67. The Decembrists – The Crane Wife (2006) (Get it now for $5)
– Though Hazards was supposed to be Meloy’s epic project, the Crane Wife may be the bands best collection to date. With fantastic songwriting that crossed epic 12 minute ecclectic compilations with blissfully Fleetwood Mac-influenced pop songs while pushing their sea shanty style to the forefront, the band delivered an album that made them popular while keeping their indie cred intact. (The Perfect Crime #2)
68. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere (2006)
– Was it hip-hop? Was it electronic? Was it R&B? Was it rock n roll? What made this album so spectactular was that it was a little bit of everything…and a Violent Femmes cover that outperforms the original (IMO) never hurts.
69. El-P – Fantastic Damage (2002)
A blast of fire from the hip-hop underground came from a white guy. A new voice would break ground that is still forming the hip-hop world today. Though he keeps shaping his more recent albums in new directions…it was his first that fired the bullet from the gun.
70. Spoon – Girls Can Tell (2001)
– When Spoon jumped to Merge…half their fans left them for selling out. (And that’s a hardcore fanbase who thinks Merge is selling out) But Spoon made a massive jump not just in audience but in style and substance. This album rocketed them upward as a band that now needs to be reckoned with. (Me and the Bean)
71. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)
– Anytime a band’s album is traded on the internet months before it comes out…there’s a chance it will be good. Though this album lost some music snobs as it found itself featured on every teeny-bopper movie and TV show soundtrack, it remained one of the most talked about albums of that year….with no signs of slowing.
72. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
– As of January, FF was not on this list. But their new releases has really given them a newfound boost of respect and influence. The has-beens are now the right now…and are making us remember that they never left.
73. Ryan Adams – Cold Roses (2005)
– Ryan’s Grateful Dead opus was the first of 50 albums he released that year…and maybe his best with the now defunct Cardinals. The Dead style perfectly suited RA’s talents that remains fresher than some his newer material. (How Do You Keep Love Alive?)
74. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
– Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t get this album’s popularity. It might be my least favorite Radiohead release. But this album was the one that made them the household name…and trendsetters that they are today. (Idioteque)
75. M.I.A. – Kala (2007)
– Would Slumdog millionaire have been electric with out M.I.A.? Would the Grammy’s have been as exciting without her pregnant belly? And would the world of have dance survived with out her?
76. Eminem – The Eminem Show (2002)
A step-down from the epic Marshall Mathers…but still proof that Eminem was no flash in the pan. His rhymes remained crisp as he continued ripping apart his own life and those around him.
77. Linkin Park – Meteora (2003)
– Before you start bashing me for this choice. How many nu-metal bands survived? how many continued/continue to sell to this day? Linkin Park just didn’t out-last the others…they pushed forward. This album wasn’t just proof of their songwriting at its peak…it was also the album that launched them into rock stratosphere. And if not for this album…the collab with Jay-Z would have never legitimized mash-ups as we know.
Buy these albums now…especially if you don’t have them.