcoat – Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
    2007 – Hissing Fauana, Are you the Destroyer?/Of Montreal
    2008 – [Dunno yet. But if I had to pick an album right now, it would probably be Miss Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Pt.1 : 4th World War

  • Rob Murphy

    @Chris Molanphy: Sadly, I don’t think I can post my own list here, because it will reveal how old I am. Which is, probably too old to be liking the music I like…

    Maybe I’ll just cheat and do a post-Nirvana list or somesuch…

  • bcapirigi

    glad somebody put ‘let it bee’ on their 1988 list. that album’s great.

  • Anonymous

    To everyone born in 1971: no one’s feeling Joni Mitchell’s Blue?

    And I’m a little sad to see so little Stevie Wonder up here, as well, I was born after he started going downhill, but everything pre-1976 seems to me like it should get a shoutout.

    Jess, love you for putting Talking Heads’ Remain In Light on your list….

  • KikoJones

    @moomintroll:
    Yeah, it was tough choosing between Sea Change and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but Beck won out in the end.

  • bcapirigi

    this might need some refining–seriously, i can’t remember anything i really liked in 2004–but here’s my list:

    81- the au pairs, playing with a different sex
    82- x, under the big black sun
    83- the eurythmics, touch
    84- the bangles, all over the place
    85- suzanne vega, suzanne vega
    86- madonna, true blue
    87- bruce springsteen, tunnel of love
    88- my bloody valentine, isn’t anything
    89- the vaselines, the way of the vaselines
    90- sinead o’connor, i do not want what i haven’t got
    91- richard thompson, rumor and sigh
    92- en vogue, funky divas
    93- belly, star
    94- portishead, dummy
    95- elastica, elastica
    96- everything but the girl, walking wounded
    97- sleater-kiiney, dig me out
    98- pulp, this is hardcore
    99- the magnetic fields, 69 love songs
    00- cat power, the covers record
    01- ladytron, 604
    02- missy elliott, under construction
    03- the all-girl summer fun band, 2
    04- the blood brothers, crimes
    05- antony and the johnsons, i am a bird now
    06- the knife, silent shout
    07- mia, kala
    08- the kills, midnight boom

  • Anonymous

    86- XTC- Skylarking
    87- Pixies- Come On Pilgrim
    88- Pixies- Surfer Rosa
    89- B-52′s- Cosmic Thing
    90- The Breeders- Pod
    91- Nirvana- Nevermind
    92- The Sugarcubes- Stick Around for Joy
    93- Smashing Pumpkins- Siamese Dream
    94- Built to Spill- There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
    95- Bjork- Post
    96- Beck- Odelay
    97- Sleater-Kinney- Dig Me Out
    98- Sean Lennon- Into the Sun
    99- Cibo Matto- Stereotype A
    00- No Doubt- Return of Saturn
    01- Res- How I Do
    02- Sleater-Kinney- One Beat
    03- Enon- Hocus Pocus
    04- Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
    05- The New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
    06- Gwen Stefani- The Sweet Escape
    07- Britney Spears- Blackout
    08- The Breeders- Mountain Battles

  • TheRunningboard7

    Way too late, but I’d feel bad for trying and not following through. The hardest thing will be not listing my omissions and seconds and ties (because that would be ridiculously huge), but here’s the list.

    1982 – thriller, michael jackson
    1983 – shout at the devil, motley crue
    1984 – the smiths, the smiths
    1985 – brother in arms, dire straits
    1986 – master of puppets, metallica
    1987 – Diesel or dust, midnight oil
    1988 – green, rem
    1989 – the real thing, faith no more
    1990 – ritual de lo habitual, jane’s addiction
    1991 – sailing the seas of cheese, primus
    1992 – psalm 69, ministry
    1993 – undertow, tool
    1994 – dulcinea, toad the wet sprocket
    1995 – destroy erase improve, meshuggah
    1996 – aenima, tool
    1997 – ok computer, radiohead
    1998 – hello Rockview, Less than Jake
    1999 – metropolis pt. 2: scenes from a memory, dream theater
    2000 – stories from the city, stories from the sea, pj harvey
    2001 – lateralus, tool
    2002 – el cielo, dredg
    2003 – war all the time, thursday
    2004 – miss machine, dillinger escape plan
    2005 – good apollo, i’m burning star iv, volume one: from fear through the eyes of madness, coheed and cambria
    2006 – the avalanche, sufjan stevens
    2007 – colors, between the buried and me
    2008 – obZen, meshuggah

  • How do I say this … THROWDINI!

