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EW’s 100 Best Albums From 1983 To 2008

Ew is right. In celebration of issue 1,000, Entertainment Weekly put together a number of lists documenting so-called “New Classics” in movies, books, television, and, of course, music. There are also individual lists like Will Arnett’s Wire-spoiling list of television moments that made him cry (“When I realized the theme song to The Greatest American Hero was the best song ever, and that I would never hear a better song again”), Beck’s non-list, and Jack Johnson fan Liz Phair on lazy Sundays. We’re most interested in the “100 Best Albums From 1983 – 2008.” (Thanks for the tip, Joe.) It’s a bizarre concoction that finds Loveless beat out by the Dixie Chicks, Mariah and Kelly Clarkson. Oh, and Kelly Clarkson tops OK Computer and Appetite For Destruction. Thing is, this list is so all-inclusive and in spots, bizarre, that you almost have to take it on its own terms. I’m just trying to figure out what those terms might be….

100 George Michael – Faith (1987)
99 Hole – Live Through This (1994)
98 Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003)
97 Britney Spears – Britney (2001)
96 PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
95 T.I. – Trap Muzik (2003)
94 The Police – Synchronicity (1983)
93 Elliott Smith – Either/Or (1997)
92 Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)
91 Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
90 System of a Down – Toxicity (2001)
89 Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2 (2000)
88 Peter Gabriel – So (1986)
87 2Pac – All Eyez on Me (1996)
86 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
85 Dixie Chicks – Home (2002)
84 New Order – Low-Life (1985)
83 The Pretenders – Learning to Crawl (1984)
82 Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
81 Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994)
80 Christina Aguilera – Back to Basics (2006)
79 The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
78 Pearl Jam – Vs. (1993)
77 Portishead – Dummy (1994)
76 Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000)
75 Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
74 Moby – Play (1999)
73 Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
72 Van Halen – 1984 (1984)
71 No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)
70 Mary J. Blige – My Life (1994)
69 The Postal Service – Give Up (2003)
68 Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (1995)
67 Metallica – Metallica (1991)
66 Dr. Dre – The Chronic (1992)
65 The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
64 Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun (2000)
63 U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
62 Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
61 Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full (1987)
60 Pavement – Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (1994)
59 Madonna – Ray of Light (1998)
58 The Pixies – Surfer Rosa (1988)
57 Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)
56 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
55 Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions… (1988)
54 Janet Jackson – Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
53 Elvis Costello – King of America (1986)
52 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
51 Fugees – The Score (1996)
50 LCD Soundsystem – Sounds of Silver (2007)
49 Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
48 Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
47 Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville (1993)
46 Björk – Homogenic (1997)
45 Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
44 Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998)
43 Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
42 Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
41 Bob Marley and the Wailers (1984) – Legend
40 The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die (1994)
39 Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow (1996)
38 Run-DMC – Raising Hell (1986)
37 Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica (2000)
36 TLC – CrazySexyCool (1994)
35 Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)
34 The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
33 Alicia Keys – As I Am (2007)
32 R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant (1985)
31 Justin Timberlake – FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006)
30 Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)
29 Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway (2004)
28 Nas – Illmatic (1994)
27 Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
26 Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind (1997)
25 Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)
24 Shania Twain – Come On Over (1997)
23 The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)
22 De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
21 Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
20 Fiona Apple – Tidal (1996)
19 Beyoncé – Dangerously in Love (2003)
18 A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
17 Beck – Odelay (1996)
16 Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
15 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
14 The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
13 Cat Power – You Are Free (2003)
12 OutKast – Stankonia (2000)
11 Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
10 Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
09 Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2007)
08 Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
07 Jay-Z – The Blueprint (2001)
06 Green Day – American Idiot (2004)
05 Madonna – Madonna (1983)
04 Kanye West – The College Dropout (2004)
03 U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)
02 Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
01 Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (1984)

Remember, this list goes back to 1983, but it was Metallica that made it, not Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride The Lightning (1984), Master Of Puppets (1986), or …And Justice for All (1988). (My vote: Master.) Now study the top 20 again closely and scratch your head some. It’s almost admirably weird. If you’re interested in exploring more lists, head here.

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