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Super crazy busy but I'm still doing this meme, which I'm ganking from The AV Club.

Pick a favorite album for each year you’ve been alive. You can pick a record based on what you like now, or what you would have picked that year assuming you were old enough to care.
Wikipedia is your friend. (I am your friend, too, so my list will include each year's Wikipedia entry, should you decide you want to do this also.) After a few of these, I basically just decided that I was picking my favorite album now, because, well, whatever I was listening to in 1982 was probably not something I consciously chose. Also: only one album per artist, which makes it a bit harder. Some years are hard because there's so much good stuff to choose from; some years are hard because there's a whole lot of nothin'.



1975: Patti Smith, "Horses"
1976: Frank Zappa, "Zoot Allures"
1977: Pink Floyd, "Animals"
1978: Elvis Costello, "This Year's Model"
1979: Michael Jackson, "Off The Wall"
1980: Genesis, "Duke"
1981: Rush, "Moving Pictures"
1982: Peter Gabriel, "Security"
1983: The Police, "Synchronicity"
1984: U2, "The Unforgettable Fire"
1985: The Smiths, "Meat is Murder"
1986*: Paul Simon, "Graceland"
1987: The Cure, "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me"
1988**: The Church, "Starfish"
1989***: Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique"
1990: Jane's Addiction, "Ritual de lo Habitual"
1991****: Talk Talk, "Laughing Stock"
1992: Buffalo Tom, "Let Me Come Over"
1993: Liz Phair, "Exile in Guyville"
1994: Jeff Buckley, "Grace"
1995: Sonic Youth, "Washing Machine"
1996: Tortoise, "Millions Now Living Will Never Die"
1997: Radiohead, "OK Computer"
1998: PJ Harvey, "Is This Desire?"
1999: Flaming Lips, "The Soft Bulletin"
2000: Death Cab for Cutie, "We Have the Facts..."
2001: Dismemberment Plan, "Change"
2002: Wilco, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"
2003: New Pornographers, "Electric Version"
2004: Secret Machines, "Now Here is Nowhere"
2005: The National, "Alligator"
2006: Loose Fur, "Born Again in the USA"
2007: The Forms, "s/t"
2008: tbd.

*1986 - way more difficult than I anticipated. REM "Life's Rich Pageant"; Peter Gabriel "So"; XTC "Skylarking"; and, of course, Bruce Hornsby "The Way It Is."

**1988 - almost did Sonic Youth, "Daydream Nation", but that's such an obvious choice, and I looooooooooove that Church album.

***1989 - If 1986 was tough because of good quality, 1989 is fucking impossible. XTC "Oranges & Lemons"; Pixies "Doolittle"; Stone Roses "s/t"; De La Soul "3 Feet High and Rising"; The Cure "Disintegration"; Peter Gabriel "Passion"; Faith No More "The Real Thing"; Camper Van Beethoven "Key Lime Pie"... !?

****1991 - I didn't know that at the time. Otherwise it would have been U2, "Achtung Baby".
THIS IS SO HARD OMG I HAVE A HEADACHE

I will finish it, though. Dammit.