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Annual Best Albums

This is (*will be*) a constantly-updated list of the 25 best albums per year dating back to when albums were relevant.


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2018

  1. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour 
  2. Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs 
  3. Robyn – Honey
  4. Rosalía – El Mal Querer
  5. Mitski – Be the Cowboy
  6. Tierra Whack – Whack World 
  7. DJ Koze – Knock Knock 
  8. Bad Bunny – X 100PRE
  9. Snail Mail – Lush
  10. Ariana Grande – Sweetener 
  11. Low – Double Negative
  12. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy
  13. Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love 
  14. SOPHIE – OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES
  15. Pusha T – DAYTONA 
  16. Noname – Room 25 
  17. Amen Dunes – Freedom
  18. U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited
  19. Jon Hopkins – Singularity
  20. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships 
  21. Tirzah – Devotion
  22. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino 
  23. Julia Holter – Aviary
  24. JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
  25. Soccer Mommy – Clean

2017

  1. SZA – CTRL
  2. Lorde – Melodrama
  3. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
  4. King Krule – The OOZ
  5. Jlin – Black Origami
  6. Fever Ray – Plunge
  7. Moses Sumney – Aromanticism
  8. Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy
  9. Perfume Genius – No Shape
  10. Charli XCX – Pop 2
  11. Kelela – Take Me Apart
  12. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
  13. Big Thief – Capacity 
  14. Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti
  15. The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
  16. Arca – Arca
  17. Sheer Mag – Compilation
  18. Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
  19. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
  20. Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights 
  21. Jay Som – Everybody Works
  22. Sampha – Process
  23. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest
  24. Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens
  25. Chuck Johnson – Balsams 

2016

  1. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  2. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  3. Rihanna – ANTI
  4. David Bowie – Blackstar
  5. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  6. Mitski – Puberty 2
  7. ANOHNI – Hopelessness
  8. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  9. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  10. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book 
  11. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  12. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  13. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  14. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  15. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  16. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition 
  17. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  18. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS 
  19. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
  20. Lil Peep – Hellboy
  21. Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  22. 21 Savage/Metro Boomin – Savage Mode 
  23. Kaytranada – 99.9%
  24. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  25. Cobalt – Slow Forever

2015

  1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
  2. Grimes – Art Angels
  3. Jamie xx – In Colour 
  4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  5. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
  6. Tame Impala – Currents
  7. Carly Rae Jepsen – E•MO•TION
  8. Kamasi Washington – The Epic 
  9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear 
  11. Björk – Vulnicura 
  12. Young Thug – Barter 6
  13. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late 
  14. Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
  15. Future – DS2
  16. Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife 
  17. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl
  18. Joanna Newsom – Divers
  19. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  20. Girlpool – Before the World Was Big
  21. Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness
  22. Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown 
  23. Floating Points – Elaenia 
  24. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier 
  25. Miguel – Wildheart

2014

  1. D’Angelo – Black Messiah 
  2. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  3. FKA Twigs – LP1
  4. Grouper – Ruins
  5. Caribou – Our Love
  6. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
  7. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  8. Aphex Twin – Syro
  9. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
  10. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days 
  11. Sun Kil Moon – Benji 
  12. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  13. The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There
  14. Perfume Genius – Too Bright
  15. Swans – To Be Kind 
  16. Taylor Swift – 1989
  17. St. Vincent – St. Vincent 
  18. Rich Gang – Tha Tour Part 1
  19. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
  20. Arca – Xen 
  21. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom 
  22. YG – My Krazy Life 
  23. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
  24. Future Islands – Singles 
  25. Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy

2013

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Beyoncé – Beyoncé
  3. Kanye West – Yeezus
  4. DJ Rashad – Double Cup
  5. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
  6. Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
  7. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories 
  8. The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
  9. Disclosure – Settle
  10. Drake – Nothing Was the Same 
  11. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze 
  12. Deafheaven – Sunbather 
  13. Jai Paul – Jai Paul 
  14. Burial – Rival Dealer EP
  15. Haim – Days Are Gone
  16. My Bloody Valentine – m b v
  17. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  18. Lorde – Pure Heroine 
  19. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
  20. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  21. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 
  22. Danny Brown – Old 
  23. Bill Callahan – Dream River 
  24. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris 
  25. DJ Koze – Amygdala 

