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Thursday, July 10, 2008

EW's Top 100 Albums Since 1983

Entertainment Weekly's recent issue published a comprehensive list of the Top 100 Albums released since 1983. Amongst the top 100 are plenty of hip hop offerings, including classics like Tribe Called Quest's "Low End Theory", De La Soul's "3 Feet High & Rising", Jay-Z's "Blueprint" and Eminem's "Marshall Mathers LP". Here's a look at the Top 25.

1. Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution (1984)
2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill (1998)
3. Achtung Baby U2 (1991)
4. The College Dropout Kanye West (2004)
5. Madonna Madonna (1983)
6. American Idiot Green Day (2004)
7. The Blueprint Jay-Z (2001)
8. Graceland Paul Simon (1986)
9. Back to Black Amy Winehouse (2007)
10. In Rainbows Radiohead (2007)
11. MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana (1994)
12. Stankonia OutKast (2000)
13. You Are Free Cat Power (2003)
14. Disintegration The Cure (1989)
15. The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem (2000)
16. Rain Dogs Tom Waits (1985)
17. Odelay Beck (1996)
18. People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm A Tribe Called Quest (1990)
19. Dangerously in Love Beyoncé (2003)
20. Tidal Fiona Apple (1996)
21. The Emancipation of Mimi Mariah Carey (2005)
22. 3 Feet High and Rising De La Soul (1989)
23. The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips (1999)
24. Come On Over Shania Twain (1997)
25. Turn On the Bright Lights Interpol (2002)

Get a full look at the EW Top 100 albums in the past 25 years here.

Looking over the top 25, it's interesting to see the Tribe album chosen was not "Low End Theory", which many fans will debate is their best contribution to the genre, and helped ignite many music fans' love for rap. As for Outkast, "Stankonia" is a great album which includes the tracks "Ms Jackson" and "BOB", but I'd propose the "Atlienz" album as their best work. It includes a spaced-out theme and feel with lots of deep, introspective tracks. Kanye West ranks very high with his debut album, while Mariah Carey may surprise some with her comeback album "The Emancipation of Mimi". Notably missing are 2PAC, BIG and Public Enemy as well... Beyonce also ranks high on the list, but then again it's Entertainment Weekly, not Rolling Stone who compiled the list.

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Comments on "EW's Top 100 Albums Since 1983"


OpenID said ... (8/01/2008 12:15 AM) : 

hmm, no way in hell College Dropout should be that high. Thats an insult to everybody who's made classic hip hop albums over the last 20 or so years. Samething with Miseducation.


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