Best albums

This page is where I’ll compile all my best albums lists as I create them.


Best albums of 1987

1. Depeche Mode “Music for the masses”
2. R.E.M. “Document”
3. The Smiths “Strangeways, here we come”
4. U2 “The joshua tree”
5. The Cure “Kiss me kiss me kiss me”
6. The Sisters of Mercy “Floodland”
7. Jane’s Addiction “Jane’s Addiction”
8. The Jesus And Mary Chain “Darklands”
9. Spaceman 3 “The perfect prescription”
10. Dead Can Dance “Within the realm of the dying sun”

Best albums of 1988

1. The Pogues “If I should fall from grace with god”
2. The Wonder Stuff “The eight legged groove machine”
3. The Waterboys “Fisherman’s blues”
4. Pixies “Surfer Rosa”
5. R.E.M. “Green”
6. Leonard Cohen “I’m your man”
7. Jane’s Addiction “Nothing’s shocking”
8. Billy Bragg “Worker’s playtime”
9. Erasure “The innocents”
10. The Sugarcubes “Life’s too good”

Best albums of 1989

1. The Stone Roses “The Stone Roses”
2. Nine Inch Nails “Pretty hate machine”
3. The Cure “Disintegration”
4. Pixies “Doolittle”
5. The Wonder Stuff “Hup”
6. New Model Army “Thunder and consolation”
7. The Grapes of Wrath “Now and again”
8. The Beautiful South  “Welcome to The Beautiful South”
9. Galaxie 500 “On fire”
10. The Jesus And Mary Chain “Automatic”


Best albums of 1991

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1. Lowest of the Low “Shakespeare my butt…”
2. Teenage Fanclub “Bandwagonesque”
3. Primal Scream “Screamadelica”
4. R.E.M. “Out of time”
5. The Wonder Stuff “Never loved Elvis”
6. Levellers “Levelling the land”
7. Blur “Leisure”
8. Chapterhouse  “Whirlpool”
9. Spirit Of The West “Go figure”
10. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin “Godfodder”

Best albums of 1997

1. Spiritualized “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space”
2. The Verve “Urban hymns”
3. Radiohead “OK computer”
4. James “Whiplash”
5. Blur “Blur”
6. Ocean Colour Scene “Marchin’ already”
7. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Let’s face it”
8. Teenage Fanclub “Songs from Northern Britain”
9. The Dandy Warhols “The Dandy Warhols come down”
10. Cornershop “When I was born for the 7th time”

Best albums of 1998

1. Belle and Sebastian “The boy with the arab strap”
2. Billy Bragg and Wilco “Mermaid avenue”
3. Neutral Milk Hotel “In the aeroplane over the sea”
4. Pulp “This is hardcore”
5. Manic Street Preachers “This is my truth now tell me yours”
6. Rufus Wainwright “Rufus Wainwright”
7. Mojave 3 “Out of tune”
8. Embrace “The good will out”
9. Cake “Prolonging the magic”
10. Sloan “Navy blues”


Best albums of 2000

1. Doves “Lost souls”
2. The Dandy Warhols “Thirteen tales from urban bohemia”
3. Mojave 3 “Excuses for travellers”
4. Coldplay “Parachutes”
5. Belle and Sebastian “Fold your hands child, you walk like a peasant”
6. The Clientele “Suburban light”
7. The Weakerthans “Left and leaving”
8. The Cure “Bloodflowers”
9. The New Pornographers “Mass romantic”
10. Richard Ashcroft “Alone with everybody”

Best albums of 2007

1. Young Galaxy “Young Galaxy”
2. The New Pornographers “Challengers”
3. The Clientele “God save The Clientele”
4. The National “Boxer”
5. Blonde Redhead “23”
6. Arcade Fire “Neon bible”
7. Cuff The Duke “Sidelines of the city”
8. Handsome Furs “Plague park”
9. Okkervil River “The stage names”
10. The Besnard Lakes “The Besnard Lakes are the dark horse”

Best albums of 2008

1. James “Hey ma”
2. The High Dials “Moon country”
3. Vampire Weekend “Vampire Weekend”
4. Death Cab For Cutie “Narrow stairs”
5. Elbow “The seldom seen kid”
6. Spiritualized “Songs in A & E”
7. Glasvegas “Glasvegas”
8. Schools of Seven Bells “Alpinisms”
9. The Submarines “Honeysuckle weeks”
10. Fleet Foxes  “Fleet Foxes”


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6. The New Pornographers “Together”
7. The Drums “The Drums”
8. LCD Soundsystem “This is happening”
9. Bedouin Soundclash “Light the horizon”
10. Diamond Rings “Special affections”

Best albums of 2017

1. The Clientele “Music for the age of miracles”
2. Slowdive “Slowdive”
3. The National “Sleep well beast”
4. Waxahatchee “Out in the storm”
5. Wolf Parade “Cry cry cry”
6. St. Vincent “Masseduction”
7. Alvvays “Antisocialites”
8. Allison Crutchfield “Tourist in this town”
9. The Rural Alberta Advantage “The wild”
10. Phoebe Bridgers “Stranger in the alps”

Special honourable mention: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds “Who built the moon”

Best albums of 2018

1. The Decemberists “I’ll be your girl”
2. Frank Turner “Be more kind”
3. Nap Eyes “I’m bad now”
4. Spiritualized “And nothing hurt”
5. Middle Kids “Lost friends”
6. Colter Wall “Songs of the plains”
7. The Essex Green “Hardly electronic”
8. The Limiñanas “Shadow people”
9. James “Living in extraordinary times”
10. David Byrne “American utopia”

Best albums of 2019

1. Better Oblivion Community Center “Better Oblivion Community Center”
2. The National “I am easy to find”
3. Tallies “Tallies”
4. Ride “This is not a safe place”
5. Orville Peck “Pony”
6. The Soft Calvary “The Soft Calvary”
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds “Ghosteen”
8. The Twilight Sad “It won/t be like this all the time”
9. Elva “Winter sun”
10. Chromatics “Closer to grey”


Best albums of 2020

1. Doves “The universal want”
2. I Break Horses “Warnings”
3. Phoebe Bridgers “Punisher”
4. No Joy “Motherhood”
5. Secret Machines “Awake in the brain chamber”
6. The Rentals “Q36”
7. The Beths “Jump rope gazers”
8. Bright Eyes “Down in the weeds, where the world once was”
9. Venus Furs “Venus Furs”
10. The Strokes “The new abnormal”

Best albums of 2021

1. The Reds, Pinks and Purples “Uncommon weather”
2. Big Red Machine “How long do you think it’s gonna last?”
3. Flyying Colours “Fantasy country”
4. Breeze “Only up”
5. Goat Girl “On all fours”
6. Linn Koch-Emmery “Being the girl”
7. Julien Baker “Little oblivions”
8. Du Blonde “Homecoming”
9. Iceage “Seek shelter”
10. Middle Kids “Today we’re the greatest”

Best albums of 2022

1. Spiritualized “Everything was beautiful”
2. Alvvays “Blue rev”
3. Beach House “Once twice melody”
4. Wet Leg “Wet Leg”
5. Suede “Autofiction”
6. Tallies “Patina”
7. The Reds, Pinks and Purples “Summer at land’s end”
8. Jeanines “Don’t wait for a sign”
9. Just Mustard “Heart under”
10. Blushing “Possessions”