#KickingtheCanon

The Album Canon (1960 – 1999)

December 27, 2014
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A Note on Selection and Organization Criteria: The albums in our canon were categorized according to the year and label that granted them their earliest release anywhere in the world — except in certain cases where a later release may have been deemed more “canonical” (for instance choosing to list Public Image Ltd.’s Second Edition over Metal Box). We also chose to allow only one album per year per artist/band—except in cases where the album was credited to more than one artist (most common with jazz releases), in which case that combined credit was considered separately from whatever the individual artists has released that year. Generally, albums were selected for this canon based on their critical regard, their subject matter, their historical relevance, and/or popularity. As such, not all albums in our canon are great, or even necessarily good. They are, however, in our estimation, important: worthy of time from any discerning listener who seeks to understand and appreciate music. They are the result of a selection process that privileged the notion of a canonization that pushes beyond the stigma of rockism, of predominantly English-language music, and which opened up the discussion to a variety of genres, including: blues, country, bluegrass, ragtime, bebop, salsa, bossa nova, jazz, free-jazz, hip-hop, EDM, French chanson, Brazilian tropicalia, African highlife, Algerian rai, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, South Asian Qawwali, Indian ragasand Chinese Mandopop


magnetic fields1999

  1. Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (Merge)
  2. The Flaming LipsThe Soft Bulletin (Warner Bros.)
  3. BeckMidnite Vultures (DGC)
  4. MobyPlay (V2)
  5. Tom WaitsMule Variations (Anti-/Epitaph)
  6. Rage Against the MachineThe Battle of Los Angeles (Epic)
  7. Fiona AppleWhen the Pawn… (Clean Slate/Epic)
  8. Beth OrtonCentral Reservation (Arista)
  9. WilcoSummerteeth (Reprise)
  10. Bonnie “Prince” BillyI See a Darkness (Palace)
  11. The RootsThings Fall Apart (MCA)
  12. Mos DefBlack on Both Sides (Rawkus)
  13. EminemThe Slim Shady LP (Interscope)
  14. Nine Inch NailsThe Fragile (Nothing/Interscope)
  15. Basement JaxxRemedy (XL)
  16. TLCFanmail (LaFace)
  17. Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall (Columbia)
  18. Dixie ChicksFly (Monument)
  19. Sigur RosAgaetis Byrjun (Smekkleysa)
  20. Louis ArmstrongHot Fives and Sevens (JSP)
  21. Fela KutiThe Best of the Black President (Barclay/Universal)
  22. Toumani Diabaté / Ballake SissokoNew Ancient Strings (Rykodisc)
  23. BlumfeldOld Nobody (Rough Trade)
  24. Gustavo CeratiBocanada (Ariola)
  25. KhaledKenza (Barclay)

 

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1998

  1. Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Ruffhouse)
  2. Lucinda WilliamsCar Wheels on a Gravel Road (Mercury)
  3. Neutral Milk HotelIn the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge)
  4. Boards of CanadaMusic Has the Right to Children (Warp/Skam)
  5. Massive AttackMezzanine (Circa/Virgin)
  6. MadonnaRay of Light (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
  7. AirMoon Safari (Source/Virgin)
  8. OutkastAquemini (LaFace)
  9. Fatboy SlimYou’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Skint)
  10. PulpThis Is Hardcore (Island)
  11. Elliott SmithXO (DreamWorks)
  12. BeckMutations (DGC)
  13. Mercury RevDeserter’s Songs (V2)
  14. Beastie BoysHello Nasty (Grand Royal/Capitol)
  15. Black StarMos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus)
  16. DMXIt’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (Def Jam)
  17. Gang StarrMoment of Truth (Noo Trybe)
  18. Bob DylanLive 1966 (The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert) (Columbia)
  19. Dixie ChicksWide Open Spaces (Monument)
  20. Billy Bragg, WilcoMermaid Avenue (Elektra)
  21. TurbonegroApocalypse Dudes (Boomba)
  22. Dave DouglasConvergence (Soul Note)
  23. ShakiraDondé Están Los Ladrones? (Sony Latin)
  24. Manu ChaoClandestino (Virgin)
  25. Rachid TahaDiwan (Barclay)

 1997

1997

  1. RadioheadOK Computer (’97; Parlophone)
  2. BjörkHomogenic (’97; One Little Indian)
  3. Daft PunkHomework (’97; Virgin)
  4. Bob DylanTime Out of Mind (’97; Columbia)
  5. SpiritualizedLadies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space (’97; Dedicated)
  6. The Chemical BrothersDig Your Own Hole (’97; Freestyle Dust/Virgin)
  7. Sleater-KinneyDig Me Out (’97; Kill Rock Stars)
  8. Elliott SmithEither/Or (’97; Kill Rock Stars)
  9. The VerveUrban Hymns (’97; Hut/Virgin)
  10. Missy Misdemeanour ElliottSupa Dupa Fly (’97; EastWest)
  11. The Notorious B.I.G.Life After Death (’97; Bad Boy)
  12. CornershopWhen I Was Born for the 7th Time (’97; Wiiija)
  13. Yo La TengoI Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (’97; Matador)
  14. Erykah BaduBaduizm (’97; Universal)
  15. Janet JacksonThe Velvet Rope (’97; Virgin/JDJ)
  16. Mariah CareyButterfly (’97; Columbia)
  17. Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsThe Boatman’s Call (’97; Mute)
  18. DeftonesAround the Fur (’97; Maverick)
  19. Shania TwainCome on Over (’97; Mercury)
  20. Roni Size / ReprazentNew Forms (’97; Talkin’ Loud/Mercury)
  21. Charlie Haden, Pat MethenyBeyond the Missouri Sky (’97; Verve)
  22. Tomasz StankoLeosia (’97; ECM)
  23. Lee “Scratch” PerryArkology (’97; Island Jamaica)
  24. Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club (’97; Nonesuch)
  25. Andrés Calamaro: Alta Suciedad (’97; Gasa)

 1996

1996

  1. DJ ShadowEndtroducing….. (‘96; FFRR/Mo Wax)
  2. BeckOdelay (‘96; DGC/Bong Load)
  3. FugeesThe Score (‘96; Columbia)
  4. Jay-ZReasonable Doubt (‘96; Roc-A-Fella/Freeze/Priority)
  5. 2PacAll Eyez on Me (‘96; Interscope/Death Row)
  6. Belle & SebastianIf You’re Feeling Sinister (‘96; Jeepster)
  7. WeezerPinkerton (‘96; DGC)
  8. Sleater-KinneyCall the Doctor (’96; Chainsaw)
  9. StereolabEmperor Tomato Ketchup (‘96; Elektra)
  10. SublimeSublime (’96; Gasoline Alley)
  11. WilcoBeing There (‘96; Reprise)
  12. Fiona AppleTidal (’96; Epic/Clean Slate)
  13. Aphex TwinRichard D. James Album (‘96; Sire)
  14. TortoiseMillions Now Living Will Never Die (‘96; Thrill Jockey)
  15. OutkastATLiens (‘96; Bulk)
  16. UGKRidin’ Dirty (‘96; Jive)
  17. Lil KimHard Core (’96; Big Beat/UNDEAS)
  18. Steve EarleI Feel Alright (‘96; Warner Bros.)
  19. Ani DiFrancoDilate (‘96; Righteous Babe)
  20. David S. WareGodspelized (‘96; DIW)
  21. James CarterConversin’ With the Elders (’96; Atlantic)
  22. Chico Science & Nação ZumbiAfrociberdelia (’96; Columbia)
  23. Faye WongFu Zao (’96; Cinepoly)
  24. Oumou SangareWorotan (’96; World Circuit)
  25. Cheikh LôNe La Thiass (‘96; World Circuit)

 1995

1995

  1. PJ HarveyTo Bring You My Love (‘95; Island)
  2. BjörkPost (‘95; One Little Indian)
  3. RadioheadThe Bends (‘95; Parlophone)
  4. Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (‘95; Creation)
  5. PulpDifferent Class (‘95; Island)
  6. The Smashing PumpkinsMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (‘95; Virgin)
  7. TrickyMaxinquaye (‘95; 4th & Broadway/Island)
  8. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx… (‘95; RCA/Loud)
  9. The Chemical BrothersExit Planet Dust (‘95; Freestyle Dust/Virgin)
  10. Alanis MorissetteJagged Little Pill (‘95; Maverick/Reprise)
  11. GarbageGarbage (‘95; Mushroom)
  12. ElasticaElastica (‘95; DGC)
  13. GZALiquid Swords (‘95; Geffen)
  14. 2PacMe Against the World (‘95; Interscope)
  15. Mobb DeepThe Infamous (‘95; Loud)
  16. LeftfieldLeftism (‘95; Columbia/Hard Hands)
  17. GoldieTimeless (‘95; FFRR)
  18. The SmithsSingles (’95; WEA)
  19. The MetersFunkify Your Life (Anthology) (’95; Rhino)
  20. D’AngeloBrown Sugar (‘95; EMI)
  21. Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball (‘95; Elektra)
  22. Junior Kimbrough & the Soul BoysAll Night Long (’95; Fat Possum)
  23. Cassandra WilsonNew Moon Daughter (‘95; Blue Note)
  24. Henry ThreadgillCarry the Day (‘95; Columbia)
  25. Buju Banton: ‘Til Shiloh (‘95; Loose Cannon)

