Spin's Top Albums From The Past 20 Years

MusicSpin Magazine has listed what it believes to be the top albums of the past 20 years. I'm always interested in this kind of thing, so lets take a look at Spin's top ten.

  1. Radiohead - OK Computer
  2. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  3. Nirvana - Nevermind
  4. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
  5. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
  6. The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
  7. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
  8. Prince - Sign o' the Times
  9. PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
  10. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

That's an awesome top three. Their numbers 2 and 3 appear in my top five as well. In my opinion, the further away we get from "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", the more innovative and exceptional it seems. I listened to it again last week and wondered why we don't hear anything like that anymore. The closest we come to "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" is System of a Down.

Radiohead, Public Enemy and Nirvana...three bands that made the past twenty years something awfully special. As relevant today as ever.


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