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Old 01-08-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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What is your favorite year of music?

This probably could have been part of another thread, but what the hell. A friend of mine told me today that 2013 was his favorite year of music ever. It wasn't even close for me, but it got me thinking - what is my favorite year of music?

I don't have an answer yet, but I'd like to hear about yours. So, what was it? What artists/albums/songs/experiences made it great for you?
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I have to look into this, but mine almost by default will be within the last five years because that's when the vast majority of the music I have was released.
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Yeah, I assume there will be wildly different answers on this one. I assume that mine will be somewhere in the 2000-2004 era. We'll see.
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I'm inclined to say no one year, but at a rough approximation 1990-95, or 1988-95. It's a moveable feast. I have favourite albums from well before and well after that, but (for the later years, that I am intimately familiar with, having lived through them), they seem to be the stand outs and exceptions.
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1997 for mine.
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1997, easily. You have the peak of the Matador era, the big wave of electronica, Britpop, and then major works from big acts like U2, Bob Dylan, and Radiohead.

I challenge anyone to post a list that tops this:

Bjork - Homogenic
The Wannadies - Bagsy Me
Blur - S/T
Jay-Z - In My Lifetime Vol. 1
Nick Cave - The Boatman's Call
Helium - The Magic City
Bettie Serveert - Dust Bunnies
Pizzicato Five - Happy End Of The World
Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Silkworm - Developer
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
Spoon - Soft Effects
Guided By Voices - Mag Earwhig!
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
Super Furry Animals - Radiator
U2 - Pop
Radiohead - OK Computer
Steve Earle - El Corazon
Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
Stereolab - Dots And Loops
David Bowie - Earthling
Veruca Salt - Eight Arms To Hold You
Elliott Smith - Either/Or
World Party - Egyptology
Cornershop - When I Was Born For The 7th Time
Oasis - Be Here Now
Supergrass - In It For The Money
Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
Van Morrison - The Healing Game
David Byrne - Feelings
Prodigy - Fat Of The Land
Paul Weller - Heavy Soul
Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
Ween - The Mollusk
Rolling Stones - Bridges To Babylon
Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On
Portishead - S/T
Jungle Brothers - Raw Deluxe
Everclear - So Much For The Afterglow
The Sundays - Static & Silence
Depeche Mode - Ultra
The Verve - Urban Hymns
Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
Superchunk - Indoor Living
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Mansun's Attack of the Grey Lantern belongs in that list, but anyone can be forgiven (let alone in the US) for not having heard it despite their popularity in the UK at that time.
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2000 may be top heavy, but it's probably my favorite of music years in which I was an active music consumer. Kid A, Ágætis Byrjun, The Moon and Antarctica, Stankonia, Parachutes, Heartbreaker, And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out... I'm probably forgetting a few more.

1967 is probably my favorite of the years before I was born. Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, Are You Experienced?, The Doors, Velvet Underground and Nico, The Who Sell Out. So many classics.
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But 2007 was so good too. In Rainbows, Graduation, Cryptograms, Boxer, Ga Ga Ga..., Sound of Silver, The Reminder, Neon Bible, Person Pitch, For Emma, Forever Ago, The Stage Names, Wincing the Night Away, Armchair Apocripha...
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For me it's 1987. And, that's not based on looking at album releases from that year - I am going off of my memories and just knowing I was on cloud 9 all year musically.

Besides the Joshua Tree and Appetite for Destruction, there were new albums from REM, The Cure, The Smiths, Prince, Replacements, Depeche Mode, INXS, Echo and the Bunnymen and more.....just a great year in my life and a lot of this music served as a memorable backdrop.
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Don't forget George Michael's Faith.
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1997-98 were crazy good.
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Another vote for 1997 here. That was such an amazing year for music.

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Probably 1994, but the period from 1991-1996 was so fruitful (for me, personally) that I have a hard time deciding for sure.
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