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
June 1, 1999
Critic Score
84
12 reviews

124.

Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
February 23, 1999
Critic Score
87
4 reviews

123.

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
April 10, 2000
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

122.

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 12, 2007
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

121.

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
June 6, 2000
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

120.

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
June 10, 2008
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

119.

Green Day - American Idiot
September 21, 2004
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

118.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

116.

Against Me! - New Wave
July 10, 2007
Critic Score
76
11 reviews

115.

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
September 23, 2003
Critic Score
86
18 reviews

114.

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
35 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.

113.

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Critic Score
88
9 reviews

111.

Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
November 4, 1991
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

109.

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

108.

Fugees - The Score
February 13, 1996
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

107.

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
August 27, 2002
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

106.

Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
November 9, 1999
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

105.

Massive Attack - Mezzanine
April 20, 1998
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

104.

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
September 7, 1999
Critic Score
91
14 reviews

103.

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
If this is the sound of revolution, we're ready to posse up.

102.

Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
November 1, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

101.

Blur - Parklife
April 25, 1994
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

100.

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

Though West showcases a more versatile, eccentric flow than on Dropout, it pales in comparison to his sonic ambition.

99.

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
October 24, 2000
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

Well, it's not not her New York record. But more crucially, it's her return to the down'n'dirty.

98.

Johnny Cash - American Recordings
April 26, 1994
Critic Score
91
4 reviews

97.

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 5, 2007
Critic Score
85
27 reviews

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

96.

The Roots - Things Fall Apart
February 23, 1999
Critic Score
85
9 reviews
Indeed, "Things Fall Apart" returns to those late '80s nu-skool days when rap first realized its potential for elaboration beyond the confines of 45 rpm.

95.

Soundgarden - Superunknown
March 8, 1994
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

93.

The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
April 7, 1997
Critic Score
88
7 reviews
Chemical beats have a rakish, presumptuous swagger that's immediately recognizable amid electronica's traditionally shy guize.

92.

Jay-Z - The Black Album
November 14, 2003
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

91.

The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
September 28, 1987
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

90.

Elliott Smith - XO
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

89.

Basement Jaxx - Remedy
May 10, 1999
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

88.

Jeff Buckley - Grace
August 23, 1994
Critic Score
90
7 reviews

86.

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
September 12, 2006
Critic Score
88
24 reviews
Their high-strung space rock has eased into something more exuberant. The mood is one of eager tenderness, even sexiness.

85.

Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
July 15, 1997
Critic Score
86
5 reviews

84.

LL Cool J - Radio
November 18, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

83.

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

82.

Dr. Dre - The Chronic
December 15, 1992
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

81.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Critic Score
91
16 reviews

80.

The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
September 23, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

79.

The Breeders - Last Splash
August 31, 1993
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

76.

OutKast - Aquemini
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
86
7 reviews
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/spin25/readers-poll-spin-25-results/
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