Spin's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years (1985-2009)

Spin's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years (1985-2009)

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125. Moby - Play

Moby - Play
June 1, 1999
Electronic
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
81
65 reviews

124. Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves

Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
February 23, 1999
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
NR

123. The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
April 10, 2000
Garage Rock
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

122. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 20, 2007
Dance Punk
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
88
410 reviews

121. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
June 6, 2000
Rock
Critic Score
85
7 reviews
User Score
85
134 reviews

120. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
15 reviews
User Score
74
106 reviews

119. Green Day - American Idiot

Green Day - American Idiot
September 21, 2004
Punk Rock
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
79
180 reviews

118. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
139 reviews

117. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
July 16, 2002
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
86
9 reviews
User Score
85
266 reviews

116. Against Me! - New Wave

Against Me! - New Wave
July 10, 2007
Punk
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
71
17 reviews

115. OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
September 23, 2003
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
84
127 reviews

114. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Experimental
Critic Score
92
28 reviews
User Score
89
599 reviews

Merriweather plays like the summation of a long, strange trip, combining the group’s career touchstones: harmonic Beach Boys pop, African tribal chants, minimalism, minimal techno, psychedelia, and dub.

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113. Danger Mouse - The Grey Album

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
81
12 reviews

112. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
August 22, 2002
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
9 reviews
User Score
89
397 reviews

111. Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
November 4, 1991
Power Pop
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
84
22 reviews

110. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
June 16, 1997
Space Rock
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
88
171 reviews

109. The Chills - Submarine Bells

The Chills - Submarine Bells
January 1, 1990
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
71
4 reviews

108. Fugees - The Score

Fugees - The Score
February 13, 1996
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
85
48 reviews

107. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
August 27, 2002
Rock
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
79
245 reviews

106. Fiona Apple - When the Pawn

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
November 9, 1999
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
8 reviews
User Score
83
76 reviews

105. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

Massive Attack - Mezzanine
April 20, 1998
Trip Hop
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
89
228 reviews

104. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
September 7, 1999
Indie Pop
Critic Score
90
10 reviews
User Score
88
66 reviews

103. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Electropop
Critic Score
88
12 reviews
User Score
83
161 reviews

102. Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen

Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
November 1, 1989
Hip Hop
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
83
2 reviews

101. Blur - Parklife

Blur - Parklife
April 25, 1994
Britpop
Critic Score
90
5 reviews
User Score
86
169 reviews

100. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
15 reviews
User Score
88
479 reviews

99. PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
October 24, 2000
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
8 reviews
User Score
85
115 reviews

98. Johnny Cash - American Recordings

Johnny Cash - American Recordings
April 26, 1994
Country
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
User Score
81
19 reviews

97. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 6, 2007
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
20 reviews
User Score
84
507 reviews

Funeral provided context and impetus for the congregational experience; Neon Bible actually matches the live show's scope and emotion.

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96. The Roots - Things Fall Apart

The Roots - Things Fall Apart
February 23, 1999
Hip Hop
Critic Score
88
6 reviews
User Score
88
73 reviews

95. Soundgarden - Superunknown

Soundgarden - Superunknown
March 8, 1994
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
96
4 reviews
User Score
86
69 reviews

94. Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo habitual

Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo habitual
August 21, 1990
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
88
12 reviews

93. The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole

The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
April 7, 1997
Electronic
Critic Score
85
7 reviews
User Score
85
76 reviews

92. Jay-Z - The Black Album

Jay-Z - The Black Album
November 14, 2003
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
84
102 reviews

91. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
September 28, 1987
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
86
122 reviews

90. Elliott Smith - XO

Elliott Smith - XO
August 25, 1998
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
87
59 reviews

89. Basement Jaxx - Remedy

Basement Jaxx - Remedy
May 10, 1999
House
Critic Score
69
5 reviews
User Score
74
11 reviews

88. Jeff Buckley - Grace

Jeff Buckley - Grace
August 23, 1994
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
7 reviews
User Score
89
204 reviews

87. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
July 3, 2001
Garage Rock
Critic Score
87
6 reviews
User Score
86
233 reviews

86. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
88
17 reviews
User Score
84
155 reviews

85. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly

Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
July 15, 1997
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
81
13 reviews

84. LL Cool J - Radio

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Hip Hop
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
80
4 reviews

83. Steve Earle - Guitar Town

Steve Earle - Guitar Town
March 5, 1986
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
84
2 reviews

82. Dr. Dre - The Chronic

Dr. Dre - The Chronic
December 15, 1992
Hip Hop
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
89
127 reviews

81. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
91
11 reviews
User Score
90
393 reviews

80. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Post-Punk
Critic Score
99
4 reviews
User Score
87
19 reviews

79. The Breeders - Last Splash

The Breeders - Last Splash
August 31, 1993
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
83
45 reviews

78. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
August 25, 1998
R&B
Critic Score
86
8 reviews
User Score
89
106 reviews

77. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
March 3, 1987
Hip Hop
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
User Score
88
13 reviews

76. OutKast - Aquemini

OutKast - Aquemini
September 29, 1998
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
5 reviews
User Score
91
168 reviews
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