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21-06-2005
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Spin's 100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005
June 20, 2005. (from www.spinmagazine.com)

It wasn't easy arriving at the 100 Greatest Albums of Spin's first 20 years. But after months of smoke-filled meetings -- enduring a hail of verbal assaults and hurled office furniture -- our editorial junta eventually winnowed 500 candidates down to an undeniably unimpeachable elite of timeless classics.

Each album on the list finds a sweet spot between artistic brilliance, stylistic innovation, and cultural relevance. You could listen to the Smiths' The Queen Is Dead hiding under a pillow fort in your bedroom (as Morrissey would no doubt prefer), or it could blow your mind in a crowded bar. Why? Because it pushes a unique vision from the margins to the mainstream (or the margins of the mainstream), reshaping both. Until someone new (a Wu-Tang Clan or White Stripes) emerges to redraw the margins all over again. These records tell us something different with every listen; even at their tiniest, they make private epiphanies feel like public events.
This explains why we picked Radiohead's OK Computer as our No. 1 album over Nirvana's Nevermind and Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Between Thom Yorke's orange-alert worldview and the band's meld of epic guitar rock and electronic glitch, it not only forcast a decade of music but uncannily predicted our global culture of communal distress. Nevermind and Nation of Millions, while changing their moments irrevocably, seem less open-ended now, a little more "resolved." In a similar sense, some recent works of seeming genius, like M.I.A's Arular or Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut, are too open-ended -- we wonder how they'll sound when Spin turns 30, just as we pray we won't be the ones who'll have to weigh their significance. One month of dodging furniture is enough, thanks.

For the next few weeks, we'll reveal the entire list, a few albums at a time, right here on spin.com. Too anxious? You can peruse the complete list of the 100 Greatest Albums 1985-2005, in Spin's July issue on newsstands, or click here to subscribe. The July issue has commentary on each entry in the countdown, plus interviews with many of the artists behind these essential records.

We also know lots of you have your own ideas about the best albums released during Spin's 20-year existence. Visit our message boards and post your own top 10; clicking here will take you right to that thread. Have thoughts about our own list? Express those here.

And now, the list (well part of it):

100. The Strokes, Is This It (RCA, 2001)
99. Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen (Elektra, 1993)
98. Cornershop, When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop, 1997)
97. Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge, 1998)
96. The Pogues, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (Stiff/WEA, 1985)
95. Elastica, Elastica (DGC, 1995)
94. Slint, Spiderland (Touch and Go, 1991)
93. Pearl Jam, Ten (Epic, 1991)
92. Big Black, Atomizer (Homestead, 1986)
91. XTC, Skylarking (Geffen, 1986)
90. Sonic Youth, Sister (DGC, 1987)
89. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell (Interscope, 2003)
88. Stereolab, Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Elektra, 1996)
87. Blur, Parklife (Food, 1994)
86. Meat Puppets, Up on the Sun (SST, 1985)...

...The top 11:

1. Radiohead Ok Computer
2. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of a Million to Hold Us Back
3. Nirvana Nevermind
4. Pavement Slanted & Enchanted
5. The Smiths The Queens is Dead
6. Pixies Surfer Rosa
7. De La Soul 3ft High and Rising
8. Prince Sign 'O' the Times
9. PJ Harvey Rid of Me
10. N.W.A Straight Outta Compton
11. U2 Achtung Baby

Does anyone have the full list?

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Hmm, no. Pitchfork media has a top 100 which I agree with more from what I can see... I think 'Grace' should be in the top 10 though.

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the smiths, u2..seriously.

..and then the yeah yeah yeahs beat In the Aeroplane

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^ Oh c'mon, Achtung Baby is great... such an eclectic mix that should be praised on an album.

And I'm not surprised at #1... go Radiohead...

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Hmm, no. Pitchfork media has a top 100 which I agree with more from what I can see... I think 'Grace' should be in the top 10 though.
Definitely. And I love The Smiths

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Hmm, no. Pitchfork media has a top 100 which I agree with more from what I can see... I think 'Grace' should be in the top 10 though.
Agreed. Jeff.

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Here's the complete list (and I'm bolding the ones I like just because):