2012

  1. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
  2. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  4. Grimes – Visions
  5. Tame Impala – Lonerism 
  6. Taylor Swift – Red
  7. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  8. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  9. Death Grips – The Money Store
  10. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 
  11. Swans – The Seer
  12. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes 
  13. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  14. Beach House – Bloom
  15. Future – Pluto
  16. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music 
  17. Mac DeMarco – 
  18. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  19. Chief Keef – Finally Rich 
  20. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  21. Hot Chip – In Our Heads 
  22. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  23. Grizzly Bear – Shields 
  24. Disasterpeace – FEZ 
  25. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream

2011

  1. Destroyer – Kaputt
  2. Drake – Take Care
  3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  4. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse 
  5. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  6. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy 
  7. Beyoncé – 4
  8. Danny Brown – XXX 
  9. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
  10. Jay-Z/Kanye West – Watch the Throne 
  11. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
  12. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  13. Real Estate – Days
  14. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  15. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  16. A$AP Rocky – Live.Love.A$AP
  17. James Blake – James Blake 
  18. Frank Ocean – nostalgia, ULTRA 
  19. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 
  20. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  21. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
  22. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
  23. Macintosh Plus – Floral Shoppe 
  24. Grouper – A I A: Alien Observer 
  25. Tune-Yards – W H O K I L L 

2010

  1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  2. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest 
  3. Beach House – Teen Dream
  4. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
  5. Robyn – Body Talk
  6. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
  7. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Pt. 2 (Return of the Ankh)
  8. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma 
  9. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs 
  10. Waka Flocka Flame – Flockaveli
  11. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  12. Four Tet – There Is Love in You 
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
  14. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
  15. Various Artists – Bangs & Works, Vol. 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation
  16. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor 
  17. Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
  18. The National – High Violet
  19. The-Dream – Love King
  20. Crystal Castles – (II)
  21. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty 
  22. Caribou – Swim 
  23. Sleigh Bells – Treats
  24. Actress – Splazsh 
  25. Earl Sweatshirt – Earl 

2009

  1. The xx – xx
  2. Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
  3. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
  5. Fever Ray – Fever Ray 
  6. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
  7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
  8. Girls – Album
  9. St. Vincent – Actor
  10. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  11. Micachu and the Shapes – Jewellery 
  12. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
  13. Miranda Lambert – Revolution
  14. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
  15. Bat for Lashes – Two Suns 
  16. The-Dream – Love vs. Money
  17. DJ Quik & Kurupt – BlaQKout
  18. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic 
  19. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
  20. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light 
  21. Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
  22. Atlas Sound – Logos 
  23. Nicki Minaj – Beam Me Up Scotty
  24. Real Estate – Real Estate 
  25. Japandroids – Post-Nothing

2008

  1. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak
  2. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
  3. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
  4. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  5. Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
  6. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
  7. Portishead – Third
  8. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours 
  9. Los Campesinos – Hold on Now, Youngster…
  10. Jean Grae – Jeanius
  11. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
  12. Fucked Up – The Chemistry of Common Life
  13. Air France – No Way Down
  14. Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Flight
  15. M83 – Saturdays = Youth 
  16. No Age – Nouns 
  17. TV on the Radio – Dear Science
  18. Ponytail – Ice Cream Spiritual
  19. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair 
  20. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
  21. Fennesz – Black Sea
  22. Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna 
  23. Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances
  24. Q-Tip – The Renaissance
  25. The Walkmen – You & Me 

2007

  1. Burial – Untrue
  2. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  3. M.I.A. – Kala
  4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  5. Radiohead – In Rainbows 
  6. Panda Bear – Person Pitch  
  7. Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3 
  8. Robyn – Robyn
  9. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
  10. Paramore – Riot!
  11. Kanye West – Graduation 
  12. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  13. Battles – Mirrored
  14. The-Dream – Love/Hate
  15. Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline
  16. Pantha Du Prince – This Bliss
  17. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
  18. Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood
  19. UGK – UGK (Underground Kingz) 
  20. Feist – The Reminder
  21. Blonde Redhead – 23 
  22. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
  23. The National – Boxer
  24. Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
  25. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala 