    This list got really hard for me after 2000. I wonder if its because time hasn’t already acted as a natural filter, as it has for the 80s and 90s. What strikes me about this list is that there is only one rap album (for some reason, most rap just didn’t hold up for me, even though I went through periods where that was all I listened to) and how many of these albums I didn’t even buy when they first came out. Anyway, here’s my contribution:

    1974 – David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
    1975 – Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
    1976 – The Ramones – S/T
    1977 – Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
    1978 – Elvis Costello and the Attractions – This Year’s Model
    1979 – The Clash – London Calling
    1980 – X – Los Angeles
    1981 – The Go-Gos – Beauty and the Beat
    1982 – Michael Jackson – Thriller
    1983 – U2 – War
    1984 – Prince – Purple Rain
    1985 – Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
    1986 – Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
    1987 – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses
    1988 – Pixies – Surfer Rosa
    1989 – Pixies – Doolittle
    1990 – Depeche Mode – Violator
    1991 – Nirvana – Nevermind
    1992 – Dr. Dre – The Chronic
    1993 – James – Laid
    1994 – Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
    1995 – Radiohead – The Bends
    1996 – Weezer – Pinkerton
    1997 – Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
    1998 – Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    1999 – Foo Fighters – There Is Nothing Left To Lose
    2000 – The Strokes – Is This It?
    2001 – The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
    2002 – Libertines – Up The Bracket
    2003 – The New Pornographers – Electric Version
    2004 – Arcade Fire – Funeral
    2005 – Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
    2006 – Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
    2007 – Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
    2008 – Santogold – S/T

  • dippinkind

    late to the party, but im not gonna pass up any chance to make a list of albums, so…
    1968: 1910 Fruitgum Co. – Goody Goody Gumdrops
    1969: The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
    1970: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III
    1971: John Prine – John Prine
    1972: Sparks – A Woofer in Tweeter’s Clothing
    1973 : Neu – Neu 2
    1974 : Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
    1975 : The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy !
    1976 : Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
    1977 : Wire – Pink Flag
    1978 : Sham 69 – Tell Us The Truth
    1979 : Devo – Duty Now For The Future
    1980 : Kid Creole and the Coconuts – Off the Coast of Me
    1981 : Heaven 17 – Penthouse and Pavement
    1982 : Altered Images – Pinky Blue
    1983 : The Monochrome Set – Volume, Contrast, Brilliance
    1984 : Husker Du – Zen Arcade
    1985: Tex and the Horseheads – Life’s So Cool
    1986: Flipper – Public Flipper Limited
    1987 : Prince – Sign ‘o the Times
    1988 : Dinosaur – Bug
    1989 : Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    1990 : Yo La Tengo – Fakebook
    1991 : Pegboy – Strong Reaction
    1992 : Heavenly – Le Jardin de Heavenly
    1993 : Tiger Trap – Tiger Trap
    1994 : Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
    1995 : The 6ths – Wasps’ Nests
    1996 : The Frogs – My Daughter The Broad
    1997 : Ui – Lifelike
    1998 : Aislers Set – Terrible Things Happen
    1999 : Dolly Parton – The Grass Is Blue
    2000 : Alsace Lorraine – Through Small Windows
    2001 : Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet
    2002 : Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black – 12 (+1) Imaginary Views
    2003 : The Majesticons – Beauty Party
    2004 : Pan Sonic – Kesto
    2005 : M.I.A. – Arular
    2006 : Leichtmetall – Wire Sind Blumen
    2007 : Pine Hill Haints – Ghost Dance

  • friendslikeJimRome

    @dippinkind: 1999 Dolly Parton? WTF? Did you go on a canoing trip and get kidnapped or something?

  • Kate Richardson

    @friendslikeJimRome: Pack your stuff and get out.

  • dippinkind

    @friendslikeJimRome: it might be her bes album ever and i still listen to it all the time, as should all right-thinkin people who like a little bluegrass and/or dolly’s sweet voice. wake up, son!

