If Hidden Track is just one of many music blogs you read than you’ve probably seen a bunch of bloggers listing their favorite albums from each year they were alive. Before the weekend started, we asked a number of our contributors and JRoxx of Runaway Dinosaur to come up with lists of their own to share.
Everyone we asked to make this list came back and told us how much fun they had putting it together. To join in the fun just leave your list as a comment on the bottom of this post. If you need help determining what album came from what year you can use Wikipedia’s list of album releases or Robert Christgau’s Pazz and Jop rundowns. Here’s what we came up with…
1977 – Steely Dan – Aja
1978 – Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
1979 – Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
1980 – Talking Heads – Remain In Light
1981 – The Police – Ghost In The Machine
1982 – Michael Jackson – Thriller
1983 – The Police – Synchronicity
1984 – Van Halen – 1984
1985 – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
1986 – Paul Simon – Graceland
1987 – Guns N Roses – Appetite for Destruction
1988 – R.E.M. – Green
1989 – Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
1990 – Depeche Mode – Violator
1991 – Pearl Jam – Ten
READ ON for six lists full of incredible albums from each year…
Everyone makes their standard "best of's," top 10s" and "year in review" lists, but each December we like to take that model a couple of steps further. We go straight to the artists to see where they found inspiration over the past twelve months, and we don't stop with just album choices. We dig a bit deeper and go for a broader picture of the past year in art. From classic moments on the road to their guilty pleasure confessions, this is a panoramic snapshot of "the best of 2006," and a peek into what to expect in '07.
On the surface, with iPods selling in the millions, downloads becoming more and more accessible, and even the actual coining of the moniker, 'The MySpace Generation,' 2006 may appear to be a relatively quiet year for the album. But taken as a whole, it was actually another solid year for LP releases. Sure, there were less blockbusters and a few too many prematurely hyped 'next best thing' mp3s, but when we sat down to go over the piles of CDs, there were more than enough quality titles that had to be reluctantly voted off the island. What we ended up with was a list that offered a little bit of everything – a blurring of genres and styles, featuring artists who created definitive statements – easily identifiable as 2006, but timeless all the same.