2006

  1. J Dilla – Donuts
  2. The Knife – Silent Shout
  3. Joanna Newsom – Ys 
  4. Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds 
  5. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury
  6. Phoenix – It’s Never Been Like That
  7. Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies
  8. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
  9. Ghostface Killah – Fishscale
  10. Jay Reatard – Blood Visions
  11. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
  12. Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
  13. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  14. Beyoncé – B’Day
  15. Hot Chip – The Warning 
  16. DJ Drama & Lil Wayne – Dedication 2: Gangsta Grillz 
  17. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
  18. T.I. – King
  19. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Letting Go
  20. Tim Hecker – Harmony in Ultraviolet
  21. The Thermals – The Body, the Blood, the Machine 
  22. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of this Country 
  23. Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
  24. Cat Power – The Greatest
  25. Band of Horses – Everything All the Time

2005

  1. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
  2. Kanye West – Late Registration 
  3. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine
  4. Antony and the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
  5. M.I.A. – Arular
  6. The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
  7. Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
  8. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter II
  9. Smog – A River Ain’t Too Much to Love
  10. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
  11. The National – Alligator
  12. Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi
  13. The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree 
  14. Clipse – We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 2 
  15. The Decemberists – Picaresque
  16. Gang Gang Dance – God’s Money
  17. Jeezy – Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101
  18. Broadcast – Tender Buttons
  19. Konono N°1 – Congotronics
  20. Boris – Akuma No Uta
  21. Animal Collective – Feels 
  22. My Morning Jacket – Z
  23. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
  24. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema 
  25. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem

2004

  1. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender
  2. Arcade Fire – Funeral 
  3. Madvillain – Madvillainy 
  4. Kanye West – The College Dropout 
  5. Cam’ron – Purple Haze
  6. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  7. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
  8. Arthur Russell – Calling Out of Context
  9. M.I.A./Diplo – Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1
  10. Animal Collective – Sung Tongs 
  11. Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands
  12. Air – Talkie Walkie
  13. Björk – Medulla
  14. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
  15. Mastodon – Leviathan
  16. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter
  17. Junior Boys – Last Exit 
  18. Jesu – Jesu
  19. Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans
  20. The Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat
  21. Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose
  22. The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows 
  23. Feist – Let It Die
  24. Fennesz – Venice
  25. Jill Scott – Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2

2003

  1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
  2. Cat Power – You Are Free 
  3. The White Stripes – Elephant
  4. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism
  5. Jay-Z – The Black Album
  6. Broadcast – Haha Sound 
  7. T.I. – Trap Muzik
  8. The Postal Service – Give Up 
  9. Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner
  10. The Wrens – The Meadowlands
  11. The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
  12. Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow
  13. Sufjan Stevens – Michigan
  14. The Rapture – Echoes
  15. Caribou – Up in Flames
  16. The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic 
  17. Four Tet – Rounds 
  18. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
  19. Ricardo Villalobos – Alcachofa 
  20. Deerhoof – Apple O’
  21. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
  22. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain
  23. The Strokes – Room on Fire
  24. Sleep – Dopesmoker
  25. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak 

2002

  1. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 
  2. William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops 
  3. Clipse – Lord Willin’
  4. The Streets – Original Pirate Material
  5. The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee 
  6. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
  7. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People
  8. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  9. Beck – Sea Change
  10. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
  11. Sonic Youth – Murray St.
  12. Neko Case – Blacklisted
  13. Boards of Canada – Geogaddi
  14. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
  15. Missy Elliott – Under Construction
  16. The Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas
  17. Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things
  18. Black Dice – Beaches & Canyons 
  19. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Playthroughs
  20. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
  21. The Books – Thought for Food
  22. Iron & Wine – The Creek Drank the Cradle
  23. Drexciya – Harnessed the Storm
  24. 2 Many DJs – As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2
  25. Sean Paul – Dutty Rock

2001

  1. Daft Punk – Discovery
  2. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
  3. Missy Elliott – Miss E…So Addictive 
  4. The Strokes – Is This It
  5. Fugazi – The Argument
  6. Björk – Vespertine 
  7. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells 
  8. Aaliyah – Aaliyah
  9. Fennesz – Endless Summer
  10. The Microphones – The Glow, Pt. 2 
  11. Basement Jaxx – Rooty
  12. The Shins – Oh, Inverted World 
  13. Life Without Buildings – Any Other City
  14. Radiohead – Amnesiac
  15. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Tyranny of Distance 
  16. Andrew W.K. – I Get Wet
  17. Stars of the Lid – The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
  18. Low – Things We Lost in the Fire 
  19. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American
  20. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein 
  21. Spoon – Girls Can Tell
  22. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft
  23. Jim O’Rourke – Insignificance
  24. The Other People Place – Lifestyles of the Laptop Café
  25. The Dismemberment Plan – Change 

