Thursday, December 18, 2014

Top Ten Album Archives

Image courtesy of The Clash.
Last month, I completed my Top Ten Film Archives, which included my favorite movies from each year, dating back to the dawn of the 20th century. Now, I'm putting up my list of greatest albums by year, which begins in 1959 and runs to the present.

Each year, I will update the list with a new top 10 (next year, I'll add 2015's list, for example). And I might occasionally rearrange the lists as I see fit over time.

And because some years are full of terrific albums, especially during the late 1960s through mid 1970s, I've included runners up.

1959
5. Dinah Washington - What a Difference a Day Makes
4. Chuck Berry - Chuck Berry is On Top
3. Ray Charles - The Genius of Ray Charles
2. Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight
1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

1960
5. Elvis Presley - Elvis is Back!
4. Joan Baez - Joan Baez
3. John Coltrane - Giant Steps
2. Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
1. Etta James - At Last!

1961
5. Roy Orbison - Lonely and Blue
4. Frank Sinatra - Come Swing With Me
3. Ray Charles - The Genius Sings the Blues
2. Joan Baez - Vol. II
1. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

1962
5. John Coltrane - Coltrane
4. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
3. Howlin' Wolf - Howlin' Wolf
2. Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
1. Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

1963
10. Stevie Wonder - With a Song in My Heart
 
9. Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven
 
8. Aretha Franklin - Laughing on the Outside
 
7. Roy Orbison - In Dreams
 
6. Peter, Paul and Mary - Moving
 
5. Peter, Paul and Mary - In the Wind
 
4. The Beach Boys - Surfin'
  3. The Beatles - With the Beatles
 
2. The Beatles - Please Please Me
 
1. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

1964
10. Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line
 
9. The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
 
8. Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
 
7. The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
 
6. The Beatles - The Beatles' 2nd Album
 
5. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
 
4. Simon and Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m.
 
3. The Rolling Stones - 12x5
 
2. Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan
 
1. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

1965
10. The Who - The Who Sing My Generation
 
9. The Rolling Stones - December's Children (And Everybody's)
 
8. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
 
7. The Rolling Stones - Out of Our Heads
 
6. The Beatles - Help!
 
5. The Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn
 
4. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
 
3. Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
 
2. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
 
1. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

1966
10. Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield
 
9. Cream - Fresh Cream
 
8. Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
 
7. The Yardbirds - Roger the Engineer
 
6. Simon and Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence
 
5. The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
 
4. The Mamas and the Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
 
3. The Beatles - Revolver
 
2. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
 
1. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

1967
10. Cream - Disraeli Gears
 
9. The Kinks - Something Else
 
8. Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love
 
7. Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
 
6. Aretha Franklin - I've Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
 
5. Love - Forever Changes
 
4. The Doors - The Doors
 
3. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
 
2. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
 
1. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Honorable Mention: The Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed), The Rolling Stones (Between the Buttons), The Byrds (Younger Than Yesterday), Moby Grape (Moby Grape), The Rolling Stones (Flowers), Vanilla Fudge (Vanilla Fudge), Nico (Chelsea Girl), The Doors (Strange Days), The Who (The Who Sell Out), Leonard Cohen (Songs of Leonard Cohen), Bob Dylan (John Wesley Harding), Tim Buckley (Goodbye and Hello), The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour)

1968
10. Cream - Wheels of Fire
 
9. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
  8. Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
 
7. Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
 
6. The Band - Music from Big Pink
 
5. Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
 
4. The Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet
 
3. The Zombies - Odyssey and Oracle
 
2. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
 
1. The Beatles - The Beatles (The White Album)
Honorable Mention: The Byrds (Sweethearts of the Rodeo), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Big Brother and the Holding Company (Cheap Thrills), The Byrds (The Notorious Byrd Brothers), The Kinks (The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society), The Velvet Underground (White Light, White Heat), Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf), Blood Sweat and Tears (Blood Sweat and Tears), The Doors (Waiting for the Sun)

