An Album For Every Year
Yep, I'm really going to do it! Following up on my two lists of my favorite movies for each year I've been alive, here is my stab at the same kind of list, but for albums instead.
I'm keeping this list much briefer: just my #1 pick and one runner-up, and that's it. Arbitrary rules: no reissues, no greatest hits compilations. Original albums in the original years they were released only.
Source: mostly here. It's not perfect. There are a couple of omissions I noticed here and there. Such as: no mention of Hoyt Axton. What do you got against Hoyt Axton, the Internet??? Anyhoo, hopefully I can cobble together a genuinely representative list of my musical tastes from this and a couple other resources, along with the meager assistance of my memory.
1970: Neil Young, After the Gold Rush
Runner-up: The Beatles, Let It Be
1971: The Who, Who's Next
Runner-up: The Doors, L.A. Woman
1972: Neil Young, Harvest
Runner-up: George Carlin, Class Clown
1973: Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Runner-up: The Who, Quadrophenia
1974: Hoyt Axton, Life Machine
Runner-up: Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark
1975: Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
Runner-up: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run
1976: Hoyt Axton, Fearless
Runner-up: Billy Joel, Turnstiles
1977: Pink Floyd, Animals
Runner-up: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
1978: The Who, Who Are You
Runner-up: Van Halen, Van Halen
1979: AC/DC, Highway To Hell
Runner-up: The Clash, London Calling
1980: AC/DC, Back in Black
Runner-up: Pete Townshend, Empty Glass
1981: Billy Joel, Songs in the Attic
Runner-up: Rush, Moving Pictures
1982: Pete Townshend, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
Runner-up: Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska
1983: Huey Lewis & the News, Sports
Runner-up: Def Leppard, Pyromania
Man, we are really into the '80s now!
1984: Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.
Runner-up: Van Halen, 1984
1985: John Cougar Mellencamp, Scarecrow
Runner-up: The Pogues, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
1986: They Might Be Giants, They Might Be Giants
Runner-up: Peter Gabriel, So
1987: Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction
Runner-up: John Cougar Mellencamp, The Lonesome Jubilee
1988: Metallica, ...And Justice For All
Runner-up: They Might Be Giants, Lincoln
1989: Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever
Runner-up: Don Henley, The End of the Innocence
1990: They Might Be Giants, Flood
Runner-up: Sinead O'Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
1991: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Runner-up: Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend
1992: Barenaked Ladies, Gordon
Runner-up: Lemonheads, It's a Shame About Ray
1993: Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
Runner-up: Sheryl Crow, Tuesday Night Music Club
1994: Green Day, Dookie
Runner-up: Bad Religion, Stranger Than Fiction
1995: Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Runner-up: Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
1996: The Refreshments, Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
Runner-up: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, She's the One
1997: Foo Fighters, The Colour and the Shape
Runner-up: Green Day, Nimrod
1998: The Offspring, Americana
Runner-up: Barenaked Ladies, Stunt
1999: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication
Runner-up: The Pretenders, ¡Viva El Amor!
2000: Barenaked Ladies, Maroon
Runner-up: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
I think I may actually not own a single other album released in 2000.
2001: Dropkick Murphys, Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
Runner-up: Tenacious D, Tenacious D
2002: Foo Fighters, One By One
Runner-up: Bad Religion, The Process of Belief
2003: Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
Runner-up: Therapy?, High Anxiety
2004: Green Day, American Idiot
Runner-up: The Donnas, Gold Medal
2005: Foo Fighters, In Your Honor
Runner-up: Kathleen Edwards, Back To Me
2006: Tom Petty, Highway Companion
Runner-up: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Love Their Country
2007: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Runner-up: Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather
2008: Kathleen Edwards, Asking For Flowers
Runner-up: Foxboro Hot Tubs, Stop Drop and Roll!!!
I'm probably overlooking a few of my faves by mistake. But that looks pretty good as is. I'd listen to that jukebox!
Some years were very difficult to narrow down -- I hated to have to leave out Sugar's brilliant Copper Blue and Tori Amos's Little Earthquakes for 1992, or Therapy?'s Troublegum and They Might Be Giants' John Henry for 1994. Some years, I had trouble finding a runner-up at all. Mostly 2000 and on. My music-buying dropped way off around that point.
And there are obviously a lot of names which kept popping up. A lot. What can I say? I find what I like and I stick with it. Nothing wrong with that, dang it, so lay off. If you think you're so darn smart, why don't you go and make your own list?? Smart guy.