GENRE DEFINERS

i went around and asked various users what were records they felt have defined their genres, and here are their responces. If I didn't get to you, it's because I was too lazy to be thourhough and feel free to add you answer.

Question for those that want to add their answers:
What is a record you believe has defined its genre albeit through shaping said genre or has established said genre in popularity and/or existence, and why?

"Hi, uh one Loveless please"

Possessed - Seven Churches
n o s t a l g i a' s pick

DEATH METAL

"Been on a Death Metal binge recently so I'll go with Possessed - Seven Churches, the first major release in the genre. Its roots in thrash metal are still very evident but it cannot be understated just how much this album did in terms of setting the foundations for Death Metal in years to come."
Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring
Charlise's pick:

EMO

"I guess the main one that comes to my hipster-ass mind is Rites of Spring's S/T being basically the invention of emo. It completely stands out from the rest of the punk scene at the time, and held a strong influence over other bands such as Embrace or Moss Icon throughout the following years."
Akira Yamaoka - Silent Hill 2 OST
85
jake's pick

HORROR GAMES

"My answer is gonna be the silent hill 2 OST and not because of anything it did for music per say but what it did for horror games, the album has a very dry and empty sound that set the tone perfectly for silent hill 2 and pretty much defined psychological horror."
The Beatles - Revolver
80
DoubleZ's pick

POP ROCK

"I think Revolver is the perfect example of the first true Pop Rock album, because it is very eclectic. At the time it was very very rare to be able to offer within the same album or the same period for an artist/group several different styles at the same time, Revolver is the first album that combines several styles and I think that the very global term of Pop Rock took all its sense from that moment on"
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
80
Jamobo's pick

PROGRESSIVE ELECTRONIC

"So many options, but also so few
I'll go with Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
They had technically touched on Progressive Electronic with Zeit a couple of years earlier, but due to a label change and some better marketing (and being a great album) Phaedra has becoming a genre-defining classic. It's influence managing to reach out across Europe infecting Britain, France and the rest of Germany most obviously. It helps that the only other group of the same quality at the time (Kraftwerk) shifted to a more Pop friendly sound.
The influence is so long lasting I remember doing a sci-fi themed escape room a few years ago which used The bladerunner soundtrack and Phaedra to set the mood, just to point out what kind of lineage it has and the pedestal it is still sitting on."
King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King
100
JustSomeGuy's pick

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

"Damn, tough question. I guess I'll go with King Crimson's In The Court Of The Crimson King for progressive rock. It set most of the tropes in stone; long tracks, mystical and profound (sometimes "pretentious") lyrics, complex song structures, undeniable talent between the individual members, and it did so all before prog was really a well-known genre."

daFigz™'s pick

PROGRESSIVE ROCK
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
80
Allofasudden's pick

PUNK / EXPERIMENTAL ROCK / NOISE ROCK / NO WAVE / GRUNGE / INDUSTRRIAL

"White Light/White Heat is like the starting point of many kinds of human music including punk, experimental rock, noise rock, no wave, grunge, industrial (perhaps post-rock and metal) so that one. History of modern music can be summarized pre and post that album. Genius of John and Lou constantly impresses me everytime I listen to it by how challenging it was at that time, even today, so yeah I'll go with that."
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
Rollo_P's pop

UNDERGROUND HIP HOP

"One of the most obvious ones in hip hop is Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus. Rap's underground had existed prior to this record's release, but the sounds and styles of what was popular versus underground weren't nearly as far as they are today. Funcrusher Plus was one of the biggest records that helped change this, splitting the sound of the underground further away from the mainstream. In only a few more years, the landscape of underground hip hop might as well have been a different genre of music compared to the hip hop that was dominating the charts. While there were several reasons for this divide, it would be difficult to find a more representative patient zero of the new underground then Company Flow's debut record."
dälek - From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots
95
reedy (:0)'s pick

INDUSTRIAL HIP HOP

'I’d have to say dälek’s From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots, as it’s an album that put the genre of industrial hip hop and noise on the scene in a way that is so ahead of it’s time, and it definitely can be seen to influence many artists in the genre launch as Death Grips, clipping., and more."
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
eliiscool5's pick

