Best Albums Since Your Birth

by on July 17, 2008 · 605 comments

Sorry, this post has absolutely nothing to do with the tech policy issues we cover here at the TLF, but since I do not have a personal blog of my own, I just couldn’t help but post this silly list somewhere. Late last night, I was reading Nick Carr’s blog and saw that he had picked up on some sort of online music meme about listing your favorite album for every year of your life. Oh man, this is just the sort of worthless Internet distraction that keeps me up till 2:00 in the morning thinking about it for no reason. And, sure enough, I actually fell asleep at my keyboard typing out my favorites. Finally finished the stupid thing at lunch today. Anyway, here it goes (favs first and runners-up after):

1969: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II; The Doors – Soft Parade; Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

1970: Miles Davis – Bitches Brew; Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III, Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay; Van Morrison – Moondance

1971: The Who – Who’s Next; Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers; Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV, Pink Floyd – Meddle

1972: Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street; David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust; Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill; Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

1973: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon; The Who – Quadrophenia

1974: Van Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now

1975: Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti; Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here; Kiss – Alive

1976: Eagles – Hotel California; Steve Miller – Fly Like an Eagle; Aerosmith – Rocks

1977: Pink Floyd – Animals; Steely Dan – Aja

1978: The Police – Outlandos d’Amour; Van Halen – Van Halen; Styx – Pieces of Eight

1979: Led Zeppelin – In Through the Out DoorPink Floyd – The Wall; Van Halen Van Halen II; The Clash –London Calling

1980: AC/DC – Back in Black; Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue

1981: Van Halen – Fair WarningRush – Moving PicturesBilly Squier – Don’t Say No; The Police – Ghost in the Machine

1982: Donald Fagan – The NightflyPeter Gabriel – Security; Joe Jackson – Night & Day; The Clash – Combat Rock; Rush – Signals

1983: U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky; Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes; REM – Murmur

1984: The Replacements – Let It Be; Naked Raygun – Throb Throb; Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense; INXS – The Swing, U2 – The Unforgettable Fire

1985: The Cult – Love; The Smiths – Meat is Murder; The Replacements –Tim; Sting – Dream of the Blue Turtles; Violent Femmes – Hallowed Ground; Red Hot Chili Peppers – Freaky Styley; INXS – Listen Like Thieves, Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair; Simple Minds – Once Upon a Time

1986: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead; Screaming Blue Messiahs – Gun Shy; Naked Raygun – All Rise; Peter Gabriel – So; The Call – Reconciled

1987: Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction; U2 – The Joshua Tree; The Cult – Electric; New Order – Substance; The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come

1988: Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking; Metallica – And Justice for All

1989: Faith No More – The Real Thing; The Cure – Disintegration The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses; Tin Machine – Tin Machine, Ministry – The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste; Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine

1990: Depeche Mode – Violator; World Party – Goodbye Jumbo; Black Crows – Shake Your Money Maker

1991: U2 – Achtung Baby; Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magic; Metallica – Metallica; Nirvana – Nevermind; Guns N Roses – Use Your Illusion II

1992: Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted; Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion; Singles – Original Soundtrack; INXS – Welcome to Wherever You Are; Alice in Chains – Dirt

1993: Pearl Jam – Vs.; Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

1994: Live – Throwing Copper; Bush – Sixteen Stone; Soundgarden – Superunknown; Peter Gabriel – Secret World Live; Offspring – Smash; Toadies – Rubberneck; Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

1995: Pulp – Different Class, Soul Asylum – Let Your Dim Light Shine; Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; Supergrass – I Should Coco

1996: Tool – AEnima; Dave Mathews Band – Crash

1997: The Verve – Urban Hymns; Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape, Supergrass – In It for the Money

1998: Pearl Jam – Yield; Velvet Goldmine – Original Soundtrack

1999: Filter – Title of Record; The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin; Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile; Moby – Play; Supergrass – Supergrass; Stone Temple Pilots – No. 4

2000: A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms; Queens Of The Stone Age – R; Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory; U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

2001: Muse – Origin of Symmetry; The White Stripes – White Blood Cells; Audioslave – Audioslave

2002: The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots; Queens of The Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf; The Vines – Highly Evolved; Foo Fighters – One by One

2003: The White Stripes – Elephant; Muse – Absolution

2004: Secret Machines – Now Here is Nowhere; The Killers – Hot Fuss; Interpol – Antics, Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand;

2005: Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth; Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise; The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema; OK Go – Oh No

2006: Muse – Black Holes and Revelations; Wolfmother – Wolfmother

2007: The White Stripes – Icky Thump; Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank; Operator – Soulcrusher

2008: Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend; The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely; White Lies – White Lies; MGMT – Oracular Spectacular; The Killers – Day and Age; Metallica – Death Magnetic; Muse – HAARP

2009: Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures; Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Silversun Pickups – Swoon

2010: Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg

2011: AWOLnation – Megalithic Symphony; Foo Fighters – Wasting Light; Wombats – The Modern Glitch

2012: The Killers – Battle Born; Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

2013: Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork; White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade; Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City; Cage the Elephant – Melophobia

2014: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose Royal Blood – Out of the Black; Young the Giant – Mind over Matter

2015: New Order – Music CompleteThe Wombats – Glitterbug

2016: Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

2017: Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires; Idles – Brutalism; Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

2018: Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance; Greta Van Fleet – Anthem for a Peaceful Army

2020: Idles – Ultra MonoAwolnation – Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders


… and my specific favorites by decade are…

1960s: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

1970s: Pink Floyd – Animals

1980s: Faith No More – The Real Thing

1990s: The Verve – Urban Hymns

2000s: Muse – Origin of Symmetry

2010s: AWOLnation – Megalithic Symphony

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