1969
10. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
 
9. Sly and the Family Stone - Stand
  8. The Who - Tommy
 
7. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys
 
6. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
 
5. Led Zeppelin - II
 
4. The Band - The Band
 
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
 
2. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
 
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
Honorable Mention: The Stooges (The Stooges), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bayou Country), Isaac Hayes (Hot Buttered Soul), MC5 (Kick Out the Jams), The Velvet Underground (The Velvet Underground), The Guess Who (Wheatfield Soul), Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), Captain Beefheart (Trout Mask Replica), Jefferson Airplane (Volunteers), Neil Young (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere), Joni Mitchell (Clouds), Crosby Stills and Nash (Crosby Stills and Nash), Blind Faith (Blind Faith), Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour), Santana (Santana), Peggy Lee (Is That All There Is?), David Bowie (Space Oddity)

1970
10. The Doors - Morrison Hotel
 
9. The Velvet Underground - Loaded
 
8. The Beatles - Let It Be
 
7. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
 
6. Led Zeppelin - III
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
 
4. Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
 
3. Van Morrison - Moondance
 
2. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
 
1. Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Honorable Mention: The Kinks (Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part I), George Harrison (All Things Must Pass), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Pendulum), Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman), The Allman Brothers Band (Idlewild South), Van Morrison (His Band and Street Choir), Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath), Black Sabbath (Paranoid), Curtis Mayfield (Curtis), James Taylor (Sweet Baby James), Crosby Stills Nash and Young (Deja Vu), Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection), Santana (Abraxas), The Beach Boys (Sunflower), Deep Purple (In Rock), Funkadelic (Funkadelic), The Who (Live at Leeds), Miles Davis (Bitches' Brew), Elton John (Elton John), The Stooges (Fun House), David Bowie (The Man Who Sold the World)

1971
10. Sly and the Family Stone - There's a Riot Going On!
 
9. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
 
8. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
 
7. Joni Mitchell - Blue
 
6. John Lennon - Imagine
 
5. Carole King - Tapestry
 
4. The Who - Who's Next
 
3. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
  2. Led Zeppelin - IV
 
1. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Honorable Mention: Nilsson (Nilsson Schmilsson), Electric Light Orchestra (Electric Light Orchestra), Janis Joplin (Pearl), T. Rex (Electric Warrior), Yes (The Yes Album), Alice Cooper (Love It to Death), Leonard Cohen (Songs of Love and Death), The Doors (L.A. Woman), Paul and Linda McCartney (Ram), Faces (A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse), Elton John (Madman Across the Water), Cat Stevens (Teaser and the Firecat), Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey), The Beach Boys (Surf's Up), Funkadelic (Maggot Brain), The Allman Brothers Band (At Fillmore East), Nick Drake (Bryter Layter)

1972
10. Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
 
9. The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach
 
8. Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything?
  7. Lou Reed - Transformer
 
6. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
 
5. The Harder They Come (Original Soundtrack)
  4. Neil Young - Harvest
 
3. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (Original Soundtrack)
  2. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
 
1. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
Honorable Mention: Stevie Wonder (Music of My Mind), The O'Jays (Back Stabbers), Paul Simon (Paul Simon), Nick Drake (Pink Moon), Deep Purple (Machine Head), Al Green (I'm Still in Love With You), Black Sabbath (Vol. 4), Seals and Crofts (Summer Breeze), Van Morrison (St. Dominic's Preview), Mott the Hoople (All the Young Dudes), Rod Stewart (Never a Dull Moment), Eagles (Eagles), The Doobie Brothers (Toulouse Street), Little Feet (Sailin' Shoes), Elton John (Honky Chateau), Big Star (#1 Record), Randy Newman (Sail Away), Roxy Music (Roxy Music)

1973
10. Faces - Ooh La La
 
9. Tom Waits - Closing Time
 
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd
 
7. The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup
 
6. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
 
5. Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run
 
4. Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
 
3. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
 
2. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
 
1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Honorable Mention: New York Dolls (New York Dolls), Aerosmith (Aerosmith), Bruce Springsteen (Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.), Elton John (Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player), Roxy Music (For Your Pleasure), David Bowie (Aladdin Sane), Bob Marley (Catch a Fire), Electric Light Orchestra (On the Third Day), Kool and the Gang (Wild and Peaceful), The Who (Quadrophenia), Bruce Springsteen (The Wild, the Innocent and the E. Street Band), Marvin Gaye (Let's Get It On), Bob Dylan (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Soundtrack), Sly and the Family Stone (Fresh), Paul Simon (There Goes Rhymin' Simon), Free (Heartbreaker), Lou Reed (Berlin)

1974
10. Kool and the Gang - Light of Worlds
  9. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
 
