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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Favorite album from every year I've been alive




Reaching into the basket of stock blogger ideas, I pull out a simple but challenging activity. It's slightly embarrassing in places, and if nothing else, it proves that I listened exclusively to top 40 radio in the 1980s. Surely something better must've come out in 1985 than Phil Collins?! Perhaps some research on '80s alternative music is in order (If someone wants to send over some Sonic Youth and Husker Du records, I'd be happy to start my education...)

List your favorite album from every year you've been alive:
1976 ~ Queen ~ A Day at the Races
1977 ~ Soundtrack ~ Saturday Night Fever
1978 ~ Blondie ~ Parallel Lines
1979 ~ Michael Jackson ~ Off the Wall
1980 ~ Joy Division ~ Closer
1981 ~ Prince ~ Controversy
1982 ~ Joe Jackson ~ Night and Day
1983 ~ Culture Club ~ Colour by Numbers
1984 ~ Prince ~ Purple Rain
1985 ~ Phil Collins ~ No Jacket Required
1986 ~ Bon Jovi ~ Slippery When Wet
1987 ~ Guns 'N Roses ~ Appetite for Destruction
1988 ~ Tracy Chapman ~ Tracy Chapman
1989 ~ Madonna ~ Like a Prayer
1990 ~ Mariah Carey ~ Mariah Carey
1991 ~ U2 ~ Achtung Baby
1992 ~ Sophie B. Hawkins ~ Tongues and Tails
1993 ~ Meat Loaf ~ Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
1994 ~ Weezer ~ Weezer (The Blue Album)
1995 ~ Tracy Chapman ~ New Beginning
1996 ~ Dave Matthews Band ~ Crash
1997 ~ Hanson ~ Middle of Nowhere
1998 ~ Dave Matthews Band ~ Before These Crowded Streets
1999 ~ Dixie Chicks ~ Fly
2000 ~ Radiohead ~ Kid A
2001 ~ Rufus Wainwright ~ Poses
2002 ~ Bright Eyes ~ Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
2003 ~ Junior Senior ~ D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
2004 ~ Dresden Dolls ~ The Dresden Dolls
2005 ~ New Pornographers ~ Twin Cinema
2006 ~ Dresden Dolls ~ Yes, Virginia...
2007 ~ Architecture in Helsinki ~ Places Like This
2008 ~ Sigur Ros ~ Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust

Some honorable mentions...
Radiohead ~ OK Computer (1997)
Michael Jackson ~ Thriller (1982)
Prince ~ 1999 (1982)
David Gray ~ White Ladder (2000)
Damien Rice ~ O (2002)

5 comments:

BNAC said...

Poor Radiohead. Always living in Hanson's shaddow! haha

BNAC said...

Shadow. Why can't I spell?

Deena said...

I love this idea. Now were all these albums already part of your collection, and that's how you chose them? Or did you research each year somehow?

Scott said...

Yeah, even though OK Computer is a much greater artistic achievement, it's also dark and depressing. You have to be in the right mood for it. Whereas Hanson's fun pop is fine anytime!

Most of these are in my collection, but the 70s and early 80s I had to research a bit...

BNAC said...

Yeah I might be stealing your idea. Well done.