ROCK

"Hey bored, I'm eli. I'll head with the easy pick and go with Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix. The way his debut album completely changed rock, and massively boosted its popularity, this is a sure-fire pick for a revolutionary albums list. Thanks for the inclusion and good luck."
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
90
EdFruscley's pick 1/3

HAPPY FOLK MUSIC

"Debut fleet foxes (happy folk)? Robin pecknold defined for me an unique style there. Later I got some references but. The roots of his music is still very different to the final product. The folk in a such melodically, wide, and choral way."
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
90
EdFruscley's pick 2/3

POST-ROCK

"Talk talk-Spirit of Eden the master piece and the beginning for the ambient prog and post rock. The influence and the mark that this printed in the future is amazing, GSYBE for example, even Swans"
Madvillain - Madvillainy
95
EdFruscley's pick 3/3

POST-HIP HOP

"Madlib Madvilliany- There's not much to say, all the wave of "Post hip hop" came from here Vince Staples, Earl sweatshirt, JPEGMAFIA"

silvaz's pick

EXPERIMENTAL HIP HOP

'i honestly can't pick so i chose 2 first one is "Madvillainy" cause it really influenced the more experimental side of hip hop of the recent years and even the "normal" hip hop because the album just didn't follow the "rules" of hip hop like, for example, having almost all songs with just verses and no hook or anything, and i think that really pushed the genre's boundaries. the other album is "Since I Left You" because it's just so insane to think about and it really was one of the records to make plunderphonics so popular and just like "Madvillainy" it pushed a lot of boundaries"

Since l Left You: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/572-the-avalanches-since-i-left-you.php
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
80
Furry music's pick

POST-ROCK

"Probably Laughing Stock by Talk Talk, while at the time maybe not as prominent but today it's definitely one of the best if not the best post-rock album. It's an album that really pushed the genre to new heights and honestly I don't believe that the same heights Laughing Stock reached have been reached since."
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
95
✧*☆: * ☆ marvelgaryen's pick

SHOEGAZE

"To me the most obvious is Loveless by My Blood Valentine, not only this album pretty much created shoegaze it made the genre itself something so particular it can't ever be distorted. It is unbelievebly well produced and it will remain a classic till the the end of days."

Houdanny’s pick

SHOEGAZE

“ Kind of an obvious answer, but My Bloody Valentine's Loveless really defined shoegaze in a way that I don't think any other album has”

Hummus' pick

SHOEGAZE

"If I had to choose the first that came to mind, it'd be Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. To me, it's the quintessential shoegaze record that stands as my metric for measuring all other albums I hear within the genre. The very fuzzy, dense, and almost overwhelming quality of Loveless has become synonymous with shoegaze for me, and I think its effect on the genre continues up until this day. It's sort of a shame because now, whenever I hear a straight shoegaze record, I'm almost always reminded of how much better Loveless is. I guess that shows how deeply rooted the album has become within the genre. Legendary stuff!"

YessYessYessYes' pick

SHOEGAZE

"I think many records have come out that shape the sound of a genre or style, but if I had to choose one, I’d say that Loveless by My Bloody Valentine is the most seminal Shoegaze record of all time.

It pretty much set the groundwork for everything to come from the grandiose and heavy instrumentation to the dreamy feel of the sound. Everything on the record has been accentuated as time goes on with each record that comes out in the genre working off of MBV’s blueprint.

It’s beautiful, it’s unique, and I’m not sure Shoegaze would be the same without Loveless."