1 - Radiohead - OK Computer
2 - Public Enemy - Its takes a nation of millions to hold us back
3 - nirvana - nevermind
4 - pavement - slanted and enchanted
5 - the smiths - the queen is dead
6 - pixies - surfer rosa
7 - de la soul - 3 feet high and rising
8 - prince - sign 'o' the times
9 - pj harvey - rid of me
10 - n.w.a. - straight outta compton
11 - U2 - achtung baby
12 - beastie boys - Paul's Boutique
13 - husker du - new day rising
14 - sonic youth - daydream nation
15 - liz phair - exile in guyville
16 - beck - odelay
17 - nas - illmatic
18 - guns n' roses - appetite for destruction
19 - hole - live through this
20 - wu-tang clan - enter the wu-Tang (36 chambers)
21 - public enemy - fear of a black planet
22 - my bloody valentine - loveless
23 - outkast - stankonia
24 - sleater-kinney - dig me out
25 - nine inch nails - the downward spiral
26 - bijork - post
27 - the cure - the head on the door
28 - oasis - definitally maybe
29 - fugazi - 13 songs
30 - the notorious big - ready to die
31 - dinosaur jr. - you're lying over me
32 - the replacements - tim
33 - ice cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
34 - Elliott Smith - Either/or
35 - dr. dre - the chronic
36 - pixies - doolittle
37 - guided by voices - bee thousand
38 - a tribe called quest - the low end theory
39 - lucinda williams - lucinda williams
40 - run-dmc - raising hell
41 - smashing pumpkins - Siamese dream
42 - jane's addiction - nothings shocking
43 - boogie down productions - criminal minded
44 - green day - dookie
45 - kanye west - college dropout
46 - the fall - this nations saving grace
47 - eric b. and rakim - paid in full
48 - radiohead - kid a
49 - lauryn hill - the miseduction of lauryn hill
50 - new order - low-life
51 - nirvana - in utero
52 - beastie boys - licensed to kill
53 - rage against the machine - the battle of los angeles
54 - the breeders - last splash
55 - the chemical brothers - dig your own hole
56 - pj harvey - to bring you my love
57 - the white stripes - white blood cells
58 - metallica - master of puppets
59 - modest mouse - the lonesome crowded west
60 - de las soul - de la soul is dead
61 - weezer - pinkerton
62 - missy elliott - supa dupa fly
63 - pavement - crooked rain, crooked rain
64 - Eminem - the marshall mathers LP
65 - basement jaxx - remedy
66 - outkast - aquemini
67 - slayer - reign in blood
68 - tricky - maxiquaye
69 - dj shadow - entroducing dj shadow
70 - jay-z - the blueprint
71 - the jesus and mary chain - psychocandy
72 - raekwon - only built 4 cuban linx
73 - pulp - different class
74 - portishead - dummy
75 - le tigre - le tigre
76 - belle and sebastian - if you're feeling sinister
77 - wilco - yankee hotel foxtrot
78 - the stone roses - the stone roses
79 - moby - everything is wrong
80 - d'angelo - woodoo
81 - beck - mellow gold
82 - jeff buckley - grace
83 - at the drive-in - releationship of command
84 - soundgarden - superunknown
85 - r.e.m. - automatic for the people
86 - meat puppets - lip on the sun
87 - blur - parklife
88 - stereolab - emperor tomato ketchup
89 - yeah yeah yeahs - fever to tell
90 - sonic youth - sister
91 - xtc - skylarking
92 - big black - atomizer
93 - pearl jam - ten
94 - slint - spiderland
95 - elastica - elastica
96 - the pogues - Rum, sodomy, and the lash
97 - neutal milk hotel - in the aeroplane over the sea
98 - cornershop - when i was born for the 7th time
99 - afghan whigs - gentlemen
100 - the strokes - is this it


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interesting list...i agree with some of the choices..but the order is ALL wrong.....esp that HOLE is #19?! and Liz Phair is too high as well...Public Enemy #2?! (it's good but not the second best album in 20 years)....it's impossible to make a perfect list though...not bad though i suppose.....

Good job with De La Soul, Pixies, and the Smiths ranking though


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thanks Sleepwalking!

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interesting list...i agree with some of the choices..but the order is ALL wrong.....esp that HOLE is #19?!
I was actually impressed that it was ranked so high. To me, Live Through This is a masterpiece, but to others, it's just nothing. What can I say, I love Hole.

These lists don't ever really mean anything, though. They are just someone's opinion.

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I like these in the list (And there were typos. I'm blaming Spin):

1 - Radiohead - OK Computer
3 - nirvana - nevermind
5 - the smiths - the queen is dead
6 - pixies - surfer rosa
19 - hole - live through this
26 - bjork - post
41 - smashing pumpkins - Siamese dream
51 - nirvana - in utero
54 - the breeders - last splash
55 - the chemical brothers - dig your own hole
62 - missy elliott - supa dupa fly
69 - dj shadow – entroducing…
74 - portishead - dummy
93 - pearl jam - ten


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i like a lot of those on that list. i love pitchfork, but it can be so hit and miss at times.
(i'm glad that husker du is in the top 15!!)

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Moby sucks.

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Sorry, but any list including the Strokes is obviously crap, even if they are dead last. Realistically, their artistry ranks somewhere in a sea of thousands.

Secondly, "Disintegration" is a better Cure album than "Head on the Door" in every respect, yet it's nowhere to be seen while "HOTD" is #27.

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best of lists are a joke as far as I'm concerned... Ice Cube before Elliott Smith?!?! Please.

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