  • friendslikeJimRome

    @Kate Richardson: Chill, I happen to like country and country rock a lot. Just surprised to see Dolly on a list that is mostly very similar to a list I would make. When I think of Dolly Parton singing, the only thing that comes to my mind is “Working Nine to Five.”

  • dippinkind

    @friendslikeJimRome: yeah, that album is way better than 9 to 5, you should really give it a listen sometime

  • Anonymous

    1983- R.E.M.: Murmur
    1984- Husker Du: Zen Arcade
    1985- Husker Du: Flip Your Wig
    1986- Smiths: Queen is Dead
    1987- Go-Betweens: Tallulah
    1988- Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation
    1989- Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique
    1990- Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
    1991- De La Soul: Is Dead
    1992- Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted
    1993- Nirvana: In Utero
    1994- Blur: Parklife
    1995- Pavement: Wowee Zowee
    1996- Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor
    1997- Elliott Smith: Either/Or
    1998- Refused: Shape of Punk to Come
    1999- Sleater-Kinney: Hot Rock
    2000- Modest Mouse: Moon & Antarctica
    2001- Avalanches: Since I Left You
    2002- Mr. Lif: I Phantom
    2003- Blood Brothers: Burn, Piano Island, Burn
    2004- Arcade Fire: Funeral
    2005- Kanye West: Late Registration
    2006- Ghostface Killah: Fishscale

    Strongest Years: 2003, 1997, 1993, 1987
    Weakest Years: 2001, 1998, 1995, 1985

    Toughest Omissions: Let It Be, Songs About Fucking, Blue Lines, Rid Of Me, Le Tigre, Relationship of Command, White Blood Cells, Source Tags and Codes, Decoration Day, Madvillainy

    Albums that make me wanna be older: Blonde on Blonde, Velvet Underground and Nico, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Blue, Radio City, Songs in the Key of Life, Entertainment, London Calling, B-52s, Dirty Mind

  • Chris N.

    1972 Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
    1973 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
    1974 Kiss – Kiss
    1975 Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    1976 Kiss – Rock and Roll Over
    1977 Pink Floyd – Animals
    1978 Elvis Costello and the Attractions – This Year’s Model
    1979 Pink Floyd – The Wall
    1980 AC/DC – Back in Black
    1981 Prince – Controversy
    1982 Prince – 1999
    1983 The Police – Synchronicity
    1984 Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
    1985 John Mellencamp – Scarecrow
    1986 Peter Gabriel – So
    1987 Prince – Sign o’ the Times
    1988 Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    1989 Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
    1990 Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
    1991 Metallica – Metallica
    1992 Alice in Chains – Dirt
    1993 Pearl Jam -Vs.
    1994 Soundgarden – Superunknown
    1995 Garbage – Garbage
    1996 Tori Amos – Boys for Pele
    1997 Ani DiFranco – Living in Clip
    1998 Elvis Costello with Burt Bacharach – Painted from Memory
    1999 Robbie Williams – The Ego Has Landed
    2000 Pearl Jam – Binaural
    2001 Bob Dylan – “Love and Theft”
    2002 Dixie Chicks – Home
    2003 Anthrax – We’ve Come for You All
    2004 William Shatner – Has Been
    2005 M.I.A. – Arular
    2006 Dixie Chicks – Taking the Long Way
    2007 Little Big Town – A Place to Land
    2008 Jamey Johnson – That Lonesome Song

  • jaymc

    Oh what the hell.