8. Todd Rundgren - Todd
 
7. The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'n Roll
 
6. Bob Marley - Natty Dread
 
5. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
 
4. Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
 
3. Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
 
2. Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
 
1. Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night
Honorable Mention: Big Star (Radio City), Jackson Browne (Late for the Sky), The Ohio Players (Fire), Roxy Music (Country Life)

1975
10. Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes
 
9. Queen - A Night at the Opera
 
8. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
 
7. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
 
6. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac
 
5. Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
 
4. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
 
3. Patti Smith - Horses
 
2. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
 
1. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Honorable Mention: Alice Cooper (Welcome to My Nightmare), David Bowie (Young Americans), America (Hearts), Earth Wind and Fire (That's the Way of the World), Steely Dan (Katy Lied), The Rolling Stones (Metamorphosis), Aerosmith (Toys in the Attic), Eagles (One of These Nights), Neil Young (Tonight's the Night), Kool and the Gang (Spirit of the Boogie), Electric Light Orchestra (Face the Music), Brian Eno (Another Green World), Paul Simon (Still Crazy After All These Years), Roxy Music (Siren)

1976
10. Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
  9. Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
  8. The Doobie Brothers - Takin' It to the Streets
 
7. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
 
6. Kiss - Destroyer
 
5. David Bowie - Station to Station
 
4. Bob Dylan - Desire
 
3. Eagles - Hotel California
 
2. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
 
1. Ramones - Ramones
Honorable Mention: Heart (Dreamboat Annie), The Modern Lovers (The Modern Lovers), Boston (Boston), Jackson Browne (The Pretender), The Rolling Stones (Black and Blue), Marvin Gaye (I Want You), Led Zeppelin (Presence), The Steve Miller Band (Fly Like an Eagle), Al Stevens (Year of the Cat)

1977
10. Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
 
9. Suicide - Suicide
 
8. Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack
  7. Steely Dan - Aja
 
6. Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
 
5. Ramones - Rocket to Russia
  4. Billy Joel - The Stranger
 
3. The Clash - The Clash
 
2. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
 
1. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Honorable Mention: Jackson Browne (Running on Empty), Brian Eno (Before and After Science), Eric Clapton (Slowhand), Wire (Pink Flag), Heart (Little Queen), Bob Marley (Exodus), Talking Heads (Talking Heads '77), Richard Hell and the Voidoids (Blank Generation), David Bowie (Heroes), Kraftwerk (Trans Europe Express), Iggy Pop (The Idiot), Iggy Pop (Lust for Life), Television (Marquee Moon), Ultravox (Ultravox), David Bowie (Low), Peter Gabriel (Peter Gabriel), Bob Welch (French Kiss)

1978
10. Nick Lowe - Jesus of Cool
 
9. Blondie - Parallel Lines
  8. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
 
7. Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
 
6. Van Halen - Van Halen
 
5. The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
 
4. The Cars - The Cars
 
3. Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
 
2. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
 
1. Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
Honorable Mention: Johnny Thunders (So Close), Throbbing Gristle (D.O.A.), Lou Reed (Street Hassle), Todd Rundgren (Hermit of Mink Hollow), Cheap Trick (Heaven Tonight), The Clash (Give 'Em Enough Rope), Siouxsie and the Banshees (The Scream), The Police (Outlandos D'Amour), Al Stevens (Time Passages), Gerry Rafferty (City to City), Big Star (Third)

1979
10. Gang of Four - Entertainment!
 
9. Supertramp - Breakfast in America
 
8. Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
 
7. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
 
6. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
 
5. Talking Heads - Fear of Music
 
4. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
 
3. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
 
2. Pink Floyd - The Wall
 
1. The Clash - London Calling
Honorable Mention: The Police (Regatta de Blanc), Blondie (Eat to the Beat), Patti Smith (Wave), The Buzzcocks (Singles Going Steady), Wire (154), Led Zeppelin (In Through the Out Door), Eagles (The Long Run), Prince (Prince), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Damn the Torpedoes), AC/DC (Highway to Hell), Public Image Ltd. (Metal Box), The B-52's (The B-52's), David Bowie (Lodger)

1980
10. Dead Kennedys- Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
 
9. The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn of a Friendly Card
 
8. Joy Division - Closer
 
7. Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Melt)
 
