Monday, June 20, 2005

SNAVE'S TOP 40 ALBUMS 1985-2005

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SPIN Magazine's new issue contains a list of what they deem to be the Top 100 albums from the 1985-2005 time frame. J.Marquis at "Are We There Yet" posted a wonderful list, and he was somehow able to keep his at a Top Ten! J., how were you able to do that? Heh! Phil from "The Bottom Line" posted a good list of 20. I posted a list there too, but I have already had to revise and expand it a couple of times... so this list is "official"!

It's a list of what I have been most passionate about musically for the past twenty years. Here is my Top 40:

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1. Radiohead - The Bends

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2. Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways

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3. Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes

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4. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head

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5. Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream

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6. Yo La Tengo - Prisoners of Love

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7. Radiohead - OK Computer

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8. Pale Saints - Slow Buildings

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9. Guided By Voices - Under The Bushes, Under The Stars

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10. Lou Reed - Mistrial

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11. The Beat Farmers - Loud, Plowed and Live!

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12. The Waterboys - This Is The Sea

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13. REM - Fables Of The Reconstruction

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14. The Feelies - Only Life

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15. Guided By Voices - Do The Collapse

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16. The Shins - Oh Inverted World

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17. Steve Earle - El Corazon

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18. Los Lobos - Kiko

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19. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

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20. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock

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21. The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland

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22. Wilco - Summerteeth

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23. Todd Rundgren - 2nd Wind (thanks, Jim!)

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24. XTC - Skylarking

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25. Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring

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26. Richard Thompson - Semi-Detached Mock Tudor

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27. XTC - Nonsuch

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28. The Cure - Pornography

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29. Todd Rundgren - Liars

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30. The Meat Puppets - Up On The Sun

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31. Scott Walker - Tilt

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32. Mogwai - Young Team

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33. The Verve - A Storm In Heaven

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34. Neil Young - Ragged Glory

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35. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

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36. The Cure - Disintegration

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37. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun

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38. Neil Young - Freedom

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39. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand

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40. Opeth - Damnation

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Honorable mention:

Elbow - Asleep In The Back, Cast of Thousands

Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts Now

Neil Young - Harvest Moon

All the other Guided By Voices and Robert Pollard solo CDs

"In Absentia" and all other Porcupine Tree CDs

Neil Finn - 7 Worlds Collide

Shona Laing - South

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs, All Is Dream

Pearl Jam - Ten, Yield, Riot Act

CDs by Tortoise

There are too many others to honorably mention all of them! And there are probably a few I left out. Oh well... !

10 Comments:

Blogger Sheryl said...

Now link to some sound samples online, eh? :-)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

What, no Backstreet Boys :)

Good list. OK, I'll admit I haven't heard of everybody on the list, but it's a good eclectic sampling. And yeah, how about those sound samples?

3:03 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

I don't think I HAVE a favorite set of music from the 80's. Most of the stuff I like is from the 60's and 70's with a little slap of contemporary thrown in for size. Oh well. <--- horribly old-fashioned sometimes.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I'm not sure how to post sound samples! If anyone can help me out with that, I would be fine with putting some on! Please send advice! Thanks!

8:03 PM  
Blogger David said...

Great list, John - and nicely presented! I'll be bugging you and Jim for some of these.

There's more overlap on our lists than between Jim's and mine. Not that I've put together that list yet...

9:23 AM  
Blogger David said...

Clearly I need to lose the goofy-ass headshot and get a cool little icon.

9:24 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Great presentation, Snave. Dumb questions time...did you just Google the album cover images and re-size them or what?

4:47 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

OK Snave,

I am going to have to ask you and JM this one. What is your favorite pop/top 40 artist & disc? You both have artists that it is hip to like. But is there a Phil Collins in your closet?

8:15 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

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10:40 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Phil,

Well... I don't like artists just because they're hip! I like them because I like them. 8-)>

I think the music you call "hip to like" is the best stuff that has been turned out during the last 20 years. Radio has become a wasteland of formulaic pop and R/B. Just my opinion, of course!

If we were doing a list of stuff prior to 1985, you would see some Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Zevon, David Bowie, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Who, Zeppelin, Stones, and plenty other mainstream artists.

Looking at the current Top 100 Amazon.com bestsellers, Coldplay's "X & Y" is #1. I have that one, and I like it quite a bit. I see Van Morrison is at #5 and John Hiatt is at #11... I like both of those artists and may have to check out their new stuff. I have Green Day (16) and The Killers (19) latest. Looking at Billboard's top 50, I have Coldplay (1), Killers (18), and Green Day (22). I'm interested in hearing the new Nine Inch Nails. I'm not much of a White Stripes fan, but what I've heard from their latest sounds interesting.

If it's pop radio stuff, well... I like Dido's "Life For Rent". I haven't been a fan of Phil Collins' stuff since "No Jacket Required". I'm not much of a Jack Johnson fan. I'm not into the Shakira/Aguilera/Spears/Carey thing at all. I will confess to liking a couple of tunes by the Backstreet Boys, but I don't own any of their CDs.

10:50 AM  

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