MinatoArisato's pick

SHOEGAZE

"Loveless, pretty much the poster child for Shoegaze"
Joanna Newsom - Ys
85
patricia4221's pick

PROGRESSIVE FOLK

"I think that the best exemplification of the Progressive Folk genre is found in Joanna Newsom's Ys. The usage of polyrhythms in the harp combined with magnificently well-made orchestral arrangements result in one of, if not the most, idiosyncratic and complex folk albums ever made and a staple in both the Progressive and Chamber Folk genres. Even to this day, nearly fifteen years after it was released, it remains as one of the most acclaimed and beloved albums of all time; and as time continues to pass by, it will continue to endure as a classic."
The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
95
YuriDING's pick

GRUNGE / PUNK / POST-PUNK / INDIE / DREAM POP

"Dark Side Of The Moon and other pink Floyd albums that came after that is a genre it's self. You have sepultura with Roots, this album is one of the biggest influences in NuMetal. The first works of Sex Pistols, King Crimson, The Strokes (I don't like ,but all indie bands are influenced by Its this it). All these album created new genres but in a different way. All they have in common is that they made different things in their era, something that made everybody look at them and think that they was different.

But the biggest album that is one of the most influential in music is The Velvet Underground and Nico. Like, 90% of things that came before this are influenced by they. Grunge, punk, post punk, indie, dream pop, everything."

The Dark Side of the Moon: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/4204-pink-floyd-the-dark-side-of-the-moon.php

Roots: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/8490-sepultura-roots.php
A$AP Rocky - Live. Love. A$AP
80
Jimpy O'Houlihan, The New Hope's pick

GORENOISE

“gorenoise wouldnt be the same without live love asap”
Kanye West - Through the Wire
TomBejoy's pick

CHIPMUNK SOUL

"Stupid and direct but if Chipmunk Soul is accepted as a genre then Through The Wire (the single with Two Words as a B-Side) lowkey invented it, lmfao"
Nirvana - Bleach
70
Braden's pick

GRUNGE

'This is about as generic of an answer as you can get but either of Nirvana's first two albums (Bleach and Nevermind) have still to this day defined the grunge genre and set the bar remarkably high for all that followed, very little of which was able to even come close. The sound was so raw that it hasn't quite been replicated since. Nevermind is certainly the more popular of the two but I would argue that Bleach is more influential in the sense that it practically kick-started the Seattle grunge movement and catapulted the Sub-Pop label into relative success. It also still holds up as a fantastic record on its own."
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
joshxxi's pick

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

"Maybe it's because I've almost exclusively had Smashing Pumpkins on the brain for the past week but I think Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness perfectly captured the reach and capabilities of the genre that was taking over the 90's. Nirvana flagshipped the alternative rock sound into the 90's but Smashing Pumpkins took that popular sound and turned it into an emotional odyssey. 28 tracks that show off the different capabilities and sounds that could've be achieved and they were just brimming with ideas because the possibilities seemed endless. Though it has been taken and expanded upon and alternative rock has gone on to become its own vague genre I feel that this album was a benchmark for it being what it continually evolves into"
Frank Ocean - Blonde
90
Alicore's pick

R&B / POP / HIP HOP

"although the sound has started to evolve into something a bit different in the past couple years with 100 gecs & the like, the first two PC Music compilations are probably the clearest choice for the beginning of "hyperpop" (not sure if i'm a fan of that genre title fwiw, but that seems to be what we're going with these days).

another album that comes to mind is Blonde. i absolutely think that elements of that album have found their way into so much of the r&b, pop and hip-hop music from the last half decade."
Teeth of the Sea - Wraith
80
先生's pick

NOISE JAZZ

"I'm calling it Noise-Jazz because that's what it sounds like to me, with maybe Frank Zappa being the first to play around with these elements. I do feel however this record is pretty unique in its electronic approach of mixing the bubbling noise scene with jazz right when it was re-emerging in popular music. I'm starving for more music in this "genre" "
Chuck Person - Chuck Person’s Eccojams Vol. 1
AndreVital's pick 1/2

VAPORWAVE

"This album sort of accidentally opened the doors to a whole new aesthetic galaxy that would go on to define the 2010s. I may not be a die-hard Chillwave/Vaporwave fan but I can't deny the influence that "Vaporwave" aesthetics would have on Internet culture and different "internet" sub-genres musically. The way that Chuck Person (Daniel Lopatin) took such a simple idea of recontextualizing old cheesy samples and turned it into a whole new way of approaching nostalgia in music is fascinating. I feel like the music community gives this album credit for being visionary in terms of vaporware and chillwave however I think its impact stretches from there to the whole 80's revival we're having in pop, especially since Lopatin is known to work with guys like The Weeknd, I honestly think that without Eccojams, pop music may be infatuated with a whole different genre or era."

