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125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years

Yes, we know what you’re thinking – why the blinkers would someone release a best albums of the last 25 years list a third of the way through the year and not tie it in with the end of the decade like every other mo-fo did in 2009? Well, that’s because respected trend spotters Spin Magazine are celebrating 25 years in the literature biz.

125 albums feature in the list which is compiled by the mag's editors. It makes for both interesting and predictable reading with the usual suspects in there (U2 ‘Achtung Baby’ at No.1, Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ at No.4 and Radiohead ‘OK Computer’ at No.5) as well as some quality curve balls (Pavement ‘Slanted and Enchanted’ at No.9 and Hüsker Dü ‘New Day Rising’ at No.15).

Check out the top 125 here, in the meantime get your eyeballs on the Top 25 below...


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

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