An album for every year you’ve been alive

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album coverImage via WikipediaSo this is an internet meme that’s been out there for a while, but I’m only just now finally getting my contribution in (how typical). I first discovered this on the excellent music blog Idolator; the idea is that you choose one, and only one, album for every single year you’ve been alive. I’m not at all sure why, but this proved to be an utterly riveting exercise rather than an exhausting one. It’s strange what limiting you to only one album per year does–it forced me to choose Outlandos d’Amour, my least favorite Police album, because 1978 didn’t have nearly the competition for slots that 1982, the year of my favorite Police album (Ghost In the Machine), did. Certain years were particularly painful to do (2003 and 2006 were especially heartbreaking), with four or five amazing albums gunning for the top slot, while some years were so thin with competitors that a wild card like Weird Al’s Dare to be Stupid could make it in. Anywayz, here’s my list. Derisive comments, as always, are welcome.

1975 – Miles Davis, Pangaea

1976 – Joni Mitchell, Hejira

1977 – Fela, Zombie

1978 – The Police, Outlandos d’Amour

1979 – Gang of Four, Entertainment!

1980 – XTC, Black Sea

1981 – Mission of Burma, Signals, Calls, & Marches

1982 – Michael Jackson, Thriller

1983 – Men at Work, Cargo

1984 – Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense

1985 – Weird Al Yankovic, Dare to be Stupid

1986 – Paul Simon, Graceland

1987 – John Adams, Nixon In China

1988 – Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back

1989 – Tone Loc, Loc’ed After Dark

1990 – Living Colour, Time’s Up

1991 – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik

1992 – PJ Harvey, Dry

1993 – Sting, Ten Summoner’s Tales

1994 – Jawbox, For Your Own Special Sweetheart

1995 – Pie, Strictly Seance

1996 – DJ Shadow, Endtroducing…

1997 – Stereolab, Dots and Loops

1998 – Fugazi, End Hits

1999 – The Dismemberment Plan, Emergency & I

2000 – Faraquet, The View From This Tower

2001 – Bjork, Vespertine

2002 – Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2003 – Jay-Z, The Black Album

2004 – The Bad Plus, Give

2005 – The Books, Lost and Safe

2006 – Matmos, The Rose Has Teeth In the Mouth of the Beast

2007 – Caribou, Andorra

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