RakkSmells' pick

VAPORWAVE

"I'd say Chuck Person's Eccojams Vol. 1 for Vaporwave, as it basically laid the foundation for a brand new genre in both its atmospheric, repetitive and sample-based sound, as well as the aesthetics capitalizing on nostalgia. Daniel Lopatin's done other vaporwave stuff before this with Games and Sunsetcorp, but since this is an actual album I'll just use this as kind of an umbrella for Lopatin's early 2010s vaporwave stuff."
Black Kray - Ice Cream & Mac 10s
75
AndreVital's pick 2/2

CLOUD RAP

"I've been thinking bout this question a bit more and I think I should also mention Black Kray's "Ice Cream & Mac 10s" as a significant milestone for Cloud Rap and the entire idea of delocalizing rap. However, that example may not be as blatant as others since Keef & Spaceghostpurpp also had been contributing to the aesthetic world that would become Cloud Rap. I think American Football's first self-titled project is probably an obvious pick but a great one as they really set the bar for what "midwest emo" (even tho I hate that genre name) could be. I love examples like American Football because they managed to not only push a specific sub-genre into unknown territory but also influence a whole variety of other genres decades after the original release (eventually somewhat influencing the mainstream). That's the most impressive sort of impact"

American Football: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/16001-american-football-american-football.php
Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
70
Phillip's pick

HIP HOP

"It's the album which influenced 80% of modern rap whether it be directly or indirectly as it popularised hip hop artists singing which brought drake and others into the light in the 2010s"

KoopaToad18's pick 1/2

HIP HOP

"808's & Heartbreak pretty much influenced all of the super autotuned rap we have today, especially b/c of the heavy use of melody which has influenced a lot of rappers' vocal deliveries."

IEnjoyMusic's pick

HIP HOP

'I'm not the greatest with answering this kind of question, so I'll say a pretty boring answer and say 808s & Heartbreak shaped a lot of the melodic, autotune-heavy hip-hop that's been in the mainstream for over half a decade at this point. There are definitely other acts that inspired 808s (T-Pain being the obvious answer), but in terms of a full album that established it, that's where it all seems to lead back to."
Lil B - 6 Kiss
80
kawaii death grips

CLOUD RAP

"Lil B's '6 kiss' I think was a landmark moment for cloud rap and really solidified the sound and stylings which brought it into the future."
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
andiov

METAL

"I’m no music history expert but I’m pretty sure without Black Sabbath’s s/t album metal as we know it today would probably not exist or just be very different"

KoopaToad18's pick 1/2

METAL

"Black Sabbath's self-titled debut also created metal...especially doom metal it's kind of insane how much those riffs influenced metal's darker sound."
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
100
ConcreteCastles' pick

POST-ROCK

"Lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven by gy!be because it really locked in that post-rock sound and probably influenced a ton of people pretty early on. its also really good."
Joji - Nectar
60
Cry's pick

R&B

"My main choice is 'Nectar' which brought lo-fi into pop/rnb music and really went deep into the concept and even though music like that hasn't popped up frequently after that album, I still expect it to make an entry into the mainstream soon! Other options would WLR for the rage beats as he was the first mainstream artist to use it, bringing artists like Drake and Trippie to use them too and Rodeo by Travis Scott for the autotune use in the trap industry, even though I'm not a huge fan of both projects and find both fairly overrated! :)"

Whole Lotta Red: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/142562-playboi-carti-whole-lotta-red.php

Rodeo: https: //www.albumoftheyear.org/album/39960-travis-scott-rodeo.php
Daft Punk - Discovery
ItsJustArcherr's pick