 1994

1994

  1. NasIllmatic (‘94; Columbia)
  2. The Notorious B.I.G.Ready to Die (‘94; Bad Boy)
  3. Jeff BuckleyGrace (‘94; Columbia)
  4. HoleLive Through This (‘94; DGC)
  5. PavementCrooked Rain, Crooked Rain (‘94; Matador/Atlantic)
  6. Johnny CashAmerican Recordings (‘94; American)
  7. OasisDefinitely, Maybe (‘94; Epic)
  8. BlurParklife (‘94; SBK)
  9. PortisheadDummy (‘94; Go! Beat)
  10. Nine Inch NailsThe Downward Spiral (‘94; Nothing/Interscope)
  11. NirvanaMTV Unplugged in New York (‘94; DGC)
  12. BeckMellow Gold (‘94; DGC)
  13. Beastie BoysIll Communication (‘94; Capitol/Grand Royal)
  14. Green DayDookie (‘94; Reprise)
  15. WeezerWeezer [The Blue Album] (‘94; DGC)
  16. SoundgardenSuperunknown (‘94; A&M)
  17. Guided by VoicesBee Thousand (‘94; Scat)
  18. TLCCrazysexycool (‘94; LaFace)
  19. Mary J. BligeMy Life (‘94; MCA)
  20. Iris DeMentMy Life (’94; Warner Bros.)
  21. The MavericksWhat a Crying Shame (‘94; MCA)
  22. Evan Parker: 50th Birthday Concert (‘94; Leo)
  23. Marisa MonteVerde, Anil, Amarelo, Cor-de-Rosa e Carvão (‘94; EMI)
  24. SelenaAmor Prohibido (‘94; EMI Latin)
  25. Cafe TacubaRe (‘94; WEA)

 1993

1993

  1. Liz PhairExile in Guyville (‘93; Matador)
  2. PJ HarveyRid of Me (‘93; Island)
  3. BjörkDebut (‘93; One Little Indian)
  4. NirvanaIn Utero (‘93; DGC)
  5. Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream (‘93; Virgin)
  6. The BreedersLast Splash (‘93; 4AD/Elektra)
  7. SuedeSuede (‘93; Nude)
  8. Wu-Tang ClanEnter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (‘93; RCA/Loud)
  9. A Tribe Called QuestMidnight Marauders (‘93; Jive)
  10. Pet Shop BoysVery (‘93; Parlophone)
  11. Pearl JamVs (‘93; Epic)
  12. The Afghan WhigsGentlemen (‘93; Elektra)
  13. UnderworldDubnobasswithmyheadman (‘93; Junior Boy’s Own)
  14. OrbitalOrbital 2 [The Brown Album] (‘93; Internal)
  15. The FallThe Infotainment Scan (’93; Permanent)
  16. Snoop Doggy DoggDoggystyle (‘93; Death Row/Interscope)
  17. Sarah McLachlanFumbling Towards Ecstasy (‘93; Arista/Nettwerk)
  18. Janet JacksonJanet. (’93; Virgin)
  19. R. Kelly: 12 Play (’93; Jive)
  20. Uncle TupeloAnodyne (’93; Sire/Reprise)
  21. Bikini KillPussy Whipped (’93; Kill Rock Stars)
  22. MorphineCure for Pain (‘93; Rykodisc)
  23. Ella FitzgeraldThe Best of the Song Books (’93; Verve)
  24. Charles GayleTouchin’ on Trane (‘93; FMP)
  25. SepulturaChaos A.D. (‘93; Roadrunner)

 1992

1992

  1. R.E.M.Automatic for the People (‘92; Warner Bros.)
  2. PavementSlanted and Enchanted (‘92; Matador)
  3. MadonnaErotica (‘92; Maverick/Sire)
  4. PJ HarveyDry (‘92; Indigo/Too Pure)
  5. Dr. DreThe Chronic (‘92; Interscope)
  6. Beastie BoysCheck Your Head (‘92; Capitol)
  7. Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine (‘92; Epic)
  8. Los LobosKiko (‘92; Slash)
  9. Sonic YouthDirty (‘92; DGC)
  10. Arrested Development: 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… (‘92; Chrysalis)
  11. Aphex TwinSelected Ambient Works 85–92 (‘92; Apollo)
  12. SugarCopper Blue (‘92; Rykodisc)
  13. The PharcydeBizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (‘92; Delicious Vinyl)
  14. Alice in ChainsDirt (‘92; Columbia)
  15. Tom WaitsBone Machine (‘92; Island)
  16. K.D. LangIngénue (‘92; Sire)
  17. Tori AmosLittle Earthquakes (‘92; Atlantic)
  18. PanteraVulgar Display of Power (’92; ATCO)
  19. Annie LennoxDiva (‘92; Arista)
  20. Trisha YearwoodHearts in Armor (’92; MCA)
  21. Joe LovanoFrom the Soul (‘92; Blue Note)
  22. David S. WareFlight of I (‘92; DIW)
  23. Cesária ÉvoraMiss Perfumado (‘92; Nonesuch)
  24. Koffi OlomideHaut de Gamme — Koweït, Rive Ganche (’92; Tamaris)
  25. Nusrat Fateh Ali KhanDevotional Songs (‘92; Real World/Virgin)

 1991

1991

  1. NirvanaNevermind (‘91; DGC)
  2. My Bloody ValentineLoveless (‘91; Creation/Sire/Warner Bros.)
  3. Talk TalkLaughing Stock (‘91; Polydor/Verve)
  4. A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory (‘91; Jive)
  5. Public EnemyApocalypse ‘91… The Enemy Strikes Black (‘91; Def Jam)
  6. U2Achtung Baby (‘91; Island)
  7. Pearl JamTen (‘91; Epic)
  8. Red Hot Chili PeppersBlood Sugar Sex Magik (‘91; Warner Bros.)
  9. MetallicaMetallica [The Black Album] (‘91; Vertigo)
  10. R.E.M.Out of Time (‘91; Warner Bros.)
  11. Primal ScreamScreamadelica (‘91; Warner Bros.)
  12. Massive AttackBlue Lines (‘91; Wild Bunch)
  13. The OrbThe Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (‘91; Big Life)
  14. SlintSpiderland (‘91; Touch and Go)
  15. The Jesus LizardGoat (‘91; Touch and Go)
  16. Matthew SweetGirlfriend (‘91; Zoo Entrainment/BMG)
  17. Saint EtienneFoxbase Alpha (‘91; Warner Bros.)
  18. Teenage FanclubBandwagonesque (‘91; DGC)
  19. Ice CubeDeath Certificate (’91; Priority)
  20. James BrownStar Time (‘91; Polydor)
  21. Ray CharlesThe Birth of Soul — The Complete Atlantic Recordings (’91; Atlantic)
  22. Phil SpectorBack to Mono (1958–1969) (‘91; ABKCO)
  23. Sonny SharrockAsk the Ages (‘91; Axiom)
  24. Linton Kwesi JohnsonTings An’ Times (‘91; Shanachie)
  25. MC SolaarQui Seme le Vent Recolte le Tempo (‘91; Polydor)

 1990

1990

  1. Public EnemyFear of a Black Planet (‘90; Def Jam)
  2. A Tribe Called QuestPeople’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (‘90; Jive)
  3. Neil Young & Crazy HorseRagged Glory (‘90; Reprise)
  4. Sinéad O’ConnorI Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (’90; Ensign)
  5. Sonic YouthGoo (‘90; DGC)
  6. PixiesBossanova (‘90; 4AD/Elektra)
  7. Depeche ModeViolator (‘90; Mute)
  8. Happy MondaysPills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (‘90; Factory)
  9. Jane’s AddictionRitual De Lo Habitual (’90; Warner Bros.)
  10. LL Cool JMama Said Knock You Out (‘90; Def Jam)
  11. Ice CubeAmerikkka’s Most Wanted (‘90; Priority)
  12. Pet Shop BoysBehaviour (‘90; Parlophone/EMI)
  13. Cocteau TwinsHeaven or Las Vegas (‘90; Capitol)
  14. FugaziRepeater (’90; Dischord)
  15. Deee-LiteWorld Clique (‘90; Elektra)
  16. MadonnaThe Immaculate Collection (’90; Sire)
  17. George MichaelListen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (‘90; Columbia)
  18. Rosanne CashInteriors (‘90; Columbia)
  19. Dwight YoakamIf There Was a Way (‘90; Reprise)
  20. The KLFChill Out (‘90; Wax Trax!)
  21. Angelo BadalamentiSoundtrack from Twin Peaks (‘90; Warner Bros.)
  22. John ZornNaked City (‘90; Nonesuch)
  23. Ali Farka TouréThe River (‘90; Mango/World Circuit)
  24. Youssou N’DourSet (‘90; Virgin)
  25. Soda StereoCanción Animal (‘90; CBS)

