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#20 - Michael Jackson - Thriller (1982)

As we turn the corner into the uppermost echelons of the list, there is inevitably a greater concentration of albums that are not merely great, or popular, but are legitimate cultural phenomenons–albums that pretty much everyone has owned, or at least heard, and which changed the entire tenor of the musical and aesthetic landscape.  1,490 more words

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#21 - Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty Eight (1982)

It’s a little disconcerting to find oneself a part of a widespread trend.  You go through life thinking you’re your own person with your own rather rarefied tastes and ideas, and yet the prevalence of other people with the exact same inclinations nags away at that self-conception.  2,584 more words

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#22 - Robert Johnson -The Complete Recordings (1990)

There’s a beautiful scene in the movie Ghost World.  The protagonist–a disaffected teenage girl casting about through the lukewarm ashes of the punk aesthetic in search of herself, as disaffected teenagers will–is in her room, having just dyed her hair.  1,626 more words

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#23 - John Lennon - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)

I am an unrepentant Beatles lover, and don’t really care if people regard them as overrated, or if my love for them brands me as unimaginative in my aesthetic predilections or whatever.  2,393 more words

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#24 Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

I guess I had heard intimations of Stevie Wonder’s greatness before I heard this album.  Nicholson Baker, one of my favorite authors as a teenager, offhandedly referred to Wonder as a genius in one of his books.  1,501 more words

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#25 - James Brown - Live at The Apollo (1963)

I don’t ordinarily consider myself a huge fan of live albums, but this is a definite exception.  It is an exceptional album by any standard.  And while, like every other great album on this list it boasts its share of great music, it is also something else altogether.  1,075 more words

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#26 - Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)

Generally by the time I’m setting out to write these things, listening to the album in question has suggested an angle for me to approach it from.  1,790 more words

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