Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Best Album By Year Since Birth

Scott McDonald at Pressed for Sound inspired this post. A slew of bloggers posted their favorite album from each year of their life. It's a fun exercise, but even if you cheat (and use Wikipedia or the Village Voice's Critics Poll) it sucks up some serious time.
There were five or six records that could have made the list in some years, while it was tough to even come up one record in some of the years. I feel pretty happy with it today.....
1974: Big Star – Radio City
1975: Neil Young – Zuma
1976: Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
1977: Television – Marquee Moon
1978: Neil Young – Comes a Time
1979: Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
1980: Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
1981: Van Halen – Fair Warning
1982: Descendents – Milo Goes to College
1983: R.E.M. – Murmur
1984: R.E.M. – Reckoning
1985: Husker Du – New Day Rising
1986: The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
1987: The Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands
1988: Pixies – Surfer Rosa
1989: The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
1990: Fugazi – Repeater
1991: Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind
1992: Sonic Youth - Dirty
1993: Yo La Tengo – Painful
1994: Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
1995: Radiohead – The Bends
1996: Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (bit of a cheat, not released in US until 1997)
1997: Elliott Smith – Either/Or
1998: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999: Wilco – Summerteeth
2000: Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
2001: Pernice Brothers – The World Won’t End
2002: Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
2003: The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
2004: Brian Wilson – Smile
2005: Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
2006: Kelley Stoltz – Below the Branches
2007: Okkervil River – The Stage Names
2008: Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (it’s really too early to say, but this is what it is today)


silawe said...

this list is decent but, how could you pick the Dead Kennedys over John Lennon Double Fantasy? and wow how 'bout Too Fast For Love on 1982!??!!??!!??
but a yes, a decent list.

you are old.

josh said...

dammit! that's means im old too!

Mouse said...

Alright, this is my weekend project. Everyone is going to hate my list though.

Anonymous said...

you said it buddy.

the_peanut said...

Besides the two years difference in birthyear, are you sure we aren't the same person...? Our lists are, well would be, amazingly similar.

Thnx for the list and would you object of me knicking your idea to post one of my own?