1989

1989

  1. Beastie BoysPaul’s Boutique (‘89; Capitol)
  2. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (‘89; Tommy Boy Music)
  3. MadonnaLike a Prayer (‘89; Sire)
  4. Janet JacksonRhythm Nation 1814 (‘89; A&M)
  5. PixiesDoolittle (‘89; 4AD/Elektra)
  6. The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses (‘89; Silvertone)
  7. The CureDisintegration (‘89; Elektra)
  8. Nine Inch NailsPretty Hate Machine (‘89; TVT)
  9. The MekonsThe Mekons Rock N’ Roll (‘89; A&M)
  10. Galaxie 500On Fire (‘89; Rough Trade)
  11. Lou ReedNew York (’89; Sire)
  12. Neil YoungFreedom (‘89; Reprise)
  13. Bonnie RaittNick of Time (‘89; Capitol)
  14. Neneh CherryRaw Like Sushi (‘89; Virgin/Circa)
  15. Chris IsaakHeart Shaped World (‘89; Reprise)
  16. Soul II SoulKeep on Movin’ (‘89; Virgin)
  17. 808 StateNinety (‘89; ZTT)
  18. The Neville BrothersYellow Moon (‘89; A&M)
  19. Stevie Ray VaughanIn Step (‘89; Epic)
  20. George StraitBeyond the Blue Neon (‘89; MCA)
  21. Keith WhitleyI Wonder Do You Think of Me (‘89; RCA/BMG Music)
  22. Baaba Maal, Mansour SeckDjam Leelii (‘89; Mango)
  23. Mano NegraPuta’s Fever (’89; Virgin)
  24. Caetano VelosoEstrangeiro (‘89; Elektra Musician)
  25. BoredomsSoul Discharge (‘89; Shimmy Disc)

 
1988

1988

  1. N.W.A.Straight Outta Compton (‘88; Ruthless)
  2. Public EnemyIt Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (‘88; Def Jam)
  3. Sonic YouthDaydream Nation (‘88; Enigma)
  4. Talk TalkSpirit of Eden (‘88; Parlophone)
  5. The BeatlesPast Masters Volume 1 & 2 (‘88; Capitol)
  6. EPMDStrictly Business (‘88; Fresh)
  7. Ultramagnetic MCsCritical Beatdown (‘88; Next Plateau)
  8. Boogie ProductionsBy All Means Necessary (‘88; Jive)
  9. Eric B. & RakimFollow the Leader (‘88; UNI)
  10. Jungle BrothersStraight Out the Jungle (‘88; Warlock)
  11. Slick RickThe Great Adventures of Slick Rick (‘88; Def Jam)
  12. Eazy-EEazy-Duz-It (‘88; Ruthless/Priority)
  13. StetasonicIn Full Gear (‘88; Tommy Boy Music)
  14. PixiesSurfer Rosa (‘88; 4AD/Rough Trade)
  15. My Bloody ValentineIsn’t Anything (’88; Creation)
  16. The PoguesIf I Should Fall from Grace With God (’88; Pogue Mahone)
  17. Jane’s AddictionNothing’s Shocking (‘88; Warner Bros.)
  18. Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman (‘88; Elektra)
  19. Lucinda WilliamsLucinda Williams (’88; Rough Trade)
  20. Leonard CohenI’m Your Man (‘88; Columbia)
  21. Rodney CrowellDiamonds & Dirt (‘88; Columbia)
  22. Art FarmerBlame It on My Youth (‘88; Contemporary)
  23. Miriam MakebaSangoma (‘88; Warner Bros.)
  24. Mahlathini & Mahotella QueensParis — Soweto (‘88; Polydor)
  25. Papa WembaL’Esclave (‘88; Gitta)

 1987

1987

  1. U2The Joshua Tree (‘87; Island)
  2. PrinceSign ‘O’ the Times (‘87; Paisley Prak)
  3. Eric B. & RakimPaid in Full (‘87; 4th & Broadway)
  4. Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (‘87; B-Boy)
  5. Public EnemyYo! Bum Rush the Show (‘87; Def Jam)
  6. Michael JacksonBad (‘87; Epic)
  7. R.E.M.Document (‘87; I.R.S.)
  8. George MichaelFaith (‘87; Columbia)
  9. Guns ‘N’ RosesAppetite for Destruction (‘87; Geffen)
  10. Sonic YouthSister (‘87; SST)
  11. Pet Shop BoysActually (‘87; Parlophone)
  12. New OrderSubstance (‘87; Factory)
  13. The ReplacementsPleased to Meet Me (‘87; Sire)
  14. Def LeopardHysteria (‘87; Mercury)
  15. Dinosaur Jr.You’re Living All Over Me (‘87; SST)
  16. Big BlackSongs About Fucking (‘87; Touch and Go)
  17. Sinéad O’ConnorThe Lion and the Cobra (‘87; Chrysalis)
  18. Marianna FaithfullStrange Weather (‘87; Island)
  19. Ornette ColemanIn All Languages (‘87; Harmolodic)
  20. Cecil TaylorFor Olim (’87; Soul Note)
  21. Sonny RollinsG-Man (‘87; Milestone)
  22. Salif KeitaSoro (‘87; Mango)
  23. Ali Farka TouréAli Farka Touré (’87; Mango)
  24. FrancoAttention Na Sida (‘87; African Sun Music)
  25. NajmaQareeb (‘87; Triple Earth)

 1986

1986

  1. The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (‘86; Rough Trade)
  2. Paul SimonGraceland (‘86; Warner Bros.)
  3. Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill (‘86; Def Jam)
  4. Run-D.M.C.Raising Hell (‘86; Profile)
  5. Peter GabrielSo (‘86; Geffen)
  6. MetallicaMaster of Puppets (‘86; Elektra)
  7. SlayerReign in Blood (‘86; Def Jam)
  8. XTCSkylarking (‘86; Virgin)
  9. R.E.M.Lifes Rich Pageant (‘86; I.R.S.)
  10. Sonic YouthEVOL (‘86; SST)
  11. Janet JacksonControl (‘86; A&M)
  12. Anita BakerRapture (‘86; Elektra)
  13. Prince and the RevolutionParade (‘86; Paisley Park/RCA)
  14. Salt-N-PepaHot, Cool & Vicious (‘86; Next Plateu)
  15. Bad BrainsI Against I (‘86; SST)
  16. The CureStanding on a Beach — The Singles (’86; Fiction)
  17. Steve EarleGuitar Town (‘86; MCA)
  18. Dwight YoakamGuitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (‘86; Reprise)
  19. The Robert Cray BandStrong Persuader (‘86; Mercury)
  20. Duke EllingtonThe Blanton-Webster Band (’86; RCA/Bluebird)
  21. John ZornThe Big Gundown (‘86; Nonesuch)
  22. Pat Metheny, Ornette ColemanSong X (‘86; Geffen)
  23. Astor PiazzollaTango: Zero Hour (’86; American Clavé)
  24. Africa Bombaataa & Soulsonic ForcePlant Rock (’86; Tommy Boy)
  25. TitãsCabeça Dinossauro (‘86; WEA)

 1985

1985

  1. Kate BushHounds of Love (‘85; EMI)
  2. Tom WaitsRain Dogs (‘85; Island)
  3. The Jesus and Mary ChainPsychocandy (‘85; Blanco y Negro)
  4. The FallThis Nation’s Saving Grace (‘85; Beggars Banquet)
  5. Hüsker DüNew Day Rising (‘85; SST)
  6. The ReplacementsTim (‘85; Sire)
  7. Talking HeadsLittle Creatures (‘85; Sire)
  8. MekonsFear and Whiskey (‘85; Sin Record Company)
  9. The PoguesRum, Sodomy & the Lash (‘85; Stiff)
  10. New OrderLow-Life (‘85; Factory)
  11. Prefab SproutSteve McQueen (‘85; Kitchenware)
  12. Scritti PolittiCupid & Psyche 85 (‘85; Virgin)
  13. Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms (‘85; Vertigo)
  14. The Velvet UndergroundVU (‘85; Verve)
  15. LL Cool JRadio (‘85; Def Jam)
  16. Aretha FranklinWho’s Zoomin’ Who? (‘85; Arista)
  17. Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston (‘85; Arista)
  18. Sam CookeLive at the Harlem Square Club 1963 (‘85; RCA)
  19. Wynton MarsalisBlack Codes (from the Underground) (‘85; Columbia)
  20. James NewtonThe African Flower — The Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn (Blue Note)
  21. Joe HendersonThe State of the Tenor — Live at the Village Vanguard Vol. 1 (‘85; Blue Note)
  22. Abdullah IbrahimWater from an Ancient Well (‘85; Enja)
  23. Various ArtistsThe Indestructible Beat of Soweto (‘85; Shanachie)
  24. Youssou N’Dour & le Super Etoile de DakarImmigrés (‘85; Virgin)
  25. Bola SeteJungle Suite (‘85; Dancing Cat)