ELECTRO HOUSE / ELECTRO DANCE

"In my opinion, Daft Punk's 2001 album Discovery set the standards of what makes great electro house music, or electronic dance music in general, while also maintaining mainstream appeal. EDM that has existed beforehand have just been either too experimental or too basic to be balanced. With Discovery, Daft Punk were able to get that balance, and ultimately succeeded. I'd say Discovery defined and popularized electronic house music."
Slint - Spiderland
100
Windy (^-^)'s pick

POST-ROCK / POST-PUNK

"There are a few I could think of, but the first to come to mind, especially considering its recent influences, is Spiderland by Slint, of course. I believe that Spiderland single-handedly shaped post-rock and areas of post-punk into what they are today. Usually it’s a few albums or a movement that causes this, but I genuinely see Spiderland as the sole, most important contributor, and its influence is clear - bands like Unwound, HANL, and Godspeed! all demonstrate a clear Slint influence, or at least a development from the sound they created. In addition, the modern post-punk movement is clearly influenced by Slint in a lot of ways, most clearly through bands like Black Midi and BCNR. Legendary album imo :)"
Lil Peep - HELLBOY
MirroredComfort's pick

EMO RAP

"Might seem like an odd pick but the album that instantly comes to mind is “HELLBOY” by lil peep. It really brought light of the whole cloud rap/alt rnb/emo rap/alt rock scene that was starting to bubble in the underground up into the mainstream. It has plenty of influence on artists everywhere and I don’t think that the genre would be respected, at all if it didn’t exist and set the grounds for what a good album of the genre should be."
the pillows - Happy Bivouac
vermilion's pick

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

"To me that album was sort of like the ultimate triumph of Alternative Rock, and Pixies. Happy Bivouac marked Japanese Rock and told the people that The Pillows were in for real in this thing after an amazing 4 album run in only 2 years (1997 and 1999), run that eventually led them to be involved in the creation of the 2000 OVA "FLCL", one of the most praised animated shows of today, and to "world fame" as a result of said show airing on Adult Swim

Why a triumph for Pixies and Alternative Rock?, The Pillows were huge Pixies fans and as many other bands of the moment (Nirvana), they borrowed a lot of things from their work, helping extend this new wave of alternative rock outside English speaking countries. They love the Pixies so much indeed, that in this exact album, there's a song called "Kim Deal" (reference to a member of Pixies) and the song "Back Seat Dog" is basically a cover of "Here Comes Your Man" lol"
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Alles Ist Gut
Frippotronic's pick

EBM

"DAF's "Alles ist gut" - an album that not only reached unsurpassed, transcendental perfection in EBM genre, but really inspired all future electronic music to come. While roughing up the edges of Kraftwerk's Computer World it was highly influential for 80s Belgian New Beat, 90s Electro-Industrial or more recent Midtempo Bass music. And also, "Alles ist gut" is just pure sex."
Porter Robinson - Worlds
Riskr's pick

ELELCTROPOP / EDM

"I talk about this guy way too much, but Worlds - Porter Robinson completely changed the way electro pop and edm sounded. What porter himself was doing wasn’t all that new or innovative but it hit at just the right time under the right circumstances and it’s release heavily changed what edm sounds like for better and worse. what once was a genre filled with brostep and grimey bass and formulaic build ups turned into a bright, emotional (or at least in many cases, an attempt to be) and anime associated genre. hell just look at chainsmokers pre worlds and post worlds"
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face to Face)
95
nathan's pick

INDIE ROCK

"i deeply consider car seat headrest's "Twin Fantasy" (2018) to be the pinnacle of indie rock. from relatable lyrical themes to wildly successful instrumentals, it's compelling from front to back and would totally be the first listen for anyone to immediately get into the genre."
Kanye West - Yeezus
80
Alangreenw's pick

