The new 20th anniversary issue of SPIN contains a list of the 100 best albums of the past 20 years. Here's a link to a Yahoo! News story about the issue:
And here is the top ten. Artists' names unnecessary, I hope:
1 OK COMPUTER
2 IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK
4 SLANTED AND ENCHANTED
5 THE QUEEN IS DEAD
6 SURFER ROSA
7 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING
8 SIGN O’ THE TIMES
9 RID OF ME
10 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
I haven't been to spin.com yet, so I don't know if the whole list is online.
The whole list is here:
For a Spin list this one is surprisingly good. Talk Talk and Massive Attack are two unforgivable omissions, but otherwise it's all here.
Thanks for the link Henrik - here's the full list :
100. Strokes - Is This It
99. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
98. Cornershop - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
97. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
96. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash
95. Elastica - s/t
94. Slint - Spiderland
93. Pearl Jam - Ten
92. Big Black - Atomizer
91. XTC - Skylarking
90. Sonic Youth - Sister
89. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
88. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
87. Blur - Parklife
86. Meat Puppets - Up On The Sun
85. REM - Automatic For The People
84. Soundgarden - Superunknown
83. At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
82. Jeff Buckley - Grace
81. Beck - Mellow Gold
80. D'Angelo - Voodoo
79. Moby - Everything Is Wrong
78. The Stone Roses - s/t
77. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
76. Belle & Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
75. Le Tigre - s/t
74. Portishead - Dummy
73. Pulp - Different Class
72. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
71. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
70. Jay-Z - The Blueprint
69. DJ Shadow - Entroducing...
68. Tricky - Maxinquaye
67. Slayer - Reign In Blood
66. Outkast - Aquemini
65. Basement Jaxx - Remedy
64. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
63. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
62. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
61. Weezer - Pinkerton
60. De La Soul - De La Soul Is Dead
59. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
58. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
57. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
56. PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
55. The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
54. The Breeders - Last Splash
53. Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles
52. Beastie Boys - Licensed To Ill
51. Nirvana - In Utero
50. New Order - Low Life
49. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of...
48. Radiohead - Kid A
47. Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
46. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
45. Kanye West - College Dropout
44. Green Day - Dookie
43. B.D.P. - Criminal Minded
42. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
41. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
40. Run D.M.C. - Raising Hell
39. Lucinda Williams - s/t
38. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
37. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
36. Pixies - Doolittle
35. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
34. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
33. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
32. The Replacements - Tim
31. Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
30. The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready To Die
29. Fugazi - 13 Songs
28. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
27. The Cure - The Head On The Door
26. Bjork - Post
25. Nine Ince Nails - The Downward Spiral
24. Sleater Kinney - Dig Me Out
23. Outkast - Stankonia
22. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
21. Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet
20. Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)
19. Hole - Live Through This
18. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
17. Nas - Illmatic
16. Beck - Odelay
15. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
14. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
13. Husker Du - New Day Rising
12. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
11. U2 - Achtung Baby
10. N.W.A - Straight Outta Compton
9. PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
8. Prince - Sign O The Times
7. De La Soul - 3 Ft. High And Rising
6. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
5. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
4. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
3. Nirvana - Nevermind
2. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation...
1. Radiohead - OK Computer
ps - Henrik, I don't think you included my recent UK critics 2004 album lists (from Word magazine, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Observer, Time Out & the Sun) in the new update. Will you include these at some point in the future?
Yes the 2004 lists will be added. Some day...
I am slowly progressing with the jazz/world update. After this update, the site will hopefully become more active again.
Good stuff Henrik. Btw - the sites still great.
Also, Going back to the SPIN list for a moment. One glaring omission has to be Primal Screams 'Screamadelica' - it's amazing how little credit this seems to get in the US.
But, not a surprise at all, since she didn't appear on either of its decade lists (Greatest of 80s and Greatest of 90s)- kinda surprising, given the props it's given her through the years (i.e. No. 2 on Ten That Mattered the Most, 1985-1995; having The Immaculate Collection at No. 11 on the top 100 alternative albums, etc.)
Stunner that OK Computer is No., though. (sarcasm, of course)
Is there a SPIN best of the 80s list?
It's interesting that 94 of these 100 albums are already on the Acclaimed Music top 1000. Guess SPIN's tastes aren't as iconoclastic as they think! (Although there are certainly some eccentric omissions and judgment calls, e.g., neither of the two OutKast entries being SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW.)
For the record, here are the six that are not currently in the AM top 1000:
Fugazi, 13 SONGS
Rage Against the Machine, THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES
Modest Mouse, THE LONESOME CROWDED WEST
Meat Puppets, UP ON THE SUN
Big Black, ATOMIZER
The Fugazi and Le Tigre albums are not even in the top 2000, although that may change with the next major post-jazz list update.
I had thought there was a Spin Best of 80s- maybe I was thinking of its Greatest Albums of All Time list? Very well could be.
Are there any other good features in the 20th anniversary issue, for anyone who has gotten it?
Love 'em or hate 'em where is What's The Story Morning Glory?
Better than 70% on there.
that list is garbage, for many reasons that I can't organize because I'm drunk, but for one, no flaming lips album. and what is with the pretentious junk like moby, basement jaxx. ugh, terrible.
Eh, if you damn an entire list because it has a few bad omissions or a few bad inclusions, you'll never like any list made by anyone ever.
Some big omissions for me are...
Sonic Youth - Sister
White Stripes - Elephant
And of course, Screamadelica
I also would have included a different Sleater-Kinney album. I'd put all three of there 00's entries higher than Dig Me Out.
But in general, it's a fairly decent list. At least, much better than what Rolling Stone probably would have put forth. (They probably would have Eminem in the top ten.)
Ever notice how it seems like The Bends and OK Compuer are almost interchangeable on lists such as this? You just know Radiohead will be #1 but you're not sure which album it will be. With that said, it's inexcusable that The Bends isn't on this list. It's like they didn't want to put three Radiohead albums on the list so they just left that one off.
I'd have a lot less of a problem with lists such as this if they actually put The Bends AND OK Computer on but put them on accurately (i.e., in the lower reaches of the top ten, imo). I find it hard to believe that whatever committee was behind this actually liked OKC infinitely better than the Bends. Rather it seems obvious that the discussion was, "Okay, well we're not going to put one of the albums on the list--but we'll put OKC at #1 to make up for it, happy now guys?" In-politics like this, in my opinion, discredits the entire list...
Eminem should of been a bit lower in the list and where is mobb deep's the imfamous?????
also... i am biased... but Turn On The Bright Lights by INTERPOL... better than This Is It