Monday, July 14, 2008

My Favorite Album From Every Year I've Been Alive

People are doing this, huh?

1979: Specials: Specials
1980: AC/DC: Back in Black
1981: Agent Orange: Living in Darkness
1982: Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska
1983: New Order: Power, Corruption & Lies
1984: Prince: Purple Rain
1985: Pogues: Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
1986: Metallica: Master of Puppets
1987: Michael Jackson: Bad
1988: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper
1989: Faith No More: The Real Thing
1990: Fugazi: Repeater
1991: Massive Attack: Blue Lines
1992: Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction
1993: Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
1994: Notorious BIG: Ready to Die
1995: PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love
1996: Avail: 4AM Friday
1997: Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out
1998: OutKast: Aquemini
1999: Eminem: The Slim Shady LP
2000: Ludacris: Back for the First Time
2001: White Stripes: White Blood Cells
2002: Sleater-Kinney: One Beat
2003: Postal Service: Give Up
2004: Ghostface Killah: The Pretty Toney Album
2005: Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree
2006: T.I.: King
2007: Lil Wayne: Da Drought 3
2008: The Hold Steady: Stay Positive

You know what kills me? No Rancid anywhere. I couldn't in good conscience rate Let's Go above Ready to Die, Out Came the Wolves over To Bring You My Love, or Life Won't Wait over Aquemini, but every last one of them was close. You know what else kills me? 1989. Faith No More won it, but I had to pick between that and the one Operation Ivy and the random hip-house compilation I loved to pieces when I was nine and favorite albums from Nine Inch Nails and the Beastie Boys and the Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3.

You know what absolutely does not embarrass me? The Postal Service.