Geeky List-Making

Music dorks like myself like lists, and so naturally I appreciated it when the AV Club‘s Steve Hyden decided to make a list of his favorite albums from each year he’s been alive (if and when I get paid to do stuff like that, I will be a happy man). While Hyden totally wastes the opportunity that being born in 1977 provides (where’s London Calling? Lust for Life? Remain in Light? Rain Dogs?), I figured he was onto something with the concept. So here goes:

1990: Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas

1991: My Bloody Valentine, Loveless

1992: R.E.M., Automatic for the People

1993: Nirvana, In Utero

1994: Weezer, Weezer

1995: Pavement, Wowee Zowee

1996: Belle & Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister

1997: Radiohead, OK Computer

1998: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

1999: The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin

2000: Radiohead, Kid A

2001: Jay-Z, The Blueprint

2002: Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2003: The Exploding Hearts, Guitar Romantic

2004: Kanye West, The College Dropout

2005: M.I.A., Arular

2006: Camera Obscura, Let’s Get Out of This Country

2007: Radiohead, In Rainbows

2008: Girl Talk, Feed the Animals

There were some tough calls here; Wowee Zowee narrowly beat out The Bends (which would have given Radiohead 4 of the 19 slots, which would have been pretty ridiculous), Loveless was a tough call over Nevermind, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot edged out Turn On the Bright Lights. Weirdly, I thought 1994, which Hyden describes as the strongest year, was the weakest; 2002 seemed particularly strong to me, as did 1991. 2006 and 2003 were also somewhat lacking. And yeah, Girl Talk is ridiculously good, and you should all go download that now. “Roc Boys” over “Paranoid Android”, “Rebel Without a Pause” over “Steal My Sunshine”, “Low” over “Sunday Morning” – I don’t know how he does it, but it works, and it’s awesome.

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