40+ Years of Favorites


40+ Years of Favorites

1977 was the year my taste in music changed when my cool uncle let me have his stack of albums while he went to college.    This is a running list of favorite albums from every year since then.   The Spotify playlist is over two days of tunes from this list. Hit Random and enjoy!





1977
Television - Marquee Moon
Ramones - Rocket To Russia
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks
The Clash - The Clash
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - My Aim Is True



 
 
1978
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model
The Cars - The Cars
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men?  A: We Are Devo
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside



1979
The Clash - London Calling
Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Joe Jackson - I'm The Man
The B-52's - The B-52's 




1980
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
The Clash - Sandinista!
Devo - Freedom Of Choice
U2 - Boy
English Beat - I Just Can't Stop It






1981
Prince - Controversy
Go-Go's - Beauty & The Beat
The Pretenders - The Pretenders II
Squeeze - East Side Story
New Order - Movement






1982

Prince - 1999
The Clash - Combat Rock
Joe Jackson - Night And Day
The Jam - The Gift
Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw





1983
The The - Soul Mining
R.E.M. - Murmur
David Bowie - Let's Dance
New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
U2 - War





1984
1. Prince - Purple Rain
2. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
3. Pretenders - Learning To Crawl
4. R.E.M. - Reckoning
5. Smiths - The Smiths 







1985
1. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
2. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
3. Smiths - Meat Is Murder
4. Replacements - Tim
5. Pogues - Rum, Sodomy & The Lash







1986
1. XTC - Skylarking
2. Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
3. Crowded House - Crowded House
4. Husker Du - Candy Apple Grey
5. R.E.M. - Life's Rich Pageant 








1987
1. Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me
2. Prince - Sign Of The Times
3. U2 - The Joshua Tree
4. R.E.M. - Document
5. Smiths - Louder Than Bombs



1988
1. Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
2. Morrissey - Viva Hate
3. R.E.M. - Green
4. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
5. Crowded House - Temple Of Low Men



1989
1. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

2. Pixies - Doolittle
3. XTC - Oranges & Lemons
4. Stone Roses - Stone Roses
5. Lenny Kravitz - Let Love Rule




1990
1. Happy Mondays - Pills N Thrills & Bellyaches
2. Prefab Sprout - Jordan:The Comeback
3. Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas
4. Charlatans - Some Friendly
5. World Party - Goodbye Jumbo




1991
1. U2 - Achtung Baby
2. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
3. Nirvana - Nevermind
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic
5. Pearl Jam - Ten




1992
1. Sugar - Copper Blue
2. Suzanne Vega - 99.9 F
3. Beautiful South - 0898
4. Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray
5. XTC - Nonsuch
1993
1. World Party - Bang
2. Morphine - Cure For Pain
3. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
4. Pearl Jam - Vs.
5. Posies - Frosting On The Beater




1994
1. Portishead - Dummy
2. Jeff Buckley - Grace
3. Sebadoh - Bakesale
4. Sloan - Twice Removed 
5. Hole - Live Through This





1995
1. Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five
2. Radiohead - The Bends
3. Gene - Olympian
4. P.J. Harvey - To Bring You My Love
5. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix





1996
1. Soul Coughing - Irresistible Bliss
2. Sublime - Sublime
3. Wilco - Being There
4. Beck - Odelay
5. Fountains Of Wayne - Fountains Of Wayne





1997
1. Radiohead - OK Computer

2. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
3. Verve - Urban Hymns
4. Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
5. Ben Folds Five - Whatever And Ever Amen





1998
1. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
2. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
3. Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
4. UNKLE - Psyence Fiction
5. Soul Coughing - El Oso




1999
1. Fountains Of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
2. Sigur Ros - Agaetis byrgum
3. Beck - Midnite Vulutres
4. Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
5. Moby - Play





2000

1. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
2. Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
3. Radiohead - Kid A
4. Flogging Molly - Swagger
5. American Analog Set - Know By Heart






2001
1. Ash - Free All Angels
2. Death Cab For Cutie - Photo Album
3. Kings Of Convenience - Quiet Is The New Loud
4. Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
5. Ryan Adams - Gold







2002

1. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
3. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
4. Eels - Souljacker
5. Doves - Last Broadcast






2003

1. White Stripes - Elephant
2. Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine & Ours
3. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
4. Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music
5. Postal Service - Give Up






2004
1. Air - Talkie Walkie
2. Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
3. U2- How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
5. Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch





2005
1. Beck - Guero
2. Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
3. Aimee Mann -The Forgotten Arm
4. Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
5. Eels - Blinking Lights







2006
1. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
2. Gomez - How We Operate
3. Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae
4. Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
5. Decemberists - The Crane Wife






2007

1. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
2. John Butler Trio - Grand National
3. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Living With The Living
4. Various Artists - Going Home - A Tribute To Fats Domino
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible





2008

1. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
2. Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop And Roll
3. Kooks - Konk
4. Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
5. Flogging Molly - Float







2009

1. Regina Spektor - Far
2. Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew
3. Ash - A To Z Series (singles series)
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
5. Swell Season - Strict Joy






2010

1. Vampire Weekend - Contra
2. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
3. Jenny & Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
5. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks






2011
1. Black Keys - El Camino
2. The Head & The Heart - The Head & The Heart
3. Decemberists - The King Is Dead
4. Tally Hall - Good & Evil
5. Peter, Bjorn & John - Gimme Some





2012

1. Jack White - Blunderbuss

2. Cat Power - Sun
3. Bob Mould - Silver Age
4. Mumford & Sons - Babel
5. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak And Blu




2013

1. Arctic Monkeys - AM
2. Primal Scream - More Light
3. Johnny Marr - The Messenger
4. David Bowie - The Next Day
5. Little Green Cars - Absolute Zero






2014

1. Sloan - Commonwealth
2. Spoon - They Want My Soul
3. Temples - Sun Structures
4. Jack White - Lazaretto
5. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager





2015
1. FFS - FFS
2. Charlatans - Modern Nature
3. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
4. Built To Spill - Untethered Moon
5. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit





2016
1. Parquet Courts - Human Performance

2. Savages - Adore Life
3. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
4. Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come To Expect
5. Little Green Cars - Ephemera 




2017
1. The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
2. Slowdive - Slowdive
3. Noel Gallagher - Who Built The Moon?
4. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
5. Liam Gallagher - As You Were







2018

1. Snail Mail - Lush
2. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope Downs
3. Parquet Courts - Wide Awaaaaake!
4. Johnny Marr - Call The Comet
5. Couortney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel





2019
1. Liam Gallagher - Why Me, Why Not

2. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
3. Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock
4. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
5. New Pornographers - In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights






 

2020
1. Doves - The Universal Want
2. Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
3. A Girl Called Eddy - Been Around
4. X - Alphabetland
5. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death




 
2021
1. Goat Girl - On All Fours
2. Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams
3. Zolas - Come Back To Life
4. Parquet Courts - Sympathy For Life
5. Kings Of Convenience - Peace Or Love



2022
1. Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia
2. Wet Leg - Wet Leg 
3. Sloan - Steady
4. Belle and Sebastian - A Bit Of Previous
5. Alvvays - Blue Rev


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