AWM's "Best Albums from Every Year I've Been Alive"

1983 - Slayer - Show No Mercy
I'm not trying to put a lot of metal in here, but with the early tracks it seems like it works out that way. I would've loved to pick Dead Can Dance or Depeche Mode but they didn't hold up against my favorite Slayer album.

1984 - Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
My second favorite Mercyful Fate album, but the best was going up against 3 or 4 superior albums in 1983.

1985 - The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last and Always
1985 was devoid of anything I totally loved, but The Sisters had a few great ones. It won't let me cut the video off.

1986 - New Model Army - The Ghost of Cain
The little known album is one of my favorites of all time.

1987 - Metallica - The $5.98 E.P
God, this year must have sucked shit. The best thing is Metallica doing Diamond Head covers. There was no competition.

1988 - Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking.
Good album. Didn't have that stupid fucking Jane Says song on it.

1989 - Bad Brains - Quickness
This is the fourth best Bad Brains album, but the song I picked is among their best. The only other decent thing from this year was the first Morbid Angel album, but I felt selecting death metal would be pointless.

1990 - Depeche Mode - Violator
Truly among the best albums on the list.

1991 - Dinosaur Jr - Green Mind
These guys are underappreciated but had little competition for the top spot in 1991.

1992 - Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind
Very bizarre, creepy album. Among my most-listened-to in the past few years.

1993 - Einst├╝rzende Neubauten - Tabula Rasa
Not their best, but it was in this crummy year.

1994 - The Offspring - Smash
It was head-to-head between this and Green Day's Dookie for the coolest pop punk album, just like it was when they came out.

1995 - Atari Teenage Riot - Delete Yourself
There was really not very much to select from in 1995. I love a lot of Atari Teenage Riot tracks, but their albums are hard to love.

1996 - Butthole Surfers - Electriclarryland
It really doesn't sound like it'd be good, does it?

1997 - Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Among my all-time favorites. It was a dead heat between selecting this and The Crystal Method's Vegas for '97. Both great, catchy electronic albums.

1998 - DMX - It's Dark and Hell is Hot
This is his only album that doesn't suck, but it just so happens to be one of my favorite rap albums. It unfortunately beat out Moon Pix by Cat Power, another all-time favorite of mine.

1999 - AFI - Black Sails in the Sunset
This year was fucking terrible.

2000 - Murder City Devils - In Name and Blood
Love these guys. Beat out another favorite of mine, Neil Young's Silver & Gold. His best in many, many years.

2001 - Jay-Z - Unplugged
It's better than his studio albums, IMO. Had little competition in 2001.

2002 - Nas - God's Son
The right answer probably should have been Sleater-Kinney's One Beat, but I forgot about it and I'm not going to fix it now. It's a closer call, either way. This Nas album is top 3 in his catalog, along with Illmatic and It Was Written.

2003 - 50 Cent - Get Rich of Die Trying
Grimy as fuck, but greater in the pop sense, hooks and beats, than in the rap one. Still, one of the best albums of the 2000s. You're kidding yourself if you think you're over it.

2004 - Cam'ron - Purple Haze
My second fav Killa Cam album. Shitty year overall.

2005 - The Game - Documentary
The Documentary is probably top 5 for me in terms of best rap albums of the 2000s. I dunno what got my hooked on it. 50 works that same hook magic here, and Game does a great job chronicling the past rap greats from both coasts.

2006 - Om - Conference of the Birds
A bassist and a drummer, former members of Sleep, make an album that's truly hypnotic. The only thing close in 2006 was Release Therapy by Ludacris.

2007 - 50 Cent - Curtis
This album isn't that great, but it's leaps and bounds ahead of anything else on the 2007 list. This song, Ayo Technology, was like a leap forward in pop/rap when I heard it.

2008 - Metallica - Death Magnetic
This year sucks shit and these cunts have ferreted out all album versions of this song from Youtube. Fuck them. But this is still the best album on the 2008 list.

2009 - Ciara - Fantasy Ride
Among the best if not my absolute favorite albums on this list. It beat out another of my top 5 of the 2000s, Cam'ron's Crime Pays, for this spot. In its own right, Crime Pays is better than almost everything else on this list.

2010 - Robyn - Body Talk pt. 2
I've talked enough about this this year.



    I am impressed. Sisters of Mercy!

    man I wish I was like a 100 so I could put some Andrews Sister on mine.

  2. And of course,
    I adore Mercyful Fate and Butthole Surfers.

    Good stuff

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