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Old 05-13-2015, 04:52 PM   #1
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Spin's 300 best albums of the past 30 years (1985-2014)

The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014) | SPIN - Page 5

The Joshua Tree- top 200

Achtung Baby- top 40
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I lol'd when I saw Modern Vampires of the City at #60.
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I guess we couldn't have expected AB to place that much higher, right in between talentless scum Beyoncé and Public Enemy's formidable debut. Not crazy about the snarky "about as innovative as Imagine Dragons" part though.

JT is shockingly low.
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Yeah, the Imagine Dragons line was dumb.

The comparison to Babe Ruth switching from pitching to hitting is a fantastic way to sum up their reinvention though. Plus, it's actually a line that hasn't been repeated in millions of other write-ups. I wish I thought of it!


Also, Nevermind at #1? Yawn.
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Terrible list. Lol at Celebration Rock above Funeral. Spin is trying too hard.
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On what planet does Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III rank higher than Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction? I mean you all know how I feel about Kanye West personally but his debut album "The College Dropout" kicks Lil' Wayne's lollipopping ass any day of the week. Seriously, Jesus Walks and Never Let Me Down as far as Hip-Hop goes are much better songs than crap like "Pussy Monster"! That is very shocking.
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....one more thing, aside from my personal choice for U2's Achtung Baby at #1, I would argue the case that OK Computer could be first or definitely second in the list.

That's it for me.
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At least an even better Kanye album, MBDTF, ended up top 10, way ahead of Carter 3.
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At least an even better Kanye album, MBDTF, ended up top 10, way ahead of Carter 3.
If I had to pick a Kanye Album that I liked best it would be "The College Dropout" BEFORE he got famous and grew a giant ego. MBDTF has that silly "The Best Birthday" profane Chris Rock skit that is seriously immature, duets with pop-tarts like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj detract from the album immensely and it suffers greatly from Monster and Power.

Kanye's debut and some of the tracks from Late Registration (minus Golddigger) are IMO more inspired and generally game changing than 808's and onward.

Wow! Unbelievable that I'm actually speaking about Kanye in a somewhat positive way, too much time in B&C I guess?
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it suffers greatly from Power
I'd call that a top 5-10 Kanye song, so I guess we're not going to agree on this one. But that probably doesn't surprise you, does it?
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Yes, some people prefer his earlier work.

But there's no doubt that critical and audience consensus is that MBDTF is about as acclaimed an album can get.

One has to put personal preference aside when looking at a list like this.
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There comes a point where these lists get pointless because you will never get everyone to agree. Cool to see Aquemini get some dues though.

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If I had to pick a Kanye Album that I liked best it would be "The College Dropout" BEFORE he got famous and grew a giant ego. MBDTF has that silly "The Best Birthday" profane Chris Rock skit that is seriously immature, duets with pop-tarts like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj detract from the album immensely and it suffers greatly from Monster and Power.

Kanye's debut and some of the tracks from Late Registration (minus Golddigger) are IMO more inspired and generally game changing than 808's and onward.

Wow! Unbelievable that I'm actually speaking about Kanye in a somewhat positive way, too much time in B&C I guess?
He still had a giant ego back then. "My life is dope and I do dope shit."

Calling Rihanna and Minaj "pop-tarts" is overly simplistic and kind of offensive, particularly when Minaj's contribution on Monster is widely considered to be one of the best moments in hip-hop in recent times. There isn't anything close to a weak track on MBDTF and the two you mention that it "suffers" from are probably the two most-loved tracks on the goddamn album, Runaway aside.
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Yeah, what an odd pair of songs to single out.
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So apparently the only acceptable opinion on MBDTF is that it's a flawless masterstroke from a tortured genius.
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Hard to argue with that.
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