6. X - Los Angeles
 
5. Bruce Springsteen - The River
 
4. The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
 
3. The Pretenders - Pretenders
 
2. AC/DC - Back in Black
 
1. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Honorable Mention: Ultravox (Vienna), Suicide (Second Album), Public Image Ltd. (2nd Edition), Elton John (21 at 33), Police (Zenyatta Mondata), Prince (Dirty Mind), The Clash (Black Market Clash), Devo (Freedom of Choice), Elvis Costello (Get Happy), U2 (Boy), The Cure (Boys Don't Cry), David Bowie (Scary Monsters), Blondie (Auto American)

1981
10. Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
 
9. Blue Oyster Cult - Fires of Unknown Origin
 
8. Elvis Costello - Trust
 
7. Phil Collins - Face Value
 
6. T.V. Personalities - And Don't the Kids Just Love It
 
5. Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
 
4. Prince - Controversy
 
3. The Go Go's - Beauty and the Beat
 
2. The Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
 
1. The Police - Ghost in the Machine
Honorable Mention: Foreigner (4), Journey (Escape), Quarterflash (Quarterflash), The Pretenders (II), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Hard Promises), U2 (October)

1982
10. Modern English - After the Snow
 
9. The Clash - Combat Rock
 
8. Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
 
7. The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky
 
6. Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)
 
5. Duran Duran - Rio
 
4. Prince - 1999
 
3. Roxy Music - Avalon
 
2. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
 
1. Michael Jackson - Thriller
Honorable Mention: Hall and Oates (H2O), Marvin Gaye (Midnight Love), INXS (Shoobah Shabooh), Toto (IV), Elvis Costello (Imperial Bedroom), The Motels (All Four One), Thomas Dolby (The Golden Age of Wireless), The Who (It's Hard)

1983
10. Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
 
9. David Bowie - Let's Dance
 
8. Billy Joel - An Innocent Man
 
7. Madonna - Madonna
 
6. ZZ Top - Eliminator
 
5. Def Leppard - Pyromania
 
4. U2 - War
 
3. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
 
2. The Police - Synchronicity
 
1. R.E.M. - Murmur
Honorable Mention: Huey Lewis and the News (Sports), Tom Waits (Swordfishtrombones), Lionel Richie (Can't Slow Down), Culture Club (Colour By Numbers), Yes (90125), Billy Idol (Rebel Yell), New Order (Power, Corruption and Lies), Elton John (Too Low for Zero), Journey (Frontiers), The Fixx (Reach the Beach), Flashdance Original Soundtrack

1984
10. This Mortal Coil - It'll End in Tears
 
9. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
 
8. Tina Turner - Private Dancer
 
7. The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
 
6. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
 
5. The Cars - Heartbeat City
 
4. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
 
3. The Replacements - Let It Be
 
2. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
 
1. Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
Honorable Mention: Husker Du (Zen Arcade), Thompson Twins (Into the Gap), Eurythmics (Touch), Don Henley (Building the Perfect Beast), Wham! (Make It Big), Bryan Adams (Reckless), Madonna (Like a Virgin), Van Halen (1984), The Smiths (The Smiths), Footloose Original Soundtrack, Run DMC (Run DMC)

1985
10. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
 
9. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
 
8. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
 
7. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
 
6. Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles
 
5. Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair
 
4. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy and the Lash
 
3. The Replacements - Tim
 
2. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
 
1. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Honorable Mention: Husker Du (New Day Rising), Phil Collins (No Jacket Required), Prince and the Revolution (Around the World in a Day), Heart (Heart), The Smiths (Meat is Murder), The Dream Academy (The Dream Academy), Mike and the Mechanics (Mike and the Mechanics), The Waterboys (This is the Sea), Bryan Ferry (Boys and Girls), LL Cool J (Radio)

1986
10. Sonic Youth - EVOL
 
9. Crowded House - Crowded House
 
8. Cocteau Twins - The Moon and the Melodies
 
7. Beastie Boys - License to Ill
 
6. Madonna - True Blue
 
5. Janet Jackson - Control
 
4. Run D.M.C. - Raising Hell
 
3. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
 
2. Peter Gabriel - So
 
1. Paul Simon - Graceland
Honorable Mention: Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet), Stevie Winwood (Back in the High Life), Genesis (Invisible Touch), Poison (Look What the Cat Dragged In), Bruce Hornsby and the Range (The Way It Is), Husker Du (Candy Apple Grey), Van Halen (5150), Book of Love (Book of Love), Crime and the City Solution (Room of Lights)

