SPIN’s 125 Best Albums Of The Past 25 Years

I have to hand it to SPIN — 25 years later, still going strong/making lots of lists. The idea behind this one’s simple: “SPIN’s editors rank the most influential releases since the magazine’s beginning in 1985.” The results are less cut and dry. For starters, fans of the current zeitgeist will be bummed. (The great Gizzly Bear/Animal Collective War of 2009’s also deemed irrelevant.) Otherwise … Rap may feel represented. Axl gives you the finger. Pavement should ask why more of you didn’t check them out at Coachella. And Bono has another reason to be a pompous dick. There are plenty of exclusions (Jesus Lizard? Minutemen? Metal outside of Metallica?), but the gaps will be different for everyone. Let’s cut to the top of the heap.

25 Nas – Illmatic
24 Metallica – Master of Puppets
23 Daft Punk – Discovery
22 Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full
21 Oasis – (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory
20 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
19 Jay-Z – The Blueprint
18 The Strokes – Is This It
17 De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
16 The Pixies – Doolittle
15 Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising
14 The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
13 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
12 OutKast – Stankonia
11 The Replacements – Tim
10 Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
09 Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
08 PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
07 Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
06 Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
05 Radiohead – OK Computer
04 Nirvana – Nevermind
03 The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
02 Prince – Sign O’ the Times
01 U2 – Achtung Baby

Check out the 100 that came before these/their accompanying blurbs at SPIN.