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My Top 5 Albums From Each Decade

August 7, 2013

I recently took part in an interesting exercise over at a music-centric forum I’ve been known to frequent. The assignment, if you will, was to come up with a list of the five albums from each decade which best define your musical taste. I accepted the challenge (only including the decades I’ve been alive), and after extensive thought, here are the albums on my list (plus, as a bonus, the one album from each decade it was most difficult for me to exclude) – with links to listen on Spotify (if available):













4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew permalink
    August 20, 2013 7:43 pm

    Ok. I’ll bite. & crib your limit of only decades in which I have drawn breath.

    1981-90 (pedantry, like)

    The Clash, “”Sandinista!”
    AC/DC, “For Those about to Rock”
    Van Halen, “1984”
    Guns n’ Roses, “Lies”
    N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton”

    (Last cut — Billy Joel, “Storm Front”)


    Wu-Tang Clan, “36 Chambers”
    Pearl Jam, “Vitalogy”
    Eminem, “The Slim Shady LP”
    Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “—– Please”
    Pedro the Lion, “Winners Never Quit”

    (Last cut — Pavement, “Wowee Zowee”)


    Cafe Tacuba, “Cuatro Caminos”
    Dizzee Rascal, “Boy in da Corner”
    Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, “Broom”
    Sleater-Kinney, “The Woods”
    Cat Power, “The Greatest”

    (Last cut — Molotov, “Dance y Dense Denso”)


    M83, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
    Sharon van Etten, “Tramp”
    (to be continued…)

    • August 21, 2013 9:17 am

      Nice list, Andrew. I can definitely embrace the AC/DC selection, and enjoy several of your other choices, as well.

  2. August 7, 2013 12:41 pm

    Learned a new record or two from the list. I might have to throw Television Marque Moon in the 70’s and kind of surprised for you there is no White Stripes, maybe De Stijl.

    • August 7, 2013 12:58 pm

      Marquee Moon is one of those that I understand why everybody reveres it, but it doesn’t quite scratch me where I itch. As for White Stripes, my fav of theirs is still White Blood Cells, but I’m admittedly sour on Jack White right now for his all-around assholishness regarding his ex and especially his ridiculous lashing out at the GREAT Dan Auerbach. How can a guy like White be both so brilliant and so insecure?

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