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Geeky list time: Pick an album for every year you've been alive

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Here's something I saw recently on Idolator that's apparently been making the blog rounds lately: You're supposed to pick a favorite album for each year you've been alive. You can pick a record based on what you like now, or what you would have picked that year assuming you were old enough to care. It sounds simple, but this damn list pretty much dominated my spare thoughts all of July 4th weekend. Now, hopefully, it will speed along the dreaded post-holiday-weekend Monday.

My list of favorites, which I'm sure will be completely different if I ever do this again, is below. Obviously some years are stronger than others. 1981 yielded few familiar faces after scanning Wikipedia's handy list of records released that year, which is how my fourth or fifth favorite U2 record (with my least favorite U2 record cover) ended up being the representative pick. Other years were a virtual blood bath of musical awesomeness. The strongest years in my personal canon ended up being 1987, 1994, 1997, and 2002. The strongest of the bunch was probably '94–big favorites like Bee Thousand, Illmatic, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Ready To Die, Weezer, Wildflowers, Purple, Welcome To Sky Valley, Twice Removed, Amorica, and There's Nothing Wrong With Love all vied for the same spot, making this year my personal equivalent to the 2008 NBA Western Conference.

So, feel free to pick my list apart. Or, better, make your own list!

1977: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

1978: Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings And Food

1979: Cheap Trick, At Budokan

1980: Elvis Costello And The Attractions, Get Happy!!

1981: U2, October

1982: Michael Jackson, Thriller

1983: Def Leppard, Pyromania

1984: Bruce Springsteen, Born In The U.S.A.

1985: The Replacements, Tim

1986: XTC, Skylarking

1987: Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel Of Love

1988: Jane's Addiction, Nothing's Shocking

1989: Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever

1990: The Black Crowes, Shake Your Money Maker

1991: U2, Achtung Baby

1992: Dr. Dre, The Chronic

1993: Nirvana, In Utero

1994: Oasis, Definitely Maybe

1995: Guided By Voices, Alien Lanes

1996: Weezer, Pinkerton

1997: Bob Dylan, Time Out Of Mind

1998: Air, Moon Safari

1999: Wilco, Summer Teeth

2000: Outkast, Stankonia

2001: Guided By Voices, Isolation Drills

2002: Queens Of The Stone Age, Songs For The Deaf

2003: Fountains Of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers

2004: The Killers, Hot Fuss

2005: The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday

2006: Todd Snider, The Devil You Know

2007: Radiohead, In Rainbows

2008: Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark


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