2000

  1. Radiohead – Kid A 
  2. D’Angelo – Voodoo
  3. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele 
  4. OutKast – Stankonia
  5. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
  6. Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
  7. Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica 
  8. Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
  9. Luomo – Vocalcity
  10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven 
  11. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
  12. Elliott Smith – Figure 8
  13. The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
  14. Common – Like Water for Chocolate
  15. Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo
  16. GAS – Pop
  17. PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
  18. Clinic – Internal Wrangler
  19. Sade – Lovers Rock
  20. Bright Eyes – Fevers and Mirrors
  21. The Microphones – It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water
  22. Primal Scream – XTRMNTR
  23. Broadcast – The Noise Made By People 
  24. Death Cab for Cutie – We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes 
  25. Wu-Tang Clan – The W

1999

  1. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin 
  2. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs 
  3. Built to Spill – Keep It Like a Secret 
  4. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn…
  5. Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun
  6. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I 
  7. Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall
  8. Wilco – Summerteeth
  9. Smog – Knock Knock
  10. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness
  11. Boredoms – Vision Creation Newsun 
  12. The Roots – Things Fall Apart
  13. Dr. Dre – 2001 
  14. Beck – Midnite Vultures
  15. Blur – 13 
  16. Mos Def – Black on Both Sides 
  17. Basement Jaxx – Remedy
  18. The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One 
  19. TLC – Fanmail 
  20. Sleater-Kinney – The Hot Rock 
  21. Kelis – Kaleidoscope 
  22. MF Doom – Operation: Doomsday 
  23. Jim O’Rourke – Eureka 
  24. American Football – American Football
  25. Prince Paul – A Prince Among Thieves

1998

  1. OutKast – Aquemini 
  2. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 
  3. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 
  4. Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
  5. Elliott Smith – XO
  6. Cat Power – Moon Pix
  7. Massive Attack – Mezzanine 
  8. Air – Moon Safari 
  9. Silver Jews – American Water 
  10. Boredoms – Super Æ
  11. PJ Harvey – Is This Desire? 
  12. Black Star – Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star 
  13. Pulp – This is Hardcore 
  14. The Beta Band – The Three EPs 
  15. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road 
  16. Autechre – LP5
  17. Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With the Arab Strap 
  18. Madonna – Ray of Light 
  19. Tortoise – TNT
  20. Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis 
  21. Beck – Mutations 
  22. Beastie Boys – Hello Nasty 
  23. Gang Starr – Moment of Truth
  24. Koji Kondo – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  25. Big Pun – Capital Punishment

1997

  1. Björk – Homogenic
  2. Radiohead – OK Computer 
  3. Elliott Smith – Either/Or 
  4. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
  5. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space 
  6. Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 
  7. Erykah Badu – Baduizm
  8. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death 
  9. Missy Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly
  10. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
  11. Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope
  12. Daft Punk – Homework
  13. Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
  14. Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Forever 
  15. Built to Spill – Perfect from Now On 
  16. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F# A# ∞
  17. Stereolab – Dots and Loops 
  18. Mogwai – Young Team
  19. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call 
  20. Squarepusher – Big Loada 
  21. The Verve – Urban Hymns 
  22. Jim O’Rourke – Bad Timing 
  23. Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus 
  24. Pavement – Brighten the Corners
  25. Carl Craig – More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art

1996

  1. Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
  2. Beck – Odelay 
  3. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…
  4. Weezer – Pinkerton 
  5. Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt 
  6. OutKast – ATLiens
  7. Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup 
  8. Ghostface Killah – Ironman 
  9. Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album 
  10. Aaliyah – One in a Million
  11. Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die 
  12. 2Pac – All Eyez on Me 
  13. Fugees – The Score 
  14. Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk 
  15. Fiona Apple – Tidal 
  16. Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth 
  17. UGK – Ridin’ Dirty
  18. Wilco – Being There 
  19. Maxwell – Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite 
  20. The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole 
  21. Orbital – In Sides 