 1984

1984

  1. Prince and the RevolutionPurple Rain (‘84; Warner Bros.)
  2. Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. (‘84; Columbia)
  3. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Legend (The Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers) (‘84; Island)
  4. The ReplacementsLet It Be (‘84; Twin/Tone)
  5. Hüsker DüZen Arcade (‘84; SST)
  6. MinutemenDouble Nickels on the Dime (‘84; SST)
  7. MetallicaRide the Lightning (‘84; Megaforce)
  8. U2The Unforgettable Fire (‘84; Island)
  9. Run-D.M.C.Run-D.M.C. (‘84; Profile)
  10. Echo and the BunnymenOcean Rain (‘84; Korova/WEA)
  11. R.E.M.Reckoning (‘84; I.R.S.)
  12. The BanglesAll Over the Place (‘84; Columbia)
  13. Cocteau TwinsTreasure (‘84; 4AD)
  14. MadonnaLike a Virgin (‘84; Sire)
  15. Tina TurnerPrivate Dancer (‘84; Capitol)
  16. SadeDiamond Life (‘84; Epic)
  17. George StraitDoes Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (‘84; MCA)
  18. The JuddsWhy Not Me (‘84; RCA/Curb)
  19. Los LobosHow Will the Wolf Survive? (‘84; Slash)
  20. Arvo PärtTabula Rasa (‘84; ECM New Series)
  21. Franco & RochereauOmona Wapi (‘84; Shanachie)
  22. Rubén Blades, Seis Del SolarBuscando América (‘84; Elektra)
  23. Los Prisioneros: La Voz de Los ‘80 (‘84; EMI-Odeon S.A.I.C.)
  24. Fabrizio de AndréCreuza de mä (‘84; Elektra)
  25. Ofsa HazaYemenite Songs (‘84; Hed-Arzi)

 1983

1983

  1. Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual (‘83; Portrait)
  2. Tom WaitsSwordfishtrombones (‘83; Island)
  3. R.E.M.Murmur (‘83; I.R.S.)
  4. The PoliceSynchronicity (‘83; A&M)
  5. Lou ReedLegendary Hearts (‘83; RCA Victor)
  6. U2War (‘83; Island)
  7. Violent FemmesViolent Femmes (‘83; Slash)
  8. New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies (‘83; Factory)
  9. EurythmicsTouch (‘83; RCA)
  10. MadonnaMadonna (‘83; Sire)
  11. Aztec CameraHigh Land, Hard Rain (‘83; Sire)
  12. Talking HeadsSpeaking in Tongues (‘83; Sire)
  13. The FallPerverted by Language (‘83; Ikon)
  14. MetallicaKill ‘Em All (‘83; Megaforce)
  15. Womack & WomackLove Wars (‘83; Elektra)
  16. The PretendersLearning to Crawl (‘83; Sire)
  17. DeBargeIn a Special Way (‘83; Gordy)
  18. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleTexas Flood (‘83; Epic)
  19. The Robert Cray BandBad Influence (‘83; Hightone)
  20. James Blood UlmerOdyssey (‘83; CBS)
  21. Henry Threadgill SextetJust the Facts and Pass the Bucket (‘83; About Time)
  22. Abdullah IbrahimEkaya (‘83; Ekapa)
  23. UB40Labour of Love (‘83; DEP International)
  24. Chief Ebenezer ObeyJe ka jo (‘83; Virgin)
  25. Charly GarcíaClics modernos (‘83; Interdisc)

 1982

1982

  1. Michael JacksonThriller (‘82; Epic)
  2. Bruce SpringsteenNebraska (‘82; Columbia)
  3. Prince: 1999 (‘82; Warner Bros.)
  4. Richard & Linda ThompsonShoot Out the Lights (‘82; Hannibal)
  5. Lou ReedThe Blue Mask (‘82; RCA)
  6. Laurie AndersonBig Science (‘82; Warner Bros.)
  7. Elvis Costello & the AttractionsImperial Bedroom (‘82; F-Beat)
  8. Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight (‘82; Chess)
  9. Roxy MusicAvalon (‘82; EG)
  10. Marshall CrenshawMarshall Crenshaw (‘82; Warner Bros.)
  11. ABCThe Lexicon of Love (‘82; Neutron)
  12. FlipperGeneric Flipper (‘82; Subterranean)
  13. Mission of BurmaVs. (‘82; Ace of Hearts)
  14. The FallHex Enduction Hour (‘82; Kamera)
  15. Donald FagenThe Nightfly (‘82; Warner Bros.)
  16. George ClintonComputer Games (‘82; Capitol)
  17. Grand Master Flash and the Furious FiveThe Message (‘82; Sugar Hill)
  18. Iron MaidenThe Number of the Beast (‘82; EMI)
  19. George StraitStrait from the Heart (‘82; MCA)
  20. Philip GlassGlassworks (‘82; CBS)
  21. Ornette ColemanOf Human Feelings (‘82; Antilles)
  22. Henry Threadgill SextetWhen Was That? (‘82; About Time)
  23. World Saxophone QuartetRevue (‘82Black Saint)
  24. King Sunny Adé & His African BeatsJuju Music (‘82; Mango)
  25. Sister NancyOne, Two (‘82; Technique)

 1981

1981

  1. Grace JonesNightclubbing (‘81; Island)
  2. Brian Eno, David ByrneMy Life in the Bush of Ghosts (‘81; Sire)
  3. The Human LeagueDare! (‘81; Virgin)
  4. KraftwerkComputerwelt (‘81; Kling Klang/EMI Electrola)
  5. Black FlagDamaged (‘81; Unicorn/SST)
  6. XWild Gift (‘81; Slash)
  7. The Gun ClubFire of Love (‘81; Ruby)
  8. Elvis Costello & the AttractionsTrust (‘81; F-Beat)
  9. PrinceControversy (‘81; Warner Bros.)
  10. The Go-GosBeauty and the Beat (‘81; I.R.S.)
  11. RushMoving Pictures (‘81; Mercury)
  12. Rickie Lee JonesPirates (’81; Warner Bros.)
  13. Rick JamesStreet Songs (‘81; Gordy)
  14. SqueezeEast Side Story (‘81; A&M)
  15. The BlastersThe Blasters (‘81; Slash)
  16. Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club (‘81; Sire)
  17. Go-Go’sBeauty and the Beat (‘81; I.R.S.)
  18. MotörheadNo Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (‘81; Bronze)
  19. Merle HaggardBig City (‘81; Epic)
  20. Chick CoreaThree Quartets (‘81; Warner Bros.)
  21. Billy BangRainbow Gladiator (‘81; Soul Note)
  22. Dick GaughanHandful of Earth (‘81; Topic)
  23. Einstürzende NeubautenKollaps (‘81; Zickzack)
  24. Black UhuruRed (‘81; Mango)
  25. DjavanSeduzir (‘81; EMI)

 1980

1980

  1. Talking HeadsRemain in Light (‘80; Sire)
  2. Joy DivisionCloser (‘80; Factory)
  3. The PretendersPretenders (‘80; Real)
  4. PrinceDirty Mind (‘80; Warner Bros.)
  5. Bruce SpringsteenThe River (‘80; Columbia)
  6. Elvis Costello and the AttractionsGet Happy!! (‘80; Columbia)
  7. Dead KennedysFresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (‘80; Cherry Red)
  8. The ClashSandinista! (‘80; CBS)
  9. John Lennon, Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy (‘80; Geffen)
  10. David BowieScary Monsters (‘80; RCA)
  11. Stevie WonderHotter Than July (‘80; Tamla)
  12. Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel [Melt] (‘80; Charisma)
  13. XLos Angeles (‘80; Slash)
  14. AC/DCBack in Black (‘80; Atlantic)
  15. The FeeliesCrazy Rhythms (‘80; Stiff)
  16. Dexys Midnight RunnersSearching for the Young Soul Rebels (‘80; EMI)
  17. Young Marble GiantsColossal Youth (‘80; Rough Trade)
  18. MotörheadAce of Spades (‘80; Bronze)
  19. Alberta HunterAmtrak Blues (‘80; Columbia)
  20. Professor LonghairCrawfish Fiesta (‘80; Alligator)
  21. George JonesI Am What I Am (‘80; Epic)
  22. Emmylou HarrisRoses in the Snow (‘80; Warner Bros.)
  23. David MurrayMing (‘80; Black Saint)
  24. Ganelion TrioAncora Da Capo (‘80; Leo)
  25. FehlfarbenMonarchie und Alltag (‘80; Welt-Rekord/EMI Electrola)