EXPERIMENTAL HIP HOP

"I'd say 'Yeezus' by our man, Kanye West. I understand that there were many albums that came wayyyy before it that shaped the experimental/electronic landscape of Hip-hop, but most of those were underground and indeed were praised by critics and music nerds, but not the general listeners. If only there were a mainstream artist who was successful and popular enough yet daring at the same time? Oh yeah... there was. Not only did the album end up being polarizing and strange, but it also had hit songs that probably created new music fans of the genre. Many artists during the years have said that this album made them think out of the box when it came to production. Experimental Hip-hop with electronic-based sounds has never been more active since 2013 and I hope to keep seeing more of it!"
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
80
marcotonho's pick

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

"I could name many, but I'll go with my second favorite album of all time: Surfer Rosa - Pixies. The sound of it certainly gave a new and more original air to Alternative Rock, besides defining much of the sound of the 90s. The lyrics are impeccable and play with puns and taboos of society. The production is totally different from anything I have ever heard that is elegant even though it is dirty."
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports
oh's pick

AMBIENT

"maybe probably brian eno - ambient 1: music for airports, there were lots of ambient albums before it but they were kinda like electronic/krautrock based, and I'm pretty sure he was the one who actually named the genre "ambient"
David Bowie - ★ [Blackstar]
95
The Araby Bazaar's pick

STATEMENTS ON IMMINENT DEATH

"“★” by David Bowie. It established a genre that’s not really been defined and which, tbh, might only exist for me: statements on imminent death. It was - bizarrely - followed in quick succession by Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker”, which does a similar thing, albeit more knowingly (much of the magic of “★” was how surprising it was, imo).

There are undoubtedly other records too, that - like Cohen’s - see artists positing mortality on the brink of death, but for me, Bowie’s did it in this extremely sly way and I love it for that."

You Want It Darker: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/62251-leonard-cohen-you-want-it-darker.php
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
80
Claytastic's pick

GANGSTA RAP

"Wow, so many to choose from. Off the top of my head I think Piñata has solidly defined gangsta rap for a long time to come. It’s an incredible run of tracks all the way through and perfectly nails everything the genre should be: hard-hitting beats, smooth flows from the MC and impactful and to-the-point storytelling. I can’t really poke any holes in it."
Snowing - I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted
TheRootBoy's pick

EMO

"Snowing. They not only picked up the dying, niche genre of emo but maintained the sound through a revival of post hardcore while adopting trends of the time including jangle pop and math rock. They also brought out a lot of internet culture in their aesthetic which felt only right after the Internet sort of seemingly caressed the emo genre back in the MySpace days. With that internet meme culture they brought out even further community and wrote songs which were vulnerable but never forgetting the friends that surrounded the band along the way. Not very many emo bands were able to follow this style and mainly had tunnel vision directly at playing the music and not knowing how to approach a wider idea. Modern Baseball is a band on the top of my head that was able to continue this concept of music and aesthetic, but many bands still misunderstood emo as just a pocket of sadness and never a fight back for retrieval of friends and family."
Slayer - Reign in Blood
30
SilentScream213's pick

THRASH METAL

"I decided not to think too hard and just go with my first initial thought: Slayer's "Reign in Blood." It wasn't the first Thrash album nor the first extreme metal album, but I think it set the bar and defined what extreme metal was, and it was definitely the first extreme metal record that saw mainstream recognition and success. Thrash has always had a more accessible variety (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax) and a more extreme strain that influenced/became death metal (Slayer, Sepultura, Kreator). Slayer was the only band of the more extreme strain that stood alongside the more accessible bands. With Reign in Blood they brought so many extreme metal tropes (such as harsh vocals, insanely dark lyrics, excessive double bass drumming) to widespread audiences, and it no doubt was an important catalyst in the extreme metal boom of the late 80's. It's not my absolute favorite album, but it is, to me, the most impactful album in the realm of extreme metal."
Nas - Illmatic
85
BaddieBaphomet's pick

CONSCIOUS HIP HOP

"One that comes to mind is Nas’s “Illmatic”. There were obviously lyrical and conscious rap albums before Nas but every lyrical or conscious rap album takes inspiration from Illmatic in some way. Nas had a way with words and storytelling like no other on that album and still to this day it goes toe to toe with other records in that genre"
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
85
louisomahoney's pick

