SPIN's 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)

SPIN's 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)

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300. Green Day - American Idiot

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

299. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
June 3, 2014
Garage Rock
Critic Score
78
28 reviews
User Score
76
193 reviews

These performances never surrender to the anxiety of influence: All those comparisons are mere reference points for a loose aesthetic that values sustained chordal vamps above all else.

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298. Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
May 16, 1990
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
3 reviews
User Score
84
43 reviews

297. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Gorillaz - Demon Days
May 24, 2005
Trip Hop
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
83
283 reviews

296. Various Artists - Total 4

Various Artists - Total 4
August 12, 2002
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

295. Old 97's - Too Far to Care

Old 97's - Too Far to Care
June 17, 1997
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
90
1 review

294. Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun

Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
June 12, 1999
Post-Rock
Critic Score
85
11 reviews
User Score
91
352 reviews

293. Garbage - Version 2.0

Garbage - Version 2.0
May 11, 1998
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
6 reviews
User Score
79
23 reviews

292. Usher - Looking 4 Myself

Usher - Looking 4 Myself
June 12, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
73
16 reviews
User Score
67
29 reviews

291. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday

The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
May 3, 2005
Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
84
25 reviews

290. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
January 13, 1992
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
86
30 reviews

289. The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

The Unicorns - Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
October 21, 2003
Indie Pop
Critic Score
86
9 reviews
User Score
85
75 reviews

288. Tyler, the Creator - Goblin

Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
May 10, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
25 reviews
User Score
71
146 reviews

287. TV on the Radio - Dear Science

TV on the Radio - Dear Science
September 22, 2008
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
83
178 reviews

286. Sugar - Copper Blue

Sugar - Copper Blue
September 4, 1992
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
User Score
87
11 reviews

285. The Books - Thought For Food

The Books - Thought For Food
June 3, 2002
Experimental
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
86
33 reviews

284. The Killers - Hot Fuss

The Killers - Hot Fuss
June 15, 2004
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
68
10 reviews
User Score
78
181 reviews

283. Superchunk - I Hate Music

Superchunk - I Hate Music
August 20, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
74
21 reviews

Now, less shy about their place in the world and shot through with adult resignation, the band's anthems play as a sort of mortality blues. But with I Hate Music, Superchunk prove that we were weren't wrong to believe.

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282. Digable Planets - Blowout Comb

Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
October 18, 1994
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
3 reviews
User Score
88
20 reviews

281. The Go-Betweens - Tallulah

The Go-Betweens - Tallulah
June 1, 1987
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
79
1 review

280. Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock

Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock
February 23, 1999
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
84
37 reviews

279. Aerosmith - Pump

Aerosmith - Pump
September 12, 1989
Rock
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
76
15 reviews

278. 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

277. Ride - Nowhere

Ride - Nowhere
October 15, 1990
Shoegaze
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
88
90 reviews

276. Frankie Knuckles - Beyond the Mix

Frankie Knuckles - Beyond the Mix
January 1, 1991
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

275. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Electropop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
72
122 reviews

Bright, busy, and unapologetically direct, Heartthrob nonetheless makes everything Tegan and Sara did before seem perversely obscure.

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274. Ice-T - O.G. Original Gangster

Ice-T - O.G. Original Gangster
May 14, 1991
Critic Score
94
3 reviews
User Score
90
6 reviews

273. Slint - Spiderland

Slint - Spiderland
March 27, 1991
Post-Rock
Critic Score
100
4 reviews
User Score
92
223 reviews

272. Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll

Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
September 1, 1989
Post-Punk
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

271. Sublime - Sublime

Sublime - Sublime
July 30, 1996
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
87
18 reviews

270. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30, 1987
Pop
Critic Score
87
3 reviews
User Score
80
22 reviews

269. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 1, 1985
Folk Punk
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
83
9 reviews

268. Maxwell - Mawell's Urban Hang Suite

Maxwell - Mawell's Urban Hang Suite
April 2, 1996
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
94
2 reviews
User Score
83
10 reviews

267. Deftones - White Pony

Deftones - White Pony
June 20, 2000
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
User Score
83
66 reviews

266. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
April 9, 1996
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
85
39 reviews

265. Swervedriver - Mezcal Head

Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
August 5, 1993
Shoegaze
Critic Score
89
4 reviews
User Score
80
8 reviews

264. The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
September 25, 2001
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
91
6 reviews
User Score
90
172 reviews

263. Neko Case - Blacklisted

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
80
17 reviews

262. Sebadoh - Bakesale

Sebadoh - Bakesale
August 23, 1994
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
83
15 reviews

261. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
User Score
82
486 reviews

This guy has written 40-plus albums of material, so it's saying something that Benji is one of his more challenging listens.

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260. My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
June 8, 2004
Pop Punk
Critic Score
70
4 reviews
User Score
69
46 reviews

259. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9, 1987
Rock
Critic Score
96
3 reviews
User Score
82
30 reviews

258. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
User Score
87
488 reviews

Vernon’s voice — delicately layered and yearning — gives standouts “Skinny Love” and “Flume” their stunningly direct emotional impact, but his sturdy folk chords, earthy melodies, and plainspoken, pastoral lyrics prevent the album from descending into self-pity.

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257. The Chills - Submarine Bells

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

256. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
87
43 reviews

255. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime

The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
April 3, 2007
Electronic
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
User Score
83
58 reviews

254. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication

Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
May 31, 1994
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
User Score
84
46 reviews

253. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
83
211 reviews

252. Wussy - Funeral Dress

Wussy - Funeral Dress
December 1, 2005
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
86
1 review

251. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Dream Pop
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
81
135 reviews
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