 1979

1979

  1. The ClashLondon Calling (‘79; Epic)
  2. Fleetwood MacTusk (‘79; Warner Bros.)
  3. Joy DivisionUnknown Pleasures (‘79; Factory)
  4. Michael JacksonOff the Wall (‘79; Epic)
  5. Neil Young & Crazy HorseRust Never Sleeps (‘79; Reprise)
  6. Pink FloydThe Wall (‘79; Columbia)
  7. Public Image, Ltd.Second Edition (‘79; Virgin)
  8. Gang of FourEntertainment! (‘79; EMI)
  9. BuzzcocksSingles Going Steady (‘79; I.R.S.)
  10. Marianne FaithfullBroken English (‘79; Island)
  11. The SpecialsThe Specials (‘79; Two-Tone)
  12. Donna SummerBad Girls (’79; Casablanca)
  13. Talking HeadsFear of Music (‘79; Sire)
  14. Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersDamn the Torpedoes (‘79; MCA)
  15. Graham Parker & the RumourSqueezing Out Sparks (’79; Vertigo)
  16. Elvis Costello and the AttractionsArmed Forces (‘79; Radar)
  17. The B-52’sThe B-52’s (‘79; Warner Bros.)
  18. The Pop Group(‘79; Radar)
  19. Throbbing Gristle: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (‘79; Fetish)
  20. Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue Breakdown (‘79; Columbia)
  21. George LewisHomage to Charles Parker (‘79; Black Saint)
  22. Johnny OsbourneTruths and Rights (‘79; Studio One)
  23. Yellow Magic OrchestraSolid State Survivor (‘79; Alfa)
  24. El Camarón de la IslaLa leyenda del tiempo (‘79; Philips)
  25. François HardyTous Les Garçons Et Les Filles (’79; Mode)

 1978

1978

  1. FunkadelicOne Nation Under a Groove (‘78; Warner Bros.)
  2. BlondieParallel Lines (‘78; Chrysalis)
  3. Elvis CostelloThis Year’s Model (‘78; Radar)
  4. Bruce SpringsteenDarkness on the Edge of Town (‘78; Columbia)
  5. The Rolling StonesSome Girls (‘78; Rolling Stones)
  6. Talking HeadsMore Songs About Buildings and Food (‘78; Sire)
  7. Pere UbuDub Housing (‘78; Chrysalis)
  8. The JamAll Mod Cons (‘78; Polydor)
  9. Van HalenVan Halen (‘78; Warner Bros.)
  10. Big Star: 3rd (‘78; PVC)
  11. WireChairs Missing (‘78; Harvest)
  12. The CarsThe Cars (‘78; Elektra)
  13. DevoQ: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (‘78; Warner Bros.)
  14. ChicC’est Chic (‘78; Atlantic)
  15. Albert CollinsIce Pickin’ (‘78; Alligator)
  16. Hank WilliamsHank Williams — 40 Greatest Hits (’78; Polydor)
  17. Willie NelsonStardust (‘78; Columbia)
  18. Joe ElyHonky Tonk Masquerade (‘78; MCA)
  19. EnoAmbient 1: Music for Airports (‘78; EG/Polydor)
  20. KraftwerkThe Man Machine (‘78; Capitol)
  21. Cecil TaylorCecil Taylor Unit (‘78; New World)
  22. Steve ReichMusic for 18 Musicians (‘78; ECM)
  23. Lee PerryRoast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread (‘78; Upsetter)
  24. Poet and the RootsDread, Beat an’ Blood (‘78; Front Line)
  25. Rubén Blades, Willie ColónSiembra (‘78; Fania)

 1977

1977

  1. Fleetwood MacRumours (‘77; Warner Bros.)
  2. TelevisionMarquee Moon (‘77; Elektra)
  3. The ClashThe Clash (‘77; CBS)
  4. The Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (‘77; Virgin)
  5. RamonesRocket to Russia (‘77; Sire)
  6. Richard Hell & the VoidoidsBlank Generation (‘77; Sire)
  7. David BowieLow (‘77; RCA Victor)
  8. Elvis CostelloMy Aim Is True (‘77; Stiff)
  9. Iggy PopLust for Life (‘77; RCA Victor)
  10. WirePink Flag (‘77; Harvest)
  11. Talking HeadsTalking Heads: 77 (‘77; Sire)
  12. SuicideSuicide (‘77; Red Star)
  13. Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack) (‘77; RSO)
  14. Kate & Anna McGarrigleDancer With Bruised Knees (’77; Warner Bros.)
  15. Steely DanAja (‘77; ABC)
  16. Al GreenThe Bell Album (‘77; Hi)
  17. The DamnedDamned Damned Damned (‘77; Stiff)
  18. Muddy WatersHard Again (‘77; Blue Sky)
  19. KraftwerkTrans-Europe Express (‘77; Capitol)
  20. Popol VuhCoeur de Verre (‘77; Brain)
  21. Weather ReportHeavy Weather (‘77; Columbia)
  22. Ornette ColemanDancing in Your Head (‘77; Horizon)
  23. Bob Marley & the WailersExodus (‘77; Island)
  24. The CongosHeart of the Congos (‘77; Black Art)
  25. João GilbertoAmoroso (‘77; Warner Bros.)

 1976

1976

  1. Elvis PresleyThe Sun Sessions (‘76; RCA)
  2. Stevie WonderSongs in the Key of Life (‘76; Motown)
  3. David BowieStation to Station (‘76; RCA)
  4. The Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers (‘76; Beserkley)
  5. RamonesRamones (‘76; Sire)
  6. Joni MitchellHejira (‘76; Asylum)
  7. EaglesHotel California (‘76; Asylum)
  8. AerosmithRocks (‘76; Columbia)
  9. ABBAArrival (‘76; Polar)
  10. BostonBoston (‘76; Epic)
  11. The Unholy Modal RoundersHave Moicy (‘76; Rounder)
  12. The Wild TchoupitoulasThe Wild Tchoupitoulas (‘76; Island)
  13. Creedence Clearwater RevivalChronicle — The 20 Greatest Hits (‘76; Fantasy)
  14. Jean-Michel JarreOxygène (‘76; Polydor)
  15. Cecil TaylorNefertiti, the Beautiful One (‘76; Arista-Freedom)
  16. George Benson: Breezin’ (‘76; Warner Bros.)
  17. Return to Forever: Romantic Warrior (‘76; Columbia)
  18. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & the Africa ‘70Zombie (‘76; Polydor)
  19. Augustus PabloKing Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (‘76; Yard Music)
  20. Mighty DiamondsRight Time (‘76; Virgin)
  21. Bunny WailerBlackheart Man (‘76; Island)
  22. Peter ToshLegalize It (‘76; Columbia)
  23. The UpsettersSuper Ape (‘76; Island)
  24. Tom ZéEstudando o Samba (‘76; Continental)
  25. Jorge BenÁfrica Brazil (‘76; Philips)

 1975

1975

  1. Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti (‘75; Swan Song)
  2. Bob DylanBlood on the Tracks (‘75; Columbia)
  3. Bob Dylan & the BandThe Basement Tapes (‘75; Columbia)
  4. Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run (‘75; Columbia)
  5. Neil Young & Crazy HorseTonight’s the Night (‘75; Reprise)
  6. Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac (‘75; Reprise)
  7. Patti SmithHorses (‘75; Arista)
  8. Pink FloydWish You Were Here (‘75; Harvest)
  9. QueenA Night at the Opera (‘75; Elektra)
  10. ParliamentMothership Connection (‘75; Casablanca)
  11. Earth, Wind & FireThat’s the Way of the World (‘75; Columbia)
  12. AerosmithToys in the Attic (‘75; Columbia)
  13. Kate & Anna McGarrigleKate & Anna McGarrigle (‘75; Warner Bros.)
  14. Willie NelsonRed Headed Stranger (‘75; Columbia)
  15. James TalleyGot No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love (‘75; Columbia)
  16. EnoAnother Green World (‘75; Island)
  17. Keith JarrettThe Köln Concert (‘75; ECM)
  18. Miles DavisAgharta (‘75; CBS)
  19. Wayne Shorter, Milton NascimentoNative Dancer (‘75; Columbia)
  20. Cecil TaylorSilent Tongues: Live at Montreux ‘74 (‘75; Arista/Freedom)
  21. Gilberto Gil, Jorge BenGil e Jorge (‘75; Philips)
  22. Francesco de GregoriRimmel (‘75; RCA)
  23. Toots and the MaytalsFunky Kingston (‘75; Island)
  24. Burning SpearMarcus Garvey (‘75; Island)
  25. Le Mystère des Voix BulgaresLe Mystère des Voix Bulgares (‘75; Disques Cellier)