1987
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
 
9. Michael Jackson - Bad
 
8. George Michael - Faith
 
7. R.E.M. - Document
 
6. Eric B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
 
5. Def Leppard - Hysteria
 
4. Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
 
3. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
 
2. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
 
1. U2 - The Joshua Tree
Honorable Mention: Boogie Down Productions (Criminal Minded), Motley Crue (Girls, Girls, Girls), Pink Floyd (Momentary Lapse of Reason), Dinosaur Jr. (You're Living All Over Me), Whitesnake (Whitesnake), The Smiths (Louder Than Bombs), Suzanne Vega (Solitude Standing), Danny Wilson (Meet Danny Wilson), John Hiatt (Bring the Family), Sonic Youth (Sister), Sting (Nothing Like the Sun), INXS (Kick), The Replacements (Pleased to Meet Me)

1988
10. R.E.M. - Green
  9. Living Colour - Vivid
 
8. Bruce Hornsby and the Range - Scenes from the Southside
 
7. The Pogues - If I Should Fall from Grace with God
 
6. Slick Rick - The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
 
5. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
 
4. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
 
3. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
 
2. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
 
1. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Honorable Mention: Suicide (A Way of Life), U2 (Rattle and Hum), Kix (Blow My Fuse), Bobby Brown (Don't Be Cruel), Galaxie 500 (Today), The Church (Starfish), EPMD (Strictly Business), Jungle Brothers (Straight Out the Jungle), Boogie Down Productions (By All Means Necessary), Big Daddy Kane (Long Live the Kane), Cinderella (Long Cold Winter), Ice T (Power), Too Short (Life is... Too Short), Ultramagnetic MCs (Critical Beatdown), Eazy E (Eazy Duz It), Eric B & Rakim (Follow the Leader), Jane's Addiction (Nothing's Shocking)

1989
10. Kate Bush - The Sensual World
 
9. Julee Cruise - Floating Into the Night
 
8. The D.O.C. - No One Can Do It Better
 
7. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
 
6. Don Henley - The End of the Innocence
 
5. Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation: 1814
 
4. Madonna - Like a Prayer
 
3. The Cure - Disintegration
 
2. Pixies - Doolittle
 
1. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
Honorable Mention: The Blue Nile (Hats), Tears for Fears (The Seeds of Love), Aerosmith (Pump), Beastie Boys (Paul's Boutique), Chris Isaak (Heart Shaped World), Boogie Down Productions (Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop), EPMD (Unfinished Business), Neneh Cherry (Raw Like Sushi), Tom Petty (Full Moon Fever), Bob Dylan (Oh Mercy), Galaxie 500 (On Fire), Fine Young Cannibals (The Raw and the Cooked), Phil Collins (But Seriously), The Stone Roses (The Stone Roses), My Bloody Valentine (Isn't Anything?)

1990
10. Pixies - Bossanova
 
9. Ride - Nowhere
 
8. Sonic Youth - Goo
 
7. A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
 
6. Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
 
5. Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
 
4. George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Part I
 
3. L.L. Cool J. - Mama Said Knock You Out
 
2. Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
 
1. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Honorable Mention: The La's (The La's), Depeche Mode (Violator), Bell Biv Devoe (Poison), Extreme (Pornograffitti), Mother Love Bone (Apple), Ice Cube (AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted), Brand Nubian (One for All), Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey)

1991
10. Cypress Hill - Cypress Hill
 
9. Metallica - Metallica
 
8. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion, Vols. I & II
 
7. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
 
6. Ice Cube - Death Certificate
 
5. Pearl Jam - Ten
 
4. De La Soul - De La Soul is Dead
 
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
 
2. U2 - Achtung Baby
 
1. Nirvana - Nevermind
Honorable Mention: R.E.M. (Out of Time), Boyz II Men (Cooleyhighharmony), Naughty by Nature (Naughty by Nature), Slowdive (Just for a Day), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (BloodSexSugarMagik), Del tha Funkee Homosapien (I Wish My Brother George Was Here), Sting (The Soul Cages), Lenny Kravitz (Mama Said), Jodeci (Forever My Lady), Geto Boys (We Can't Be Stopped), N.W.A. (Niggaz4Life), Toad the Wet Sprocket (Fear), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Into the Great Wide Open), Bonnie Raiit (Luck of the Draw), Michael Jackson (Dangerous), Main Source (Breaking Atoms), Ice T (O.G. Original Gangster), Gang Starr (Step in the Arena), Black Sheep (A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing), Public Enemy (Apocalypse '91: The Enemy Strikes Black)