    1979 Michael Jackson, “Off the Wall”
    1980 Steely Dan, “Gaucho”
    1981 Kraftwerk, “Computer World”
    1982 Donald Fagen, “The Nightfly”
    1983 Philip Glass, “Koyaanisqatsi”
    1984 Prince, “Purple Rain”
    1985 The Cure, “Staring at the Sea: The Singles”*
    1986 XTC, “Skylarking”
    1987 Fleetwood Mac, “Tango in the Night”
    1988 Sonic Youth, “Daydream Nation”
    1989 The Pixies, “Doolittle”
    1990 The Sundays, “Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic”
    1991 Talk Talk, “Laughing Stock”
    1992 Pavement, “Slanted and Enchanted”
    1993 Digable Planets, “Reachin’: A New Refutation of Time and Space”
    1994 Pavement, “Crooked Rain Crooked Rain”
    1995 Sonic Youth, “Washing Machine”
    1996 Tortoise, “Millions Now Living Will Never Die”
    1997 Stereolab, “Dots and Loops”
    1998 Tortoise, “TNT”
    1999 Sleater-Kinney, “The Hot Rock”
    2000 Tara Jane O’Neil, “Peregrine”
    2001 Life Without Buildings, “Any Other City”
    2002 Interpol, “Turn on the Bright Lights”
    2003 OutKast, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”
    2004 Erlend Oye, “DJ Kicks”
    2005 Kelley Polar, “Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens”
    2006 Girl Talk, “Night Ripper”
    2007 Field Music, “Tones of Town”

    *cheating a bit since this technically wasn’t released until early 1986, but it’s a comp that covers 1979-85, and I really couldn’t find any other candidates

  • jaymc

    Oh, and 2008 = Hercules and Love Affair

  • D.R. Mosby

    Rip Van Winkle checking in…

    1965 The Beatles – Rubber Soul
    1966 The Beatles – Revolver
    1967 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
    1968 Elvis Presley – NBC-TV Special
    1969 The Beatles – Abbey Road
    1970 The Beatles – Let It Be
    1971 Yes – Fragile
    1972 Roxy Music – Roxy Music
    1973 Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
    1974 Brian Eno – Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy)
    1975 Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
    1976 The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
    1977 Steely Dan – Aja
    1978 Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
    1979 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
    1980 XTC – Black Sea
    1981 The Teardrop Explodes – Wilder
    1982 X – Under the Big Black Sun
    1983 Echo and the Bunnymen – Porcupine
    1984 Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
    1985 The Smiths – Meat is Murder
    1986 XTC – Skylarking
    1987 Microdisney – Crooked Mile
    1988 Morrissey – Viva Hate
    1989 The Blue Nile – Hats
    1990 Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas
    1991 The Jazz Butcher – Condition Blue
    1992 XTC – Nonsuch
    1993 The Fall – The Infotainment Scan
    1994 The Fall – Middle Class Revolt
    1995 Ben Folds Five – Ben Folds Five
    1996 The Blue Nile – Peace at Last
    1997 Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Ever Amen
    1998 New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
    1999 The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
    2000 Cathal Coughlan – Black River Falls
    2001 The Dismemberment Plan – Change
    2002 Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
    2003 The Fall – The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)
    2004 The Hold Steady – Almost Killed Me
    2005 The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
    2006 The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
    2007 Nicole Atkins – Neptune City

  • Anonymous

    Um, yeah. So it’s only been FOUR MONTHS since the last post, but I simply can’t resist the concept. I don’t care if I’m the equivalent of a tree falling in an empty forest.

    1980: Remain In Light (Talking Heads)
    1981: Ghost In The Machine (The Police)
    1982: Thriller (Michael Jackson)
    1983: Texas Flood (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
    1984: Like A Virgin (Madonna)
    1985: Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits)
    1986: So (Peter Gabriel)
    1987: The Joshua Tree (U2)
    1988: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (Traveling Wilburys)
    1989: Disintegration (The Cure)
    1990: Ragged Glory (Neil Young)
    1991: Achtung Baby (U2)
    1992: Erotica (Madonna)
    1993: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Sarah McLachlan)
    1994: Definitely Maybe (Oasis)
    1995: Garbage (Garbage)
    1996: Sheryl Crow (Sheryl Crow)
    1997: The Colour And The Shape (Foo Fighters)
    1998: Before These Crowded Streets (Dave Matthews Band)
    1999: Play (Moby)
    2000: Breach (The Wallflowers)
    2001: Beautifulgarbage (Garbage)
    2002: Heathen (David Bowie)
    2003: Speakerboxxx / The Love Below (OutKast)
    2004: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (U2)
    2005: Souls Alike (Bonnie Raitt)
    2006: I’m Not Dead (Pink)
    2007: Little Voice (Sara Bareilles)
    2008: Stop Drop And Roll!!! (Foxboro Hottubs)

  • helly hansen

    Nina, wow you speak lots of useless words.