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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
Critic Score
75
14 reviews

299. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
June 3, 2014
Critic Score
78
28 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.

297. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Gorillaz - Demon Days
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

295. Old 97's - Too Far to Care

Old 97's - Too Far to Care
June 17, 1997
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

294. Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun

Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun
June 12, 1999
Critic Score
85
11 reviews

293. Garbage - Version 2.0

Garbage - Version 2.0
May 11, 1998
Critic Score
70
6 reviews

292. Usher - Looking 4 Myself

Usher - Looking 4 Myself
June 12, 2012
Critic Score
73
16 reviews

288. Tyler, the Creator - Goblin

Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
72
25 reviews

287. TV on the Radio - Dear Science

TV on the Radio - Dear Science
September 22, 2008
Critic Score
87
23 reviews

286. Sugar - Copper Blue

Sugar - Copper Blue
September 4, 1992
Critic Score
86
7 reviews

284. The Killers - Hot Fuss

The Killers - Hot Fuss
June 15, 2004
Critic Score
68
10 reviews

283. Superchunk - I Hate Music

Superchunk - I Hate Music
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
80
18 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.

282. Digable Planets - Blowout Comb

Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
October 18, 1994
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

281. The Go-Betweens - Tallulah

The Go-Betweens - Tallulah
June 1, 1987
Critic Score
70
1 review

280. Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock

Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock
February 23, 1999
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

279. Aerosmith - Pump

Aerosmith - Pump
September 12, 1989
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

278. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

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

277. Ride - Nowhere

Ride - Nowhere
October 15, 1990
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

276. Frankie Knuckles - Beyond the Mix

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

275. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

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

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

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

273. Slint - Spiderland

Slint - Spiderland
March 27, 1991
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

272. Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll

Mekons - The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
September 1, 1989
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

271. Sublime - Sublime

Sublime - Sublime
July 30, 1996
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

270. George Michael - Faith

George Michael - Faith
October 30, 1987
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

269. The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 1, 1985
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

268. Maxwell - Mawell's Urban Hang Suite

Maxwell - Mawell's Urban Hang Suite
April 2, 1996
Critic Score
94
2 reviews

267. Deftones - White Pony

Deftones - White Pony
June 20, 2000
Critic Score
66
7 reviews

265. Swervedriver - Mezcal Head

Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
August 5, 1993
Critic Score
89
4 reviews

264. The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

263. Neko Case - Blacklisted

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

262. Sebadoh - Bakesale

Sebadoh - Bakesale
August 23, 1994
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

261. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

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

259. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love
October 9, 1987
Critic Score
96
3 reviews

258. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
February 19, 2008
Critic Score
84
18 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.

257. The Chills - Submarine Bells

The Chills - Submarine Bells
January 1, 1990
Critic Score
80
1 review

256. Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

253. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

252. Wussy - Funeral Dress

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

251. M83 - Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
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