1995

  1. Radiohead – The Bends 
  2. Björk – Post 
  3. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
  4. Mobb Deep – The Infamous…
  5. Pulp – Different Class
  6. Fugazi – Red Medicine
  7. Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords
  8. D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
  9. Sonic Youth – Washing Machine 
  10. Autechre – Tri Repetae 
  11. Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes
  12. Tricky – Maxinquaye 
  13. Pavement – Wowee Zowee 
  14. Oval – 94diskont 
  15. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version 
  16. Palace Music – Viva Last Blues 
  17. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  18. Elastica – Elastica
  19. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
  20. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony – E. 1999 Eternal 
  21. Goldie – Timeless 
  22. Scott Walker – Tilt 
  23. Sparklehorse – Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
  24. A Guy Called Gerald – Black Secret Technology 

1994

  1. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die 
  2. Nas – Illmatic 
  3. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 
  4. Hole – Live Through This
  5. Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand 
  6. Portishead – Dummy
  7. Built to Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love 
  8. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II
  9. Jeff Buckley – Grace
  10. Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album)
  11. TLC – CrazySexyCool
  12. Blur – Parklife 
  13. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 
  14. Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman
  15. Disco Inferno – D.I. Go Pop 
  16. Gang Starr – Hard to Earn 
  17. Warren G – Regulate…G Funk Era 
  18. Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York 
  19. Mary J. Blige – My Life 
  20. OutKast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  21. Soundgarden – Superunknown 
  22. Suede – Dog Man Star 
  23. Jawbox – For Your Own Special Sweetheart 
  24. Scarface – The Diary
  25. Sunny Day Real Estate – Diary 

1993

  1. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
  2. Nirvana – In Utero
  3. The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream 
  4. Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville 
  5. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders 
  6. PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
  7. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle 
  8. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See 
  9. Bikini Kill – Pussy Whipped 
  10. The Breeders – Last Splash 
  11. Yo La Tengo – Painful 
  12. Slowdive – Souvlaki 
  13. Janet Jackson – Janet 
  14. Björk – Debut 
  15. De La Soul – Buhloone Mindstate 
  16. Souls of Mischief – 93 ’til Infinity 
  17. Unrest – Perfect Teeth 
  18. Red House Painters – Red House Painters I 
  19. The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen 
  20. Archers of Loaf – Icky Mettle 
  21. Tindersticks – Tindersticks 

1992

  1. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted 
  2. Dr. Dre – The Chronic 
  3. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
  4. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People 
  5. The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 
  6. PJ Harvey – Dry 
  7. Sade – Love Deluxe 
  8. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother 
  9. Sonic Youth – Dirty 
  10. The Cure – Wish 
  11. Tom Waits – Bone Machine 
  12. Various Artists – Artificial Intelligence 

1991

  1. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless 
  2. Nirvana – Nevermind 
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory 
  4. Talk Talk – Laughing Stock 
  5. Slint – Spiderland 
  6. De La Soul – De La Soul is Dead 
  7. Primal Scream – Screamadelica 
  8. The Orb – The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
  9. Ice Cube – Death Certificate 
  10. Massive Attack – Blue Lines 
  11. Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Back 
  12. Pixies – Trompe le Monde 
  13. Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped 
  14. The Jesus Lizard – Goat 
  15. U2 – Achtung Baby 
  16. Sebadoh – III

1990

  1. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet 
  2. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas 
  3. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted 
  4. The KLF – Chill Out 
  5. A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
  6. Ride – Nowhere
  7. Sonic Youth – Goo
  8. Fugazi – Repeater 
  9. Depeche Mode – Violator 
  10. Angelo Badalamenti – Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 
  11. Daniel Johnston – 1990 
  12. Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual 
  13. The Sundays – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic 

1978

  1. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town 
  2. Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
  3. Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  4. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
  5. X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents
  6. Kate Bush – The Kick Inside
  7. Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine
  8. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – This Year’s Model
  9. Blondie – Parallel Lines
  10. Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream
  11. Various Artists – No New York
  12. The Cars – The Cars
  13. Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers
  14. DEVO – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are DEVO!
  15. Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear
  16. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
  17. Robert Ashley – Private Parts
  18. The Patti Smith Group – Easter
  19. David Behrman – On the Other Ocean
  20. Sun Ra – Lanquidity
  21. Throbbing Gristle – D.O.A. The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle
  22. Magazine – Real Life
  23. Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country
  24. CHIC – C’Est Chic
  25. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto

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