 1974

1974

  1. Joni MitchellCourt and Spark (‘74; Asylum)
  2. Gram ParsonsGrievous Angel (‘74; Reprise)
  3. Steely DanPretzel Logic (‘74; ABC)
  4. New York DollsToo Much Too Soon (‘74; Mercury)
  5. Richard & Linda ThompsonI Want to See the Bright Lights (‘74; Island)
  6. Randy NewmanGood Old Boys (‘74; Reprise)
  7. Big StarRadio City (‘74; Ardent)
  8. Bob Marley & the WailersNatty Dread (‘74; Island)
  9. Robert WyattRock Bottom (‘74; Virgin)
  10. Jackson BrownLate for the Sky (‘74; Asylum)
  11. Linda RonstadtHeart Like a Wheel (‘74; Capitol)
  12. GenesisThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (‘74; Charisma)
  13. Roxy MusicCountry Life (‘74; Island)
  14. Millie JacksonCaught Up (‘74; Spring)
  15. Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel (‘74; Epic)
  16. Barry WhiteCan’t Get Enough (’74; 20th Century)
  17. Fenton RobinsonSomebody Loan Me a Dime (‘74; Alligator)
  18. George JonesThe Grand Tour (‘74; Epic)
  19. EnoTaking Tiger Mountain by Strategy (‘74; Island)
  20. Tangerine DreamPhaedra (‘74; Virgin)
  21. KraftwerkAutobahn (‘74; EMI)
  22. Miles DavisGet Up With It (‘74; Columbia)
  23. Steve ReichDrumming / Music for 18 Musicians (‘74; Deutsche Grammophon)
  24. Keith HudsonPick a Dub (‘74; Mamba)
  25. Elis & TomElis & Tom (‘74; Philips)

 1973

1973

  1. The WailersCatch a Fire (‘73; Island)
  2. Marvin GayeLet’s Get It On (‘73; Tamla)
  3. Stevie WonderInnervisions (‘73; Tamla)
  4. Al GreenCall Me (‘73; Hi)
  5. New York DollsNew York Dolls (‘73; Mercury)
  6. Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon (‘73; Harvest)
  7. Lou ReedBerlin (‘73; RCA Victor)
  8. John CaleParis 1919 (‘73; Reprise)
  9. Iggy and the StoogesRaw Power (‘73; Columbia)
  10. The WhoQuadrophenia (‘73; MCA)
  11. The Isley Brothers: 3+3 (‘73; T-Neck)
  12. Roxy MusicFor Your Pleasure (‘73; Warner Bros.)
  13. Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (‘73; MCA)
  14. Tanya TuckerWhat’s Your Mama’s Name (‘73; Columbia)
  15. Waylon JenningsHonky Tonk Heroes (‘73; RCA)
  16. CarpentersThe Singles 1969 — 1973 (‘73; A&M)
  17. EnoHere Come the Warm Jets (‘73; Island)
  18. Mike OldfieldTubular Bells (‘73; Virgin)
  19. CanFuture Days (‘73; United Artists)
  20. Dave Holland QuartetConference of the Birds (‘73; ECM/Polydor)
  21. Herbie HancockHead Hunters (‘73; Columbia)
  22. McCoy TynerEnlightenment (‘73; Milestone)
  23. Donald Byrd: Black Byrd (’73; Blue Note)
  24. Secos & MolhadosSecos & Molhados (‘73; Continental)
  25. MagmaMekanik Destruktiw Kommandöh (‘73; A&M)

 1972

1972

  1. The Rolling StonesExile on Main St. (‘72; Rolling Stones)
  2. David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (‘72; RCA Victor)
  3. Roxy MusicRoxy Music (‘72; Reprise)
  4. Todd RundgrenSomething/Anything? (‘72; Bearsville)
  5. Nick DrakePink Moon (‘72; Island)
  6. Lou ReedTransformer (‘72; RCA Victor)
  7. Neil YoungHarvest (‘72; Reprise)
  8. Randy NewmanSail Away (‘72; Reprise)
  9. Paul SimonPaul Simon (‘72; Columbia)
  10. Bonnie RaittGive It Up (‘72; Warner Bros.)
  11. Stevie WonderTalking Book (‘72; Tamla)
  12. Curtis MayfteldSuper Fly (‘72; Curtom)
  13. Various ArtistsJimmy Cliff in ‘The Harder They Come’ (‘72; Mango)
  14. Al GreenI’m Still in Love With You (‘72; Hi)
  15. Big Star#1 Record (’72; Ardent)
  16. Nitty Gritty Dirt BandWill the Circle Be Unbroken (‘72; United Artists)
  17. Otis SpannWalking the Blues (‘72; Barnaby)
  18. Deep PurpleMachine Head (‘72; Warner Bros.)
  19. Neu!Neu! (‘72; Brain)
  20. Miles DavisOn the Corner (‘72; Columbia)
  21. Charles MingusLet My Children Hear Music (‘72; Columbia)
  22. Julius HemphillDogon A.D. (‘72; Mbari)
  23. Milton Nascimento, Lô BorgesClube da Esquina (‘72; Odeon)
  24. Os Novos BaianosAcabou Chorare (‘72; Som Livre)
  25. Cheo FelicianoCheo (‘72; Vaya)

 1971

1971

  1. Sly & the Family StoneThere’s a Riot Goin’ On (‘71; Epic)
  2. Marvin GayeWhat’s Going On (‘71; Tamla)
  3. Carole KingTapestry (‘71; Ode)
  4. Joni MitchellBlue (‘71; Reprise)
  5. Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells a Story (‘71; Mercury)
  6. Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV (‘71; Atlantic)
  7. The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers (‘71; Rolling Stones)
  8. The WhoWho’s Next (‘71; Decca)
  9. John LennonImagine (‘71; Apple)
  10. David BowieHunky Dory (‘71; RCA Victor)
  11. Harry NilssonNilsson Schmilsson (‘71; RCA Victor)
  12. The Allman Brothers BandAt the Fillmore East (‘71; Capricorn)
  13. FunkadelicMaggot Brain (‘71; Westbound)
  14. T. RexElectric Warrior (‘71; Reprise)
  15. Janis JoplinPearl (‘71; Columbia)
  16. Dolly PartonCoat of Many Colors (‘71; RCA Victor)
  17. Tom T. HallIn Search of a Song (‘71; Mercury)
  18. FaustFaust (‘71; Polydor)
  19. CanTago Mago (‘71; United Artists)
  20. Miles DavisA Tribute to Jack Johnson (‘71; Columbia)
  21. Mahavishnu OrchestraThe Inner Mounting Flame (‘71; Columbia)
  22. John Surman / John WarrenTales of the Algonquin (‘71; Deram)
  23. Carla Bley, Paul HainesEscalator Over the Hill (‘71; JCOA)
  24. Serge GainsbourgHistoire de Melody Nelson (‘71; Philips)
  25. Chico BuraqueConstrução (‘71; Philips)

 1970

1970

  1. The StoogesFun House (‘70; Elektra)
  2. Derek & the DominosLayla and Other Assorted Love Songs (‘70; ATCO)
  3. Neil YoungAfter the Gold Rush (‘70; Reprise)
  4. Randy Newman: 12 Songs (‘70; Reprise)
  5. Van MorrisonMoondance (‘70; Warner Bros.)
  6. John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (‘70; Apple)
  7. George HarrisonAll Things Must Pass (‘70; Apple)
  8. Sly & the Family StoneGreatest Hits (‘70; Epic)
  9. James BrownSex Machine (‘70; King)
  10. Aretha FranklinSpirit in the Dark (‘70; Atlantic)
  11. Donny HathawayEverything Is Everything (‘70; ATCO)
  12. Curtis MayfieldCurtis (‘70; Curtom)
  13. SantanaAbraxas (‘70; Columbia)
  14. The Grateful DeadAmerican Beauty (‘70; Warner Bros.)
  15. The Velvet UndergroundLoaded (‘70; Cotillion)
  16. Soft MachineThird (‘70; Columbia)
  17. Black SabbathParanoid (‘70; Vertigo)
  18. Simon and GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water (‘70; Columbia)
  19. Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungDéjà Vu (‘70; Atlantic)
  20. Nick DrakeBryter Layter (‘70; Island)
  21. Tim BuckleyStarsailor (‘70; Straight)
  22. Miles DavisBitches Brew (‘70; Columbia)
  23. Freddie HubbardRed Clay (‘70; CTI)
  24. Charlie HadenLiberation Music Orchestra (’70; Impulse!)
  25. Amália RodriguezCom Que Voz (‘70; EMI/Odeon)