1992
10. Ween - Pure Guava
  9. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
  8. The Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
  7. The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
  6. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
  5. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
  4. Madonna - Erotica
  3. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
  2. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
  1. R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
Honorable Mention: Alice in Chains (Dirt), Mother Love Bone (Mother Love Bone), The Sundays (Blind), Mary J. Blige (What's the 411?), Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth (Mecca and the Soul Brother), Elton John (The One), Annie Lennox (Diva), L7 (Bricks Are Heavy), Arrested Development (3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of...), Sonic Youth (Dirty), Eric B. and Rakim (Don't Sweat the Technique), Leonard Cohen (The Future), Redman (Whut? Thee Album), Pavement (Slanted and Enchanted), The Cure (Wish)

1993
10. Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?
  9. Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
  8. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
  7. Nirvana - In Utero
  6. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
  5. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
  4. Pearl Jam - Vs.
  3. Janet Jackson - Janet
  2. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
  1. Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
Honorable Mention: Sarah McLachlan (Fumbling Towards Ecstasy), Souls of Mischief (93 Til Infinity), Cypress Hill (Black Sunday), U2 (Zooropa), Tony Toni Tone (Sons of Soul), Slowdive (Souvlaki), New Order (Republic), P.M. Dawn (The Bliss Album), Radiohead (Pablo Honey), The Cranberries (Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?), 2Pac (Strictly 4 My Niggaz), Dinosaur Jr. (Where You Been?), Belly (Star), Black Moon (Enta da Stage), De La Soul (Buhloone Mindstate), Naughty by Nature (19 Naughty III), Onyx (Bacdafucup), Digable Planets (Reachin': A New Refutation of Time and Space)

1994
10. Method Man - Tical
  9. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
  8. Beck - Mellow Gold
  7. Above the Rim Original Soundtrack
  6. Jeff Buckley - Grace
  5. Scarface - The Diary
  4. Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  3. Hole - Live Through This
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
  1. Nas - Illmatic
Honorable Mention: Pearl Jam (Vitalogy), Madonna (Bedtime Stories), TLC (Crazy Sexy Cool), Thug Life (Vol. 1), Common (Resurrection), Beastie Boys (Ill Communication), Oasis (Definitely Maybe), Bush (16 Stone), R.E.M. (Monster), The Rolling Stones (Voodoo Lounge), Green Day (Dookie), Soundgarden (Superunknown), Gang Starr (Hard to Earn), Weezer (Weezer), Live (Throwing Copper), Organized Konfusion (Stress: The Extinction Agenda), Jeru the Damaja (The Sun Rises in the East), Diamond D & Psychotic Neurotics (Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop), The Coup (Genocide and Juice), Pete Rock & CL Smooth (The Main Ingredient), Redman (Dare iz a Darkside), Murder was the Case Soundtrack, Pavement (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain)

1995
10. The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!
  9. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - E. 1999 Eternal
  8. Mobb Deep - The Infamous
  7. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  6. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
  5. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  4. Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords
  3. 2Pac - Me Against the World
  2. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
  1. Radiohead - The Bends
Honorable Mention: Smashing Pumpkins (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), Ol' Dirty Bastard (Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version), Michael Jackson (HIStory), Natalie Merchant (Tigerlily), Annie Lennox (Medusa), Tricky (Maxinquaye), Jewel (Pieces of You), Garbage (Garbage), 8ball & MGJ (On Top of the World), Naughty by Nature (Poverty's Paradise), AZ (Doe or Die), Onyx (All We Got Iz Us), Tha Dogg Pound (Dogg Food), Goodie Mob (Soul Food), Junior MAFIA (Conspiracy)

