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AOTY '67-'17

50 years, 50 albums, ones that most made an impact on me and altered how I look at music, consume and process it.. so there are some obvious omissions of bands I grew out of/never got into in the first place/still haven't delved into properly (ie. Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Queen etc.)
1The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico


Honourable Mentions:
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
2The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland


Honourable Mentions:
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
Dr. John - Gris Gris
Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
3Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
Trout Mask Replica


Honourable Mentions:
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Tim Buckley - Happy Sad
4The Stooges
Fun House


Honourable Mentions:
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
The Kinks - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Captain Beefheart - Lick My Decals Off, Baby
5David Bowie
Hunky Dory


Honourable Mentions:
T. Rex - Electric Warrior
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
Karen Dalton - In My Own Time
6David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars


Honourable Mentions:
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Lou Reed - Transformer
7The Stooges
Raw Power


Honourable Mentions:
Rolling Stones - Goat's Head Soup
The Who - Quadrophenia
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
8Death (MI)
...For the Whole World to See


Honourable Mentions:
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain
Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel
Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
New York Dolls - Too Much, Too Soon
9Brian Eno
Another Green World


Honourable Mentions:
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Patti Smith - Horses


Honourable Mentions:
Patti Smith - Radio Ethiopia
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
David Bowie - Station to Station
Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
11Richard Hell and The Voidoids
Blank Generation


Honourable Mentions:
Television - Marquee Moon
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
David Bowie - Low
Wire - Pink Flag
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
Talking Heads - 77
The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue (just the best year for music)
Chairs Missing


Honourable Mentions:
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue
Buzzcocks - Love Bites
Magazine - Real Life
X-Ray Spex - Germfree Adolescents
13Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures


Honourable Mentions:
The Clash - London Calling
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
XTC - Drums and Wires
The Specials - The Specials
The Fall - Live at the Witch Trials
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
14Talking Heads
Remain in Light


Honourable Mentions:
X - Los Angeles
The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
The Beat - I Just Can't Stop It
U2 - Boy
Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Wipers - Is This Real?
The Sound - Jeopardy
Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
15Black Flag


Honourable Mentions:
X - Wild Gift
The Au Pairs - Playing with a Different Sex
The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle
Glenn Branca - The Ascension
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
16Bruce Springsteen


Honourable Mentions:
The Fall - Hex Induction Hour
The Gun Club - Miami
Bad Brains - Bad Brains
More Fun In The New World


Honourable Mentions:
The Fall - Perverted by Language
The The - Soul Mining
Bad Brains - Rock for Light
R.E.M. - Murmur
New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies
Pylon - Chomp
18The Fall
The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall


Honourable Mentions:
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
The Replacements - Let It Be
Prince - Purple Rain
The Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
Meat Puppets - II
19Tom Waits
Rain Dogs


Honourable Mentions:
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
Husker Du - New Day Rising
The Smiths - Meat is Murder
Meat Puppets - Up on the Sun
20Sonic Youth


Honourable Mentions:
Paul Simon - Graceland
Prince - Parade
Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse
The The - Infected
21Dinosaur Jr.
You're Living All Over Me


Honourable Mentions:
Big Black - Songs About Fucking
Pixies - Come on, Pilgrim
Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
Sonic Youth - Sister
Tom Waits - Frank's Wild Years
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
22Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation


Honourable Mentions:
Pixies - Surfer Rosa (tied with Sonic Youth)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Pray
Soundgarden - Ultramega OK
Screaming Trees - Invisible Lantern


Honourable Mentions:
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
De La Soul - Three Feet and Rising
The Cure - Disintegration
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Cows - Daddy Has a Tail
Mudhoney - Mudhoney
24Jane's Addiction
Ritual De Lo Habitual


Honourable Mentions:
Pixies - Bossanova
Sonic Youth - Goo
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Ride - Nowhere
Babes in Toyland - Spanking Machine
Alice in Chains - Facelift
Doc Corbin Dart - Patricia
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
25A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory


Honourable Mentions:
The Jesus Lizard - Goat
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Slint - Spiderland
U2 - Achtung Baby
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
The Feelies - Time for a Witness
Slanted and Enchanted


Honourable Mentions:
Tom Waits - Bone Machine
Sugar - Copper Blue
L7 - Bricks are Heavy
Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Alice in Chains - Dirt
The Jesus Lizard - Liar
Catherine Wheel - Ferment


Honourable Mentions:
Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
The Breeders - Last Splash
Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker
Swervedriver - Mezcalhead
The Fall - The Infotainment Scan
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Melvins - Houdini
The The - Dusk
Yo La Tengo - Painful
Catherine Wheel - Chrome
28Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Let Love In


Honourable Mentions:
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Mark Lanegan - Whiskey for the Holy Ghost
Superchunk - Foolish
Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand
Helmet - Betty
Sebadoh - Bakesale
Silver Jews - Starlite Walker
Method Man - Tical
Wowee Zowee


