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
18 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.

298.

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
May 16, 1990
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

297.

Gorillaz - Demon Days
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

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
11 reviews

293.

Garbage - Version 2.0
May 11, 1998
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

292.

Usher - Looking 4 Myself
June 12, 2012
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

290.

Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
January 13, 1992
Critic Score
79
6 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
87
8 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
68
14 reviews

283.

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
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
84
7 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
14 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
28 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
100
5 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
October 30, 1987
Critic Score
87
4 reviews

269.

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
August 1, 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
66
7 reviews

266.

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

265.

Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
August 5, 1993
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

264.

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

263.

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

262.

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

261.

Sun Kil Moon - Benji
February 11, 2014
Critic Score
84
25 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
84
20 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
1 review

256.

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

254.

Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
May 31, 1994
Critic Score
83
9 reviews

253.

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

252.

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

251.

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
April 15, 2008
Critic Score
71
14 reviews
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