1996
10. Robert Miles - Dreamland
  9. Outkast - ATLiens
  8. Rage Against the Empire - Evil Empire
  7. Weezer - Pinkerton
  6. Beck - Odelay
  5. Nas - It Was Written
  4. Type O Negative - October Rust
  3. Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt 
  2. 2Pac - All Eyez On Me
  1. Fugees - The Score
Honorable Mention: Ghostface Killah (Ironman), Paula Cole (This Fire), Marilyn Manson (Antichrist Superstar), Jamiroquai (Travelling Without Moving), Sublime (Sublime), Dave Matthews Band (Crash), The Wallflowers (Bringing Down the Horse), Fiona Apple (Tidal), Geto Boys (The Resurrection), The Roots (Illadelph Halflife), Fountains of Wayne (Fountains of Wayne), Maxwell (Maxwell's Urban Suite), Busta Rhymes (The Coming), Jeru the Damaja (Wrath of the Math), Mobb Deep (Hell on Earth), Lil Kim (Hard Core), DJ Shadow (Endtroducing), Makaveli (The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory), UGK (Ridin' Dirty), Shawn Colvin (A Few Small Repairs)

1997
10. Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing
  9. Wyclef Jean - The Carnival
  8. Portishead - Portishead
  7. Blur - Blur
  6. Lost Highway Original Soundtrack
  5. The Verve - Urban Hymns
  4. Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
  3. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
  1. Radiohead - OK Computer
Honorable Mention: Ben Folds Five (Whatever and Ever Amen), Daft Punk (Homework), Camp Lo (Uptown Saturday Night), Third Eye Blind (Third Eye Blind), Foo Fighters (The Color and the Shape), Erykah Badu (Baduizm), Prodigy (The Fat of the Land), Oasis (Be Here Now), Wu-Tang Clan (Wu-Tang Forever), Missy Misdemeanor Elliott (Supa Dupa Fly), Green Day (Nimrod), Juvenile (400 Degreez), Busta Rhymes (When Disaster Strikes)

1998
10. Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star
  9. Garbage - Version 2.0
  8. DMX - It's Dark and Hell is Hot
  7. New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
  6. Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
  5. Fatboy Slim - You've Come a Long Way, Baby
  4. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
  3. Madonna - Ray of Light
  2. Outkast - Aquemini
  1. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Honorable Mention: Big Punisher (Capital Punishment), Jay-Z (Vol 2, Hard Knock Life), Pearl Jam (Yield), Fuel (Sunburn), Dave Matthews Band (Before These Crowded Streets), Fastball (All the Pain Money Can Buy), Lucinda Williams (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road), Trick Daddy (www.thug.com), Lenny Kravitz (5)

1999
10. Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose
  9. Dr. Dre - 2001
  8. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP
  7. Beck - Midnite Vultures
  6. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
  5. Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
  4. Everything But the Girl - Temperamental
  3. Moby - Play
  2. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
  1. Fountains of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
Honorable Mention: The White Stripes (The White Stripes), Macy Gray (On How Life Is), Dido (No Angel), TLC (Fanmail), Tom Waits (Mule Variations), Sting (Brand New Day), Nine Inch Nails (The Fragile), Fiona Apple (When the Pawn...), Santana (Supernatural), BG (Chopper City in the Ghetto), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Californication)

2000
10. The White Stripes - De Stijl
  9. Coldplay - Parachutes
  8. Bjork - Selmasongs
  7. David Gray - White Ladder
  6. O Brother, Where Art Thou? Original Soundtrack
  5. The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
  4. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
  3. Outkast - Stankonia
  2. U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
  1. Radiohead - Kid A
Honorable Mention: Madonna (Music), Don Henley (Inside Job), Nelly Furtado (Whoa, Nelly!), No Doubt (Return of Saturn), D'Angelo (Voodoo), Nelly (Country Grammar), Dead Prez (Let's Get Free)

2001
10. No Doubt - Rock Steady
  9. Gorillaz - Gorillaz
  8. Nas - Stillmatic 
  7. Ryan Adams - Gold
  6. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  5. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  4. Mick Jagger - Goddess in the Doorway
  3. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
  2. The Strokes - Is This It?
  1. Bob Dylan - Love and Theft

2002
10. Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
  9. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
  8. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
  7. Scarface - The Fix
  6. Sigur Ros - ()
  5. Eminem - The Eminem Show
  4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  3. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
  2. Beck - Sea Change
  1. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
Honorable Mention: Peter Gabriel (Up), Missy Elliott (Under Construction), The Vines (Highly Evolved), The Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), 8 Mile Original Soundtrack. Nelly (Nellyville), Frou Frou (Details)