Honourable Mentions:
Bjork - Post
Pulp - Different Class
Raekwon - Only Built for Cuban Linx
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
Guided by Voices - Alien Lanes
Palace Music - Viva Last Blues
Tindersticks - Tindersticks 2
Tricky - Maxinquaye
Garbage - Garbage
The Roots - Do You Want More!?!?!?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone
Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura
30The Afghan Whigs
Black Love


Honourable Mentions:
Outkast - ATLiens
Wilco - Being There
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
PJ Harvey and John Parish - Dance Hall at Louse Point
The Hellacopters - Supershitty to the Max!
Oblivians - Popular Favorites
Guided by Voices - Under the Bushes Under the Stars
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space


Honourable Mentions:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Boatman's Call
The Prodigy - Fat of the Land
Black Star - Black Star
Bjork - Homogenic
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
Radiohead - OK Computer (Sput will murder me)
32Massive Attack


Honourable Mentions:
Silver Jews - American Water
Turbonegro - Apocalypse Dudes
Outkast - Aquemini
Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
The Beta Band - The Three EP's
Rancid - Life Won't Wait
PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
Air - Moon Safari
33Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
I See a Darkness


Honourable Mentions:
MF Doom - Operation: Doomsday
Tom Waits - Mule Variations
The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
The Roots - Things Fall Apart
Sleater Kinney - The Hot Rock
Wilco - Summerteeth
Songs:Ohia - Axxess and Ace
Kid A


Honourable Mentions:
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Outkast - Stankonia
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
Lambchop - Nixon
35Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
No More Shall We Part


Honourable Mentions:
Mark Lanegan - Field Songs
Bjork - Vespertine
Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life
Fugazi - The Argument
Spoon - Girls Can Tell

(still yet to listen to The Glow pt.2, but between nu-metal, gangster rap and the fermenting of lackluster indie, this was a dark time for music of my taste)
36Tom Waits


Honourable Mentions:
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Lambchop - Is A Woman
Songs:Ohia - Didn't It Rain
The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
Mclusky - Mclusky Do Dallas
Sonic Youth - Murray Street
37TV on the Radio
Young Liars


Honourable Mentions:
Songs;Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co.
Distillers - Coral Fang
The Wrens - Meadowlands
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
Drive-By Truckers - Decoration Day
Mark Lanegan - Here Comes That Weird Chill
The Twilight Singers - Blackberry Belle
38Mark Lanegan


Honourable Mentions:
The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows
MF Doom - Mm.. Food
TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch
Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Madvillain - Madvillainy
39Antony and the Johnsons
I Am A Bird Now


Honourable Mentions:
Sleater Kinney - The Woods
Dirty Three - Cinder
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (another Sput murder!!)
40Sonic Youth
Rather Ripped


Honourable Mentions:
Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
Califone - Roots and Crowns
Scott Walker - The Drift
The Knife - Silent Shout
Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
41PJ Harvey
White Chalk


Honourable Mentions:
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Robert Plant and Alison Kraus - Raising Sand
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The National - Boxer
Deerhunter - Cryptograms/Fluorescent grey
Oxbow - The Narcotic Story
42The Walkmen
You & Me


Honourable Mentions:
Portishead - Third
David Byrne and Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol. 8
Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
43Fever Ray
Fever Ray


Honourable Mentions:
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
St. Vincent - Actor
Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter
44Flying Lotus


Honourable Mentions:
The National - High Violet
Grinderman - Grinderman 2
The Fresh and Onlys - Play It Strange
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Spoon - Transference
45Tom Waits
Bad As Me


Honourable Mentions:
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Destroyer - Kaputt
Meredith Monk - Songs of Ascension
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Feist - Metals
46Andy Stott
Luxury Problems


Honourable Mentions:
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Lambchop - Mr. M
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Protomartyr - No Passion All Technique
47The National
Trouble Will Find Me


Honourable Mentions:
David Bowie - The Next Day
Dirty Beaches - Drifters/Love Is the Devil
Deafheaven - Sunbather
King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
Deerhunter - Monomania
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Plowing into the Field of Love


Honourable Mentions:
Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah
Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems
Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
The Tiger Lillies - Lulu: A Murder Ballad
Grouper - Ruins
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
The Coathangers - Suck My Shirt
49Elza Soares
A mulher do fim do mundo


Honourable Mentions:
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
Archy Marshall - A New Place 2 Drown
50David Bowie


Honourable Mentions:
David Bowie - Blackstar
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Tindersticks - The Waiting Room
Solange - A Seat at the Table
Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is
The Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend

(I don't really have an AOTY for 2016, but Blackstar slides in there on a tragic technicality)..
51Perfume Genius
No Shape

2017 (so far)

Honourable Mentions:
Oxbow - Thin Black Duke
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
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