NEW WAVE

"I would say "Remain In Light" by Talking heads 100% defined the new-wave genre in the late 70s-early 80s.
They made it more popular and were incredibly influential towards many popular new-wave bands of that time."
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
100
Cherry 🍒🍒🍒's pick

INDUSTRIAL ROCK

"Hey sorry for the late reply but definitely the downward spiral by nine inch nails, it paved the way for a lot of artists in the alternative/industrial rock genre or artists using the concept album format in general."
Pg. 99 - Document #8
Pipe's pick

SCREAMO

"Description: While Screamo music was around in the 90s, I think that Document #8 is a flagship in the genre to perfect the classic 'screamo' sound. It's a brilliant yet depressive record that has as much grit and punch underneath it's nails. It's raw, dark, abrasive and extreme. No better place to start."
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
ocrakraut's pick

POP / TRIP HOP

"Blue Lines by Massive Attack - They changed Pop Music forever. Forget the "Trip-Hop" as a genre definition because Trip Hop did not exist before this masterpiece and the genre only came up because Massive Attack´s Music has been used like a quarry by other Bands to build the foundation of their own music upon Blue Lines."
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
Wasabi02's pick

GRIME

"Sorry that I've taken two weeks to get back but as a Brit, the first album to come to mind is Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner. Dizzee Rascal made the first-ever full-length grime album and in doing so launched a fledgling genre straight out of the pirate radio stations of East London into the public wider public consciousness, and critical validity. The album was an exciting transition from the then mainstream and whitewashed sounds of garage into the more raw and aggressive grime (even if many of the conventions of the genre, such as the iconic 140bmp tempo, hadn't been established yet). The subject matter saw British inner-city issues described on a rap record for the first time, shining a light on contemporary issues in those areas in pop culture for the first time in ages. Dizzee was also the first British rapper to use a regional accent in his rapping, and he loaded this album with slang, bringing a real sense of regional identity that still presides today. This was all heightened by Dizzee winning the Mercury Prize in 2003, bringing major labels flocking to rappers and giving them commercial viability and recognition outside of London for the first time."
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1w
Fantastic read. Always look forward to these kind of lists
1mo
Thanks for adding me...it´s just...I picked Blue Lines by Massive Attack for a reason (So it´s Massive Attack with two genre defining records within 7 years (quite impressive) https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/1572-massive-attack-blue-lines.php
1mo
@Pipe omg sorry. I kinda just added it as soon as I could without thinking. fixed.
1mo
Great list, but the Document #8 album I was referring to was this one: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/114270-pg-99-document-8.php
1mo
thanks for including me! great list :)
1mo
Thanks for including me on the list, appreciate it!
1mo
Awesome list! I'll be checking many of these albums out as it seems like I haven't opened my landscape enough. Thanks for the inclusion and opportunity.
1mo
If I may add the genre of Screamo and add the album by Pg. 99 - Document #8.

Description: While Screamo music was around in the 90s, I think that Document #8 is a flagship in the genre to perfect the classic 'screamo' sound. It's a brilliant yet depressive record that has as much grit and punch underneath it's nails. It's raw, dark, abrasive and extreme. No better place to start.
1mo
Pretty great list with pretty based and interesting picks here and there. Thanks for making me a part of it!
1mo
@daFigz just saying that I really like some of the choices, I suppose lol :) great albums
1mo
@Dabzilla - Interesting array of defining musical tastes. What is the definition of based? @Windy (^-^) has it he/her/she/him/them comment.
1mo
Love this list!! :)
1mo
thanks for spreading the word
1mo
Fantastic list! Thanks for including me!
1mo
@vermilion When I read their reply I listened to it almost immediately
1mo
have to check some of these albums out, can't sleep at night knowing there's such a thing as "noise jazz"
thanks for the inclusion !!!!!!!!!!!!!
1mo
Thanks for the inclusion! There are some very based picks here
1mo
well, i guess kanyes work on the blueprint invented the style but the poster child single is still that one
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