 1969

1969

  1. Dusty SpringfieldDusty in Memphis (‘69; Atlantic)
  2. The BeatlesAbbey Road (‘69; Apple)
  3. The BandThe Band (‘69; Capitol)
  4. The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed (‘69; Decca)
  5. Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II (‘69; Atlantic)
  6. Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandTrout Mask Replica (‘69; Straight)
  7. King CrimsonIn the Court of the Crimson King (‘69; Atlantic)
  8. The Flying Burrito BrosThe Gilded Palace of Sin (‘69; A&M)
  9. Nick DrakeFive Leaves Left (‘69; Island)
  10. The WhoTommy (‘69; Track Record)
  11. The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground (‘69; MGM)
  12. The StoogesThe Stooges (‘69; Elektra)
  13. Neil Young With Crazy HorseEverybody Knows This Is Nowhere (‘69; Reprise)
  14. Crosby, Stills & NashCrosby, Stills & Nash (‘69; Atlantic)
  15. The KinksArthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (‘69; Pye)
  16. Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul (‘69; Enterprise)
  17. Frank ZappaHot Rats (‘69; Bizarre/Reprise)
  18. Elvis PresleyFrom Elvis in Memphis (‘69; RCA Victor)
  19. Miles DavisIn a Silent Way (‘69; Columbia)
  20. Anthony BraxtonFor Alto (‘69; Delmark)
  21. John McLaughlinExtrapolation (‘69; Polydor)
  22. Pharoah SandersKarma (‘69; Impulse!/ABC)
  23. Gal CostaGal Costa (‘69; Philips)
  24. Caetano VelosoCaetano Veloso [Álbum Blanco] (‘69; Philips)
  25. Victor JaraPongo en tus manos abiertas… (‘69; Jota Jota)

 1968

1968

  1. Van MorrisonAstral Weeks (‘68; Warner Bros./Seven Arts)
  2. The BeatlesThe Beatles [The White Album] (‘68; Apple)
  3. The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceElectric Ladyland (‘68; Track Record)
  4. The ZombiesOdessey and Oracle (‘68; CBS)
  5. The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet (‘68; Decca)
  6. The BandMusic from Big Pink (‘68; Capitol)
  7. The KinksThe Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (‘68; Pye)
  8. The ByrdsSweetheart of the Rodeo (‘68; Columbia)
  9. Johnny CashAt Folsom Prison (‘68; Columbia)
  10. Bob DylanJohn Wesley Harding (‘68; Columbia)
  11. The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (‘68; Verve)
  12. The Mothers of Invention: We’re Only in It for the Money (‘68; Verve)
  13. Aretha FranklinLady Soul (‘68; Atlantic)
  14. Otis Redding: The Immortal Otis Redding (‘68; ATCO)
  15. Etta JamesTell Mama (‘68; Cadet)
  16. The Staple SingersSoul Folk in Action (‘68; Stax)
  17. Simon & GarfunkelBookends (‘68; Columbia)
  18. The Incredible String Band: The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (‘68; Elektra)
  19. Laura Nyro: Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (‘68; Columbia)
  20. Peter Brötzmann: Machine Gun (‘68; BRÖ)
  21. Walter Carlos: Switched-On Bach (‘68; Columbia)
  22. Dr. John, the Night TripperGris-Gris (‘68; ATCO)
  23. Various ArtistsTropicália ou Panis et Circencis (‘68; Philips)
  24. Os MutantesOs Mutantes (‘68; Polydor)
  25. Various ArtistsCall of the Valley (‘68; His Master’s Voice)

 1967

1967

  1. The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & Nico (‘67; Verve)
  2. The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (‘67; Parlophone)
  3. The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAre You Experienced? (‘67; Reprise)
  4. LoveForever Changes (‘67; Elektra)
  5. Aretha FranklinI Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (‘67; Atlantic)
  6. Leonard CohenSongs of Leonard Cohen (‘67; Columbia)
  7. The DoorsThe Doors (‘67; Elektra)
  8. Pink FloydThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn (‘67; Columbia)
  9. Jefferson AirplaneSurrealistic Pillow (‘67; RCA Victor)
  10. CreamDisraeli Gears (‘67; Reaction)
  11. Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (‘67; CBS)
  12. The WhoThe Who Sell Out (‘67; Track Record)
  13. The ByrdsGreatest Hits (‘67; Columbia)
  14. Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield Again (‘67; ATCO)
  15. Moby GrapeMoby Grape (‘67; Columbia)
  16. Captain Beefheart and His Magic BandSafe as Milk (‘67; Buddah)
  17. Albert KingBorn Under a Bad Sign (‘67; Stax)
  18. Magic SamWest Side Soul (‘67; Delmark)
  19. McCoy TynerThe Real McCoy (‘67; Blue Note)
  20. Albert AylerIn Greenwich Village (‘67; Impulse!)
  21. Loretta LynnDon’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind) (‘67; Decca)
  22. Merle Haggard and the StrangersI’m a Lonesome Fugitive (‘67; Capitol)
  23. Ennio MoriconeThe Good, the Bad & the Ugly (‘67; United Artists)
  24. Antônio Carlos JobimWave (‘67; A&M/CTI)
  25. Astrud GilbertoBeach Samba (‘67; Verve)

 1966

1966

  1. The Beach BoysPet Sounds (‘66; Capitol)
  2. Bob DylanBlonde on Blonde (‘66; Columbia)
  3. The BeatlesRevolver (‘66; Parlophone)
  4. The Rolling StonesAftermath (‘66; Decca)
  5. The KinksFace to Face (‘66; Pye)
  6. The Mothers of InventionFreak Out! (‘66; Verve)
  7. Ike & Tina TurnerRiver Deep–Mountain High(‘66; London)
  8. Wilson PickettThe Exciting Wilson Pickett (‘66; Atlantic)
  9. Nina SimoneWild Is the Wind (‘66; Philips)
  10. John Mayall With Eric ClaptonBlues Breakers (‘66; Decca)
  11. The Mamas and the PapasIf You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (‘66; Dunhill)
  12. 13th Floor ElevatorsThe Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (‘66; Int. Artists)
  13. YardbirdsThe Yardbirds (‘66; Columbia)
  14. Paul Revere & the RaidersMidnight Ride (‘66; Columbia)
  15. DonovanSunshine Superman (‘66; Epic)
  16. MonksBlack Monk Time (‘66; International Polydor)
  17. Miles DavisMiles Smiles (‘66; Columbia)
  18. Cecil TaylorUnit Structures (‘66; Blue Note)
  19. Wayne ShorterSpeak No Evil (‘66; Blue Note)
  20. Duke EllingtonThe Far East Suite (‘66; RCA Victor)
  21. Cannonball Adderley Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! – Live at “The Club” (‘66; Columbia)
  22. Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound (‘66; Delmark)
  23. Skip JamesSkip James Today! (‘66; Vanguard)
  24. Krzysztof KomedaAstigmatic (‘66; Polskie Nagrania Muza)
  25. Violeta ParraLas Ultimas Composiciones de Violeta Parra (‘66; RCA Victor)

 1965

1965

  1. John ColtraneA Love Supreme (’65; Impulse!)
  2. Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited (‘65; Columbia)
  3. The BeatlesRubber Soul (‘65; Parlophone)
  4. Otis ReddingOtis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (‘65; ATCO)
  5. The WhoMy Generation (‘65; Brunswick)
  6. Albert AylerSpiritual Unity (‘65; ESP Disk)
  7. Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage (‘65; Blue Note)
  8. Frank SinatraSeptember of My Years (‘65; Reprise)
  9. The Beach BoysThe Beach Boys Today! (‘65; Capitol)
  10. The Rolling StonesOut of Our Heads (‘65; Decca)
  11. Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence (‘65; Columbia)
  12. Phil OchsI Ain’t Marching Anymore (‘65; Elektra)
  13. The SonicsHere Are the Sonics!!! (‘65; Etiquette)
  14. The Roland Kirk QuartetRip, Rig & Panic (’65; Limelight)
  15. Sun RaThe Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra (’65; ESP-Disk)
  16. Larry YoungUnity (‘65; Blue Note)
  17. Buddy HutchersonDialogue (‘65; Blue Note)
  18. Herb Alpert’s Tijuana BrassWhipped Cream & Other Delights (‘65; A&M)
  19. The Paul Butterfield Blues BandThe Paul Butterfield Blues Band (‘65; Elektra)
  20. Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues BandHoodoo Man Blues (‘65; Delmark)
  21. B.B. KingLive at the Regal (‘65; ABC-Paramount)
  22. Buck OwensI’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (‘65; Capitol)
  23. Vince Guaraldi TrioA Charlie Brown Christmas (‘65; Fantasy)
  24. Cornelis VreeswijkBallader Och Grimascher (‘65; Metronome)
  25. Eddie PalmieriAzucar Pa’ Ti (‘65; Tico)

