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
September 21, 2004
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

299.

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
June 3, 2014
Critic Score
77
34 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
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

296.

Various Artists - Total 4
August 12, 2002
Critic Score
80
1 review

295.

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

294.

Sigur Rós - Ágætis byrjun
June 12, 1999
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

293.

Garbage - Version 2.0
May 11, 1998
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

By crafting more fully realized tunes, penning lyrics with a specificity that's at once personal and universal, and pumping up the BPMs with an enthusiasm you can feel, these unlikely stars have morphed from a studio project into an actual band.

292.

Usher - Looking 4 Myself
June 12, 2012
Critic Score
70
19 reviews

290.

Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
January 13, 1992
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

288.

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

287.

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

286.

Sugar - Copper Blue
September 4, 1992
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

285.

The Books - Thought For Food
June 3, 2002
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

284.

The Killers - Hot Fuss
June 15, 2004
Critic Score
69
15 reviews

283.

Superchunk - I Hate Music
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
79
23 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
October 18, 1994
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

281.

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

280.

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

279.

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

278.

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

277.

Ride - Nowhere
October 15, 1990
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

276.

Frankie Knuckles - Beyond the Mix
January 1, 1991
Critic Score
68
2 reviews

275.

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
January 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 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
May 14, 1991
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

273.

Slint - Spiderland
March 27, 1991
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

272.

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

271.

Sublime - Sublime
July 30, 1996
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

270.

George Michael - Faith
November 2, 1987
Critic Score
87
4 reviews

269.

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 5, 1985
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

268.

Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
April 2, 1996
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

267.

Deftones - White Pony
June 20, 2000
Critic Score
69
10 reviews

Sadly, because many of Pony's songs have all the clarity of roadside attractions glimpsed from the Interstate, you often come away remembering only these goony sonic details.

266.

Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
April 9, 1996
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

265.

Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
August 5, 1993
Critic Score
90
1 review

264.

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
September 11, 2001
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

263.

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

262.

Sebadoh - Bakesale
August 23, 1994
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

261.

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
83
28 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
October 9, 1987
Critic Score
99
4 reviews

258.

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
85
22 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
January 1, 1990
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

256.

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

253.

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

252.

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

251.

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Critic Score
70
16 reviews
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