Favorite Albums by Year

There’s a meme I’ve seen on some other blogs about listing one’s favorite albums from each year of one’s life (example: Nicholas Carr’s Rough Type).  The rules are one album per year and the same artist/band cannot be repeated.  The rules make for some interesting choices.  For example, I found myself really scraping to find anything for the years of my infancy, while some other years like 1986, 1989, 1997 & 2003 each have a great number of my favorite all-time albums.  Similarly, a couple of times I didn’t list my favorite album by a particular band because it was up against stiff competition, but that band was able to represent another year with one of their weaker albums.

So, here we go.  Don’t laugh at my choices.

1973: Wattstax Soundtrack
1974: Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard
1975: Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
1976: St. Louis Jesuits, A Dwelling Place
1977: The Clash
1978: Elvis Costello-This Year’s Model
1979: The Specials
1980: The English Beat-I Just Can’t Stop It
1981: Dance Craze soundtrack
1982: Mission of Burma-VS
1983: Violent Femmes
1984: Prince & the Revolution-Purple Rain,
1985: Pogues-Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
1986: Peter Gabriel-So
1987: Tom Waits-Franks Wild Years
1988: Fishbone-Truth & Soul
1989: Pixies-Doolittle
1990: They Might Be Giants-Flood
1991: Yo-Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin-Hush
1992: Ali Farka Touré – The Source
1993: Bjork-Debut
1994: Weezer
1995: Moxy Früvous-Wood
1996: Velveteens-Viva
1997: YLT-I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
1998: Cry Cry Cry
1999: Vinal Avenue String Band – Live at the Tir na nOg
2000: Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer-Tanglewood Tree
2001: Kevin Hanson Trio-Bulls Eye
2002: Mekons-Oooh! (Out of Our Heads)
2003: The Weakerthans-Reconstruction Site
2004: Freezepop-Fancy Ultra Fresh
2005: Beck-Guero
2006: Camera Obscura-Lets Get Out of this Country
2007: New Pornographers-Challengers
2008: Vampire Weekend