 1964

1964

  1. The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night (‘64; Parlophone)
  2. Bob DylanThe Times They Are a-Changin’ (‘64; Columbia)
  3. Stan Getz/João GilbertoGetz / Gilberto (‘64; Verve)
  4. Eric DolphyOut to Lunch (‘64; Blue Note)
  5. The Ronettes: Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (‘64; Philles)
  6. The SupremesWhere Did Our Love Go (‘64; Motown)
  7. The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones (‘64; Decca)
  8. The Beach BoysAll Summer Long (‘64; Capitol)
  9. Jerry Lee Lewis“Live” at the Star-Club, Hamburg (‘64; Philips)
  10. Chuck BerrySt. Louis to Liverpool (‘64; Chess)
  11. Muddy WatersFolk Singer (‘64; Chess)
  12. Otis ReddingPain in My Heart (‘64; ATCO)
  13. Andrew HillPoint of Departure (‘64; Blue Note)
  14. The Horace Silver QuintetSong for My Father (‘64; Blue Note)
  15. Lee MorganSearch for the New Land (‘64; Blue Note)
  16. Archie SheppFour for Trane (‘64; Impulse!)
  17. John Coltrane QuartetCrescent (’64; Impulse!)
  18. Johnny HodgesEverybody Knows (‘64; Impulse!)
  19. Art Blakey & the Jazz MessengersFree for All (‘64; Blue Note)
  20. Buffy Sainte-MarieIt’s My Way! (‘64; Vanguard)
  21. John FaheyBlind Joe Death (‘64; Takoma)
  22. Mississippi Fred McDowellDelta Blues (‘64; Arhoolie)
  23. Bill CosbyI Started Out as a Child (‘64; Warner Bros.)
  24. Jan JohanssonJazz på Svenska (‘64; Megafon)
  25. Jacques BrelJacques Brel (‘64; Barclay)

 1963

1963

  1. Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (‘63; Impulse!)
  2. James Brown: James Brown Live at the Apollo (‘63; King)
  3. Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (‘63; Columbia)
  4. The Beatles: Please Please Me (‘63; Parlophone)
  5. The Incredible Jimmy SmithBack at the Chicken Shack (‘63; Blue Note)
  6. Duke EllingtonMoney Jungle (‘63; United Artists)
  7. Various Artists: A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records (‘63; Philles)
  8. Sam Cooke: Night Beat (‘63; RCA Victor)
  9. The ImpressionsThe Impressions (‘63; ABC-Paramount)
  10. Thelonious Monk QuartetMonk’s Dream (‘63; Columbia)
  11. John ColtraneBallads (‘63; Impulse!)
  12. John Coltrane, Johnny Hartman: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (‘63; Impulse!)
  13. The Oscar Peterson TrioNight Train (‘63; Verve)
  14. Jimmy GiuffreFree Fall (‘63; Columbia)
  15. Dexter Gordon: Our Man in Paris (‘63; Blue Note)
  16. Sheila JordanPortrait of Sheila (‘63; Blue Note)
  17. Joe HendersonPage One (‘63; Blue Note)
  18. Lee MorganThe Sidewinder (‘63; Blue Note)
  19. Grant Green: Idle Moments (‘63; Blue Note)
  20. Kenny BurrellMidnight Blue (‘63; Blue Note)
  21. Pete SeegerWe Shall Overcome (‘63; Columbia)
  22. Ray PriceNight Life (‘63; Columbia)
  23. James Cleveland and the Angelic ChoirPeace Be Still (‘63; Savoy)
  24. Jorge Ben: Samba Esquema Novo (‘63; Philips)
  25. Antônio Carlos Jobim: The Composer of Desafinado, Plays (‘63; Verve)

 1962

1962

  1. Ray CharlesModern Sounds in Country and Western Music (‘62; ABC-Paramount)
  2. Howlin’ WolfHowlin’ Wolf (‘62; Chess)
  3. Bob DylanBob Dylan (‘62; Columbia)
  4. Stan Getz, Charlie ByrdJazz Samba (‘62; Verve)
  5. John Coltrane“Live” at the Village Vanguard (‘62; Impulse!)
  6. Duke Ellington / Coleman HawkinsDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (‘62; Impulse!)
  7. Booker T. & the M.G.’sGreen Onions (‘62; Stax)
  8. Charles MingusTijuana Moods (‘62; RCA Victor)
  9. Sonny RollinsThe Bridge (‘62; RCA)
  10. Dexter GordonGo! (‘62; Blue Note)
  11. Herbie HancockTakin’ Off (‘62; Blue Note)
  12. Jackie McLeanLet Freedom Ring (‘62; Blue Note)
  13. Freddie HubbardHub-Tones (‘62; Blue Note)
  14. Ike QuebecBlue & Sentimental (‘62; Blue Note)
  15. Wes MontgomeryFull House (‘62; Riverside)
  16. Ornette ColemanTown Hall, 1962 (‘62; ESP-Disk)
  17. Benny Carter and His OrchestraFurther Definitions (‘62; Impulse!)
  18. Rahsaan Roland KirkWe Free Kings (‘62; Mercury)
  19. Hank ThompsonHank Thompson at the Golden Nugget (‘62; Capitol)
  20. Dick Dale & His Del-TonesSurfer’s Choice (‘62; Deltone)
  21. Peter, Paul and MaryPeter, Paul and Mary (‘62; Warner Bros.)
  22. Kid Thomas, George LewisRagtime Stompers (‘62; G.H.B.)
  23. Various ArtistsThe First Family (‘62; Cadence)
  24. Monica ZetterlundAhh! Monica! (‘62; Philips)
  25. Luigi TencoLuigi Tenco (‘62; Ricordi)

 1961

1961

  1. Etta JamesAt Last! (‘61; Argo)
  2. Bobby BlandTwo Steps from the Blues (‘61; Duke)
  3. Bill Evans TrioSunday at the Village Vanguard (‘61; Riverside)
  4. John ColtraneMy Favorite Things (‘61; Atlantic)
  5. The Ornette Coleman Double QuartetFree Jazz (‘61; Atlantic)
  6. Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers (‘61; Columbia)
  7. Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane: Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (‘61; Jazzland)
  8. Miles Davis SextetSomeday My Prince Will Come (‘61; Columbia)
  9. Oliver NelsonThe Blues and the Abstract Truth (‘61; Impulse!)
  10. Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings the Blues (‘61; Atlantic)
  11. The Gil Evans OrchestraOut of the Cool (‘61; Impulse!)
  12. Stan Getz / Eddie SauterFocus (‘61; Verve)
  13. Lee KonitzMotion (‘61; Verve)
  14. Jimmy ReedJimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall (‘61; Exodus)
  15. Booker LittleOut Front (‘61; Candid)
  16. Judy GarlandJudy at Carnegie Hall — Judy in Person (‘61; Capitol)
  17. Nancy Wilson / Cannonball AdderleyNancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley (‘61; Capitol)
  18. Patsy ClineShowcase (‘61; Brunswick)
  19. Django Reinhardt / Stephane GrappellyDjangology (‘61; RCA Victor)
  20. Abbey LincolnStraight Ahead (‘61; Candid)
  21. Helen HumesSongs I Like to Sing! (‘61; Contemporary)
  22. Buck OwensBuck Owens Sings Harlan Howard (‘61; Capitol)
  23. Freddy KingLet’s Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddy King (‘61; King)
  24. João GilbertoJoão Gilberto (‘61; Odeon)
  25. Elza SoaresA Bossa Negra (‘61; Odeon)

1960

1960

  1. Ornette ColemanChange of the Century (‘60; Atlantic)
  2. Miles DavisSketches of Spain (‘60; Columbia)
  3. Muddy WatersMuddy Waters at Newport 1960 (‘60; Chess)
  4. Elvis PresleyElvis Is Back! (‘60; RCA Victor)
  5. Wes MontgomeryThe Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (‘60; Riverside)
  6. Bill Evans TrioPortrait in Jazz (‘60; Riverside)
  7. The Everly BrothersA Date With the Everly Brothers (‘60; Warner Bros.)
  8. Joan Baez: Joan Baez (‘60; Vanguard)
  9. Charles MingusPresents Charles Mingus (‘60; Candid)
  10. Ray CharlesRay Charles in Person (‘60; Atlantic)
  11. Frank SinatraNice ’N’ Easy (‘60; Capitol)
  12. Hank MobleySoul Station (‘60; Blue Note)
  13. Freddie HubbardOpen Sesame (‘60; Blue Note)
  14. Ella FitzgeraldMack the Knife — Ella in Berlin (‘60; Verve)
  15. Max RoachWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (‘60; Candid)
  16. Art Pepper QuintetSmack Up (‘60; Contemporary)
  17. Lefty FrizzellSings Songs of Jimmie Rodgers (‘60; Harmony)
  18. Billy FuryThe Sound of Fury (‘60; Decca)
  19. Bob NewhartThe Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (‘60; Warner Bros.)
  20. Otis SpannOtis Spann Is the Blues (‘60; Candid)
  21. John Lee HookerHouse of the Blues (‘60; Chess)
  22. Joseph LambA Study in Classic Ragtime (‘60; Folkways)
  23. Mance LispcombTexas Sharecropper & Songster (‘60; Arhoolie)
  24. Miriam MakebaMiriam Makeba (‘60; RCA Victor)
  25. MinaMina (‘60; Italdisc)

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