2003
10. The Strokes - Room on Fire
  9. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism 
  8. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
  7. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
  6. The Postal Service - Give Up
  5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
  4. Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
  3. Jay-Z - The Black Album
  2. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  1. The White Stripes - Elephant

2004
10. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
 
9. Madvillain - Madvillainy
 
8. Gwen Stefani - Love. Angel. Music. Baby
 
7. The Killers - Hot Fuss
 
6. The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
 
5. Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
 
4. Kanye West - The College Dropout
 
3. Brian Wilson - Smile
 
2. Green Day - American Idiot
 
1. U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Honorable Mention: Usher (Confessions)

2005
10. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
 
9. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
 
8. The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang
 
7. Beck - Guero
 
6. Missy Elliott - The Cookbook
 
5. My Morning Jacket - Z
 
4. The Game - The Documentary
  3. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
 
2. Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust
 
1. Kanye West - Late Registration
Honorable Mention: 50 Cent (The Massacre)

2006
10. The Frames - The Cost
 
9. Nelly Furtado - Loose
 
8. Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
 
7. John Mayer - Continuum
 
6. Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
 
5. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
  4. Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way
 
3. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
 
2. Bob Dylan - Modern Times
 
1. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

2007
10. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
 
9. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
 
8. Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains
 
7. Jay-Z - American Gangster Original Soundtrack
  6. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
 
5. Rihanna- Good Girl Gone Bad
 
4. Kanye West - Graduation
 
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
 
2. M.I.A. - Kala
 
1. Bruce Springsteen - Magic

2008
10. Kanye West - 808 and Heartbreak
  9. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
  8. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
  7. Brian Eno and David Byrne - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
  6. Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
  5. Santigold - Santogold
  4. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
 
3. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
  2. The Black Angels - Directions to See a Ghost
  1. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular

2009
10. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
 
9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
 
8. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
 
7. Raekwon - Only Built for Cuban Linx, Part II
 
6. Passion Pit - Manners
 
5. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
 
4. Jay-Z - The Blueprint III
 
3. Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
 
2. U2 - No Line on the Horizon
 
1. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

2010
10. The Black Keys - Brothers
 
9. Vampire Weekend - Contra
 
8. Drake - Thank Me Later
 
7. M.I.A. - Maya
 
6. Beach House - Teen Dream
 
5. The Chemical Brothers - Further
 
4. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
 
3. Ellie Goulding - Lights
 
2. The Roots - How I Got Over
 
1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2011
10. Beyonce - 4
 
9. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
 
8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
 
7. Wilco - The Whole Love
 
6. Feist - Metals
 
5. Common - The Dreamer/The Believer
 
4. Drive Original Soundtrack
  3. Gotye - Making Mirrors
 
2. Foster the People - Torches
 
1. Adele - 21

2012
10. Jack White - Blunderbuss
 
9. Mumford and Sons - Babel
 
8. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
 
7. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions
 
6. Best Coast - The Only Place
 
5. Bob Dylan - Tempest
 
4. Family of the Year - Loma Vista
 
3. Fun. - Some Nights
  2. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
 
1. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

2013
10. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
 
 9. Paul McCartney - New
 
8. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
 
7. Empire of the Sun - Ice on the Dune
 
6. Disclosure - Settle
 
5. Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack
  4. Lorde - Pure Heroine
 
3. Kanye West - Yeezus
 
2. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
 
1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

2014
10. Charli XCX - Sucker
 
9. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
 
8. Pharrell Williams- Girl
 
7. Taylor Swift- 1989
 
6. Beck - Morning Phase
 
5. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes
 
4. Dum Dum Girls - Too True
 
3. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
 
2. U2 - Songs of Innocence
 
1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

2015
10. Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love
  9. Wilco- Star Wars
  8. Keith Richards- Crosseyed Heart
  7. Don Henley- Cass County
  6. Jason Isbell- Something More Than Free
  5. D'Angelo and the Vanguard- Black Messiah
  4. Adele- 25
  3. A$AP Rocky- At. Long. Last. A$AP
  2. Dr. Dre- Compton
  1. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly

2016
10. Frank Ocean- Blonde
  9. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
  8. Paul Simon- Stranger to Stranger
  7. Drake- Views
  6. Kanye West- The Life of Pablo
  5. Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
 
4. The Rolling Stones- Blue & Lonesome
  3. David Bowie- Blackstar
  2. Sing Street Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. Beyonce- Lemonade

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