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Top 20 favorite albums of the last 5 years

Basically all of my favorites from the last half decade. List is Unranked, because ranking them would be like choosing a favorite child
1Beastie Boys
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

One of the best comeback records of all time, and one of the best final records of all time. Fantastic record with some amazing production, great songwriting, and engaging vocals. plus, the album artwork is fucking dope
Under Pressure

Kendrick allusions aside, this album keeps things real, down to earth, with some awesome production and uber catchy lyrics. Not the best album ever, but it was the first hip-hop album I ever bought, so it holds a special place in my heart.
3Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork

Discovered this in high school when a friend of a friend told me to look these guys up, and I only did because he told me Dave Grohl was the drummer. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed, as this is one of the best hard rock albums in recent memory
4Best Coast
The Only Place

I know, its vapid dreamy pop rock And that's why I like it. Its got some great atmospherics, plus its simple, catchy and relatable lyrics are backed with some killer harmonies and melodies. Beth Costentino has some killer pipes. Its one of my favorite records to relax to. (although california nights is a far better album)
5Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods

Killer atmospheric rock that has just enough pop elements to keep it catchy and sing-along-able. Also, the songs are just off kilter enough to be unpredictiable, and all of the little electronic nuances and flourishes are a real pleasure to hear from a band that up until this point stomped on their distortion pedals with the dials turned up to ten.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

A shining example of elation, happiness, and childlike wonder put onto record, resulting one of the best pop albums of our generation. From the deep purples and blues of the album art to the 80's worship, this double album is one of a dying breed. It never bores, and is an absolute pleasure to listen to from beginning to end. Plus the textures all over this are tasty as fuck.
7The Wonder Years
The Greatest Generation

Basically the best pop punk album this decade. theres not much else to say about this that hasn't been rehashed a thousand times, so I'll leave it with this; "The Greatest Generaton" is relatable, fun, and gloriously indulgent, I just love this one to death.
8Courtney Barnett
sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit

I have been completely enamored with this album from the beginning, from the fantastic guitar work, throwback vibes, and the confessional lyrics. I love this album and the wonderful aussie who made this. this album brought me close and spoke to me very candidly, so even though I've never met her, I feel like a close personal friend of courtney.

Shout out to Cygnatti who introduced me to my AOTY this year. Thanks bro
9Twin Peaks
Wild Onions

If the beach boys, the beatles, the stones, the zombies all got together and had an orgy, this would be the result. From the blues guitar, psychedellic elements, the harmonies, and the referential album title and cover, this album and band ape all the 60's. Its glorious.
10Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties
We Don't Have Each Other

This album means a lot to me. It helped me through the worse break up of my life, taught me how to say sorry to the love of my life, and helped me bring her back into my life. I wouldn't be with her today if it weren't for this album.
11My Chemical Romance
Conventional Weapons

A fitting swan song for my favorite band from high school. MCR is a band well known for their excess. If you take away all of their over the top visuals, bloated concepts, and leave just the bones of who they are, you get this; a fast, emotional, and fun rock record.
12The Young Veins
Take a Vacation!

This band apes all the sixties as well, just minus the rolling stones. What results is a short pop album that resembles "All Summer Long" or "The Beatles '65". It's some great lighthearted fun from the guy who was a founding member of Panic! at the disco of all bands.
13Daft Punk
Random Access Memories

I got into these guys because of Tron Legacy, and it was one of my first real ventures into electronic music. Along with "Brothers", this album helped widen my view of what good music could be, and is still a staple in my repertoire to this day.
14The Black Keys

One night my senior year, my best friend insisted we listen to this album while we get as drunk as possible. At the time All I listened to was shitty metalcore and pop punk/screamo, and this album opened my eyes to other genres, especially the music in my parent's collections. Even 5 years removed, this album is one of my all time favorite albums, with some fantastic drum and guitar work, and great vocals and lyrics from a guy who can't really sing all that well.
15Against Me!
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

I saw these guys live by accident - my friend and I bought the tickets on the tour for this album thinking they were rise against tickets. How I'm glad we were wrong. They put on a live show that was freaking incredible and blew us away. From then on out, these guys have been my favorite punk band, and this album was an unforgettable introduction for me.
The Bones of What You Believe

My girlfriend introduced me to this record, as it's one of her favorite. Its got some pretty spectacular electronic music on here, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Lauren Mayberry is not one to be underestimated.
17Brian Wilson
No Pier Pressure

Okay, so this is probably the biggest sore thumb here, I mean, its some adult contemporary crap for crying out loud. But, its [i]good[/i] adult contemporary crap. From the gorgeous harmonizing to the weird experimentations with singers from this generation, this is probably some of Brian's best work of the last thirty years. Even if you don't think so, it's not hard to admit this stands heads and tails over the beach boys' work from the last 30 years.
18Twenty One Pilots

I just love this record, from the almost-irritating-but-not-quite over the top emotional lyrics and vocals to the pianos and synth that drive the music to the suprisingly inventive drumming, this album just does it for me. Plus, I taught myself how to play drums using this album, so I can earnestly say it inspired me to learn something.
Making Mirrors

This one I discovered ages ago, long before I met my girlfriend. I was playing it my car when we met, and it's because of this album that I started talking to her. I love the vibes on this LP, from the sound collages production to the surprisingly heartfelt lyrics.
20Arctic Monkeys

I discovered this album not long after "Brothers" and the grooviness of this one totally floored me. "Do I wanna Know?" is a straight up jam up to this day. The first time I left the house after hearing it, I greased back my hair, put on a leather jacket and Sunglasses, and started using a switchblade comb.
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